The winter really does seem to have come to an end – much earlier than usual, but nonetheless very welcome. We had a very cold stretch and the warm weather, open windows and flowers bursting into bloom feel like a very sudden contrast.
We’ve been existing on winter comfort food for months – and to tell you the truth, although I love to cook, I’m bored. Bored with putting the same old things on the table week in and week out, bored with buying the same old things at the supermarket and the choice at the farm shop where I buy my fruit and vegetables has been pretty seasonal, meaning not a lot of choice.
Now things are starting to change. I don’t buy much in the way of exotic produce that has been shipped halfway round the world and has no flavour as a result – which means that the seasons here at home are all the more real to me. This morning I picked up the first asparagus – not Swiss, but only from a stone’s throw away in Germany. I bought tulips fresh from the farm, which I swear really are completely different from what’s been available at the supermarket. I almost bought some local rhubarb too, but decided I’d wait a while and have it fresh from the garden in a week or two.
With change in sight I’ve pulled out three cookbooks, all of which come highly recommended, but none of which I’ve ever cooked much from. This week I’m going to make a concerted effort to try new things, preferably light meals only very little or no meat. We all need a change and a bit of a spring clean and I think a good injection of fresh veg would be no bad thing.
I’ll let you know how I get on!