With the arrival of a new year comes a chance to reinvent old practices and embrace new traditions.
Often, this process of setting goals and resolutions, involves some way of eating better or healthier. If you’ve decided to eat more organic, eat more vegetables, or even eat more fruit (like I have…), then turn to Farmy for your culinary needs.
Farmy is a Swiss start-up committed to "strengthening farmers and small producers in Swiss regions." They offer delivery services to nearly every corner of the country. In the online shop, you can choose among freshly harvested products including fruits, vegetables, bread, dairy, meat and specialty seasonal fare - all grown and produced in Switzerland.
The farm-fresh and organic products arrive at your door the next day, meaning you will be receiving food in its finest state.
Looking through the variety of delicacies available on Farmy, it can be hard to narrow down a single menu or two. For a cozy pasta dinner at home with my husband, I decided to order the following:
- Handmade ricotta ravioli from Valais
- Sun-dried tomato pesto from Nudelwerkstatt in Wetzikon
- Smoked lamb sausage and pancetta from Metzgerei Berchtold in Rotkreuz (Note: I ended up reserving the lamb sausage for another special night)
Everything arrived in an airtight insulated bag with an ice pack to maintain a cool atmosphere.
I combined the goodies from Farmy with a few ingredients I had at home: Minced garlic, sliced mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, torn basil and freshly grated parmesan cheese. I sautéed and stirred my way to an easy and delicious meal at home that was both fresh and organic.
Recipe for Ravioli di Ricotta à la Pesto Rosso with Bacon, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms
Step 1: Add olive oil to a medium pan and warm over medium heat. Add pancetta to pan and cook until it turns brown and fat has rendered. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
Step 2: Add mushrooms to pan and let sauté until they have lost most their moisture and begin to turn brown. Note: Try to leave mushrooms undisturbed for several minutes at a time to avoid steaming them. This whole process should take between 7 and 10 minutes.
Step 3: Add garlic and stir for one minute. Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and allow them to warm through.
Step 4: Meanwhile, heat a pot of water on the stove. Once boiling, add a generous amount of salt and then add the fresh ravioli. Let cook for 2-4 minutes, or until all ravioli have risen to the top of the water. Reserve one cup of cooking liquid to add to sauce if desired. Drain pasta, but do not rinse.
Step 5: Add pancetta back to pan with mushrooms and tomatoes. Add one heaping tablespoon (or more, depending on taste) of pesto to the pan, and a small splash of pasta water to help thin the sauce out.
Step 6: Add pasta to pan and stir gently to combine ingredients. Plate ingredients in a shallow bowl and add basil and Parmesan to garnish, serving more cheese at the table because you know you want to.
On chilly days, I want nothing more than a big bowl of comfort food. And Farmy delivered some seriously tasty ingredients to make my winter dreams come true.
(Disclaimer: Farmy.ch has provided a complimentary bag of farm-fresh goodies for the purpose of this review.)
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