Chocolate • Caramel • Pear • Macadamia

Have you ever had a dessert so luscious that you couldn’t stop eating even when you were so full your stomach felt like exploding? If the answer is no, you’ll definitely have to try this one. And if the answer is yes, you still have to try it. ‘Cause that’s the kind of experience you…

Veal • Root vegetables • Bramata • Parsley

Ossobuco means comfort food for me (actually, it means “bone with a hole” in Italian, referring to the marrow hole in the cross-cut shank, but that’s totally beside the point). My mother used to cook it back home and I’ve continued that tradition. It’s a dish full of flavors and amazing meat just melting in…

Trout • Apple • Celeriac • Chives

This soup combines a smoky fish piquancy, a tart autumn apple note, subtly earthy celeriac flavors and an oniony chive aroma. It’s easy to make, low on carbs and it plates beautifully. In other words: perfect for your next dinner party. Soup: Peel and chop celeriac and apple, half and half. Boil them in salted…

Appetizers 🌱

Drinks and nibbles – that’s how to kick off a dinner party right. These delicious, vegan treats – carrot with paprika powder hummus, beetroot with cumin hummus and green pea with tarragon hummus as well as rosemary roasted almonds and lemon marinated olives – will surely amaze your guests. Hummus variations Blend 500 g canned…

Dinner for fourteen

Yesterday, we hosted a dinner party for my husband’s enchanting office colleagues. Five appetizers. Three courses, all served plated. Loads of planning, grocery shopping, cooking and table setting. Now you know why I haven’t been posting lately. I’ve been preparing. And this is the outcome: I went for appetizers with lots of flavors and suitable…

Apple oatmeal crisp

Autumn is harvest season! And our lovely neighbors were kind enough to share their harvest with us. Wonderful, tart Gravenstein apples straight from the tree. With a little help from my girls, the apples transformed into a delicious oven dish in the twinkling of an eye. Peel and slice 1 kg Gravenstein (or other tart…

Pumpkin • Shiitake • Pomegranate • Tamarind 🌱

Experimental autumn cooking with soft, squirting, chewy and crunchy textures combined with sweet, sour, smoky and savory tastes for a guaranteed flavor explosion. That’s the only introduction this dish needs. Pumpkin: Cut the pumpkin into wedges, season with fleur de sel, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes at…

Sturgeon with artichokes and Kalamata olives

On our wedding seven years ago, we decided to serve regional food. Back then, local Swiss harvested sturgeon farmed in the Tropenhaus Frutigen less than 45 km away from our wedding location was a novelty. It was served on rösti – what else? Every time I eat sturgeon, it reminds me of our beautiful wedding….

Carrot cake

“Carrot cake, carrot cake, have ye any nuts? The carrot cake contains… no nuts.” Oh, how I appreciate Little Britain. Almost as much as I appreciate the nut-free carrot cake served in my favorite café Farmors Café on Högsåra, Finland. It’s moist and spicy and soft and tart. All at the same time. My recipe…

Lemony potato salad with white mushrooms and young spinach

Soft young potatoes and mild white mushrooms on a hearty spinach base infused with loads of fresh lemon – doesn’t that sound lovely? It truly is. And filling. Perfect as a side or even a stand-alone meal. Wash and halve young potatoes. Boil or steam them until al dente. Marinate the potatoes while still hot…

Pickled shallots

Sometimes the most inconspicuous things can be the most exciting ones. Like this condiment. It’s so simple, and yet so tasty. Simmer 2 dl red wine, 1 dl white aceto balsamico, 1 dl water, 2.5 dl brown sugar and 1 tbsp salt in a small saucepan to dissolve the sugar. Peel and thinly slice 4…

Quiche with Herrgård cheese and roasted cherry tomatoes

Did you know that the word Quiche originates from the German word Kuchen meaning cake? And that this savory, open pie with an egg and cream custard filling is rather of German than of French origin? No? Me neither. Well, enough trivia for today. Instead, let’s focus on this quiche with a taste of sweet…

Trio of appetizers

Bite-sized appetizers – what a great way to start a party and encourage mingling. There’s a saying in German: “Klein, aber oho” meaning “Small, but beautiful”. And that’s what these hors d’oeuvres – each showcasing combinations of flavours that are so much greater than the sum of their parts – are. Here are three bites…

Kräftskiva (Crayfish Party)

Once a year, usually in August, we invite dear friends over to celebrate Kräftskiva with us. We dress up in silly hats and bibs. We sing funny drinking songs in Swedish and drink ridiculous amounts of beer and schnapps. And most importantly, we enjoy a jolly good time around a heap of boiled crayfish. This…

Pork tenderloin • Chanterelle • Apple • Kale •

Today is my birthday. And yesterday, while I cooked dinner with my husband, he whispered something to my daughter, who immediately left the kitchen only to return a moment later. With three gift wrapped presents. For me. In spite of our no-gift rule. What did I get? A set of culinary precision tongs. Which I…

Mirabelle, plum and damson flaugnarde

Twelve years ago, I had this amazing French dessert for the first time. In a small restaurant in Paris. And the dish has followed me ever since. This oven pancake with stone fruits or drupes (other than black cherries, since that by definition would turn it into a clafoutis) is fluffy and soft at the…

Salmon • Fennel • Edamame • Wasabi

My mother cooked us a delicious dish during our summer holiday in Finland: Baked salmon with steamed leek and edamame seasoned with horseradish. An excellent combination of tastes. This is my take on her dish. Boil fennel in salted water and a splash of white wine until soft. Puree and press through a fine sieve….

Sunshine bowl

It’s August, but summer isn’t over yet. The sun is still shining and I managed to catch some rays. In a bowl. Boil mountain lentils and quinoa for approximately 25 minutes. In the meantime, fry chopped salsiccia, carrot and yellow zucchini. In a separate pan, toast pine nuts. Season the lentil quinoa mix with reduced…

Artisan ice cream

It’s a big day today – my older daughter started her school career and my younger one went off to Kindergarten. They’ve been looking forward to this moment for so long. My baby girl would happily have given up her last holiday week in favor of an earlier Kindergarten start. Yesterday, they could barely fall…

Heirloom tomato salad

We usually spend our summer vacation in Switzerland by the lake of Morat. The Lakeland around the three lakes of Morat, Neuchâtel and Bienne is not only famous for its wine, it’s also one of the most important regions in Switzerland for growing vegetables. Hence, we’re spoiled with regional, often organic, high-quality veggies throughout the…

Two-ingredient chocolate cake with one-ingredient coconut ice cream

What’s your take on all those lifehack recipes online? I feel curious about them, to be honest. Curious enough to test them. And today, I tested the 2-ingredient Chocolate Cake by Tasty containing only chocolate and eggs. Was it a disaster? Was it a success? At first bite, I was not completely convinced, I must…

Meadow soup 💚

Part two of our vacation started with all of us being ill, one after the other. Nothing serious. Just stomach flu. But enough to put us out of action for a couple of days. Today, we were able to eat fairly normally again. We had homemade broth with veggies. So nourishing and so luscious. I…

Happy Birthday Switzerland 🇨🇭

Today, 727 years ago, the cornerstone of what we now know as Switzerland was laid. At that time, the three cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden swore one another eternal allegiance, promising mutual help and assistance, mainly against the Habsburgs. The foundation of the Swiss Federation has been celebrated since August 1, 1891. This scrumptious…

Salad with blackberries, pecans and cheese

First day in a hot town after two weeks of sea breeze in the archipelago. Torture. Not just because I had to take a break in my vacation. The city is sticky hot. Literally. I shouldn’t complain about the summery temperatures. In winter, I’ll sure miss them. And I don’t. I just complain about my…