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….

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

Spaghetti carbonara

What’s your favorite pasta dish? I have two. And spaghetti carbonara is definitely one of them. It’s wonderfully creamy, yet incredibly light. That’s the eggs. Flavorful, yet mild. That’s the pancetta and the Parmesan cheese combined with the pasta. That’s it. No cream. No parsley. No bells and whistles. Well. Black pepper, obviously. Otherwise, it…

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…

Sous vide beef tenderloin with roasted veggies

Beef tenderloin with roasted veggies and a rich red wine sauce is as classic as a dish can get. And that not without reason: In all its simplicity, it’s utterly delicious. Meat: Sear an entire beef tenderloin in olive oil seasoned with rosemary and garlic. Transfer the meat and herbs into a bag, vacuum seal…

Spaghetti alla vongole

Clams – the ideal ingredient to pimp up an ordinary dish. Like pasta. Add some bacon and white wine and have yourself a luxurious meal within minutes. Perfect for Wednesday supper! Fry chopped bacon in a pot. Remove and sauté finely chopped shallots, garlic and celery in the bacon fat. Add the fried bacon and…

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…

Roasted tomato sauce 🌱

We have a small market garden. Did I ever tell you that? That’s where the flowers eventually ending up on my plates grow (or rather used to). And most of the herbs. We have tomato plants as well. And the other day, almost all tomatoes turned red at once. Time to make roasted tomato sauce….

Lemony potato salad with white mushrooms and young spinach

Soft young potatoes and mild white mushrooms on a hearty spinach base infused with loads of fresh lemon – doesn’t that sound lovely? It truly is. And filling. Perfect as a side or even a stand-alone meal. Wash and halve young potatoes. Boil or steam them until al dente. Marinate the potatoes while still hot…

Cherry chutney on veal chop

Early summer means cherry season. Sun-ripe, juicy, sweet drupes waiting to be transformed into delicious dishes. This cholesterol reducing superfood is so versatile – it can be used in sweet and savory cooking alike. I turned the cherries into a tasty chutney, which I paired with wonderfully tender veal chops. What a feast! Cherry chutney:…

Gazpacho 🌱

Today, the sun has been shining from a clear blue sky. No clouds. No wind. It has been one of those hot, lazy summer days. Hot, lazy summer days call for cold soups. Like this raw food Spanish classic. For optimal taste, use organic, sun-ripened veggies. And for optimal refreshing effect, serve the soup chilled….

Chorizo lamb with pressed cucumber salad

Soft lamb sirloin, spicy chorizo and crunchy cucumber – this summery low-carb dish combines French haute cuisine, Spanish tradición culinaria and Nordic husmanskost at their finest. Start with the pressed cucumber salad. Slice a cucumber very thinly (e.g. with a mandoline). Salt the cucumber slices and place them into a sieve. Cover and weight down…

Water melon on feta cheese and spring onion salad 💚

On a hot day like today, it’s important to stay well hydrated. Next to water, minerals like sodium and potassium are crucial. This beautiful and refreshing dish takes perfect care of your hydration status: The juicy water melon is great for your water balance, the salty feta cheese provides your body with much needed sodium…

Fusilli di ceci alla cinque Pi 💚

Cinque Pi is probably one of the easiest pasta sauces there are. The name refers to the main ingredients of the sauce, all starting with a “p” in Italian: pomodoro (tomato), panna (cream), parmigiano (Parmesan cheese), prezzemolo (parsley) and pepe (pepper). It’s loaded with umami and can be completed in less than a quarter of…

Minted honeydew melon soup 🌱

I once made a melon soup with what I though was a splash tequila. It was a bit more than a mere splash, though. And the soup turned inedible. My hubby still refers to that soup as the worst thing I’ve ever cooked with a smile on his face. And he’s absolutely right. Without tequila,…

Homemade chicken broth

Do you remember my deboning operation in connection with my green springtime menu? And the mountain of chicken bones as a result thereof. Those chicken bones transformed into a delicious, full-flavored chicken broth. Fry spring onions, garlic, a carrot and the chicken bones in some olive oil. Taste with salt, black pepper, chili and parsley….

Whole grilled trout

How does a food blogger spend a lazy Sunday? She sends her hubby fishing and lets him prepare his catch for dinner. This herb-stuffed trout is juicy and flavorful. And healthy. And low-carb. A perfect meal, really. Stuff one trout per person with lime and any fresh herbs you like (we used thyme) as well…