TODAY'S GREEN MANTRA: I will adjust my breakfast meals to fit within the seasonal fruit and vegetable options available where I live

Day 25 / 365

For the days to follow I'm going to share a few simple recipe ideas that allow you to continue to eat what you like eating with only slight adjustments or considerations in tow. 

Here in France, eating in season is pretty easy, you buy most your food in the market (it's heaps cheaper than the grocery stores and about as charming as food shopping can get), and the market only has what's in season, so you won't find strawberries in December or clementines in June, you’re limited to what’s available in the season that you’re in. You also have a giant sign hanging above each item which indicates the product’s country of origin and if its from France, you're given the region of origin as well (so I buy apples from the area in which I live, rather than apples from further down south).

It’s been a particularly warm year this year so, the warmest in the recorded history it's said, so some fruits and veg have been available outside their normal seasonal reach. Clement, the charmer dude who I buy all my fruit and veg from told me figs, which are normally only available until November, are still available now because the temperature didn't drop this year which is great for me (thanks to global warming!), but not a great sign for the state of our planet ... all the more reason to shift ones eating habits.

In North America and other places in Europe, as well as Australia, shopping seasonally can become tricky if you're not a Farmer's Market shopper. The easiest thing to do to combat any inconvenience that developing these new habits might bring you is to google what fruits and veg are in season in your area. It will make your shopping list easier and cheaper, plus you'll be doing the planet a big ole favour. 

If you happen to be looking for somekitchen art, there are some artists on Etsy selling prints of the seasonal fruit and veg available in your area, which is a nice reminder too (I'm planning on painting THIS ONE on our wall, mural styles).

To begin this seasonal eating suggestions, I thought I'd share a popular winter breakfast choice for most (which can be adjusted to vegan, gluten free and most other dietary requirements), cosy Porridge adjusted to fit the seasonal fruits. You can adjust pretty much any breakfast preference, from muffins to eggs on toast too. 

with pears, figs and dates

  • 40g rolled oats / ancient grains
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup of any local milk of choice                                                                                     
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp local maple syrup / local honey
  • local winter fruits of choice **                                                                                   
  • a small handful of nuts

*ideally a faux milk made locally, check the package to find out where your milk came from, or try making your own (check out this recipe for DIY Macadamia Nut Milk). Avoid cow's milk if it doesn't come from a local farmer.
**using pears, figs and dates are my favs here in France. Other fruits include clementines, plums, kiwi, papaya, passion fruit, persimmons, pomegranate, tangerines

  1. first cut the pears into small pieces and put them pears in about a quarter cup of water, add half a teaspoon of cinnamon and a drop of vanilla and cook it on a medium heat, leave it to reduce for 6-8 minutes. (this trick via Honestly Healthy
  2. put the oats or ancient grains in another pan and dry-toast them on a low heat until they're slightly golden, mixing in the rest of the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla as you go
  3. add a mixture of water and half the milk to the grains and bring it to a boil
  4. stir continuously 
  5. add in the pear, dates and fig so they get warmed up 
  6. put it in a bowl (or eat it out of the pan if no one is around to judge ya)
  7. sprinkle the nuts and add the rest of the milk and drizzle on some honey or maple syrup
  8. enjoy!

photo: Pinterest