Mushroom Tarts

9 October 2013

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We are hosting a small cocktail party this weekend or, as they call it in Switzerland, an apéro, where the evening will be fueled by lots of small canapés and finger food. Hubby is rather excited by all of the possible wine pairings and I have been quite content to bury myself amongst hefty volumes of cookbooks in the late evenings, comparing and choosing recipes for our little soirée.

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A Weekend in Kandersteg & Pearl Barley Soup

12 March 2013 25 comments
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A trip to the Swiss mountains usually guarantees good, hearty, winter fare. After a day of heavy duty winter sports, the body is likely to crave something substantial, something loaded with calories. On a recent weekend away in the picturesque Swiss village of Kandersteg, my husband and I found it difficult to hold back when […]

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Cardamom-Scented Chicken Curry and Lentil Dhal

25 August 2012 33 comments
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The weather has been blisteringly hot in Zurich lately, which should be a welcome change given the torrential rain which we’ve had in the preceeding months. But after a few days of soaking up the sun and several impromptu lakeside evening picnics, the lack of air-conditioning has become quite evident and I find myself quietly […]

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Spinach & Tomato Lasagne

27 May 2012 45 comments
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I love a good lasagne and it’s a satisfying dish to make when you have time to potter about in the kitchen. With spring having finally arrived in Zurich and warmer weather slowly creeping into the forecast, I wanted to make a baked pasta dish, but nothing too rich and heavy. This vegetarian lasagne is super […]

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Cream of Tomato & Potato Soup

4 May 2012 33 comments
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In case you were wondering what the soup is which is photographed with the Rustic Bacon & Cheddar Bread, it is the Cream of Tomato & Potato Soup from French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David. Long before cooking became a passionate hobby and was more of a matter of survival for me, I heavily relied […]

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Waffles with Gruyère & Thyme

26 March 2012 25 comments
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Faced with some bits and pieces of cheese in the fridge, I thought I would try my hand at a savoury waffle for lunch today, and these waffles with Gruyère and fresh thyme were absolutely scrumptious! The cheese adds lovely savouriness to the waffles and pairs wonderfully with a simple green salad on the side, […]

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Chilli, Cheese & Rosemary Polenta with Tomato Sauce

16 February 2012 22 comments
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Due to hubby’s request to eat more vegetarian meals this year, I saw no reason to not buy the latest book from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of the River Cottage fame, Veg Everyday. The book is dedicated to eating vegetarian meals, though it is not written by a vegetarian – an important distinction in my mind because […]

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Pumpkin Laksa

20 January 2012 19 comments
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I have long been a fan of Nigel Slater, his books having been instrumental in my initial forays into the kitchen, along with Nigella Lawson and, dare I say it, the Australian Women’s Weekly. One of my favourite cookbooks would have to be Appetite, a hefty book filled with amazingly delicious recipes but provided in […]

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Roast Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup

21 December 2011 25 comments
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The following recipe is inspired by one from Nigella Christmas, a book which is always a great source of comfort and inspiration to me at this time of the year. Nigella Christmas is a colourful and calorie-filled collection of recipes which are ideal at Christmas, but also for parties and entertaining in general. Oftentimes throughout […]

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Artichokes with Garlic Mayonnaise

5 November 2011 21 comments
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I adore artichokes. As a child, my mother would boil a whole artichoke for my dinner on those nights when she was preoccupied with other things or, more likely, fed up with cooking and needed to give me a no-fuss dinner. Hard task given that I was a fussy eater for most of my life. […]

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2 September 2011 8 comments
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After seeing the mouth-watering photos of this dish made by Carrie from thePatternedPlate, as well as reading other rave reviews about this yet-another Yotam Ottolenghi recipe, I couldn’t wait to try this dish. Gado-gado is essentially a salad dressed with a satay sauce. As far as satay sauces go, this is perhaps the most complex recipe […]

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Crisp Silken Tofu in a Tomato and White Pepper Sauce

22 August 2011 7 comments
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I had to renew my work visa the other day, which necessitated a trip to the immigration office so that I could be fingerprinted and all the rest. The only thing worse than taking an hour out of my day to visit a government office was posing for my mug shot and realising that I […]

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Aubergines with Buttermilk Sauce (again!)

7 August 2011 6 comments
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Early this morning, one of my neighbours knocked on my door and suggested a barbeque at her place in the evening with some other neighbours. Such spontaneity is not common in Switzerland and I happen to love informal gatherings like these at short notice. Given that one neighbour happens to be a vegetarian, the first […]

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Soba Noodles with Shitake Mushrooms and Bok Choy

12 July 2011 0 comments
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Last night’s dinner was supposed to be Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mee Goreng from Plenty. Unfortunately, the trip to the supermarket for the necessary ingredients turned out to be very disappointing. I’m currently working in the mid-West in the US and while I should be grateful that the local supermarket even has an aisle for “Global Cuisine”, […]

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