Pickled eggs 💚

I’ve revealed my predilection for eggs a couple of times on this blog, as eggs have played the leading role in my dishes more than once: I’ve made Japanese onsen eggs and French omelet. I’ve cured eggs and now, I’ve pickled them. Boil eggs softly (4 minutes – I prefer my yolks gooey). Peel them…

Gift in a jar: Good Luck Soup 🌱

On New Year’s Eve, lentils are traditionally eaten in Italy for good fortune and prosperity in the new year. An edible Christmas present embracing this lovely custom – is there a more suitable giveaway by a food blogger? This hearty lentil soup has a nice balance thanks to the sweet coconut and tart apricot. The…

Pepparnötter (Peppernuts)

My past week has been so incredibly busy. Privately and professionally. I have barely had any time for blogging. Am I the only one thinking: “Why does Christmas have to be so stressful?”. As of today, there will be no more stress. We are leaving Switzerland to spend the holidays in Finland’s winter wonderland. Time…

Peanut buttered carrot soup 🌱

I love the idea of how talented chefs invent new dishes by combining tastes they store in their flavor memory. Once in a while, I venture that kind of creative cooking myself. I’m limited by my personal flavor memory, though. And one flavor that seems to be missing is peanut butter. The reason is probably…

Quince • Pumpkin • Coconut • Ginger 🌱

This year has blessed us with an exceptional harvest. We were lucky enough the get not only apples and grapes from our dear neighbors, but quince as well. Quince is a versatile fruit paring equally well with sweet and savory flavors. They are quite tough to peel and cut, though, so I usually steam them…

Moon milk 🌱

Moon milk – take a sip of that name. Doesn’t it sound dreamy? Because that’s what it’ll make you. Moon milk is the ultimate bedtime drink for a good night’s sleep. Bring milk of your choice (I used soy) to a simmer. Whisk in ¼ tsp ashwagandha, ½ tsp tumeric, ½ tsp cinnamon and ½…

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…

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:…

Chicken with pickled lemons and green olives

A little over a month ago, I pickled cute small organic lemons and today, we finally got to try them. The flavor was intensely lemony. All sourness was gone and replaced by a mild tartness. Exquisite! I slow cooked them with chicken, olives, shallots, lentils and lots of spices. Mix chicken thighs with sliced, depulped…

Superfood bowl 🌱

What did you have for lunch today? I had a super healthy, super delicious vegan superfood bowl with crisp lettuce, fluffy quinoa, smoked tofu, roasted cashew nuts, grilled broccoli, dried physalis, a sweet tamarind dressing, fresh herbs and edible flowers. Boil red quinoa in salted water until tender. Roast cashew nuts. Fry smoked tofu. Mix…