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…

Grilled rapini salad 💚

Rapini – or cima di rapa – is a signature ingredient of the southern Italian cuisin hitting its peak season in spring. Sightwise, rapini resembles turnip tops with small broccoli buds. Tastewise, it’s nutty and somewhat bitter. Dishwise, this veggie transforms beautifully into a grilled salad. Fry two peeled and quartered red onions in olive…

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…

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….

Blueberry and orange infused water 🌱

We had some friends over for afternoon tea the other day. To mark the occasion, I decided to fancy up my H2O. It turned out a real eye catcher, didn’t it? In a pitcher, place ice cubes, blueberries, orange slices and mint leaves. Squeeze in the juice of the orange ends and fill up with…

Rotmos med fläsklägg

Peasant food. One-pot meal. Comfort food. Root mash with ham hock. A traditional Swedish dish and quite a common meal in the Swedish-speaking part of Finland, as well. We used to serve it at the Viking Centre, where I worked during my teen summers. For me, this dish is a piece of home, really. Peel…

Confit egg with bacon jam on black salsify

Bacon and egg – that’s a typical weekend breakfast in our household. Bacon and egg deluxe – that’s what this dish is. And a sensational way to kick off your Saturday. Enjoy! Start with the bacon jam, as it will need to slow cook. Fry finely chopped bacon, yellow onion and garlic. Remove any excess…

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…

Heirloom carrot roses on a hazelnut crust 💚

My first dish for the Food Blog Challenge organized by Foodblogs Schweiz is a tasty pie consisting of a really short hazelnut crust filled with creamy goat cheese and topped with roses of naturally sweet heirloom carrots. Start with the crust. Cream 200 g butter. Add 2 egg yolks, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp…

Food Blog Challenge

Foodblogs Schweiz – a platform for Swiss food bloggers – has launched quite an intriguing monthly challenge: Compose a dish featuring two ingredients of a given selection of seasonal products. The March food basket contained radish, hazelnuts, carrots, lamb lettuce, apples and pears. I decided to give it a go and chose hazelnuts and carrots….

Quince liqueur

Last autumn, I wrote about the exceptional quince harvest and our lovely neighbors being kind enough to share their produce with us. The starter and dessert we prepared, we were able to enjoy right away. Another creation needed a bit longer to infuse: our quince liqueur. In the meantime, it’s quite drinkable. Peel, seed and…

Multi-seed crispbread 🌱

I grew up on crispbread – or knäckebröd as it’s called in Swedish. Crispbread used to accompany all our meals. At home and in school. And that’s probably why I still prefer crispbread to ordinary bread. Mix 1 dl cracked rye flour with 1 dl pumpkin seeds, 1 dl sesame seeds and 1 dl chia…