Spring

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…

Rosemary spelt cake

rosemary spelt cake

Many years ago I read a historical novel where the Russian Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna having moved to the Netherlands after marrying the future King William II was reported to complain that the wet Dutch climate was not suitable for…

May in rearview mirror

Allotment in May

May has treated us to some very cold days, some very warm, some sunshine and a lot rain. It is weather like this that makes the full benefits of raised beds and mulching obvious. The raised beds allow excess moisture…

Spinach and strawberry salad with goat cheese

spinach and strawberry salad with goat cheese

You know how many people feel an inexplicable attraction towards a certain country and its language? I know someone who spends every vacation in Ireland, a woman who learns Spanish for no particular reason and I even heard of a…

Garden Connect – May update

Garden Connect May

Garden Connect is a project that we’re participating in this year where gardeners from around the world grow identical 2 by 6 foot (60 x 180 cm) gardens, compare and share growing methods. Here’s an update of what’s happening in…

Rhubarb beer jam

rhubarb beer jam

Yes, that’s right, there’s rhubarb and beer in the title of this recipe. I think this jam would be worth making just for the fun of pouring beer over rhubarb or the looks you get when you serve it to…

May garden salad

May garden salad

Hengelo, the fairly small Dutch city where we live, boasts one restaurant awarded 1 Michelin star. The restaurant, as is customary these days, claims to be using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients in their menu. Almost exactly one year ago, when…

Seasonal bouquet / early May

Seasonal bouquet in early May

When I was growing up, just about the only flowers you could buy were ugly, stiff, red or white carnations, which, as I have learned since, where also treated with chemicals to keep them “fresh” for months. Now I live…

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…

Garden jobs in May

may harvest

This post is a part of a series about the things I usually do/sow/harvest in my garden in a given month. I post at the beginning of each month and at the end of each month I check in to…

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…

April in rearview mirror

red beets in soil blocks

Sometimes it’s really good to look back. I looked up the pictures of our allotment in April last year and when I put them side to side with this month’s pics…wow! We’ve come a long way! At this point we…

Rhubarb tartelettes in corn meal crust

Rhubarb tartelettes in corn meal crust

If you’ve been around since last year, you might have read my post about the abdication of queen Beatrix and her son Willem Alexander succeeding to the throne. The post also includes a picture of our whole family (my parents…

Garden Connect – april update

Garden Connect bed april

In the March post I mentioned the Garden Connect project that we’re participating in this year where gardeners from around the world grow identical 2 by 6 foot (60 x 180 cm) gardens, compare and share growing methods. Here’s an…

Wild garlic deviled eggs

Wild garlic deviled eggs

Easter means eggs, there’s no way around it. But to me it also means eating as many wild herbs as possible. It is what our bodies need after the month of mostly eating vegetables from storage. These “weeds” have all…