Broccoli Sweet Potato Cakes

Broccoli Sweet Potato CakesVegetarian sharing friendly food is something I love to eat with my mother. When she came over I served these cakes with a salad and a glass of white wine. Continue reading

That it is either for an aperitif or a meal, I like to place this kind of food in the middle of the table so that everyone can help themselves. The broccoli & sweet potato cakes are easy and made with few ingredients. Also, while I chose to bake them (for fat content purpose as I’m trying to shed a couple of kilos) you can also easily pan-fry them. The second option will make the cooking process shorter. Whether you want to serve these cakes for an aperitif or as a side dish during dinner, you can easily prepare the potatoes and broccoli in advance so you can save up time when preparing the rest of the food.

PS: I’ll take a week off blogging as I need to get ahead with my studies, chores and of course my wedding planning. Meanwhile I wish everyone a nice weekend!

Broccoli Sweet Potato Cakes

Broccoli Sweet Potato Cakes



Broccoli Sweet Potato Cakes


Recipe for 16 pieces (1-2 p.p. for an aperitif / 3-4 as a side dish for a meal)

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 45 for baked version / 25 for pan fried version



400 g sweet potatoes, peeled

400 g broccoli florets

120 g grated hard/semi-hard goat cheese

1 egg


Optional: salt and cayenne pepper to taste (and olive oil if you chose to fry the croquettes)



Blanch the broccoli by placing them in a pot of salted boiling water for 1 ½ – 2 min. Then remove them from the water with a slotted spoon and tranfer them to a bowl of icy water.

Cut the sweet potatoes into chunks and boil them in the water you used to blanch the broccoli (eventually remove a little water). Cook the sweet potatoes until they are soft, about 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile evenly chop the broccoli florets.

Once the sweet potatoes are ready mash them and let them cool a little. Add the chopped broccoli, egg, pepper and eventually cayenne pepper and a little salt and mix all together.

You can either bake the cakes in the oven or fry them in a pan. So to cook with less fat I chose to bake them.

Baked: take a tbsp. of the preparation and place it on a baking tray lined with oven paper. Repeat with the rest of the mass. Bake in the oven for 20 min at 200°C then turn them around to brown on the second side.

Pan fried: Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil on a medium fire and portion the cakes with the help of a tbsp. Brown the potato cakes on both sides for about 5 min per side.

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes Today, after over a year and a half of cutting my hair by myself, I went to the hairdresser. Even if I compare the hairdresser to the dentist, I have to admit I needed it. The moment ended up not being that bad but since we chatted and time went by fast. What also went by too quickly was my once in a while perfectly blow-dried hair. Next time I shall have more clement weather. Once I got home, I was so hungry Continue reading

but I felt like having something comforting so with a salad, I had these cakes made with the leftover potatoes I had from the yesterday. These cake are so easy to make and it’s also a good way to use leftover potatoes.

Recipe adapted form: Betty Bossy’s Cheesy Potato Cakes ( from: The Swiss Cookbook )

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes



Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes


Recipe for 12 cakes

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 20 min



500 g boiled and peeled potatoes

150 g grated Swiss cheese

2 eggs

2 onions (not too large)


salt and pepper



Heat oven at 200°C.

Roughly grate the onion and using a clean tea towel press out excess moisture. Grate the potatoes and place them in a bowl with the onion, add the cheese, the eggs, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Mix all together well.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Shape 12 equal sized cakes and place them on the baking tray. Cook in the oven for about 20 min.


Mini Cheese and Spinach Gateaux From Canton Vaud – Mini Gâteaux Fromage Épinards à la Vaudoise

Mini Cheese and Spinach Gateaux From Canton Vaud

I dedicate to my mother this recipe since soon it’s mother’s day and also she grew up in the canton this recipe comes from (more precisely in Lausanne). It’s always nice to taste something which brings you back in time; this recipe did just that for me.

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I went back to my childhood, to when I my father would be away (for work or on a golfing weekend) and with my mother, we would almost as a tradition enjoy such a gateau with a salad. With her we would go for the larger/normal gateau size but for this recipe I thought that this version would look cute. To make this recipe I partly followed a recipe from one of my Swiss cookbooks. In my version I added the spinach and the mustard which gives it added flavor. With a glass of white wine these gateaux went down like a letter in the mailbox (can you actually use this expression in English? 😉 ).


Mini Cheese and Spinach Gateaux From Canton Vaud


Mini Cheese and Spinach Gateaux From Canton Vaud


For 12 pieces

Prep time: 25-30 min

Cook time: 17-20 min



12 7x7cm squares thinly rolled out short crust pastry dough

2 tbsp mustard

90 g cooked spinach – cooled

120 g grated Gruyère cheese

1 dl milk

1 dl cream

1 egg


A pinch of salt



Heat oven at 220°C.

Grease a muffin tin. Take a dough square, place it on top of one of the cups, with your hands push down so that it adheres to all the sides. Repeat with the rest of the cups of the muffin tin. Now take the mustard and evenly spread a small quantity on the dough, at the bottom of each cup.

Remove any excess moisture from the spinach and chop; add it to the grated cheese and mix them together. Evenly place the mix into each cup.

In a bowl combine the milk, cream, egg, pepper, salt and mix. Fill each muffin cup with the mixture. Place at the bottom of the oven for 17-20 min. Check if  the dough is cooked by lifting one of the mini cakes. Remove from oven, leave to rest for a couple of minutes and then, with the help of a knife, detach each mini muffin from the edges. Serve warm or also at room temperature. These gateaux can easily be frozen.



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 Mini Cheese and Spinach Gateaux From Canton Vaud

Je dédie cette recette à ma maman vu que bientôt c’est la fête des mères et en plus cette recette vient du canton de Vaud ou elle à grandi (plus précisément dans la ville de Lausanne). J’aime sentir le gout de quelque chose qui me ramène en arrière dans le temps ; c’est l’effet que m’a fait cette recette. Je suis retournée dans mon enfance à quand mon père était loin (pour travail ou pour un weekend de golf) et avec ma mère, presque comme une tradition, nous nous réjouissions avec ce gâteau et une bonne salade.  Avec elle le gâteau était en grand format mais pour cette recette j’ai pensé que ce format était mignon. Pour cette recette j’ai suivi en partie une recette d’un de mes livres de cuisine suisse. Dans ma version j’ai ajouté des épinards et de la moutarde qui donne du goût supplémentaire. Avec un verre de vin ces gâteaux sont passés comme une lettre à la poste.

Mini Cheese and Spinach Gateaux From Canton Vaud

Mini Gâteaux aux Épinards et Fromage à la Vaudoise


Pour 12 pièces

Temps de préparation : 25-30 min

Temps de cuisson : 17-20 min



12 carrés 7×7 cm de pâte brisée finement abaissée

2 cc moutarde

90g épinards cuits

120 g gruyère râpé

1 dl lait

1 dl crème

1 œuf


1 pincée de sel




Allumez le four à 220°C.

Graisser la plaque à muffins. Prendre un carre de pâte brisée, la placer sur un des conteneurs à muffins et la pousser en bas en sorte qu’elle adhère aux bords. Répéter avec le reste des carrés de pâte. Prendre la moutarde et en tartiner un peu sur le fond de chaque pièce.

Drainer l’excès d’eau et hacher les épinards, les ajouter au fromage râpé et mélanger. Placer uniformément ce mélange dans chaque conteneur.

Dans un bol combiner le lait, la crème, l’œuf, le poivre, le sel et mélanger. Remplir chaque ‘gobelet’ du plateau à muffin avec ce mélange. Cuire au bas du four pendant 17-20 min. Controller la cuisson de la pâte en soulevant un des mini gâteaux. Sortir du four, laisser reposer une paire de minutes. À l’aide d’un couteau décoller du bord les mini gâteaux. Servir chaud ou à température ambiante. Ces gâteaux peuvent facilement être congelés.


Quinoa Beetroot and Coconut Cakes

Quinoa Beetroot and Coconut Cakes I’m happy because lately I am back to eating more healthy foods. In the book The Flavour Thesaurus, there was a flavour combination I was curious to try: beetroot and coconut. Continue reading

I tried this recipe also because I found some raw beetroot and wanted to make something new. It was one day my mother came over and since it had been at least two weeks we had not shared a moment together I wanted to use ingredients I know she really likes. In front of the fireplace, with a glass of wine we had our lunch on the coffee table. When I was small this used to be our lunch style when my father was away for either work or a golf trip with his friends. I always found it fun to eat, once in a while, in relaxed way.

Quinoa Beetroot and Coconut Cakes

Quinoa Beetroot and Coconut Cakes


Recipe for 4

Prep time : 10 min

Cook time : 25-30 min


Ingredients :


140 g quinoa

80 g raw beetroot

1 onion

2-3 red chillies

4 tsp coconut cream

2 eggs

Rapeseed oil




Cook the quinoa in two times its amount in water for 15 minutes and until water is completely absorbed.

Grate the beetroot and the onion and finely chop the chilli.

Once the quinoa is cooked remove from heat and add the coconut cream while still warm and mix. Add the beetroot, the onion, the chillies, the salt, the eggs and mix all together well.

On a medium heat add a little oil to a non-stick pan. Take a heaped tablespoon of the quinoa preparation and place it in the pan. Repeat with the rest of the portions. You will probably have to make this in batches like I did (in case keep them warm in the oven). Cook the cakes for 3-4 min, turn them and cook for another 2-3 min.

Serve warm with sour cream with some coriander in it.