While chatting with a friend about food and cooking she told me about pumpkin gulasch. Sounded super-delicious to me so i gave it a try last weekend.
Take a Hokaido pumpkin, some vegetables ( i took carrots, potatoes and paprika ) and 2-3 big onions. Chop into pieces.
Glaze onions in a big pot in some oil, do the same with the pumpkin pieces in a pan, then add vegetable bouillon to the onions, add the vegetables and pumpkin, let simmer a while. Add sweet paprika powder, salt pepper and some coconut milk. Cook some pasta and serve with the gulasch.
An easy made and delicious autumn-meal.
A couple of weeks ago i’ve spent ( again ) some days at my friend’s place at the baltic sea. When i arrived she asked if i wanted to try Stand Up Paddling (SUP) and of course i said yes. Because, even if i wouldn’t be able to stand up on the board it would be a lot of fun….falling off into the water.
So, one evening we went to the surf school and rented the boards and the paddles. The guy gave us a brief explanation what to do and off we went.
And it went well ! I was able to stand up on the board after a few seconds and started paddling. It was so much fun !
After i while i became very confident, was able to balance out the few waves caused by boats passing by. Maybe i became too confident, because that was the moment i fell off the board into the water.
I paddled quite a distance off the shore, was totally free of thoughts, it was kind of a meditation. And a lot of fun. And sportive, too. You actually work out a lot of different muscle groups.
I loved it so much that we returned the next day.
Now i’m looking forward to do some SUP here in Berlin, and maybe next year buy a inflatable SUP-board.
After living for 19 years in Switzerland there are some things that i do miss about this country. Like celebrating the swiss national day which takes place on august 1st.
Last year i celebrated at the Malzfabrik, whose owner happens to be swiss.
This year i went to a small shop nearby my home, the Chuchichäschtli ( which translates into “kleiner Küchenkasten” or small kitchen cupboard ). I love this place as they offer swiss food and wines ( oh the wines !) from Switzerland that you cannot find elsewhere in Berlin. They have all the wines i’m used to from the Lake Geneva area where i used to live.
This year they organized a street party to celebrate the national day. It was really nice, with perfect summer weather.
The shop and some balconies in the street were decorated with swiss flags, there was swiss wine, typical swiss salads, saucisses ( cervelats ) and raclette. Yum!
In the evening they had Jodlers, Guggenmusic and other attractions.
I met the guy who imports the wines and we had small chat about the vineyards of the Lavaux and La Cote area and the Fete des Vignerons, which takes place in the Vevey once every 25 years. I was lucky to attend in 1999. Tip: Don’t miss the next one !
So i went there in the afternoon, had some raclette and a glass of Chasselas. And bought some wine and some filled Tomme cheese.
And returned home happy because i had my little “1er Aout”-celebration !
Holsteinische Strasse 19
10717 Berlin – Wilmersdorf
This saturday night i had booked a literary nightwalk through my neighbourhood Schöneberg via the Theatergemeinde.
It was themed “Life was a Cabaret?” and showed places around the Nollendorfplatz were many artists and authors lived in the 1920′s.
It was interesting and i learned quite a lot about my neighborhood, like
- today’s nightclub Goya used to be a 1800 seats theater called Piscator-Bühne in the 1920′s. The theater itself does not exist anymore, what you see today was the cinema located in the same building.
- Schöneberg was a city of its own until 1920 when Berlin, Charlottenburg and Schöneberg were merged to Berlin.
- Nelly Sachs ( Nobel Prize winner of 1966 ) was born in the Maaßenstraße.
- Christopher Isherwood lived several years in the Motzstraße 17. The musical and film “Cabaret” is based on one of his novels written in Berlin.
- Marlene Dietrich was a frequent guest of the nightclub Eldorado which does not exist anymore, the location is now a bio-supermarket.
- Else Lasker-Schüler lived for years in a hotel on Motzstraße.
- A scene of Erich Kästner’s “Emil und die Detektive” takes place right here at Motzstraße and the Piscator-Bühne.
Other facts i learned:
- Helmut Newton is burried in Berlin as well as Marlene Dietrich
We walked for about 2 hours, the walk wasn’t very long in terms of distance. At every stop the guide would explain the historical context and read some excerpts of an author who described this particular place or circumstance. It was interesting to learn about the sub-culture of this area in the pre-WWII era, what kind of reason many of these artists and intellectuals had to be there ( for example, this area used to be the gay-quarter, and it still is today ).
The tour was organized by StattReisen, who offer a big and very interesting variety of themed city-walks. Highly recommended if you want to see Berlin through a different angle. I’ll definitely do some more in the future!
Germany expierenced some very hot days over the past weekend, like 33-36 °Celsius with a lot of sun. Being in the city, it was almost unbearable, especially during the nights, although i had the fan running.
All you can do is drink a lot and have some light food.
I had a big carafe of fresh mint tea refrigerated at all times.
And i cut fruit ( plums and melon ) which i kept in the fridge as well, for a refreshing little “in-between” snack.
And for dinner i made a light meal of tomato-mozzarella-basilic with the first batch of ripe tomatoes from my balcony. I had also bought a big plant of basilic, so except the mozzarella, it was really “home-made”.
I did a lot of reading, too hot to move around. And enjoyed my balcony until late in the night with lit candles and lampions.
Sometimes, i just want to do something without thinking about it. So recently i read about a shop called Tiger on Steffi’s blog and there happens to be a shop nearby my home. I went there and found this coloring book for adults ( among other things…). For maybe 3 Euros ?
A fabulous thing to do during an evening, just coloring out the mandalas…
While in Hamburg i had a quick stop at one of my favourite shops Octopus which happens to be in my mother’s neighbourhood.
I got this beautiful big vase there, and put it on my new drawer in the living room corner. There’s one moment in the evening when a ray of sunlight hits this corner through the balcony door.
I love how this ray casts the shadows on the wall.
After having to put my beloved little Miss Gelly to sleep, staying at home became almost impossible.
The empty home.
I’ve had cats for over 16 years ( Max left me last summer ), and the apartment suddenly felt grey, empty, cold.
I’ve had the feeling that she is still there, like she was walking on the hardwood floor, or still sleeping in her catbed.
So i was happy to escape this for a couple of days and headed off to Hamburg first and then continued to the baltic sea coast to visit a friend.
She and her daughter have a little dog and a cat, which both slept with me on the sofa. Made me happy.
We had quite some walks at the beach.
I hadn’t been to the beach for years, and was happy to feel the sand under my bare feet, walk into the very clear water, although it was too cold to have a swim.
To hear the seagulls. And the little waves. And feel the slight breeze.
Just what i needed.
We also went one night to the opening ceremony of the Kieler Woche, which is one of the biggest sailing events in Europe and at the same time kind of a huge party all over the city of Kiel with lots of free concerts. Unfortunately, it started to rain quite heavily during one concert.
It was a good weekend, must do this more often.
Just get away from it all, breathe, relax, watch the ocean, walk in the sand with bare feet.