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Re: Cooking for Swiss family...what to make?

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Well we checked what they don't like.....Onions and Garlic!!! WTF.....!!
Are they British or Swiss?
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Old 01.09.2011, 21:12
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Fish - most people here around only know in the form of "Fisch Knusperli mit Tartar-Sauce" (disgusting).
What's disgusting about it? Actually, I quite like them!

But, I normally eat my fish raw, in ceviche, fried (fritto misto), or grilled (or steamed in the case of lobster, though grilled is also good).

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Old 01.09.2011, 21:36
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Re: Cooking for Swiss family...what to make?

Serve anything that has cheese, bread and butter with lots of jars of Aromat on the table...
Your OH should know what they like if they are his family surely?
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Old 01.09.2011, 22:19
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Re: Cooking for Swiss family...what to make?

We've entertained many Swiss people over the years and have never, ever worried about what to serve them. The only possible criterion would be not to make it too spicy (my wife is a dab hand at curries). We've never had anyone turn their noses up or refused to eat it.
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Old 01.09.2011, 22:34
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Re: Cooking for Swiss family...what to make?

I'm Swiss, and the amount of cliches in all these posts makes me chuckle

I'm inviting friends over for dinner Saturday evening, and I'm planning to cook some émincé de veau sauce morille with pasta, and a gratin de courgettes (zucchini).
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Old 01.09.2011, 22:50
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Re: Cooking for Swiss family...what to make?

Well, since it's "that time of month", girlfriend wanted bloody (literally) horse steaks, with a side of risotto, and a tomato/buffalo salad.

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Old 01.09.2011, 23:31
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I'm Swiss, and the amount of cliches in all these posts makes me chuckle

I'm inviting friends over for dinner Saturday evening, and I'm planning to cook some émincé de veau sauce morille with pasta, and a gratin de courgettes (zucchini).
Without wishing to sound rude, you have just confirmed another cliche and really confirmed what this thread is about.

But I'm sure it will taste wonderful.
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Old 02.09.2011, 13:49
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Re: Cooking for Swiss family...what to make?

No onions or garlic?!!

Well that rules out most things.

Don't forget lots of fresh bread. And make your own salad dressing - they can smell the bottled stuff from miles away. My in laws always plonked the migros stuff on the table. But at my house expected everything from scratch - excluding onions and garlic of course.

Raclette, is the only thing I can think of. Easy if you are going to be late arriving. And good for conversation.
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Old 02.09.2011, 13:51
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Don't forget lots of fresh bread. And make your own salad dressing - they can smell the bottled stuff from miles away.
..and the smallest wine glasses you can possibly get your hands on. The good ol' Britsh bucket of wine doesn't go down too well in Europe.
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Re: Cooking for Swiss family...what to make?

God, those little thimble things in Vaud kill me.
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Re: Cooking for Swiss family...what to make?

A meal that is best taken cold.

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Old 02.09.2011, 15:32
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Re: Cooking for Swiss family...what to make?

I know it's an American thing, but it's always been a big hit with any Swiss visitor I've had: Roast Turkey with sweet potatoes, peas, gravy, cranberry sauce (OK Preiselber jam is a good sub), and a salad. Follow up with pumpkin pie. Best results if you brine the Turkey in a salt/sugar/spice solution in a bucket for 24 hours first. I guess for a UK person it might seem just wrong.
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Re: Cooking for Swiss family...what to make?

This is not America.*

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I know it's an American thing, but it's always been a big hit with any Swiss visitor I've had: Roast Turkey with sweet potatoes, peas, gravy, cranberry sauce (OK Preiselber jam is a good sub), and a salad. Follow up with pumpkin pie. Best results if you brine the Turkey in a salt/sugar/spice solution in a bucket for 24 hours first. I guess for a UK person it might seem just wrong.
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Without wishing to sound rude, you have just confirmed another cliche and really confirmed what this thread is about.

But I'm sure it will taste wonderful.
Just because I'm not able to cook something more exotic with my limited culinary abilities doesn't mean I wouldn't like it if it was cooked for me
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Old 02.09.2011, 15:42
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I know it's an American thing, but it's always been a big hit with any Swiss visitor I've had: Roast Turkey
Roast Turkey is OK, but Turducken is a much bigger hit!

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..which is why the Swiss like it...it's like Hollywood coming to them.
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Re: Cooking for Swiss family...what to make?

Whatever it is, tell them it's chicken. We all know everything tastes like chicken. Strange I have never seen pheasant in the Migro, but I know a couple of parrots.
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Re: Cooking for Swiss family...what to make?

Gawd... I like this thread. Thanks for making me laugh. All those clichés which all have an all too true core.... We Swiss sure are weird. Sometimes.

@darkhorsedrea: you HAVE to tell us what you made. Please, please, please. I'm dying to know what's the outcome of this thread. Hopefully, not only total confusion, frustration and a decision for a cold Swiss dinner, aka "bread and cheese".
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Old 02.09.2011, 16:06
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Whatever it is, tell them it's chicken. We all know everything tastes like chicken. Strange I have never seen pheasant in the Migros
Well, they often have it in Manor (or can order it if not).

Doesn't taste like chicken, though.

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Just because I'm not able to cook something more exotic with my limited culinary abilities doesn't mean I wouldn't like it if it was cooked for me
I wasn't having a dig at your cooking skills but I have to say that your post, and you being Swiss, and the fact the meal you cooked is one of those in the five things that you see on Swiss restaurant menus doesn't do much to allay the stereotype of what a Swiss person eats.

Sorry.
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