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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…

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…

Garden Connect – September update

garden connect in august

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. You can read more about the project…

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…

August in rearview mirror

august harvest

About a week ago someone on Instagram mentioned that looking at all the pretty pictures of other people’s thriving kitchen gardens and ample harvests can be somewhat disheartening if all your veggies are either suffering from disease or being munched…

Seasonal bouquet/ edible edition

edible bouquet

On our allotment, there are edibles and then there are flowers. But sometimes these categories overlap because some of the flowers are edible and some herbs double as foliage for bouquets. Wading through the beds of our allotment and thinking…