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…

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…

Crudités on peppered goat cheese 💚

Crudités is the fancy French word for “raw things” within the meaning of veggie dippers. Fancy words call for fancy plating, don’t you think? Clean and halve or quarter baby carrots, French breakfast radish and snack cucumbers lengthwise. Stick into a generous dollop goat cheese seasoned with black pepper. Decorate with baby carrot tops and…

Pickled cucumber and English peas on avocado cream 🌱

A dream in green. That’s what I was thinking when I came up with this dish. The delicate plating is inspired by Bernadett Vanek, one of the most talented chefs there are. For the avocado cream, mix one avocado with the juice of a quarter of a lemon and a pinch fleur de sel. For…

Purple asparagus with orange mayonnaise and poached egg 💚

Asparagus comes in three colors: green, white and purple. The purple one is only purple on the outside, though, and will turn green once cooked. Good thing that they can be enjoyed raw. Purple asparagus is subtle and refined, sweet and fruity on your palate. I gave it a quick pickling and combined it with…

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….