Welcome to my virtual 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