Want to know what’s in season in November? Looking for November recipe ideas? Use crunchy, nutty celeriac, rich and gamey duck, and sweet leeks from your local greengrocer to make these seasonal dishes and bakes. We’ve included plenty of tips for how to shop for particular varieties, prepping guides and useful ideas for using leftovers.


After, check out our best October recipes, December recipes and January recipes.


Pork was traditionally eaten in months ending in ‘r’ – in those months it is colder and, due to the lack of refrigeration, this stopped the meat from spoiling as quickly as in the hotter months.

Pork belly with beans and pistou

Pistou is a French sauce made simply with garlic, fresh basil and olive oil. It's perfect for spooning over this dish of slow-cooked pork with silky cannellini beans.

Pork belly with beans and pistou in a deep baking dish

Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts are part of the cabbage family. When buying, look for bright green outer leaves that are tightly wrapped around each other.

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Sticky miso roast sprouts

There are so many ways to make the most of sprouts while they're in season –here, they're slicked with umami-packed miso and zingy lime, and roasted until golden and caramelised.

An oval oven dish filled with miso roasted sprouts on a black background


A type of mandarin that is small and sweet, and is in season over the winter months. When buying, look for unblemished skin.

Clementine posset

These silky, zesty desserts only require 15 minutes of hands-on time but look really impressive – perfect if you're hosting a dinner party or planning a special meal.

Three glasses filled with clementine posset and topped with zest on black plates


Derived from wild celery and similar in flavour, celeriac is a large, bulbous root with thick skin. It also sometimes comes with a bunch of wild celery still attached (you can use this as you would celery). Its crunchy, nutty, creamy and firm flesh makes it extremely versatile – use in curries, slaws, salads and soups. Buy it with the leaves on, if possible, as they are the best indication of freshness and quality. Check out more celeriac recipes here.

Celeriac shawarma

Here, humble celeriac is given punchy flavour with a marinade of garlic, honey, cumin, ginger and paprika, before being roasted in the oven to bring out its tender, silky texture.

A roasted celeriac sliced on a board next to flatbread, hummus and sliced red cabbage

Curried celeriac

Celeriac works really well in this curry as the roasted cubes soak up the flavours of the spices. Serve with steamed rice for a warming vegan dinner.

A dish filled with cooked celeriac in a turmeric coconut milk sauce


Wild venison is a wonderfully lean meat and is incredibly versatile. With its slight gamey taste it can be paired with strong flavours and can be used similarly to beef. Sear steaks on a barbecue or griddle pan, and serve with mash for a wintery dish, or slice and serve with red fruits in a summery salad. It can be slow-cooked, roasted or stir-fried. It’s one of the most sustainable meats to eat, high in protein and low in cholesterol.

Venison steaks with caraway crushed swede

Pair venison steaks with buttery crushed swede in this winter warmer – it will be ready and on the table in less than an hour.

A plate of venison with crushed swede on a small plate

Venison, thyme and port lattice pie

Rich venison in port gravy is encased in buttery lattice pastry to create the ultimate winter pie – serve with potatoes and greens for a weekend treat.

A large lattice pie with one serving scooped out of it


With a rich, gamey flavour, duck can handle being paired with strong, punchy flavours. It has a thick layer of fat covering it that needs to be rendered, but this makes for delicious meat. The breast is best eaten medium or blushing pink inside; the legs should be slow-cooked or confited, as they do in France. Take a look at more duck recipes here.

Hoisin duck

Serve this sticky hoisin duck with vegetable fried rice for a speedy weeknight dinner to feed two. The secret to good fried rice is using cooked, fridge-cold rice. This gets crispy and fluffy without the worry of it overcooking, breaking down and becoming mushy.

A dark blue bowl filled with fried rice, peas and topped with slices of glazed pink duck


Dates are the fruit of date palms, which originate in the Middle East. The fruit grows in clusters at the top of the palms, more than 50 feet off the ground. They have an intense sweetness and mild fruitiness, making them great to use in both savoury and sweet dishes.

Peanut butter and date flapjacks

Turn a handful of storecupboard ingredients into an easy bake. Mixed seeds and a peanut butter drizzle make these flapjacks look impressive but they only need 10 minutes hands-on time.

A slate board topped with slices of golden oat flapjacks, drizzled with peanut butter

Winter Cabbage

Savoy is the most popular of the winter cabbages, with crinkly leaves and fairly dense, packed heads compared to the spring/ summer varieties such as spring greens. You can avoid any unpopular cabbage smells by roasting the leaves instead of boiling them, and they gain a smoky flavour by charring them first. You can also stir-fry, air-fry or barbecue cabbage to make the most of its flavour.

Charred winter cabbage with caesar dressing and bacon croutons

A comforting medley of charred cabbage (we suggest Savoy), chunky sourdough croutons, bacon bits and a quick yogurt and anchovy dressing.

A platter of charred cabbage with a yogurt dressing on top and on the side


From the same family as onions and garlic but with a sweeter flavour. Choose small or medium leeks, as larger ones tend to be a bit woody. Leeks are incredibly versatile and can be used in place of onions in most recipes – just remember to cook them well, as they can be raw-tasting and stringy if undercooked. Discover more leek recipes here.

Leek carbonara

The oniony kick of leeks adds a richness to classic carbonara. Freeze any left-over egg whites in a small sealed container – they defrost quickly and are handy for making a pavlova or Swiss meringue buttercream.

Two grey bowls filled with spaghetti, fried leeks and chunks of fried pancetta, topped with grated white cheese

Leek fritters

Softened leeks and cheddar cheese come together in these golden fritters – serve with a watercress salad for an easy veggie dinner, or top with avocado for a weekend brunch.

A blue plate topped with two golden fritters, green leaves and a fork

Caramelised baby leeks with balsamic

The balsamic vinegar adds sweet and sour notes to the savoury, oniony depth of the baby leeks. Serve these alongside a simple roast chicken or fish.

A dark blue plate topped with small green leeks drizzled with a red balsamic dressing


Also known as rutabaga or neeps, swede is a root vegetable that’s a cross between a cabbage and a turnip. It has a mild cabbage flavour, with a hint of spicy mustardy pepperiness. Traditionally mashed with potato (neeps and tatties) or with carrot, it can also be thinly sliced and layered with cream in a gratin, roasted in wedges with cheese, or simply mashed with butter. It’s also the traditional veg in a Cornish pasty. Make the swede the hero of your dish by roasting with spices and tossing through noodles or pasta.

Gochujang swede noodles

Roast cubes of swede in a sweet and salty gochujang dressing for a moreish, simple midweek noodle dish.

Two bowls of orange coloured noodles with chopsticks on the side


These dark blue/black, shiny shelled bivalves are best eaten when the waters are cool, from October to March. Look for fresh, live mussels rather than pre-cooked, to ensure freshness. Discard any with chipped or broken shells, give them a sharp tap on a worksurface to make sure they close, and discard any that don’t. Remove their beards – the tuft of fibres sometimes attached to the mussel. This is where they’ve attached themselves to the seabed or rope, if rope-grown. Surprisingly quick and easy to cook, mussels can be an effortless yet impressive main. Simply steam and stir into rice or pasta dishes, or serve on their own with fries.


Mussel flatbreads with tarragon butter

Serve these flatbreads soaked in mussel butter and topped with tarragon as an impressive starter or light snack with drinks.

Two flatbreads on a blue serving platter with butter on the side


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