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Chestnuts

Chestnuts

A true scent of Christmas, these mahogany gems are not just for roasting over an open fire. Their sweetness makes them perfect for roasts, desserts and more, says Clarissa Hyman

Last night I dreamt not of Manderley, but of Nesselrode pie. The legendary iced pudding, said to have been invented by the chef to the great 19th-century Russian diplomat and bon viveur Count Karl Von Nesselrode, requires delirious mountains of chestnut purée, alpine peaks of whipped cream and liberal amounts of candied fruit and maraschino cherries. Practically extinct, I would say it is long overdue for revival if it did not involve, according to food historian Ivan Day, peeling, blanching and poaching fine Italian chestnuts in syrup before rubbing them through a hair sieve then freezing the fruit, nut, sugar, egg yolk and cream mixture in a bladder. Yes, you read that right. On the other hand, if you don’t mind a little non-authenticity, just feel grateful the following century gave us vacuum- packed, tinned and ready- puréed chestnuts. If you have the time and the

  • Scallops

    January produce

    Bib, blood orange, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, chard, chicory, clams, clementines, cockles, cod, dab, dates, Dover sole, endive, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, gurnard, haddock, hare, Jerusalem artichokes, John Dory, kale,

  • Passion fruit

    February produce

    Beetroot, blood oranges, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, clams, cockles, cod, crab, forced rhubarb, guinea fowl, haddock, hake, halibut, hare, Jerusalem artichokes, John Dory, kale, leeks, lemons, lemon sole, mackerel,

  • Purple sprouting broccoli

    March produce

    Beetroot, blood oranges, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, clams, cockles, cod, crab, forced rhubarb, guinea fowl, haddock, hake, halibut, hare, Jerusalem artichokes, John Dory, kale, leeks, lemons, lemon sole, mackerel,

  • Watercress

    April produce

    Asparagus, cabbage, carrots, chervil, cockles, Cornish mullet, crab, crayfish (freshwater, non-native), deer (male roebuck, muntjac and fallow), Jersey Royals, kale, lemon sole, pike, plaice, pollack, purple sprouting broccoli, radishes, St

  • Spinach

    May produce

    Artichokes (globe), asparagus, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, crab, crayfish (freshwater, non-native), cuttlefish, duck, eel, fennel, leeks, lettuce, morels, new potatoes (Jersey Royals, Cornish), pea shoots, perch, pollack, pollan,

  • Honey

    June produce

    Apricots, artichokes (globe), asparagus, black bream, brill, broad beans, brown shrimp, carrots, cauliflowers, cucumbers, crab, elderflowers, fennel, gooseberries, grey mullet, lamb, lettuce, mackerel, mangetout, peas, plaice, pollack, quail,

  • Artichokes

    July produce

    Anchovies, apricots, artichokes (globe), aubergines, beetroot, black bream, blackcurrants, blueberries, broad beans, brown trout, carrots, cauliflower, chanterelles, cherries, courgettes, crab, cucumbers, cuttlefish, dwarf beans, elderflowers,

  • Aubergines

    August produce

    Artichokes (globe), aubergines, beetroot, black bream, borlotti beans, broad beans, brown shrimps, brown trout, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chillies, courgettes, crab, cucumbers, fennel, French beans, garlic, John Dory, kohlrabi, langoustines,

  • Figs

    September produce

    Artichokes (globe), aubergines, beetroot, black bream, borlotti beans, broad beans, brown shrimps, brown trout, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chillies, courgettes, crab, cucumbers, fennel, French beans, garlic, John Dory, kohlrabi, langoustines,

  • Onions

    October produce

    Apples, blackberries, damsons, duck, eel, figs, grapes, grouse, hazelnuts, pears, plums, beetroot, broccoli, celeriac, celery, chard, fennel, grey mullet, hare, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, marrow, kohlrabi, loganberries, mussels, oysters, potatoes,

  • Pumpkins

    November produce

    Apples, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, chard, chestnuts, chicory, cod, crab, endive, fennel, grouse, guinea fowl, haddock, halibut, hare, hazelnuts, herring, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lemon

  • Clementines

    December produce

    Brill, brown crab, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, chard, chestnuts, chicory, clams, clementines, cockles, cod, cranberries, dates, Dover sole, endive, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, gurnard, haddock, hare, Jerusalem artichokes, John

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