June is a really great time for British ingredients. Many of the in season ingredients from May still remain in their prime but there are a few new gems to focus on! Here are my top … [Read More...]
June went by in a whirlwind and we are now fast approaching the height of the summer months in the UK and produce is at its most abundant. Amongst the popular berries that we all know and love are other British heroes vying for the limelight that are often overlooked, so here are some of my favourites to cook with in July.
Beetroots – Spice up your summer salads with roasted, home pickled or grilled beetroot. Look for small, firm bulbs for the tastiest results.
Gooseberries – In recent years gooseberries have had something of a revival. There are two types to look out for– the red fruit, which is sweet and ready to eat, and the green variety, which is much more tart and best for jams.
Samphire – The season for Samphire is very short, July–August if you’re lucky! So you have to snap this up and enjoy it fast. Its salty flavour that goes hand in hand with fish and lamb too. I like mine with grilled salmon and roasted new potatoes!
Dover sole – Usually regarded as one of Britain’s most prestigious fish Dover Sole is lovely to cook and to eat! Keep dominant flavours away and stick to a little lemon, salt and pepper. Serve with a simple tomato concasse – YUM!
Fennel – Fennel is crunchy and sweet making it the perfect addition to Mediterranean cuisine, it’s aniseed flavour makes it a great partner for fish or chicken but it is also great raw, on salads. A little bit like marmite you will either love or hate this suggestion!
Other things in season in July
Let me know what you are planning to cook with this month, below!