Get the best of this season’s produce
It’s not just the turkey with trimmings on the big day that makes the festive season so special (although there are some rather fabulous recipes on page 26). It’s all those extra little moments in the build-up that we love, too, particularly the ones that are unique to you and your family. For me it all starts now, with emails and phone calls working out the logistics of who is staying with who and when. Then, an afternoon of cutting up last year’s Christmas cards to make gift tags, shortly followed by an overloaded rucksack, heavy with dried fruit for Stir-up Sunday.
The produce I’m using at the moment isn’t what we’d usually consider to be the star of the season. Where clementines and cranberries might be the fruits we normally want to cook or bake with this month, it’s actually a good time to eat pears; and as much as we love a roast potato, we’re slap-bang in the middle of the parsnip season, so they’ll be at their sweetest and tastiest – perfect for roasting or adding to soups and stews. So let’s all don our loudest festive jumpers and head down to our fruit and veg aisle without delay.