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Poached pears with saffron and cardamom

saffron and cardamom poached pears

  Last week we went to a fruit exhibition at “Olde Ras”, a conservation orchard and a museum of old varieties in Doesburg, about an hour drive from where we live. Sebastiaan took some convincing because unlike me he thinks…

Bulb lasagne in a container

lasagna bulbs in container

I have been planting spring bulbs as long as I have had a garden but I still view them as prepackaged miracles: in the fall you put a bulb in the ground and in the spring, after you all but…

Membrillo

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There is a quince tree in the middle of our street. It is there because I wanted to grow quince really badly, yet had no room left in our garden. So when one of the big raised beds in our…

October in rearview mirror

allotment in october

The weather in October has been very mild – no frosts yet, in fact it was the third warmest October month on record. This (and some careful planning) is the reason why the garden still looks quite full and colorful.…

Pumpkin deviled eggs

pumpkin deviled eggs

You know the saying “when you want to know a person, let them show you their carved pumpkin”? So, let’s see what our pumpkins reveal about our family. This one is Esther’s. Well, technically I carved it, but it was…

Souffléed Pancake with Caramelized Apples

souffleed pancake with caramelized apples

Do you like apples? Do you like pancakes? Whiskey? Do you like playing with fire? Then you’re in the right place. Meet our current favorite Sunday breakfast. A breakfast we’ve had five Sundays in row. Except one of them was…

Our apples

apple Groninger Kroon

We have this game we play with the kids to keep them occupied when we have to wait somewhere. It goes like this: someone asks a question like “If you only could read one book (watch one movie/ eat one…

Fall coleslaw with hazelnuts and pomegranate

Fall coleslaw

Fall is such an amazingly colorful season – at least around here. I have always loved fall but this year I am extra appreciative because thanks to a blog of a lady living in Las Vegas and some fall-deprived instagrammers,…

Garden Jobs in October

allotment in October

This post is a part of a series about the things I usually do/sow/harvest in my garden in a given month. I post at the beginning of each month and at the end of each month I check in to…

Pear & chocolate honey spelt cake

chocolate pear spelt honey cake

I baked a wedding cake. Well, no, not the wedding cake which was an amazing two story chocolate-raspberry affair, thankfully without fondant (you can’t go wrong with chocolate and raspberries!) and of which I certainly ate my share. Rather, I…

September in rearview mirror

Manks Codlin apples

While at the beginning of the month we were still eating tomatoes and kidding ourselves that summer was forever, the morning fogs, the scent of burning wood and the colorful leaves of this past week are clearly telling us that…

A week of eating from the garden

A week of eating from the garden-001

Because our gardens are not big enough and because the time I can put into growing produce is limited, non matter how much I’d want to, we are not self-sufficient. If I planted all our raised beds with summer vegetables,…

Roasted vegetables and goat cheese galette

roasted vegetables galette

I was sorely tempted to name this recipe “Farewell to summer galette” but managed to restrain myself. Nevertheless, this week really is the week when we wave summer good bye. Not only because fall officially started on Monday, but also…

Seasonal bouquet – beautiful annuals

annual cut flowers

I used to grow lots cut flowers on our old plot – about one fourth of the plot was dedicated to perennial cut flowers (most of which I grew from seed) and I usually also filled several beds with annuals.…