Pickled pear relish

It seems a long time ago, but at midterm we went to England. The weather was much better than one is justified to hope for at the end of October and the skies were a brilliant blue most of the…

Fig confit and Marsala fig jelly

Yesterday I wrote an article about the 2011 season in the vegetable garden. So far, here in the Netherlands, we have experienced the warmest spring with the lowest rainfall in more than 100 years, followed by a cool and gloomy…

Belgian Endive and Radicchio Salad with Persimmons and Pecans

When my daughter made her top 10 fruit list, she decided that the number one had to be kaki, the Oriental persimmon. Not surprising: the scientific name of kaki “Diospyros” means “the food of the Gods” and others have admired…

Cranberry Lattice Tart

As someone born in central Europe and currently residing in the Netherlands, I hardly have a reason to celebrate Thanksgiving. However, that does not stop me from imagining what I would serve on this last Thursday of November, if I…

Speculaas

You may be surprised to hear this but: Santa Claus is not real! You see, he’s a mere copy of the real thing, which is Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas was here first! Sinterklaas who lives in Spain, in a huge house with…

Turnovers with ricotta and chard filling

Few vegetables earn their keep in the garden the way chard does. Not only can you pick the leaves for months and if the winter is mild well into the next year, the plants are very beautiful too. Because of…