Eating in-season produce means super fresh goodies and if you have grown it yourself, it doesn’t get any fresher. Pick it up from a local farmer’s market and you are supporting a local grower and get to enjoy the best of your local produce. Depending on where you live there may be variations of what is in-season. That’s why growing your own or supporting local growers is a great way to find out what is in-season in your area.
For the goodies below, there is a sweet as well as savoury recipe. So you can indulge your sweet tooth as well as your savoury one.
Delicate figs, how sweet are you.
These luscious fruit have become a favourite treat. I only tried fresh figs a few years back. Yum! While I love eating them fresh, I have also enjoyed them baked with maple syrup as a sweet. Or stuffed with brie, wrapped in prosciutto and gently fried. (I was trying to impress someone for dinner!)
Another savoury recipe I would love to try is this one. Baked Sweet Potatoes and Fresh Figs. The balsamic vinegar would bring out the sweetness in the figs and sweet potato. Might pull out this one if I need to impress someone over dinner…or I could just treat myself 🙂
Simple recipes are a winner. For a sweet recipe, try this. Roast Figs with Caramelised Nuts. There isn’t any actually roasting in this recipe. The figs are gently fried to cook them. Star anise can have a strong clove flavour. Cinnamon to taste would work, if star anise doesn’t do it for you.
My kids like pears when they are soft and juicy. That is OK but not such a great idea for school lunches. Cleaning mushy pears from a school bag – yuk! Using soft and juicy pears for this Oven Pear Pancake would allow the juice to soak into the batter while cooking and add that extra moistness. Would be a yummy little lunch treat for the kids as well. If you would prefer not to have a moist pancake, use a crunchier pear.
Crunchy pears team up well with cheese. That refreshing crunch seems to bring out the creaminess of the cheese. This crunchy pear and celery salad combines pears and cheese to make a delicious lunch.
I like to roast a big batch of beetroot. This way I have a container of roasted beetroot in the fridge that I’m able to enjoy over the following days. I haven’t been too adventurous in the kitchen with savoury beetroot recipes. But this Beetroot Tarte Tatin might see me break out of my beetroot cooking comfort zone.
Using beetroot as an ingredient in a chocolate cake may sound strange. But it does work. My kids even ate a chocolate beetroot cake that I made and were none the wiser. Even through you could see the grated bright beetroot in the cake. They didn’t ask and I didn’t tell. This recipe for Poh’s Red Velvet Beetroot and Chocolate Cake would create a rich decadent cake. Perfect to share with friends.
Maggie Beer is awesome. One of my favourite cooking shows was ‘The Cook and The Chef’. I would listen to the banter between Simon and Maggie, watch all those delicious recipes being created and for that half hour, all was well. I love the home cooked simplicity of Maggie’s recipes too.
The sweet recipe for rhubarb is Maggie’s Rhubarb Crumble. The kid’s school is growing Rhubarb their patch. At their school, they also have a cooking class to let them use fresh produce from their patch. This crumble recipe would be a delicious way to enjoy that rhubarb!
Rhubarb is a vegetable that I haven’t had much experience with (apart from making a crumble here and there). Finding rhubarb recipes led me to some interesting ones. For a savoury recipe, try a lightly smoked salmon with orange and rhubarb salad. This recipe does have juniper berries in the ingredient list. If you can’t get juniper berries, here is a substitute for juniper berries.
Enjoy zucchini’s last hurrah before the cooler months. If you had loads of zucchini in your garden over summer, then you may be over them by now! But try this recipe for Turkish Zucchini Fritters. They will make you fall in love with zucchini again.
Another cake recipe for a zucchini sweet. I enjoy making cakes with my kids and they love making them. It is an activity where we can take the time to slow down and create magic in the kitchen….it also teaches them patience while waiting for that cake to bake!
What are some of your favourite in-season recipe ideas? We would love to hear them. Please feel free to share in the comments below.