Serenbe Style and Soul

with Marie Nygren

"cooking demo" "serenbe farms"



September 2010



Fig Cake in AJC article returns to the menu at The Farmhouse

Written by , Posted in "cooking demo" "serenbe farms", AJC, fig cake

This was a banner summer for figs at Serenbe. I have 3 bushes at the Inn and 1 in my backyard and they were continually bountiful for weeks. So like all good Southern ladies when one has baskets full of fruit, one makes preserves. Then the question becomes, what else could I do with my figs?

I had used preserves before to make a cake and thought that figs might make a great base for one. So after some research and some tweaking of the ingredients by Joy-my head cook, we came up with a recipe for Fig Cake that is delicious. The cake is moist and holds that moistness for days.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution (click to see article) Food section recently wrote a story on me and my culinary heritage. One of their requests was they wanted 3 recipes of mine that had not been published. The Fig Cake is one of those recipes.

On the day of the photography shoot, I was photographed in a field of sweet potato greens at Serenbe Farms with Paige- our farm manager. Then we went back to the Farmhouse kitchen and shot pictures of me cooking and  styling the food of the recipes I had given the paper.

As Joy is one of the best bakers I know, she had baked the cake for me the day before the shoot. And when I sliced into it, I could see the mouths surrounding me salivating in anticipation of that first bite. I do believe everyone swooned. It is really one of the most delicious old fashioned cakes I have ever tasted.

I hope you’ll come taste it for yourself at The Farmhouse this weekend!

**photo from AJC Bob Andres,



October 2009





September 2009



Set Your DVR

Written by , Posted in "Better Mornings Atlanta", "community supported agriculture", "cooking demo" "serenbe farms", "csa", marie nygren

I’m excited to tell everyone that on Monday morning September 21st CBS 46 Better Mornings will be having a segment on “farm to table” featuring Serenbe Farms and a cooking demo that I will be doing.

Rebecca Williams, another Serenbe resident will be showing how to put together a wonderful container garden featuring vegetables from the Serenbe Farm. You will learn about CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) and get information on how to sign up for your own vegetable subscription!
For my segment, I will be doing a cooking demo and discussing all sorts of fun things happening at Serenbe, the Farmhouse, and of course the blog. We will even have a taste test to compare a store bought egg and a farm fresh egg!
The show is on from 5-7 am and we will be featured throughout the entire show. If you are not up that early, don’t forget to set your DVR!