I should be telling you about all the lovely produce that's becoming available now that Spring has sprung. Instead, most of those little veg are hiding under their duvets, waiting for it to get a bit warmer (I'm doing the same thing) so there's not loads of seasonal vegetables to talk about. Kale is still kicking around, but there is some British grown watercress, spinach, radishes, purple sprouting broccoli and new potatoes on the way, mostly ones that have been grown undercover to protect the poor dears from the frost. Rhubarb is available now and I'll be using some to make gluten free clafoutis and an amazing boozy rhubarb and ginger trifle. The best seasonal fruit this months comes from warmer climes (unsurprisingly), look out for oranges, and passion fruit on offer as they become more abundant.
Eat and drink - I'm sure you'll agree that we still need a hint of chilli in our meals, at least until the hailstones stop falling round my way. Sriracha has had it's moment in the sun, now it's time to get excited about gochujang red pepper paste. Gochujang is a Korean chilli paste with a deep miso-like flavour that works especially well in stews and soups. You can buy it in oriental supermarkets or from Sous Chef. To mark National Coffee Week, the London Coffee Festival is held in the Old Trueman Brewery, Brick Lane from 25th to 28th April. If you can't make it, you can always celebrate at home by joining a coffee club, we love Bean and Ground and Kopi.