All posts tagged: Food

What is a “guetzli”? // Cos’e’ un “guetzli”?

This morning after the gym I decided to stop by one of my favourite cafes in the neighbourhood …

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Nominated for “Der Koch Blog Preis 2017” i.e. 2017 Swiss Cooking Blog Award :)

Hello again! Yes, I’ve been back to writing and I’m writing a lot you’ll say…yep! Probably, but let’s take it as it comes! 🙂

Or should I say instead: “Hallo” (hello in German)?

Probably yes since I’ve been nominated to participate in this Swiss 2017 Cooking Blog Award or, better & properly said: “Der Koch Blog Preis 2017”.

Cooking is part of travelling…

Merry Belated Xmas with a SweetSwiss Specialty // Ancora auguri di Buon Natale con uno speciale dolce svizzero

It’s been already almost a year and a half since we moved to Zürich and, as part of our discovery of Switzerland, of course food is one of the main interesting aspects! As 2016 approaches, we decided for a Swiss sweet specialty from the Appenzeller Kanton in its Xmas version: the Mandelbiber.  And because we didn’t know how it tasted, we went for its smaller version, which is called Mandelbiberli in fact because it’s small. The small version is a common snack for Swiss people. It’s a sweet spicy dow filled with either almonds (mandel) or walnuts (nüss). Cinnamon is definitely king! But it also contains ginger, anis, cardamom, coriander, pimento and cloves. Usually its top is always decorated, for example, with a bear, the Appenzeller Kanton’s symbol, or other drawings or Xmas wishes like the one we bought at Wüst Patisserie in Zürich. I must say it’s a different taste, at least from pur Italian taste, but definitely an interesting one and good to have every once in a while! More info, I’m afraid …

Here 20 “Osterias” not to miss in Italy // 20 osterie da non perdere in Italia

A few weeks ago I was so lucky to spend a week in Sardinia, visit the artistic town of San Sperate, not far from Cagliari, and eat at a very good “Osteria”. See the link here for the definition of Osteria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteria The Osteria I’ve been to is called: “Da Ada”, San Sperate (CA). It’s the number 20 of 20. And if you want to know more of this good restaurant and the town where is located, read my blog post here: https://lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/san-sperate-a-hidden-gem-in-sardinia-8-reasons-to-visit-it-san-sperate-e-uninesperata-gemma-campidana-sardegna-8-ragioni-per-visitarla/ Here at the link below is the full list of 20 “Osterias” not to miss in Italy by ‘Corriere della Sera’: http://cucina.corriere.it/libri/cards/osterie-d-italia-20-nuovi-indirizzi-non-perdere/mangiare-slow-a-prezzi-pop_principale.shtml?cmpid=SF020103COR  Have you been to any of these? Or are you planning to visit any of these? ———- // ———- Qualche settimana fa’ ho avuto la fortuna di passare una settimana in Sardegna e di visitare il paesino artistico di San Sperate, e proprio qui di mangiare ad una buona osteria, citata tra le 20 da non perdere dal ‘Corriere della sera’. L’osteria in questione si chiama “Da Ada”. E se …

10+ things to do on a weekend in Paris

Paris sera toujours Paris. Paris will always be Paris. And despite the fact I had been 3 times previously in the past, I still wanted to go back after a long time, and this time with Carlo. The occasion was a small family reunion after living 3 years in Australia and a Xmas gift for Carlo’s parents on behalf of Carlo’s sister and her husband. Here are at least 12 tips of things to do in Paris on a weekend: 1.Pay a visit to the Louvre, even if you’ve been there before. By the way they built a shopping centre underneath it which is just fabulous and already beautiful decorated for Xmas.  Very good we booked the tickets in advance, so no queue for the museum. And, by the way, if you don’t want to die inside the Louvre, just plan to see just a part of it right at the start. We focussed on the Italian section (maybe biased? 😉 and spent a bit more than 2 hours inside, of course without missing the …

Gluten-free Cupcakes // Ricetta Cupcake senza glutine

Allora eccomi alle prese con i Cupcake e senza glutine, essendo un po’ intollerante. Ho preso ispirazione da GialloZafferano per la ricetta, uno dei miei siti preferiti, e posso dirvi che è facilissima. INGREDIENTI per 12 CUPCAKE: Tutto, o quasi, è 120g! 😉 120g burro a temperatura ambiente Sale un pizzico Scorza di mezzo limone 120g Farina senza Glutine (guarda: http://www.celiachiamo.com/farine-senza-glutine) 120g Zucchero 2 uova Lievito chimico in polvere un cucchiaino raso (3g) – il lievito per me è sempre un’incognita! Se volete aggiungete una bustina di vanillina. Io non ce l’ho messa.   PREPARAZIONE: Scaldare il forno a 180°. Sappiamo che il forno di ognuno è diverso e con l’esperienza dovrete capire come scalda, se ne aveste la pazienza. Avrete bisogno di uno stampo per muffin/cupcake o se no la carta dei pasticcini per contenere ogni singolo cupcake. Mettete in un recipiente lo zucchero e il burro e mescolate con una frusta elettrica, io ho usato il Minipimer a immersione perché il burro era piuttosto solido. Poi aggiungete le uova, il sale, la scorza …

What’s a Street Food Festival like in Zurich? // Com’e’ uno Street Food Festival a Zurigo?

Sometimes when you live abroad, really far away, everything there seems to be absolutely amazing and it is, but that absolutely amazing thing, event or whatever, that seems so unique, may also exists back home or somewhere else in the world. That’s what exactly happened with the Zurich Street Food Festival, apparently something increasing in popularity that attracts a lot of people and that this year will have happened at least 3 times! We almost missed it because it rained for an hour or so just before going, but luckily we didn’t! Big but not too much, fancy but not too much, appealing, very well organised, with a great positive vibe and with actually a lot of Food cuisine to choose from, this was the Zurich Street Festival on Saturday night, which actually lasts for four days from the Thursday to the Sunday and that seems to be coming back in November (19-30.11.2015) I guess in a Xmas version maybe. So watch out for the dates. Already missing Asian food from living in Australia, we …

6 Tips for a Great Weekend in Zurich // 6 Cose da fare per uno splendido weekend a Zurigo

After not even a month here, last weekend we had our first visitors: a couple, good friends of ours. Since we haven’t been in Zurich for a long time and we’ve been running around to do those many things you need to do when you move to a new place, we did not really know the city that well. So we asked also our friends for some suggestions and this is the plan we put together, relaxed and healthy, but not too much! 🙂 Visit to Uetliberg – this a nice half a day trip to one of Zurich’s surrounding mountains. You can either walk up there, roughly 1h 15min from where we currently live (Sihlcity), or by train. If you decide to walk up there, be prepared to do a bit of effort, even climbing a little bit if you take the wrong turn like we did eheh J, but that will be more than compensated by the great lunch options at the top. We went to the Kiosk, which offers good Swiss German …

Pesto all’Australiana / Pesto sauce

Not long ago my husband asked me if I could prepare some Pesto sauce. And I told him I’d do it. I did cook pesto a couple of times in my life and the first time was with my cousin from Torino, in Bardonecchia, when I was a kid and we were also preparing some gnocchi to go with it. Then I remember I did again a few years ago, but I had to refresh my memory. So I looked up the recipe on a website, Giallo Zafferano, unfortunately it’s only in Italian, to refresh my memory. I call it Australian Pesto because I cannot get access to Basil from Liguria, for example, because Genoa is the original town of Pesto. WHAT YOU NEED: – 50g Fresh Basil (better the small leaves one) – 70g Grated Parmesan Cheese (6-7 supper spoons) > Parmigiano Reggiano DOC or Grana Padano DOC, non Italian Parmesan Cheese will not do the job if you want do it the Italian way following the original recipe. But I’m conscious that it’s …

Salmorejo: Ricetta estiva rinfrescante / Summer Recipe from Spain

E’ tempo di un’altra ricetta. Ora, febbraio, in Australia siamo in estate, ma Melbourne ha un clima molto particolare, quindi fa’ caldo quando vuole lei, ma in questi giorni siamo decisamente sopra i 30° gradi e allora ho pensato di cucinare qualcosa di fresco per cena. Qualche anno fa’ l’idea di mangiarmi un salmorejo, una variante del gazpacho, mi avrebbe assolutamente inorridita, ma dopo 2 anni e mezzo in Spagna, mi ci sono abituata, anzi me ne sono innamorata. E per questo ieri, viste le calde temperature, ne avevo proprio voglia! 🙂 Ma allora cos’è il salmorejo? E’ una minestra fredda a base di pomodoro della tradizione andalusa. INGREDIENTI (per 2 persone come pasto, per 3-4 come antipasto alla spagnola): . 500g pomodori spelati e tagliati a tocchetti . pane secco, del giorno prima magari, a tocchetti. Quanto ne metterete influirà sulla densità della crema. . 100ml olio, aggiungere poi a piacere . 1 spicchio d’aglio, ma si puo’ iniziare con metterne metà e poi eventualmente aggiungerlo dopo . un pizzico di sale . 1 …