Categorie: Vegetables

Week of eating from the garden – December

Boy, is my oven getting a workout at the moment! I’m roasting all the vegetables that I come across, I bake cakes and make granola. It’s been cold, even snowing, and since we do not have a wood stove (maybe…

Fall vegetable soup

When I was young, I remember often coming down to the kitchen early in the morning to find my mom next to the stove, a wooden spoon in one hand,  a book she was currently reading in the other, absent-mindedly…

Saganaki

How are your tomato plants doing? Still pumping fruits by the bucket or finished because of blight, hornworms or early frost? Here the only tomato variety I have known to keep going outside past August is ‘Matt’s Wild Cherry’. Many…

Spinach & co, mushrooms and tortilla budin

I am not always successful at growing spinach which is why I have back-ups: other plants from the goosefoot family, both annual and perennial, which can be used much in the same way as spinach. Actually, so far this year…

Butternut squash and ricotta gnocchi

Our supply of home-grown butternut squashes is dwindling. The good thing about that is that it frees up space under our bed which is where I’ve been storing them much to the chagrin of my son who’s the one doing…

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…

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…

Tomato tarte tatin

If this fall had a theme, it would be ‘tarte tatin’. I’ve been trying to crack the secret to the perfect classic apple version and have made it several times to that end. I am in no way unhappy with…

Sinuses clearing garlic soup

Tomorrow we get a visit from Spain – Sebastiaan is participating in an exchange program with a school in Valencia, so there will be a Spanish boy of as yet unknown age staying with us next week and then Sebastiaan…

Soba noodles with peanut dressing

Let’s start with the big news: it snowed this week! In this freakishly warm winter, I was wondering whether we would eventually forget what snow looked like, but here it is, the powdery white dusting that makes everything look better.…

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…

Italian courgette & basil soup

You may look at this photo and just see soup. But you’d be wrong: it’s not just a soup, it’s also a solution to a problem. Several problems, actually. First: The problem known as ‘drowning in courgettes’ most gardeners are…

Seasonal salad – weeds

Do you have weeds in your garden? I hope you do – at least a few. Because if you have none you must either be an OCD gardener who puts the rest of us to shame, or you spray herbicides…

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…

A week of eating from the garden/ winter

As the winter is slowly coming to an end, the homegrown provisions are running low and it becomes impossible to harvest enough for a full week of meals. We are digging up the last parsnips, cooking the last homegrown dried…