Auteur: vera@gtc

Seasonal bouquet – tiny delights

Violets

When I was in high school I took dancing classes (all my friends did) and acquired never-to-be-used-again proficiency in waltz and polka. Every couple of months or so there was an official dance when the girls were given a bouquet…

Dandelion and spinach springtime torta

dandelion and spinach springtime torta

Normally, I am pretty serious about our Easter traditions – I bake a lamb cake, colour eggs with the kids and make at least one dish featuring wild greens. But this year we were so busy planting the 80 +…

Edible Garden in March 2016

edible garden in march

So….my back kind of hurts but I am also very happy because we got a ton of things done in the garden during the Easter weekend. It was a 5 day-weekend for us because we both took time off from…

Design for our permaculture garden

Onze tuin ontwerp 1 uitgelichte afb

Today I would like to share with you the design I’ve created for our new garden. Having a garden of this size is a dream come true and I have spent countless hours pouring over the map and trying to…

Maple apple tart

maple apple tart

Today is my daughter’s birthday and this is the tart she has asked for. Which should be all the information you need before running to the kitchen to make it, because when it comes to tarts, Esther is the pickiest…

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 lacks the patience required for dealing with pastry and she only bakes cookies for Christmas. As for cakes, she bakes two: her family’s birthday…

Chard and herb filo pie

chard and herb filo pie

No vegetable I grow is as dependable as chard. This is best proven by the fact that there is at least one meal featuring chard in any of my ‘A week of eating from the garden’ post, whether they were…

A week of eating from the garden / late summer

A week of eating from the garden late summer

‘A week of eating from the garden’ may well be my favourite kind of post to put together. It is both a garden and a kitchen diary. It chronicles what we harvest at a certain time of the year and…

Edible garden in July & August 2015

allotment in August

I am one of those people who love ‘before’ and ‘after’ posts and I thought that it might be fun to look at my summer garden in terms of ‘before our holiday’ and ‘after our holiday’. I even found some…

Chocolate pavlova with forest fruits

chocolate pavlova with forest fruits

In the Netherlands, when you’re too late for school, there’s a widely (mis)used excuse: the bridge was open! There are a lot of channels here and if you have to cross one and the bridge is open to let a…