January ushers in a new year and the perfect chance to get inspired in the kitchen. Whether you’re in search of healthy dishes or comfort food classics, there’s plenty of scope to include these seasonal ingredients in your cooking.
Hardy root veg are at their best in January so if you’ve decided to take part in Veganuary this year or just looking to eat a bit less meat, there are plenty of options. Top picks include beetroot, Brussels sprouts (they’re not just for Christmas), cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, celeriac, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, parsnips, swede, potatoes and sweet potatoes as well as turnips. Peppers are also slowly coming into season.
It’s all about game, with goose, guinea fowl, rabbit and venison all good choices. It’s also a good time for hearty beef and pork dishes, especially roasts. For lighter dishes, turkey is still on the shelves but won’t hang around for long – the bird sees the end of its seasonality this month.
Shellfish dominates the January menu, specifically clams, mussels, oysters, crabs and scallops. In terms of fish, this month sees the first of cod while mackerel, Dover sole, halibut and monkfish are all good bets.
Boost your vitamin C levels and add colour to your meals during the long, dark days with bright oranges, grapefruits, clementines and lemons. Bramley apples, Comice and Conference pears, passion fruit and pomegranates are all in season too. The first of the year’s forced rhubarb is appearing while dates and quince see the last of their seasonality.
Don’t forget that many nuts like almonds, chestnuts and hazelnuts are still in season.