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…

Smoked and grilled trout on bean salad

A fresh and crunchy bean salad filled with protein, high in fiber and rich in essential nutrition is not only super healthy. It’s super tasty, as well. A great dish to get in shape for the bikini season. Yes, I’m that vain. Chop green beans and blanch them for a couple of minutes. Simultaneously, prepare…

Lamb loin with pineapple salsa

The last couple of days in the Swiss capital have been rather rainy. And cold. Sad weather calls for happy food. Perfectly pink lamb loin with a vibrantly yellow pineapple salsa – nothing better to cheer one up on a grey day! Pan sear lamb loin in olive oil seasoned with garlic. Season the meat…

Nettle soup with 65°C egg 💚

In spring, when the nature awakens from its winter sleep, my foraging instincts come to life again. After wild garlic, it’s the turn for nettles. For the nettle soups, collect young nettle buds and then blanch them. Strain them, collect the water and chop the buds finely. Prepare a roux by melting butter. Add the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Chocolate cake

Today, we’ve celebrated my baby girl’s fifth birthday. She’s an amazing kid. Always up for a laugh. Childishly witty. Full of great ideas. Extremely cuddlesome. A bundle of joy, really. A perfect girl deserves a perfect cake for her birthday. And what suits that occasion better than a cake chosen the best chocolate cake in…

French omelet 💚

Egg is one of my go-to ingredients when I’m in a hurry. It’s something I always have at home, it cooks fast, it’s wonderfully versatile and it’s low carb. Today, I treated myself to a smooth and silky French omelet paired with a fresh green salad. At medium temperature, melt butter in a pan. Homogenize…

Pumpkin cake

Spicy pumpkin cake with gooey dulce de leche and tart sour cream – a harmony of tastes. Bake the cake well in advance, as the spices will continue to infuse the cake and intensify the flavor over time. Delicious and easy as pie (although it’s cake). Bake the pumpkin cake as the carrot cake but…

Chicken • Celery • Parsnip • Grape

I’m a strong proponent of the nose-to-tail eating. Whenever I find less common cuts in my supermarket, I happily accept the challenge. Today, I found chicken hearts. This piece of offal has a strong individual flavor and a dense texture. Soft parsnip mash, tart grape jelly and candied celery turn crunchy, pan-seared hearts into a…

Grape and orange mirror glaze cake

Aren’t mirror glaze cakes stunning? Intricate layers of different textures, precise temperatures and an ultra-shiny appearance. Simply mesmerizing. Through Olga Noskova’s amazing showmanship, this old-school French technique is currently experiencing a revival. My cake encompasses a vibrant, orange and bitter orange flavored, purple grape jelly inside a feather-light orange mousse on a juicy coconut sponge…

Bœuf bourguignon

Brown bistro food or “certainly one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man” to quote the French cuisine guru Julia Child. That’s bœuf bourguignon. Even though visually not the most appealing dish there is, the strong flavors enhanced by slow cooking make this red wine braised beef stew perfect for Sunday feast. For…

Where the wild things are

On this plate – that’s where the wild things are. Ten of them to be more precise. And I’m quite sure, this is the supper Max enjoyed after returning home from his imaginative adventures. Deer fillet Deer escalope Wild boar entrecôte Wild boar salami chips Malaga morels Steamed Brussels sprouts Roasted pumpkin Mashed purple potatoes…