Asparagus & pea season is one of the best seasons, if you ask me.
After never ending months of winter, where your 5-a-day is basically made up of carrots, some sort of cabbage and apples (booooooooring), the appearance of the first spring vegetables brings back memories of sunny afternoons spent preping the haul from my parents’ garden.
Popping peas out of their pods, removing stems from green beans and strawberries, peeling and chopping tomatoes…
Perfect ambassadors of the beautiful days to come, asparagus, peas and all their spring vegetable friends taste just like a crisp spring day: green, light and fresh.
Have them as a starter or a side, just blanched and served with French dressing.
Or as the main event by adding them into your kitchen staples, be it risotto or, like me, a delicious Spring vegetable quiche!
The perfect spring supper.
More mid-week Spring supper ideas?
Spring gnocchi with tomato and wild garlic (V)
Garlic butter mushroom bun (V – Vegan option)
Spring potato salad (Vegan, GF)
Easter this year was a very casual affair.
No big family lunch, no big egg hunt, no roast lamb… Just the Mr. & I in our lovely little central London flat, a little bunch of white daisies, a couple of Hot Cross buns for brekkie, and the simplest, most spring-y of gnocchi dishes for lunch.
Potato gnocchi, boiled then pan-fried with fresh cherry toms, wild garlic and finished with a sprinkle of feta and scrummy crispy onions… Delicious and ready in just 10 minutes, this combination is definitely a good egg!
Because after all, that’s what a hoppy Easter (and a delicious Spring) is all about. Good food, good people (and a suitable amount of chocolate, of course)!
More Spring dinner inspo?
Spring Potato Salad (Vegan, GF)
Super Breakfast Pots with Paleo Granola (V, GF)
Kale & Rice Salad
Sooooo… My diet over the last month has been 80% deep-fried takeaway food and 110% carbs. #sohealthy #not
But now that the flat’s finally starting to feel like home, it’s about time for me to go back into the kitchen and onto the (mainly*) healthy eating bandwagon.
*because there really isn’t any point in me pretending I’m going to quit chips and bread, is there?
Buddha bowls – colourful combinations of vegetables, grains and protein, all piled up in a bowl – are one of this year’s top food trends.
And that’s really no wonder seing that a buddha bowl is:
- The best when it comes to healthy yet satisfying meals
- A genius way to use up leftovers and reduce food waste (any- and everything pretty much goes!)
- Packed with fibers, vitamins, high-quality proteins and antioxydants
- My new go-to lunch for all the above reasons!
My current favourite is this Spring-inspired little number.
Green beans, quinoa, radishes, pistachios, olives and a zesty, lemony dressing… Spring lunch perfection!
Looking for more healthy, plant-based lunch-spiration?
Spring cauliflower salad
Best ever guacamole
Vegetarian Caesar salad
We all have different ways to tell Spring has sprung.
For some, it’s as simple as looking at tha calendar. Past the Spring equinox? Good. Here’s your answer.
For others, it’s the blooms and the cold-but sunny days.
For me though? There are three signs.
- My irrepressible need to clear, clean and tidy everything within an inch of my life. I mean, I’m already borderline ‘less is more’ compulsive the rest of the year, but Spring definitely pushes me over the line.
- My constant daydreaming of owning all things pastel. Home trinkets, candy, cushions, -and more than anything else- nailpolish… You name it, I want it.
- The urge to cook/eat potato salad every chance I get.
Given that I’ve already spring-cleaned my flat, that my nails have been sporting a dusty baby blue shade for the last two weeks and that this Spring-inspired potato salad was my dinner yesterday, I’m positive that Spring has finally made its way to London!
Much like putting winter coats & boots away and filling the house with flowers, this Spring potato salad is the perfect way to celebrate springtime.
Packed with tender asparagus and baby peas as well as super sweet new potatoes and pea shoots, it’s the perfect dish to spring into the new season!
More Spring salad inspiration?
Rainbow Salad (this would be ah-mazing for a St Patrick’s Day get together!)
Kale & Rice Salad with Avocado & Salmon
Pink Fruit Salad
Every year, it’s just the same: after 2-3 days of sunny warm-ish weather, I forget all about my winter wish-list and build an entirely new one. Most of the time, my spring wish-lists include pastel nailpolish, ballerinas and tones of home stuff.
However this year, it seems I have slightly different ideas. It might be because I already have 25 shades of mint nailpolish, or that I already bought the ballerinas of my dream, or that I don’t want to scare anyone with my home wish-list… Or it might be that I’m finally making some progress on this whole capsule wardrobe thing, and accepted that basics will always be the new black to me!
1. Vero Moda Parka Coat: I’ve been looking for a mid-season coat for quite a while (as in, I can’t remember when was the last time I ever owned one of those…) and it was love at first when I spotted this beauty in Oliver Bonas’ window!
2. Petit Bateau Basic White V neck Tshirt: I love love LOVE Petit Bateau, all their stuff is incredibly good quality and the cuts are amazing! Not sure if I’ll get the cotton or the linen version, but I’m pretty sure where I’ll head to quench my thirst for white-v-neck-tshirts!
3. GAP 1969 Legging Jeans: Mine died. I need new ones. As simple as that!
4. Pure Grace perfume: It smells like soap and laundry. Do I really need to say more? #SoReadyForSpring
5. Clinique Chubby Stick: I haven’t quite decided which colour I want to get it in, but I’m working on it!!