February

As the days start to get longer again, February is when we start thinking spring is just around the corner. The Saxons called February Sprout-Kale as this is the month young cabbages would begin to sprout.

mackerel

It’s a good time to eat mackerel. It’s an oily fish, that’s arguably better for you.  It’s much cheaper than cod, and has more taste. I like it dipped in egg, and then oatmeal, and fried. Handline caught mackerel is more sustainable.

February is the month when rhubarb makes an appearance. Did you know rhubarb is actually a vegetable and not a fruit? I can recommend a visit to Wakefield Rhubarb Festival:

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Here you can try rhubarb curd, rhubarb smoothies, rhubarb and custard sweets, rhubarb pies, rhubarb sausage, rhubarb pickle, rhubarb cheese and rhubarb cakes!

Have you tried Rhubarb in Batter (like Toad in the Hole – but made with rhubarb) with syrup poured on top?

It’s also Valentine’s Day on February 14th.

Be Happy Bakery Rose Cupcakes

So why not show that special person in your life how much you love them, by cooking a meal made with local and seasonal food? There are some ideas for you here.

Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, this year is on the 28th February 2017.

pancake

For Christians it’s the day before Lent starts. Making pancakes was a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.

Some Web Links

Have a look on the web for more ideas:
www.bbc.co.uk/food/seasons/february

www.bbcgoodfood.com/seasonal-calendar/month/february

www.eattheseasons.co.uk