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What's in Season in November & December in BC?

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The winter months are starting to get a bit colder in BC. That means that there is less produce available "In Season". Here are lists of what is in season in NOVEMBER & DECEMBER in BC

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The best place to get in-season produce is your local farmer's market!

I am going to try and make some meals with produce that is in-season in the Fall. The first recipe that I will try out this week is the one for Parsnip & Pear Soup that I found on  FOODNOUVEAU.COM

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You should try it out too and let me know how it works out!!

Here's how:

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1½ lb [750 g] parsnip, peeled and chopped 2 tbsp [30 ml] vegetable oil Nutmeg ¼ cup [60 ml] unsalted butter 3 leeks (white part only), sliced and thoroughly cleaned 3 French shallots, finely diced 6 cups [1.4 L] organic chicken broth 3 pears, peeled, cored and chopped 1 bay leaf 1 tsp [5 ml] fresh thyme, chopped 2 tbsp [30 ml] maple syrup ½ cup [125 ml] heavy cream

18 small scallops 1 tbsp [15 ml] vegetable oil Sea salt and white pepper (or black pepper)

Method

Preheat oven to 375°F [190°C]. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bol, combine the chopped parsnip with the vegetable oil, mixing well to make sure the vegetables are well coated. Spread the parsnip on the baking sheet. Grate some nutmeg over, then sprinkle with salt and white (or black) pepper. Roast for 25 minutes, turning the vegetables at mid-cooking point.

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and shallots and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and keep on cooking, stirring once in a while, for 4 minutes. Add chicken broth, roasted parsnips, diced pears, bay leaf, thyme and maple syrup. Stir well. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Remove pot from heat, remove the bay leaf and let the soup cool a little.

Use an immersion blender to purée the soup finely, or cool slightly and purée in batches in a standing blender, transferring pureed soup back to a clean pan on low heat. Incorporate the cream, taste the soup and adjust the seasoning, if needed. Keep warm on the lowest heat while you prepare the scallops.

Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large nonstick pan over high heat. Dry the scallops thoroughly (to ensure a good sear).

Sprinkle with sea salt and white (or black) pepper. When the pan is very hot, add the scallops and sear about 1½ minutes per side (don’t move the scallops, except for turning them), or until golden on both sides but still translucent in the middle (you can check this by viewing them from the side). Be careful not to overcook the scallops as they will keep on cooking a little in the hot soup.

To serve, ladle the soup in warm shallow bowls and add about 3 seared scallops per bowl. Sprinkle with best quality olive oil and sprouts, if desired. Serve immediately.

What's in Season in October in BC?

October has a really long list of fruits and vegetables that are in season. My favourite place to get some produce is at a Local Farmer's Market! IMG_6550

Some of the same fruits and vegetables that have been in season for the last couple of months are still on the list. And then there are some new things to check out.

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Pumpkins are in season and an important part of October! Pumpkin Pie for thanksgiving, and carving pumpkins for Halloween! Also, you can make some great pumpkin spice muffins or even soup.

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Broccoli is in season in October. The great thing about Farmer's Markets is that you can find things that you probably haven't seen before. This is Purple Sprouting Broccoli!

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Or have you ever seen PURPLE Cauliflower? I am going to share some recipes using Cauliflower in the weeks coming up.

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Herbs are great to add to all of your Fall dishes. This was a GIANT punch of parsley.

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I also discovered that this is how Brussel Sprouts grow, on a stalk! I had never seen this before. I bought one and made a delicious Brussel Sprout Graitn.

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There are a few less fruits in season in the fall. Pears and Apples are available.

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This GIANT onion was nearly the size of my head!

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What's in Season in BC in August?

Welcome back to What's in Season in BC!  August has a very big list of fruits, vegetables and herbs. I went to the Vancouver Farmers Market (Trout Lake)  to see what I could find. InSeasonAug_Apples_Onions

There  were some beautiful green and purple beans.

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Even some purple potatoes!

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And purple plums.

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And look, the list goes on:

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I met Milan (aka Tomato Man) he's a tomato farmer (Stoney Paradise Certified Organic); and from what I saw, he's got the biggest tomatoes at the market:

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This season is also very colourful, with the radish,

a mix of summer squash, beautiful swiss char, and some lovely carrots.

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I was also visiting Alberta this month so stay tuned for...

What's in season in Alberta in August!