Categorie: life

Little Thing magazine interview

Probably the weirdest thing that has happened as a result of my blog, was me being featured in a Chinese magazine this spring. The editor of ‘Little Thing’ magazine asked whether she could interview me for their issue on rural…

December in rearview mirror

This here is my view as I’m typing this post. It’s the view from my parents’ kitchen on the sixth floor of their appartement building at the outskirts of the historical center of the city of Pilsen. Usually, in my…

A week of eating from the garden/ end of summer

Because our gardens are not big enough and because the time I can put into growing produce is limited, no matter how much I’d want to, we are not self-sufficient. If I planted all our raised beds with summer vegetables,…

August in rearview mirror

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…

Oslo – what we ate

Norway is a rather expensive country and when we travelled to Oslo, most of our budget was spent on the ferries to get there and the hotel where we stayed. But here are some culinary highlights of our stay as…

July in rearview mirror

Because (as I mentioned before) we were gone for at least half of July, our garden has not exactly been showered with attention during the past month. Still, we managed to get most of the important jobs done, the sowing…

Oslo – what we did

Every family has a story about its origin, about how mom and dad met. Ours is the story of the three keys. In the summer of 1996 I arrived in Oslo to study Norwegian language and literature at the university.…

Seasonal bouquet – midsummer abundance

Maltese Cross (Lychnis chalcedonica), Musk mallow (Malva moschata “Alba”), Heliopsis scabra “Giant Double”, Veronica longifolia “Blauriesin”, Silene coronaria, lovage (Levisticum officinale), Anthemis hybr. “Wargrave”, Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium), Verbena bonariensis It is easy to get wrapped up in the garden…

Normandy – what we ate

When we were packing, I asked the family whether I should make a batch of our house-muesli to take with us but was assured that when in France, anything anybody would want to eat for breakfast was a croissant. So…

My mom as a cook

Only after becoming a mother myself did I realize that combining motherhood and work is … well, challenging. I mean, both can be pretty challenging on their own but when you combine them, it is a job requiring superpowers. Yet…

April in rearview mirror

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…

March in rearview mirror

Whenever chatting with gardeners in spring, you are likely to hear things like: “The weather is two weeks ahead.” Or behind. Or whatever. It makes me wonder what spring ever became the ideal that every subsequent spring is measured against?…

Chickpea yogurt dip

  Last week we celebrated Esther’s 14th birthday. Which means that somehow, inexplicably and in a blink of an eye, our sweet baby with head full of hair, turned into an independent half-way grown-up human. The picture on the right…

2013 – on keeping resolutions and favourite recipes

It is customary, as the year comes to an end, to remember, reminisce and reflect. At the beginning of the year I made a list of about 10 resolutions, trying not to be impossibly ambitious. Well – I kept one…

Christmas 2013

For the fifth year in a row, we celebrated Christmas at my sister’s in a tiny village in Western Bohemia. The village has about 30 inhabitants, a tiny church and a giant pear tree in the middle and no shop…