Spiced roast cauliflower soup (it’s vegan too)

Ah, the humble cauliflower. Over the last decade it saw something of a renaissance. Once a reminder of overcooked school meals we saw it transform into rice and pizza bases, seen alongside pasta and fish and even hidden in smoothies. Alongside other brassicas (looking at you, kale) it rose to stardom and has settled into…

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Roasted pepper vegetarian chilli

There are some evenings that demand an easy recipe, where you can chuck in the ingredients and just stir from time to time. Minimum thought, minimum effort. This week, after a day dealing with German bureaucracy, that’s exactly what I needed, so this is what I made. I love that I can just relax and…

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Portuguese cabbage soup (caldo verde) recipe

Dishes that we now deem to be comfort food were often once peasant dishes, made from the need for filling, cheap food. Over the years as economies have grown and salaries have increased they have often been refined, sometimes shrugging off their once lowly status. Portuguese cabbage soup is almost one such dish, as despite…

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On kitchen rituals and slow living

What is a ritual? What is slow living? A religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. Oxford Dictionary The dictionary definition of a ritual is not entirely what I mean in this post. I am not sacrificing virgins on my countertops, nor performing satanic rites. Instead…

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Carrot top pesto: An (unsuccessful) experiment

Harry and I bought carrots this week. We never buy carrots and I’m not entirely sure why. I think maybe somewhere in the back of our subconscious we see them as a little bit too pedestrian, despite having enjoyed them in a multitude of ways (in mashed potato, roasted and smothered in butter or raw…

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Chicken liver pâté recipe

The first time I ate chicken liver pâté I wrinkled my nose. I had never tried anything like it and nor was I particularly interested in trying it again. Confused by the richness, the meatiness, the savoury smoothness, my taste buds could hardly keep up with my brain, completely overwhelmed. But, to be fair to…

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Basic chicken stock recipe

It looks as though Autumn is here again. I turned my back briefly by going back to the UK and when I returned to Berlin the balmy days of late summer had given way to a certain nip in the air. As is standard when the seasons change I have managed to get a cold…

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On eating homegrown

It’s difficult to think unpleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato Lewis Grizzard Lewis Grizzard was a writer and comedian, famous for his narrative on the American South. From Georgia, USA, Grizzard was proud of his home in the Peach State and he centred his act and writing on celebrating the cultural idiosyncrasies of Southern…

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Potato salad recipe

It’s such a classic. Here’s the situation: it’s summer, there’s a BBQ, you want something to contribute that’s easy and can be made in advance, maybe warm, maybe cold, something rich, but not too rich, something that’s popular with everyone, something that’s filling and cheap for a big party. So what do you make? Potato…

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Pappa e Ciccia: Italian restaurant review

There are lots of Italian restaurants in Berlin, and with nearly 36,000 Italians living in the city it’s pretty obvious why. They bring with them one of the most distinct food cultures in the world that has become a significant part of the restaurant scene here. On the corner of Schwedter Straße in Prenzlauer Berg…

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