Vegan Cream of Morel Mushrooms Soup 🌱

Today, I’m in the kitchen for the Swiss Food Discovery project hosted by lovely Silvie from Citronelle and Cardamome again. The dish I’m presenting is a traditional cream of morel mushroom soup. Well, a vegan version thereof. Wild morel mushrooms can be forged as we speak in the Rigi region and in the canton of…

Vegan Veggie Strudel 🌱

Spring on a plate – that’s how I’d like to describe this dish. Mellow green tones with white and lilac accents. Season veggies served steamed, raw and seared. A combination of crunchy and soft, crisp and silky. A wonderful marriage of tastes and textures. Veggies strudel: Clean and finely chop equal parts of green asparagus,…

Vegan Agretti on Borlotti Bean Soup 🌱

The agretti season is very short. A couple of weeks only. I appreciate this succulent quite a lot and buy it whenever I see it. The fresh crunch, tangy grassiness and mellow citrus notes. Just fantastic! In this recipe, I combined it with a silky bean soup. Buon appetito! Boil borlotti beans (use dried or…

Vegan Springtime Salad 🌱

Spring has arrived. With flowers, wild garlic and artichokes. I love artichokes. I love the ritual of removing the petals. Dipping them and biting into the succulent meat. One after another. And finally reaching the delightful heart. Poetry on a plate. Clean and trim artichokes by removing the thorny tips from the leaves. Quarter and…

Red cabbage soup with smoked beef tongue

When do you celebrate Christmas? In our family, we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. Yesterday, it was our turn to host the party and I cooked for 14 people. With lots of preparation and help, it was possible to enjoy five distinct dishes and an assortment of cheeses. One of the dishes was this vibrant…

Venison tartare

With falling temperatures, my appetite for raw meat rises. Lucky me, I still have some venison in the freezer. Finely dice fillet of venison and mix it with mustard, finely chopped cornichons and borretana onions. Season with Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, fleur de sel and black pepper. Assemble by placing quenelles of tartare on a…

Pumpkin • Apple • Cabbage • Hazelnut • Leek • Brussels sprout 🌱

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a plating class organized by amazing Sabrina Cipolla. Her elevated and elegant, yet light and playful plates are simply awe-inspiring. When I saw this month’s food basket for the November challenge by Foodblogs Schweiz, I couldn’t resist trying to capture all the ingredients in a way she taught…

Green pea • Goat cheese • Apple • Cucumber 💚

Several years ago, my mother-in-law invited me to a cooking class. Featuring vanilla. It was so informativ, so inspiring and – above all – so much fun. When a saw the topic for the collaboration “Big Bundt – Sexy Sauce” hosted by lovely Ashley from Plate and Pen and amazing Angela and Mark from Cooking…

Herb soup 🌱

Summer is long gone and autumn is taking over. The chilly temperatures turn nature orange; green will soon be a past memory. Before that happens to my kitchen garden, I collected the very last herbs and turned them into a hearty, plant-based soup. Peel and chop parsnip, parsley root, yellow carrot and shallot. Sauté the…

Wild game

Did I tell you that I bought a deer from a befriended hunter? As in an entire animal. 9 kg meat. This is one of the dishes I created featuring wild game: Saddle of venison with king oyster mushroom topped with boar salami, deep-fried pumpkin brunoise and poached Brussels sprouts next to caramelized chestnut purée…

Chanterelle chowder 🌱

Does your autumn have a color? Mine is definitely yellow(ish). After pumpkin, cauliflower, more pumpkin, tomatoes and corn, my next culinary study in yellow follows. May I present: A plant-based chanterelle chowder. Gently fry equal parts of chanterelles and floury potatoes in some olive oil. Add chopped shallot and taste with salt. Cover with water…

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…

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….

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…