Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Glaciers in Evolene

Sunny day and meeeeelting glacier water! From the valley fields bursting with flowers awaiting happy cows, we walked up as far as we could to see the Ferpecle Glacier and Mont Miné Glacier.

The moon was still over us as we started out!
What a view, what a day. We got our feet a bit wet in some places. It is increadible to witness all this melting!
Will the Mont Miné Glacier still be visible in 20 years? As we came around the corner a huge peice came crashing off the left side of it. Scaring us from going to close.
The moraines on the sides are completely powdery and difficult to walk on. A very fragile environment indeed...
La Dent Blanche and the Borgne de Ferpecle gushing with silt, giving the river a fascinating color.
Picnic time! And sunscreen time!
The flowery cow fields! We wandered through one that had flowers up to my armpits! I felt like a real troll in Heidiland here!
Evolène is really a Swiss postcard!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wild foraging in the Alps

How great a feeling to pick your own "apéro" out of a field at 1800 meters with a bunch of people who only know what a dandilion and a tulip are!

And the final touch is decorating it all with wildflowers!

Dandilion flowers
Wild spinach
Tastes like.....uuhhh, well it is hard to say really, which is another fun aspect! Naming tastes is really tough! Yummy!
We had some groovy alpenhorns to help us cut everything up and prepare it on a yummy local bread.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Cooking with flowers

So much fun to pick flowers in the garden and dry them to use when the garden is covered in snow later on!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sirop au bourgeons de sapin. Epicéa

The Norwegian Spruce is the key to the magic of our Swiss healthy alpine air!

The famous "bourgeons de sapins"  come from the épicéa. They are picked now in the Spring.
Pick the green fresh ones and put them in a jar with sugar and let the jar sit in the sun all summer. The humidity and heat will melt it into a beautiful sticky mess. But when you filter out the pine needles you get a wonderful concoction!
Here it is in the jar now, alongside the sirup from last year. It is used to soothe sore throats and is super yummy on ice cream or in yogurts!