About

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of Switzerland’s famous chocolate and cheese. Did you also know that Switzerland loves bread, with over 200 regional varieties? Or that Swiss cuisine includes French, German and Italian influences?

Before moving to French-speaking Switzerland from the United States in 2012, I had very little experience with Swiss food (other than Emmentaler marketed as “Swiss cheese,” of course). Over the years, however, I’ve developed a passion for learning about Swiss cooking and baking.

Cuisine Helvetica is my personal blog where I document and share my experiences as I discover Swiss food, drink and culinary travel opportunities.

Cuisine: in English, “a style of cooking” (Merriam-Webster); in French, “cooking” or “kitchen” (Larousse).

Helvetica: The Latin name for Switzerland; the nation’s official moniker, is Confoederatio Helvetica.

I love cooking, baking, eating and writing. This blog allows me to combine some of my favorite activities. I get to create recipes and research topics that interest me, while getting constructive feedback and learning from others.

In terms of my favorite Swiss foods, there are too many to list here… My favorites change all the time, as I am constantly trying new dishes. Currently, it’s the Bündner Nusstorte.

My goal for Cuisine Helvetica is to share traditional and modern Swiss recipes you can use at home. Along with Swiss recipes, I provide culinary travel recommendations for Switzerland, such as culinary events and regional specialties. Whether you live in Switzerland or are visiting here, I hope this information will help give you a taste of Swiss cuisine and culture.

While I’m absolutely not a professionally trained chef, I previously developed and shared allergy-friendly recipes via my former blog, Dairy-Free Switzerland. Now that my youngest son has thankfully outgrown all of his food allergies, I feel extremely lucky to be cooking again with ingredients that used to be forbidden, such as milk, eggs and almonds.

As well as writing for my own blog, I am a contributor to Newly Swissed, an online magazine about Switzerland that covers the latest trends in Swiss culture, design, events, tourism and more. You’ll also find my articles via Laces, a trail running blog from Run the Alps, where I’m a staff writer and editor. In addition, I have written articles for Blog CFF (in English and French) and Swissinfo.ch. To learn more about my published work, please check out my portfolio. If you would like to contact me about writing an article for your publication, please send me an email.

If you have a Swiss recipe or regional food to recommend, or suggestions for restaurants, culinary events or travel, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Many thanks for visiting my blog, and let’s keep in touch!

-Heddi

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Hiking the trail of the VullyRun in 2015

13 replies »

  1. Congratulations on the new blog! Looking forward to following along and seeing your beautiful photography, as well. Also, can’t wait to see you in person!

  2. So glad to find you! My heritage is Swiss and I learned to cook a few things from my Grandfather (my grandmother died before I was born). Polenta was a staple, since he was from Donat, Graubunden. He made perlanas and maluns. I love to cook, as do my cousins in Switzerland. This is going to be fun!

    • Hi Diane! You are very kind. Hope you’re having a great weekend. I enjoyed seeing the graduation photos on Facebook. You all look great. Many thanks, and best wishes, xo

  3. There, I finally clicked on your blog. Been limiting myself to your instagram feed for a while and I am happy to be reading more of your Swiss finds through this blog, and woah, it`s in English¨! (I’m still working on my French) This is Jen by the way and I go by @dyempol in instagram. would be really happy to read more about your culinary adventures.

    • Hi Jen! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Yes, I’m still working on my French too… Via my blog, I provide a weekly listing of culinary events, so if you hear of anything in your area, please don’t hesitate to let me know! Look forward to keeping in touch. Many thanks, and hope you’re enjoying this beautiful day! -Heddi

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