With last week's vernal equinox, spring is firmly upon us—at least on the calendar, if not quite completely in the weather yet! We hope that wherever you are, you're seeing at least a few glimmers of hope that winter is finally on its way out.
The changing of the season brings plants and animals back into the world from hibernation, which means we have a whole wave of fresh, vibrant flavors emerging right now; with more sunlight and warmth, our appetites also shift from the rich comfort foods of winter to lighter fare. First up is rhubarb; take advantage of this early arrival with our new Strawberry Rhubarb Upside-down Cake or Rhubarb Crumb Cake from Food52.
Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
On the savory side, we're right on the cusp of spinach, asparagus, and many fresh herbs coming back into season. Quiches are always a great choice for a spring meal, and including these new and tender vegetables as a side with our Quiche recipe would be an ideal way to experience all their charms.
Strawberry season is on the horizon too and we'll take this opportunity to introduce our Strawberry Shortcake recipe. The shortcakes themselves call for only three ingredients—self-rising flour, cream, and sugar—and couldn't be easier!
Next week of course is Easter, rife with springtime symbolism of renewal and rebirth in bunnies, baby chicks and eggs. For an alternative to contemporary egg-dyeing, make your own natural dyes from fruits and vegetables. These will yield a range of beautiful, rich natural tones for a change of pace from commercial dye kits and make a great, inexpensive craft project for families.
Any of the above recipes would be a lovely addition to an Easter celebration, as would treats like our homemade Marshmallows (rated 'very easy' in the app), Angel Food Cupcakes as a light cake option, or World Peace Cookies as a nod to the ubiquitous Easter chocolate extravaganza. If you're looking for Passover recipes, check out the gluten-free section of the Drop Kitchen app, where you'll find chametz-free recipes like flourless Chocolate Cake, Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate & Pistachios, Chai-Spiced Meringues, Panna Cotta with Poached Rhubarb and some great no-bake/vegan options as well.
All of the recipes mentioned in this post can be found in the Drop Kitchen app. If you don't have it already you can download it for free from the App Store. We also have an Instagram photo contest running until the 13th of April, so if you make any of the above—or anything else from the app—you could be in with a chance to win a Sony Lens-Style Camera worth $350. Full details, including terms and conditions can be found here.
Happy Spring and happy baking!