Category Archives: Homemade

Fruit Tart Frenzy

Years like this, when there is an abundance of every kind of berry and fruit, you need to find ways to use your harvest. Up here we cook kilos of jam (continental breakfast rules), store as much as possible in … Continue reading

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Courgette Craze

Now is the season of courgettes, at least where I live. My plant has given me a couple of small fruits (according to the botanical the courgette is a fruit!), but my friends with bigger veggie gardens have had enormous … Continue reading

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Apricot Abundance

Valais, the canton where I live, is the third largest canton of Switzerland and the sunniest part of the country. It is the country’s most important wine producer and famous for its apricots. Apricots originally came from China and arrived … Continue reading

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Golden Marigold II

During three weeks the little jar with marigold petals in sesame oil held its sunny space in my bookshelf. Then I carefully poured its contents through a small-meshed sieve to eliminate the petals. My calendula oil was ready! This herbal … Continue reading

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Golden Marigold I

Where I live, marigold is almost seen as a weed: it grows easily all over the place. However, unfortunately not everywhere: it didn’t use to grow in my garden, so I threw out some seeds and now it thrives here … Continue reading

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Fresh Herbal Teas

Herbal teas made with dried herbs can be enjoyed all year round, but nothing beats fresh herbs in summer! It’s a completely different experience using the herbs fresh from your balcony or garden, both for the eye – I love … Continue reading

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The Extraordinary Healthy Express Chocolate Mousse

Oh, chocolate, how I adore you….! I’ve been a hard-core chocolate lover ever since my parents (who, surprisingly, were dentists.. ) let me try it. My favourite variety has changed over the years, from milk chocolate with nuts and raisins … Continue reading

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Happy Feet

Many years ago my mother told me about a very old man in Austria, who was asked for the secret of his long life in good health. His answer was: the massage he gave his feet every evening. Since then … Continue reading

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Warm Winter Dessert

In winter, when it’s on the chilly side even indoors, I don’t feel like eating cold food. I’ve found an explanation for that fact in the ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine. This age old holistic science of health determines three different … Continue reading

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Strengthen What Is Weak

Most of my friends regularly visit a gym to get some workout, strengthen their bodies, and stay in shape. Living in a remote village without a car, that is no option for me. Of course, I get plenty of exercise … Continue reading

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