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 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…

Sweet polenta (Siessi Poläntä) 🇨🇭

In Valais, my sources say, it’s popular to enjoy polenta not only as a savory dish but also in its sweet variations. Paired with sun-ripe apricots from the Valais orchards and a generous dollop cream, this treat is mouthwatering. For the Swiss Food Discovery hosted by dear Silvie, I prepared a plant-based version. Polenta pudding:…

Gravlax with grapes, cucumber and horseradish

Gravlax – or cured salmon – is a fond tradition for me. We usually enjoy it lightly salted and lightly cured, but if you like a stronger, heavier version, feel free to play around with the amount of salt and time in the fridge. And seasoning, obviously. Use a pair salmon filets of sushi quality,…

Salmon • Beetroot • Grapefruit • Onion

A Christmas wreath on a plate – that’s what I’d like to think this dish represents. Soft tones of purple, pink and terracotta with dark highlights. A feast for both mouth and eye. And a perfect dish to kick off Christmas – Glad Lillajul! Finely blend 250 g of canned chickpeas with aquafaba, 150 g…

Tea time

It’s tea time. Well not quite. It’s actually time for pudding. Tea on a plate, to be more precise. Earl Grey mousse: Prepare 200 ml super strong Earl Grey tea. Sweeten with honey. Allow to cool on the fridge. Add 4 bloomed gelatine leaves and gently fold in 100 ml whipped heavy cream. Transfer to…

Deconstructed salted honey pie

Welcome to the United Sweets of America – an Instagram collaboration and dessert journey through the American states. I joined late. I was the last participant, as a matter of fact. And obtained the only state left: Wyoming. As my knowledge regarding the culinary tradition of Wyoming is quite limited, I decided to consult my…

Whipped lingonberry semolina porridge 🌱

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the pink ribbon is its symbol. Pink is also the color of this month’s Intl’ Food Challenge. My contribution to this challenge is a traditional Finnish dessert. Simmer or steam 150 ml spelt semolina in 600 ml diluted lingonberry juice (you can use store-bought juice or prepare it…

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…

Apple cider custard (Süssmostcrème) 🇨🇭

More Swiss cuisine on the menu, as I’m presenting my second dish for the Swiss Food Discovery – a very traditional apple cider custard from Thurgau. Thurgau, a canton in the east of Switzerland, has an extensive fruit growing tradition and hosts more than two thirds of the domestic apple orchards. This light and airy dessert…

Meringue with double cream and blueberries 🇨🇭

Just over a week ago, Silvie from Citronelle and Cardamome reached out to me regarding her attempt to promote the Swiss culinary heritage on the blogosphere. That’s a project worthy of support, I though, and didn’t hesitate to confirm my engagement. Every Thursday, a sweet and a savory dish featuring the cuisine of Switzerland are…

Fennel • Carrot • Onion • Tamarind 💚

When experimenting in the kitchen, I like combining components with different textures. Soft. Crunchy. Creamy. Chewy. You’ll find all these textures in this dish: Grilled fennel with a fresh carrot green salad, tart pickled red onions and a sweet tamarind dressing. Start with the pickled onions. Bring the pickling liquid consisting of one part water…

Deconstructed golden beetroot 💚

More experimental cooking. This time, I created a dish featuring mellow golden beetroot served in three different ways – pickled, mashed and seared. Pickles: Pickle thin slices of golden beetroot in a liquid consisting of one part water and one part white aceto balsamico seasoned with salt, sugar and white pepper. Bring the liquid to…

Pickled cucumber and English peas on avocado cream 🌱

A dream in green. That’s what I was thinking when I came up with this dish. The delicate plating is inspired by Bernadett Vanek, one of the most talented chefs there are. For the avocado cream, mix one avocado with the juice of a quarter of a lemon and a pinch fleur de sel. For…

Purple asparagus with orange mayonnaise and poached egg 💚

Asparagus comes in three colors: green, white and purple. The purple one is only purple on the outside, though, and will turn green once cooked. Good thing that they can be enjoyed raw. Purple asparagus is subtle and refined, sweet and fruity on your palate. I gave it a quick pickling and combined it with…

Quince liqueur

Last autumn, I wrote about the exceptional quince harvest and our lovely neighbors being kind enough to share their produce with us. The starter and dessert we prepared, we were able to enjoy right away. Another creation needed a bit longer to infuse: our quince liqueur. In the meantime, it’s quite drinkable. Peel, seed and…

Sea buckthorn crème brûlée 🌱

By definition (I’m a lawyer, I like definitions), crème brûlée is a dessert consisting of a creamy custard topped with a texturally contrasting layer of crispy caramel. In this version, I kept the traditional caramelized sugar on top but modified the custard quite a bit. I combined tart and somewhat bitter sea buckthorns with rich…

Chocolate cake

Today, we’ve celebrated my baby girl’s fifth birthday. She’s an amazing kid. Always up for a laugh. Childishly witty. Full of great ideas. Extremely cuddlesome. A bundle of joy, really. A perfect girl deserves a perfect cake for her birthday. And what suits that occasion better than a cake chosen the best chocolate cake in…

Chestnut mousse with sour cherries and merengue

Vermiselle was a new culinary encounter for me when I moved to Switzerland. This Swiss dessert specialty is eaten in autumn and winter and consists of puréed chestnuts mixed with sugar, vanilla and milk pressed through a perforated plate into long worms (vermicelli in Italian). Usually, vermiselle is accompanied by merengue and whipped cream. And…

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…

Tonka bean ice cream on a warm citrus salad

Some years ago, tonka beans were considered quite hip in Switzerland, only to be forgotten about shortly thereafter. I was strolling through a spice store the other day and rediscovered these black beauties. Fragrance wise, the tonka bean resembles a spicy combination of vanilla and bitter almond. The way these seeds add complexity to a…

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…