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Chickpea, spinach and feta parcels

Chickpea, spinach and feta parcels

Though it’s still more than a week till summer officially starts, you wouldn’t know it by looking at the thermometer. The days are hot interrupted by a few storms, a walk through the garden yields a handful of assorted ripe…

Chard, ricotta and saffron cakes

chard, ricotta and saffron cakes

Do you grow chard? We do, lots of it. It is such a dependable vegetable, at least in our climate. The funny thing is, you never see it at grocery stores, only health food stores usually sell it. But it…

Soba noodles with cabbage and broccoli shoots

noodle bowl with cabbage shoots and broccoli florets

Early spring is the time of discrepancy between what you can harvest from the garden and what you actually feel like eating. In the garden, it’s still the winter vegetables’ show that’s been on forever: the kale we’ve been picking…

Rotolo di pasta with squash and spinach

Rotolo di pasta with squash and spinach

  We slaughtered the first winter squash. I hereby declare the fall season open. No matter fall officially started three weeks ago, but the moment I start cooking with squash is the moment I truly embrace the change of season.…

Tomatillo pizza with cilantro pesto

tomatillo pizza

Judging by the number of views the hot tomatillo chutney recipe from last year gets these days, there are currently many gardeners somewhat struggling with the tomatillo harvest. Tomatillo falls in the same category as zucchini: vegetables that are so…

Squash blossom frittata

Squash blossom frittata

If you grow any type of squash, summer or winter, you probably know that it produces two types of flowers: male and female. The male flowers are on long slender stems, but under the female flowers the fruits are already…

Broad bean frittata

Broad bean frittata

Broad beans (or lima beans) are some of the most reliable, easiest to grow vegetables, at least in our climate. The large seeds are easy to handle and undeterred by cold, they can be sown very early. They’ll do well…

Baby vegetable risotto

Baby vegetable risotto

It’s funny how the core of who you are and what you like to do is set at an early age. When I was about 8 or 10, I loved playing with plasticine. Together with my older cousin, we used…

Chickpeas with garden greens

chickpeas with spinach, chard and beet greens

The thing you should know about the Netherlands is, that most of the country is bellow sea level. Which means it would be under water, were it not for the ingenious dams holding the sea back. Therefore, if you live…

Spinach quiche with buckwheat crust

Spinach quiche with buckwheat crust

On Saturday I sowed the first seeds directly in the ground – finally!- and spinach was the very first vegetable I sowed. So no, this quiche was not homegrown, but hopefully will be in about six weeks. Because I am…

Quinoa and grilled sourdough salad

Quinoa and grilled sourdough salad

So, after having confessed to my limited gardening success as far as growing tomatoes is concerned, I came back from vacation to … an ample tomato harvest. Though most of the varieties have suffered just as I expected, the partially…

Cherry tomato clafoutis

cherry tomato clafoutis

My parents are more successful at growing tomatoes than I am. That, I would like to point out, is not because they are better gardeners. It’s because they have a better place to grow them. First, the climate in the…