Ok a reference to a Christmas song in an April post is a bit weird… but there is some slight relevance, in a clutching-at-straws kind of way…
I was thinking the other day that I must suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. I’m not being entirely serious because sometimes I think there’s a tendency to use the word “disorder” when it’s just a way of being. And if I do have SAD, I also could be said to have BAD (Butternut Addiction Disorder) and maybe MAD (Muleheaded Argumentative Disorder) 🙂
But it’s true that, more this year then ever, the coming of spring has just made me so happy. Not that I was a miserable old cow all winter (I hope!) but just feeling warmth in the sun and seeing daylight at 8pm is just… great.
Another great thing about spring and summer is, of course, this sort of thing:
And if you’re not remotely tempted by that vibrant and colourful picture, look a bit more closely:
I didn’t even realise my dad grew it until the season was nearly over last year so didn’t realise it would be pickable already but check these dudes out:
The stuff you see in supermarkets; expensive and with really woody stems, ain’t nothing to the fresh, local asparagus. It’s also the ingredient chosen by Ricki and Kim for this month’s Sweet or Savory challenge – can’t wait to see what recipes (especially sweet ones!) are submitted 🙂
Something else summery I made this week was….
I love coleslaw! This lot was made with red cabbage, spring onion and carrot, in a dressing of plain soya yoghurt with a bit of French mustard and some pepper and it was great. I say “was” because I’ve eaten the lot. Already.
And of course, when you think of summer, you think of… ice cream! I’m not a big fan of it in general but the recipe in Veganomicon, which uses coconut milk and coconut cream, looked so good, I gave it a go. Sadly, because I’m not a huge ice cream-lover and therefore don’t own an ice cream-maker, I just put it in the freezer in a box…
Now I know why the ice cream machines churn to “prevent ice crystals from forming”. Theye ain’t talking about no little diamondy crystals, they’re talking about those Hugh Jass shards which could provide homes for polar bears.
Still, mix it up a bit, and you find the bonus of not machining is, you get solid chunks of coconut in there as well. And when you stir it up, in true five-year-old stylee, you get something not a million miles away from ice cream:
Or, of course, you could just keep it in the fridge and end up with a creamy, coconutty pudding 🙂
Apart from loving the fresh fruit and veg, I don’t tend to change what I eat much in terms of seasons; it’s as much cooked porridge in summer and yoghurt/cereal in winter as the other way round… but I think I might have to get on the salads a bit more this year…
Do you eat differently according to the time of year? What’s your favourite seasonal fresh produce?