“I have solved the mystery of all those ancient May Day customs, such as dancing around the maypole, crowning the May Queen, and skipping about waving branches of apple blossom. These were, in fact, clever excuses for getting out of all the do-it-yourself jobs.”

Oliver Pritchett, The Telegraph

 

Saucy Dressings aims to complete this post – four weeks’ menus and recipes, plus a few spare by the end of 2018. Every year an additional week’s menu, with the links to the individual recipes, is added.

Salsa Verde green sauce recipe

Peppery watercress salsa verde

For food in season in May, follow this link.

For music to listen to while cooking in May, follow this link.

In May we have two bank holidays and the Chelsea flower show…. nothing very interesting.

But we also have improving weather and more spring vegetables dropping onto our kitchen tables – it’s the month of the Alresford watercress festival. You might also be interested in these posts:

 


 Week’s menu for May No 1

 

recipes and menus for may

The Trees

The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.

Is it that they are born again
And we grow old? No, they die too,
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.

Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

Philip Larkin

Saturday lunch:

or

  • Love Child of a Soufflé and an Omelette, drizzled with truffle oil

followed by

  • Cakey cookies with Brazil nuts

 

Sunday evening mince:

WITH

  • Soft green salad with dried cranberries, pistachios and spring onions

 

smoked trout pate

Reach six and a half nirvana with soda bread toast to go with your smoked trout pate

Monday evening meat:

OR with

  • stuffed aubergine – one of Princess Diana’s favourite dishes

 

Tuesday evening:

  • night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

  • little red rooster, inspired by Mick Jagger’s song and Christopher Bruce’s choreography

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

 

Thank God It’s Friday Drink:

Friday evening fish:

 


 Week’s menu for May No 2

 

recipes and menus for may

Saturday lunch:

FOLLOWED BY

 

Sunday evening:

 

 

Monday evening chicken:

OR

  • chicken more Greek than Marbella with prunes and pink Martini

 

Tuesday evening:

Indian curry with fenugreek

Indian curry with fenugreek

  • night out!

 

Wednesday evening meat:

 

Thursday evening dinner party:

 

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

… and to nibble at with it:

 

Friday evening fish:

 


 

 Week’s menu for May No 3

food for may

The mayfly season begins

Saturday lunch:

AND

  • apricot salad with marcona almonds and mozzarella

OR

  • Piperade, a sort of spicy Basque version of ratatouille  – served every which way, with eggs, with ham, as a savoury tarte Tatin…or a sauce for pasta or fish

FOLLOWED BY

 

Sunday supper:

 

Monday evening meat:

 

Tuesday evening:

night out!

 

Wednesday evening poultry:

with

or with

 

Thursday evening dinner party:

 

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

….. and to eat with it:

 

Friday evening fish:

 


 

 Week’s menu for May No 4

 

recipes for May

Marmots awakening from their winter hibernation.

 

Saturday lunch:

 

Sunday supper:

  • pasta alla carbonara

 

Monday evening meat:

  • coconut and coriander lamb

 

Tuesday evening:

  • night out!

 

Wednesday evening poultry:

 

Thursday evening dinner party:

John Stolarczyk’s fascinating and incredible site, The World Carrot Museum

Flaming tequila carrots

 

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

  • Basil Bliss – gin, manzana, fresh ginger, lime, basil, grapefruit foam

….. and to eat with it:

  • ricotta and yoghurt dip with celery

 

Friday evening fish:

  • haddock with saint’s sauce

 


 

 

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