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What’s in season in March? February this year felt like the start of spring, but the actual start of spring (the spring equinox) is on 21st March.
Lambs area-gambolling through the fields, crocuses are filling parks and gardens with a splash of colour and people up and down the country are realising that they’re adults who can have a whole Easter egg as a snack if they want to, you can’t stop me.
March is full of reasons to celebrate with food: St, Patrick’s Day (with my Irish Potato Farl recipe), Mother’s Day (with my mama’s recipe for Aubergine curry) and often Easter too (though this year it’s in April, so you’ll have to wait until then for an
While not a national holiday, my Sister’s birthday is also in
March 2019 personal update
We’re into month 3 of the year, and almost at the end of quarter one. On a personal level, how am I doing on my 2019 goals?
Being a beacon of positivity
I’ve been doing pretty well at this in 2019, I think. If you’ve been following my Insta, you might have seen that I witnessed a horrible accident a few weeks ago. Its the sort of thing that, when I’m not doing so well mentally, I would have just dwelled on and I would have let an experience like that send me off the rails and you know, it has been horrible – its stuck with me – but it hasn’t tipped me over the edge in that sense.
Getting my sh*t together
I got around to seeing the dentist for the first time in about seven years, so I guess that’s pretty good, in terms of having your sh*t together. We’ve also got a quote for getting our kitchen fitted, finally. I can stop living on airfryer food, microwave meals and takeaways (it’s hard to call yourself a food blogger when I don’t even have an oven).
Staying in my lane
I mean, I don’t know where my lane is heading – does anyone? But the projects I’m currently working on:
- Fig & Fennel – I’m still getting my freelance photography business off the ground. it’s early days but I’ve shot for a few local bars and restaurants, which has been fun. I think, at the end of this month I’m going back down to 3 days a week in my day job, which will give me that little bit more time to spend on photography projects.
- ZoePickburn.com – I’m in the process of splitting ZoePickburn.com from being my catch-all lifestyle/food/business blog into two distinct sites. I thought that a single website would keep things simple, but that wasn’t working so well, so I’m pivoting and separating out the
food stufffrom the business stuff. ZoePickburn.com will stay a bit more businesslike and professional. It’ll be a sort of profile for me, and the place where I send people who are (or might be) interested in my freelance services. I am keeping food photography separate on Fig & Fennel, but writing, recipe development, content marketing, and website development stuff will all stay on ZoePickburn.com.
- EatsLeeds – As part of that splitting down of foodie vs. professional content, I’m getting EatsLeeds, my food blog, back up and running. I’ll cover a bit more about that decision in a separate lifestyle post, alongside the relaunch. EatsLeeds will feature similar content to what it always has – vegan & gluten-free recipes & lifestyle tips, as well as some guides to eating out in Leeds and Yorkshire.
So , those are my lanes. I mean, I haven’t started any brand new projects, so that’s kinda staying in my lane, I guess?
What’s in season in March?
- Blood orange
- Bramley apple
- Passion fruit
- Brussels sprouts
- Purple sprouting broccoli
- Spring onion
- Sweet potato
- Pak Choi
Also in season in March
What to cook in March
- Purple cabbage stirfry [cabbage]
- Winter squash & kale curry [kale]
- Lemon & thyme hummous [lemon]
- Gluten-free pancakes [banana]
- Orange & almond salad [oranges, kale]
- Black bean, broccoli & sweet potato bowl [sweet potato]
- Vegan frappe-style smoothie [banana]
- Classic Tropical Green Smoothie [banana, spinach, pineapple]
- Pink berry & almond smoothie [banana, kale]
- Orange, tomato & sunflower seed salad [oranges, kale]
- Vegan shakshuka [peppers]