Between the first glimpses of real sunshine, and two bank holiday weekends, May feels a little bit like a holiday after the long, grey British winter.
May is the time of year when we really start to see fresh herbs come into season, and can play with fresh flavours and bright dishes. I recently updated this rice & pea salad, which is full of fresh, seasonal herbs & greens.
May is also the (unofficial) start of the street food season
With bank holiday weekends, and (hopefully) the start of decent weather, food festivals and other outdoor events begin to pop up all over the place in May.
I love trying new things at food markets & street food events. The vendors are usually very friendly (I should know – I’m married to one), and happy to talk to you about their food (and about any potential allergens). Use events like these to spot food trends, pick up ideas for exciting flavour combinations, and learn about a cuisine you might not have heard of before, all while supporting small, local and independent food businesses
Most cities have regular street food markets, and (if they don’t happen year-round) May is usually the start of the season. For locals, May also brings us Leeds Indie Food Festival, with foodie events popping up at venues across the city.
May 2019 personal update
I’m still working out the kinks in the relaunch of this blog, so most of my energy will be focussed on spreading the word about that in May. You can read about the relaunch here.
May is also the month of my wedding anniversary, so I guess we’ll be celebrating that (if Andy can get any time away from street food life).
What’s in season in May?
- New potato
- Spring onion
- Lamb’s lettuce
- Pak choi
- Spring greens
Also in season in May
What to cook in May
- Gluten-free pancakes [banana]
- Black bean, broccoli & sweet potato bowl [broccoli, onions, parsley]
- Vegan shakshuka [peppers, onions]
- Classic Tropical Green Smoothie [banana, spinach]
- Pink berry & almond smoothie [banana]
- Vegan frappe-style smoothie [banana]
- Broccoli tempura [broccoli]
- Purple cabbage stirfry [cabbage]
- Broccoli & quinoa salad with chickpeas [broccoli]
- 5-Minute Carrot & Raisin Salad [carrot, corriander]
- Avocado & basil hummus [basil]