Swiss and international food news 24 February

This week’s foodie overview I spend a lot of time reading, researching and tweeting about food and restaurants these days, so I thought I’d jot down my tweets from the last few days. These are from both The Rambling Epicure and Swiss Foodies and should give you an overview of what’s going on in the […]

About cardoons, Geneva’s favorite winter vegetable

Anyone living in Geneva really should know how to prepare cardoons, since it is Geneva’s favorite winter vegetable. The problem is it is time-consuming and tedious, not to speak of the prickly thistles. Cardoon gratin is one of Geneva’s favorite Christmas dishes, so now’s the time to learn!

A Geneva Christmas: Longeole sausage

Christmas traditions in Switzerland One should never think that everybody in Switzerland eats the same thing for Christmas dinner. With four languages and a multitude of “mini-cultures” tucked away its various mountain niches, and with a huge international population, Switzerland may well have more Christmas menus than any other country in the world. In the […]

Rzulé, better known as pear rissole

The age-old Geneva and Savoyard specialty called rzulé in the local dialect, better known today as rissole aux poires, was nearly extinct not so very long ago. The dish consists basically of pears braised until they caramelize, which are then used to fill a pastry. The result resembles a fried apple turnover or chausson, even though it […]

Recipe: chestnut soup for a cold winter’s night

Vercors-style chestnut velouté: perfect for this chilly weather Emmanuel de Careil wears a coat of many colors. He writes books about everything from psychology to history, and is also a foodie who has collected stacks of good recipes over the years. He just published this very wintry recipe, inspired by the great French chef Guy […]

Barbie’s secret to weight loss: don’t eat

Barbie’s secret to weight loss was “don’t eat”: Is that your teen’s philosophy? The 1965 Slumber Party Barbie came with her very own “How to Lose Weight” book. The main message was “don’t eat.” Along with this book came a bathroom scale always set at 110 pounds/49.9 kilograms, says Teen Beauty Tips. According to Malisa […]

The garden pumpkin bonanza moves into the kitchen

by Ellen Wallace, GL editor Pumpkins love our garden and we love pumpkins: this weekend the season for cooking pumpkin kicked in seriously. We have some 60 small ones. The larger ones are fun when kids are little, but the small varieties tend to have more flavour and they are more manageable in the kitchen. […]

Recipe: Bern-style rösti

After my lengthy post Potatoes: endless varieties in Switzerland of 14 September 2009, it is only logical that I give you a few ideas about how to use all those varieties of potatoes. I’ll start by the thoroughly Swiss dish, rösti. Rösti is definitely a Swiss dish, but there as many variations as there are […]

Easy late summer Seville-style gazpacho

Take 4 thick dry or toasted  slices of hearty whole grain bread and tear it into bite-size pieces. Drizzle olive oil over it and add 2 to 4 cloves of crushed garlic, depending on how much you like garlic. Mix and let it sit for a few minutes. Take 8 large, extra-ripe red tomatoes. Cut […]

Potatoes: endless varieties in Switzerland

Potatoes: an essential part of the traditional Swiss diet If there’s one thing we have plenty of in Switzerland, it’s potatoes. I didn’t even like potatoes before I came here and discovered all the subtle differences of texture, taste and all the ways of using them in cooking. Potatoes are an essential ingredient in almost […]