Fall

Fall coleslaw with hazelnuts and pomegranate

Fall coleslaw

Fall is such an amazingly colorful season – at least around here. I have always loved fall but this year I am extra appreciative because thanks to a blog of a lady living in Las Vegas and some fall-deprived instagrammers,…

Garden Jobs in October

allotment in October

This post is a part of a series about the things I usually do/sow/harvest in my garden in a given month. I post at the beginning of each month and at the end of each month I check in to…

Pear & chocolate honey spelt cake

chocolate pear spelt honey cake

I baked a wedding cake. Well, no, not the wedding cake which was an amazing two story chocolate-raspberry affair, thankfully without fondant (you can’t go wrong with chocolate and raspberries!) and of which I certainly ate my share. Rather, I…

September in rearview mirror

Manks Codlin apples

While at the beginning of the month we were still eating tomatoes and kidding ourselves that summer was forever, the morning fogs, the scent of burning wood and the colorful leaves of this past week are clearly telling us that…

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 Jobs in September

September harvest

This post is a part of a series about the things I usually do/sow/harvest in my garden in a given month. I post at the beginning of each month and at the end of each month I check in to…

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…

Speculoos pumpkin butter

Speculoos pumpkin butter

Look, I don’t say you should lie to your children. But sometimes… it’s necessary to give them a slightly moderated version of the truth. Unfortunately, the older they get, the more difficult it becomes to fool them. They figure out…

Edible garden in November

vegetable garden in november

November is the month when we put the garden to bed before winter. I did a little weeding of the empty beds and put in a layer of mulch. This year, besides straw and cocoa shells, we’ve also used shredded…

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…

Caramel Apple Jam

Caramel apple jam

Apple is a fruit of mind-blowing variety – some six thousand apple cultivars exist spread throughout the world. It is therefore infinitely sad that the shops only give us access to about a dozen of them. In the Netherlands, almost…

Kale bruschetta

Kale bruschetta with mascarpone

Kale is one the most popular Dutch vegetables and it’s grown a lot and eaten often during the cold months. It is apparently one of the things that the Dutch miss the most when they move to another country. I…

Edible garden in October

Hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta)

In the month of October, I am sorry to say, our vegetable garden has been sorely neglected. I was teaching forest gardening at a permaculture design course, and right after that, we left for a week in England to visit…

Roasted grapes with camembert and herbs

roasted grapes with cheese and herbs

This year has been a great year for almost every kind of fruit. Everyone with an apple tree of any size is overwhelmed by the harvest and giving fruit away. We have the first ever mini kiwis on our kiwi-vines.…