Ghackets und Hörnli
When my Canadian friends were invited for dinner, my mum made this crowd-pleaser, which we’d refer to as Swiss Hamburger Helper.
All tagged carrots
The word spätzle (spätzli in Switzerland) literally means 'little sparrows', perhaps describing the shape. The similar knöpfli, which uses the same batter but is formed in a little ball, is the diminutive word for 'buttons' in German.
Perfect over pasta...or just by the bowlful.
Many years ago I received a compliment at a potluck dinner. 'Your carrot cake is better than my mom's.' I smiled, whispered 'thank you', and tried to avoid eye contact with the mom in question for the rest of the evening. I should have told everyone that that particular carrot cake was a pretty straightforward copy of a Canadian Living recipe, with a little bit of booze and mixed spice thrown in for colour. Oh well.
A Swiss classic, I remember my mum's Rüeblitorte (carrot cake) fondly. She never iced it, so I always felt like I could eat it for breakfast. I asked her to send me her recipe, and she ended up sending both hers and my grandmother's. Rather than decide between the two, I diplomatically amalgamated them and came up with the following.