food seasonal eating simple living

Seasonal eating – September, the summer is drawing to a close, such as it has been – apparently this has been the most gloomy August since records began in 1914. My highly unscientific brain tells me this is why my tomatoes and peppers haven’t ripened, because they haven’t had enough sun to tan them red. Still, both are nevertheless in season, and people with better luck than me will be enjoying theirs.

September is good for fruit, with raspberries, blueberries and early apples and plums out. Lou and I took our old ice cream tubs out on the weekend and loaded up with blackberries – if there’s anything better than seasonal food, it’s food you grew yourself, and if there’s anything better than that, it’s seasonal food you foraged for free from a hedgerow. On Paul’s recommendation I picked a big bunch of nettles too and made soup. Very tasty. Just wear gloves.

Lots to enjoy on the vegetable front too, including broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower and courgette. Radishes, cucumbers, celery and lettuce are still about. Look out for pumpkin soon too,and make the most of that sweetcorn while it’s still around. I’ve always thought imported corn on the cob is one of the most wasteful supermarket products, since you throw away half its weight with the cob.

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