A Swiss Foodie Christmas Song

December is here and with it the by the Swiss much loved Vorwiehnachtsziit (lit. pre-Christmas time). During this Vorwienachtsziit I’d like to introduce you to some traditional, food-related Swiss Christmas things. First up is Andrew Bond, a musician who’s dearly loved by Swiss children and adults alike. He makes children’s songs but they’re so good […]

All Swiss Tarts At A Glance

Friday is Wähentag (tart day) in Switzerland. It’s not that common anymore these days with people’s modern eating habits but you can still find lots of bakeries across Switzerland advertising Friday as Wähentag, often selling an impressive variation of sweet and salty tarts – usually large ones cut into 10-15 individually sold slices. The origin […]

Ovomaltine, a tin of Swiss history

‘Mit Ovomaltine chasches nöd besser, aber länger’ (lit. ‘With Ovomaltine you can’t do it better, but longer’) is a tagline every Swiss is familiar with. It is, in fact, the most famous of all product taglines in Switzerland acording to the Swiss market research study of the year 2014. Another famous one is ‘Häsch Dini […]

Landdienst: a Swiss tradition

For the generations of my grand-parents, parents and myself who was born in the late 1970ies, Landdienst was an expression every teenager knew. For most of today’s teenagers, this word probably doesn’t mean anything anymore. Landdienst (lit. agriculture service) means working on a farm for a few weeks, preferrably in spring or autumn when most […]

The Veg Cooperative: The Summer Harvest

It’s summer and the vegetable season is in full swing. April was mostly early produce such as carrots, beetroot, last year’s potatoes, radish and Swiss chard. While we got told May would bring lots of exciting spring produce, this rather small range of varieties continued until early June and eventually the weekly batches became quite […]