A Spring In Your Step
We are walking away from winter with a spring in our step. That extra blankie on the bed has been packed away, and we’re no longer wearing layers of clothing. There is a light and breezy feel outdoors, and our days are getting longer and brighter. Inspired by Spring Day today, we have chosen to share how seasonal changes determine our eating patterns. Beautiful new-season produce to get your taste buds tingling!
Preparing meals using seasonal produce means you are eating food grown and harvested just before you purchase it. You’ll be enjoying food that is naturally ripened and with heightened flavour. Not only that, but this healthy choice is also good for your budget as the supply of seasonal fare will be abundant and therefore less expensive. How good can it get?
With the onset of Spring, our bodies are ready for a change in diet without us even knowing it. Something lighter and fresher after our hearty winter soups. Meals we can enjoy outdoors, rather than in our cosy kitchens. Spring brings us a host of delectable fruit, including Cape gooseberries, coconuts, dates, citrus, melons and pineapples. Don’t forget your in-season veggies, too – bright green beans, leeks, lettuce, radishes, rhubarb and watercress. Ingredients for a fresh and zingy salad to enjoy before a serving of our moist and velvety Caramel Velvet Cake layered with a smooth and delicious caramel cream cheese frosting and garnished with coconut macaroons – a piece of mid-season pleasure on a plate!
Moving into sultry Summer, our body temperatures are elevated, and we seek ‘cooler’ foods. The more we eat, the more body heat we generate, so eating less and eating cool is what we crave. South African summer fruits are a real spoil – mangoes, nectarines, blackberries, cherries, figs, peaches, strawberries. Our super scrumptious 6 pack Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes are filled with strawberry pieces and topped with a strawberry coulis – all locally sourced and seasonally prepared, especially with you in mind Cake Lover!
Mr C Peter Herman from the University of Toronto Department of Psychology has published these interesting insights into eating habits in different seasons. He points out that a significant physiological concern of the human being is maintaining an appropriate body temperature (thermoregulation). His research finds that the resulting loss of body heat in a cold climate requires compensation – so we look for comfort food as in hot stews and soups, yummy roast potatoes, crunchy bread (and a hot Chocolate Volcano from Château Gâteaux, maybe? Yes, definitely). Eating has a significant impact on body heat. During our lovely summers, heat loss is not an issue, and if it is scorching hot, our concern is not how to obtain energy but how to dissipate it. Our clever bodies know all this subconsciously, and our appetite for food reduces…except for cake…we can always make room for cake!
So, with Spring and Summer approaching, make merry with the fantastic variety of fruit and veg our beautiful country has to offer. Pssst styling tip: fruit is the perfect topping to any one of our creations! From fresh to frozen the goodness is locked-into our cakes, meaning you can keep your cake frozen for 8 to 12 months and defrost at your convenience – allowing you to have slice for every season! What could be better than that!