Moving into May means we can start looking forward to the great British summer! With April showers (hopefully) over and the sun coming out a little more often we start to see a whole bunch more greenery available in the shops. I like to think of May as the official start of salad season, with tomatoes, spring onions and rocket all at their best you are sure to have top ingredients to work with.
Here are a few of my favourite ingredients to work with during May;
Peas – May sees the rise of the humble pea. Peas are loved all around the UK but we often don’t use them as widely as we should. Don’t stick to just having peas with your fish and chips or with your lamb chops, try them raw in salads or as a sweet burst of freshness in a creamy risotto.
Broad beans – Often left of the shelf due being a little more high maintenance broad beans go side by side with peas. Another great addition to risottos and salads too.
Tomatoes – With British tomato week running form the 19th – 26th May what better time to celebrate the variety and ranges of tomatoes on offer. Bring out the flavour of fresh tommies with rock salt and olive oil and serve on top of grilled ciabatta rubbed with garlic.
Asparagus – Back in March I spoke about the first spears of asparagus appearing but during May asparagus is sweet and tender, it’s the perfect time to eat it.
Other ingredients to work with during May;
- Wood pigeon