Tales of Travels & Tastes
Since the beginning of the Jewish New Year last weekend, when I made light, chewy fig and pistachio nougat, I haven’t stopped dipping apples in honey and even made a second batch of nougat. The tradition is, we wish each other a sweet new year. I think I’ve got that covered. I put that extra batch of nougat in the freezer, as it was a bit soft, and eating it straight from there, I was quickly reminded of frozen Charleston Chew bars we used to have as kids. Remember that candy bar, yellow wrapper and all? Takes me right back to my summer camp canteen. Just wait until I dip those nougat squares into chocolate and put them back in the freezer, now that will be good! Furthermore, the official opening date for Ladurée in Zürich has been released – October 14th, in less than 3 weeks! This coming year is sure to be sweet! I have my usual line-up of adventures ahead, each one with a whole new set of pastry shops, chocolate shops and markets to visit, always fascinating people to meet and local customs to learn about.
But before I begin a new roll call of sweet tastes and travels, I thought I’d take a quick look at some recipes I made over the past few months. As I am often asked what my favorite recipe is on the blog, I’ll make an attempt to answer that. Not easy though.
Ok, if I must… I do love my polka-dot jam tart for its taste and its fun look. Fun is also my Carambar tart and my totally addictive pumpkin chocolate chip cake. But then again, my go-to favorites on a regular basis are simply crispy granola and meringues. Ooh, I forgot my espresso marshmallows and my Toblerone molten cake! Told you it was a difficult question! Decide what was your favorite – and let me know!
There will be more adventures outside of my own kitchen too, as you already know about my serious love for travel. I can’t wait to share my recent finds in New York City, Copenhagen and Denmark’s oldest village (8th century!), as well as in Helsinki and the Finnish town of Porvoo. My travel wish-list just keeps growing. Especially with all of your great suggestions along the way. I’m off for the next week or so to travel around the northernmost regions of Portugal (the Minho and Trás-os-Montes) with my trusty translator (= husband). Having just returned from Finland, I’ll have to quickly switch gears from salmon soup, reindeer steaks and crisp rye bread… to Portuguese specialties like caldo verde, pasteis de nata and vinho verde. Then it will be off to Paris for the 15th annual Salon du Chocolat (which begins on October 14th as well) – can’t miss that of course. Berlin, Lyon and London will follow. I’m interested to hear about your travel plans for the fall/winter (or your spring/summer) as well, so keep me posted.
Thanks to the internet, we can pretty much travel wherever and whenever we want. It seems like I discover a new food and/or travel blog every day, their gorgeous photos bringing me along on vicarious voyages to all corners of the globe. Do the same here and take in some sun (and plenty of butter – that would be to salted butter to eat, not cocoa butter for tanning!) on the Emerald Coast of Brittany, or on l’ile du Levant and in Colmar in France. Or explore Venice in Italy, Baden-Baden in Germany, and Rovinj or the Brioni Islands in Croatia. If you’re heading to Germany, you’ll want to have this handy German Menu Decoder in your pocket for sure (I will!). If you’d rather brush up on your knowledge of exotic Balinese fruit, you can do that too. Last but not least, explore my home of Zürich and the surrounding regions of Switzerland. There’s certainly no lack of authentic Swiss villages to discover (Appenzell, Schwyz, Gruyères). If you want to get a little insight about a New Yorker living in Zürich, I revealed (almost) all in an interview here!
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Be sure to let me know what’s baking in your kitchens, and where your travels take you…