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August 27, 2012


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Johanna GGG

Neither am I above reproach on seasonality but how many asparagus recipes do I see in the depth of winter!!! And I am still baffled at how I grew up thinking rhubarb was a winter fruit and yet the rest of the world thinks it is a spring fruit. And I agree you should pull up someone who calls themself a seasonal cook for crimes against seasonality (though at this time of year we will believe anything is a spring veg - probably wishful thinking)

Sarah Crowder

I was going to say asparagus too. Almost every restaurant has a dish with asparagus on the menu and it really bothers me.

kathryn elliott

Oh yes, yes, yes. This is something which annoys the hell out of me . . . as you possibly know. No wonder people are confused about what's in season, when "seasonal eating" spreads include so many non-seasonal ingredients.

It's a regular in food magazines, particularly the big two. I see articles about one or two in-season ingredients, but the recipes are made up of stuff which is completely out of season.

Doing without garlic, tomatoes, basil, etc is difficult, especially when you're used to using whatever you want. However, don't talk about seasonal eating if you're going to ignore the seasons.

And I'm with all of you on the asparagus crimes.


Oh my gosh - this drives me nuts! "Spring" salads with carrots? Roasted "fall vegetables" with asparagus? I'm not above buying an out of season veggie, to appease a craving, but chefs should know how to properly label their dishes by the season.


guys, YESSS!

asparagus in autumn is just MADness, completely irrational, particulary as it's one of those veg that most people (at least those who like the stuff) know is a fleeting, spring thing.

i reckon i'd like to see the flower industry go all seasonal, just as the food industry (apparently!) has - and how lovely it would be to NOT see tulips in autumn...


"seasonal cook, my arse!" i LOVE reading your writing, babe.

i must say, however, that our asparagus patch keeps producing spears all summer. we have resisted eating them because we want our plants to grow foliage to feed their root systems {they're only 1st year plants right now}...but just sayin'...it isn't completely out of the question later than spring.

i love eating good fresh food...all the time. i love eating citrus, even though it is NEVER in season in vermont. somehow i know i would really miss lemon in my diet if i couldn't get it. and that's definitely something that doesn't grow here. i don't think i could really be mistaken for a localvore.

but i love the feeling of delight and discovery and simplicity that never fails to permeate me as i walk out to the garden to find what's ready to eat. it has been a stupendous gardening year here...lots of hot sunny weather and not a lot of rain, not even a lot of foggy august mornings, which in the three summers before this has meant that our tomatoes all contract late blight and succumb to the mould invaders. this year we have even been able to grow the most delicious muskmelons i have ever had the pleasure of eating!

i guess i am feeling no annoyance about supposed crimes against the season. my bucket is simply too full to allow room for anything else at the moment. last evening i went out with that bucket and filled it with tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, costada romanesco zucchini, broccoli, ground cherries, and raspberries. we made a fire outdoors and grilled the zucchini with nothing but olive oil, and steamed the broccoli and drizzled it with cultured butter, fresh garlic, and lemon. it was all that was needed.

{my heart is full too. like a big sunflower...}

Denise | Chez Danisse

It seems Stefano is missing out on the good stuff. Poor guy, I think as I ponder my dinner of yellow crookneck squash from our garden.


alison, thanks for the sparrow's grass reminder! mine are only just poking their heads up (in the secret asparagus patch out the back) even though it's in the shops. citrus, gosh, i couldn't imagine life without the stuff either...or ginger for that matter. neither of which grow well where we are, but i'm working on a plan for potted citrus trees. well, hoping is more the word...and as for locavore-ing. my arse (again!). read peter singer's ethics of what we eat years ago and he explored locavore eating, concluding that it's no more morally sound than any other style. interesting, interesting...

SOOO love the idea of muskmelons. MOST romantic name ever. love the way that our gardens are so opposite in their growth. our garlic is coming along beautifully and i'm learning about synodic lunar planting. raw-ther exciting results thus far. x

oh yeah, denise he's totally missed it. i am wondering what you did with your crooknecks? i loved them last year, ate them lots and lots. your summer sounds as though it's been grand, m'dear.

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