Apple cider custard (Süssmostcrème) 🇨🇭

More Swiss cuisine on the menu, as I’m presenting my second dish for the Swiss Food Discovery – a very traditional apple cider custard from Thurgau. Thurgau, a canton in the east of Switzerland, has an extensive fruit growing tradition and hosts more than two thirds of the domestic apple orchards. This light and airy dessert…

Tomato consommé 🌱

And the series of food challenges continue. Today, I’m participating in the Int’l Food Challenge featuring tomatoes and bell peppers. I decided to create a plant-based dish around tomatoes, as these beauties ripen in our kitchen garden as I write. The herbs and flowers are also own-grown. Gently roast 1 kg chopped, sun ripe tomatoes,…

Scallop • Elderberry • Carrot • Bean

For the second dish I created on the occasion of this month’s Food Blog Challenge by Foodblogs Schweiz, I paired elderberries, different beans and heirloom carrots with scallops. This is the outcome. For the broth, combine fish stock with elderberry juice. You can use store bought products or make your own. For the fish stock, cover fish…

Damson chutney with herb mountain cheese and walnuts

The food basket for this month’s Food Blog Challenge by Foodblogs Schweiz contains shallots, beans, carrots, damson, elderberry and chili. As usual, I created two dishes, and, once again, featuring all ingredients. First up: damson, shallots and chili. For the chutney, simmer chopped damson, shallot, chili, garlic, salt, black pepper, dried apricots, cinnamon, honey and rosemary in…

Pumpkin • Mizuna • Nori • Wasabi 🌱

More experimental cooking – this time inspired by the terrific Japanese cuisine. In this dish, the sweetness and softness of the pumpkin are complemented by the saltiness and crispness of the seaweed. The spiciness of the wasabi, which is mirrored in the decoration, elevates the dish from ordinary to extraordinary. And the dish is completely…

Curried Romanesco broccoli and cauliflower 🌱

Roasted Romanesco broccoli and cauliflower with tastes of India is one of my all time favorite vegan dishes. It’s incredibly palatable and flavorsome, yet light and low in carb. Thickly slice Romanesco broccoli and cauliflower. Drizzle with olive oil and taste with salt, garlic, coriander, cayenne, jeera, onion powder, tumeric, cinnamon and cardamom. Roast with…

Pumpkin • Amaretti • Sage • Butter

Pumpkin with bitter almond cookies is a traditional combination originating from Lombardy in Northern Italy. It’s usually wrapped into pasta and paired with sage beurre noisette and quince or pear mustard. This is my low-carb variation of that traditional Italian treat. Steam pumpkin until soft. Mash and taste with quince mustard and fleur de sel….

Figs • Parma ham • Ricotta • Olive herb

Never change a winning team! That’s what I though, when I created this plating exercise around some of Italy’s finest ingredients. On a dollop ricotta, place fig slices and Parma ham in an overlapping circle. Top the figs with olive herb. Surround with roasted pine nuts, olive oil drizzle, balsamic vinegar pearls and geranium petals.

Meringue with double cream and blueberries 🇨🇭

Just over a week ago, Silvie from Citronelle and Cardamome reached out to me regarding her attempt to promote the Swiss culinary heritage on the blogosphere. That’s a project worthy of support, I though, and didn’t hesitate to confirm my engagement. Every Thursday, a sweet and a savory dish featuring the cuisine of Switzerland are…

Tea smoked duck with tamarind plums

I’ve been watching lots of The Chefs’ Line on Netflix lately. In one episode, the task was to prepare Zhangcha duck. I was intrigued by how uncomplicated it seemed to smoke meat at home and decided to give it a go. Remove silver skin and excess fat from a duck breast. Score the fat (just…

Minted tzatziki on citrusy lamb loin

Cucumber and garlic are two of the ingredients in this month’s Food Blog Challenge basket by Foodblogs Schweiz. Cucumber and garlic are also two of the key ingredients in tzatziki. In this dish, I serve it on beautifully seared lamb loin with pleasant citrusy notes. Shred and drain a cucumber. Drain 150 g Greek yoghurt….

Blueberry • Apricot • Blackberry • Cinnamon

Today is the beginning of the new school year in my hometown. I’ve made it a custom to take the first day of school off. This way, I’ve time to finish any unfinished business. Time to get settled. Time for myself. And most importantly, time for blogging. Up next: Cinnamoned apricot mousse on blueberry soup….

Fennel • Carrot • Onion • Tamarind 💚

When experimenting in the kitchen, I like combining components with different textures. Soft. Crunchy. Creamy. Chewy. You’ll find all these textures in this dish: Grilled fennel with a fresh carrot green salad, tart pickled red onions and a sweet tamarind dressing. Start with the pickled onions. Bring the pickling liquid consisting of one part water…

Grilled squash flowers with cream cheese and baby herbs 💚

We returned to Switzerland earlier this week only to find our kitchen garden hideously overgrown. Time to turn the green treasures into something beautiful. Halve the squash still attached to the flower. Sear in olive oil and season with fleur de sel. Spread with cream cheese and decorate with baby leaves of basil, mint, lemon…

Honeyed sour milk jelly with bee pollen

The first leg of this summer’s trip to Finland took me to Riga. Only to the airport, but still. Between changing planes, I had the chance to browse the tax-free shops and the interesting culinary treats Latvia has to offer. Bee pollen, for instance. Finally in Finland, I combined it with a jelly featuring one…

Crayfish and wild mushroom bruschetta

Foraging for wild mushrooms and celebrating crayfish parties are two dear Finnish traditions of mine. This dish pays homage to both. Start by (sending your better half) collecting mushrooms. Mine brought me chanterelle, penny bun and birch bolete, but you can use any edible fungi you find. Then separate the tails and tomalley from the…

Blue cheese • Sweet potato • Pomegranate • Rocket

When in Finland, eat Aura. Aura is Finland’s very own blue cheese – semi-soft texture wise and earthily tangy taste wise. It combines perfectly with sweet batatas, acidic pomegranate and fragrant herbs. And creates a fusion of tastes originating from the Nordics, Central America as well as Middle East, South Asia and the Mediterranean region….

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…

Licorice with white chocolate and red fruits

Yesterday, my four week summer vacation started and today, I finally arrived in the Finnish archipelago. When I think about Finland, and in particular, about its culinary side, licorice immediately comes into my mind. I love licorice, but you already know that. This dish, which I came up with on the occasion of the Food…

Shakshouka

One of the recent food trends comprises Levantine cuisine. In the wake of trying out the newest shifts, I fell in love with eggs in purgatory. That’s such a dramatic name, isn’t it? I prefer the Arabic version – shakshouka – referring to mixture. Because that’s what it is. A beautiful mixture of tastes in…

Deconstructed golden beetroot 💚

More experimental cooking. This time, I created a dish featuring mellow golden beetroot served in three different ways – pickled, mashed and seared. Pickles: Pickle thin slices of golden beetroot in a liquid consisting of one part water and one part white aceto balsamico seasoned with salt, sugar and white pepper. Bring the liquid to…

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…