Vegan Playground 🌱

LEGO is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well“. And that’s exactly what I did in my kitchen today. I filled a LEGO brick mold with a variety of tiramisu panna cotta and placed the bricks on Oreo crumbles – a.k.a. Oreo soil. My playground turned out to be the…

Vegan Autumn Creation from the Swiss Cuisine 🌱

Sauerkraut, potatoes and pears all belong to the domestic autumn cuisine. Since I love to stir up traditions, I decided to combine these lovely, seasonal ingredients into a new culinary creation for Swiss Food Discovey. Is that allowed? Sauerkraut mousse: Blend equal parts of sauerkraut and soy cream. Add 8 g agar agar pro 500…

Vegan Candied Almond Semifreddo 🌱

There’s a long tradition of autumn fairs in Switzerland. For obvious reasons, most of them have been cancelled this year. That’s why we from Swiss Food Discovery decided to share our favorite autumn fair treats with you. Mine features candied almonds. What’s your favorite autumn fair treat? Semifreddo: Start by preparing the sugar almonds. I…

Vegan Quince Soup 🌱

We have the best neighbors in the whole world. They share not only their grapes, apples and plums with us, but also their quinces. I absolutely L O V E quince. The taste. The consistency. The many possibilities. Today, I’m presenting a sweet treat. Next time, I’ll share something savory. Soup: Clean the quinces, place…

Vegan Autumn Treat 🌱

Grapes, apples and plums from our neighborhood – those are the protagonists of my contribution for the current challenge hosted by Foodblogs Schweiz. This month, the challenge coincides with the Regio Challenge hosted by Kleinbauern Vereinigung. The idea is quite simple: Only consuming produce from a distance of a bicycle tour (30 km) from home….

Vegan Mushroom Pâté with Gooseberry and Red Currant Jelly 🌱

I’m a sucker for pâté. It’s definitely one of my favorite spreads. Usually, I enjoy just like that. But if I feel fancy, I combine it with pickles or a tart jelly. Childhood memories on a plate. Pâté: Sauté finely chopped button mushrooms and shallots in olive oil. Taste with salt and black pepper. Blend…

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…

A Vegan Ode to Srawberries 🌱

I love strawberries. Actually, my entire family does. We can barely wait to kick off the strawberry season and start devouring these red, sun-kissed treats. Did you know, by the way, that strawberries – botanically speaking – aren’t berries but rather etaerios or aggregate fruits? Food facts are great, aren’t they? Strawberry sauce: Blend strawberries…

Sweet potato pudding with apple roses and roasted walnuts 🌱

Last year, my older daughter and I decided to cut the refined sugar in January. Luckily enough, a sugar ban doesn’t equal a dessert ban. So far, we’ve came up with a handful of sweet treats without refined sugar, one of which I’m about to share with you now. Sweet potato pudding: Mix 100 ml…

Honeyed yoghurt flan

Cook My Dish is a new collaboration I recently joined. Until the end of the year, I will recreate dishes from lovely Silvie’s blog Citronelle and Cardamome on a monthly basis. And she will do the same with my dishes. So exciting, isn’t it? Today, I will present to you my take on her gluten-free…

Caramel custard (Brönnti Crème) 🇨🇭

Caramel custard is my next dish for for the Swiss Food Discovery. In German, this dessert is called “Brönnti Crème” translating to “burnt custard” in reference to the burnt sugar and protagonist of the custard. The sugar is not burnt, though, but rather caramelized into a very rich and luscious syrup. And that’s the secret of…

Inverted parasol mushroom omelet 💚

Today, I’m preparing another dish featuring mushrooms. The other day, my hubby hit the woods and returned with a basket full of parasol mushrooms. I couldn’t help myself but to combine these wild treats with a creamy French omelet. Sauté the hat of parasol mushrooms in olive oil. Season with fleur de sel. In the…

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…

Grilled squash flowers with cream cheese and baby herbs 💚

We returned to Switzerland earlier this week only to find our kitchen garden hideously overgrown. Time to turn the green treasures into something beautiful. Halve the squash still attached to the flower. Sear in olive oil and season with fleur de sel. Spread with cream cheese and decorate with baby leaves of basil, mint, lemon…

Raw strawberry and lemon balm soup with mascarpone cream

Fruit and berry soups have a strong tradition in the Nordic countries. As a child, at least once a week, I enjoyed rhubarb, red currant or gooseberry soup. And bilberry soup, of course. And rose hip soup. These soups are based on homemade fruit or berry juice thickened with potato starch. Some weeks ago, I…

Mother’s Day Pavlova

Mother’s Day is around the corner. Show your appreciation with a luscious pavlova topped with soft vanilla custard, sweet lemon balm pesto, sun-kissed strawberries and raspberries as well as spectacular spring blossom. I should work in copywriting, shouldn’t I? Pavlova: Whisk 2 egg whites and 30 g caster sugar until white. Add 70 g caster…

Coconut blancmange 🌱

One of my very first blog posts features a vegan almond blancmange. Inspired by that dessert, I came up with a sister dish based on coconut. If you’re a fan of coconut, you’ll L O V E this indulgent treat. Solve 2 tbsp corn starch in 50 ml coconut milk. Add another 450 ml coconut…

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….

Summer cake

One of the perks of having children is that you make new acquaintances through your kids’ activities – acquaintances that even might develop into friendships. Today, we had a couple of befriended families over for coffee and a swim. The swim got a bit short, as we realized that a snake was joining us in…

Pimientos de Padrón • Halloumi • Raspberries • Herbs 💚

This is another simple dish where different tastes come together nicely: a sweet sourness of the raspberries, a gentle saltiness of the halloumi and an earthy bitterness of the green peppers. Plated elegantly, this dish could even be mistaken for haute cuisine. Pimientos de Padrón: Drizzle the small green peppers with olive oil and roast…

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…