Summer

Tomatillo pizza with cilantro pesto

tomatillo pizza

Judging by the number of views the hot tomatillo chutney recipe from last year gets these days, there are currently many gardeners somewhat struggling with the tomatillo harvest. Tomatillo falls in the same category as zucchini: vegetables that are so…

Squash blossom frittata

Squash blossom frittata

If you grow any type of squash, summer or winter, you probably know that it produces two types of flowers: male and female. The male flowers are on long slender stems, but under the female flowers the fruits are already…

Cucumber & borage canapés

Cucumber and borage canapés

A couple of weeks ago, following the post on growing edible flowers, I gave you a recipe for very pretty, very easy to make edible flower and cream cheese canapés. Guess what? These canapés are just as pretty and even…

Hazelnut torte with berries

hazelnut torte with berries

 You know what our most valuable crop is at the moment? Blackberries. Last week I saw organic blackberries for sale, the tiniest box (150 g) going for 2,35 Euro. That same evening I picked more than a kilo, which would…

Tomato salad with feta and basil dressing

topmato salad with feta dressing

 As I confessed/complained before, tomatoes are a difficult crop for us. One of the vegetables we like the most, yet one of the most difficult to grow. This year I decided to stick with early bush types, in the hope…

Edible garden in August

allotment in august

We came back from our holiday 11th August and just about the first thing we did after unloading the car was heading to our allotment. Visiting your vegetable garden after more than four weeks absence, can be a little scary,…

Blueberry sour cream tart

Blueberry sour cream tart

Do you remember how everything was better when we were young? The summers endless and the sun brighter? I also clearly remember that wild blueberries were plentiful every summer. I remember how I went to the woods to pick them…

Edible flower canapés

Edilble flower canapés

To be honest , canapés are something I hardly ever bother to make. Adding one more dainty dish to the menu when entertaining, is often the thing that can bring you one step too close to  a nervous breakdown. But…

Blueberry yogurt ice cream

Blueberry yoghurt ice cream

Our summer holiday this year coincided with a massive heat wave. It was so hot during the day that we took to taking a siesta and any gardening (any outdoor activities really) was done either before 8 a.m. or after…

Gutsy lettuce salad

Lettuce salads with radishes, dried tomatoes and capers

There has been a lack of vegetable recipes on this site lately, the reason is that we were on holiday in the Czech Republic and while we had access to lots of seasonal, wonderfully ripe fruit from my parents’ garden,…

Sour cherry and redcurrant jam

Sour cherry and redcurrnt jam

I am into memory keeping. Apart from fitful diary writing, I also take a lot of pictures and even occasionally organize them into photo books. This year I started the biggest memory-keeping project to date – a Project Life album.…

Chocolate and sour cherry birthday cake

Chocolate sour cherry cake

Most of the recipes that I share are centred around seasonal produce. We grow a lot of what we eat and eating with the seasons is a pleasure, not a restriction. But I like how my birthday cake this year…

Broad bean frittata

Broad bean frittata

Broad beans (or lima beans) are some of the most reliable, easiest to grow vegetables, at least in our climate. The large seeds are easy to handle and undeterred by cold, they can be sown very early. They’ll do well…

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…