Very recently, we marked the end of an era: the four of us have recently all upped sticks and left our lovely little town in Switzerland and moved en masse to London. It turns out moving is hard work, and we’ve been busy little bees getting all settled in.
Before we left Basel for the big city, though, we thought we’d go out with a bang and mark our departure by splashing out on one of our favourite local dishes: Zürcher Geschnetzeltes with Rösti. We were feeling a bit fancy that day, so we also made some traditional Käsekuchen, and had ourselves a proper Goodbye Switzerland feast.
Zürcher Geschnetzeltes is made with veal, which sort of ruptured our bank accounts, and almost an insane amount of white wine. You could use a meat other than veal, but it wouldn’t be as yummy. The recipe we used was a slight modification of one we found via Coop. Pre-warning: we used ready-made Rösti. If you really want to go for it and make your own Rösti (essentially fancy potato hash), find a recipe alllllll the way at the bottom of the page of this Guardian article. (Pro-tip: add bacon bits for extra yum.)
It’s official: this is the most middle class post on this blog (and that’s impressive, because I’m fairly sure that in the dictionary definition of Middle Class, ‘possessing a food blog’ is one of the identifying criteria.)
You may or may not have heard of quinoa (say it keen-wah, appaz), which seems to be quite a recent Health Food Sensation. It’s hailed as a superfood which may or may not be true, but it’s high in protein and amino acids and other good things for you but has zero gluten, which means you can happily munch away at it without feeling guilty. (If you have no idea what on earth I’m on about, imagine a cross between rice and couscous that is super good for you and which you would have to eat metric tonnes of in order for it to make you fat.)
This salad is dead easy (no, really) with a total prep time of about 10-15 minutes which makes it perfect if you are on a writing roll and need a quick fix so you don’t completely lose your train of thought. If you are feeling entirely too virtuous while consuming this delicious, high-protein, gluten-free meal, contemplate the nature of quinoa and allow some proper middle class guilt to seep into your superfood salad along with that delicious, tart dressing.
Making puff pastry by hand is for losers. No one has that kind of time any more.
Don’t judge these tarts because they’re easy – love them because they’re tasty.
These tarts come in handy if you’re ever in a pinch for a delicious treat that is fast, easy and cheap. Number Four shamelessly stole this recipe from a friend and has altered it to make it even more delicious (… and easy).