Month: June 2015

Panorama from Monte Generoso

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travel

The panorama of Monte Generoso comes from a vintage brochure from 31 October, 1949. The brochure date is so specific because it also contained a timetable for the train. In 1949 it seems as though the train made two journeys up and two journeys down the monte everyday. The fare from Capolago to Generoso Vetta (return) was Swiss Fr. 8.25. The current price is SFr.39. They also had a surcharge for luggage – SFr.8.70 per […]

Baking Anzac biscuits

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cooking / food / recipe

What are Anzac biscuits? Only one of the simplest biscuits to bake! And I say biscuits, because there are no cookies in Australia. These biscuits are associated with the Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) from the First World War. However research shows that there were no Anzac biscuits at Gallipoli. Possibly the Western Front, but maybe not. Biscuits fed to the troops were more often than not in the form of a ship biscuit, sometimes called hardtack, or Anzac […]

A trek up Monte Generoso

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railway / travel

There are many mountains in the Swiss Alps, the mountain range which stretches through the middle of Europe. Some of them, like Pilatus, have some form of  transport which allows access to summit, be it by railway, funicular, cable car or gondola. Pilatus has the worlds steepest cogwheel railway. Many, like Pilatus, Rigi, and Säntis are quite famous, others are more undiscovered. South of the alps there are numerous unfrequented valleys, and untrodden peaks. Often called the Rigi of […]

Älplermagronen – or Macaroni from the Alps

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A recipe that is well loved in our household is a classic dish from the Swiss Alps – Älplermagronen. One could call it a Swiss version of the ubiquitous “macaroni and cheese”. This version of the dish involves frying pasta with Appenzeller cheese, and topping with sautéd onions and applesauce. Some people will consider the following recipe quite strange, because of the applesauce. The type of pasta is important here. Some recipes use pasta like penne, however this is not really the right kinda […]

A *great* choc-chip cookie book

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book review / cooking / food

There are lots of recipes for chocolate chip cookies. There are few books dedicated just to chocolate-chip cookies. My daughter received this book, “Chocolate Chip Cookies: Dozens of Recipes for Reinterpreted Favorites“, written by Carey Jones, and Robyn Lenzi and photographed by Antonis Achilleos (Chronicle Books). I have been baking cookies from the book for the past six months. Normally when a recipe makes a claim about being “soft” or “chewy”, one has to take this […]