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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Spring is here! Peppermint tea



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


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

Rhubarb almond crumble


20150501_211758The start of the growing season is finally here!! And it is such a wonderful treat to be able to go outside in the garden and pick your own produce to cook with. I tend to forget from year to year how good it makes you feel as by the end of the growing season, it becomes much more of a habit. And then, over the darker parts of the year, you start to miss it more and more as you use the rest of the staples from the last harvest. Continue reading

Spring feel in the garden

The first real spring weekend this year and we have spent the Saturday as much outside as possible. Ralph got to do some work in the garden while Silje took the boys for a walk into town to explore the new shops and enjoy a coffee (for mum) and icecream (the 4 year old). Our oldest has been asking to go for a walk into town for a while, but the weather has not really been good enough to embark on a longer excursion with the kids until now.

Some oregano in the greenhouse

Some oregano in the greenhouse

A beautiful little crocus

A beautiful little crocus






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