Yesterday was a scorching 15°C in Berlin. I could’ve danced with joy all day. I didn’t, but I could have! With Spring comes the arrival of new fruits and vegetables at the market. I ran up to the guy at the fruit market as they were closing and asked ” do you have nectarines?”. They FINALLY did. They weren’t ripe yet, but I was so so so so impatient, so I thought I would bake them with some vanilla and brown sugar at a high heat. It softens them and brings out the natural sugar like a treat!
I have just woken up.. and I have to leave for work in about 10 minutes, so this post is going to be mega MEGA short. But enjoy these – they are so amazing with vanilla ice-cream and I will be back with a more informative post soon!
A couple of weekends ago I was in Freiburg visiting my boyfriend, he was having a reunion with all his friends from around the country. I was the gatecrashing girlfriend, haha, and I loved it! They are all lovely and hilarious- I turned up late on Friday night to find a kitchen full of half drunk guys who were all hyper. Hilarious. One of his friends, Mike, made some delicious banana fritters. Sidenote: DON’T DEEP FRY WHEN YOU ARE DRUNK – I have a scar on my arm from doing that with fish cakes as a student – BIG mistake. Mike’s banana fritters were so quick to make and so delightful, so I thought I would give them a go. Thanks MIKE!
While I was at it I thought: two birds, one stone. So I made banana fritters with chocolate batter and apple fritters with cinnamon batter. Both were amazing and super quick. I had an hour in my lunch break to go home, grab some lunch, buy some apples and bananas, make the batter, do the photos, fry the stuff and have a taste. Which proves to you how simple these are.
Sorry for the slightly uncrisp photos of the final fritters… I was rushing a bit! On the way back to work I forgot to stamp my ticket and got fined. SOOOO annoying. The ubahn controller was even taking the piss out of me a bit – ego definitely bruised. Lesson 1. – always ride with a stamped ticket.
You know that feeling when you wake up on a saturday morning. Head pounding. No water to be seen by the bed. Fully dressed. and think.. oh shit. WHY did I drink so much last night. That’s how I felt on Saturday when I woke up. I went to me friend’s stand up show and the bar had this crazy way of serving wine. In little shot glasses from a jug. I blame that method for my drunkenness – not my own love of wine on a Friday.
Anyway, so I felt the only way to recover was to go and bask in the late morning sun and walk around Berlin. I walked up to the food market by Sudstern station. It is great. I tried some Sardinian specialities there, bought some herbed salt and tasted some homemade pesto. All these things really helped me feel less terrible. Just the buzz of people chatting and munching is enough to uplift anyone. #foodmarketsarethebest
I then met my friend Derya at a cafe that she recommended called Katie’s Blue Cat. It is in the perfect location for a Saturday session of people watching and sun basking. On the corner of Friedelstrasse, just by where the Turkish market on Maybachufer ends, with a clear view of the canal. I got there 10 minutes early and just sat and took it all in. Took some photos of the place and the staff are super friendly and inviting. Normally I feel really awkward when taking photos at restaurants in Berlin because the staff never seem happy about it. But these guys, well they were great. They asked me about when it would be on my blog with enthusiasm and you could tell there was a good team vibe going down in there.
There is a kitchen at the back which constantly gives wafts of new flavours, new things being freshly baked. First it was rhubarb, then it was chocolate.. there is something so cozy about that smell of baking in a cafe. I felt really secure in the fact that what I was eating was fresh and made with love. It’s not a big place, but it has nooks and details to it that are a treat for the eye. This shelf of these wonderful lemonade bottles, cute cards displayed by the coffee machine. The GOLDEN SYRUP they sell there.. and the blue frame of the windows and doors. It has some of that ecleticness that we all love about Berlin cafes but it also has a beautiful and clear look to it, a real identity. If I saw photos of it I’m pretty sure I would guess straight away where it was.
When you live in a city that closes on a Sunday and you want to cook something spontaneous it can be annoying.com. BUT when you casually walk down your street and see that the Turkish supermarket is actually open… it can put a little skip in your step. So as it was a sunny day, I grabbed some blood oranges, grapefruit and limes. Then a touch of mint and some sparkling water. And made these.
Also I wanted to promote the South African supper club at Cafe Futuro in Neukoln which is taking place on Wednesday. 10 euros for a three course meal – super exciting. If you are around, check it out.
I have been wanting to make these cupcakes for ages but I couldnt find the right colour in Berlin. If you are also looking for food colouring in Berlin that actually works and isnt made from some dubious organic alternative, then head up to Cakeville in Prenzlauerberg on Wortherstrasse 23. The cake shop there is amazing with pretty much everything you can ever need. Its a pretty small business so the lady doesnt take card – just cash.
These are actually really easy as long as you get the right tip for your piping bag and you have a really good consistency of butter icing / frosting. The tip i used is a wilton 2D but a 1M is good too. If you have a specialist cake shop that you go to, they should be able to give some good advice on this. It should be a star shaped tip. You just have to start piping from the the centre rather than from the outside and move outwards – see my GIF for visuals!
Anyway, thank god it’s friday again! Once again I am writing this while waiting to use the bathroom to take a shower.. my pesky flatmates are way too good at waking up earlier than my and using it. Mahaha. If you’re reading this guys.. love you really! Speaking of flatmates two of them are doing an open mic stand up tonight in Berlin – super excited to go and support them. Very funny guys! Once they are a bit more famous I will definitely promote their nights on here so any comedy loving Berliners can come for a laugh!
Also – events wise there is going to be a vegetarian South African pop up dinner in Neuköln next wednesday at Cafe Futuro – check out the menu – you get a veritable feast for just 10 euros!
I love a good scone. Being english, I love them with jam and clotted cream. But now that I spend my life obsessively reading food blogs, I thought it was time to mix it up and create a different more flamboyant kind of scone.
I realize, that bready sconey type things are normally not hot (chilli hot), because they are used to complement things with more flavour… well.. screw that. These scones are a bit hot and they are great with just butter.
I ran home at lunch and made these yesterday because the sun was shining and its one of the first real bursts of natural, photography-friendly sunlight that we have had for ages. Every time I see a glimpse of sun this song plays in my head… SUMMMMMER IS COMING and that’s all that gets me through these hideous months of dark dankness. You know when you look up and see the sun… and you can’t believe you have survived the inbetweenness? Hhaa..I am pretty dramatic about it. But dammmmmn did I miss the sun. The song is called “this shit” by Sol. I know he isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.. but I heard someone say, I would “rather be someone’s shot of whisky, than everyone’s cup of tea”. Truee.
Good Morrow, fair food likers. Last week I made my perfect breakfast in bed which was smoothie covered muesli with mango and promised to share the smoothie recipe. Rather than being a recipe.. its more of a “chuck whatever fruit you like in a blender” kinda format. I added some coconut milk too!
Mine had mixed frozen berries, blood orange juice, banana, mango and flaxseed on top.
I like adding a bit of flaxseed because its one of those superfoods. Also know as linseed its full of dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as omega-3.
So, I have always been one of those people who doesn’t eat breakfast and is annoyingly and irrationally proud of it. Mainly because people always say “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and smug people who say things like that and wake up at 7am – seemingly gliding out of bed like some kind of fairytale character into a banquet room of perfectly prepared eggs, coffee and toast… bring out the brattish teenager in me. haha.. can you tell?
Anyway, I have been trying the past few days to get over this – my mum bought me this multi pack of nice mueslis.. so I thought.. just WAKE UP early.. and deal with the first ten minutes of hideous tiredness and make some bloody breakfast. So, this morning I DID IT (… where is my medal?).
I love chocolate. I love it in a pie, in a cake, on a cake, even in a cocktail. I love to eat it in the winter, in the summer when it’s boiling hot and the chocolate sticks to your hands and makes you feel like a little kid again. I like it for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner and constantly inbetween. I even wake up at 4 in the morning most nights and crave it… friends I have lived with have found me scrambling desperately around the kitchen in my pjs, eyes half open looking for the stuff at 4am… the next day they ask me, with a quizzical look “were you sleepwalking last night?”… no. I knew what I was doing. I LOVE CHOCOLATE, mk?
It was my birthday at the weekend and I was back in London. I had a fab time.. even though it was drizzling for a lot of it in true British style! I had lots of delicious recipes planned for this week and tonight I made a delicious grilled seabass marinaded in lots of red chilli, tomato, coriander, ginger and more! However, I am a complete joke. I only went and left my camera charger at home. So when it came to taking photos of it all, my camera just flashed and said “replace battery pack”. SO annoying. Oh well. Continue reading →