Homemade Gnocchi: The Basics

Homemade Gnocchi! The way to win anyone’s heart, at least if you ask me. Those little potato goodies are actually quite simple to make, you just need a little bit of time on your hands – and they are so worth it. This easy gnocchi recipe is taken from my favorite basics cookbook (in German), TipTopf. The…

Risotto alla Milanese: A Saffron Classic

This is a lovely Italian classic I crave for ever so often. You can serve it as a course in an Italian inspired meal (primo piatto) or as an entire meal in its own. Traditionally, risotto is served without any side dishes and also not as a side dish itself. However, you can also combine…

Simple Puff Pastry Christmas Stars

Those are ridiculously easy to make – and yet, they will lighten up your guests when served with a good sparkling wine. In any case, this first appetizer “course” – some type of nice beverage and a savory snack – is what we in Switzerland call “apéro” and it is (at least to us) without…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Maybe some of you noticed by now that I am Swiss. However, I did grow up in upstate New York, thus – although with Bagels and Cream Cheese instead of Donuts – some childhood memories stuck. And well, unless you go to Starbucks, which in Switzerland is endlessly expensive, one particular childhood craving is hard…

Home-Made Elderflower Sirup

The scent of elderflowers really is, to me, a herald of summer. So I always try to preserve it in as many ways as possible. One of my favourite products that can be made out of elderflowers is a home-made sirup. I’ve tried a myriad of recipes and they all work more or less, however,…

Tarte flambée or Elsässer Flammenkuchen

When we talk about French cuisine, we think of technically outstanding, fancy food in more or less expensive restaurants. However, there is also simple, delicious  food that is easy to make. One of my favourite examples is “La Tarte Flambée” or – in German – “Flammenkuchen” (a literal translation to English would be “flamecake”). It…

Say Quesadillas! Delightful Leftovers

Summer is coming – and with it the balcony season. And what is better than a late afternoon on the balcony with good company and a glas Rosé? Right, an afternoon on the balcony with good company, a glas Rosé and delicious, freshly made food. So that’s what we did yesterday.   I love Quesadillas,…