Summer air

It’s really beginning to feel summery… that change in the quality of the air heralds the new season – even if it’s cold or rainy or generally nasty, summer air is different from winter air. I bought some asparagus the other day… it has a lovely association for me – my dad had an asparagus bed in the garden, the soil was just right for it and he knew how to grow it. Although we loved and adored asparagus, it was not a really special thing, it was just something we had most days while it was in season, picked fresh from the garden and cooked immediately and always served with white sauce.

I got to wondering what other vegetables and food comes into season in may, and according to the BBC there is a delicious list:

  • Asparagus
  • Chicory
  • Crab
  • Elderflower
  • Gooseberry
  • Lamb
  • Nectarine
  • New potatoes
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Sardine
  • Spring onion
  • Watercress

You could actually create a really delicious menu using all of these ingredients:

  1. starter – seafood something with crab and sardines, with salad of rocket and watercress (delicious pair of fiery friends) radish (more heat) and spring onions – if you’ve not used seasonal foods – Maythem below – and they are quite hot too!
  2. main – lamb, asparagus, braised chicory, new potatoes (could you use the gooseberries to make a contrasting sauce for the lamb? maybe with spring onions not actual onions?)
  3. dessert – nectarines and elderflower

Yes, I think that would work!

I’ve shared this before… maybe it is an annual thing… A Summer Night’s Song:

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