Breakfast

Rhubarb kuchen with spiced up streusel

Rhubarb kuchen with streusel

We were not planning to travel anywhere this month even though the kids have a two week vacation. But then one evening about ten days ago we were sitting on the couch and “we’re not going away but if we…

Easter bunny rolls

Easter bunny rolls

When I was teaching Norwegian today, one of the exercises in the textbook had the students pick presents for a hypothetical family of four, based on their profile. This led to a discussion about what constitutes a good present and…

Elderberry buckwheat pancakes

Elderberry buchwheat pancakes

There’s so much to pick and enjoy in fall, apple orchards and pumpkin patches to visit. But it would be a shame to forgo supernutritious fruits that you can usually get for free: elderberries. The large shrubs/small trees are so…

Easy Danish pastry

croissants

What I am about to share is potentially highly dangerous knowledge. I have always assumed that if a moment came when I wanted Danish pastry really really badly, it would probably be easier and faster to drive over to Denmark…

Black and red raspberry rolls

black and red raspberry rolls

Right at our back door grow three kinds of raspberries: gold, red and black. The plants are as pretty as any ornamentals with their serrated leaves and coloured fruits. The black raspberries (Rubus occidentalis) are especially ornamental, the canes turning…

Gooseberry clafoutis

Gooseberry clafoutis

When we moved to our new allotment we had to leave many fruit bushes behind, because our current allotment is quite a bit smaller. Therefore we only moved 2 out of our six gooseberry bushes, the two we like most:…

Strawberry breakfast smoothie

Strawberry breakfast smoothie

After the past very late and very cold spring, we do not trust the weather. Even if the sky is blue and temperature high, we don’t dare to trust it will stay like this and suspect the weather gods are…

Rhubarb streusel whole wheat muffins

rhubarb streusel whole wheat muffin

As mentioned before, we have lots of rhubarb on our new allotment. For the first time in my life I have enough of it to make all my old favorite rhubarb recipes and experiment with new ones. I pick an…

Chocolate kranz cake

Chocolate kranz cake

It’s been snowing in the Netherlands. You know what happens in the Netherlands when it snows? Chaos happens. On the first day of snow, the traffic jam in the country reached a record combined length of 1003 km, the railway…

Super muesli

muesli in jars

A quick look at the breakfast section of the archives might lead you to believe that what we eat for breakfast are mainly buttery rolls and muffins. We do – sometimes. But the reason our BMI is low and our…

Chocolate cherry cinnamon rolls

Chocolate cherry rolls

I’ve never had the “retro classic” Black Forest gâteau. That, I decided last summer, had to change. I was going to make one and it was going to be totally authentic. I have a German cookbook, which dutifully provides a…

Blueberry cinnamon rolls

blueberry cinnamon buns

Last time I wrote how long I had to wait to make the cherry tomato clafoutis. But that really was nothing compared to waiting to make these rolls. Somewhat by accident, I watched Jamie Does Sweden, where Jamie Oliver made…

Braided bread rolls

Braided bread rolls

When I teach a gardening course, it always includes lunch. I serve a freshly picked mixed salad from the garden to show off the variety of greens that you can grow. This is especially impressive if the course is in…

Sticky cardamom cinnamon buns

Sticky cardamom cinnamon buns

I am sad. This week we heard that we will lose our allotment. The land is on lease and the owner wants it back. After 40 years that it had been used by the organic allotment association (during which the…