“Is Betty Bossi the Swiss answer to the American Betty Crocker?” I asked myself when I first encountered Betty Bossi products and recipes in a Swiss supermarket. I was pretty surprised when I learned that this was actually the case. “Not very creative”, I thought, “and also very similar”. Both Bettys are fictional characters, creations by resourceful companies. While the American Betty was invented to give responses to customer product questions a name (and face), the Swiss Betty was promoting the use of margarine through simple recipes. By now Betty Bossi has evolved into a successful Swiss imperium selling cookbooks […]Read more →
Citrus fruits and I – that’s a love-hate relationship. Freshly squeezed orange juice makes my day, mandarin smoothie is a great snack in between, I love lime juice but I probably do not eat more than five oranges or mandarins as a whole per season. I love the taste of orange or lemon in baked goods, so these blood-orange madeleines are a great way to bring some citrus into my life. And the cardamom makes them even more special, have a try.Read more →
I went to the movies the other day to watch “The secret life of Walter Mitty”, a movie mostly set and entirely filmed in Iceland. I was not sure if I should watch it, but the fact that the movie was set in Iceland made my decision easy. Normally this would not be worth a mention here on S&C, but:
Iceland stands for …Read more →
What would Vienna be without Sachertorte, the Viennese chocolate cake? It belongs to the city the same way the white Lipizzan horses of the Spanish riding school, the Wiener Schnitzel or the Wiener Musikverein do.
The Original Sachertorte was first created in the traditional …Read more →
“London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down, my fair Lady”
Singing along this old English nursery rhyme in my first English lessons in kindergarten, the London Bridge has kept in my mind all the years. Much more than the Tower bridge, which is – nowadays at least – the much more impressive neighbor just to the west along the Thames river. But the London Bridge has been …Read more →
“Was, schon wiiiiiiiiieder Kaffee?” (“Coffee agaaaain?”) – This or similar was my reaction as a child when my parents wanted to take a break in a coffee place during traveling. A popsicle on the run was enough to keep me going most of the time (outside meal hours) and there was always so much more to explore. So why take the time and sit down?Read more →
Good bread makes me feel at home. Anywhere. No wonder that my breakfast generally consists of bread. I love to start my day, especially on Sunday, with freshly baked bread from the local bakery around the corner. Multi-grain bread with a lot of seeds, baguette, ciabatta, you name it…Read more →
Like last year, I have the impression that this year also went by like a whirlwind, my inner clock tells me 2013 went by even faster than 2012.
2013 started for me at one of the southern most places in the world, …Read more →