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.
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.
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,