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Title: Seasonal Foods
Post by: amandaelizabeth on October 01, 2012, 08:34:48 PM
As food is the new hot topic at the moment, I thought I would ask if you had a seasonally available food that was special. 

I have just polished off the first asparagus of the season, so I know spring is almost here.  I see the first of the strawberries are advertised and if they ripen before our province's show days - later this month - it usually means a good summer.  Cherries mean Christmas to our family as we hope they will come into season in time for Christmas Dinner dessert.

What about you?
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Sharnita on October 01, 2012, 08:38:08 PM
It is autumn here so apples, squash, pumpkins as far as produce.
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Pippen on October 01, 2012, 08:39:59 PM
Me too! Asparagus for dinner. Yumm. Are you in HB?
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: magician5 on October 01, 2012, 08:46:44 PM
When I'm low on ideas, I check this interactive map (http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/seasonalcooking/farmtotable/seasonalingredientmap) to "what's in season now".
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: amandaelizabeth on October 01, 2012, 08:49:31 PM
Sadly no.  However when we first came to NZ we lived in Napier for 20 odd years, and I still have parents and brothers living there, so I consider it home as far as we have a home.   I went to Rotorua at the weekend and picked up several kilo's of asparagus in Matamata, so  I am the most popular person in the office right now,  but by golly we are getting through the butter, nobody wanted to wait until we bought the Parmesan. 
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: demarco on October 01, 2012, 09:10:00 PM
Concord grapes are in season now.  Their season is short. I love these things. The  skin is sweet, the inside is sour and a bit slimy and there are rather big seeds in them. 
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Slartibartfast on October 01, 2012, 09:16:21 PM
How am I supposed to be good and financially responsible when people are putting pumpkin in food and beverages all over town?  It's cruel, I tell you!
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Isometric on October 02, 2012, 12:11:48 AM
Err... I know I should be healthy and list some fruits and vegies, but Easter Egg chocolate- it's just so different and yummy! And hot cross buns - choc chip.

On the healthier side, I just adore Summer fruit - cherries, grapes, peaches, nectarines, and berries are all mere weeks away, yay!
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Shakira on October 02, 2012, 04:33:32 AM
Pumpkin, apple and maple everything! Yummmmmm.

Plus we are vacationing in VT right now and there's maple syrup samples and cheese samples EVERYWHERE. We had butternut squash and mushroom risotto cakes, with apple pancakes for breakfast yesterday. I could eat that again every day!
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: staceym on October 02, 2012, 06:59:15 AM
How am I supposed to be good and financially responsible when people are putting pumpkin in food and beverages all over town?  It's cruel, I tell you!

oh man I so agree with you.  I LOVE pumpkin and the building where I work has an Au Bon Pain down in the lobby and I loved fall because they come out with their pumpkin muffins - I LOVE them - but sadly I've been watching my weight and don't eat sweets anymore - so no more pumpkin muffins for me  :'(
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: sidi-ji on October 02, 2012, 07:47:56 AM
My local market has yummy squashes,gourds and berries :).  Soups and roasted vegetable dishes forthcoming!  Lady finger apples( or "Lady"), honeycrisps, and other apples  have arrived.
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 02, 2012, 08:31:36 AM
Spring:  I wait for asparagus and rhubarb - not together, though!

Early summer:  peas, right off the vines.  They rarely even make it into the house.  Strawberries, if I can get them before the chipmunks do.  I got none this year - currently planning lethal solutions since relocation obviously didn't work.

Summer:  green and yellow beans, straight out of the garden, into the pot for dinner.  Broccoli the same.  I don't really like broccoli.  Until I cooked up the ones I'd just picked from the garden.  I'd bought 4 plants as a separation between bean plantings, more than anything.  I'll be buying more next year.

Later summer:  Roma tomatoes made into bruschetta with garlic and basil, all from my garden; cucumbers, sliced with the rind still on, with just a little salt.

Fall:  butternut squash made into soup with the recipe Venus posted in the recipe section; pumpkin made into pumpkin pies

Winter:  LOVE all the root vegetables:  beets, turnip, rutabaga, carrots, parsnips, potatoes

Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Hmmmmm on October 02, 2012, 10:12:46 AM
Satsuma oranges are coming into season right now for us.  I love snacking on these.

And of course pumpkins are coming so I'll be making my once a year pumpking chile. 
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Thipu1 on October 05, 2012, 09:09:06 AM
Winter squash.  Leftover rice, beans and chicken baked in an acorn squash is delicious.

A great variety of apples.  Lady apples will be coming soon for the holidays.

Clementines.  For some reason, little crates of these surface in the autumn.

Root vegetables.  Turnips and parsnips are so good in a fragrant stew.

Concord grapes. 
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Nibsey on October 05, 2012, 09:49:44 AM
It's Kale season and the Kerrs pink potato season is just ending. Can't wait to make colcannon with both.  :D
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: NyaChan on October 05, 2012, 11:12:36 AM
LOL This thread cracks me up - when i read this title I was like Cadbury Creme Eggs!  Candy Corn! Pumpkin shaped Reese's!  Red & Green & White Mint M&Ms!  Then I clicked and people are like pumpkin, kale, concord grapes!   ;D
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Slartibartfast on October 05, 2012, 12:03:41 PM
LOL This thread cracks me up - when i read this title I was like Cadbury Creme Eggs!  Candy Corn! Pumpkin shaped Reese's!  Red & Green & White Mint M&Ms!  Then I clicked and people are like pumpkin, kale, concord grapes!   ;D

I used to think that, but then Peeps and Starburst jelly beans became available year-round and I don't have to crave them anymore  :P
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: alkira6 on October 05, 2012, 01:52:14 PM
Eggnog - the horrible processed stuff that is sold in the carton at grocery stores.  I love that stuff with amaretto and I even stick it in the ice cream maker and make soft serve ice cream with it.

winter squash and greens - roasted squash (all kinds!) with olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper is a meal in and of itself for me.  I've also made a deal with my mom -  I pick and wash the greens, she cooks and makes the cornbread. My greens always taste like slimy dirt, so it works out well for me  ;D

apples of all kinds - we have an orchard nearby that is pick your own, so we are absolutely gluttons with apples for a month or two. I also put up apple butter, apple jelly, dried apple, and make apple cake.  Yes, it is all apples, all the time  ;)

potatoes. yes, potatoes. for some reason they adn turnips always taste better to me in the fall/winter after it's been cold for a few weeks.  We leave them in the ground and dig up as needed/wanted and they always taste better to me in dec/jan. carrots too to a certain extent, but those usually get eaten as babies, so not too many survive for winter eating.
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Winterlight on October 06, 2012, 05:07:39 PM
Right now it's apple cider and zucchini/squash.
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: mechtilde on October 07, 2012, 12:54:39 PM
English apples.  ;D
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: clio917 on October 07, 2012, 01:55:31 PM
Mmmm fresh apple cider... And Honeycrisp apples. We just picked the first two off of our tree and they were heavenly!
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: CrochetFanatic on October 07, 2012, 02:44:48 PM
Chestnuts are going to be in season soon, if they're not already.  They're sort of a pain to work with, but we love 'em!
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 07, 2012, 03:01:12 PM
Anybody else seen the commercial for Cadbury Screme eggs?  They seem to have a Hallowe'en version out.  I think they are very similar to the Creme eggs but the filling is green, rather than looking like an egg.
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: CrochetFanatic on October 07, 2012, 03:03:03 PM
Yes!  I stumbled across those in the store last week, and bought a bunch of them.  I saw the commercial after that.  The only difference between these and the Easter ones is the green coloring.
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 07, 2012, 03:06:32 PM
I may have to buy a couple...  I had the bloodwork done for my annual physical last week so I'm all good to load up on the cholesterol and sugar now.   ;D
Title: Re: Seasonal Foods
Post by: NyaChan on October 07, 2012, 03:25:48 PM
I totally had one :)  It was basically the original with a green yolk.  I immediately went to Dr. Seuss world though, not so much the Halloween.