PS - see that funny contraption on the right? That’s a moka pot. If you’re a coffee drinker, and you’re looking for a step up from drip coffee, this is it. It’s better than french press. It’s better than drip. It’s better than you damn fancy espresso machine. And you can get it for like 12 bucks. It makes something in between coffee and espresso.. you can basically use whatever kind of beans, as long as they’re finely ground. It’s so fast and easy and tasty and wonderful!!! If I seem excited, it’s because I’m jacked up on MOKA POT coffee at the time of writing. love
A taste of home?
Considering the pervasiveness of bakeries in Germany, it really took effort to go this long without trying a bagel. You can understand my reluctance.. I mean, considering my struggles not only to FIND good pizza, but even to have my pizza expectations understood and validated, I didn’t really wanna open up the bagel can of worms of bagels. But alas, passing by a Nordsee (like a corner-store deli for fish, or something to that effect) I saw that they were advertising bagels with cream cheese and lox.
Offering such a classic combination suggests that they should know how to make it well, so I went ahead and ordered one.
Looks ok, a bit lackluster, but let’s give it a try.
The lox and cream cheese were good, but in short supply. But let’s get down to the heart of the matter. The bagel. This AINT yo momma’s bagel. and I mean that in the way that yo momma is from Brooklyn and eats awesome bagels, and this ain’t it. It was basically just a roll in the shape of a bagel, and cooked like a bagel. I DON’T KNOW what separates that from a good bagel, but there’s something missing! It was all dry and airy. The flesh of a bagel should be soft and chewy and amazing. My don’t-go-there instincts were right. Bread in the EU is great, but bagels are for NY!
PS. duh.. it didn’t taste bad or anything. I ate it and enjoyed it. These sentiments are coming from a place of comparison to greatness, not comparison to eating sand.
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Mel’s Diner: A true Amerikan Pitstop
Here’s Beatrice. When we were living in Hannover, she brought me to this American-style restaurant on the outskirts of the city. I was amazed by the authenticity:
Even the Name! Doesn’t get more American (or NON-German) than Mel’s!
I was clearly excited at the ample condiment supply. The plastic squeeze bottles were a great touch!
And the food??? I’ve only ever had the burgers, and I’d go back wheeeenever!
Ausländer, let me explain why this is so great:
Saftige Fleischwurst = Juicy Meat Sausage
What can be more American??
For my presentation on the differences between Germany and the US, I made these überfüllte (overvilled) Sandwiches.. showing the world that you CAN have it all - in one bite. Also featured were the famously-unpopular-outside-of-the-US PB&J sandwiches. yum.
Ohh I used to be such the romantic….
Döner macht schöner
Ich bin der Meinung, that Döner in Germany is the cure for NY pizza homesickness.
Mustafa’s in Berlin. Sehr Lecker.
Vielen Dank, liebe Jack & Caro, für die schöne leckere Pinguine, die ihr gemacht habt!
German Curry, Joshy style.
Beats (make everything red)
Hot Hot Curry Sauce
OK so it’s not so pretty, but I had to post this just so I won’t forget to make it in the future. This breakfast was so lecker that as soon as I finished it, I made another.
Simple steps to yummy:
Bulgur porridge! Add
egg with runny yellow yummy
dried red chili pepper
Borah’s Baked Broccoli Cakes
Thanks to Borg for the guest post!
2 packages jiffy cornbread mix
4 jumbo eggs
1 stick salted butter
1 cup small curd cottage cheese
1/2 sweet onion, diced and sauteed
1 bunch broccoli, steamed and chopped (i put it in a bowl and attacked it with scissors)
instructions: mix that shit and bake it at 375F but i don’t know for how long because i hovered until it looked like this and i ate it and burned many body parts but it sure was worth it
No cornbread mix? Substitute!
Corn Muffin Mix
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
To make muffins add
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)
2 ounces canned chilies (optional)
1/4 cup drained chopped pimiento (optional)
1/2 cup chopped onion (optional)
Ein richtiges Abendessen
In Magazine Page Food Barrier Guy’s defense, he introduced me to bulgur, a delightful grain that cooks faster than many rices, and tastes great, as well as this amazing bucket of yogurt, that goes for just €1,69/kg (conversion required for USA). I also picked up this great spice blend, that instantly turns this yogurt into tzatziki sauce. I’ve been using these ingredients in about everything lately.