Apricot & goat's cheese salad

August is apricot month here in Switzerland. Luckily, we got back from Ireland just in time to enjoy the last few weeks of the bounty. For some reason, this year, the apricot catapulted to the top of the fruit charts in our household. Having turned their noses up at them last year, my kids couldn’t get enough of them this summer. I can see why – it’s such a beautiful, dainty fruit. Velvety skin, pretty hues of orange and red, delicate scent, handy size, easy to eat – it has a lot going for it! Continue reading

barnacle photos, tomato salad with ginger dressing

Seeing as how it’s Switzerland’s national day today (August 1st), I thought I’d choose something red to write about … and seeing as how I’m currently back home on Inishbofin and my father’s polytunnel is positively bursting with tomatoes, I figured tomatoes it would be.

It’s a sight to behold – plant after plant, truss upon truss, laden with these vibrantly coloured strings of pearls. Green, yellow, orange and red. All racing to be the first to ripen. And that unmistakable scent of homegrown tomatoes. Heaven! Continue reading