At first you might think: “Everything has stopped growing, so there won’t be any seasonal foods in December”… However, it’s a time when traditionally we’d enjoy hot pots made with stews and stored root vegetables.
“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat” says the old nursery rhyme. Historically we’d feed animals roots and grains and eat more meat at this time of the year. Foods, like Stargazy Pie, are also traditionally served in December.
Talking of pies, did you know that mince pies originally contained mutton? Oliver Cromwell actually banned mince pies and when they were subsequently reintroduced, it was only at this point that people stopped putting meat into their mincemeat!
Aside from meat, there’s lots of vegetables you can enjoy at this time of the year – try recipes including parsnips, they are a delicious addition to a festive spread.
It’s fair to say, when we can smell chestnuts roasting, we think Christmas is not long away…the smell of clementines and cranberries also bring about a festive aroma, whilst add an extra spot of colour and vitamin C to our diet.
Did you know another festive favourite, brussels sprouts, can taste sweeter and better after a frost? According to this article: “The frequent freezing and thawing of the vegetable leads to complex carbohydrates breaking down into simple sugars. The sprouts also tighten so they are less likely to become soggy when cooked”.
Pickles made earlier in the year from surplus vegetables should be good now. Also, it’s about the time to try damson or sloe gins if you made any…MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!