Desserts

Glorious rhubarb

Blanched rhubarb

Today is the first day of spring and spring means some of my favorite seasonal produce is almost in sight. I started blanching rhubarb a couple of weeks ago but despite the warm weather we’ve had, it is not quite…

Real jam doughnuts

czech jam doughnuts

I am a doughnut snob and that is a good thing. I do not settle for less than perfection, which means that if I want doughnuts, I have to make them myself, and that means I only have doughnuts about…

Danish pastry tarte tatin

Danish pastry tarte tatin

My daughter loves tarte tatin. My sister, conditioned by having worked in Paris as an au pair for a year when she was eighteen and studying French afterwards, loves it even more. Upon their request I made tarte tatin several…

Easy Danish pastry

croissants

What I am about to share is potentially highly dangerous knowledge. I have always assumed that if a moment came when I wanted Danish pastry really really badly, it would probably be easier and faster to drive over to Denmark…

Chocolate brownies with ganache topping

brownies with ganache topping

 It’s always fun to see what search terms lead readers to strand on this little island in the vast sea of the internet. The most interesting recent search term was “how to grow a cook”. Though I might not really…

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…

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…

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…

Gooseberry clafoutis

Gooseberry clafoutis

When we moved to our new allotment we had to leave many fruit bushes behind, because our current allotment is quite a bit smaller. Therefore we only moved 2 out of our six gooseberry bushes, the two we like most:…

Strawberry basil ice cream

Strawberry basil ice cream

You know how many ice cream recipes have so far been published on this site? Zero. That is not because we don’t like ice cream. We do. A lot. But we don’t have a freezer and that is a fairly…

Strawberry galette with basil cream

Strawberry galette

  Summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is an important date in the garden calendar. Besides some vegetables that are especially sensitive to day length, being better sown past this date (fennel, Oriental brassica’s), it also marks the end…

Rhubarb cream cheese tart

Rhubarb cream cheese tart

  Last time I went to the allotment, our neighbor, a gardening veteran, kindly asked whether I would like some rhubarb. I couldn’t help laughing because the 15 odd plants in our garden are enough even for me and my…

Poached rhubarb with yogurt cream

poached rhubarb with yogurt cream

I have complained at length about our new allotment: it’s smaller, there’s too much shade, the soil is in a much worse state. But there’s actually one very good thing about it: the rhubarb plantation. Probably because a good part…

Mexican brownies

Mexican brownies with spices

On Saturday we invited friends over for dinner. I decided to make a vegetarian chili with cornbread topping, because: a) we love chili b) it could be made in advance, assembled at dinner time and ready baked in 25 minutes…

Chocolate kranz cake

Chocolate kranz cake

It’s been snowing in the Netherlands. You know what happens in the Netherlands when it snows? Chaos happens. On the first day of snow, the traffic jam in the country reached a record combined length of 1003 km, the railway…