Green asparagus salad with burrata 💚

Springtime is asparagus time. The green ones are sweet and crisp and combine perfectly with soft and rich burrata. Add some pine nuts and fresh basil and you’ll have yourself a super easy, super quick and super delicious salad. Start with the green asparagus. Wash the spears, snap off the woody ends and halve the…

Rabbit fillets with baby heirloom carrots, refried beans and tarragon foam

In earlier days, according to common belief, the folkloric Easter Bunny brought colored eggs, candy and sometimes even toys to the children behaving well. Similar to the Santa Clause tradition, the disobedient ones were left empty-handed. Today, the Easter Bunny is less strict and offers a delicious meal for young and old. Beans: Simmer a…

Grilled rapini salad 💚

Rapini – or cima di rapa – is a signature ingredient of the southern Italian cuisin hitting its peak season in spring. Sightwise, rapini resembles turnip tops with small broccoli buds. Tastewise, it’s nutty and somewhat bitter. Dishwise, this veggie transforms beautifully into a grilled salad. Fry two peeled and quartered red onions in olive…

Coconut blancmange 🌱

One of my very first blog posts features a vegan almond blancmange. Inspired by that dessert, I came up with a sister dish based on coconut. If you’re a fan of coconut, you’ll L O V E this indulgent treat. Solve 2 tbsp corn starch in 50 ml coconut milk. Add another 450 ml coconut…

Agretti • Scallop • Onion • Prosecco

Salsola soda. Barilla plant. Barba di frate. Friar’s beard. Agretti. We find many names for those we love. And we do love this springtime Mediterranean succulent. It has a grassy spinach-y taste, a crisp texture and a vibrantly green colour. Last week, I stumbled across it in the newly opened gourmet shop Frischeparadies in Basel….

Blueberry and orange infused water 🌱

We had some friends over for afternoon tea the other day. To mark the occasion, I decided to fancy up my H2O. It turned out a real eye catcher, didn’t it? In a pitcher, place ice cubes, blueberries, orange slices and mint leaves. Squeeze in the juice of the orange ends and fill up with…

Rotmos med fläsklägg

Peasant food. One-pot meal. Comfort food. Root mash with ham hock. A traditional Swedish dish and quite a common meal in the Swedish-speaking part of Finland, as well. We used to serve it at the Viking Centre, where I worked during my teen summers. For me, this dish is a piece of home, really. Peel…

The Sunshine Blogger Award

On 27 March 2019, Mums! celebrated its first birthday. Did it get any presents? Of course it did! And what a present it was: A nomination from lovely Alicia from COMMEMEMUCHO for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This award is given to bloggers, who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. Thank…

One year of blogging

One year ago, I published my very first blog post on Mums!. I still remember the foregoing brainstorming phase. I wanted to get everything right. The name. The introduction. The posts (I needed some ideas on stock, just in case). Shortly before the Easter holidays, I mustered all my courage and went online. 165 blog…

Confit egg with bacon jam on black salsify

Bacon and egg – that’s a typical weekend breakfast in our household. Bacon and egg deluxe – that’s what this dish is. And a sensational way to kick off your Saturday. Enjoy! Start with the bacon jam, as it will need to slow cook. Fry finely chopped bacon, yellow onion and garlic. Remove any excess…

The Situation

I’m a working mum. With a busy schedule. Always on the run. Until the end of August, we have only three weekends still totally free of engagements. I appreciate those free weekends. Not because I don’t have any duties, but because there’s room for spontaneity. Last weekend was one of those free weekends. Perfect timing…

Purple carrot soup with hazelnut pesto 💚

The base of this soup is a classic Sunday roast side: roasted rosemary and honey glazed carrots. Roasting vegetables before transforming them into soup unfolds authentically rich flavors. And the purple color of the heirloom carrots turns this soup into a feast not only for the taste buds, but for the eyes as well. This…

Hazelnut spätzli with carrot ragout 💚

Combining elements of different culinary traditions is not only the definition of fusion cuisine, in my opinion, it’s the most exciting part of it. Very bourgeois, very Swiss egg noodles served with a veggie ragout filled with Moroccan flavors and a smooth cream made of Greek sheep milk feta cheese. That’s my second dish featuring…

Heirloom carrot roses on a hazelnut crust 💚

My first dish for the Food Blog Challenge organized by Foodblogs Schweiz is a tasty pie consisting of a really short hazelnut crust filled with creamy goat cheese and topped with roses of naturally sweet heirloom carrots. Start with the crust. Cream 200 g butter. Add 2 egg yolks, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp…

Food Blog Challenge

Foodblogs Schweiz – a platform for Swiss food bloggers – has launched quite an intriguing monthly challenge: Compose a dish featuring two ingredients of a given selection of seasonal products. The March food basket contained radish, hazelnuts, carrots, lamb lettuce, apples and pears. I decided to give it a go and chose hazelnuts and carrots….

Quince liqueur

Last autumn, I wrote about the exceptional quince harvest and our lovely neighbors being kind enough to share their produce with us. The starter and dessert we prepared, we were able to enjoy right away. Another creation needed a bit longer to infuse: our quince liqueur. In the meantime, it’s quite drinkable. Peel, seed and…

Multi-seed crispbread 🌱

I grew up on crispbread – or knäckebröd as it’s called in Swedish. Crispbread used to accompany all our meals. At home and in school. And that’s probably why I still prefer crispbread to ordinary bread. Mix 1 dl cracked rye flour with 1 dl pumpkin seeds, 1 dl sesame seeds and 1 dl chia…

Rib steak with herb butter

I consider myself a flexitarian: I enjoy all diets – vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, pollotarian and omnivore – without limiting myself to one. Now and then, I treat myself to a piece of red meat. And when I do, I like enjoying my meat without any sides. Just meat and condiments. Like dry aged rib steak…

Sea buckthorn crème brûlée 🌱

By definition (I’m a lawyer, I like definitions), crème brûlée is a dessert consisting of a creamy custard topped with a texturally contrasting layer of crispy caramel. In this version, I kept the traditional caramelized sugar on top but modified the custard quite a bit. I combined tart and somewhat bitter sea buckthorns with rich…

Pickled eggs 💚

I’ve revealed my predilection for eggs a couple of times on this blog, as eggs have played the leading role in my dishes more than once: I’ve made Japanese onsen eggs and French omelet. I’ve cured eggs and now, I’ve pickled them. Boil eggs softly (4 minutes – I prefer my yolks gooey). Peel them…

Hazelnut soup 🌱

Last summer, I watched Tangled for the very first time. And I absolutely loved it. Especially the hilarious language. We are still mimicking Flynn Rider’s smolder at home and laughing ourselves to death. You might ask yourself, dear reader, why I prelude this post with a reference to a Disney princess movie. The reason is…

Smoked sturgeon with carrot slaw

Do you remember my blog post referring to our wedding dinner based on regional produce? Last week, I came across some beautiful smoked sturgeon from the same farm delivering fish for our wedding reception – Tropenhaus Frutigen. Sturgeon is a fairly fatty fish that screams for a tart side dish. A crunchy carrot slaw balanced…

Ruby chocolate heart

Some time ago, I was given a bar of exquisit ruby chocolate. After having tried the tiniest piece, I felt the urge to turn this rare variety of chocolate into something special. And for Valentine’s Day, I finally executed my plan: a complex ruby chocolate mousse accompanied by a bitter dark chocolate mousse, sweet honey…