Introducing Strictly Seasonal

Hi guys, today’s post is probably going to be quite brief. Now I’ve said that it will undoubtedly end up being at least 1000 words long… But, today I’m introducing my new series, Strictly Seasonal! The series won’t officially be launching until January, but as tomorrow is technically the first day of winter, this seemed like the perfect time to introduce it.  

What is Strictly Seasonal? 

Strictly Seasonal is going to be my new food series where I’m cooking with only seasonal produce. As you may have noticed throughout autumn, my content got slightly more seasonal. I posted things like my autumnal breakfast ideas post and apple crumble slices etc with this series in mind. I’ve already tried to ease my way into it to make sure I can make this work.  

spiced plum jam

I’ll explain where this idea came from shortly, but in my head, this is how the series is going to be structured. I say in my head, this is the first post, anything can happen at this point.  

At the start of each season, I’ll introduce a new Strictly Seasonal menu with a rundown of which fruits and vegetables are typically in season at that time of year. Then, throughout that season at least one recipe a week will be made with only seasonal produce. There’ll still be extra recipes thrown in whenever I feel like it’s time to make a pizza or some cupcakes. This series won’t be taking over my entire blog, but that’s what’s coming.  

As I said, this series will start in January and I’ll be doing my winter post then. I could do it now but with the run up to Christmas, I think a festive feast is more on people’s radar than what seasonal offerings they could be eating for the next few months.   

Why the change? 

This is going to get random but there’s a point, I promise.  

A few years ago (yes, years), I was watching a YouTube video. I can’t remember who made it, but I’m pretty sure it was someone Australian. This girl was in a supermarket with her boyfriend, buying mangoes. He wanted to get frozen because it was cheaper, she wanted to get fresh because they lived in a climate where you can grow mangoes and they knew the fresh ones were somewhat local produce.  

At that moment it hit me how little of what we eat in the UK is actually grown here. Yes, food labels have a country of origin on them. But if we’re honest, how many people actually read them? 

Then I went back to thinking about how fortunate they were to live in a climate like Australia.  And to know, with a level of certainty, that a mango is local produce. 

As I said, that was probably three years ago now and to this day, every now and then, it crosses my mind. I don’t know whether it’s because I spend a lot of time on my own recipes now, but lately, that’s crossed my mind a lot.  I’ve been thinking about what she said and the carbon footprint of food a lot more.  

Most fruit in the UK at this time of year tends to be incredibly expensive.  Our climate doesn’t allow for us to grow much of it ourselves. Remember my £20 grocery haul post? That was October and the only fruit I could afford was apples. Fast forward to summer, the sky is blue, the temperature is above 10 degrees and magically giant trays of affordable strawberries appear on our shelves.  

Once upon a time, food didn’t magically show up on a supermarket shelf, and it wasn’t imported either. Seasonal eating wasn’t a trend (or a blog series…), it was everyday life. And I’m hoping to bring some of that back. 

Eating Seasonally 

I’ve already touched on the environmental impact of eating out of season and the cost of imported produce over home grown, so there are plenty of reasons to try it.  

Not only will it save you money, but it’s a small step that can help the planet too.  

The ease of supermarkets makes it very tempting to eat what we want, when we want, with very little concern for anything else. But in the UK, although we don’t have the best climate for attempting to grow something like a mango, we do still produce our own food. While it’s easier to eat from the world, it’s not like we don’t have the option to eat home grown produce.  

Strictly Seasonal recipes are one post a week, hardly life-changing when it comes to the environment. But even if you don’t decide to make every recipe I post, I hope the seasonal introduction posts will be helpful and maybe inspire a few of you to shop and eat more mindfully too.  

Outside of the UK 

And for my international readers, I’ guess nothing will be changing. I’ll be posting recipes as per usual regardless of whether ingredients are currently in season where you are. Maybe those posts could inspire you to check what’s in season where you are too! 

I know this post probably seems random in amongst all of the festive content you’ll be seeing right now, but I hope you still found it interesting. Are you excited for Strictly Seasonal to start? Do you consider where your food comes from when you’re shopping (be honest)? As per my introduction, my ‘brief’ post is ending just shy of 900 words… 

Let me know what you think of this series!  

Until next time,  

Sophie 

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  1. 20th December 2018 / 12:29 pm

    Ah I love this idea Sophie! Although I adore cooking, I’m none the wiser when it comes to seasonal food. I look forward to learning about what’s in season when, especially in terms of my fruit. Can’t wait to see your recipes ‍♀️

    Evie x | hhtps://eviejayne.co.uk

  2. 20th December 2018 / 5:04 pm

    This post is so perfectly timed for me! I just moved to a neighborhood where there’s a farmers market every week, and it’s really been making me think more about how I eat.Excited for this to start and to learn more!!

  3. 20th December 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Absolutely love this idea of eating seasonal produce! I’ve been living in Australia and have tried to eat as much fresh fruit as I know that it is mainly grown within the country unlike the frozen fruit and I find it so important to support local farmers!

  4. 20th December 2018 / 5:07 pm

    This is such a great idea for a series Sophie! I never know what is in season at what time of year so this will be really educational. I’m sure you will make lots of tasty and healthy recipes. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with in January! Have a great Christmas lovely! <3 xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  5. 20th December 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I love the idea of this series! I am looking forward to reading your post as well. I must admit while I do pay attention to the country of origin it does not stop me from buying it when it comes from Spain, I just feel a little better when it’s regional.

  6. 20th December 2018 / 5:11 pm

    I think that’s a great idea. I always try to limit the consumption of non seasonal products as I know how much they costs to produce – energy, environment, etc wise.

  7. 20th December 2018 / 5:14 pm

    Wow. Food is more expensive here where I live in the USA. I generally read labels to ensure local produce or specific areas if I know their growing practices. I love the new idea and I look forward to reading it! Until then I will continue enjoying Christmassy posts 🙂 – RNSoul.com

  8. 20th December 2018 / 5:33 pm

    This is such a great series idea. I always look for locally produced food in the supermarkets to be a bit more eco-friendly. However, it is not always possible. This series will definitely help me to eat more mindfully.

    Eve | http://www.evemorganinteriors.com

  9. 20th December 2018 / 6:09 pm

    This sounds like a great idea! Very efficient and convenient to make food that is in season, not to mention the savings.

  10. 20th December 2018 / 6:15 pm

    I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS!!! This is such a good idea and I love that it was something that you heard years ago that stuck with you. That’s how you know it’s an important one!! I would love to know what’s in season and how to cook with it, so I’ll be keeping an eye on this series!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

  11. 20th December 2018 / 8:38 pm

    I love this!

    I’m vegan myself and I find eating seasonal really saves me some ££££.
    Congrats on taking the first step, I’ll have to follow these series to pick up some tips and tricks!

    S x | https://conceptsbys.com

  12. 20th December 2018 / 8:57 pm

    I am so so excited for this series! I feel like I’m only aware of a few fruits and their season, let alone any vegetables. I do want to start buying pretty much only what’s in season, with the exception of bananas, I always need those :’)

  13. 20th December 2018 / 9:05 pm

    This sounds like a fab series! To be honest, I don’t give much thought to where my food comes from. I should be more aware – I’ll be following your posts for an education 🙂

  14. 21st December 2018 / 4:19 pm

    This sounds like such a good idea! I don’t really need to do much food shopping at the moment as I live at home with my parents, so I’ve learnt quite a bit here with the price changes. This sounds like it will be an interesting series, but also you will provide people with so much information such as what is in season etc. As I personally wouldn’t really know that! I look forward to seeing this start in January 🙂

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

  15. 21st December 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Sophie if you don’t win a blog award soon I’m going to make one just for you. This is literally the best idea and honestly with all the environmental issues being raised and pushed under noses more currently it’s such a great series to show people small steps you can take to help the planet. I can’t wait to see more! (I really do love the huge affordable trays of strawberries in Summer, though.)
    Alice Xx

  16. 21st December 2018 / 8:13 pm

    I love this idea and will definitely be checking in! I really enjoy when restaurants offer a seasonal menu as it gives us a chance to try new food so I reckon your series will do the same! I’ve been trying to be more environmentally friendly in my choices but haven’t tackled the impact of flying in food etc yet, so this is enlightening for me too!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  17. 21st December 2018 / 8:45 pm

    This is such a great idea and I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I hate it that we can’t grow most fruits here in the UK, like try and buy strawberries now they’re either ridiculously priced, all mushy and horrible by the time they hit our shelves or both. This will really help to know what I should be buying so I’ll definitely be reading your new content!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  18. 21st December 2018 / 8:57 pm

    I love the idea of cooking with food as close to my door as possible. We have a long winter in Minnesota, USA, but some of the year we have so much great produce, I can try and freeze and preserve more from those months. I’m eager to follow along with you.

  19. Michelle Blackadar
    21st December 2018 / 9:02 pm

    this is such a lovely idea! I only start to think about seasonally grown food during the summer because the local produce like tomatoes are always amazing plus my neighbor grows tomatoes. i’m actually am going to start looking into what’s in season and see how i can incorporate it into my life. great series idea sophie! xx

    mich / simplymich.com

  20. 21st December 2018 / 9:10 pm

    This is such a great post. Here in Canada most of our foods in winter are imported and so things get more expensive around the winter months. Thankfully we do harvest some important foods but there are some essential foods that are impossible to live without and so eating seasonal is hard.

    Loren | Plaid & Sugar

  21. 22nd December 2018 / 6:04 am

    I am loving the sound of this food series! Sometimes, we have to go through the changes and that’s fine. I love that you’re eating the food that is in season. You make a great point because this is the best time for your money and the environment since we want to reduce waste and make the most of our resources. Looking forward to this. Merry Christmas!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  22. 22nd December 2018 / 5:43 pm

    This is a fab idea for a series. I haven’t looked much into seasonal foods myself, so I would be very interested in this. I always love reading about your recipes so I’m sure i’ll love reading this series too!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

  23. 24th December 2018 / 7:52 am

    I’m so excited to read these posts – I think that this is such an interesting and important topic. It is so easy to buy imported items at the supermarket. I always try to find things that are made in NZ – luckily I live in a climate where quite a lot of fruit and veggies are locally produced!

  24. 25th December 2018 / 9:23 am

    This is a great idea Sophie and I look forward to reading some of your seasonal recipes in the New Year. Have a lovely Christmas.

  25. 30th December 2018 / 12:07 pm

    This is a brilliant idea! Honestly yes I have been conscious of what’s seasonal and where food comes from lately because I’ve been trying to stick to a £25 a week shopping budget. The cost really mounts up if you include meat and fresh fruit! Looking forward to reading more in January =) x

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