This month I will be mostly eating…

Mmmm...nice! A Beetroot and yogurt soup. Photo thanks to avlxyz (flickr)

“I have been worried sick about what vegetables to buy down the shops”, I hear you cry.  Do not worry, hear is this month’s what to eat and what not to eat guide for in season food! Things are getting tricky as the winter chills hang around, especially in terms of fruit.  There is however, still a wide range of in-season vegetables for you to get your mitts on.

Try eating:

Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Kale, Leeks, Onions, PARSNIPS, potatoes, rocket, Swede and turnips!

For your fruit salad:

Things are getting tough this time of year. I am struggling to find any in season fruit! Sorry.  Can anyone help? Oranges from Spain (is that cheating?)

Beetroot:

This month I want all of you to try Beetroot.  It is the bane of many a box scheme buyer’s life as most people associate it with the pickled mess you get in jars.  Let me assure you it does not have to be like that!

When you but it, look for unwrinkled skins, that feel nice and firm.  Again, the age old trick of buying smaller root vegetables applies here; the bigger they are the more likely they are to be “woody”.  If you get really small beetroots they can be really nice just grated and eaten raw.  For larger ones try boiling in their skins or baking in foil (for quite a long time depending on their size). 

Did you know that you can also eat the leaves off Beetroot? Treat them a bit like you would spinach (for example, sauté in hot heavily seasoned oil for 1-2 minutes until just limp as a side dish!). 

Bon appétit!

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