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Wild garlic deviled eggs

Wild garlic deviled eggs

Easter means eggs, there’s no way around it. But to me it also means eating as many wild herbs as possible. It is what our bodies need after the month of mostly eating vegetables from storage. These “weeds” have all…

Easter bunny rolls

Easter bunny rolls

When I was teaching Norwegian today, one of the exercises in the textbook had the students pick presents for a hypothetical family of four, based on their profile. This led to a discussion about what constitutes a good present and…

Garden jobs in April

Garden jobs in April

This post is a part of a new series about the things I usually do/sow/harvest in my garden in a given month. I post at the beginning of each month as inspiration for other (aspiring) gardeners. At the end of…

Triple chocolate spelt cookies

triple chocolat espelt cookies

There are only three cookies pictured above. The reason for this is not that the recipe only makes 3 cookies (it makes about 20), but that by the time I got around to photographing them, there were only 3 left.…

March in rearview mirror

Crocusses "Vanguard" & "Flower Record"

Whenever chatting with gardeners in spring, you are likely to hear things like: “The weather is two weeks ahead.” Or behind. Or whatever. It makes me wonder what spring ever became the ideal that every subsequent spring is measured against?…

Nettle quiche with sesame seed crust

nettle quiche with sesame seed crust

If nettles are not touted as the next miraculous superfood, it is probably just because it is a little hard to successfully market a common weed. If they were difficult to grow and could only be imported from distant countries,…

Glorious rhubarb

Blanched rhubarb

Today is the first day of spring and spring means some of my favorite seasonal produce is almost in sight. I started blanching rhubarb a couple of weeks ago but despite the warm weather we’ve had, it is not quite…

Chickpea yogurt dip

chickpea yogurt dip

  Last week we celebrated Esther’s 14th birthday. Which means that somehow, inexplicably and in a blink of an eye, our sweet baby with head full of hair, turned into an independent half-way grown-up human. The picture on the right…

Soba noodles with cabbage and broccoli shoots

noodle bowl with cabbage shoots and broccoli florets

Early spring is the time of discrepancy between what you can harvest from the garden and what you actually feel like eating. In the garden, it’s still the winter vegetables’ show that’s been on forever: the kale we’ve been picking…

Garden jobs in March

gardening in March

This post is a part of a new series about the things I usually do/sow/harvest in my garden in a given month. I’ll try to post at the beginning of each month as inspiration for other gardeners. My garden is…

Beetroot, carrot and apple salad

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It’s the kids’ spring break this week and we are at my sister’s in the Czech Republic. We might be disappointed by the lack of snow and winter conditions in general, if the weather weren’t just so beautiful. We are…

Real jam doughnuts

czech jam doughnuts

I am a doughnut snob and that is a good thing. I do not settle for less than perfection, which means that if I want doughnuts, I have to make them myself, and that means I only have doughnuts about…

Pumpkin sage soup

Pumpkin sage soup

There are many important dates in the calendar of the gardening cook: the last frost date and the first frost date, the first rhubarb harvest, the first asparagus, first ripe tomato… And just this week we reached another one: we…

Winter greens and poached quince salad

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A terrible thing happened regarding quince last year. Because I love quince, but have no way to fit a tree into my garden, I planted one in my parents’ garden in 2010. Last year, the tree bore the first fruits…

Winter salads from the garden

Winter salads from the garden

Unlike many of you, we are having an exceptionally mild winter this year. We have had few frosts so far and they did not even kill the calendulas. My husband is so longing for snow that he starts checking the…