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 forage. 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 implementing it in my life. 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 … In 2015 we were able to fulfill one of our oldest dreams and bought a 1/4 acre plot which we’re gradually turning into an abundant permaculture garden.

For many years now I’ve been writing on edible gardening for Dutch and Belgian gardening magazines. I also occasionally write for Permaculture magazine. In 2015 my first book (in Dutch) came out ‘Tuin smakelijk, praktische permacultuur voor potten-, moes-, en bostuin’. For Dutch readers: you can find more about our gardens on our Dutch website Tuin smakelijk.

If you would like to know more, you can read this interview.

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

41 comments for “About

  1. Jo Lepine
    03/05/2020 at 14:49

    Hello Vera,
    We have just recently discovered your YouTube channel and we are enjoying it very much. We are on our own permaculture journey too so we’re very interested in all your shows.
    We just watched the episode about heritage apples and wondered if you could share the Web address of the society which runs it as we cannot find it online.
    Many thanks and keep the videos coming!
    Jo Lepine and Magnus Dearness
    Bristol UK

  2. Brigitte
    13/06/2019 at 10:52

    Hello Vera,
    I am a big fan of yours. Just bought your book and I am loving it. I am growing vegetables on the balcony and have about 40 pots in total. Last year we had the huge problems of having fungus gnats all over the place. They did not leave over the winter so we replaced all the soil, lot of work! Now unfortunately all of them are back. Do you have any remedies what we can try ? Yellow sticky cards won’t work, they are just catching not enough. Vinegar, neem oil also did not work, nematoden and hydrogen peroxide also not really. I really need some advise. Thank you !!!

    • vera@gtc
      17/06/2019 at 21:03

      Hello Brigitte,
      I’m happy to hear you’re loving my book! Would you please consider writing a review (on Amazon)?
      I’m sorry to hear about your problems with fungus gnats though. I must say I have not encountered them myself and have therefore no direct experience in dealing with them. It seems like you have tried most of the solutions but this seems like a good overview: https://www.epicgardening.com/fungus-gnats/ Maybe there’s something there?
      Good luck with your container garden!

  3. Dan S
    20/04/2019 at 10:47

    I bought your book Edible Paradise and although I have given it a 5 star review on Amazon and on Permaculture Market; I want to just say again that this book is amazing, in the quality of the photos, layout, format, recipes but is an outstanding reference for gardening both flowers, herbs, fruit, vegetables.
    I have a few gardening books at home, but this, to me, is number one out of 10+ books. This book surpasses Royal Horticultural Society books, DK gardening books and individual ‘celebrity’ gardeners’ books on food production, edible flowers, ornamental flowers – like flower lasagne which sounded interesting and I am going to follow. The depth of information and clarity is superb. I am now going to implement the information into my garden as the possibilities in my small garden have now been opened (which were not before when I only saw the garden via monocultures) and I do not feel bad that my garden is small as I can still grow just enough good food providing I follow permaculture practices, like guilds such as the three sisters; corn, beans and squash or carrot and onion.
    I believe that this book will grow in popularity by the day, and so it should. Outstanding, and more importantly an enjoyable book that you can return to time and time again, wanting to read the book rather than having to for the sake of it.
    I wonder whether there will be another book by Vera?

    • vera@gtc
      28/04/2019 at 18:10

      Thank you so much, Daniel, for taking the time to review my book! I am so. so happy to hear that you enjoyed reading it and that it’has opened up new possibilities for your edible garden!!

  4. Renita Brinth
    16/01/2019 at 12:48

    I would like to subscribe to your blog. I find your program very informative.

  5. Danielle
    04/05/2018 at 02:18

    Hi from the United States! Can you share what type of green house you bought? We’re struggling here to find one that is glass instead of plastic. Ty!

  6. Patricia Diana Folk
    28/12/2017 at 17:01

    I am so happy to have found your website. You have fantastic recipes which will take me forever to bake my way through them.
    I am Hungarian heritage on both sides, my Father parents and my mothers parents came to United States from Hungary. I wish I was taught their language, but my mother insisted on English only. Very sad because my Paternal Grandmother Maria Ducar only spoke her native language. So, your Czech recipes are familiar to me.

    I love Amsterdam and the Netherlands. My future dream trip is to go back there and travel around to the areas that I missed. On my last trip, I fell in love with Delft and Veere. And so much more.
    I look forward to following you online. Have a very Blessed New Year!

    • vera@gtc
      09/01/2018 at 17:25

      Thank you, Patricia, for your kind words! Lovely to hear you like my recipes and you’re right – I’m sure many must be familiar to someone with Hungarian heritage! Happy New Year to you, too!

  7. Lianne
    08/12/2017 at 11:51

    Wat een mooie site. Het ziet er prachtig uit!
    Jammer dat het in het Engels is, want dat is helaas niet mijn sterkste kant:(. Ik zou graag de recepten gaan proberen…
    Je boek heb ik inmiddels besteld. Ik ga er zeker mee aan de slag!

    • vera@gtc
      08/12/2017 at 12:13

      Dank je wel, Lianne! Wat leuk om te horen dat je mij boek hebt besteld – ik hoop dat je er veel inspiratie uit kunt halen voor je eigen tuin!

  8. Sharon Stevens
    29/06/2017 at 23:43

    Dear Vera,

    I’ve just discovered your web site — thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.

    Would you be willing to let me download from YouTube your video “Tour of our permaculture kitchen garden” (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCidWVAWCXVVNjHXpuFCfxNA)?

    I would like to use it for teaching purposes, as a demonstration of permaculture within a classroom that doesn’t have Internet access.

    Thank you,

    Sharon Stevens

    • vera@gtc
      30/06/2017 at 09:52

      Hi Sharon, thank you! Yes, of course, using the video for teaching purposes is fine – good luck with spreading the permaculture ideas!

  9. 27/03/2017 at 16:08

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  10. Diana of USA
    19/03/2015 at 00:01

    Just discovered your website. Looking forward to checking in with you for some wonderful recipes and ideas!

    • vera@gtc
      26/03/2015 at 10:12

      Thank you, Daina!I hope you’ll find some inspiration around here 🙂

  11. 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.

    • vera@gtc
      23/09/2014 at 10:00

      I hope you like the chutney – it is pretty hot (which we like)!

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 09/05/2014 at 14:37

    Hej we were in Netherlands this week ;))


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

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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! (:

  21. 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.

  22. 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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