Home Grown Food & Recipes
We love growing our own food - we have olive, almond and several fruit trees - and our own vegetable garden. We can't live off our own land year round yet, but we'll get there... Living on our little farm in Spain has taught 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.
I also love to bake; I bake bread almost daily, and we host a weekly "Coffee & Cake Thursday" for locals, newcomers and anyone else who happens to be around. For me, this is the chance to experiment with cookies, cakes, pies and much more.
You might call them buns, or rolls, or just burger bread. And you might eat them grilled, or cold, or slightly heated in the microwave. These are super easy to make, and they'll disappear of your family's plates before you know it. Just try it!
Ever wanted to know how these disgusting little black balls become heavenly olive oil or delicious eating olives? Read here how we do it!
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.
I lived a rather conventional life once. On my way back from work, I'd stop at the supermarket for whatever convenience food
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.