Categorie: Vegan

Soba noodles with peanut dressing

soba noodles with peanut dressing

Let’s start with the big news: it snowed this week! In this freakishly warm winter, I was wondering whether we would eventually forget what snow looked like, but here it is, the powdery white dusting that makes everything look better.…

Spiced chickpeas and roasted winter squash salad

Spiced chickpeas and roasted winter squash salad

On 14th September I sowed rows of hardy greens in our cold frame: rocket, purple mizuna, different kinds of leaf mustard, parsley. This was a week earlier than usual and with late sowings a week can make a big difference.…

Chinese noodle salad with citrus, snow peas and spicy cashews

Chinese noodle salad with snow peas and spicy cashews

Being a freelancer and working from home most of the time can get a little lonely. Nobody to discuss ideas with, drink coffee or gossip. Little feedback too: I send my articles out into the world or give a lecture…

Soba noodles with cabbage and broccoli shoots

noodle bowl with cabbage shoots and broccoli florets

Early spring is the time of discrepancy between what you can harvest from the garden and what you actually feel like eating. In the garden, it’s still the winter vegetables’ show that’s been on forever: the kale we’ve been picking…

Beetroot, carrot and apple salad

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It’s the kids’ spring break this week and we are at my sister’s in the Czech Republic. We might be disappointed by the lack of snow and winter conditions in general, if the weather weren’t just so beautiful. We are…

Pumpkin sage soup

Pumpkin sage soup

There are many important dates in the calendar of the gardening cook: the last frost date and the first frost date, the first rhubarb harvest, the first asparagus, first ripe tomato… And just this week we reached another one: we…

Mushroom, spelt and kale soup

Mushroom, spelt and kale soup

We went for a walk this morning, just the two of us. The weather was beautiful, the temperature just below zero and the sun shining. We walked to Kristalbad, a water retention/ water purification area about three kilometers from our…

Brussels sprouts, winter squash and quinoa salad

brussels sprouts, winter squash and quinoa salad

This salad is what I think of as a vegetarian (vegan even) all-in-one holiday dish. It’s colourful and festive. It’s got some traditional components and some less traditional.The bitterness of the Brussels sprouts is nicely balanced by the sweetness of…

Chickpeas with garden greens

chickpeas with spinach, chard and beet greens

The thing you should know about the Netherlands is, that most of the country is bellow sea level. Which means it would be under water, were it not for the ingenious dams holding the sea back. Therefore, if you live…

Wild rice and winter squash salad

wild rice and winter squash salad

My sister has a horse and a pony. I don’t envy her the horse-riding (she hardly ever has time for that anyway). I envy her all that manure. The manure that she composted, then spread out a little, and planted…

Spaghetti with marinated tofu and tomatoes

Spaghetti with tofu and tomatoes

This dish is the culinary form of denial. I know it is cold and raining, and that probably means that the summer really is over. But I refuse to let go just yet. Soon enough it will be on to…

Broad beans in tomato sauce with many spices

Broad beans in tomato sauce with lots of spices

Broad beans (also known as fava beans) are the only hardy beans. That means that unlike other kinds of beans, they can be sown early. They can even be sown in November and left in the ground to overwinter, more…

Chickpea salad with roasted peppers and black olives

Chickpea salad with roasted peppers and black olives

We all know that pulses are good for us and that we should be eating more of them. Especially vegetarians and vegans should, because pulses are a great source of protein. The trouble is, pulses require a bit of planning:…

Brussels sprouts with wild rice and walnuts

Brussels sprouts with wild rice and walnuts

When my children started school, they often brought home little “friendship books” from their classmates. The point of these books was apparently to gather confidential information and everyone was supposed to paste in a passport photograph and answer tens of…

Winter vegetable stew

Winter vegetable stew

I don’t know about your winter, but ours is no winter at all. It feels rather like an unpleasantly wet autumn. We have hardly had any frost, let alone snow. Plenty of rain and wind though, that make cycling a…