May’s Four Seasons Food MEGA Round-Up

June 3, 2014

AsparagusA staggering thirty five entries to May’s ‘Celebrating Spring’ challenge, now that’s impressive. You really have been a very busy and creative lot haven’t you, making the most of the late spring bounty showcasing everything from rhubarb to strawberries, crab to lamb, peas, asparagus, salad leaves and fresh herbs. Not to mention the foragers delights created from the last of the wild garlic and nettle tops and towards the end of the month the elderflowers . A massive thank you to everyone who kindly took part.

As it’s been a bumper month I thought I’d simplify the round up and sum each recipe up in about six words. At least I’m going to attempt to, but sometimes this is trickier than my usual over-exhuberent wordiness!

Spicy, Quirky and Serendipitous: Roasted Egg Plant with Kale

Don’t Be Afraid of Life’s Complexity!

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Caroline Makes: Low Fat Lime Jelly Cheesecake

A Surprisingly Diet-Friendly Scrumptious Treat


Gluten Free Alchemist: Asparagus & Stilton Scones

Inspired Seasonality in Scone Form

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Tortadirose: Della Campagna Marchigiana e i Quadrelli con Piselli

A Bella Bowl of Delizioso Pasta!


Real Home Cooked Food: Mexican Inspired Sweetcorn Cake

Cinco de Mayo Corn Extravaganza


Thyme for Cooking: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Delectable Rhubarb, Even Surpassing Chocolate. Wow.


Real Home Cooked Food: Cheesy Pesto Pasta

Hard To Beat Creamy Baked Pesto


The Spicy Pear: Tandoori Salmon with Mango Salsa

An OptiGrill Speedy Midweek Sensation


Nasifriet: Fresh Pea & MInt Soup

Fresh ‘n Zingy Soup In a Jiffy


Home Cooked Food: Cauliflower, Chickpeas & Corn in Pickle Spices

Three Pickled C’s Sizzling in a Pan


Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary: Poached Egg with Spiced Puy Lentils & Asparagus Kale

A Punchy & Wholesome Taste Sensation


Farmersgirl Kitchen: Spinach, Mushroom & Blue Cheese Lasagne

Lush, Lush, Lush Heavenly Veggie Lasasge

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Spade Fork Spoon: Taking the Sting out of it – Nettle Risotto

A Foragers Freebie Nutritious Delicacy 


Thyme for Cooking: Spring Pasta with Asparagus and Peas

The Very Essence of Spring in a Bowl


The More Than Occasional Baker: Lemon Drizzle Cake with Lemon Glaze

Syrupy Drizzle Cake. What’s Not To LOVE.


Chocolate Log Blog: Nettle, Lemon & White Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate & Stingers. Utter Ingenuity from Choclette

Nettle Cakes


Allotment 2 Kitchen: Easy Peasy Asparagus & Courgette Pesto Tart

A Mouthwatering Seasonal Tart in a Flash


Kellie’s Food to Glow: Quick & Spicy Crab Parcels (with a Vegan option)

Delectable Parcels of Swoonworthy Loveliness


Kellie’s Food to Glow: Deconstructed – and Reconstructed Rhubarb & Fruit Crumble

To Deconstruct then Reconstruct. Crumbletastic Genius.


Fromage Homage: Elderflower Cheesecake

A Perfectly Fragrant Pud for Spring


Shabby Chick: Griddled Asparagus with Halloumi & Myrtle Berry Oil

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Gluten Free Alchemist: Tarte aux Framboise with Basil Cream

Lemon Almond Pastry. Raspberry & Basil Creams. Perfick.

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Bangers & Mash: Wild Garlic Pesto Tear & Share Bread

Heavenly Bread to Tear & Maybe Share


How to Cook Good Food: Spaghetti with Fresh Herbs

Fresh. Fragrant. Zingy. Zesty. Beautiful.


Fab Food 4 All: Slow Cooked Pulled Lamb with White Wine & Root Vegetables

Succulent Slow Cooked Deliciousness. Seconds. Definitely.

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Spicy, Quirky & Serendipitous: Asparagus with Garlic & Soy Sauce

Spicy Salty Asparagus Epiphany

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Caroline Makes: Konditor & Cook Lemon Chiffon Cake

Super-Pretty & Light Lemon Chiffon Cake


Fab Food 4 All: Quick One Punnet Strawberry Jam

One Punnet, One Pot. A Jammy Compromise.

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Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary: Rhubarb & Saffron Yogurt Cake

Celebratory Cake of Rhubarb, Spring & BIBS!


Nasifret: Rice Cooker Lemon Sponge Cake

Eureka Lemon Cake. Rice Cooker. Ingenious.


Thyme for Cooking: Shrimp Avocado Salad

Punchy Spring Salad to Celebrate Salad Season


Vohn’s Vittles: Wild Garlic & Hazelnut Pesto

Vibrant Nutty Loveliness. Hazelnut Oil. Sublime.


Delicieux: Layered Chicken & Avocado Salad with Lime & Coriander

Exquisite Layering of Ingredients, Textures & Flavours


Jibber Jabber: Lemon & Elderflower Drizzle Cake

Zingy Flowery Scrumptious Drizzle Cake

Lemon elderflower cake

The Taste Space: Colourful Veggie Tahini Noodles

Refeshingly Dressed Spiralised Veggietastic Goodliness


I told you it was a mega one this month folks and I’m sure you’ve not been disappointed. So many tantalisingly tasty salads, sides, appetisers, mains, puds and cakes, a feast for any occasion. But unfortunately we can only have one winner and just for a change I thought I’d select one myself this month. The recipe that appealed to me the most and stood out as a dish I’d be jumping at the bit to make and devour has to be Elizabeth’s Kitchen’s Poached Egg with Spiced Lentils and Asparagus Kale, “gentiliy sautéed asparagus kale with coriander, cumin and ginger spiced puy lentils topped with a poached egg and paprika-spiked yogurt and Feta”. Oh yes please, I’m totally convinced I’ll be as equally hooked on it as Elizabeth. I was particularly interested to discover a whole new veggie to me too in the recipe, asparagus kale. I’m already on the lookout for some! Congrats Elizabeth, you shall shortly be placed in the Four Seasons Food Winner’s Gallery!

Well that’s it for my round-up other than to tell you Tina at The Spicy Pear has kindly offered to guest host June for us so Anneli can have a welcome month off. Please do bob over and check out our racy theme for the first month of Summer and of course join in the fun!

See you next month,

L x

27 thoughts on “May’s Four Seasons Food MEGA Round-Up

  1. Mandy

    Wow, what an incredible selection of recipes – looks like everyone was inspired by spring. Can’t wait to try some of these x

  2. Choclette

    Wowzers, what a fabulous round-up Lou. Spring really makes me want to tuck into the greens and seasonal treats such as asparagus, so NOW I want this even more.

  3. Ren Behan

    Some really lovely entries here, I’m half way through my Simple and in Season round up for May – bump is getting in the way of me sitting for too long at my laptop!

  4. Anneli Faiers

    What a great round up Lou! Such a great selection of sweet and savoury dishes. Gosh I love this time of year. And well done choosing your words so well 🙂 xx

  5. Elizabeth

    That is a massive round up! So many delicious recipes, and thank you for choosing my adaptation of Kellie’s recipe as the winner this month! So chuffed! 😀



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