Preserves

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 sort of censored version of the truth. Unfortunately, the older they get, the more difficult it becomes to fool them. They figure…

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…

Sour cherry and redcurrant jam

Sour cherry and redcurrnt jam

I am into memory keeping. Apart from fitful diary writing, I also take a lot of pictures and even occasionally organize them into photo books. This year I started the biggest memory-keeping project to date – a Project Life album.…

Strawberry elderflower jam

strawberry elderflower jam

Sometimes I wonder how big a portion of our garden I would have to devote to strawberries if we were to feel like we have enough. Enough to eat as many as we want, enough to make tarts and smoothies…

Sweet and sour quinces with dried fruits

sweet and sour quinces with dried fruits

Quince (Cydonia oblonga) is right at the top of my fruit-trees-I-would-plant-if-I-had-any-room-left list. Right now, I don’t have any space left in my garden to plant one. That, however, does not really stop me. I planted quince “Champion” in my parents’…

Hot tomatillo chutney

Tomatillo chutney

The tomatillo’s are the ideal plants for the “otherwise ingaged” vegetable grower. Because I knew we would have to leave our allotment on 1st October, I did not look after my garden as well as I normally do. We mulched…

Pickled pear relish

pickled pear relish

It seems a long time ago, but at midterm we went to England. The weather was much better than one is justified to hope for at the end of October and the skies were a brilliant blue most of the…

Fig confit and Marsala fig jelly

fig confit

Yesterday I wrote an article about the 2011 season in the vegetable garden. So far, here in the Netherlands, we have experienced the warmest spring with the lowest rainfall in more than 100 years, followed by a cool and gloomy…

Japanese quince jelly with star anise

Japanese quince jelly on toast

It looks like a quince, it smells like a quince and it is rock hard, just like a quince. What is it? Well, it is almost a quince. It is a relative, it is Japanese quince. Though the Japanese quince…