Summer berry jam

This year’s Summer has been a bit on the cold side, especially when comparing to last year which was completely awesome. This has lead to the growing season going ahead very slowly and us wondering whether we would have much to harvest at all this year. Luckily, the crops are now finally starting to show themselves and we have been able to enjoy homegrown food.

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Spring garden

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It has been an incredibly slow blog week. We are moving into the Summer holidays with lots to finish up at work before everyone heads of for their vacations, which is wonderful on it’s own, but has taken the focus off my food making and even more so the blog. However, the garden is progressing, albeit very very slowly this year as we are seeing record low temperatures for May and June. This is pushing back the expected harvest by quite a few weeks. This time last year, we were harvesting potatoes and strawberries and seeing a lot more progression in general in the garden. Quite a bit of the crop may not grow to full maturity with the weather we are seeing so far. Continue reading

Rhubarb pie

Rhubarb has been the first vegetable we could harvest from the garden. It really marks the season changes and invites the creativity on! Time to start thinking about what we can make with our homemade produce, which is quite different to planning from what is available in the grocery store! There will be more rhubarb recipes to come over the week on the blog, starting with a humble and simple rhubarb pie.

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Spring is here! Peppermint tea

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Trying to enforce some childhood memories for the boys through some of our own. More precisely Ralph’s childhood memories of the fresh homemade peppermint tea. This is so simple and so delicious and it gives the best spring feeling on a sunny day. Bringing this on to our boys, being able to just pick the fresh ingredients in the garden and make something delicious and creating some great memories for them is why we do it all. Continue reading

Bubbles and Spring

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It’s Friday, the garden is blooming, the weather is getting warmer and nicer, the sun is shining, the days are getting longer, the kids are happy! So many things to be happy about and celebrate when Spring is upon us. 🙂 Unfortunately, with the nice weather and warmer periods, there is a little less action in the kitchen. So I apologize if you feel there has been less posts and recipes lately. I have a few things in mind and am working on some posts, but it is all too easy to get caught up in the garden and doing things outside. Which is a good thing too! Continue reading

Planting corn

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Sometimes people look a bit puzzled at some of the fruit and vegetable we plant in our garden. Last years’ talking point and eyebrow raising plant was corn. We had a very surprisingly good crop of corn in the garden. We did plant it more as an experiment than anything else, not really expecting too much produce from the plants. But, to our surprise and likely due to some very nice weather, we had quite a few corns on the cob from our own backyard. The boys loved these and were a little sad then the season was over. Continue reading

Lovely Easter surprise!

During our Easter vacation, I received a wonderful message from Natascha that she had nominated the blog for a Lovely Blog award! It has taken a little bit of time to write the post linked to the nomination since we have been travelling, unpacking and just dealing with the household and the kids! But after a little bit of work, we are finally ready to thank you for the nomination and make our own post.

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As part of the award, I am supposed to share 7 things about myself too.

1. I dislike snow. Actually, I think that goes for both of us. But being Norwegian and not liking snow tends to get a few funny comments.

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2. I love coffee! But I don’t really drink it black, so I prefer to make a mocca on my own Isomac coffee machine. I used to have a red KitchenAid espresso machine and I love the design of it. But when we moved, the machine got upgraded. I still miss the look of the old one though, even if the new one makes better coffee and steamed milk.

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3. We love wine, especially Italian Amarone and French Rhone reds, but always open to new recommendations and tastings.

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4. I love cooking for friends and family, testing out new recipes and ingredients. They are my guinea pigs, whether they like it or not. 🙂

Macaron cookies with Nutella filling

Macaron cookies with Nutella filling

5. Ralph is the gardener and farm person, whereas Silje will happily pick and make food with the produce from the garden.

Jostaberry shoots

Jostaberry shoots

6. I love to involve the kids in the kitchen, even if it calls for added patience, safety measures and more mess than initially planned. It is great fun to see how they grow from being allowed to help with what mummy or daddy does.

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7. I have a major fascination for little deli shops, tea shops, coffee shops and farmer’s markets. Ralph is convinced I am their dream customer as I just “have to buy something” every single time! If they sell cheese, salami, spices, tea, wine or similar, I am sold before I walk through the front door. Just like the shop at Hopballe Mill that we visited over Easter. The bags were rather full after my visit there! 🙂

Selection of cheese in the shop

Selection of cheese in the shop

Shop overview

Shop overview

Blogs I recommend and nominate:

1. Spring Tomorrow, wonderful mix of food posts with great Asian inspiration.

2. Learn To Love Food, great inspiration for playful food.

3. Addicted to the sweet life, for their Melbourne inspiration. We both miss Melbourne a great deal! 🙂

4. Living on Annette, great food inspiration and good recipes.

5. Jane’s patisserie, because I can’t open the page without getting hungry for something sweet! 🙂

6. Cooking without limits, great recipes and gorgeous pictures.

7. The Culinary Jumble, good inspiration and vibrant page.

8. The Migrant Chef, Beautiful page with great inspirational recipes.

9. Food 4 your mood, Fun and inspirational blog.

10. Some good eats, a very different perspective than the majority of the blogs I follow, with focus on Asian cuisine. Great and extensive step by step recipes.

11. Sugar and sam, so much sweet yumminess!

12. Trines mat, Norway largest food blog and my definite go to blog for inspiration.

I have gotten somewhat stuck now, so I think I will stick to these. 🙂

Rules/instructions for the “One Lovely Blog Awards”:

1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you (mention your nominator in your own award post with a link back to their original award post, which would be this one).
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs (usually on their about page or contact directly if necessary) to let them know.

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Pruning raspberry bushes

March is the perfect time of the year to prune raspberries as the plants are putting effort into new shoots.

Raspberries from last year's harvest

Raspberries from last year’s harvest

Raspberries are plants that have biannual branches that grow directly from the root stock that grow one year and then produce berries in the second year. This means that after the second year, the branches die and need to be cut back to keep the plants orderly and make space for the next years crop. Continue reading