Roesti, potatoes with a twist


Roesti (read other things about roesti) or Swiss hash browns, is a traditional Swiss dish which is mainly made of potatoes and was once eaten mostly in Bern but is now served all overSwitzerland. It often is used to accompany spinach and fried eggs.

To make you will need 1 pound large baking potatoes, 1 tablespoon salt, 3 1/2 ounces smoked bacon, thinly sliced, vertically, 3 1/2 ounces onion, diced, 1 sprig thyme, 3 1/2 ounces mushrooms, diced, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 ouncesbutter, and 6 slices Gruyere.

To prepare boil the potatoes in their skins for 20 minutes, drain, and cool and peel. Use a cheese grater to grate them into a large mixing bowl and add salt. In a frying pan, sauté the bacon and onions, add the thyme leaves and mushrooms and cook until soft. Combine with the potatoes and mix being careful not to mash them too much.

Heat oil in a frying pan and add 3 or 4 spoonfuls of the mixture then use a spatula to flatten. Brown it over a high heat. When the bottom side is cooked flip it over. Repeat with remaining potato mixture. Place 1/2 tablespoon of butter and a slice of Gruyere on both sides and melt under a hot grill.


Zurich, city by the lake


Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and sits at the edge of Lake Zurich (read here more info about the lake) and sits high in the Swiss Alps.

Lindenhof is the city’s historic and geographic centre. The city is a hub of finance for both Switzerland and other countries in the world.

Places to visit include the Zurich Museum of Art, which holds the largest collections of classic modern art in the world; Swiss National Museum which has exhibits on the cultural; and historical background of the country; Rietberg MuseumMuseum of DesignTram Museum, and Guild Houses located along the Limmat River.

Three important churches to visit include the GrossmunsterFraumunster, and St. Peterwhich has the largest church clock face in Europe.

Cultural activities in Zurich include the Zurich Film Festival which is an important upcoming international film festival staged annually. The city is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic and is served by the Zurich Airport and theZurich Hauptbahnhof which is the largest in Switzerland.

Switzerland is famous for its cheese and fondue is a traditional dish of the country. Adler’s Swiss Chuchi serves both fondue and raclette which is melted cheese with ham and potatoes. Sternen Grill is the city’s most famoussausage stand which also serves vegetarian options.


Bond parachutist dies

Mark Sutton, the stuntman who parachuted into the stadium dressed as James Bond during the 2012 Olympic Games in London has died in a freak accident in Switzerland.

The 42 year old Sutton died while wingsuit flying on Wednesday, August 14 in the town of Martigny in the Swiss Alps near the border with France. Police said it appeared that Sutton died after crashing into a ridge of rock.

The stuntman was one of the 20 top wingsuit pilots in the world who had been invited to participate in a non-competitive gathering of similar pilots who are filmed as they jump from helicopters. The accident happened on the first day after several successful jumps had already been made.

The stuntman jumped from the helicopter at an altitude over 10,000 feet.

Sutton and another jumper flew close to the mountainside in the Valais region and were supposed to land close to the village of Le Peuty.

Sutton stirred up the London Games Opening Ceremony as part of a stunt featuring Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig as Bond. Craig reprised his role up to the point of the jump flying into the Stadium as Sutton as Bond parachuted in.