Wildcamp Foraging Weekend in Brandenburg

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Jonathan Hamnett runs “Wildcamp” weekends in the wilds of Brandenburg outside of Berlin, which are kind of like a reset button on your mind and body. Jonathan is a real fun guy…geddit? I joined a small group one weekend, to camp out in the tangled forest of a farm where over the course of three days our main source of food would be the wild mushrooms we foraged.

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Sophia Hoffmann – Podcast Episode 7

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Episode 7! The Berlin Belly Podcast is back! This week I met up with Sophia Hoffmann at her new office in Blogfabrik: Sophia is a vegan chef, cookbook author (“Sophia’s Vegane Welt”) journalist and food blogger in Berlin. Listen in to Sophia’s insight into being a vegan chef, what she’ll be cooking for vegan Christmas dinner this year, her advice if you’re thinking about switching to vegan food, what it’s like to be part of Blogfabrik in Berlin – and lots more!

 

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You can buy the “Sophia’s Vegane Welt” cookbook and Sophia’s aprons from her website here (German):

Pumpkin Spice Soda Bread

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I’m thinking of re-naming my blog: The Ill-equipped Kitchen, as a spice grinder I do not have, among other things. However, I did have an empty supermarket salt grinder, which I was able to use to grind up the allspice.

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I have never ordered a pumpkin spice whatnot from a coffee chain, but I was craving a seasonal fix of spicy carbohydrates and thought a pumpkin spice soda bread would hit the spot. Soda bread is one of the easiest breads to make, which is why I make it all the time! It’s easy to add extra ingredients depending on the seasons or your craving. Or just say feck it and keep it simple – you’ll still turn out a wonderful loaf.

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BRB: Gone fishin’ in Morocco

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Hello there,

Deep-fried crunchy thanks to everyone who has read, and listened to, Berlin Belly since we launched just a little over a month ago. OW!

Me myself, in the last month I also started an intensive German course, threw myself into full-time freelancing and launched this here website and podcast.

Tomorrow I’m heading to Morocco on a work mission: I’ll be updating the Travelettes instagram and twitter while I’m there, with everything from camel rides to henna tats, Berber villages, camping in the desert and lots more #tagine

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Über den Tellerrand – Burp Podcast Episode 6

This week for episode 6 I’m joined by Hadi and Anja from Über den Tellerrand, a charitable organisation in Berlin which aims to improve the integration of refugees in German society, through social projects like cooking glasses, community gardening, tandem exchanges, dance workshops, a cookbook and lots more.

Anja is in charge of “Champions Management” at Über den Tellerrand (champions are volunteer project coordinators – you can be one too!), and Hadi is a refugee from Aleppo in Syria who has been in Berlin for 5 months. Through Über den Tellerrand, Hadi has taught Syrian cooking classes during his time in Berlin.

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Fräulein Kimchi + BrewDog – Burp Podcast Episode 5

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Episode 5 of the Berlin Belly podcast is in two parts. Part 1: Fräulein Kimchi! Part 2: Brew Dog!

Every week is Berlin food week on Berlin Belly, but now there is an actual Berlin Food Week, so we are delighted to be speaking to Lauren Lee aka Fräulein Kimchi , who is taking part in Berlin Food Week, this weekend at the House of Food on Friday October 2nd. Tickets here.

This week on the podcast, Lauren talks with Elizabeth about the food journey which led from Lauren’s arrival in Berlin as an opera singer, to her new restaurant, also called Fräulein Kimchi, which opened in Berlin last month. Viva la kimchi!

 

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Berlin’s Best Boozers

Berlin is a historical city, that goes without saying. Tucked away down cobblestone streets, in the far reaches of Wilmersdorf – and actually quite close to my own home – are some kneipe’s that leave any bustling modern joint in the shade. Come with me as we visit the best boozers in Berlin:

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Zur Letzten Instanz in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg stole a little piece of my heart, with it’s beautiful draught taps, tiled stove seat (hundreds of years old, bears the faint impression of Napoleon’s arse) beer garden and beautiful antiques dotted around. It boasts the claim of Berlin’s oldest bar, dating back to the 1600s. I can’t wait to come back and have dinner here (while I was inside shooting, the waitress turned away more than one group that spontaneously showed up – and that was a Tuesday. Reservations advised.)

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Testing: Take Eat Easy

[Update: Take Eat Easy General Manager in Germany Christoph Kraemer sent out an email yesterday that Take Eat Easy DE will no longer be available as of October 1! ]

I prepare most of my own meals, and am a big champion for cooking at home. However, I stumbled upon a €10 discount code for Take Eat Easy, which seems to be a fairly new food delivery service in Berlin – offering dishes from “quality restaurants” in your hood. They claim to be ‘reinventing food delivery’ and their service is also available in Belgium, France, UK and Spain.

I first tried to place my order a couple of week agos, but stumbled at the payment process because an old phone number was still attached to my bank account (if you choose ‘Sofort banking’ to pay, as I did, a TAN will be sent to the number attached to your bank account).

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I IMed with Felix here, who was very nice and reassuring, and I did aplogise for being a bit stupid. (Fyi, the customer support prompt on their website is in both German and English – I could have attempted German here, but in my moment of hunger-stricken panic, I chose English. Cut to yesterday, working from home and hungry, I wondered if that discount code still worked. (Yes it did).

The selection for my neighbourhood looks pretty good, including Com Á, Piri’s, Lê Lê and Gloria. Com Á caught my eye and I’ve heard people praising the food there, so I chose two dishes.

Take Eat Easy use bike couriers, and the funny thing is that as your delivery time slot approaches, you get a text that you can track your delivery, literally watching it live as it gets closer and closer:

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I order No. 1 :1 Kappa Maki, 1 Salmonskin Inside Out, 2 Sake Nigiri, and No. 5: 1 Baked roll with salmon, 1 Kappa Maki, 2 Ebi Nigiri. This is what it looked like when it arrived – rather nice, vibrant and colourful.

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Unpacked and laid out on a nice plate, still looking good:

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Get a load of that salmon skin…

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Everything tasted very fresh and delicious, but I didn’t quite get the addition of an avocado and tomato salsa on the side, even though it was yum.

Of course all of this was too much for one person, there was more than enough for lunch, and supper later on. Using the discount code this order was €13.70 including the delivery. It was quite a nice experience so I thought I would share it here.

See what restaurants are working with Take Eat Easy in your neighbourhood.

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This post was not sponsored by Take Eat Easy, I simply enjoyed the experience ordering from them and wanted to share it.

Spice Spice Baby + 100 Burgers – Burp Podcast Episode 4

This week on Burp, it’s our fourth (!) episode of the Berlin Belly podcast, and I have two guests!

In part one I speak with Louise Dunkhase, owner and Head Chef of Spice Spice Baby, who launched her international cuisine on the Berlin street food scene this summer with distinctively spicy Jamaican Jerk dishes – chicken, plantain, rice ‘n peas, as well as a thoughtful vegan option!

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The “Rum Shaker” vegan burger by Spice Spice Baby

In part 2 of this week’s podcast my guest is Laura Cherrygrove, an artist in Berlin who is releasing a new conceptual art book, “100 Burgers”, a visual record of many burger meals in Berlin. Souvenir? Map to burger treasure of Berlin? You decide.

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Find out what’s inside and check the link to the book release party!

Thank you to Flux FM studios where we record the Berlin Belly podcast every week! fluxfm.de

Some Things for the Weekend

What are your plans this weekend? Here are some tips! Things to do, read and make this weekend:

  • Coconat Workation Retreat, just an hour outside of Berlin: join in the end of season celebration at Coconat this Saturday September 19 (and experience staying there, before they close til next year) FB invite. Last weekend I stayed at the Coconat, you can read about all about it on Travelettes.

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  • 1 year birthday celebration at Original Unverpackt on Saturday 19 September: the no-waste packaging store in Kreuzberg is celebrating their big ONE with live music, crafting for kids, and later on: a burlesque show. FB invite. Listen in to my conversation with founder Milena Glimbovski from this week’s podcast episode here.

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I’m going on a foraging trip in the Grunewald forest, looking forward to telling you all about it when I’m back!