Ye olde apple tree does it again, bravo!

I haven’t had much time for gardening this summer, a combination of travels and an injured knee that bans work on slopes – tough one that, in the mountains! So we have lettuce and tomatoes, a handful of potatoes and onions, but none of the usual gratifying crops. Except for Ye Olde Apple Tree here, […]

Topping and tailing gooseberries the easy way

Here’s a shortcut a wine grape grower’s wife shared with me, for topping and tailing gooseberries. We use them in jam and pies, both of which I love, but it’s always seemed unfair to me that you first get pricked by the thorns and then you have the tedious job of topping and tailing them. […]

John Dory, asparagus, blood orange sauce

John Dory, Italian green wild asparagus and blood orange sauce One of my favorite ways of creating tasty but healthy dishes is using fruit and vegetables as sauce. There are millions of ways to do this, depending mainly on the season. Oranges are abundant at the moment, so I’ve been using a lot of orange […]

Recipe: Strawberry and rhubarb compote

I always get really excited when the strawberries and rhubarb come on the market. For me it’s literally like “breaking news.” They’re really the first local fruit. One of my favorite dishes is strawberry and rhubarb compote. It’s healthy, full of fiber and vitamins; it’s also versatile and can be used in many ways. In […]

MarketDay 14 April 2010

Breaking news: we have local strawberries and rhubarb! Whoof, spring is here, even if the mercury can’t seem to rise quite to the heights we would like. I was worried last week at this time. Be patient, the Mara des Bois will come in time. For local vegetables, green is the word. There are salads […]

Strawberries: low fat & high fiber sauces & salads

Please, Mara des Bois, get thee here! Even though we still don’t have local strawberries in the Lake Geneva region, it’s almost impossible to resist the Spanish and French ones that are already available. Strawberries are extremely high in fiber as well as vitamins, so I try to use them in as many dishes as […]

MarketDay 1st week April 2010

Spring is here, technically speaking, but it’s still cold, so many local products that would normally be available now simply are not. It snowed in the Alps Easter weekend, and the skiing is great, so we can’t have the best of both worlds. Root vegetables are still in: celery root (celeriac), baby beets and carrots. […]

Brazil slaps tax on US cherries, pears and ketchup


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Brazil is taking up its option, approved by the Geneva-based World Trade Organization, to slap a 30 percent import tax on fruit from the US after what it calls eight years of negotiations and four years of trying to get the US to end its cotton subsidies. The US remains the […]

Recipe: cranberry-orange relish

A healthier, tastier recipe than the traditional cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving dinner Cranberry sauce is of course a mainstay of any Thanksgiving dinner. In Switzerland, we eat a lot of game, so it is good to always have some on hand to eat with deer, wild fowl, boar, or whatever the hunters bring in. […]

MarketView – 6 November 2009

MarketView is published every week or so so you can take a look at our list before you go to the market.  It should serve as a tool to help you make your grocery list and menus for the week before you go off to the market. Summer fruit and vegetables in the Lake Geneva […]