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 compote

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Following what I mentioned in the Rhubarb cordial recipe, you can use the leftover cooked rhubarb to make a delicious compote! This ensures there is no waste when you have finished making the cordial mixture. When growing your own produce, you often get a more conscious approach to using all parts of the fruit and vegetables. The compote is simple, refreshing and a perfect little Summer dessert on the terrace, served with yoghurt, cream or quark. Continue reading

Rhubarb cordial

Cordial_IMG_6274The Summer is really not arriving this year in Norway. We are seeing record low temperatures for May and June is not seeming to get much better. Temperatures are still in the low teens and the garden progression is slow at best.

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Summer potato salad

Even if the calendar says June and it is supposed to be Summer, the weather seems to think it is October! The wind is howling outside and it is raining horizontally. But the weather forecast seems to be showing some improvement for the weekend. Fingers crossed that we will finally see some Summer weather and be able to bring out the shorts and t-shirts. It just feels weird sending your kids to kindergarten in June with woolen longs on. But with the cold wind and temperatures still in the single digits, there is just nothing to do about that. At least they don’t look at the calendar when we dress them in the morning still.

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Rhubarb and peppermint crumble

Yet “another rhubarb crumble” you might think, but this one has a tiny little twist as I have added a few sprigs of peppermint to the mixture. Getting the right balance gives a wonderful freshness to the pie without overpowering the rhubarb flavor. I recommend sticking to peppermint leaves when making this as other and stronger mint will quickly overpower the rest of the flavors in the pie.

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