OK. It still doesn’t seem all that Spring like does it? Despite all the teasing, it surely can’t be far off can it? But whether it chooses to show its face shortly or not, there are plenty of fabulous Spring ingredients around at the moment, so we can just pretend it’s all sunshine and bouncing lambs instead…
Starting off with the humble Cauli, it’s not just great baked in a cheese sauce, it handles spices incredibly well too, as Taste Space shows us with a mean Cauliflower Dal with Panch Phoran.
Celeriac, that very knobbly and noble of vegetables, is also at its prime right now. It makes a wonderful soup as Gannet and Parrot demonstrate with their lovely Celeriac and Apple Version.
If you like Fish then this time of year must be your favourite. There’s so much that’s good right now, including Cod. I will always miss vinegar drenched cod & chips, even if it’s not that good for your waistline. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, how about this great Healthy Cod with Thyme and Porcini from PebbleSoup?
The Pescetonian has a virtuous recipe too – a Honey Soy Salmon with Carrot Ginger Brown Rice, and I had to include this gorgeous looking Courgette Topped Sea Bass from the lovely Leeks and Limoni. I also think MamaCooks Rarebit for Fish would go with just about anything. And whilst I am sure the seasonal charts are referring to the fresh stuff when it comes to Mackerel I am a big fan of the smoked variety, and I really like the sound of RenBehan’s Smoked Mackerel Omelette (Ren’s blog is a mecca of all things seasonal by the way, and well worth a browse!).
Over at Emily’s Recipes and Reviews there’s a Crab and Mascarpone Ravioli that’s both beautiful and delicate. Another seasonal crustacean you can’t miss the boat with (!) is Lobster. Take a look at Food I Fancy and their great guide to Steamed Lobster with Garlic Butter.
Mint primarily gets made into Mojitos in our house, but I will be making these Pea, Mint and Ricotta Parcels from Utterly Scrummy next time we have a surplus…
There’s a great rib sticker over on Slow Cooker Queen, a Lamb and Sweet Potato Casserole with Dumplings – making the most of a great seasonal ingredient and saving you time. Perfect!
Fab Food For All makes great use of seasonal Leeks with a hearty looking Turkey Bacon and Leek Pie. Perhaps you could serve it with some fabulous Jersey Royals? Talking of tubers, FishFingers For Tea intrigued me with their Potato Pizza post. Something else you can do with those seasonally limited New Potatoes perhaps?
Sweet Juicy Peppers are good for the table right now too, and I loved this recipe for Sweet Bell Pepper Poppers with Butter Chicken and Cannellini Rice from the very talented Anyonita Nibbles.
Giving it a promotion from its usual side dish status, Kitchen Delights gives Purple Sprouting Broccoli pride of place in this Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Cheddar Tart, but hurry, the stuff grown in the UK is not around for much longer…
There’s lots of lovely green leafy veg about as well… The fabulously named Amuse Your Bouche offers a hug in a bowl with her Cheesy Spinach and Garlic Rice, and Skinny Cakes and Other Bakes dishes up a great sounding Spring Greens with Garlic Pine Nuts – Vitamin D without the sunlight!
Something from my own kitchen now (and covering the seasonal Spring Onions category) – Pad Thai is a dish that’s great whatever’s going on weather wise.
Elizabeths Kitchen makes the best of a herb that’s in season, with a Walnut and Rosemary Pesto. Add it to pasta or fish and Bob’s your Uncle!
Time for the sweet stuff now. I wish I could bake like Rachel from Dolly Bakes, she gives another seasonal ingredient a good run for its money with the beautiful looking Rhubarb Ripple Bundt Cake.
Not seasonal at all but because it happens to be one of my favourite cakes (and I will be seeking this out in the Black Forest next weekend) – here’s the most beautiful Black Forest Gateau I think I have ever seen, from the quite brilliant English can Cook.
And finally, because it wouldn’t be a Foodie Round Up without a decent Brownie recipe, here’s a great Glazed Lemon version from Melksham Mum!
In the hope that it might encourage the sun to come out (and because we can hopefully start to think about them soon), next month’s round-up will focus on holiday food. What are your favourite gastronomic discoveries from your travels? The linky is back from its short vacation too, so add away people, add away!