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Fig shaved ice with fig syrup

Fig shaved ice with fig syrup

This year it was warm long enough for a second fig harvest! My November figs are slightly smaller and slightly less sweet than this year’s summer figs. The leaves of my tree have almost all fallen and the figs look like Christmas baubles on a…

plum clafoutis with hazelnuts and blueberry sauce

plum clafoutis with hazelnuts and blueberry sauce

  I always forget how long it takes to pick a decent amount of wild blueberries! I went out into the woods this weekend and in about an hour I only managed to pick a few handfulls. To make the most of my precious berries…

toasted fig leaf crème brûlée with blackcurrants

toasted fig leaf crème brûlée with blackcurrants

The blackcurrant is maybe the most laid-back berry in the garden. They do not all ripen at the same time and you can easily leave them hanging for a while even when they are ripe. Birds usually do not have such an appetite for these…

RHUBARB AND BERRY SODA

RHUBARB AND BERRY SODA

  From the last rhubarb and the first berries in my garden I made a tasty berry and rhubarb soda.  The recipe is very simple. You mix a good amount of chopped fruit with some sugar in water for a few days. During that time…

Aka shiso syrup, aka shiso vinegar and yukkari

Aka shiso syrup, aka shiso vinegar and yukkari

  In my sunny south-facing garden, the red shiso or perilla is having a great time and forms big bushy shrubs. I love the fragrant foliage of this Japanese herb and use it in my cooking often. Now that the cold nights are approaching, it’s…

Zeeuwse boterbabbelaars / butterscotch from Zeeland

Zeeuwse boterbabbelaars / butterscotch from Zeeland

During a weekend in the Dutch province Zeeland they served traditional Zeeuwse boterbabbelaars / butterscotch from Zeeland with my coffee. They taste so good! These butterscotch candies are actually not very difficult to make, but you do need to practice stretching and folding the sweet sugary…