Categorie: Summer

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…

A week of eating from the garden / late summer

A week of eating from the garden late summer

‘A week of eating from the garden’ may well be my favourite kind of post to put together. It is both a garden and a kitchen diary. It chronicles what we harvest at a certain time of the year and…

Edible garden in July & August 2015

allotment in August

I am one of those people who love ‘before’ and ‘after’ posts and I thought that it might be fun to look at my summer garden in terms of ‘before our holiday’ and ‘after our holiday’. I even found some…

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…

Seasonal salad – edible flowers

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As you can see in the photo above, a salad does not need to be just green. I have nothing against a green salad, of course. It is what I eat most of the time and I never get tired…

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…

A week of eating from the garden/ early summer

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Summer time and eating from the garden is easy. While the last time I wrote a ‘Week of eating from the garden post’ in May, I was still scrambling to make a week’s worth of meal out of what I…

Italian courgette & basil soup

italian courgette basil soup

You may look at this photo and just see soup. But you’d be wrong: it’s not just a soup, it’s also a solution to a problem. Several problems, actually. First: The problem known as ‘drowning in courgettes’ most gardeners are…

Edible garden in June 2015

wild strawberries

As I’m typing this post we are experiencing a record-breaking heat-wave which makes it difficult to remember that there was actually a freakish frost at the beginning of the month. ‘Freakish’ because frosts are not supposed to happen around here…

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…

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…

Seasonal flowers – early June

seasonal flowers

The rad thing about home-grown flowers is that you just cannot go wrong with them. You can combine the most clashing colours and, somehow, they always work. Today’s bouquet is a case in point. Doesn’t ‘yellow+pink+purple’ sound like a bad…

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…

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…

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…