It’s blueberry season and this year my garden has been really generous. Generosity doesn’t only come from my garden but also from the birds which are not as greedy as last year… maybe there’s more sources of food elsewhere. I really wanted to post a recipe with blueberries Continue reading →
so looked for inspiration and found an idea I liked here and from there I made my own version of this pancake batter pancake. I find it’s a perfect recipe for the summer as its light consistence goes well with the warm weather. This will be my last recipe for the next two weeks. This weekend I’m off to a high school reunion (I can’t wait!) and next Thursday we’re off to Marbella for a week with my fiancé and a friend of ours. Meanwhile I wish you all a great beginning of summer and see ya in a couple of weeks!
Blueberry & White Peach Pancake Batter Cake
Recipe for 6-8 servings / a 22-24 cm x round cake pan
Prep time: 15-20 min
Cook time: 45-50 min
2 dl milk
1 vanilla pod
50 g sour cream
2 large eggs
50 g butter melted
225 g all purpose flour
150 g sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
130 g blueberries
1 white peach
Heat oven at 180°C and grease a cake pan
Add the sour cream to a bowl. Incise the vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds and add them to the sour cream then mix. Now add the milk eggs and melted butter.
In another bowl place the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. If the baking powder is a little pebbly pass it though a strainer.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and whisk until the dough is smooth. Use a strainer if you end up getting lumps.
Cut the peach in half and remove the pit. Cut each half into two parts and then divide each quarter into two parts.
Pour the batter in the cake pan. Sprinkle the blueberries on top and place the peach wedges in a circle.
Bake for 45-50 min. Once the top of the cake has a nice golden colour (check by inserting a toothpick in the batter and if it comes out dry it means it’s ready) remove it from the oven and wait 5-10 minutes before removing it from its mould. Dust the cake with icing sugar and serve.
Last Friday after a short night I got active in the morning. After my jog I got to the kitchen and preparing this summer version of the Einsiedlen pie. Continue reading →
For lunch I had a friend and her one-year-old daughter coming over. I set the table out on the terrace and we enjoyed a ladies’ only moment. Now I have little experience with children but I didn’t know such a little creature could eat that much… maybe my pie was really good ;). As a dessert the three of us moved to where the blueberries are in my garden and began raiding the trees. This is a new Swiss recipe I found out about and liking the idea of using potatoes as a crust. The crust of this pie is nice and soft and thicker than a usual pie crust and the nice thing is it’s easy to make. I adapted my version from the original recipe I found here (page in French). I filled my pie with some seasonal grilled vegetables to adapt the dish to the warmer days.
Summery Einsiedeln Pie
Recipe for 4 people / Baking tray (28 x 26 cm) or cake pan (30 cm Ø)
Prep time: 20 min
Cooking time: 1 h 20 min
700 g waxy potatoes boiled
150 g flour
1 ½ tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper
1 small aubergine
1 small zucchini
2 spring onions
2 eggs beaten
2.5 dl milk
140 g grated cheese (I made a mix of two alpine cheeses but Gruyere or Appenzeller cheese are just as fine)
1 tbsp. flour
salt and pepper
Slice the aubergine and the zucchini crosswise into 0.5-0.7 cm thick pieces. Brush the slices with a little olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. On a heated griddle pan or barbecue (if you don’t have any of them use a normal non stick pan) grill the slices on both sides. Once they have a nice colour, remove them from the heat and set them aside.
Mash the potatoes. Add the flour, salt and a little pepper and mix.
On a lightly floured board, roll out the dough (1 cm). Lay on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Alternatively you can shape the dough directly in the cake dish lined with baking paper, that’s what I did.
Mix in the eggs, milk, cheese and flour. Flavour. Brown the bacon and onions over medium heat in butter.
Divide the mass to eggs, bacon and onions on the pasta.
Cook ca. 45 Minutes in the lower part of the pre-heated oven at 180 °C. For the last 15 minutes move the tray towards the upper part of the oven to brown its surface. Remove from the oven and let the pie rest for 5 min before serving.
I think I’ve gotten into the habit that if I’m feeling a little low, I get in the kitchen and cook something and this always helps. Continue reading →
There was nothing wrong but with the wedding approaching it’s sometimes emotionally overwhelming when something unexpected comes up. So to lift my spirits this post I made this galette. Between cooking and tasting the results, I was back to my usual mood. To make this recipe I took inspiration and example from a galette recipe from smittenkitchen but changed a few things according to what I had at hand. Today in a month is my birthday and I’m already considering the idea of inviting a few friends at home for a party and this recipe (maybe with a different filling) will definitely be on the menu.
Tomato and Mushroom Galette
Recipe for 4-6 as main or 8 as an appetizer
Prep time: 25-30 min
Cook time: about 1 hour
For the pastry:
160 grams all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon table salt
110 grams cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces and chilled again
60 grams plain yogurt or sour cream
70 ml ice water
For the filling:
450 g cherry tomatoes (even better if you can vary the colours)
120 g chestnut mushrooms
1 tbsp. olive oil
3-4 spring onions
60 g grated cheese
Salt and pepper
To glaze: 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp. water
Pastry: In a large bowl combine the salt and the flour. Distribute bits of butter in the bowl and using your fingertips work the ingredients until the preparation looks like breadcrumbs (the largest pieces should be the size of a lentil). In another bowl mix the yoghurt (or sour cream) and the water and add them to the flour mixture. Mix in the liquid with your fingertips until large lumps form then assemble them into a ball and wrap with plastic and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour (and up to 2 days).
Filling: Quarter the mushrooms and roughly chop the spring onions.
In a pan heat the olive oil on a medium fire and add the mushrooms to brown on all sides stirring occasionally. Once they’re nice and brown add the tomatoes and brown these too for a few minutes regularly shaking the pan to tilt them. Once they start to burst season with salt and pepper, cook for another minute or so and turn off the fire. Add the spring onions and set aside.
Making the galette: Heat oven at 200°C. On a floured surface roll out the dough into an approximate 30 cm round shape (don’t worry about precision for this recipe). Transfer the dough to a parchment lined baking tray. To do this easily, gently fold the dough into quarters (without cracking it) then transfer it to the baking tray before unfold it. Place the vegetable filling in the centre and spread it out leaving a 6 cm margin around. Spare a small tsp. of the grated cheese (for the crust) while sprinkling the rest of it on top of the filling. Fold the pastry on the outer borders of the galette and brush the pastry with the egg wash; finally sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 30-40 min. Let the galette rest for 5 min before serving.
Recently I find a lot of locally grown organic zucchini so I have been taking advantage of this delicious moment. Continue reading →
From simple pan roasted zucchini to putting them in pasta, stuffing them and using them in a cake, the zucchini is just full of potential. This time I stuffed some sweet potato skins with these veggies and with a few ingredients I got myself half of the meal, the other half (in my attempt to loose a few kilos before the summer and especially the wedding) I filled it with a big green salad.
Zucchini Sweet Potato Skins
Recipe for 8 pieces or 4-6 p.
Prep time: 15-20 min
Cook time: 1h 10 min
4 sweet potatoes
4 tbsp. pesto
60 g cream cheese
60 g grated cheese (I used Parmesan)
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil
Heat oven at 180°C and place your sweet potatoes to cook for 45 min to 1 h. Once they are tender in the centre when pricked with a fork remove them from the oven and let them cool a few minutes until you can handle them. Scoop out the inside using a spoon leaving between about 0.5-0.8 cm of the sweet potato flesh on the margins. Set the skins aside and mash the sweet potato flesh.
Cut the zucchini into about 1 cm cubes. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a pan on a medium fire and add the zucchini to cook. Brown them on all sides tossing regularly. I like to keep my veggies on the crunchy side so I cooked them for about 5-7 min. Once done season them with salt and pepper, add the pesto and toss.
In a bowl mix the cream cheese, ¾ of the grated cheese and the mashed sweet potatoes. Add the mixed ingredients to the zucchini and gently combine.
Evenly spoon in the zucchini and cheese preparation in the sweet potato skins and sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top.
My cooking is mostly made up of vegetarian food but this weekend we should be heading to Crans Montana and if we go there, we will surely visit the Argentinian restaurant for a nice piece of meat. Continue reading →
I wrote we should be going there because my fiancé twisted his ankle last weekend and it hasn’t totally healed yet… so I’m keeping my fingers crossed he will feel better tomorrow. So while I’m keeping my hopes up for the getaway weekend, in the line of my usual eating habits I used some Swiss produce to come make these aubergine tomato and mozzarella towers. These towers are very easy to make and they work great as first course or why not as a side dish.
Aubergine Tomato Mozzarella Towers
Recipe for 3-4 p.
Prep time: 20-25 min
Cook time: 30-35 min
350 g (about 2 small to medium) aubergines or 18 slices of 0.5 cm thick
2 meaty tomatoes
12 basil leaves
200 g mozzarella
Salt and pepper
Heat oven at 200°C and line a baking tray or two with parchment paper
Cut the tomatoes and the aubergines crosswise into about ½ cm slices. Brush the aubergines on both sides with some olive oil and season them with salt and pepper then place them on the baking tray. Place the tomatoes too on a baking tray and drizzle a little olive oil on top then season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 25-30 min.
Meanwhile slice the mozzarella into ½ cm slices.
Once the vegetables have taken a nice colour remove them from the oven.
Build the towers by taking one slice of the aubergine, then a slice tomato, a basil leave, the mozzarella, then begin again with a slice aubergine, tomato, basil, mozzarella and finally top with a third aubergine slice. Secure by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the tower. Repeat for the other five remaining towers.
Bake in the over for 5-8 min or until the mozzarella is melting and the ingredients are heated through then serve.
Yesterday I was in my bathrobe and I noticed how without moving despite having just showered, I was already feeling hot and sticky… yup, humidity is a really annoying thing. Continue reading →
Remembering I had received some ice pop moulds, when I went to do the groceries I took the opportunity to buy some fresh fruits to make these Yoghurt Blackberry Pistachio Ice Pops. In one day I ate four of them and each was as good and as refreshing as the next one. So now I have a pleasurable solution to sticky weather; the next thing will be how to get rid of the flies that, with the cows grazing in the fields have just swarmed in every house… should someone have a great solution to this problem, I’m a taker!
Blackberry Yoghurt Pistachio Ice Pops
Recipe for 4 pieces
Prep time: 10-15 min
Refrigeration time: min. 4-5 hours
230 g blackberries
100 g Greek yoghurt
0.3 dl milk
50 g honey
15-20 g chopped pistachios
Place the blackberries in a blender and puree them. If you want a smooth result pass the liquefied blackberries through a small holed sieve (I didn’t do it). Add 20 g honey and whisk until all is blended together.
In another bowl pour the milk and the remaining 30 g of honey. Whisk to combine the two ingredients and then add the Greek yoghurt.
Take your ice pop moulds and fill them to a third with the blackberries, add about ½ tsp of the pistachios, then add 1/3 of the Greek yoghurt, another layer of pistachios and finally a last layer of blackberries.
Place the moulds in the freezer for a minimum of five hours.
Did I already mention my passion for zucchini and stuffed veggies? Well, I have combined the two of them and this is one possible result. Continue reading →
In the beginning I wanted to use minced meat but since I’m in a very vegetarian phase I decided to use eggs as a protein. I guess in the end this recipe could be called “frittata stuffed zucchini”. This is a light recipe, which works great when the weather is hot and you don’t want to have a heavy meal.
Recipe for 4 as a side dish or 2 as a main dish
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 50-55 min
2 zucchini about 17 cm long
1 yellow pepper
1 red pepper
1 red onion
40-50 g grated cheese (I used Parmesan)
40 g breadcrumbs
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. chopped basil
Cut the zucchini in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds using a teaspoon. Take the seeds and chop them.
Remove the stem and the seeds from the bell peppers and dice them into about 1 cm pieces. Chop the onion
In a pan heat 1 tbsp. olive oil on a medium fire and place the zucchini halves cut side down to brown for 4-5 min. Once done remove them from the pan and place them on a baking tray lined with oven paper.
Wipe the pan, pour another tbsp. olive oil and add the onions. Cook until they have softened, 4-5 min. Then add the peppers season with salt, pepper and the oregano and cook for about 10-12 min. Finally add the zucchini and cook all the ingredients for a further 5 min. Correct taste with salt and pepper if needed and set aside to cool a little.
Break the eggs in a bowl and add ¾ of the grated cheese, the breadcrumbs, the basil and pepper.
Mix the content of the bowl to the vegetables.
Drizzle a little olive oil in the zucchini shells and season with a little salt then evenly spoon in the vegetable/egg mix. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese and add a few butter flakes on top. Bake in the middle of the oven at 180°C for 30 min.
The wedding preparations have been speeding up lately. Tonight we’re meeting the caterer and on Thursday we’re going to look for Mister’s wedding outfit. And last week we had our trial dinner where when we arrived they were not expecting us so we ended up being offered an enormous amount of food as it was taken straight from the menu and it wasn’t sampled. I managed to control myself but my fiancé still felt full the following day. Since time is short I made a recipe that would not take me too much time chopping, prepping and/or looking after the stove; hence this lazy tomato pasta bake. I don’t cook much with ricotta just because I often forget about this ingredient, but in this recipe it worked really well as it added extra creaminess to the whole dish. With a classic combination of tomato and basil, we really feasted on this pasta bake.
Lazy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake
Recipe for 4
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 55-60 min
200g cherry tomatoes
320g short pasta
2 tsp. finely chopped garlic
200 g ricotta
2 dl cream
Salt and pepper
140 g grated cheese
A small bunch basil leaves
2 tbsp. breadcrumbs
(optional: a few flakes of butter)
Heat oven at 200°C.
Halve the cherry tomatoes. Grease a baking dish with olive oil and the tomatoes (cut side up) by spreading them on a single layer. On the sprinkle a tbsp. olive oil and season them generously with salt and pepper. Cook them for 35-40 min on the upper part of the oven.
Meanwhile cook the pasta al dente according to package instructions in salted boiling water. If the pasta is ready and you have time to let it sit there add a little olive oil to prevent it from sticking together.
Finely slice the basil.
In a bowl mix together the ricotta, cream, 120g of the grated cheese, cayenne pepper to taste, the garlic, the basil and a little pepper.
Once the tomatoes are roasted take the dish out and add the pasta and the ricotta, cream, cheese mix. Blend all ingredients together evenly before sprinkling on top the remaining grated cheese, the breadcrumbs and eventually the butter flakes that will ensure a nice browning on top. Replace the baking dish on the upper part of the oven and cook for another 20 min.
Tofu is something I have always liked, unfortunately a lot of the people around aren’t fans or I never really get a chance to cook for them. Continue reading →
One I’m trying to convert to like tofu is my mother so today when she came over I made this dish. Knowing she loves everything that is crispy I thought I could pull it off with such a recipe… and I did! She really enjoyed it, so did I and even my fussy dog had a taste of it and ate it. I used some asparagus for this dish because the season will soon end but during the rest of the year there are tons of other options you can pair this with. And depending on which veggies you’re using you could also add some 2-3 cloves of garlic or some onions.
Next week trying and testing my wedding hair and make up and in addition I’ll be choosing the different décors for the event so I’ll take the week of. I’ll be back the following week. Meanwhile I wish you all a nice weekend!
Crispy Tofu and Asparagus Rice
Recipe for: 4-6 people
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
300 g fine asparagus
300 g tofu
240 g long grain rice (I used basmati)
3 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp. olive oil
2-3 chillies (seeds removed)
3-4 tbsp. rice vinegar
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp. sesame seeds
Soy sauce to serve
Cook the rice according to package instructions. Once done set aside.
Finely chop the chillies and roughly chop the asparagus into about 1 cm pieces.
Rinse the tofu and pat it dry with some kitchen paper. Lay a tea towel on a bowl and with your hands crumble the tofu in it. Close the tea towel by twisting it on top and wring out as much moisture as you can.
Heat 2 tbsp. of the sesame oil the tbsp. olive oil to a pan on a high fire. Once the oil is almost at smoking point add the crumbled tofu. Spread it evenly on a single layer in the pan. Season it with salt and pepper. Without touching it, let the tofu fry for a couple of minutes. Once it’s crispy toss and continue to cook it until it’s nice and crispy all over. If the pan is too small do it in two batches, dividing the oil too. Once done set the tofu aside and give the pan a wipe.
Reduce the fire to a medium heat and add the last tbsp. of sesame oil with the chopped chillies. After a minute add the asparagus and cook until they’re done but still crispy, about a couple of minutes. Then add the crispy tofu and the rice, toss and add the rice vinegar. Once all the ingredients are nice and hot transfer them to a serving plate and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top. Serve with soy sauce on the side.
With a full week and weekend I was happy to stay at home on Sunday and dedicate myself to a little cooking. Sunday to me is the no sports day, which means I have more time on my hands. Continue reading →
With time on my hands and a pack of phyllo pastry waiting in the fridge I got down to preparing these veggie filled pockets. The broccoli and mushroom filling is easy to make and to actually put the pockets together, after the first one or two pieces, you’ll easily get the hang of it. I found it trickier to actually describe the procedure than to make it. These savoury treats are easy to hold in your hands and they will work well for an aperitif or a friendly buffet… one of my favourite ways to spend a meal.
Mushroom Broccoli Phyllo Pockets
Recipe for 8 pieces
Prep time: 35-40 min
Cook time: 30-35 min
180 g chestnut mushrooms
1 red onion
260 g broccoli florets roughly chopped
180 g sour cream
6 sheets rectangular phyllo pastry
2 tbsp. olive oil
40 g melted butter
45 g grated cheese (I used parmesan)
Salt and pepper
Slice the mushrooms into ½ cm pieces. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a non-stick pan and add the mushrooms to brown. Make sure the pieces are all on one layer, otherwise do it in more batches. Once done set the mushrooms aside.
Wipe the pan and add the second tbsp. olive oil along with the chopped onion. Cook until soft for 4-5 on a low-medium fire then add the broccoli florets. Season with salt and pepper and cook on a medium fire until the broccoli turn bright green, stirring regularly. Once the greens are done add the mushrooms and the sour cream and cook for another couple of minutes. Correct seasoning if needed and set aside.
Take one sheet of phyllo pastry and brush it with the melted butter. Take a second piece and place it on top. Brush the second piece of phyllo pastry and add a third one on top. Place the three sheets with the width in front of you. With a pair of kitchen scissors cut the layered pastry in half, then cut each piece into half again. While you are working with phyllo pastry make sure the sheets you’re not using are sealed in some aluminium paper so they don’t dry.
Take one of the four strips and place a tbsp. of the prepared vegetables at one of the two extremities, on top sprinkle a tsp. of the grated cheese. Fold the pastry where the filling is by placing an angle towards the other side of the strip (see picture). Now that you have the main shape continue to fold the pastry until the end of the strip. Seal the pastry parcel by brushing a little butter on the last fold. Place fold down on a baking tray lined with oven paper. Repeat with the rest of the strips and repeat the whole operation with the last three sheets of phyllo pastry.