Vanilla poached pears

When we bought our garden, there were two mature trees there: one big hazel and an even bigger pear tree. We tried to find out what variety it was, but all the answer we got was ‘probably a cooker’. We…

Harvesting in November – video

This week I am planning to do a new installment for the ‘A week of eating from the garden‘ series where I record what we harvest at a particular point in time and how I use the fruits and vegetables…

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…

Our winter squash harvest – video!

Dear friends, it has been a long time and I apologize for that. The thing is, ever since I handed in my manuscript last year, I’ve felt a bit like a wrung out cloth – all the words gone. I…

Caesar salad, variation

If I could grow just one vegetable (and I really hope it never comes to this), it would probably be lettuce. And if I could grow just one variety of lettuce (and again, I really hope it never comes to…

Pond in a day in photos

Early on we knew that a pond would be an important feature of our new garden. The main reason was to attract more wild life, especially slug-eating frogs and toads. But I also wanted to try growing edible aquatic plants…