Cook Like a Swiss

Fresh From the Farm

If you enjoyed our previous post about unmanned farm shops and started sourcing more of your groceries from a local farm rather than large supermarkets, you’ll be happy to know that the Domaine de Bois-Bougy in Nyon (VD) is not only a good supplier of fresh, seasonal vegetables but also a little corner of paradise for dairy lovers. This lovely farm on the edges of Nyon does in fact boast an automatic dispenser of raw milk (lait cru* […]

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Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Coconut Oil Cookies

I’ve been meaning to give virgin coconut oil a try for a long time so when my middle son asked me to bake some cookies together this weekend, I thought the time was right to get it out of our kitchen cupboard. Recently rehabilitated as one of the healthiest cooking oils in the world, virgin coconut oil is an excellent source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), especially Lauric Acid, that […]

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It’s Pick-Your-Own Season

Although many crops have been damaged by this summer’s storms, it is still possible to pick-your-own autumn fruits this season in various farms around Geneva & Vaud. My little monsters had a blast apple-picking in Collex-Bossy last year and we didn’t want to miss it this time round (be it rainy or not!) so we headed to “Le Panier Gourmand” (domaine d’Avenex, 1274 Signy), a lovely farm run by the Heuberger family, where […]

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Organic Fruit with a Local Accent

One of the things I missed the most when we first moved to Geneva was all the healthy snacks available for children in the UK. My little ones loved them and I knew the brands weren’t loaded with sugar or other nasties. It took me a while (and a lot of label-reading in French!) to find some alternatives here, but I have to admit my boys weren’t always keen and […]

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Best Fondue in Town ?

As the colours of autumn in Geneva turn to even more intense hues of ochre, burnt umber, copper and glowing burgundy my thoughts rush to all the winter rituals I love the most about our life in Switzerland. There’s skiing, of course, but roaring log-fires at dusk too, hot chocolate & crêpes on Sunday afternoons and a convivial fondue shared with family and friends on those crisp, winter starry nights when the air carries scents of burning […]

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Not Suitable for Vegetarians

If you’re a vegetarian please look away now. If you’re a carnivore foodie though, rejoice because Autumn in Switzerland is not only game season but bison season too.   Bison meat is not an obvious choice when you head to the butcher’s but – believe me – it’s absolutely delicious. It is lower in fat and cholesterol than beef, and so melt-in-the-mouth tender that when Little Miss Cutie was one, she used […]

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Heaven in a Tiny Pot

I’m sure it’s just me but – no matter how hard or how many times I try – I can’t for the life of me scrape vanilla seeds out of their pod. TV chefs make it look so easy, just one quick flick of the knife and voilà, there you have it: the tiniest, most fragrant grain of heavenly flavour – why would you want to do it any other way ? Unfortunately, it never […]

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