Roland gave a Monday talk about disappearing or lost Swiss social traditions and the food that accompanied them. He and Gina Bucher (and a number of guest illustrators and writers), have to date produced eight of 12 ‘Sonntagsfreuden’.

Sonntagsfreuden is a series of small publications, each dedicated to one Swiss tradition. Since almost all the traditions end in a feast, the publications include a selection of recipes.

The tradition of throwing a cat from a church steeple on St Gregor’s day was accompanied by the soup Chatzegschrei – ‘cat’s scream’ – followed by Pizochel mit Krautstiel (dumplings with chard) with stewed apples or Lederapfelschnitze – ‘leather apples’ – and rounded off with the dessert Coupe Denmark.

Snails and badger, which both appear among the recipes, were sadly missing from the evening’s degustation.

Roland in the kitchen with members and guests and his pamphlet series.