Food editor Jane Curran brings you the best fresh produce and latest products to buy this spring

Description: Leeks, delicious sautéed in butter

Leeks, delicious sautéed in butter

What’s in season

APRIL After the long winter months, spring is finally upon us and we’re beginning to see more variety in home-grown produce. The British watercress season kicks off this month, perfect in salads, soups and for adding to pasta or risotto. Look out for more unusual leaves too – baby red chard, mizuna and sorrel all add bursts of colour and flavor to meals. Purple sprouting broccoli is at its best – gently steam and clip in melted butter as you would asparagus, which also begins its season at the end of the month. Leeks are also wonderful sautéed in butter, and kale, cauliflower and spinach are best steamed or pan fried with spices. Fruit-wise, it’s still a little early for British produce, though you may find some early-season strawberries grown in polytunnels. Imported oranges are juicy and plump, and mangoes and pineapples are refreshing in a smoothie. Shellfish lovers can make the most of native mussels and oysters before the end of the month, and cockles and crabs shouldn’t be overlooked either.

This month…

Pure gold

Description: Pure gold

New from M&S for Easter are these golden wholemeal hot cross buns. Made with golden cherries, golden sultanas, golden syrup… you get the idea! They’re delicious toasted with salty butter, or with raspberry jam for an indulgent breakfast $2 for four, M&S.

Spring drinking

Bottle green’s new Sparkling Lemon & Lime Leaf pressé is fresh, aromatic and perfect for spring. Served over ice, it’s great for the non-drinkers and is more grown up than a can of pop. $3 for 750ml, Sainsbury’s.

Description: Bottle green’s

Souper relaunch


Description: Souper relaunch

Campbell’s relauched its coups recently and retro food memories have come flooding back to us. We’d love to hear yours – why not email us on w&[email protected]

Serious snacking 


Description: Crinkly Veg crisps – Beetroot, Parsnip & Carrot with Rosemary & Wild Garlic

Tyrrells has lauched Crinkly Veg crisps – Beetroot, Parsnip & Carrot with Rosemary & Wild Garlic. From 99p for 40g, widely available.

Divine dairy


Description: Yeo Valley

Yeo Valley has relauched with new packaging and some delicious additions. We love the Greek Style Yogurt with Coconut. $2.5 for 450g, widely available.



The best job in the world?

Description: Claire Burnet, co-owner of Chococo

Claire Burnet, co-owner of Chococo

Based in Dorset. And using almost entirely local ingredients to create mouthwatering chocolates, Claire’s company Chococo is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

Both of a desire to escape corporate London, Claire and her husband Andy opened their first chocolate shop in Swanage on a shoestring, having spent weeks practicing in their kitchen. Their hard work certainly paid off, as their chocolates have since won 33 Fine Food Awards and Claire published their first Chococo cookbook last March.

The couple’s ethos of using locally sourced ingredients where possible has led to some unique flavours – including a Peppermint Ganache made with mint from Claire’s garden.

So what’s the best thing about running a chocolate business? “Taking it from a crazy idea to a business that’s thriving,” says Claire. We don’t think having a supply of incredible chocolates on hand would be too bad either!

Choco has a fabulous range of Easter gifts this year – for more information, go to chococo.co.uk

Our favourite…

Easter eggs

Description: Easter eggs

Real hens’ eggs filled with hazelnut praline. Either peel these divine eggs and eat the praline solid, or heat in the microwave to melt the centres, then dip in biscuit, fruit or a spoon! $13 for an egg with cup, $18.5 for two in a box or $32.5 for six, rococochocolates.com.


Description: Real hens’ eggs

Dark chocolate sculpture egg with mini praline eggs. The praline eggs are dusted with silver luster, for an extra-special finish, $13, M&S stores.

Description: Dark chocolate sculpture egg with mini praline eggs

Easter egg clam. This exquisite clam is filled with hand-painted eggs, which contain  Demarquette’s signature Great British Orchard caramenls, $32.5, demarquette.com

Description: Easter egg clam

Easter egg ballotoeuf Always serious stylish, Godiva’s filled Easter eggs cradle a selection of wrapped eggs, chocolate chicks and chocolates. From $26 for a 40g egg, Godiva or John Lewis.


Description: Easter egg ballotoeuf


Rose & Violet Crème egg. A favourite of The Queen Mother’s  Prestat’s Rose & Violet Crèmes have been packed into a dark chocolate egg and housed in a gorgeous gift bow – perfect for those who enjoy traditional flavours. $18.5, prestart.co.uk or in stores.

Description: Rose & Violet Crème egg


Kitchen must-have


Description: Kitchen must-have

This Dualit polishes-silver hand mixer was seriously challenged in our test kitchen, where we bake enough cakes to open a bakery… it’s one of the most powerful we’ve ever used, whips meringues in the blink of an eye and has a handy plug roll-up device for easy storage. The polished finish also gives it a super-sleek look, so it will fit into the most chic kitchen. $76; for stockists, go to dualit.com.

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