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Midsummer's Day: a conundrum

AliceWhite_01Hey, here’s a question for you:  Why, in the northern hemisphere, do we call 21st June ‘Midsummer’s Day’ when 21st June actually marks ‘the start of Summer’?  Aha…

Did you know that in meteororololololgical terms Spring begins on 1st March, Summer on 1st June, Autumn – 1st September and Winter – 1st December?  Those dates make more sense to me in terms of what the weather is actually doing, certainly where I live, and in my own mind this is closer to how I think of the year. (That still doesn’t make ‘Midsummer’s‘ day on 21st June mind you).  Confusing, innit?

Well, just who went and confused things by willy nilly declaring the start of the seasons as the 21st of March, June, September and December?  I bet it was those pesky Christians (no hate mail please – to all intents and purposes I’m one of them …which doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m currently a fully paid-up member of the club).   If you know the answer, do tell.

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Happy Fathers’ Day to all the Dads out there.  If you haven’t already, check out the videos I posted yesterday:  A funny (and wincingly painful) clip from the brilliant Paul Merton’s trip to India, and maybe my favourite ad of all time (well…so far), the Guinness surfers and white horses ad.

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Cooking with the Seasons – Autumn

We’re so used to buying food at the supermarket, where everything is available all year round, that we’ve lost touch with knowing what is ‘in season’.  At this time of year, look for the following:

Seasonal Vegetables – Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Califlower (surprisingly, these are often at their best after a frost), Celery, Courgettes, Kale, Leeks, Marrow, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Pumpkin, Runner Beans, Spinach, Swede, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Watercress

Seasonal Fruits – Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Damsons, Dates, Elderberries, Figs, Grapes, Greengages, Peaches, Pears, Plums

Seasonal Fish, Meat and Game – Mussels, Sprats, Oysters, Whiting; Rabbit, Grouse, Guinea Fowl & Partridge

Depending upon where you live a good deal of the above will be locally produced and therefore at its fresh best and very reasonably priced.

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