What's in Season: August
English lamb in season is hard to beat. In spring lamb may be at its most tender, but as autumn approaches its flavour develops, working particularly well with adventurous flavourings, such as Middle East inspired spices.
For example marinate a leg of lamb overnight in the juice of an orange and lemon. The following day lift the lamb out of the marinade (reserving the marinade), pat dry, rub with two tablespoons olive oil and roast at 200C for 20 minutes until brown.
While the lamb is cooking mix the zest of the orange and lemon with two tablespoons olive oil, two tablespoons clear honey and a tablespoon each of ground cinnamon, fennel seeds and ground cumin, then season.
Position the lamb on a large sheet of baking parchment on top of a large sheet of foil. Rub with the spiced paste, then drizzle the reserved marinade over the lamb, seal the foil and cook at 140C for four hours. Rest for half an hour before serving.
(Recipe adapted with thanks from www.bbcgoodfood.com)
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What's in Season Now:
Fish and seafood: cod, coley, crab, dab, dover sole, grey mullet, haddock, halibut, herring, langoustine, lemon sole, mackerel, pilchard, plaice, pollack, prawns, red mullet, salmon, sardines, scallops (queen), sea bass (wild), sea bream, sea trout, shrimp, squid, whelks, whitebait
Fruit and nuts: Bilberries, blueberries, cherries, gooseberries, greengages, loganberries, plums, raspberries, redcurrants, strawberries
Herbs: basil, chives, coriander, oregano, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, sorrel, tarragon, thyme
Meat, poultry and game: beef, lamb, rabbit, venison, wood pigeon
Vegetables: artichoke, aubergine, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, carrots, chillies, courgettes, cucumber, fennel, french beans, garlic, kohlrabi, mangetout, new potatoes, onions, pak choi, peas, peppers, potatoes, radishes, rocket, runner beans, salad leaves, spring onions,sweetcorn, tomatoes, turnips, watercress
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