I am writing to you today from my garden, with the sun finally shining and the birds chirping away! Spring has finally arrived and I hope it is here to stay. It has been so gloomy, rainy and cold that I truly thought that we’d be skipping Spring all together this year. It has happened in the past here in Switzerland, and trust me wearing boots and sweaters until mid-June is no fun at all! I much rather be running around in sandals and a sundress all year round.
The sun is finally out again and the days are officially getting longer. You have no idea how happy this makes me. Goodbye blurry yellowish food photos taken at night and hello gorgeous photos of what we’re eating for dinner! Spring is my absolute favorite time of the year, not only thanks to all the delicious produce this season brings back to my kitchen, but also because I can’t wait to get back out in the sun and enjoy my garden. This year I plan on eating lots of meals outside on my terrace, enjoying the warm weather to the fullest.
Growing up as a kid, not a morning would go by without my mom cooking pancakes for us to have for breakfast. My sister and I could sense that it was time to wake up when we could hear noise coming from the kitchen. No matter the hour, my mom was already up and ready to make us our favorite breakfast! We would come down to the kitchen hungry — I’d be talkative and super awake, as I always am in the morning, while my sister, still half-asleep, would eat her breakfast in silence — and we’d drench our animal-shaped pancakes in Aunt Jemima maple syrup. Those were the good old days where calories didn’t matter! Fast forward to years later and pancakes are still one of my favorite meals for breakfast, but now that I’m all grown up and can’t stuff my face with food like a 10-year-old, I have learned to indulge in my dearest dishes in healthier ways.
Not a meal goes by in my house without fruits and veggies — we love them in all their shapes, colors and flavors. The good thing about Sundays is that my fridge is always stocked up again with lots of fresh produce for the week, making the weekend the perfect time to test lots of new recipes. This cauliflower tabbouleh has been on my to-share list for a couple of months already, but every time I thought about photographing it I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand. I made sure to add all the produce I needed to my Saturday shopping list this weekend and came back home all excited to not only photograph the recipe for you, but film it as well.
There’s nothing like chicken breasts with a thick sauce that renders the meat so tender and juicy. We love these balsamic chicken breasts made with onions and mushrooms, but I thought it was time to give my favorite go-to chicken recipe an update. I love creamy mushroom sauces — they’re delicious with chicken, veal, pastas, and even on their own over rice or mashed potatoes. This dairy-free version has so far been one of my favorites, as all you’ll need is a couple of staple pantry ingredients to bring it to life. No need to run to the supermarket before dinnertime!
I have to admit that cod was never my favorite fish. I always found it a bit too bland, too thick, and simply too boring compared to other fish like salmon and trout. But ever since I started cooking some of Ottolenghi’s incredible recipes, I have learned to see the greatness in cod — its blandness makes it a great fish to spice up with a range of ingredients and its thickness makes it perfect for turning into patties. Sometimes I cook cod in a thick tomato sauce, other times I decide to turn it into kebabs made with a range of spices, herbs and veggies. The result is anything but boring, making cod just as exciting as salmon minus the calories!