As the seasons change, so does the food we eat. At Flanarts Cuisine Events I only work with fresh ingredients (ingredients at the right maturity point on a particular season). The availability of fresh produce changes throughout the year, and this has a significant impact on the food menu. In this blog , we will explore the impact of seasonal changes on the food menu and provide examples of popular dishes and ingredients for each season.
Spring is a time of renewal and growth, and it brings with it a variety of fresh produce. Some of the foods that are in season during spring include asparagus, peas, and strawberries. These foods can be used in recipes to create light and refreshing dishes that are perfect for the warmer weather. The colors are extremely important in our spring menu, for that reflects the freshness of a season.
Popular spring dishes include salads, roasted vegetables, and pasta dishes. Asparagus can be roasted and served with a lemon vinaigrette, while peas can be used to make a fresh pea soup. Strawberries can be added to salads or used to make a strawberry shortcake for dessert.
Summer is a time of sunshine and warmth, and it brings with it a bounty of fresh produce. Tomatoes, zucchini, and watermelon are just a few of the foods that are in season during summer. These foods can be used in recipes to create refreshing and cooling dishes that are perfect for hot summer days.
Popular summer dishes include gazpacho, grilled vegetables, and fruit salads. Gazpacho is a cold soup made with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Grilled vegetables can be served as a side dish or used to make a grilled vegetable sandwich. Watermelon can be used to make a refreshing watermelon salad or a watermelon sorbet for dessert.
Fall is a time of change and transition, and it brings with it a variety of fresh produce. Pumpkins, apples, and sweet potatoes are just a few of the foods that are in season during fall. These foods can be used in recipes to create warm and hearty dishes that are perfect for cooler weather.
Popular fall dishes include soups, stews, and roasted vegetables. Pumpkin can be used to make a pumpkin soup or a pumpkin pie for dessert. Apples can be used to make a variety of dishes, including apple pie, apple crisp, and apple cider. Sweet potatoes can be roasted and served as a side dish or used to make a sweet potato casserole.
Winter is a time of cold weather and shorter days, and it brings with it a variety of fresh produce. Citrus fruits, Brussels sprouts, and root vegetables are just a few of the foods that are in season during winter. These foods can be used in recipes to create comforting and nourishing dishes that are perfect for the colder weather.
Popular winter dishes include roasted vegetables, hearty stews, and citrus salads. Brussels sprouts can be roasted and served as a side dish or used to make a Brussels sprout salad. Root vegetables can be used to make a variety of dishes, including roasted root vegetables, root vegetable soup, and root vegetable gratin. Citrus fruits can be used to make a citrus salad or a citrus tart for dessert.
Seasonal changes have a significant impact on the food menu that’s why at FCE we only work with fresh produce that is in season and can be used to create a variety of dishes that are perfect for the weather and the mood of the season. I divide it in volume and mood, the volume referring to how loud the ingredient speaks (measuring the heaviness or lightness on it) and the mood on how the weather affects it (temperature of a dish ; hot in winter and cold in summer) I encourage readers to experiment with seasonal ingredients in their own cooking and try out some of the dishes mentioned in this blog post. By doing so, they can experience the full range of flavors and textures that each season has to offer.