It’s 2019 everybody! January has a whole host of great fresh produce to get stuck into. Read on for 5 of our favourite in-season ingredients this month, as well as some great recipes to cook with them.1. Leeks and Celeriac
Celeriac, a turnip-rooted celery, is full of flavour this time of year, and can be paired with leeks to make a warming pie. This celeriac and leek bake from Tesco is a real winner for us, perfect as a hearty meal for the end of a Winter’s day. Leek is a very versatile vegetable and can be roasted, braised, caramelised, sautéed, and more. The beautiful fresh colours of leeks can be a great way to a liven up a plate too. This leek and potato soup is a great way to get your five a day and is so simple to make.
Kale doesn’t need to be boring! Many people like roasting kale with a bit of salt and a drizzle of oil, like healthy crisps, though we also love it in our roasted squash tagine. The flavours of the sumac and harissa paste steam the kale beautifully, and you can see the recipe here and buy the recipe kit here.
The passionfruit is very much in season in January (being imported to the UK from the Southern hemisphere). Its deep and intense flavour makes for delicious puddings as well as cocktails. This African pudding cake is well worth the effort, and one of our favourite cocktail recipes relies on the intense flavour of passionfruit. See it here.
4. Oranges and clementines
There’s a reason you used to get those oranges in your stockings! They’re at their best this time of year and can be eaten in so many ways. We have a recipe here for grilled oranges, which is a 5 minute way to make a healthy dessert you can serve with yoghurt (and is far tastier than you’d expect given the minimal effort!). We also love oranges in salads and main meals, like this Asian orange chicken recipe from 'allrecipes'. You could also make your own fresh orange juice (is there anything better for weekend morning?) with a juicer.
5. Whiting and Cod
These fish are in abundance in January and there are lots of great ways to eat them. Whiting is a bit more delicate than cod and is lovely fried or baked with herbs and spices. We recommend using cod in our Goan fish curry, which is often a sell-out on our website. It takes a little more effort, but you really reap the rewards when it comes to eating it. You can see the recipe kit here and the recipe (which comes with the kit) here.