The best food, and many of the best beverages, truly are seasonal. Food is all about when it’s grown, when it needs to be harvested, and the best cooks, whether at home or professionally, know this and respect it. It’s also true that there are a number of meals and drinks which tend to suddenly come out of the woodworks once a new season appears. In this post, we are going to take a look at a few of the most popular seasonal food and drinks that everyone should know how to prepare and make, for when the time is right.
A simple summer salad should ideally be in everyone’s repertoire, whether it’s something you bring out for a family BBQ or just as a side dish for your dinnertime meal. There are of course many different salads that you might be able to consider here, and the main thing is that you are going for something which is light and easy on the palette. If you can achieve that, you are going to find that it’s something you want to make again and again, and which you can ad lib in whatever way you like.
For the autumn and winter, and especially around Christmas time, there are plenty of particular drinks that you will want to know how to make. A good example is mulled wine, which starts appearing in most places from November and which can be incredibly delicious. It’s also the kind of thing that you can add to in whatever way you like, so it’s a great choice if you enjoy being a little creative with what you make. Take a simple homemade mulled wine recipe and see what you can do with it this winter.
This makes it on to the list because tomatoes are one of those foods that really need to be respected, in terms of the natural cycles that they have. If you are going to be using tomatoes, then you should absolutely make sure that you are using them at the right time. When it comes to something like a tomato sauce, you are going to find that it’s much more delicious, less sour and more sweet, if you have picked the tomatoes well – which usually means late summer at the latest. If you can keep it seasonal, it will be much better however you use it.
Finally, let’s not forget that absolute favorite of all, the gingerbread. Whether it’s used on its own or enjoyed as part of a latte, it is a fall classic that most people are going to fall head over heels for, especially when it is done right. It is well worth learning how to make a truly delicious gingerbread this year – warming and delicious, and the kind of thing that everyone can get on board with. It’s one of those things that makes its season so much more enjoyable.
As you can see, these are just a few of the seasonal meals and drinks you might want to learn.