Do you usually put all your fruit in the fridge? Well, you might have to stop, because some fruits don't belong there! When we buy fruits and vegetables, we tend to automatically want to refrigerate them. However, some fruits don't
March is here, when we feel like we might just see the sunshine soon and kiss goodbye to cold, grey days and switch hearty winter warmers for meals that are a little bit lighter and bring with them the taste of spring.Whether it’s baby leeks and spinach or sprouting broccoli and spring onions, or cockles and oysters or the last of the venison, it’s time to get excited about the arrival of spring with some of these dishes.You can now apply to be a professional crisp eater Why you should never keep milk in the fridge door Why you should never keep milk in the fridge door
February food, it’s a funny one. There’s a tiny peep of spring coming but you’re still more inclined to those winter warmers to take off the chill. And of course, there’s all that Valentine’s Day indulgence coming up, with talk of aphrodisiacs and romance everywhere you turn, even when it comes to food.But don’t worry, there’s plenty around to munch on even whether you’re planning a special meal or just something to get you through the end of winter. From the last of the game season to some great shellfish, and plenty of seasonal fruit and veg. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.What I learned from trying the 5:2 fasting dietWhat to eat before bed if you want a good night’s sleep
It’s Stir-up Sunday which means one thing – Christmas Puddings.If you don’t know what it is, Stir Up Sunday is the last Sunday before advent and the time that families would traditionally get together to stir the Christmas pudding five weeks before Christmas Day.It takes its name from the prayer that begins: “Stir-up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people” and the words were said to have been a reminder to remind churchgoers to start stirring up their plum pudding ready for Christmas.So what makes the perfect Christmas pudding? We’ve lined up some of the recipes from Britain’s experts for you to peruse. Just don’t forget to drop your Silver Sixpence into the mix!1.Mary BerryThe Bake Off queen’s Christmas pud recipe is packed with fruit for a traditional ‘figgy pudding’ effect. Soak sultanas, raisins, apricots and apple in orange juice and brandy. Mix with creamed butter, sugar and orange rind, as well as flour, eggs and mixed spice. Don’t forget to flame it and serve with Mary’s brandy butter. [Picture: Getty] 2. Nigel SlaterThe ‘cook who writes’ says his pudding is lighter and a little less sweet than most. It’s packed with dark, rich fruit but also adds dried figs and apricots. He also steers clear of brandy butter, preferring the ‘silky contrast’ of organic double cream. [Picture: Flickr/James Peek] 3. Delia SmithFond favourite Delia reckons her Christmas pud recipe has been made and loved by a “cast of thousands” over 40 years. She adds barley wine to the mix and suggests you start the day before you want to steam the pudding, mixing suet, breadcrumbs, spices and sugar with dried fruit, peel, nuts, apple and grated orange and lemon zests. Add rum, barley wine, stout and eggs then mix with all the family. [Picture: deliaonline] 4. Jamie OliverThe Naked Chef offer’s up his nan’s Christmas pudding recipe, which uses Vin Santo – an Italian dessert wine – and is apparently “super fruity” and “super easy’. In true Jamie style, bung in all the ingredients – mixed fruit, suet, orange, sugar, flour, breadcrumbs, zest and nuts and an egg – then mix together and steam. He recommends drizzling some golden syrup over the top before you serve. [Picture: JamieOliver.com]5. Nigella Lawson The goddess of the kitchen describes her recipe as the “ultimate” Christmas pudding. She soaks her fruit in Pedro Ximenez sherry before mixing all the ingredients together and adding “cola-cleaned coins or heirloom charms”. Nigella flames her “mystifyingly, meltingly light” pudding with vodka, not brandy, and serves up with eggnog cream. [Picture: Instagram/stmodewenhomes] Christmas is coming! It's 'Stir-up Sunday' this weekend, so put your kitchen to the test with @NigellaLawson's Ultimate Christmas Pudding recipe. Grab your apron and don't forget to make a wish! #StModwenHomes #StirupSunday #Christmas #Nigella #christmaspudding #christmasprep #recipe #recipeoftheday #festive #familytime #bakingA photo posted by St. Modwen Homes (@stmodwenhomes) on Nov 16, 2016 at 5:12am PST
The word ‘seasonal’ seems to have been hijacked by Insta foodies of late, think farmers markets selling fruit and veg in trendy wooden crates. So often we automatically assume that seasonal food = expensive. But in fact buying food that naturally grows at the time of year you’re eating it can end up saving £££. And that’s before you even get into the benefits of eating seasonally from a nutrition and taste point of view.“Seasonal fruit and vegetables can be picked at their prime, allowing their full flavour and nutrient profile to develop, and eaten within a few days so the nutrients and flavours are retained. They can also grow naturally, requiring fewer interventions such as fertilisers and artificial temperature control,” explains Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at Superfooduk.com“In contrast, produce grown in other countries and transported is often picked before it’s ready, and stored for potentially months at a time, artificially preserved with gases and cold temperatures. It’s no wonder that a lot of it tastes bland!”What’s more, seasonal vegetables and fruits are better equipped to give our bodies what they need at the specific time of year. “For example, autumn and winter vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips and leeks are ideal for warming stews, and are often higher in carbohydrates to keep us comforted through the cold season. The more watery vegetables and fruits that tend to grow in summer are lighter and better for hydration,” Shona Wilkinson continues.So now that the weather’s on the turn and we’re thinking of hunkering down with a good box set (or ten) it’s out with the salad and in with the comfort food. Here are the top ten seasonal delights you should be including in your diet this Autumn.Share your favourite autumn recipes @YahooStyleUKBring that cosy autumn feeling into your home with these home accessoriesThe autumn high street makeup launches you need in your beauty bag
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We all love to eat desserts throughout the year but when it’s hot it’s nice to have some lighter options. These summer fruit tarts are great for after a barbecue, a Sunday lunch or a evening with friends. Read on to check out the two recipes below…For The Apple Tarts: