December: What's in season?

Today marks the beginning of a new month. So what seasonal delights can we expect from December?

This list can prove useful when planning your recipes and writing your shopping list. Using produce that is in season is not only easier to source but can also prove more cost effective.

• Cabbage
• Clams
• Clementine
• Goose
• Horseradish
• Jerusalem artichoke
• Kale
• Mussels
• Oyster
• Parsnip
• Pheasant
• Pomegranate
• Satsuma
• Swede
• Truffle
• Venison
• Wild duck

It's clear to see that a lot of the above produce will be hitting our shopping lists as it nears to Christmas. Pheasant, goose and duck are all very popular for serving on the 'big day'. Paired with vegetables such as swede, parsnip and cabbage this makes a great base for a delicious Christmas dinner.

If you aren't a fan of the traditional Christmas dinner then it might be worth taking a look at this link from BBC Good Food. Here they explore the alternative options.

If you are planning a Christmas get together with friends and loved ones and would like help with the catering, please contact me to discuss options.


November: What's in season?

With November in full swing, we look at what produce is at it's prime.

If you are a fan of cooking for the season then you will find this list of ingredients helpful when planning your meals for the month of November.

  • Apple
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Celeriac
  • Chestnut
  • Clams
  • Cranberry
  • Horseradish
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Kale
  • Mussels
  • Oyster
  • Parsnip
  • Pheasant
  • Pomegranate
  • Pumpkin
  • Salsify
  • Satsuma
  • Scallop
  • Sea bass
  • Swede
  • Truffle
  • Venison
  • Wild duck
  • Winkles

As you will see, fans of seafood will be in their element this month with the likes of scallops, winkles, mussels and clams featuring on the hot list. Great opportunity to venture out of your comfort zone if you aren't a fan. Mussels lend themselves well to simplistic dishes that not only favour few ingredients, but also take a short amount of time to cook. BBC Good Food Magazine have a wide variety of dishes that include mussels as the main ingredient.

Root vegetables also feature on November's list. What a great time to be preparing soups and stews. Ideal for the cold that we are all starting to feel as Winter draws ever closer. 

Going out of season this month, we see the likes of:

  • Grouse
  • Quince
  • Swiss chard
  • Wild mushrooms

These ingredients are seen to be somewhat 'specialist' and therefore may not make a big impact on your shopping list this month. Look for alternatives to these items and maybe even try something completely new from the list of 'in season' above.

If you are looking for some inspiration and would like to talk to us more about the possibility of cooking lessons, please feel free to contact us for more information.

October: What's in season?

Pumpkins and nuts on a sideboard

With September on its way out, we look forward to October for inspiration on what produce is in season.

If you are a fan of cooking for the season then you will find this list of ingredients helpful when planning your meals for the month of October. Here we explore the foods that are coming into season plus the ones that are going out of season in September.

What's in season?:
Sea Bass
Swiss Chard
Wild Duck
Wild Mushrooms

With Halloween coming up at the end of October, stews, soups and other hearty dishes will be on the cards for many. With cooler evenings and darker skies, we all enjoy curling up on the sofa under a blanket to enjoy one pot dishes that warm us from the inside.

Pumpkins will be on the top of many shopping lists this October as it is so versatile. Not only will pumpkins be seen used as lanterns with an array of funny faces it can be used in sweet and savoury dishes, it can be the main ingredient in a dish or quite happily sit as a side to other elements. 

What's going out of season?:
Butternut Squash

If you have a fridge full of ingredients that need using up in order to make way for the lovely produce that is coming into season in October, but are just not sure where to start, why not contact us for information on our cookery lessons. We are happy to give advice and guide you through many different elements of cooking so that you can become more confident in your kitchen.

Autumn is here - time for a change in diet?

Today marks the first day of autumn. Opening the front door this morning confirmed this to me. Gone are the light early mornings and the excitement to get out into the warm sunshine. This does not have to be a bad thing though - Autumn brings with it a host of great benefits:

  • Autumn leaves and their wonderful colours
  • Pumpkins
  • Candles
  • Oversized jumpers
  • Conkers
  • Fireworks
  • Halloween
  • Getting the fire going
  • And of course, COMFORT FOOD!
Pumpkin risotto

Pumpkin risotto

Seasonal ingredients to look out for this Autumn:
• Celeriac
• Kale
• Pheasant
• Mussels
• Salsify
• Wild mushrooms
• Apple
• Beetroot
• Cabbage
• Chicory

If you are already craving the idea of moving away from your summer diet then you are in good company. We can’t wait to start making soups, stews, chutneys, risottos and other hearty food. There is something magical about cooking up a one pot dish and sitting down on a dark evening to enjoy it whilst watching a film, snuggled up under a blanket.

The change in season also means we have a wide variety of holidays coming up - Halloween, Guy Fawkes night and then the run up to Christmas. Catering for these events becomes a bigger deal year on year. Gathering of families and friends on these occasions is very popular - and so is the food that comes with it!

If you are planning an autumnal get together or are looking to hold a Halloween or Bonfire night party then please feel free to give us a call. We can cater for all dietary requirements should you need this covered.

For more information please contact us.

50th birthday garden party in Farnham

This weekend we catered for a local 50th birthday party. There were approximately 60 guests and much fun was had by all. The weather was kind and luckily the party could be held in the back garden.  

A cold buffet was on the menu for the event and the guests were able to sample dishes such as:

- Bruschetta of mozzarella, vine tomatoes and basil.

- Lamb Kofta with mint yogurt dip.  

- Braised red onion and goat's cheese tartlet.  

Not forgetting the delicious mini chocolate brownies!

If you are holding an event over the summer and are looking for a high quality, helpful catering company, please feel free to contact us for more information.