Traditional beam scale and tin bucket, Basel market, Switzerland

Sampling strawberries

A stroll through Basel’s Marktplatz on Saturday just about turned me into a fruitarian. From leafy greens to apricots piled high and yellow in...
Strawberry-rhubarb tartlettes

Rhubarb–Red, tart and tasty

As spring launches a wave of color into the markets around Basel, the vibrant hue of rhubarb demands my attention. Rhabarba (rhubarb) is onstage...
Nettle terrine, La Couronne d’Or in Leyman, Alsace, France

Nettlesome Spring

‘Annoying’, ‘vexatious’, ‘irritating’, ‘teasing’—Spring this year is all of these things. After a few glorious weeks of forsythia, daffodils and crocuses, came the rains,...
Fricktaler Chriesiwäg (Frick Valley cherry trail), Switzerland

Along the Frick Valley’s cherry trail

The Fricktaler Chriesiwäg (Frick Valley cherry trail) is a family-friendly introduction to an easygoing landscape. Last week, I sampled its virtues just in the...
Tulip magnolia, Mainau Island, Lake Constance (Bodensee), Germany

One perfect day on the Bodensee

Last Saturday, I packed sunscreen and a camera and joined an organized group outing to Mainau Island, Germany's "flower island" on Lake Constance (a.k.a....
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