I will say it very quietly, but I believe it’s summer, and how lucky were we with the weather on both May Bank holidays? It was glorious for the first, and not too bad for the second. I’ve loved cooking up some great dishes on the barbecue, lamb is still tasty and in season at the minute and I love to turn the heat down and slowly roast a whole shoulder that’s been rubbed with spices, there are some great spice rubs available online from the Lichfield Food Assembly.
For anyone who read my blog last month, my kitchen is still not completed. However, I am able to cook in it, I just have a concrete floor and bare plaster walls. It has been such a treat to be able to cook again and I couldn’t have picked a better month, now that it has finally warmed up the fruit and veg are coming in an abundance, last week we had lettuce in our weekly veg box from Woodhouse Farm, and as I have to drive past New Farm on my way home from the gym I’ve been gorging on Asparagus and early Strawberries. Eating seasonally means that I am now really looking forward to salads, the tomatoes are just coming into season and I love a simple salad of Heritage Tomatoes, which would taste even better with some crunchy sourdough bread.
By the end of this month all the soft fruits will be coming into season, and I love to try a bit of pick your own at Manor Farm Fruits, and of course you have to pop in for a cream tea at The Strawberry Cabin afterwards. I am a bit of a purist and like my strawberries and raspberries simply served with vanilla ice-cream, but when there is a glut I do freeze raspberries so that I can use them to top my breakfast oats, a delicious taste of summer in the colder months.
Sea Trout it at it’s best in June, it’s very similar to wild salmon in colour but has a wonderful depth of flavour due to it’s time spent at sea. Serve it very simply grilled with broad beans, new potatoes and a little butter, deliciously simple and so good for you.
The monthly Lichfield Grub Club is a permanent feature on our calendar now, last week we feasted on Samosas, Lamb Kofta Kebabs and Chicken Fajitas, washed down with some rather nice Apple and Blackberry Cider, which tasted dangerously like fruit squash. There was a great family atmosphere, we bumped into lot of people we knew and the live entertainment kept everyone happy. Big thumbs up from us. if you haven’t been yet I strongly urge you to give it a try, the next one is Wednesday 27th June.
I’m off now to visit the Gin, Cheese and Ale Festival, it has two of my favourite’s; gin and cheese, although I must admit that I don’t often enjoy them together. I’m always keen to try something new!
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I love living in Lichfield, it's easy to support local businesses as we have a wealth of fabulous independent retailers. My real passion is food, not only do I love to cook, but I love to eat out even...