Gravlax with grapes, cucumber and horseradish

Gravlax – or cured salmon – is a fond tradition for me. We usually enjoy it lightly salted and lightly cured, but if you like a stronger, heavier version, feel free to play around with the amount of salt and time in the fridge. And seasoning, obviously. Use a pair salmon filets of sushi quality,…

Salmon • Beetroot • Grapefruit • Onion

A Christmas wreath on a plate – that’s what I’d like to think this dish represents. Soft tones of purple, pink and terracotta with dark highlights. A feast for both mouth and eye. And a perfect dish to kick off Christmas – Glad Lillajul! Finely blend 250 g of canned chickpeas with aquafaba, 150 g…

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…

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…

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…

Sturgeon with artichokes and Kalamata olives

At our wedding seven years ago, we decided to serve regional food. Back then, local Swiss harvested sturgeon farmed in the Tropenhaus Frutigen less than 45 km away from our wedding location was a novelty. It was served on rösti – what else? Every time I eat sturgeon, it reminds me of our beautiful wedding….

Salmon • Fennel • Edamame • Wasabi

My mother cooked us a delicious dish during our summer holiday in Finland: Baked salmon with steamed leek and edamame seasoned with horseradish. An excellent combination of tastes. This is my take on her dish. Boil fennel in salted water and a splash of white wine until soft. Puree and press through a fine sieve….

Steamed perch

As I told you in a former blog post, perch used to be really common in the waters surrounding our summer cottage. Today, it’s hard to catch any at all. This summer, we had perch only once. As always, it was seasoned with coarse salt, allspice and bay leaves, poached and served with buttered crispbread….

Trio of salmon

Fish is an integral part of any archipelago menu. This summer, we had primarily salmon: hot-smoked, cured and in soup. Hot-smoked salmon on archipelago loaf and my mother’s mustard sauce with crème fraîche, dill and lemon pepper My mother made this amazing gravlax by marinating a salmon fillet (with skin) with coarse salt, sugar and…

Salmon sashimi with soy sauce and vegetable spirals

Almost two months ago, I received a shoutout request on Instagram. To an Instagram newbie like me, the term was completely unfamiliar. After having googled it and checked out the requester’s stream, I decided to give it a try. There is some resemblance between the reposted picture and mine – or what do you think?…

Midsummer tapas

My Midsummer tapas unites the traditional tastes of this festivity: pickled herring, egg, potato, onion, dill, chive and crème fraîche. I pickled the herring and baked the crispbread myself, but obviously you can opt for a bough version. The three tapas dishes can be served separately as appetizers or – as in this case –…

Perch • Orange • Blueberry • Lemon thyme

I associate fish with the Finnish archipelago, which – who’d’ve thought – is my favorite place on earth. So my passion for fish is quite natural. Fish makes me feel at home. When I grew up, there used to be a lot of perch in the brackish water surrounding our summer cottage. Perch is a…