Potato sorrel soup

You don’t read much about sorrel.  But now that America has an arugula-loving president at its helm, some of these underdog greens might make it to the table. I first had sorrel soup in Dolores’ 57th street apartment a few decades ago.  Dolores’ kitchen was more of a walk-in closet with a window.  Almost European… Read More Potato sorrel soup

This week at the local market: the Turkish market, Maybachufer, Berlin

Like an undulating famished snake the Turkish market at the Maybachufer in Berlin swallows you whole; the peristaltic wave of female marketers young and old (but nearly all with baby carriages) gently pushing you forward through its one narrow aisle along the southern bank of the city canal.  Once you’re in, you’re in. You might… Read More This week at the local market: the Turkish market, Maybachufer, Berlin

This week at the local market – Wittenbergplatz Berlin

When I’m in Berlin on a Thursday, I go to the Brandenburg Farmers Market at the Wittenbergplatz, right across from the world-famous KaDeWe department store.  There are about 12-15 local organic farmers who participate in this market, all from the state of Brandenburg which borders the city perimeter.  In addition, there are organic cheese, meat,… Read More This week at the local market – Wittenbergplatz Berlin

Basil?

As I have mentioned in other places, I have become a bit bored with the large-on-leaf and low-on-taste industrial basil that I find in America and Northern Europe.  Even the “bio”/”organic” plants are flat and one-dimensional.  That said, I found that my local “exotic herbs” supplier here in Berlin offers about 15 varieties of basil… Read More Basil?