May Food Guide
May is a glorious month; two bank holidays, better weather and longer days. So what's the best seasonal produce to be enjoying this month?
Most aubergine recipes delight with a range of spices and flavours from afar, so it's only natural to think that's where they come from. You can actually grow aubergine in the UK, and the start of May sees the first crop arriving onto our plates. Aubergine parmegiana is a delicious way to enjoy this veg, why not try our quick recipe yourself!
1 aubergine, sliced lengthways
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp white wine vinegar
Drizzle a little oil over the aubergine slices and then grill for 5 mins at 200 degrees. To a sauce pan, add the onion, garlic and gently fry until softened. Add the chopped tomatoes, basil, oregano, sugar and white wine vinegar and simmer for 3 mins. To assemble, layer the tomato sauce over slices of aubergine and then top with a sprinkle of mozzarela. Serve with a fresh green salad, tomatoes and cucumber.
The arrival of peas brings so many delicious dishes to our dinner table. Our pea puree is the perfect addtion to any salad, or if you fancy making peas the star of the show, our easy pea and courgette salad is for you.
1 courgette, cubed
1 red onion, sliced into 6 chunks
100g mixed leaves (peashoots are nice!)
100g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bunch of basil
200g pumpkin seeds or cashews
100ml light oil, rapeseed is best
1 squeeze lemon
1 tbsp water (add more to suit the consistency you like)
Salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees and roast the courgettes and onions for 15 minutes with a drizzle of oil, salt and pepper. Whilst in the oven, blitz all of the pesto ingredients together in a food processor and season well with salt and pepper. Once the courgettes and onions are out of the oven, leave to cool before mixing with the salad leaves, peas, cherry tomatoes and a generous dollop of pesto. Enjoy as a salad or side dish with a portion of grilled fish.
What else is still in season?
You can stil enjoy lots of veg which came into season during April - asparagus, radish and spring greens are all at their best and screaming for you to use them in a salad or with your Jane Plan meals this month.