Munching on a few spears of green asparagus with a poached egg and a sprinkling of salt flakes one lunchtime last week, it struck me how incredibly lucky I am – and I make no apologies for sounding smug – to know exactly where the food on my plate came from, and to know that that place is very close by indeed. But just in case you think I’m slightly over-the-top evangelical about all this local, seasonal eating thing, I will offset the balance by pointing out that yes, that is a mango in that photo below, and yes, I like an aubergine (also pictured) as much as the next person. Quite possibly more. Mangos are in season elsewhere at the moment, somewhere very, very far away, and the ones you can pick up in the Westend of Wiesbaden are perfectly ripe and juicy and utterly delicious. The Mini Dietz and I shared one this week; his portion in a sloppy mush and mine in chunks with soba noodles, aubergines and a lime and chilli dressing. I’m not sure which of us was more pleased.
I spent most of last week tethered indoors by a sneezing husband and baby (and if you know any men, you know the terrible suffering this causes… everybody) but embraced the opportunity to experiment with some recipes I’ve wanted to try for a while – see lentils with gorgonzola below. Happily, however, I didn’t miss out on much sunshine because there mostly wasn’t any, and when it did appear, I wandered through the forest and the Kurpark and sat soaking up the rays and eating a slightly odd chicken curry outside Halt Bar with friends. On May Day, my husband treated me to an early dinner (sneezing over and baby in tow) at Bäckerbrunnen, a cosy, traditional spot in the old town where there’s all manner of classic German fare to be eaten.
Last night I celebrated a friend’s birthday at Heimathafen, where we celebrated with Hugos and homemade scones, both of which I was unable to resist. My friend had brought clotted cream with her back from the UK, however, so I was basically using a scone as a vessel for that: in any case, I’ve regretted it ever since (see: sensitivity to gluten). I left before the dancing began and arrived home to a dark flat echoing with big manly snores and tiny baby ones; this morning the three of us sat together and enjoyed a proper German breakfast of ham and cheese; and now the sun’s come back out, I think it’s time for a good Spring walk. Happy days 🙂
Food News and Recipes from around Germany…
★ A fellow Wiesbaden expat’s visit to Villa im Tal (added bonus: if you explore Anne’s blog, you get to nose around the inside of her beautiful flat)
★ Social Dining in Munich – a terrific idea for sociable types who like good food
★ An insider’s guide to the Bergkirchweih, a sort of mini-Oktoberfest in Erlangen, Bavaria
★ A new supermarket in Berlin sells packaging-less produce (I’m a big fan of this)
…and further afield:
★ Would you dine with strangers in their home? (Yes!)
★ 5 links to read before cooking green asparagus
★ Meal planning tips and tricks from a brilliant French food writer
★ Drink tea with a stuffed toy at Japan’s Moomin Cafe (really).
Hope you’ve had a great week too!