Clean eating menu for the week

Trying to eat a minimum of four planned clean meals per week. Challenging to find the recipes that inspire me AND then make the shopping list. THEN do the shopping. And all the while, Mpants only likes salami and cucumber, plain pasta, and apples. The rest of us are more adventurous. Here is my first week in brief (I only plan one meal a day, we just figure out the rest):
Monday: Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti with Buttery Kale
Tuesday: Minestrone soup with parmesan broth & basil swirl – March 2017 Clean Eating magazine, pg 56
Wednesday:  Beef & black bean chili
Thursday: Cauliflower fried rice (thanks Bobbi), and grilled chicken breast
Friday: café complete with smoked salmon from Norway (on sale at the supermarket)

I’ll build that

Last night, I read Mpants the infamous “Cat-in-the-Hat” by Dr. Seuss for his bedtime story. We got through the mischevious cat and everything that he can do. We got through Thing One and Thing Two. I told him those two little things reminded me of him and his brother. Running through the house. Total destruction in their wake, like two self-contained tornados.

We get to the page where the Cat-in-the-Hat comes back to pick up the mess.

I mention: “Wow, wouldn’t it be great if I had a picker-upper like that? All those hands. It would be so easy to pick things up.”

Mpants looks at me and says earnestly: “Mummy. You buy the parts. I will build that picker-upper for you.”

Swiss cheese conspiracy

fondueEven if fondue is a Swiss national culture and food dish–it is not on my list of favourites. When I first moved here, a friend had us over for raclette (on a sunny, fall, Sunday afternoon–so it we took our time). It was a 7-hour raclette party. 7-hours!

My husband mistakenly took me for fondue the next day.  I could not possibly eat any more cheese! And, subsequently, it took many years before I could have raclette OR fondue more than once a year.

Also, with fondue, there is the whole sharing-the-main-pot-with-people-you-do-not-normally-share-bodily-fluids-with. Nope. Fondue is definitely not up there on my favourite food list.

So, I loved discovering this podcast about the Swiss cheese cartel and a conspiracy to make these cheese dishes a national pastime.

Go on. Find 15 minutes to have a listen. Discover how fondue wasn’t an accident. It was planned by a cartel of Swiss cheese makers, who ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years. Not intentionally, of course. Well-meaning, well-intentioned, folks decided not to compete in order to keep the Swiss economy alive after WWI and WWII.

Now, I have to go find some of that rebel cheesemaker’s cheese.

Boss Beer in Bossonnens


I was driving home from the déchetterie and I saw a sign for Boss Beer. “Ooooooooo,” I think. “Craft beer. A NEW craft beer.” Have you seen it? Have you tried it? Do you like it? I do. Although—I am a bit biased, because I can see the facility from my living room. Go Bossonnens!

I can’t tell you what I like about it. I think I like it because it’s too not heavy. It’s not too light. It is very balanced. Later, I when I found a moment, I went back the brewery to ask a few questions. I met Trix Wenger, wife, partner, and co-founder of Boss Beer.

Why & when did you start brewing beer?
My husband studied to be a winemaker. We have a small business that sells equipment and technology to the drinks business (wine, cider, juice). He wanted to start something where he would use his creativity, his training, but not make wine. He thought that it was an ideal time to start a brewery. We released our first beer in May (2016).

What beers do you produce?
Currently, we produce a light beer, a blonde beer: Teysachaux. It is a fresh, rich beer with a hint of malt. Nicely balanced. However, we are releasing our second beer, a darker one, but equally as balanced. No name yet. We are releasing it the last weekend of November.

What is your total production?
About 50 000 bottles (Teysachaux). We don’t know yet for the new beer.

Where do you sell it? 
Various restaurants and pubs in the region (check here). But, mainly from our business in Bossonnens and our beer club.

Tell me about your beer club
It is a club we thought would help launch the beer. Mainly, there are two levels of membership:

  • 200 CHF: 42 bottles, t-shirt, and 10% on any more beer purchases)
  • 500 CHF: 105 bottles, 2 t-shirts, and invites to special events and tastings for 2 people, plus 10% on any more beer — over the 105 bottles

When you have time, come out and try Boss Beer. Contact details below.


Boss Beer website, Boss Beer on Facebook, Route de l'industrie 36, 1615 Bossonnens,+41 21 947 36 36

Is it pretty Mummy?

“Is it pretty Mummy?” Mpants asks as I survey the living room they have decorated with three rolls of toilet paper.

He looks so earnest and asks again: “Is it pretty?”

“It’s lovely sweetie. Thank you.”