Bilberry curd cake

Merengue with double cream and wild berries – that’s as Swiss as pudding gets. The desert of my seven course tasting menu is a modification of this classical dish: Bilberry curd on a hazelnut sponge with a soft merengue topping served a on luscious double cream mirror. A mellow ending to a lip smacking evening….

Sugar beet granita 🌱

A seven course tasting menu definitely calls for a palate cleanser. This sophisticated granita fulfills that purpose perfectly. Moreover, it’s based on a by-product and, thus, totally in line with the zero-food-waste ideology. Strain about 400 ml sugar beet cooking water into a freezer dish. Add the zest and juice of one lime. Freeze until…

Duck and scallops accompanied by beetroot and orange

Sous vide duck a l’orange with pan seared scallops – doesn’t that sound scrumptious? It’s a surf and turf marriage made in heaven. Sous vide duck: Score a diamond pattern through the fat of the duck breast with a sharp knife. Be careful not to score the meat. Starting with the fat side down, pan…

Truffled tagliatelle with king oyster mushrooms

Homemade pasta is not only delicious. It’s a fun way of involving your kids in your cooking. My girls love helping me with rolling out the dough. And I must admit, they master it quite well. Form 200 g grade 00 flour into a volcano. Into the crater, add 2 egg, 1 tbsp olive oil…

Cured eggs with smoke salmon and young salad leaves

Have you ever heard of shaving hard cured egg yolks over carbonara? Have you ever tried it? How did you find it? I find it ridiculous, to be honest, as I prefer my eggs soft. Curing is a technique quite familiar to me, though, so I couldn’t quite let go of the idea of curing…

Jerusalem artichoke cappuccino with bacon shortbread cookies

A starter served in a coffee cup. With a milk foam topping and brown sprinkles. Accompanied by a cookie. And the illusion of a cup of cappuccino is perfect. Peel and chop Jerusalem artichokes and potatoes (half-half) as well as garlic and shallots. Fry the garlic and shallots in some olive oil. Season with salt….

Goat cheese appetizers with persimmon and prosciutto

Sweet fruit, savory ham, tart cheese and earthy herbs – that’s what these appetizers combine taste wise. Small rays of sunshine to get a party starting, really. Smear goat cheese on rosemary crackers. Top with thin slices of persimmon and prosciutto. Decorate with fresh micro greens. I served these appetizers as a kick-off of my…

Seven course tasting menu

I adore tiny dishes. You have probably noticed that by now. Tasing menu sized dishes. And today, I cooked a seven course tasting menu for a newlywed couple. We kicked off with an amuse-bouche consisting of goat cheese appetizers with persimmon and prosciutto. The first real course – the soup course – consisted of Jerusalem…

Monkfish with mountain lentils and beetroots

Fish with lentils is an inseparable team. I don’t even remember when I had it for the first time. And I think I have tried every possible combination. This recipe is a self creation resulting from ingredients available in the fridge. Boil 100 g mountain lentils according to the instructions on the package. Separately, boil…

Sugar beet • Quince • Dark chocolate • Cream

Refined white sugar is one of the most common ingredients there are. Sugar beet, in its natural form, is a less common component on our plates, though. For me, it was definitely one of those unique culinary experience. It’s rather sweet, obviously, but in a quite authentic way. And the consistency is very interesting: soft…

Lamb sirloin • Barley • Pomegranate • Mint

A sous-vide stick – what a game changer! Precise temperatures, impeccable textures, foolproof. Never has cooking been easier. And the outcome more perfect. Start with the meat. Sear lamb sirloin in oil and butter seasoned with garlic and rosemary. Season the meat with salt and black pepper. Transfer the meat and the herbs to a…

Quince • Pumpkin • Coconut • Ginger 🌱

This year has blessed us with an exceptional harvest. We were lucky enough the get not only apples and grapes from our dear neighbors, but quince as well. Quince is a versatile fruit paring equally well with sweet and savory flavors. They are quite tough to peel and cut, though, so I usually steam them…

Fusion Menu

Once a quarter, we meet up with my brother-in-law’s family for dinner together. Today, it was our turn to cook. The menu we served combines farm-to-table produce from the immediate neighborhood (quince and sugar beet), Southeast Asian notes (ginger and coconut milk), a Moroccan touch (pomegranate, date and mint) and South American treats (chocolate). A…

Moon milk 🌱

Moon milk – take a sip of that name. Doesn’t it sound dreamy? Because that’s what it’ll make you. Moon milk is the ultimate bedtime drink for a good night’s sleep. Bring milk of your choice (I used soy) to a simmer. Whisk in ¼ tsp ashwagandha, ½ tsp tumeric, ½ tsp cinnamon and ½…

Oats • King Oyster Mushroom • Bacon • Purslane

More experimental cooking: I found organic oats in my grocery store the other day. Not rolled oats as in oatmeal. Whole oats. With each kernel encased in a hull. As in horse feed. I turned it into a risotto-like dish with an incredibly rich texture and full flavor. Roast 200 ml oats. Add chopped shallots…