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….