‘Simple and in Season’ – May (Link-up now closed)

Simple and in Season May is now closed.

Please enter June’s recipes here

Exactly six months ago today I posted my first blog post Hello World! and what a wonderful six months it has been. One of the most enjoyable aspects of blogging, for me, is being able to share recipes, trying things I may not have tried before and broadening my tastes. I  love taking part in other blogging events and linky-ups, where time permits. It always amazes me how one theme can be so creatively interpreted by so many. So, it’s time for a little bit of audience participation on Fabulicious Food! I will be hosting a linky-up/competition each month called ‘Simple and in Season’ with the aim of bringing together as many recipes as possible showcasing some of the wonderful seasonal produce on offer.  

Here’s what it’s about –
  • All you have to do is come up with a dish using any seasonal produce you like (savoury or sweet – it doesn’t have to be asparagus) post it on your blog and add a link to your post in the box below (via Simply Linked) – I hope it works!!!
  • The first round starts today and runs up until the end of May. I will pick a winner on 1st June (excluding myself obviously) and will include a round-up post including everyone who has entered as well as launching the next month’s challenge
  • You can take inspiration from anywhere – adapt a recipe from your favourite cookbook, try something from a magazine, make up your own creation or share a family favourite. The usual rules apply when using someone else’s recipe, please either get permission from the author to post it or adapt it in some way stating how/why you’ve changed it
  • Include any seasonal produce you fancy including fruit, veg, herbs, meat or fish
  • Link as many recipes as you like. You can link posts entered into other blog events or carnivals as long as it involves a seasonal food item (and fits in with their rules)
  • The linky-up is open to anyone, anywhere. I’m happy to post prizes abroad and although it will be nice to feature as much British produce as possible, it will be interesting to see what’s in season elsewhere.
  • To get you started in the month of May some of the best seasonal produce includes asparagus, broccoli, new potatoes, rhubarb, rocket, spinach, chervil, sorrel, wood pigeon, sea trout…but there is much more!
  • If you have questions or problems, email me or leave me a comment in the comment box at the bottom of the post


This month’s prize is a copy of “How I Cook” by Skye Gyngell, who recently won her first Michelin Star at her café at Petersham Nurseries in Richmond. Skye is hugely influenced by seasonal produce and her recipes are delightful. As I will be going to the Real Food Festival in a few days time, so I will also select one or two of my favourite goodies from the show and include them in the prize.   

If you would like a ‘Simple and in Season’ asparagus/May badge for your blog, feel free to use the one above or email me for it.

Here are some useful website with ideas on when things are in season and ways to use them – let me know if you come across anymore!

  • What’s in Season (a great website with an A-Z picture guide of what’s in season)
  • Eat the Seasons (tells you what’s good this week, eg jersey royal new potatoes, asparagus etc)
  • Well Seasoned (more about what’s in season including seasonality charts)
I’ve had a sneaky preview of all your favourite seasonal ingredients through the question on The Real Food Festival Cook Book Giveaway page – some of your answers have so far included fresh, local rhubarb, apples straight from the tree, strawberries and raspberries especially when picked yourself, and my personal favourite too, fresh British asparagus. I think there is tons of inspiration out there and I’m hoping you will all join me in coming up with some lovely ways to use fresh seasonal produce. 
Fresh seasonal produce is all around us, especially at Farmers’ Markets, local farm shops and more and more places, including supermarkets thankfully, are beginning to realise that fresh and local is best so I’m sure you will find lots of things to use to create simple seasonal food. 
With thanks to Liz at Violet Posy Designs for designing the lovely ‘Simple and in Season’ badges.

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  1. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.

    After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  2. Paula 'Spoons 'n' Spades' says:

    >What a great idea! I've showcased the strawberries freshly picked from my garden in my recipe.

  3. >Another Elderflower entrant here! What a fab event Ren – nice one!

  4. Fabulicious Food says:

    >Thank you! So glad you found it, round up will be early next week. Love the elderflower cordial, definitely 'in season!'

  5. A Trifle Rushed says:

    >What a wonderful idea, I saw it on Sarah's MaisonCupcake this evening, racked my brains, and remembered I had posted Elderflower Cordial this month, which is seasonal, though a drink! Hope it is OK to include.

  6. Bea Parkin says:

    >Great idea for an event, love it. Glad I found it in time too 🙂

  7. Fabulicious Food says:

    >Yay – thanks for thinking of me Sarah 🙂

    Jessica your asparagus lasagne sounds amazing, I will have to experiment! Thanks for the comment. x

  8. J. Valentine says:

    >I would have never thought to put asparagus and cheese on bread/toast. Sounds yummy! We've recently made a veggie version of aparagus lasagna. Amazingly, turned out nice. Ingredients: Large asparagus, button mushrooms, homemade tomato sauce and mozz cheese! Bake. Wonderful Ideas, Ren!

  9. Sarah, Maison Cupcake says:

    >I have asparagus (as I think you know from Facebook!), I had better make something with it fast!

  10. Fabulicious Food says:

    >Thank you for the submissions! Wow, one from Toronto! Great soup and lovely to connect. Will visit yours too. Ren

  11. Fabulicious Food says:

    >Thank you Helen and thanks for being the first one to link up! I will publish a round-up at the end – not sure whether I like the linky tool, there is no photo to see 🙁 Anyway I can always change it next time.

    Sally – I love your blog too and yes I bet you can't wait to eat some lovely British food. If there is *any* seasonal produce where you are feel free to link up!!

    Genevieve – thanks for posting your lovely asparagus post!

  12. Sally - My Custard Pie says:

    >I can't believe you've only been blogging for 6 months. Congratulations on a lovely site. I am envious reading the list of produce in season in the UK. Can't wait until July when I'll be tucking into Jersey Royals myself.

  13. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours says:

    >What a great idea for a blogging event.

    I have the book so no need to enter me for the prize!

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