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Cooking with the seasons – Spring*

salad-bowl1To cook the best food you need to use the best ingredients, but this needn’t involve huge expense if you buy with the seasons.  Local produce is obviously the freshest and most cost effective but even food that has to be imported from elsewhere follows seasons when it is at its best, is more readily available and therefore cheaper. 

SPRING

Seasonal Vegetables 

Asparagus, Avocado pears, Beetroot, Broad Beans, Broccoli, Butter beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Chicory, Chives, Courgettes, Leeks, Mint, Mushrooms, New potatoes, Parsley, Peas (beginning in May), Peppers, Purple sprouting broccoli, Radishes,  Salads, Spinach, Spring greens, Turnips, Watercress

Seasonal Fruits

Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Gooseberries, Grapefruit, Grapes,Pears, Pineapples, Rhubarb

Seasonal Meat

Hare, Rabbit, Lamb

Seasonal Fish

Cockles, Crab, Lobster, Mackerel, Mussels, Oysters, Pollack, Salmon, Sardines, Sea Trout

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*(Seasons and availability of produce obviously varies from country to country depending on geographical location.   This list is primarily based around location in the UK & western Europe).

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The Limitations of Winter

I’ve always thought that the hardest time, for me at any rate, to take photographs is during the cold, dull Winter months.  Days are short, nothing is growing and the skies are too often a great blanket of steel grey.  It’s easy to find subjects to capture through the lens when the world is awake and growing but in Winter I have to look a lot harder. 

I was looking through my photos yesterday however and it suddenly struck me that some of the most interesting, and in fact some of the most striking, are taken at this time of year.  Last year I was fed up staying hunkered down at home during the bitterly cold spell that had swept over us and I headed down to the harbour, just to see what there was to see.  It was deserted because clearly only an idiot would be out on such a horrible day, but at the end of the pier several huge marker buoys had been hauled up onto dry land for maintenance.  Surprisingly, they provided some of my favourite Winter photos to date.  I love their colour, texture and the fact that these pieces of working equipment reflect the wear and tear of all those months in the salt water around our shores. 

Jersey Buoys, 1

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