Blue cheese • Sweet potato • Pomegranate • Rocket

When in Finland, eat Aura. Aura is Finland’s very own blue cheese – semi-soft texture wise and earthily tangy taste wise. It combines perfectly with sweet batatas, acidic pomegranate and fragrant herbs. And creates a fusion of tastes originating from the Nordics, Central America as well as Middle East, South Asia and the Mediterranean region….

Sugar snap pea ice cream on smoked salmon

Sweet snap peas with salty salmon – that’s an unbeatable combination. When I saw snap peas on the farmers’ market the other day, I immediately decided to buy a pound. The season is quite short and for me, snap peas are epitome of summer. Blend 200 g sugar snap peas, 100 g quark and a…

Licorice with white chocolate and red fruits

Yesterday, my four week summer vacation started and today, I finally arrived in the Finnish archipelago. When I think about Finland, and in particular, about its culinary side, licorice immediately comes into my mind. I love licorice, but you already know that. This dish, which I came up with on the occasion of the Food…

Shakshouka

One of the recent food trends comprises Levantine cuisine. In the wake of trying out the newest shifts, I fell in love with eggs in purgatory. That’s such a dramatic name, isn’t it? I prefer the Arabic version – shakshouka – referring to mixture. Because that’s what it is. A beautiful mixture of tastes in…

Decomposed golden beetroot 💚

More experimental cooking. This time, I created a dish featuring mellow golden beetroot served in three different ways – pickled, mashed and seared. Pickles: Pickle thin slices of golden beetroot in a liquid consisting of one part water and one part white aceto balsamico seasoned with salt, sugar and white pepper. Bring the liquid to…

Melon salad 🌱

Last week, I treated myself to a set of new bowls. Not because I needed them, but because I couldn’t resist their beauty. I have a weakness for black tableware, as you’ve probably already noticed. Those of you familiar with my last post will recognize them. They are so versatile – and that’s what I…

Chilled beetroot soup with dill pesto 💚

My mother makes the most wonderful borscht. I love the marriage between sweet beetroot and sour vinegar. The smetana topping echos the acidity and caters for a pleasantly contrasting softness. This chilled summer version is my take on the Ukrainian classic. For the soup, boil 500 g washed beetroots until tender. Peel them and blend…

Honeyed Tomme with roasted walnuts and caramelized nectarines

Cheese is convenience food at its finest. It’s extremely versatile in taste and texture. When I think about combining a spicy, savory cheese with sweet, fruity flavors, I get all excited. Aged Gruyère with treacly fig jam. Or nutty Madrigal with sun-ripe strawberries. Or baked soft cheese with caramelized drupes. Heaven! Bake portion sized Tomme…

Strawberry marbled elderflower juice soup 🌱

My second dish for this month’s food blog challenge by Foodblogs Schweiz features strawberries and elderflower. Since I created two dishes also containing these very ingredients last month (a sweet and a savory one), I wanted to come up with something unexpected, yet familiar. Let me present: a strawberry marbled elderflower juice soup reminiscent of…

Rosemary potato and squash cake 💚

In this month’s basket for the food blog challenge by Foodblogs Schweiz, I found new potatoes, rosemary, squash, elderflower and strawberries (again). By means of two dishes, I will be able to use all five ingredients for the first time. First up are the new potatoes, rosemary and squash. Wash and slice the new potatoes….

Crudités on peppered goat cheese 💚

Crudités is the fancy French word for “raw things” within the meaning of veggie dippers. Fancy words call for fancy plating, don’t you think? Clean and halve or quarter baby carrots, French breakfast radish and snack cucumbers lengthwise. Stick into a generous dollop goat cheese seasoned with black pepper. Decorate with baby carrot tops and…

Ristotto venere with golden oyster mushroom and Syrian purple carrots 💚

“The best risotto I’ve ever had” according to my 6-year-old. No further introduction necessary. Risotto: Fry white onion and riso venere in olive oil. Add salt, garlic and some elderflower and apple cider vinegar and allow to absorb. Little by little, add hot water always letting the rice absorb all the water before adding more….

Raw food on carrot top pesto 🌱

Turning carrot tops into pesto is an excellent way of avoiding food waste. Not only are these greens super rich in vitamin C, calcium and potassium, they are utterly delicious as well. Decorate the pesto with raw waves of rare veggie variations and voilà: A treat for your palate and eyes. Finely blend baby carrot…

Portobello mushrooms filled with herbed goat cheese 💚

Mushroom caps filled with creamy cheese seasoned with aromatic herbs and left to soften in the oven is a one of my favorite go-to suppers. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s full of flavors. Mix goat cheese with finely chopped portobello mushroom stems, garlic, white onions, chives and parsley. Fill portobello mushroom caps with the…

Pickled cucumber and English peas on avocado cream 🌱

A dream in green. That’s what I was thinking when I came up with this dish. The delicate plating is inspired by Bernadett Vanek, one of the most talented chefs there are. For the avocado cream, mix one avocado with the juice of a quarter of a lemon and a pinch fleur de sel. For…

Purple asparagus with orange mayonnaise and poached egg 💚

Asparagus comes in three colors: green, white and purple. The purple one is only purple on the outside, though, and will turn green once cooked. Good thing that they can be enjoyed raw. Purple asparagus is subtle and refined, sweet and fruity on your palate. I gave it a quick pickling and combined it with…

Raw strawberry and lemon balm soup with mascarpone cream

Fruit and berry soups have a strong tradition in the Nordic countries. As a child, at least once a week, I enjoyed rhubarb, red currant or gooseberry soup. And bilberry soup, of course. And rose hip soup. These soups are based on homemade fruit or berry juice thickened with potato starch. Some weeks ago, I…

Green asparagus panna cotta with morels 💚

Right before Easter, I spend an amazing week in bella Italia. In Venice, to be more precise. Souvenirs being an integral part of the travel experience, I couldn’t return home without a physical reminder of the trip. What did the foodie buy? Silicone portion molds in different size and shape, of course. One of which…

Mother’s Day Pavlova

Mother’s Day is around the corner. Show your appreciation with a luscious pavlova topped with soft vanilla custard, sweet lemon balm pesto, sun-kissed strawberries and raspberries as well as spectacular spring blossom. I should work in copywriting, shouldn’t I? Pavlova: Whisk 2 egg whites and 30 g caster sugar until white. Add 70 g caster…

Strawberry and white asparagus salad with pan-seared trout and basil dressing

A new month means a new challenge by Foodblogs Schweiz. This month, the food basket contained asparagus, strawberries, morels, woodruff, romanesco and lemon balm. This selection of ingredients facilitates such a number of appealing combinations that I will be posting corresponding culinary creations throughout this and the upcoming week. First up: white asparagus and strawberries….

Honey panna cotta with honeycomb and lilac

Honey is one of nature’s most amazing gifts. For thousands of years, people have sworn by its sweet benefits. Honey is beyond sweet, though. It has a vide range of flavors – from fruity, floral, nutty and earthy to spicy – and colors – from light and transparent as water to dark and opaque as…