As set out by our last blog, Its june! Knowing what’s in Season is so important for cooking and creating dishes, especially for chefs. Using the freshest produce possible is so important in producing delicious meals. Your effectively making tastier food and saving the environment all in one! The recipes down below will show you exactly how to make fruit and veg the hero of a dish! Here are some tips on how to get the best out of your fruits and veggies!

To get the most from your fruit and vegetables this Season:

  • Eat a variety of fruit and veg for maximum benefits
  • Buy whatever is in season – it’ll be cheaper and fresher
  • Cover and refrigerate any fruit or vegetables that you’ve cut
  • Stir-fry, steam or microwave your veggies – this way, none of their goodness is lost
  • Buy fruit tinned in its own juice rather than fruit tinned in syrup
  • When buying tinned vegetables, compare like-for-like and go for brands that are lower in salt
  • Spoon natural yoghurt over fruit salad instead of cream
  • Always eat what’s in Season!

Knowing your portions is important as not to under eat or overeat. 1 portion of fruit is: 1 apple, banana, pear, orange or other similar sized fruit, 30g dried fruit or 150ml glass of fruit juice or smoothie (counts as a maximum of one portion a day). In terms of veg : 1 portion of vegetables is, 1 dessert bowl of salad  or 3 heaped tablespoons of vegetables (raw, cooked, frozen or tinned)

There’s a big list this month with some incredible ingredients to choose from.

  • Asparagus
  • Aubergines
  • Beetroot
  • Broad bean
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • French Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Pak Choi
  • New potatoes
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Blackcurrants
  • Strawberries
  • Figs
  • Cherries
  • Elderflower
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Pepper
  • Radish
  • Scallions
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Parsely
  • Sage
  • Thyme

 

Season

 

As summer and the warm seasons grow longer and warmer the array of fruit and veg gets larger and more adverse. Have a look at these recipes and make some in Season dishes for yourself. To quench your thirst there is a lovely little recipe for refreshing elderflower cordial that makes a perfect summer party stunner. For a light delicious snack try these  Feta, yogurt and aubergine rolls, invite some friends around the the party and chow down. Tabbouleh Salad with fresh herbs is perfect with some toasted pitta breads or chopped veg. The key to great tabbouleh salad is to control its moisture. For dessert this Ribena Blackcurrant & Strawberry Cheesecake will surely get summer started, And its definitely a showstopper! Something to really impress anyone is this raw fig, cherry, lavender and honey cake. And indulge in a gin cocktail with strawberries and basil is just delicious. Treat’Yo Self with the freshest, in-season produce.

Take a look at our instagram for the latest shots of our fresh food: The Riddlers Instagram . You can also take a look at our menu for all the updates on what’s new and in season at the Riddler, visit www.theriddler.ie 

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