With Easter over and the clocks springing forwards, winter feels like a distant memory. The daffodils have well and truly bloomed and it’s now officially British Summer Time, hooray! The shift in season (and hopefully temperature!) naturally brings with it a change in our eating habits. Warm, comforting soups and tasty stews are a thing of the past as we begin to crave fresh tastes and lighter plates.
With that in mind, we have crafted this #YearOfFood Spring food board to inspire you to rustle up some delicious springtime creations.
Here’s a taste of some of our favourite seasonal picks:
Salmon: The nutritionally rich fish is somewhat of a staple for many people as the days slowly tick over towards summer. Salmon is a great option for a springtime feast, thanks to its versatility. While being delicious simply roasted with a dash of salt and pepper, why not spruce it up a little? Add an oriental twist with sweet chili and lime or, for a fresh taste, add it to pasta with a squeeze of lemon and a handful of rocket.
Pasta: Speaking of versatility there is really nothing more versatile than pasta. The delicious Italian mainstay gets a bit of a bad rep, especially among the carb-conscious, but it can be an inspiring dish, full of flavour. Adding some simple basil pesto with shavings of parmesan and nibs of asparagus to spaghetti is a flavoursome and easy dish, perfect for those nights when you don’t want to be slaving over the hob. The trick is to sprinkle a pinch of salt to the boiling water before adding the pasta, in order to keep the blandness at bay.
Seasonal vegetables: There’s no better time to make the most of seasonal vegetables than during the spring months! Fresh vegetables are a sure-fire way to brighten up any dish and of course the added nutritional benefit. Think crunchy, steamed green beans or cooling cucumbers, tossed into a salad or served as a side dish – you really can’t go wrong.