Categorie: Fruits

Choosing apples for our new garden

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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…

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…

Gooseberry & strawberry galette

gooseberry and strawberry galette

This year we left our vacation a little later than usual. Though the reason was mainly that I had to finish my manuscript (I only sent the last chapter to my editor the night before we left (of course)), it…

Rhubarb liqueur

rhubarb liqueur

I have said it before but: we have a LOT of rhubarb in the garden. So much that no matter how many cakes, tarts, jars of jam or muffins I make, no matter how much I give away, there’s more.This…

Rhubarb walnut crumble

rhubarb walnut crumble

Every year I put a considerable amount of thought into the first rhubarb dish of the season. I usually cover one of our 20+ plants (I’ve been meaning to count) with a big bucket to force and blanch it and…

Apple, goat cheese and caramelized onions pizza

apple and goat cheese pizza

Back in October when we hosted our apple harvest dinner (four dishes each featuring a different apple variety), finding a vegetarian main course with apples turned out to be the biggest problem. Esther, as the true child of the 21st…

Nearly candied quince

nearly candied quince

The general rule for pruning fruit trees is that it’s best done when the trees are dormant, during a cold and dry spell. That, for those of us living in the Netherlands, constitutes a problem. The winters are often not…

Radicchio and chicory with pan-roasted pears

radicchio and chicory with pan roasted pears

So – it’s been a while. I took a break from my computer for most of our Christmas break which was good and a little weird. I focused on spending time with people I love and see too little of.…

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…

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…

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

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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…

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…

Czech fruit filled dumplings

czech fruit filled dumplings

A couple of weeks ago Sebastiaan started high school. New school, new teachers, new kids, new rules and about ten times as much homework. A big change for him (though he does not seem to worry about anything – not…

Buckwheat pancakes with plum and blackberry compote

buckwheat pancakes with blackberry and plum compote

In terms of money, fruit trees are an awesome investment. The very first tree I ever planted was a plum, more specifically “Mirabelle de Nancy” . The half-standard tree from a local organic nursery cost 12 Euro then (ten years…