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Leek and goat cheese galette

leek and goat cheese galette

Every season should have its own galette. Don’t you agree? I love galettes for their rustic elegance (or is that an oxymoron?) and the ease with which they can be prepared. Even if you cannot roll out dough into a…

December in rearview mirror

Plzen in snow

This here is my view as I’m typing this post. It’s the view from my parents’ kitchen on the sixth floor of their appartement building at the outskirts of the historical center of the city of Pilsen. Usually, in my…

Coconut macaroons

cocnut macaroons

I have a friend who gets stressed when her fridge is not overflowing with food. As a consequence of her parents’ somewhat erratic care when she was little, she gets nervous when there are not enough groceries to survive a…

Christmas Cookies Hall of Fame

Christmas cookies

For the third year in a row now I put together an advent calendar for Esther and Sebastiaan. It was a little bitter-sweet this time since I find myself continually thinking about time passing and my children growing up quickly…

Almond letter “S” (for Sinterklaas)

Almond puff pastry letter

Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of Sinterklaas. I have written about this old Dutch tradition several times before but if you’re new here, here’s the gist: Sinterklaas is a very old saint (like 700 years old) who lives in Spain…

November in rearview mirror

november on the allotment

As the gardening season approaches its end and the days get shorter and shorter, we only visit the allotment once a week – on Sundays. There are no urgent jobs waiting anymore and almost the only thing we do is…

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…