It’s definitely a little strange, welcoming a new month while in lockdown. But I’m happy it’s spring. It would have been so much worse dealing with this during the darker months. Even though only people with gardens can be outside as much as they want, it still makes me happy to see blue skies and flowering trees from inside the flat or on my walks.
And as spring has sprung, so has the produce. Asparagus is now in season, just like jersey royals, nettles, early strawberries from France, artichokes, spinach and broccoli. And it makes me so happy! I know food shopping isn’t as easy as it used to be, but if you manage to put your hands on some fresh seasonal produce, I hope you can find inspiration here. And even if you can’t, I still hope these suggestions can provide a momentary distraction or some inspiration for the future.
I am most excited about the arrival of the asparagus, so let’s start there.
This pizza with asparagus and wild garlic pesto is lovely as a main course or even as a starter. It literally tastes of spring!
This asparagus starter with wild garlic mayonnaise and parmesan has become one of my signature dishes, and I will never tire of it. It’s super simple to make but still makes an impression.
For a more hearty dish, this asparagus risotto is lovely and although filling it feels light!
Moving on to artichokes, best enjoyed freshly boiled with butter!
Another favourite ingredient is the humble new potato. In Sweden these are celebrated at midsummer but in the UK they come much earlier. And although I love them freshly cooked with just butter and dill (or cold with a little butter) they are so versatile! Serve them with asparagus, in a potato salad with wild garlic pesto. Divine with any barbecued meats or a roast chicken.
This new potato salad with pears and blue cheese is really different but so gorgeous!
Fresh spinach is also in season, and I love to eat it wilted with fluffy gnocchi and a creamy stilton sauce.
Or with baked eggs and mushroom in this delicious brunch dish!
Last but not least, British broccoli is here too. And I love it served with a poached egg and a delicious sauce. Perfect for brunch, lunch or as a starter!
These broccoli parmesan fritters is another fun way to eat broccoli. It’s delicious but also a great way to get little ones to eat their greens. Perfect for lunch!
Hope you all have a lovely April!