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A week of eating from the garden/ mid November

a week of eating from the garden/ november

One of my goals this time was to try new recipes instead of falling back on a couple of old favourites. Even though I cook dinner at least six times a week, there are times when I feel uninspired and…

Tomato tarte tatin

tomato tarte tatin

If this fall had a theme, it would be ‘tarte tatin’. I’ve been trying to crack the secret to the perfect classic apple version and have made it several times to that end. I am in no way unhappy with…

Nettle omelette

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About a week ago, on a lovely evening when we were working in the garden, an elderly gentleman stopped to chat. He complimented us on the neatness of our vegetable beds and then pointed north and said: ‘And whose garden…

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.…

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…

Nettle risotto

nettle risotto

My favorite weed is … the nettle! What – you don’t have a favourite weed? You just hate them all equally? In my opinion, weeds that are edible (and there are plenty) are already partially redeemed. But nettle is not…

Tagliatelle with chard, kale, currants, walnuts and brown butter

Tagliatelle with chard, kale, currants, walnuts and brown butter

While I’m sowing spinach, carrots and beets and planting shallots anywhere I see an empty space in the garden, what we are harvesting are vegetables sown what seems like a lifetime ago. The kale and the chard that we’d been…

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…

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…

Roasted vegetables and goat cheese galette

roasted vegetables galette

I was sorely tempted to name this recipe “Farewell to summer galette” but managed to restrain myself. Nevertheless, this week really is the week when we wave summer good bye. Not only because fall officially started on Monday, but also…

Baked tomatoes with ricotta custard and thyme

baked tomato with ricotta custard

“What’s for dinner?” is one of the questions I probably have to answer most often. Sometimes, however, I am reluctant to answer. When I know that the answer will not please my offspring, I’d rather keep them in the dark…

Savory strudel with chard and blue cheese

Savory strudel with chard and blue cheese

My friend Tereza is the best kind of visistor you can get. Every summer we try to spend a few days together, the last few years usually at my sister’s house: three moms and six kids of all ages. Tereza…

Chinese noodle salad with citrus, snow peas and spicy cashews

Chinese noodle salad with snow peas and spicy cashews

Being a freelancer and working from home most of the time can get a little lonely. Nobody to discuss ideas with, drink coffee or gossip. Little feedback too: I send my articles out into the world or give a lecture…

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…