January is a balance between eating healthily after the excess of Christmas and staying cheerful, warm, and well-nourished while it’s cold and dark outside.  Slow-cooked meat and game can be offset with zesty citrus and local watercress, while seasonal cabbage and kale can be mixed with potato and smoked gammon for mighty bubble & squeak.  With Seville Oranges now in season, you can bake this incredible Seville Orange & Almond cake, mix a warming gin, or make your own marmalade.Of course, if you don’t have time to make your own, then Auntie Vals are based in Storrington and make a fabulous range of marmalades. If you love the zesty flavours of orange, then you can add strips of peel to your stews.

Alongside the incredibly fresh cabbages and kale from Foot’s Farm in Chidham, we have Jerusalem Artichokes, their unique rich, sweet and nutty flavour is perfect in a soup, puréed or sliced thinly and fried as crisps.  You can make mini Jerusalem Artichoke Jacket Potatoes which combines the crisp and the soft, and here are some more Jerusalem Artichoke recipes to inspire you.  

We have sauerkraut and kimchi, Kefir and vinegars which are perfect for restoring gut health after Christmas.  A little shot of Apple Cider vinegar mixed with Stansted Honey is healthy and invigorating.  It’s a combination that has been used since the time of Hippocrates and has now been adopted by many Tiktok influencers, which may well put you off, but it’s another way of getting developing your gut bacteria.

So although January is not the best month for locally grown produce, there’s still plenty of choice for a healthy and delicious seasonal menu.