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 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 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 Roasted Cauliflower with Scrambled Tofu 🌱

Plating with flowers is dear passion of mine. I have a small garden, where I cultivate my own ecological edible flowers. During winter, when growth is sparse, I have to rely on alternative decorative items. A veggie also qualifying as a flower is the perfect replacement. Roasted cauliflower: Separate cauliflower into small bouquets. I used…

Shallot • Potato • Flower sprout • Cashew 🌱

High–quality produce with a long history of togetherness are again married in this plant-based dish. The mellow pastel colors with darker accents cater for a pleasant experience for the eye and the palate. Shallot pickles: Peel and halve shallots. Pickle in a pickling liquid consisting of equal parts of water and vinegar seasoned with agave…

Parsnip • Kale • Sweet potato • Celeriac • Walnut • Apple 🌱

Today, I’m proud to present my dish for the January challenge hosted by Foodblogs Schweiz. This month’s basket contains parsnip, kale, sweet potato, celeriac, walnut and apple. I went all in and created a plant-based feast. Along the journey, I got acquainted with nutritional yeast and was totally blown away. What a wonderful umami flavor!…

Bilberry chutney

One of the perks of having guests over is having tons of leftovers afterwards. Super delicious dishes that can be enjoyed later with almost zero effort. Like fine dining convenience food. For one of our holiday dinners, a guest of ours brought us a scrumptious duck liver pâté that we served as an appetizer with…

Grape • Pumpkin • Chanterelle • Rice 💚

Playing with colors – that’s what this dish is all about. And autumn flavors. Prepare the risotto by sautéing chopped shallot, garlic and Gioiello rice is some olive oil. Taste with salt and add some red wine. Allow the rice to absorb and, little by little, add hot water. Once cooked, add black aceto balsamico,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Crayfish and wild mushroom bruschetta

Foraging for wild mushrooms and celebrating crayfish parties are two dear Finnish traditions of mine. This dish pays homage to both. Start by (sending your better half) collecting mushrooms. Mine brought me chanterelle, penny bun and birch bolete, but you can use any edible fungi you find. Then separate the tails and tomalley from the…

Nettle soup with 65°C egg 💚

In spring, when the nature awakens from its winter sleep, my foraging instincts come to life again. After wild garlic, it’s the turn for nettles. For the nettle soups, collect young nettle buds and then blanch them. Strain them, collect the water and chop the buds finely. Prepare a roux by melting butter. Add the…

Rabbit fillets with baby heirloom carrots, refried beans and tarragon foam

In earlier days, according to common belief, the folkloric Easter Bunny brought colored eggs, candy and sometimes even toys to the children behaving well. Similar to the Santa Clause tradition, the disobedient ones were left empty-handed. Today, the Easter Bunny is less strict and offers a delicious meal for young and old. Beans: Simmer a…

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…

Spaghetti alla vongole

Clams – the ideal ingredient to pimp up an ordinary dish. Like pasta. Add some bacon and white wine and have yourself a luxurious meal within minutes. Perfect for Wednesday supper! Fry chopped bacon in a pot. Remove and sauté finely chopped shallots, garlic and celery in the bacon fat. Add the fried bacon and…

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…

Veggie soup with feta cheese

Have you ever had to cook with whatever ingredients you happen to have at home? That happens to me all the time. So a part of my creativity is forced upon my by the fact that I haven’t manage to grocery shop. Now it’s out. My secret is revealed. Chop zucchini, shallots, new potatoes, carrots,…

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…

Fillet • Shrimp • Tomato • Butter

How do you pimp up fillet steak? You serve it with tender shrimps and an opulent sauce. Surf and turf at its finest. Surf: Season shrimps with salt and olive oil and grill for 10 minutes in 230°C. Turf: Simultaneously fry the fillet steaks in a hot pan for a couple of minutes each side….

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…