Sinuses clearing garlic soup

garlic soup

Tomorrow we get a visit from Spain – Sebastiaan is participating in an exchange program with a school in Valencia, so there will be a Spanish boy of as yet unknown age staying with us next week and then Sebastiaan…

Choosing apples for our new garden

apple varities

Designing our new garden is all about fulfilling a long-time dream of being able to grow all the veg and fruit we need/want. When it comes to vegetables, self-sufficiency requires adequate space and a fair amount of planning, but is…

Soba noodles with peanut dressing

soba noodles with peanut dressing

Let’s start with the big news: it snowed this week! In this freakishly warm winter, I was wondering whether we would eventually forget what snow looked like, but here it is, the powdery white dusting that makes everything look better.…

New year, new garden

raised beds

As my father says, in life there are years when little out of the ordinary happens, happy peaceful years that will however not stand out in memory, and years when everything seems to happen at once. 2015 was an intense…

Edible garden in September & October 2015

kitchen garden in october

The pace slows down quite a bit in autumn, but still – looking at these two photos of the garden, the top one taken at the beginning of September and the one below at the end of October, you can…

Best marbled bundt cake

marbeled bundt cake

My mom is a great cook but she’s not much of a baker. She admits she does not have enough patience for dealing with pastry and only bakes cookies for Christmas. As for cakes, she bakes two: her family’s birthday…