DE­CEM­BER NOTES

BBC Good Food’s Miriam Nice shares top tips to shop, cook and eat the best of the sea­son

BBC Good Food - - Contents - Miriam Nice is a pub­lished au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor. She has writ­ten over 350 recipes for BBC Good Food. @miri­amjs­nice

Get the best of this month’s pro­duce

Now is the sea­son full of feast­ing and fri­vol­ity, glit­tery knitwear and jam-packed fridges; but all this abun­dance seems a bit odd when there’s not a lot of fruit and veg in sea­son this month. In­stead we party hard on all things dried, pre­served, pick­led and cured. All is not com­pletely lost on the fresh pro­duce front, how­ever: cress, the orig­i­nal mi­cro­green, is an all-year-rounder and works bril­liantly scat­tered over pretty much ev­ery­thing, pro­vid­ing some much-needed pep­pery green­ness for win­ter dishes. We must also doff our party hats to the in­ge­nious so­lu­tion to the empty sea­son that is forced rhubarb, a mag­i­cal process whereby rhubarb is grown in the colder months in spe­cial pots and har­vested by can­dle­light – you don’t get much more fes­tive than that, surely?

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