November

At the beginning of November is Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night.
Traditional foods for this occasion include gingerbread men, toffee apples and parkin.
Parkin
Maincrop potatoes are now available and are delicious baked, to be enjoyed around the bonfire with some butter.

The growing season is now virtually over, so we’re now more reliant on root vegetables and brassicas. Celeriac and squashes are now plentiful, and are great in vegetarian stews.

Have you tried kale, which some say is one of the world’s most nutritious vegetables? It tastes sweeter and has more flavour, after being exposed to a frost.

Now is a good time of year to buy lamb.

Some people associate lamb with Easter – but that lamb has either been fed lots of corn (which means it’s tender, but has less taste) or has come from Australasia (high food miles).

The lamb in November has usually been grass fed, and has more taste. Many believe it’s better for you (studies have shown that meat from grassfed animals has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from grain-fed animals).

Stir-up Sunday takes place in November, when Christians would make their Christmas puddings (after having heard a reading in church that begins Stir up, we beseech thee… ).

Some Web Links

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

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

www.eattheseasons.co.uk/november.php