Marie-Louise Crona – Okay Café – new podcast episode

What do we want? CINNAMON BUNS! When do we want them? …Every day at Okay Café except Mondays, #dayoff! As part of my ongoing series documenting the talented women of the Berlin food world, on this latest episode of the Berlin Belly podcast we meet Marie-Louise Crona, aka Makki, chief baker of Okay Café in Neukölln, Berlin!

Listen in to hear how Makki progressed from baking for friends to baking full-time for Okay Café since opening earlier this year – and exactly how many thousand cinnamon buns that means…


Makki steps out of the Okay Café kitchen for a giggle and sunlight break

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Wild Garlic Bärlauch Pesto

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Tis the season to be stinking of wild garlic! Ramsons! Bärlauch! Now is the time to go forth and forage, bring home bunches of this pungent Springtime allium and whizz it mercilessly into glorious green pesto – for adorning your pasta, cheese sandwich, potatoes,  pizza, what have you.

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Katie’s Blue Cat Opens Online


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The delightful coffee shop and bakery especially popular for it’s home-made granola and anglo-american style in-house baked goods served up in a beautiful interior  – unless I imagined it, I had an amazing moon pie there a long time ago, that I still think about sometimes – is now open for business online, with a beautifully designed new website. Ngoc Duong and Olivia Wood opened Katie’s Blue Cat in Neukölln in 2011.

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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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Inner City Greens – Botanical Garden Blankenfelde

Growing your own food and sourcing local products like honey and err, cake is easier than you think in Berlin. Imagine a place just a short bike ride from the bustling Eberswalder U Bahn station where you can:

Bask in vast fields of wildflowers,


Wander down laneways of apple trees,


Enjoy fallow deer nibbling grass gently from your hand,


Learn about beekeeping and take home a jar of Pankow honey,


Pay a visit to the cactii,


Grow over 25 varieties of vegetables and herbs on your plot to take home,


And eat a slice of home made cake?


That place is the Blankenfelde Botanic Garden!




Only a 30 minute enjoyable bike ride from U Bahn Eberswalder, and you’re there. The Botanischer Volkspark Blankenfelde-Pankow dates back to 1909 and was a fruit and vegetable garden during both world wars. These days it’s a public park with a coffee shop, community garden, apiary and deer park – aka heaven. The first week I discovered the park I couldn’t get enough and visited three times.

The Bauerngarten community garden in the middle of the Botanic Garden is a wonderful initiative where you can rent a plot for a year – and you get to take home over 25 varieties of veggies and herbs during the growing season. The team provides you with seedlings, young plants, compost, manure, tools and advice. You can also just come to buy plants if you already have a garden.


We collected some fallen apples (not sure if this was naughty or not) and bought a jar of Pankow honey from Café Mint – the botanical garden coffee shop with a beautiful range of homemade cakes. There are beekeeping courses on weekends starting again April 2016.


Photos and text © Elizabeth Rushe 2015