• Kerry McLeod RD

Mad About May

Hello,


Thanks for visiting my blog!

I hope you all enjoyed your chocolate eggs last month. I must say, I also absolutely loved the beautiful weather we had in South Wales. It was around about 22°C! Being Scottish, that's definitely not something I'm used to at this time of year! Dining al fresco, trips to Bute Park, long walks, ice-cream & fresh salads (not together!) are a few of my favourite things to do, and eat, in the nice weather.

As I'm writing this, I'm looking out at a windy, rainy, grey day... Here's hoping the sun comes back sometime soon!


Moving on to May... let's have a look at some of the fruits and vegetables that are in season this month:


Fruits:

Rhubarb, Strawberries


Vegetables:

Artichoke, Asparagus, Aubergine, Beetroot, Chicory, Chillies, Elderflowers, Lettuce, Marrow, New potatoes, Peas, Pepper, Radishes, Rocket, Samphire, Sorrel, Spinach , Spring greens, Spring onions, Watercress.

Information taken from BDA (2018, citing The Vegetarian Society 2012).


So yes, if this glorious weather keeps up, there's plenty of tasty salad vegetables in season which are great as a side to meals. A small bowl of salad provides 1 of your 5 a day, as well as adding flavour, texture, & freshness to dishes. I love to chop my salad vegetables finely & mix them all together with some salt, pepper, fresh lemon juice & a dash of olive oil. Honestly, it makes such difference!

And then there's strawberries... one of my favourite fruits! They are delicious as a porridge topper, with peanut butter & honey, or if you fancy something sweet after dinner, maybe you'd enjoy them dipped in dark chocolate? Check out the British Heart Foundation's 5 Healthy Ways to Serve Strawberries.


AUBERGINES - YUM! I'll be picking some of these up now that they're in season. Aubergine is great in ratatouille; pureed with garlic, tahini (sesame seed paste), olive oil, lemon juice, and various seasonings to make Baba Ghanoush (a Middle Eastern dip); or simply roasted with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. Check out this Baba Ganoush recipe from BBC Good Food. I haven't made my own before but intend to try this recipe out, much to my boyfriend's delight (he loves the stuff)! If you decide to try it out, I'd love to hear how you get on.


What are you enjoying this month?


Reference

British Dietetic Association (BDA) (2018) One Blue Dot: Making Our Favourite Meals More Sustainable [online]. UK: BDA. Available from: https://www.bda.uk.com/professional/resources/obd_meal_swaps_file.pdf [Accessed 02 April 2019].




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