Auteur: vera@gtc

Our Thanksgiving feast

This year was the second year we hosted a Thanksgiving dinner. Since my husband is Dutch and I’m Czech, Thanksgiving is part of neither mine nor his cultural heritage. But there’s a lot in our lives to be thankful for,…

Best winter squash cake + 7 variations

Dear friends, I apologize for not writing in this space in a looooong time! The reason is I’d actually been writing a lot elsewhere: my English book ‘Edible Paradise’ is finally finished and getting designed as we speak! I’ll share…

Easter recipe roundup

What are your plans for the coming Easter weekend? I am planning to spend as much of it as I can in the garden (and I have a pretty long list of things I’d like to get done, including planting…

Oven baked gnocchi in tomato sauce

We went to the garden on Sunday – for about half an hour. It was sunny but very cold and since the soil is still completely frozen, there was little to do but walk around a bit and discuss some…

The garden in 2017

So far February has been the coldest months this winter and more cold weather is expected in the coming weeks, so it will be a while longer before we can start sowing outside. I want to use this time-out to…

Cheater’s apple strudel

I have a serious obsession with apples. I’d argue that as obsessions go, this is a healthy one, but my family who get dragged to at least one apple festival every fall and are regularly required to participate in apple-tasting…

18 goals for 2018

Do you make resolutions? Set goals? I usually have a few things I set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year, but this time when I sat down to write a list of my gardening goals, I ended…

Week of eating from the garden – December

Boy, is my oven getting a workout at the moment! I’m roasting all the vegetables that I come across, I bake cakes and make granola. It’s been cold, even snowing, and since we do not have a wood stove (maybe…

Quince & cranberry chutney

Somewhere in November, my mom texted me the photos below with the caption: ‘We have all these beautiful fragrant quince – what should I do with them?’ The fruits were from a tree in their garden that we planted together…

Harvesting on December 1st – video

Being self-sufficient is easy during the summer months and fall but becomes less so when temperatures start dropping bellow freezing. Little will grow now, when it’s cold and the days are short and gloomy, which is why our winter crops…

Wild mushroom pizza

The abundance of autumn can get a little overwhelming – not only is there all the garden produce to take care of, store or preserve, there are also a lot of wild delicacies available for free in the nature. But…

7 more winter squash varieties – video

Every year we cover a strip of ground under the trees of our young food forest with cardboard to eradicate perennial weed and then plant squash through holes in the cardboard. Later, this space will be planted with perennial herbs…

Grape almond honey cake

Back in July when my birthday was coming up, Remco asked me what I wanted as a present and I said: ‘Pergola!’. This pergola has long been planned (& dreamed about) and I must admit that in my lack of…

Fall vegetable soup

When I was young, I remember often coming down to the kitchen early in the morning to find my mom next to the stove, a wooden spoon in one hand,  a book she was currently reading in the other, absent-mindedly…

Saganaki

How are your tomato plants doing? Still pumping fruits by the bucket or finished because of blight, hornworms or early frost? Here the only tomato variety I have known to keep going outside past August is ‘Matt’s Wild Cherry’. Many…