Categorie: Fall

1 butternut squash, 3 dishes

If you’ve watched my video about the 7 winter squash varieties we’d grown in 2016, you’ve heard me talking about what I call ‘one-meal-squash’ varieties. I prefer squashes that don’t get too big so that we can use a fruit…

How to plant a bulb lasagne in a container – video

Every fall, I plant lots of spring bulbs. Even if I forget to plant garlic (and I still have not planted any this year!), I will plant some crocuses, tulips and daffodils, together with some more obscure spring bulbs like…

A week of eating from the garden/ mid November

One of my goals this time was to try new recipes instead of falling back on a couple of old favourites. Even though I cook dinner at least six times a week, there are times when I feel uninspired and…

Vanilla poached pears

When we bought our garden, there were two mature trees there: one big hazel and an even bigger pear tree. We tried to find out what variety it was, but all the answer we got was ‘probably a cooker’. We…

Maple apple tart

Today is my daughter’s birthday and this is the tart she has asked for. Which should be all the information you need before running to the kitchen to make it, because when it comes to tarts, Esther is the pickiest…

Edible garden in September & October 2015

The pace slows down quite a bit in autumn, but still – looking at these two photos of the garden, the top one taken at the beginning of September and the one below at the end of October, you can…

Chard and herb filo pie

No vegetable I grow is as dependable as chard. This is best proven by the fact that there is at least one meal featuring chard in any of my ‘A week of eating from the garden’ post, whether they were…

Tagliatelle with chard, kale, currants, walnuts and brown butter

While I’m sowing spinach, carrots and beets and planting shallots anywhere I see an empty space in the garden, what we are harvesting are vegetables sown what seems like a lifetime ago. The kale and the chard that we’d been…

Radicchio and chicory with pan-roasted pears

So – it’s been a while. I took a break from my computer for most of our Christmas break which was good and a little weird. I focused on spending time with people I love and see too little of.…

November in rearview mirror

As the gardening season approaches its end and the days get shorter and shorter, we only visit the allotment once a week – on Sundays. There are no urgent jobs waiting anymore and almost the only thing we do is…

A week of eating from the garden/ end of fall

Back in September when I wrote the first “A week of eating from the garden” post, I thought it would be fun to do this regularly and record how much of what we eat is homegrown and how the menu…

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.…

Poached pears with saffron and cardamom

  Last week we went to a fruit exhibition at “Olde Ras”, a conservation orchard and a museum of old varieties in Doesburg, about an hour drive from where we live. Sebastiaan took some convincing because unlike me he thinks…

October in rearview mirror

The weather in October has been very mild – no frosts yet, in fact it was the third warmest October month on record. This (and some careful planning) is the reason why the garden still looks quite full and colorful.…

Souffléed Pancake with Caramelized Apples

Do you like apples? Do you like pancakes? Whiskey? Do you like playing with fire? Then you’re in the right place. Meet our current favorite Sunday breakfast. A breakfast we’ve had five Sundays in row. Except one of them was…