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…

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….

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…

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…

Agretti • Scallop • Onion • Prosecco

Salsola soda. Barilla plant. Barba di frate. Friar’s beard. Agretti. We find many names for those we love. And we do love this springtime Mediterranean succulent. It has a grassy spinach-y taste, a crisp texture and a vibrantly green colour. Last week, I stumbled across it in the newly opened gourmet shop Frischeparadies in Basel….

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…

Rib steak with herb butter

I consider myself a flexitarian: I enjoy all diets – vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, pollotarian and omnivore – without limiting myself to one. Now and then, I treat myself to a piece of red meat. And when I do, I like enjoying my meat without any sides. Just meat and condiments. Like dry aged rib steak…

Pickled eggs 💚

I’ve revealed my predilection for eggs a couple of times on this blog, as eggs have played the leading role in my dishes more than once: I’ve made Japanese onsen eggs and French omelet. I’ve cured eggs and now, I’ve pickled them. Boil eggs softly (4 minutes – I prefer my yolks gooey). Peel them…

Smoked sturgeon with carrot slaw

Do you remember my blog post referring to our wedding dinner based on regional produce? Last week, I came across some beautiful smoked sturgeon from the same farm delivering fish for our wedding reception – Tropenhaus Frutigen. Sturgeon is a fairly fatty fish that screams for a tart side dish. A crunchy carrot slaw balanced…

Ruby chocolate heart

Some time ago, I was given a bar of exquisit ruby chocolate. After having tried the tiniest piece, I felt the urge to turn this rare variety of chocolate into something special. And for Valentine’s Day, I finally executed my plan: a complex ruby chocolate mousse accompanied by a bitter dark chocolate mousse, sweet honey…

An ode to cabbage 🌱

The cabbage family is plentiful. In taste. In structure. And in color. I bumped into beautifully vibrant purple and shining white cauliflowers, neon lime green Romanesco and richly deep green broccoli. I couldn’t resist the temptation of these organic goodies and used my plate as a canvas for a luscious vegan dish. Rehydrate sultanas by…

Chestnut mousse with sour cherries and merengue

Vermiselle was a new culinary encounter for me when I moved to Switzerland. This Swiss dessert specialty is eaten in autumn and winter and consists of puréed chestnuts mixed with sugar, vanilla and milk pressed through a perforated plate into long worms (vermicelli in Italian). Usually, vermiselle is accompanied by merengue and whipped cream. And…

Pork • Parsley root • Parsley • Pimenta

Remember my Cinque Pi? This is my Quattro Pi (with some additional ingredients). Turn pork shanks (also know as ham hocks or pork knuckles) in wheat flour and roast them in olive oil. Taste with salt and black pepper. Add quartered onions as well as pimenta (allspice) and rosemary. Braise in white wine until the…

Heirloom beetroot carpaccio 💚

In 1950, Giuseppe Cipriani, the founder of the Venetian restaurant Harry’s Bar, invented a red and white dish honoring the colors characteristic to Vittore Carpaccio’s paintings. While the original dish excels with thinly sliced raw beef served with Parmesan cheese as well as lemon and olive oil, my version is vegetarian and based on radiant…

Tonka bean ice cream on a warm citrus salad

Some years ago, tonka beans were considered quite hip in Switzerland, only to be forgotten about shortly thereafter. I was strolling through a spice store the other day and rediscovered these black beauties. Fragrance wise, the tonka bean resembles a spicy combination of vanilla and bitter almond. The way these seeds add complexity to a…

Peanut buttered carrot soup 🌱

I love the idea of how talented chefs invent new dishes by combining tastes they store in their flavor memory. Once in a while, I venture that kind of creative cooking myself. I’m limited by my personal flavor memory, though. And one flavor that seems to be missing is peanut butter. The reason is probably…

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…