Eating seasonally is one of my great passions; foods available for you to eat are the ones your body needs at that particular time of year. In winter I always crave hearty stews full of root vegetables, in summer I love light salads, now I’ve made friends with them!
As I have mentioned before, it is important for your health to not only satisfy your physical cravings for food, but also your mental ones. The drive that made your ancestors spend hours hunting, foraging and growing their food has not gone away and that empty space left after you’ve consumed three courses of microwave food has nothing to do with your stomach feeling empty.
Putting a little effort into finding good ingredients can make all the difference to your cooking too. A common mistake made by people producing bland and boring food from otherwise interesting recipes is cooking out of season foods. As much as I support low food miles and sustainable practices, it is easier to make it relevant to people by simply saying – it tastes nicer, and even better, its cheaper to eat seasonally. Not necessarily as easy to eat locally but at least keeping the food you’re eating to the things produced in your own country is going to connect you more to the land that you live in and the seasons you might otherwise miss with your busy lives of family, work etc. By all means, treat yourself to the odd import here and there, god forbid should I have to live without chocolate or tea…but your day to day meals will be dramatically improved by not using tomatoes in England, in February….
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”