At long last, it looks as though we may be emerging from this elongated period of hibernation to which we had all become more than comfortably accustomed. However warm, cosy, safe it might have been, it is undoubtedly correct to say that we are all in need of, and more than ready for, a change. Bleary-eyed but oh so eager for the awakening, the possibilities of a transfigured landscape to look out onto, and the subsequent exciting and new flavour and taste sensations are steadily becoming more of a vivid reality rather than a slumberous dream.
At this time of year, developments are witnessed in rapid succession. For those who are dedicated to the cause of British produce, this is their time to shine. The fleeting, undulating nature of some of the sporadic produce that we have from the farm commands inspiration and innovation whilst demanding fast-acting, savvy and adaptable techniques. Just the way it should it be…nature speaks, we listen, and reply accordingly.
Our asparagus spears continue their uprising, along with maintaining their poll position in the spotlight on many a plate across London. Our tomato varieties persist in causing lingering, evocative reactions to their aroma, beauty and sublime flavour. In addition, we are now entering the rose-tinted domain of the berry season. Plump, voluptuous and sweet, with running-down-your-arm juiciness, our strawberries are guiding us, shining like a lighthouse, towards summer. What’s more, their aromatic and fragrant counterparts, raspberries, have also graced us with their delicately redolent essence.
Whether it be an element of relative novelty, or sensations that have the ability to take us back to those halcyon days it’s certainly going to be a delectably fun few months…