Flambéed citrus salad on brûléed rice pudding

Today is December 2, which means it’s my turn to cook for the 25 Days of Christmas Collab hosted by lovely Silvie from Citronelle and Cardamome and charming Antonia & Nina from Two Sisters Living Life. I decided to go for a dish from my fatherland called Ris à la Malta. Basically, it’s rice pudding…

Pumpkin panna cotta with caramel sauce and coconut milky crumbles 🌱

Today, my contribution for the Halloween Gourdgeous collab by wonderful Ashley from Plate and Pen is due. I decided to go for a plant-based dessert featuring gourd: A spicy pumpkin panna cotta with a treacly caramel sauce, coconut milky crumbles (to die for!) and marinated apple and pumpkin. Caramel sauce: Melt 100 g brown sugar…

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…

Oatotto with caramelized pear and roasted horn of plenty 🌱

Some time ago, I joined the Swiss Food Discovery project, which is aimed at raising awareness of the Swiss culinary heritage. In order to educate myself (as I’m not indigenous), I bough a book taking me on a journey through time to the origin of Swiss cuisine. In the book, I came across a meal called…

Chestnut cake with pear compote and sour cream

Today, the November Food Blog Challenge by Foodblogs Schweiz starts. This month, the food basket contains corn, cauliflower, mushrooms, chestnut, pear and quince. I’ve created dishes featuring almost all of these ingredients lately – corn, cauliflower, mushrooms, more mushrooms and quince. Pears and chestnuts haven’t appeared, though. Time to change that. First up: a traditional Ticino chestnut…

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…

Bilberry curd cake

Merengue with double cream and wild berries – that’s as Swiss as pudding gets. The desert of my seven course tasting menu is a modification of this classical dish: Bilberry curd on a hazelnut sponge with a soft merengue topping served a on luscious double cream mirror. A mellow ending to a lip smacking evening….

Halloween cupcakes 👻

Halloween and whimsicality are synonymous, right? So whimsical cookery is quite natural at All Saints’ Eve. My girls and I went for quirky ghost cupcakes this year. Funny to make and a joy to devour. Beat 2 eggs, 200 g brown sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Gradually add 100 g melted butter, 180 g…

Bilberry muffins

My girls L O V E bilberry muffins. And they L O V E helping me bake them. Years ago, I found a great recipe in Louise Pickford’s book al fresco. I’ve slightly modified it, but the idea remains the same: Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately, combine and add the berries. As simple…

Chocolate • Caramel • Pear • Macadamia

Have you ever had a dessert so luscious that you couldn’t stop eating even when you were so full your stomach felt like exploding? If the answer is no, you’ll definitely have to try this one. And if the answer is yes, you still have to try it. ‘Cause that’s the kind of experience you…

Apple oatmeal crisp

Autumn is harvest season! And our lovely neighbors were kind enough to share their harvest with us. Wonderful, tart Gravenstein apples straight from the tree. With a little help from my girls, the apples transformed into a delicious oven dish in the twinkling of an eye. Peel and slice 1 kg Gravenstein (or other tart…

Pumpkin • Shiitake • Pomegranate • Tamarind 🌱

Experimental autumn cooking with soft, squirting, chewy and crunchy textures combined with sweet, sour, smoky and savory tastes for a guaranteed flavor explosion. That’s the only introduction this dish needs. Pumpkin: Cut the pumpkin into wedges, season with fleur de sel, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes at…

Carrot cake

“Carrot cake, carrot cake, have ye any nuts? The carrot cake contains… no nuts.” Oh, how I appreciate Little Britain. Almost as much as I appreciate the nut-free carrot cake served in my favorite café Farmors Café on Högsåra, Finland. It’s moist and spicy and soft and tart. All at the same time. My recipe…

Pickled shallots

Sometimes the most inconspicuous things can be the most exciting ones. Like this condiment. It’s so simple, and yet so tasty. Simmer 2 dl red wine, 1 dl white aceto balsamico, 1 dl water, 2.5 dl brown sugar and 1 tbsp salt in a small saucepan to dissolve the sugar. Peel and thinly slice 4…

Mirabelle, plum and damson flaugnarde

Twelve years ago, I had this amazing French dessert for the first time. In a small restaurant in Paris. And the dish has followed me ever since. This oven pancake with stone fruits or drupes (other than black cherries, since that by definition would turn it into a clafoutis) is fluffy and soft at the…

Artisan ice cream

It’s a big day today – my older daughter started her school career and my younger one went off to Kindergarten. They’ve been looking forward to this moment for so long. My baby girl would happily have given up her last holiday week in favor of an earlier Kindergarten start. Yesterday, they could barely fall…

Strawberry cake

Strawberries, especially served as a cake, are an integral part of Midsummer. These portion cakes consist of crisp waffle cups, soft vanilla pudding and sun-warm strawberries. A taste of summer. Start with the vanilla pudding. Mix 4 dl milk, 50 g brown sugar, 4 tbsp corn starch, 3 egg yolks and the seeds of one…

Elderflower tart with meringue topping 🌱

I love experimental cooking – and baking, obviously. In particular, when the result turns out delicious. This vegan tart is a combination of the lately so popular crystal clear pumpkin pie and a very traditional lemon curd pie, with which I strongly associate a meringue topping. Crust: Blend 1.5 dl whole grain wheat flour, 1…

Berries • Vanilla • Verbena • Flowers

Spongy rose water cakes with a soft creamy filling and a fresh berry topping. That sounds delicious, right? My initial plan was to combine the pudding and berries with crunchy honey meringues, though. Mini pavlovas for dessert. Meringues need a long oven time, so I started preparing them early this morning. And left them in…

Duck in a rhubarb meadow

Did I already mention that I love cooking – or rather plating – with flowers? Because I truly do. This is another seasonal, low-carb recipe pimped up with an amazing floridity. Sous vide duck: Score a diamond pattern through the skin and fat of the duck breast with a sharp knife. Be careful not to…

Corn • Milk • Cinnamon • Apple

Are you familiar with Chef’s table on Netflix? It’s a documentary profiling world-renowned chefs. And it never fails to leave me feeling stunned and amazed and inspired all over again. I was watching an episode covering Christina Tosi and the Milk Bar in NYC the other day. I found her cereal milk panna cotta really…

Soccer shortbreads

Yesterday, the local soccer team – BSC Young Boys (Yes, I know. Don’t laugh!) – managed to secure the Swiss championship. For the first since 1986. The entire town is ecstatic. In honor of the historic victory yesterday, the girls and I baked shortbreads in the team colors, yellow and black. Beat 250 g butter…

Kanelbullar

This week, I participated in the Swiss Blogger Challenge organized by Marlene’s sweet things. One of the tasks was to share ones favorite food. This was probably the hardest one for a food lover like me. I decided to go with kanelbullar – cinnamon rolls. Kanelbullar are definitely not low-carb, but that doesn’t matter, because…