Mara lives with her dog Lou in an old converted inn in a historic small village in the north of the Netherlands. Accidentally stumbling upon the place as she came along house hunting with a friend, she found herself suddenly the owner of this historic former inn which she fell in love with at first sight. Mara, who is an interior designer, turned the upstairs part of the 19th century building, where the former inn rooms were located, into a spacious loft style open plan living area, respecting the old elements that told the history of this special property. 

Doetie's kudde vriendelijke bruine geiten scharrelt rond op het land rond haar boerderij in het Zuid Oosten van Friesland waar ze zich tegoed doen aan wat ze vinden in de kruidenrijke weide "en dat proef je echt terug in de kaas" vertelt Doetie. 's Ochtends vroeg melkt Doetie de geiten in haar zelf gebouwde melkstal, daarna gaat de verse geitenmelk direct door naar de kaasmakerij op haar boerderij waar ze van de verse melk fantastische rauwmelkse kaasjes maakt.

Publication NL July 2020

Natuurlijk nam ik een aantal van Doetie's fantastische geitenkaasjes (en wat geitensfoofvlees en salami) mee naar huis en kookte er een aantal gerechten mee. Risotto van parelgort en biet met geitenkaas en walnoten bijvoorbeeld, of hummus van Friese woudbonen met geroosterde bietjes en Doetie's Swarte Toer kaasje. De serie over Doetie's geitenhouderij (& kaasmakerij) vind je hier en de serie met gerechten via de link hieronder.

Publication NL July 2020

The historic Settle-Carlisle Railway in the North of England is probably one of the most scenic English railway journeys, passing through the remote and dramatic Yorkshire Dales National Park. Starting off in the old North Yorkshire  market town Settle the 73 miles long journey takes you through breathtaking landscapes to the Northern English town Carlisle near the English Scottish border.

Every first week of June Gypsies and Travellers gather in the old small market town of Appleby in Cumbria in the north of England. They have done so for hunderds of years.

A photo documentary of the Appleby Horse Fair.

The table is set and candles are lit and everything is ready for Christmas Nordic style after a long winter's walk in the December countryside. In this Nordic inspired series there are, besides a pretty set table, essential, typically Swedish Christmas dishes, usually eaten in buffet style at Christmas, but these simple tasty dishes are delicious all year round.

Images from my own veg patch. When I moved back to the country, after having worked & studied in the city, I was very excited to start my own veg patch again. I have loved gardening from a very young age, growing up in the country. As a child I was intrigued by how veg grew; lettuce, radishes, strawberries and carrots, a child's favourite crop. After all these years I was finally able to pick up where I had left of, but now in my own garden on my own farm.

All the veg I grow I use in my farmhouse kitchen. The gallery Recipes from My Veg Patch (through link below) is regularly updated with new, easy to make (and grow) recipes. (in Dutch, English text can be provided)

Recipes from my own veg patch, regularly updated and (in the end) sorted by season. The first season is of course spring, with spring fresh veg, new rhubarb, wild herbs and some left over winter veg from my garden. Delicious and easy to cook (and grow), super fresh and in season.

(in Dutch, text in English can be provided)

Jacolien & Widmar kweken bio bloemen op een kwekerij in het noorden van het land. In de zomer is de kwekerij een zee van bloemen vol zoemende bijen en andere insecten. Hun bloemen worden geteeld zonder bestrijdingsmiddelen en kunstmest dus naast dat ze een gezonder alternatief zijn voor de reguliere bossen bloemen dragen ze ook nog eens bij aan de welzijn van bijen, hommels en andere insecten. Jacolien & Widmar verkopen hun mooie bloemen op regionale markten en via een aantal winkels.

Wist je trouwens dat bij het kweken van “gewone” bloemen meer bestrijdingsmiddelen en kunstmest gebruikt wordt dan bij de meeste gewone landbouwgewassen?

Publication NL June 2020

Als het even kan combineer ik een fotoserie met een serie bijpassende recepten, gewoon omdat ik veel van koken hou maar vooral ook omdat het net even wat meer vertelt. En hoe kon het anders dan dat ik met de mooie bio bloemen van Jacolien een vrolijke serie gerechten maakte met eetbare bloemen. De fotoserie over bio bloemenkwekerij Bijenbrood vind je hier

Publication NL June 2020

Not far south of London you’ll find a beautiful part of real English countryside; The Surrey Hills. The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty* covers a large part of the county Surrey in the South East of the UK. In the divers landscape of rolling hills woodland, grassland and dramatic heathland alternate, and from various points in that astonishing landscape, like for example Box Hill, there are breathtaking views.In the past being a remote rural hill area The Surrey Hills now are, especially at weekends, very popular with walkers, mountain bikers and weekend and day visitors. There are various walking routes which all lead you through parts of this amazing countryside. Besides amazing nature there are also various historic villages that on quiet weekdays look like nothing much has changed over time. 

In Skåne, in the south of Sweden, a pure and environmentally safe paint is made; Ottosson linseed oil paint.

In early summer the flax fields of Skåne colour blue. Thousands of flax flowers produce linseed from which in a slow process linseed oil is cold pressed, drop by drop. From there the Swedish linseed oil finds its way to the Ottosson factory in Genarp. Together with natural pigments a pure linseed oil paint with highly protective qualities is crafted and distributed throughout Sweden and finding its way into Europe.

Publication NL 2021

It is difficult not to fall in love with the Lake District, the wide views over the hills, lakes and the fells beyond are truly mesmerizing. A journey over country lanes around Lake Windermere, England’s biggest lake where green hills, ancient farms, pretty villages and hamlets,  blue lakes and rough fells come together. The Lake District is situated in the North West of England and is a Unesco World Heritage Site, big parts of it are owned and protected by the National Trust.

In the series Beatrix Potter you’ll find more about the Lake District. Beatrix Potter was one of the first protecting the vulnerable Lake District landscape. After she died she left big parts of Lake District land she owned to the National Trust to ensure its protection.

Publication NL 2021

In 1905 Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top Farm in the Lake District out of the profits she had made from her first little book, the famous children’s book Peter Rabbit. It was the start of her life as a farmer, a nature conserver and land owner. When she died, almost 40 years later, she left everything she owned to the National Trust, including Hill Top Farm. At that point  she owned more than 4,000 acres of land (over 1600 ha.), 17 farms, cottages and herds of Herdwick sheep and cattle in her beloved Lake District.

Unfortunately is this series, Beatrix Potter's Lake District, currently unavailable

I've made an accompanying series of Farmhouse Kitchen Recipes.  And here you'll find another series about The Lake District

While researching my Beatrix Potter story  I accidentally ran into a "Beatrix Potter Country Cookery Book" published in the early 1980ies. Beatrix never wrote a cookery book, her first biographer came up with it (Beatrix Potter died in 1943) inspired by Beatrix's stories and illustrations and the farming, village kind of life Beatrix had led in the second half of her life. That little recipe book inspired me to do this series of English farmhouse dishes, all with some sort of connection to Beatrix Potter from either that 1980ies cookery book, her stories or letters Beatrix wrote. 

Publication NL 2021

In een van de historische Drentse Koloniën van Weldadigheid, in het begin 19e eeuw opgericht in de hoop zo de armen uit het westen een beter leven te kunnen geven, Veenhuizen begonnen Lambert en Jolanda meer dan 10 jaar geleden hun biologische kwekerij voor bijzondere en verloren groentes; De Tuinen van Weldadigheid. 

Inmiddels hebben ze in hun Tuinen de grootste collectie eetbare gewassen van Nederland verzameld, hun collectie aardappelen, bonen en knoflooksoorten zijn zelfs uniek. Lambert en Jolanda telen groenten en aardappelen, maar ook vind je er fruit, kruiden en bloeien er heel veel bloemen en wilde planten, alles biologisch en gekweekt met liefde voor natuur en milieu en als behoud van bijzondere en bijna verloren soorten, een grote variatie en vele soorten helpen mee aan een gezond tuinklimaat.

Bij deze serie maakte ik een serie met recepten mét groentes van de tuinen (hieronder)

Als het even kan combineer ik een fotoserie met een serie bijpassende recepten, gewoon omdat ik veel van koken hou maar vooral ook omdat het net even wat meer vertelt en bij groenten en groentetuinen horen recepten; Gedroogde bonen, palmkool, knoflook, pompoen en bieten, allemaal heerlijke biologische ingrediënten van de Tuinen voor fantastische groentegerechten.

Deze serie maakte ik bij de serie Weldadige Tuinen

Veenhuizen is in het begin 19e eeuw opgericht als een van de Koloniën van Weldadigheid, gebaseeerd op ideeen van de Verlichting waren deze Koloniën van Weldadigheid een van de eerste initiatieven om armoede op grote en nationale schaal aan te pakken. Door hard werken in de frisse buitenlucht, discipline en onderwijs zouden arme mensen heropgevoed kunnen worden, het was een groot sociaal experiment wat destijds zelfs internationale aandacht trok.

Naast het bijzondere dorp Veenhuizen maakte ik hier ook de serie Weldadige Tuinen wat gevestigd is in Veenhuizen. Een korte (nog in ontwikkeling zijnde) serie over het mooie aan Veenhuizen grenzende Fochteloërveen vind je hier.

Link to an overview of Middle Eastern food. All food is cooked, styled and photographed by me. Recipes are included.

It is not strange at all that food from the Middle East has become extremly popular in the last decade, it is very tasty and besides that very pure and healthy. Modern popular chefs have given their own twist to authentic traditional Middle Eastern/ Mediterranean dishes and food like hummus are easy to find nowadays in every supermarket, although not always as authentic as it should be in my humble opinion.

My love for Middle Eastern food goes back a bit, to the time when it wasn't that popular yet. My at the time mother in law, who was Israeli and lived in a town near Tel Aviv, taught me to cook a wide range of Middle Eastern dishes, home cooked as she did them and her mother and grandmother before her. She didn't speak much English but we understood each other and I have learned so much from her and her family, Middle Eastern cooking has become a part of my way of cooking ever since.

This link is to the overview of Middle Eastern dishes, you'll find all savory food, including the full Middle Eastern food series in the gallery Food Savoury

Sitting at her desk in her Amsterdam studio, Tamar sips from her glass of tea while working on a small miniature that she will insert in one of her artworks. On one side the walls of Tamar's studio are filled with her colourful artworks and on the other side are cupboards full of scraps and collected bits and pieces she uses in her artworks. The scrapboards surrounding her desk are like sketches of her work, the feeling they give is similar to the colourful imaginary world of her artworks. Her home at the other side of the centre of Amsterdam has the same feel as her artworks do, and also there her walls are filled with memories, her artworks and all sorts of bits and pieces.

In her work Tamar mixes techniques but also subjects that are normally not mixed together; with her personal view of reality she gives a twist to the world around her; Ideas that are bubbling up and together take shape in her artworks.

Link to an overview of Italian dishes. All food is cooked, styled and photographed by me. Recipes are included.

Italian food is the ultimate comfort food and the farmhouse Italian way of cooking is simple but always made with the best ingredients available and a lot of love. This link is to the overview of Italian dishes I made, you'll find all savory food, including all Italian food series in the gallery Food Savoury

Totally adapted to the Swedish way of living Dutch Juul proudly shows us around her Swedish home. Exchanging her Dutch city life for Scandinavian country living in rural Småland in Sweden was something she dreamt of doing ever since she was a child. Juul’s home is full of beautiful old things; French brocante she brought with her when she moved from her homeland The Netherlands to the Swedish countryside and of course there are a lot of Swedish antiques. She deeply loves old things, there is nothing new or contemporary to be found in her home. Her dream? Owning her own Loppis, a Swedish briq a brac shop.

Publication NL/Be spring 2020

Oskar, who lives and works in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, owns a sommarstuga as many Swedes do. Escaping busy city life in long summer holidays going back to simple country living.  When Oskar is not there he rents out his great little Småland summer cottage through Airbnb. On arrival one of his parents who still live in the nearby  village, welcomes you with jerrycans of water as there is no running water in the  tiny cottage. ”It really is  basic, the cottage” Oskars mother warns us as she welcomes us for our stay in this pretty little place in the woods. We don’t mind.

Country of red painted cottages, endless forests, blue lakes & fairytales. General countryside images taken in Sweden.

Op zoek naar rust en eenvoud keert Hilde haar drukke leven als succesvol beeldend kunstenaar in 2008 de rug toe en verhuist, getrokken door het simpele leven en de vrijheid die het werk als schaapsherder in de natuur geeft, naar Zuid Oost Friesland om daar een schaapskudde te gaan hoeden. Sindsdien trekt ze elke zomer met haar kudde bestaande uit 250 Schoonebeeker schapen rond in de regio waar haar kudde natuurgebiedjes van Staatsbosbeheer begraast en zo beheert. Soms legt ze, geholpen door haar bordercollies Muis, Amy en Vlerk flink wat kilometers af met haar kudde van het ene heidegebied naar het volgende.

Bijzonder is haar samenwerking met textielschool Hawar.

Publication NL Autumn 2020

Link to an overview of my outdoor cooked food series. All food is cooked, styled and photographed by me. Recipes are included.

Cooking your food outdoor is sort of back to basics and gives you a sense of freedom. Besides that it does add extra flavour, nothing can replace that extra smokey flavour cooking over a fire brings to your dish. In this summary you'll find an overview of outdoor cooked dishes, in the gallery Outdoor Cooking you'll find all outdoor cooked food series.

Roos lives in a small typical Dutch village just outside Amsterdam. The story of her home is a special one; The converted farmhouse she lives in was initially converted by her parents when they moved from Amsterdam to the Dutch countryside in the 1970ies.

Roos moved back to the old farmhouse converting part of it yet again. She did a great job making it look like the interior was centuries old, carefully looking for just the right materials, old materials most of the time. Her home has always inspired me; the old wooden panelling of the walls, they really made to look as if they have always been there, the beautiful old doors, the beams, the kitchen made with old wooden kitchen doors Roos found somewhere, all beautifully put together.

Roos loves to mix furniture and accessories  from different periods, modern vs old, vintage design from the 70ies vs  new, things she carefully selects,  preserving memories and creating new ones and thereby creating her own personal style.

Borough Market is one of the largest, oldest and in recent decades most renowned food markets in London located near the Thames in the borough Southwark on the southern end of London Bridge. With its wide variety of British and international quality produce Borough Market is popular with locals, tourists, chefs and food writers alike.

Borough Market is an important part of London and British food culture and well worth a visit while you are staying in London.

After crossing the Oresund Bridge, which connects Denmark with Sweden, you drive into the most south part of Sweden;  Skåne. 

Skåne is surprisingly beautiful unfolding itself from a flat landscape with undisturbed wide views slowly into soft rolling hills. From there the hills turn into the forests and lakes of Småland with red painted wooden houses and endless nature where you sometimes feel nothing much has changed since the days of Astrid Lindgren.

Het was een mooie dag aan het einde van de zomer toen ik rondliep op het oude landgoed Mariënwaerdt. De zon scheen en de takken van appelbomen aan  de beroemde Appeldijk langs de rivier de Linge waren zwaar van de appels die er aan hingen.

Heerlijkheid Mariënwaerdt is een oud landgoed wat middenin de Betuwe ligt vlakbij het dorp Beesd. Op het grote landgoed wisselen bossen en weides elkaar af. De rivier de Linge kronkelt loom door het landgoed met aan de dijk de oude appelbomen die in het voorjaar een bloemenzee laten zien en aan het eind van de zomer zwaar beladen zijn met appels die verwerkt worden tot sappen, taarten en chutneys. Door de rust die er heerst en het prachtige natuurlijke landschap lijkt het soms alsof de tijd heeft stilgestaan.  

Old Spitalfields Market is located in Central East London, just outside the City of London. Being in the centre of a revival in the area it is one of the places to be for hip Londoners as well as tourists. The original Victorian buildings dating back to 1887 have been renovated at the end of the 20th century and the market is now one of London’s major markets with stalls selling contemporary and vintage fashion, music, arts & crafts, bric-a-brac & antiques and food.

In October 2017 a special area called “The Kitchens” opened. It is basically  a place where street food versions of some of London’s hippest restaurants are served on the market floor. People queue up at lunchtime to grab their favourite lunch at one of the super modern food stalls.

The Swedish island of Öland is located in the Baltic Sea just off the coast of Småland in the south east of Sweden. The island is connected to  the mainland by a 6  kilometre long bridge, Ölandsbron (Öland Bridge) which makes the island easy accessible by car. Öland is a very popular holiday destination. The elongated island has long white sandy beaches and most of the time loads of sunshine during the busy summer months.

It was long before the tourist season had started when I visited the island and apart from a few birdwatchers there was not a tourist to be found, at least for as far as I could see. It was early spring and the marks of winter just gone by were still there. Some brave spring flowers were popping their bright heads out. It was a bit chilly that day with a cold wintery sea breeze which made the wide open plains and the coastal marsh lands on the island even more desolate and special.

Many Swedes have a sommarstuga, often in the rural area their family is originally from. They like to spent part of the summer in the countryside in their summerhouse. Often summerhouses still have original features, like a cast iron woodstove which back in the days was always used to cook on and also provided a lot of warmth to heat up the stuga in cold days. 

Summers spent with family swimming in lakes, exploring forests, cooking outdoors and picking berries and wild mushrooms (never pick a wild musroom if you’re not sure what you are doing though!) from the woods are summers a lot of Swedes like, but then how could anyone not like that!

When you drive, walk or ride through the small village of Oldeberkoop on a quiet day, which is almost every day, it’s  like time stood still for a couple of hundred years. Gigantic oak and beech trees have stood and watched the small historic,  900 year old village for centuries now, the small village centre is dominated by the big old church parts of which date  back as far as the 12th century.

With not much going on and situated in beautiful countryside Oldeberkoop is an excellent place for those who like peace and quiet and enjoy walking or riding a bicycle in the quiet countryside and nearby nature reserves.

This series combines as well with series A Village Loft, Textile School Hawar and Woldeberkoop (these last two below)

Bijzonder is de samenwerking tussen herder Hilde en haar kudde schoonebeeker schapen en textielschool Hawar.  Een ochtend op pad met herder Hilde en haar kudde zeldzame Schoonebeeker schapen ergens in een heidegebied in de buurt van Oldeberkoop in Zuid Oost Friesland en een middag vilten met de mooie ruwe vachten van deze prachtige inheemse Nederlandse schapen in het atelier van Hawar. 

Textielinstituut  Hawar en herder Hilde ontwikkelde samen deze leerzame workshop en ik mocht een workshopdag meelopen. De naam is een knipoog naar het mooie oude dorp in Zuid Oost Friesland waar Hawar gevestigd is, Oldeberkoop en naar de wol van de schapen van Hilde natuurlijk. 

Hier vind je een losse serie die ik maakte over Schaapsherder Hilde en een losse serie over textielschool Hawar (hieronder) Over het dorp Oldeberkoop maakte ik ook een losse serie beelden.

In een oud schoolgebouw in het pitoreske dorpje Oldeberkoop in Zuid Oost Friesland vind je een bijzondere textielschool, of eigenlijk textiel instituut zoals oprichters Meinie Wardenier en  Harm Harms Hawar noemen, want het is meer dan een plaats waar je textiele vaardigheden kunt leren; Hawar heeft een prachtige expositieruimte en een ruime winkel waar liefhebbers van textiele werkvormen hun hart kunnen ophalen.

Hawar is in de afgelopen 40 jaar uitgegroeid van klein textielatelier tot een bijzonder textielinstituut met een grote verworven hoeveelheid aan ambachtelijke textiele werkvormen kennis. Hawar is ondertussen een echt familiebedrijf geworden want ook zoon en dochter, Jan Jouke en Margriet hebben inmiddels een plaatsje binnen Hawar.

Ook maakte ik een serie over de leuke samenwerking tussen textielschool Hawar en herder Hilde en haar kudde; Woldeberkoop (serie boven deze). Over het dorp Oldeberkoop maakte ik ook een losse serie.

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