Saturday 2 March 2013

Simple and In Season Round-up February

Thank you to all of the lovely people who have entered their seasonal dishes into this edition of Simple and In Season, there is a fantastic range of recipes here and lots and lots that I will have to bookmark to try. Thanks too to Ren of Fabulicious Food for letting me host her event. 

So without further ado here are this month's entrants:

First is Jen of Blue Kitchen Bakes with a delicious looking vegetable cobbler with chestnut and sage scones. This looks like the perfect winter warmer to me.

Jen's second entry is a lamb, leek and mint risotto. I love risottos but haven't often used leeks in them. Another delicious winter warmer.

Next up is Janet of The Taste Space with a delicious and healthy way with brussels sprouts: Spaghetti squash with roasted brussels sprouts and chickpeas. Janet has also given us some hilarious cat videos to while away a few spare moments....

Janet has also entered her Roasted orange veggie noodle bowl, a beautiful looking bowl of goodness with something Janet hasn't tried before, roasted oranges. Like me she often roasts vegetables but fruit is a new venture. This looks delicious and fresh.

Janet's final delicious looking entry is a Turkish freekah pilaf with chickpeas and wild greens. It contains chicory greens which were a new taste and one that didn't particularly suit Janet, but I'm sure this would be fantastic with Janet's recommended substitution of Swiss chard.

Alida of My Little Italian Kitchen has entered her Butter free almond and orange muffins. A perfect use of the lovely oranges available at the moment and some lovely pictures of her little one too.

Alida's second entry is Baccala (salted cod) with leek and potatoes. This healthy and light dish is the perfect way to showcase seasonal leeks and it looks very inviting indeed. Hop across to Alida's blog for a step by step of how to make this dish.

Anneli of delicieux has entered her Cannelloni stuffed with leeks and brie. Another fabulous use for leeks here and one I will certainly be bookmarking to try as soon as possible. I love the filling idea for these cannelloni - a winter take on the spinach and ricotta I'm used to.

Simple and In Season founder Ren of Fabulicious Food has entered these delicious looking Courgette (Zucchini) boats with bolognese sauce. Ren is currently following the Paleo diet, where grains are not recommended (there is some more information about the diet on Ren's blog) but I think everyone would love this recipe! 

Shaheen of Allotment 2 Kitchen has entered these absolutely gorgeous looking Vegan parsnip, raisin and walnut cakes. This seems like the perfect way to use parsnips and the combination of flavours sounds amazing. Shaheen's blog is full of inspiring vegetarian and vegan food and I'm sure everyone would enjoy these cakes.

Shaheen's second entry is Beetroot 'love heart' hummus. A lovely combination of earthy beetroot and chickpeas and a pretty presentation too.

Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe, one of the blogs I have happily followed for a long time has entered her Cranachan this month. A combination of yogurt and cream sounds perfect to me as I am not a big fan of straight whipped cream. 

Helen from Fuss Free Flavours has entered her Strawberry and coconut smoothie with winter berries, educating me as to the availability of strawberries in the UK in the middle of winter! This fruity smoothie is packed full of goodness including coconut oil and chia seeds, an ingredient I have yet to try.

Louisa of Chez Foti has entered her Parsnip, pecan and maple syrup cake. I am a big fan of parsnip cakes and this one looks delicious! Louisa is a fan of baking with veg and there are lots of other recipes for veg cakes on her blog.

Louisa's second entry is a Sausage, bean and veggie hotpot, which looks so delicious for the cold weather we've had recently. This is also an entry into another blogging challenge looking for recipes for a Somerset based charity called Swallow - check out the post for more details.

Choclette of Choc Log Blog was lucky enough to receive some delicious limes and has been putting them to good use in her amazing looking cakes and bakes. The first entry she has sent for this month's challenge is a Mexican Chocolate Pudding with chilli and lime mango slices. It sounds utterly delicious although Choclette says it doesn't look as good as it tastes, describing it as very rich, very dark and not too sweet.

Her second entry is this Lime, coconut and cardamom loaf cake which looks deliciously moist. I love the sound of that flavour combination!

Next is Rita from Rita Cooks Italian with her take on a classic Italian soup, Minestrone. This looks amazing and what a good way to use our seasonal vegetables. Rita even gives us an idea for using the leftover soup the next day. Yum! 

Elizabeth from Elizabeth's Kitchen gives us her Roasted garlic and tattie and leek soup. A perfect winter warmer making use of potatoes - often overlooked in favour of more exotic veg. Although it uses a whole bulb of garlic Elizabeth reports that it isn't overpowering.

Kate from Turquoise Lemons gives us a perfectly seasonal Blood orange drizzle cake. This looks gorgeous and I must make it while the oranges are still in season. 

Our final entry this month, making 21 in total is from Belinda at Focus on Flavour, and is a Jerusalem artichoke and Goat's Cheese Gratin. Using seasonal Jerusalem artichokes and leeks this is a lovely final dish to finish our round up.

Thank you to everyone who entered their delicious recipes into Simple and in Season this month. It's been a pleasure to host the challenge and I've found lots of lovely new-to-me blogs to peruse. I hope you've enjoyed this round up and will hop across to the participant's blogs to read their posts. Please let me know if I've missed anyone out of the round up...

Simple and in Season is being hosted by Louisa of Chez Foti for the next month so do enter any of your seasonal dishes!


celia said...

What a wonderful selection of dishes! All gorgeous and Spring-like, as we just start Autumn here.. :)

My Kitchen Stories said...

Its so inspiring to see all of those people cooking and photographing and presenting there great dishes.

Elizabeth said...

Mmmm yummy! There are some great seasonal recipes here :)

The Caked Crusader said...

What a lovely selection of yummy dishes!

Shaheen said...

Thank you so much for hosting, so many good dishes here I want to make, instead I will drool over the screen.

Choclette said...

Lovely round-up C. That parsnip cake looks good. I've only made one and must make more as it was quite delicious I seem to remember. The Jerusalem artichoke dish looks very tempting too. Well, actually, it all looks tempting.


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