What I'm cooking today: Spring vegetable lemon basil pasta (+ weekend at Lake Constance)
Happy Summer! Even though I'm always over-heating, I much prefer sunshine and warm weather to cold and snow. And the weather here has been super. We had another public holiday last Thursday, so I was able to spend a long weekend with my Dad and his girlfriend (who just finished their 2-week tour of Europe).
We met up with them in Constance, which is a lovely lake town right on the German/Swiss border (about an hour and a half from Luzern). It's super popular this time of year, so we actually weren't able to find accommodation within the city, but it actually was for the best. We ended up staying in Gottlieben, which is just the CUTEST village, on the Swiss side and directly on the Rhine river. Our hotel was adorable and all the surrounding villages were as charming and quaint as can be. We drove 10 minutes away to Ermatingen on the last night, which was a little bigger and just as cute as Gottlieben. The local fisherman's festival was going on and I could totally picture myself living there!
The whole area is really nice and on Friday we took a Catamaran boat ride across Lake Constance to Friedrichshafen, home of the Zeppelin museum. It was actually pretty cool and they let you walk inside a full-scale replica of the Hindenberg. On Sunday, we drove to St. Gallen to visit the famous Abbey Cathedral and it's historic baroque library. The library looks like it is straight out of Harry Potter and houses over 150,000 books - with some manuscripts dating back to the 8th century it's the oldest collection in Switzerland. If you look closely at the photo I took of it, you can see the librarian in the background yelling at me since photos are forbidden. Oops.
Anyway, on to food! Whenever we travel, I actually get really sick of dining out pretty quickly. So it was nice to come home and prepare some healthy meals.
This recipe is a great option for a summer night, with lots of fresh veggies in a yummy lemon basil sauce. I actually find peeling and slicing vegetables to be quite therapeutic after a long day at work. It's one of those mindless tasks that help me relax, so I don't mind at all preparing such a dinner. Asparagus is no longer in season here (it's pretty impossible to buy out-of-season vegetables in Switzerland, which I kind of love, because it means you're only eating fresh and locally grown food), so I used green beans instead. And although I usually try to avoid pasta (or eat gluten-free versions), this was homemade from a friend, so obviously worth indulging in! Enjoy!