Posts Tagged ‘seasonal’

It’s ok…there’s an r in the month.

Oysters are back in season! The tradition suggests that oysters should only be eaten when there is an r in the month, and this still holds true, they definitely taste better when you haven’t been able to enjoy them for a while. We are now back in September, so it’s worth shucking a few oysters and enjoying them simply with a glass of cold fizz. Some people like a squeeze of lemon, some like tabasco and there are lots of other fancy ways to enjoy them, but for me, now these were perfection. A good oyster for me is pure essence of sea, like diving into cool water….and worth the wait.

 

New additions to the family.

We love this time of year, new life and all that, and it’s something we really believe in our children having a good understanding of. The last couple of years we have hatched ducks in our incubator and it’s been such fun.

This year we decided to ring the changes and hatch a dozen quail, the eggs as usual are from ebay, we’ve had pretty good results so far.

My son, is very excited and couldn’t wait to pop them in the incubator, and then make a little wish that they all hatch safely, with a kiss goodnight.

So in approximately 16 days we should have some baby quail, and a further 6-8 weeks after that lots of quail eggs for recipes……I’m thinking mini scotch eggs.

First tentative shoots of spring.

I love this time of year, everything seems to be getting ready to burst into life, you can almost sense the possibilites in the air. All my planning through the dark winter months of what I’ll be growing in my vegetable garden start taking shape.

One of the first things I get going is the chillies and tomatoes which need a long a growing season as possible, so need to be started off in a warm place as soon as you can. I went for an outdoor variety of chilli this year, and I hope to get a good harvest this year.

Have you started growing yet? and what are you planning on growing this year that you have never tried before?

And here’s a cute springtime picture of my son and I with some lambs……

A soup to welcome Autumn

I love this time of year, the tastes change and I find myself craving more stubstantial earthier tasting food,  soups and stews, mushrooms and apples. The way the seasons pass is  wonderful, we had our first fire of the season, and to mark it I wanted something earthy and warming.

Here’s my  simple soup recipe with crookneck squash, red lentils and warming spices.

Sweat off a finely chopped onion and a couple of chopped garlic cloves in olive oil, in a large saucepan, add a teaspoon of fennel seeds, a dried chilli ( I used a smokey chipotle to add an extra smokey element). Let the spices toast slightly to release their  flavour, and add a cup full of red lentils and a chopped medium squash. Cover with vegetable stock or boiling water and leave to simmer for 40 mins before blitzing with a hand blender.

Serve with a good dollop of plain yoghurt, some chopped chives, croutons and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Then wait for the glow of autumn warmth.

I’m planning on posting a series of good heartwarming autumnal recipes, so watch this space.

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Jack Knight Cooks

From My Kitchen to Yours

Whisked Away Bakery

Blue sky baking

BUTTER WOULDN'T MELT

Stories from the hearth

The BBQ World of mrdodd

Making simple food great, and great food right.

Bathrooms, Kitchens and Bedrooms

Devon based bathroom installations

UK BBQ Review

UK BBQ Review site

The Munch and Tattle

A Blog About Food (Mostly BBQ and Grill): Trying everything once and telling you all about it. Good or bad! Blogging from areas around Newport and Cardiff, South Wales.

bake affairs

Bridget`s Bakery Blog

Cornelius Veakins

Outdoor BBQ Chef

CountryWoodSmoke

British BBQ- Cooking outdoors whatever the weather

Country Skills for Modern Life

Some of the cool and useful food, craft and sustainability skills that your grandparents knew, but probably didn't teach you!

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