Yay December is here. For many Scandinavians – this is the best month of the winter season because all the twinkle lights everywhere.
Here in Denmark the “dark season” range from November until March. It can be unbearable at times with all these hours during the day where it’s just pitch black outside. We stay inside, light candles and cover up with blankets.
How to eat a pomelo
This month, citrus fruits are in season. Oranges, lemons, limes. Is there anything better than to go crazy with snacking on clementines? Another favorite that is in season is the pomelo.
If you have seen this giantic fruit but don’t know what to do with it – I can highly recommend you to try it. It is sweet, grapelike with just a little sour aftertaste.
Start by peeling of the thick skin. (Use a knife). Then fill the bowl with all the white layers until you have the fruit meat. Eat it!
Whenever I eat a pomelo, I like to eat it like a dessert in front of the tv. It takes such a long time to peel and eat it, that it is something I like to do while watching a great tvshow. Usually I am full, halfway through the fruit, so I save the rest for another day. You can also put the pomelo in a salad.
Here is a step by step guide to peeling and eating a pomelo.
December vegetables in season
This season look for citrusfruits like oranges and clementines. Look for cabbage, kale, jerusalem artichoke, sweet potato and leeks.
Last minute going out of season are pumpkin, celeriac and apple. So be sure to enjoy these before they either dissapear or go up in price.
Here are three vegetables/fruits that are in season in December – and some ideas for recipes to cook cheap and healthy meals.
3 great savory dishes to cook with oranges
I always have a hard time eating oranges on the go. The fruit is simply to ripe that I get sticky juice everywhere and I think its a mess. It’s a shame because I really enjoy oranges. That is why I go crazy with clementines.
However I don’t think oranges are used enough in savory dishes. This year I am vowing to change that.
Here are three recipes to make with oranges:
- Baked orange cauliflower by Kirbiecravings
- Orange glazed sweet potatoes from The Washington Post
- Vegan Orange Chicken by Brand New Vegan
3 great meals to cook with kale
Kale is a vegetable completely ignored in my kitchen.
I have actually never bought kale.
Recently a friend of mine, who is from Sri Lanka, came and cooked a meal in my kitchen and cooked the most amazing kale salad. It was so yummy.
So I decided that I need to cook with kale. Starting out with the caramelized butternut squash and kale lasagne.
- Simple caramelized butternut squash and kale lasagne by Half baked harvest
- Spicy kale, chickpea and roasted butternut squash salad by A saucy kitchen
- Sweet potato, kale and quinoa fritters by Yes more please
3 great meals to cook with leeks
It can be a little difficult to find good inspirational recipes including leek that don’t center around broth or soup.
I usually use leeks as an onion substitute when I cook a pot of something.
I did manage to find a couple of really interesting ways to use leek. Next stop – heading for the waffle iron!
- Sweet potato, peer and leek soup with spiced croutons from Floating Kitchen
- Potato and leek waffle with avokado dip by Euphoric Vegan
- Potato, leek and mushroom cakelets by A House in the Hills
To see the recipes on Pinterest you can follow along on my ever growing Pinterest board “winter meals to cook”.
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