One of the best parts of welcoming a new season (apart from the temporary relief from the blazing heat here in Australia) is the availability of a brand-new range of seasonal produce.
Although you can buy most produce all year round, there’s nothing sweeter than the first bite of a fresh mango come Summer, or the juicy pop of a cherry tomato come Winter.
With chemicals and cold storage being used to preserve food more and more often, seasonality has never been more important.
For many foodies and chefs, purchasing seasonal fruit and vegetables has a romantic and nostalgic connotation reminiscent of times when people were only able to eat what was fresh and readily available.
If you’re at a loss as to which items grow when, fear not! We’ve compiled a table outlining when each piece of produce is ripe for the picking.
If you’re feeling hungry after all this talk of food (and we can hardly blame you), read on and discover a recipe for toasty warm Autumn/Winter veggie bites – yum!
- Cutting board
- 1 large, sharp knife
- 1 dipping bowl
- 1 large baking tray
- Oven mitt
- Tea towel
- 2-3 noodle boxes
- ¼ pumpkin, diced
- ¼ broccoli, cut in florets
- ¼ cauliflower, cut in florets
- 2 radishes, sliced
- 4-5 okra, cut in half
- 1 turnip, sliced
- ¼ cabbage, shredded
- 5 whole cherry tomatoes
- ½ capsicum cut into long strips
- 15-20 green beans
- Olive oil spray
- Roast vegetable seasoning (available at all major supermarkets)
- Aioli sauce
Preheat oven to 180° Celsius.
Slice vegetables into bite-shaped sections.
Place vegetables on greased tray.
Season vegetables with roast vegetable seasoning.
Toss vegetables to spread seasoning.
Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
Spoon vegetables into noddle box.
Squeeze aioli into shallow dip bowl.
Eat and enjoy!
This simple, seasonal recipe is the perfect way to break free from your weekday cooking rut. Fun and delicious, these veggies will be loved by the whole family. And better yet, you won’t be forced to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. Win-win! Pick up all the ingredients from your local Stockland supermarket.
Kmart Super heavy roasting tin $7
Kmart Acacia paddle board $10
Target 6-piece stainless steel knife block $25
Target Terry tea towels grey set of 5 $8
All fresh produce will be available at your major supermarket.
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