Chilling with Chicory

Bitter winter leaves: three chicory recipes

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Green Saucery

Must be on account of the endless, unrelenting grey of recent days but I can’t stop making this brilliant green sauce: 100g of green leaves (preferably edible), blanched, blended, creamed and lightly thickened with cornflour – the sauce takes about 9 minutes from start to finish. Serve with pasta, or chicken breasts or the kind… Continue reading Green Saucery

L’Auberge de l’Ill: Love it for Lunch

There are loads of reasons for loving living in Alsace. One of them is that we can nip up to the Auberge de l’Ill in Illhauesern once in a while for lunch. Why lunch? Two – no, three – good reasons: first, Illhauesern is a bit far from us for dinner. Second, they do a… Continue reading L’Auberge de l’Ill: Love it for Lunch

Where to Eat in Basel? Restaurant Oliv

Eating out in Basel is all too often a dispiriting experience: over-priced, uninspired (there must be more to life than lamb’s lettuce/Nüsslisalat with chopped hard-boiled egg and/or bacon) and at times downright frosty (‘Hä’nd Sie reserviert?‘, barked at you by way of a welcome, when the place is half empty…). So when people ask me… Continue reading Where to Eat in Basel? Restaurant Oliv

Taking the Fear out of Fish

Last week a group came with a special request for a workshop with a fishy focus. This is the one where we go the day before to the fish counter of the local supermarket, armed with an inventory/list of loads of different seafood (names in English, French and German to cover all local eventualities), so… Continue reading Taking the Fear out of Fish