Home Grown Food & Recipes
I've loved to bake since I was a child; most recipes on this page should be desserts (unfortunately, I'm having a hard time remembering to take pictures while I bake cakes... but I'll get there). I've discovered a passion for baking bread when I started to do it for the guests at our bed & breakfast last summer, and I'm also the go-to cake baker in the area. Moving to Spain has opened up a new world for me; it's teaching me that I can do more than just cooking and baking yummie stuff - I can cook and bake with ingredients I grew in my own garden.
Banana bread (or you could call it cake) is easy to make, has that heavenly banana taste and lots of raisins and walnuts. Try it!
These soft and chewy chocolate & banana cookies are easy to make and will keep yummie for days.
This easy, no-knead and almost-no-work bread recipe changed my life; I now get to sleep in, and our bed & breakfast guests still get fresh and tasty bread in the morning.
Gardening from seed is simple and complicated at the same time. It’s easier to just buy little plants at your local garden store or market - but it’s so rewarding to grow an abundance of vegetables from that one tiny seed!
It’s probably easier to write a post title “Reasons not to grow Calendula”. It would be a very short post though; there really is no reason not to grow those pretty little edible flowers.
Last fall, we had a "bad" almond harvest. It wasn't worth taking the almonds we got to the Cooperativa to sell; however, we were still left with big bags full of almonds. We gave some away, ate a few, put almonds into food as much as we could, a lot were eaten by guests - but this summer there's still a lot left, and with a new almond harvest coming up (in September-October), it was time to do something with it. First we made Amaretto... then we tried Marzipan.
2014 has been a year of firsts - so on this first day of 2015, I'm writing about the best "first" we had in 2014. Of course every time we got to travel to Matarranya was very special, coming "home" to the view of the Els Sports mountains was amazing time and time again, finding all kinds of different vegetation & animal traces on our finca was more than interesting and we had a lot of fun with the almond harvest... but the best thing was the olive harvest. It was our first time, and we learned so much.