I meant to write this blog post the previous Friday, but honestly, I felt I needed to chill after a week of work – considering – it was only my second week at a new job, so my blog posts did fall a bit by the wayside last week. I’ve made up for it this week though, with a bunch of great posts, and today I’m sharing the seasonal foods of August!
It almost feels like autumn here in our little corner of south west England at the moment but then, I always feel August is a bit of a strange summer month. The sky is cloudy and grey, it’s a little chilly – I’ve got the candles burning in my little office area. Not the autumnal scents yet, we’re still on summery scents, but we’re getting close to September, and with that the autumnal candles will come out in force. I have a rather large autumnal candle from Yankee Candle, which I wonder if I’ll ever get through. I’ll see, shall I?
But let’s talk about food. We’ve been getting a blueberry crop off our blueberry bush – it’s quite small yet, so not a big crop, but it’s still pretty amazing that we can eat breakfast and have blueberries from our garden right in the bowl alongside our cereal (gluten free of course) and oat milk. There’s also a few raspberries that look like they’ll be ready soon, so I’m looking forward to that. Raspberries are one of my favourite fruits.
In the meantime, we’ve been getting a lot of vegetables from our back garden plot. Mainly courgettes and potatoes, with a fair few beetroot. We make a really nice beetroot and potato salad, and those courgettes go really nicely into a stir-fry rice dish. We had a load of leftover rice the other night, and reused it by frying up a load of vegetables – onions, courgette, peas, and mushrooms, along with the ‘This is not Chicken’ chicken, in a pan and then added the rice to it, adding in some soy sauce at the end. Honestly, I love meals like that. They’re so quick and easy to make, and taste so yummy too.
But let’s check out the seasonal foods shall we? I will say, these are the seasonal foods here in the UK. They may be different where you are, but if you are in the UK, it’s a good guide to buying seasonally.
Below is a printable with a bunch of seasonal foods that you can print and keep, and I’ve listed out those seasonal foods and included some recipes I’ve found.
Artichoke – Mushroom and Artichoke Chicken
Chillies – Sweet Chilli Jam
Cucumber – Crab Cucumber Salad
Damsons – Damson Plum Pound Cake
Loganberries – Loganberry Muffins
Marrow – Bolognaise Stuffed Marrow
Pak Choi – Ramen Soup with Pak Choi
Peas – Lemony Prawn and Pea Risotto
Plums – Coconut Plum Cake
Radishes – Savoury Radish and Goats Cheese Muffins
Runner Beans – Borlotti and Runner Beans with Sage, Tomato and Garlic
Sweetcorn – Chinese Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup
Here’s the full list of seasonal foods to discover on your next food trip:
artichoke, aubergine, basil, beetroot, bilberries, blueberries, broad beans, broccoli, carrots, chard, cherries, chillies, chives, coriander, courgettes, cucumber, damsons, fennel, greengages, french beans, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuce, loganberries, mangetout, marrow, mint, onions, oregano, pak choi, parsley, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes (maincrop), radishes, raspberries, redcurrants, rocket, rosemary, runner beans, sage, shallots, sorrel, spring onions, strawberries, sweetcorn, tarragon, thyme, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, wild mushrooms
Happy cooking and baking everyone! I’ll be sure to share any seasonal foods on my Instagram feed (check it out @ kandidchronicles), and if I feel the food is worthy of a blog post, I’ll definitely post with the recipe. I usually have to look at general recipes and change the amount of sugar, change the flour to a gluten-free version, and determine the best dairy-free options, so if they work I’ll definitely share.
Kate @ Kandid Chronicles x