Updated: Dec 16, 2021
As the last of the autumn leaves fade away and the temperatures dip heralding in the winter season there is always new seasonal produce on offer. While the harshness of the colder months narrows down the selection, there’s still some great seasonal products to try and more unusual ingredients out there that might inspire you to create some new dishes.
For those seeking your seafood fix, haddock and monkfish are the prime targets to look out for. Having a sweeter taste than most fish, haddock tastes excellent when smoked. Why not make some Arbroath smokies which are small, dry salted and hot smoked haddock. Monkfish aren’t exactly the prettiest fish out there but you won’t have to worry about that as typically only their tails are sold. The tails have a firm and meaty texture that is quite similar to langoustines.
Jerusalem artichoke and kale are our top vegetable choices for the season. Jerusalem artichoke is a versatile ingredient that works with many other ingredients. Whilst kale is rich in vitamins and works well in salads, roasts or even as a pizza topping.
Meat these options
While chicken and turkey rule the roost at Christmastime, there are alternative options that can be just as delicious. Pheasant is the most common game bird in the UK and, as such, is notably cheaper than the typical farm-reared chicken. However, the price does not dictate quality as pheasant breast tastes great and is a great substitute for chicken in stir-fries or curries. Another fantastic choice is duck and competes with turkey for the crown of best roast. While some extra effort will be needed to trim the fat – duck is a naturally fatty meat – the work will be worth it if you want to wow the family this holiday season.
It’s going to be cold out there but don’t let that stop you from foraging this winter. Start your adventures by hunting for some sweet chestnuts. This tasty winter staple can be baked or boiled for a delicious side dish or snack. Also keep an eye out for garlic mustard on your travels. The leaves of this plant are a great addition to some homemade sauces or salads, but make sure not to use too many.