seasonal foodguide: december

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seasonal foodguide: december

Eating seasonally has become a big part of my families (culinary) life. We buy our vegetables at a local organic farm, which is a mere stones throw away from our home. We spend one or two full mornings per week at the farm: playing, observing the animals, being with the land, watching the crops grow, picking flowers and resting. We do this year round. This way we get to see the changes nature goes through. Over the years I have found eating and living seasonally to be the biggest contributor to my health and wellbeing.

 

When I eat and live with the season I am connected to the here and now. I think less about what has happened or what will be. I enjoy the moment as it is. Potatoes during winter help me stay warm, safe and rooted. Cucumbers during summer help me beat the heat, enlighten and refreshen my mind. When I spend time outdoors, with the season, I feel invigorated and alive. I forget time, my phone and any worries I may have. Nature is a natural relaxant. Seeing my food grow makes me feel more appreciative. Let’s not forget gratitude is an important ingredient when creating a nourishing meal.

 

Eating according to the season has another advantage. A strawberry grown in mineral rich soil during pre summer days holds more nutrients than a strawberry grown in a commercial greenhouse during winter. In other words, we ingest more minerals and vitamins by eating what nature provides us seasonally. Eating the season hands us the opportunity to be truly nourished, on every level imaginable.

 

Since seasonal eating and living has become such a big part of my life I have decided to create a seasonal food guide and record my findings year round. I’ll do a monthly post to show you the foods available right now and I’ll give you ideas what to cook, using this beautiful seasonal produce.

 

Enjoy eating December!

Xoxo Kyra.

 

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'Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.' (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

SEASONAL FOODS: DECEMBER

At the farm

I spotted kohlrabi, cavolo nero, Brussels sprouts, kale, jerusalem artichokes, celeriac, turnips and winter purslane growing at the farm this week. I even saw the last of the radishes, still covered in dirt, and some frozen raspberries on the branch. The farm store was packed with baskets full of quinces, walnuts and chestnuts, all picked over the previous months. The trees were pruned and ready for winter. The land was cleared and ready for rest. I spend the full morning there, until my hands were so cold I could hardly hold my camera. The sun shone and purple kale became the prettiest of gems. I took home salsify, Jerusalem artichokes, purple potatoes, turnips, kale and pumpkin. We then made a simple (5 ingredient) wild mushroom and pumpkin risotto.

 

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December foods*

Turnips

Beetroot

Brussels sprouts

Chicory

Cauliflower

Celeriac

Chard

Horseradish

Jerusalem artichokes

Kale

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Parsnips

Potatoes

Salsify

Swede

Winter purslane

Wild mushrooms

 

Apples

Clementines (i)

Cranberry

Passionfruit (i)

Pears

Pineapple (i)

Pomegranate (i)

Satsuma (i)

Tangerines (i)

 

Acorn

Almonds (i)

Chestnuts

Hazelnuts

Walnuts

 

(i) Imported

* I live in The Netherlands. The months and seasonal produce mentioned is therefore connected to the Northern Hemisphere.

 

Suggested spices to combine them with

Juniper, fenugreek, cloves, bay, nigella, nutmeg, sage, thyme, rosemary, fennel seeds, pepper, cinnamon, caraway, mustard, ginger, tarragon.

 

Recipe links

Turnip miso soup by Dishing Up The Dirt

Potato and Brussels sprouts salad by Grown & Gathered

Kale salad by Sprouted Kitchen

My quince carpaccio with roasted chestnuts, my cauliflower kale soup and this beet and cabbage salad.

 

On my ‘to make’ list

Kale, wild mushroom and sage risotto.

Vegan rainbow chard quiche.

Another batch of sweet tangy cranberry beetroot flax jam.

 

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Many thanks to (location) Moestuin Utrecht

All images and text (c) by kyra. at kyra’s kitchen.

5 Comments

  • Esther van Bezooijen

    01-12-2016 at 20:57 Reply

    Wat een mooie toevoeging aan je toch al prachtige website. Fijne (duurzame) kookinspiratie!

  • Jules Groenendaal

    05-12-2016 at 13:36 Reply

    Ik ben nu al een jaar of dertien vrijwilliger op de Moestuin en hoewel ik houd van die plek moet ik af en toe ook opgeschud worden uit de vanzelfsprekendheid van dat alles: de grond, de heggen en hun bewoners, de schuren, gewassen, de ligging in de bocht van de rivier, de mensen en hun bijdragen aan het geheel enz. Dat ‘opschudden’ is precies wat deze prachtige foto’s doen! Hartelijk dank.

  • Carlie

    25-12-2016 at 18:55 Reply

    Hey Kyra, ik ben je echt enorm dankbaar voor je kookboekjes en nuttige blogs. Alle informatie die je geeft is hulpzaam en nou ja ik word er echt heel blij van. Te lezen en zien wat je maakt. Mijn hele kookleefstijl is positief aan het veranderen een enorme schat aan zinvolle hulpzame informatie waar ik ook graag mee werk. Ben echt wel fan van je. En heb je ook genoemd in m’n blog en hoop dat dat oke is? De Moestuin was een aantal jaren geleden ook een fijne plek voor me, heb daar 1 jaar stage gelopen voor m’n deeltijd biologische landbouw opleiding. Fijn om terug te zien vanuit een ander perspectief. Dank je voor je waardevolle tips en met plezier en dankbaarheid blijf ik je blogs lezen en leer ik van jou gedeelde ervaring, wijsheid en kennis.

  • KTINKA

    14-02-2017 at 10:09 Reply

    I love this post. Your photographs are simply stunning. I feel like I visited that farm with you. Aren’t hydrangeas in winter the prettiest sight? And, thank you for the list of seasonal fruit comes in very handy, as I am trying to eat more seasonal foods.

    Thanks again, KTINKA

    • Kyra

      14-02-2017 at 16:28 Reply

      Thanks so much for your lovelymessage Ktinka!
      Something went wrong with the post and your comment ended up below another.
      Could you copy paste it and place it below the seasonalguide for january and february?
      It’sa true compliment, to hear my photos make you travel to the location where they were taken. I could not think of kinder words.
      Thanks so much and happy to be connected!
      Xoxo Kyra.

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