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“Who doesn’t honor the Rappen isn’t worth the Franken”
Swiss Proverb

I’m not one to pass up a penny on the ground. If I were in Switzerland, I suppose I’d pick up a Rappen with the same thrifty care as any penny on our soil (Rappen are like Swiss Pennies).

Apparently, I’m not alone. Enough Swiss people feel the same way, that they came up with the proverb at the top of this post: “Who doesn’t honor the Rappen isn’t worth the Franken” (100 Rappen make up a Franken).

But this proverb isn’t really about money. This is about the seemingly unimportant details of our lives that we overlook in the hustle and bustle of day to day living.

But these little details ARE important.

So much so, that the Swiss tell us, if we don’t take the time to care for the small things in life, we aren’t worth the big.

So what ‘Rappen’ have you been ignoring lately? Is it time to pick it up and give it some attention?

And while we’re at it, can a bite of Fondue help? How about Swiss Carrot Cake?

All recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week.

Swiss Fondue [Recipe]

Have a hunk of bread that needs some lovin’? What about boiled fingerling potatoes? Dip them in our fondue, an ooey gooey blend of Gruyere and Emmentalier, melted with a happy slosh of white wine and a punch of garlic.

Almond Carrot Cake | Aargauer Rüeblitorte [Recipe]

This is not your grandma’s carrot cake. Unless you happen to be from Switzerland. Aargauer Rüeblitorte  is everything fluffy, light and airy, with the haunting addition of ground almonds and lemon glaze. P.S. This cake knows that everything is better with marzipan carrots. In case you were wondering.

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Comments

  1. So true, we must stop and honor the Rappen… more than we do. I try to remind myself about that every day!

  2. That carrot cake is already calling my name…. sounds very interesting, and I don’t think I ever had anything like it

    Now, fondue… well, brings wonderful memories of some evenings in Paris……

  3. Melinda says:

    Wow! I had forgotten about the carrot cake! I was an exchange student in Switzerland. Those marzipan carrots were a big deal with my host mom. She wouldn’t serve a naked cake without those carrots!

  4. Just bought a fondue pot! Can’t wait to try!!

  5. anxiously awaiting . . . . .especially for the carrot cake!!

  6. Kim Porter says:

    The older I get, the more I appreciate proverbs like that of the rappen. Thank you for the reminder today to take notice of what’s important.

  7. From a different region with a similar proverb: in Arabic it is said that one *dirhum* needs 10 *dirhums* of sense
    Even the small sums should be respected

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