Welcome to the round up of April’s Simple and in Season blog event here on Fabulicious Food! Once more, we’ve had a delightful selection of seasonal produce, local to all those of you who joined in, including tulip petals, wild garlic, Alphonso mango, figs, watercress, purple sprouting broccoli and lots of ideas for rhubarb. There’s bound to be plenty to inspire you all here!
1. To start us off, Clare from The Vegetarian Experience made a delicious Vegetarian Easter Pie, filled with spring onions, leeks, carrots and potatoes and a lovely cheesy sauce. This would be a great way to use up any veg box items you might have this spring.
2. Next, Shaheen from Allotment 2 Kitchen sent across her Lemon Spiced Purple Sprouting Broccoli – how goes does this look? A very pretty plate.
3. More lovely Purple Sprouting Broccoli, this time from Shu Han of Mummy, I Can Cook who served hers (sesame roasted) with softly boiled blue eggs.
4. Shu Han from Mummy I Can Cook also made some yummy Mint and Mustard Meatballs with lamb for St Patrick’s Day, with a very seasonal mint green pesto. What a lovely idea.
5. The delightful and inspiring Karen from Lavender and Lovage sent across her Victorian Watercress Sandwiches, in a post dedicated to all things Watercress! There was more too…
6. If it’s comfort food you are looking for, then look no further than to Karen’s very tasty dish called Rumbledethumps, a Scottish Potato, Cabbage and Cheese Gratin with Chives. Perfectly simple and perfectly in season.
7. Next, we welcomed Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes who very kindly sent across this warming soup, a Spiced Potato and Red Lentil Soup. I’m going to have a go at this recipe in my slow cooker.
8. Katie from What Kate Baked kicked off the first of our seasonal rhubarb entries with her Great Rhubarb Weekend, Cake, Crumble and Jam. All three looked superb. A real rhubarb fest!
9. Next came along a very pretty Mulberry Pie from Simple Baking. The berries were picked locally to Anuja in Mahabaleshwar. How wonderful.
10. Dancing Veggies, a well-seasoned Simple and in Seasoner, sent across her Three Green Pasta Sauce, made with Swiss chard, kale and spinach, just five days before she got married! Wow, congratulations Amanda and thank you for sharing this recipe right before your big day.
11. Janet from The Taste Space over in Canada sent across this delightful dish of Raw Alfredo Sauce with Basil, Cherry Tomatoes and Zucchini (Courgette) Noodles. Delicious!
12. At the halfway mark exactly, Emma from Emma’s Kitchen Diary sent across this dish of Pappardelle with Tuscan Sausage, Asparagus and Peas – my kind of food, Emma!
13. Inspired by our holiday in Wales, I stocked up on some spring Welsh lamb and made an Nigella-inspired dish of Lamb with Potatoes and Asparagus, lemon and mint. British Asparagus season is here, too!
14. A second helping of lamb. This was a lovely post and entry by The Aga Girls, who made Rolled and Stuffed Lamb Breast, which looked divine and cooked to perfection.
15. Yay, Mel from Sharky Oven Gloves joined in again from New Zealand and linked up her unusual, but very pretty, Fig, Goat’s Cheese and Chocolate Tartlets, with figs from her newly local farmers’ market.
16. Janet at The Taste Space came back to us with a really interesting dish – Cumin Scented Pigeon-Peas with Mango – so inspiring! I did actually spot some British-grown fresh curry leaves today so I will have to give this one a go and Janet used the famous Alphonso Indian Mangoes, too.
17. Another great blogging friend and supporter of Simple and in Season – Laura from How to Cook Good Food sent across these Ricotta Cakes with Watercress Salad served with a chocolate balsamic dressing, which I have to try. These look delicious. Laura is having great fun finding out what’s in season by having an allotment.
18. More pretty snacks – this time from Urvashi, The Botanical Baker, who will be hosting Simple and in Season in May. Just look at these Tulip Petals (edible) filled with a delicate goat’s cheese dip! Stunning.
19. Shu Han from Mummy I Can Cook came back to us again, this time with a stir fry using seasonal wild garlic, which I was lucky enough to find, too in Wales. These are authentic Singapore Noodles and I can’t wait to try them.
20. Susan from A Little Bit of Heaven on A Plate over inLancashire made these Rhubarb and Rose Muffins. I loved the pretty pink cases, too.
21. Also out picking rhubarb was Katie from Feeding Boys and a Firefighter. Katie made Rhubarb and Muscovado Muffins using her own-grown produce. I think we all fell in love with Katie’s cases, too!
22. The very talented Sarah from Maison Cupcake was also inspired by seasonal rhubarb and made these beautiful Mini Caramelised Rhubarb No Bake Cheesecakes – I LOVE these!
23. Nazima from Working London Mummy sent across her Ricotta Hotcakes with Poached Rhubarb – despite having a tiny baby to look after! These look amazing.
24. And finally…I sneaked in an Easy Rhubarb Traybake, based on a recipe given to me by my mum, which can be very easily adapted to use any seasonal fruit!
Thank you so much to everyone who took part this month!