Vegan Melon Salad 🌱

On a hot summer day, melons are probably the best hydrating foods out there. Additionally, they are a great source of potassium. Perfect on a day like today. Salad: Thinly slice peeled and seeded watermelon, Cantaloupe and Galia melon as well as cleaned cucumber. I used a mandoline. I lightly salted the cucumber to make…

Vegan Ceviche 🌱

One of my favorite vegan starters has to be faux ceviche. It’s light and zingy and fruity and tangy. All at the same time. This dish really makes your taste buds pop. And best of all, it’s foolproof. Ceviche: Peel, stone and quarter 4-5 lychees per serving. If fresh lychees aren’t available, you can substitute…

Vegan Strawberry and Watermelon Gazpacho 🌱

Berries – that’s the brief for Lim’s summer challenge. I decided to turn sun-kissed strawberries and raspberries into a chilled soup inspired by the delicious Spanish signature dish. Gazpacho: Blend equal parts of strawberries, watermelon and cherry tomatoes, purple onion and garlic as well as lime juice, fleur de sel and chili to your liking….

Vegan Enchanted Forest 🌱

Remember the monthly food challenge hosted by Food Blogs Schweiz? It’s been a while since I participated last time. Mainly because the brief didn’t correspond with me. This month’s brief – BBQ – does and I decided to give it a go. For this vegan treat, I grilled green asparagus, button mushrooms and lemon and…

Vegan Sunflower Seed Spread 🌱

Cashew nuts are a popular basis for a variety of vegan cheese options. Even though I appreciate the taste and consistency of these plant-based products, I quite miss the local touch. Sunflower seeds are just the perfect alternative. Sunflower seed spread: Cover 100 g sunflower seeds with boiling water and let them sit for a…

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 Asparagus Mousse with Stewed Rhubarb and Fresh Strawberries

Parenthood is filled with sweet and salty moments: laughter, love, concern and sometime despair. This dish – in honor of Mother’s Day – is very much like that. Sweet and savory at the same time. Asparagus mousse: Peel and chop white asparagus. Taste with vanilla extract and fleur de sel. Simmer until soft. Blend until…

Vegan Faux Egg Stew 🌱

Do you still have leftover boiled eggs from Easter? Have you run out of ideas as to how to incorporate them into a dish? Good news, because I have the solution for you. Peel them, halve them and serve them in a stew. In Emmental – a valley in my home canton – boiled eggs…

Vegan Dalgona Coffee with a Trio of White Asparagus 🌱

Have you already tried Dalgona coffee – the latest viral trend on social media? It’s a luscious and rich drink consisting of equal parts of instant coffee, sugar and hot water whipped until creamy and served with hot or iced milk. The name derives from the Koran name for its famous honeycomb toffee, to which…

Vegan: Salsify • Purple carrot • Apple • Wild garlic 🌱

I’m still working off my Easter sugar high and not quite ready for any sweet treats. Maybe I’ll be towards the end of the week. Until then, you’ll have to make do with this vegan dish. Blend one part wild garlic with one part olive oil and two parts soy yoghurt until smooth. Taste with…

Vegan Faux Lox 🌱

What dish is a must on your brunch table? One of my all-time favorites is smoked salmon served with my mother’s delicious mustard sauce. This is a veganized version of that fond culinary memory. Faux lox (“smoked” carrot): Peel and thinly slice carrots. Cover with boiling water tasted with salt and liquid smoke. As the…

Vegan Radish Root to Leaf 🌱

Incorporating the greens of the veggie you’re preparing into your dish is so satisfying. Not only is it a sustainable way of cooking. It also adds a totally new dimension to the dish. This culinary creation is a simple dish paying tribute to radish. And with that I mean the entire veggie – root and…

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 Barba di Frate with Wild Garlic Pesto 🌱

Springtime means my blog’s birthday. Today, two years ago, I started blogging. Thank you, dear readers, for another amazing year! Springtime also means wild garlic. And time to go foraging. Pick a handful leaves of wild garlic, clean them and finely blend them together with the same amount of walnuts, the double amount of olive…

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…

Vegan: Pear, Caramel and Crumble 🌱

Caramel sauce without cream and refined sugar – is that possible? “Absolutely!”, says the vegan me. “Well, not quite.”, would probably the lawyer in me respond. Today, I feel more vegan than lawyer-y and decided to share a true culinary revolution. At least according to me. Sous-vide pear: Peel and halve a pear. Remove the…

Vegan S’mores 🌱

Have you ever had a dessert that delicious that just had to have some more? Well, that’s exactly what this overseas campfire treat promises you. Graham crackers with melted chocolate and marshmallows just sound too good to be true, right. Today, I’m presenting my deconstructed, plant-based version of this American classic. Fudge: Melt 100 g…

Vegan Leek Variations 🌱

Combining different textures creates a culinary sensation of a completely new dimension. In this dish, which works equally well as a side and on its own, silky, soft, firm and crunchy elements are all married on the plate. Dried leek: Clean the green part of a leak thoroughly. Separate the leaves and dry at 80°C…

Turnip • Skirret • Raisin • Yellow beet 🌱

When moving abroad, you don’t only leave people and places behind, but also tastes. For me, turnip was a veggie I greatly missed after moving to Switzerland. It’s fairly uncommon in the German-speaking part of the country, so you can imagine the joy I felt, when I found it on the farmers’ market. In Finland,…

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…

Scallop carpaccio with oca and mashua

Today, Finland celebrates 102 years of independence. For me as a Finn, December 6 is correspondingly special. I try to pay homage to Finland’s war veterans and reflect on the luck of peacetime. Culinary-wise, we enjoy traditional Finnish dishes, sometimes with a twist. Seafood and potatoes are typical to the Finnish cuisine. This year, clams…