I’ve spent some time searching for a list of places for you guys to spend this New Year’s in Berlin. Variety is key, so Mary and I made sure to include something glamorous and lavish, relaxed and romantic, casual and delicious, and as much as we could in between.
Usually, this is a blog about food that is prepared for you instead of by you. But I’m about to make an exception for a very good reason: Luisa Weiss aka The Wednesday Chef has published a new book called “Classic German Baking” and it’s a true beauty inside and out – an extensive collection of traditional German baking recipes, tried and tested, and adapted to the non-German reader. I visited her in her home to test one recipe with her, that’s very important to me. It’s a German christmas cookie staple, super delicious, and surprisingly easy to make: Spekulatius.
How does this sound for your Saturday breakfast: poached egg, bacon, haricot beans with leek, kale and herbs, haloumi-parsnip fritters, Persian saffron shakshuka with black beans, marinated chickpeas, saffron hollandaise, charmoula marinated beets? Because, yes! It’s that time of the year again! Das Brunch is back with their lavish morning food feast, this time in Neukölln, with a better menu than ever, plus all of it is benefiting the host, Sharehaus Refugio! And an extra special super goodie courtesy of yours truly.
Drum Roll please! First, I want to give a shout out to everyone who showed up to help us and the team of Burgers & Hip Hop celebrate the third birthday. The day was cold, but inside Prince Charles we hung out and dined on our picnic tables like it was summer. Huge thanks to the Tatas’ Muffle stand (recall: mix between muffin and waffle) who made the whole room smell sweet and buttery. The white Glühwein too, with a slice of apple and orange (optional: extra shot of bourbon but #youdoyou), kept our hands warm as we waited in line for this year’s burgers. Speaking of which, BURGERS…
I’m working on making this one a tradition: going out of Berlin on an Ausflug to Brandenburg, hiking through the forests and meadows to return and have a Chinese dinner with friends. All happening preferable on a Sunday late afternoon, so there’s enough time in the day to still do loads of nothing when I come home, which is very important for my weekend routine. Lucky me, many places in Berlin cater to those in need of a spicy feast, and this is one of my favs, especially because they serve a delicious gluten cake with mushrooms and peanuts, and a great plate of fried aubergine.