About

Welcome to my virtual garden & kitchen!
My name is Vera Greutink and I live in Hengelo, the Netherlands. I am a gardener and a cook, a writer and a translator, a photographer and a teacher. A wife and a mother of two. I cook and garden mainly because I love good food and after you’ve tasted the homegrown version of anything, there is no going back. But I also want to make sure that what we eat is free of scary substances and that we tread lightly on the earth.

The recipes you will find on this site are always seasonal and mostly inspired by what we pick from the garden or find along the road. No meat, but lots of vegetables, fruits and herbs and some wild food, too. I enjoy baking, so undoubtedly lots of cakes and cookies will find their way into the recipe archive.

In the year 2000 I discovered permaculture and started putting it to use. First growing herbs on a little balcony and later, when we moved to a house with a garden, planting an edible forest. The garden soon became too small for all I wanted to grow, so we got ourselves an allotment and then another one … and now we are growing 400m² of fruit, vegetables and cut flowers.

A couple of years ago I started writing for Dutch and Belgian gardening magazines. I also occasionally write for Permaculture magazine. For Dutch readers: you can find more about our gardens on our Dutch website Tuin smakelijk.

You can email me at:  growntocook [at] gmail [dot] com

22 comments for “About

  1. Simon
    15/09/2014 at 12:20

    Hello from England! I am a keen allotmenteer too. I have grown Tomatillo for the first time this year and will be using your chutney rdcipe doon, thank you very much.

  2. Marianne
    27/07/2014 at 17:49

    I just chanced upon your website today and was absolutely awed by all the you have undertaken – creating and maintaining a sustainable lifestyle based on food derived from your personal (and beautiful) garden and inspiring persons from all walks of life in every part of the world to “create” wonderful foodie feasts that serve to nourish their tummies and their souls. Well done! I will be sure to revisit often! Cheers!

    • vera@gtc
      29/07/2014 at 20:04

      Thank you, Marianne! Such sweet, encouraging words warm my heart :-)

  3. 27/06/2014 at 20:45

    To je parada! Nahodou jsem prisel na tyto stranky kdyz jsem hledal jak prelozit pernicky do anglictiny!!! Hned jsem se prihlasil pres e-mail aby me chodily nejnovejsi zpravy! Zdravim art-is-jokken :)

    • vera@gtc
      28/06/2014 at 22:28

      To je nahoda! Vitej!

  4. 15/06/2014 at 07:39

    I have just found your blog via the Seasonal Flower Alliance – what lovely recipes and photos! I have subscribed and am looking forward to your future posts.

    • vera@gtc
      15/06/2014 at 19:46

      Thank you, Julie, for your kind words. I very much enjoyed the photos of peonies on your blog!

  5. 09/05/2014 at 14:37

    Hej we were in Netherlands this week ;))

    http://instagram.com/milasdeli

    • vera@gtc
      09/05/2014 at 23:40

      That’s funny! Hope you’re having as good a time as we are in Normandy!

  6. 23/02/2014 at 22:37

    How lovely to come across your site twice this week, first through Green Kitchen Stories then a link sent from a friend. I think we have a lot in commmon although we are on the other side of the world in New Zealand. We are also avid gardeners to sustain our family and have a 1/4 acre we grow vegetables, fruit and recently chickens. I look forward to reading more of your recipes. With thanks, Nicola x

    • vera@gtc
      26/02/2014 at 23:08

      Hi Nicola, thank you for stopping by – we definitely have a lot in common! So lovely to discover your site this way!

  7. marilynr
    18/09/2013 at 20:00

    I have another suggestion for your website: A blog called chef-in=training.com posts up to 300 recipes on Tuesdays from other websites. I think you should submit your edible canapes., The picture alone should bring people to your website. Then submit the buckwheat groats quiche. I think your website is great and that more people should be made aware of it!

    Best regards

    • vera@gtc
      19/09/2013 at 16:01

      Thank you for your suggestion, Marilyn! I will look into it.

  8. marilynr
    24/04/2013 at 22:26

    I think you should submit your recipe for Quiche with Buckwheat Groat crust to tastykitchen.com. That is a unique and fantastic recipe. It is healthy too. That website is attached to pioneerwoman.com. I understand that pioneerwoman.com has a readership of almost 20 million readers per month. Many bloggers submit recipes to tastykitchen.com.

    Living in the US, I find your life to be quite interesting. I think many other Americans would feel the same.

    Best regards!

    • vera@gtc
      25/04/2013 at 06:15

      thank you for the suggestion! I will definitely look into that.

  9. 22/04/2013 at 13:49

    I just found your blog and will definitely keep coming back to read. I can’t wait to try the buckwheat crust spinach quiche. I garden in northern Canada and we have a late spring this year, too. The garden is still covered in 60 cm of snow, but the sun is shining and we are hoping for spring soon. I look forward to seeing how your garden grows. Thank you!

    • vera@gtc
      23/04/2013 at 06:44

      60 cm of snow – I have nothing to complain about! :-)
      I hope you like the quiche!

  10. 14/12/2012 at 15:54

    I’m ever so glad you popped over to my blog so that I could trace you all the way back to yours! I love your sensibility and your values that come through so clearly…and what fun that you’re in the good ole Netherlands too! (:

  11. 25/03/2012 at 20:24

    I randomly found your blog through food gawker. I decided to start following it and then I saw that you are in The Netherlands! I just moved to Utrecht in October from the States!

    I thought it was cool that I started following you because of your leek and potato soup and you live in the country I just moved to. I like little coincidences. Keep up the good work!

    • vera@gtc
      26/03/2012 at 06:38

      Thank you and welcome to the Netherlands! As a matter of fact, I am a transplant myself – born and raised in the Czech Republic.

  12. 24/03/2012 at 14:39

    I just found your blog and I love all the photos and recipes. I am a chef, but also an inspiring Gardner. I would love to be able to grow as much as you do so I could cook with it in the kitchen. I will be following your blog to learn some tips.

    • vera@gtc
      26/03/2012 at 06:35

      Thank you! I hope you’ll be inspired – growing your own ingredients is so rewarding! And delicious, of course…

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