New Hamburg Spots!

Schanzenturm“. Pic by Franzi.

After Hamburg was the G20 spot last week and everyday in the media, it’s time to calm down a bit in the city. Since I realized that many of my old Hamburg recommendations are not existing anymore (I promise to update those posts soon), it’s time to share with you some new favorite Hamburg spots of mine. Here they are…

Restaurants (Book a table in all of these, if you plan to eat there!):

Brüdigams… My all-time favorite in Hamburg! Classic cuisine with a modern twist. Always delicious!

Ti Breizh… Breton! Incredible tasty galettes and crepes!

Zum Spätzle… Cute little space that serves Swabian dishes.

Kleine Brunnenstraße 1… Little restaurant that’s perfect for special occasions (e.g. Valentine’s Day, Birthday dinners,…).

Bars

Vineyard… Perfect for having a glass of wine with good friends on the end of a stressful week.

Le Lion… The most sophisticated bar in Hamburg.

Coffee

Less Political… Located in the Sternschanze, this place is always crowded with young and hip people.

Black Delight… Small place that makes delicious coffee.

Ice-Cream

Luicella’s… An incredible variety of flavors!

Eisliebe… Always a good reason for a bike tour to Ottensen.

Eisprinzessinnen… Again: An incredible variety of flavors!

I wish you a wonderful July week! Enjoy the warm days :)!

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Advocaat!

EierlikörPic by Franzi.

Did you ever made your own advocaat? I prepared my very first one last Thursday. And guess what? It’s easy :D!

Recipe: Makes 900 ml.

Ingredients: 6 egg yolks, 150 g powdered sugar, 1 vanilla bean, 1 TSp grounded clove, 250 ml condensed milk and 500 ml brandy.

Preparation: Stir the egg yolks, the powdered sugar, the vanilla and the clove until everything is mixed. Add gently the condensed milk and the brandy. Heat gently in a bain-marie (water bath) while still stirring with a whisk. Take from the bain-marie when the perfect consistence is reached. Fill into a bottle and let cool down in the fridge.

Enjoy!

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Orange Ginger Tea!

Ginger TeaPic by Franzi.

I was so often sick this year, I created a row of hot recovery beverages: Do you remember the Hot Toddy and the lemon ginger tea with a dash of honey? Now comes a slight variant of the latter: A hot orange ginger tea, the mild version.

Recipe: Makes 1 cup.

Ingredients: Juice from 1 orange, a piece of fresh ginger, boiled water.

Preparation: Peel the ginger and either cut it into thin slices or – if  you like it as spicy as me –  grind it. Combine the orange juice and ginger in a cup. Fill up with fresh boiled water.

Enjoy (& get well soon)!

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Chocolate Liqueur!

Chocolate LiqueurPic by Franzi.

Chocolate Liqueur: Last-minute gift for friends or family & a sweet treat for myself!

Recipe: Makes 1 liter.

Ingredients: 500 ml heavy cream, 100 g milk chocolate couverture, 75 g sugar, 50 g cocoa powder, 25 g honey, 300 ml rum

Preparation: Melt the chocolate in a double-boiler. Combine sugar and cocoa powder and slowly mix with 100 ml cold water until a smooth texture is reached. Boil up the heavy cream, mix in the sugar/cocoa, the melted chocolate and the honey. Let cool-down (stir in between) and finally add the rum. Mix well and fill in a bottle. Shake before serving.

Enjoy!

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The First Mulled Wine of the Year & a New Gourmet Box!

Mulled WinePic by Franzi.

Yesterday, the X-Mas market opened. So, the mulled wine season has officially started. But why should I freeze outside to get my cup of mulled wine when I can easily prepare it in my comfy flat? Luckily, the November Gourmet Box arrived a few days earlier and surprised me with a bottle of Hungarian red wine that I used for my mulled wine recipe (see below). And here are the other contents of the current Gourmet Box:

effetto pralines … Chocolate is always a good idea!

Cookies by the kekswerkstatt … Individual cookies that taste nearly like home-made.

rosenfeines (rose jam) … I love everything with roses! Even jam …or turkish delight ;).

Darjeeling by Tee-Maass … I still have to try this one out, but it looks good.

Udvari Nobile Cabernet Cuvée 2012 … I have to admit that I didn’t like the pure wine that much, but as mulled wine it was perfect!

deli (food zine) … Looooved this. Filled with many fresh recipe ideas!

Matcha Yuzu Ginger Chocolate by Lauenstein … I always wanted to try out matcha chocolate! It tastes strange, but not in a bad way :).

Conclusion: The November Gourmet Box was the first box that I liked completely. It was filled with little treats (cookies/pralines/wine), new taste experiences (matcha chocolate) and fresh ideas (deli zine). Now I cannot await the next box :).

Gourmet BoxPic by Franzi.

Mulled Wine Recipe: Serves 3-4.

Ingredients: 1 l red wine (dry), 125-250 g sugar (depends on your sweet tooth), 1 cinnamon stick, 5 cloves, orange & lemon zest, a few slices of lemon & orange.

Preparation: Heat up all ingredients combined. Don’t cook it up.

Enjoy hot!

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Bombardino & Willi: Two Aprés-Ski Drinks!

Bombardino 2Pics by Conny Wendel.

After a day on the top of the  snowy mountains, it is time for a good (and short) drink. Our two favorites last week were willis (pear schnapps with canned pears) or bombardinos (a hot egg drink, originally from Italy). Mmmh, now that I think about them, I would like to have one at the end of an ordinary working day as well 😉

A recipe for Willis:
Simply use pear schnapps (with a dash of canned pear juice) and fill it in your glasses. Add a piece of canned pear. Drink instruction: Take the pear into your mouth, drink the willi, then chew the pear… Enjoy!

Willi

A recipe for bombardinos you find HERE.
Some people also use just hot advocaat and heavy cream. Both variants are delicious and heat you up after a long day in the snow. Enjoy!

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Grandma’s Best Treat: Banana Milk!

Pic by Franzi.

As a kid, when I stayed at my grandparents, my grandma always prepared something special for me – a special meal, a special dessert, or… a special drink. Her banana milkshake was the best of all her culinary treats and as simple as this: Just cut a banana into pieces, add one glass of milk, then mix it well with a hand blender (and if you like it, top it with a dash of cinnamon). That’s it. Easy! A few weeks ago, two friends visited me and were asking if I know how to make a banana milkshake. Lucky people they are, I had all ingredients in my kitchen, so I was able to prepare it for them immediately. They loved it and I was reminded once more on my own childhood. Thanks you so much for it grandma!

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The Molecular HUGO!

Pic by Franzi.

Last weekend I participated at a cookery course. The topic: Molecular Gastronomy. We made bubble tea-like capsules from carrot juice / tzatziki and pasta from panna cotta… I have to admit that it is not the kind of cooking I prefer in my own kitchen, but after all it was fun trying these crazy things out. The best recipe of the day (and the only one I will repeat for sure) was the Molecular Hugo: The classic Hugo – a popular cocktail here in Germany made with prosecco and elderflower syrup – topped with a thick prosecco/elderflower foam. This was a delicious treat!

Recipe: Adapted from the Biozoon cookery course. Serves app. 3.

Ingredients: 500 ml prosecco, 75 ml lime juice, 125 ml elder flower syrup, a few leaves of fresh mint, app. 5-6 TblSps cellulose powder (available HERE or ask in your pharmacy)

Preparation: Mix 300 ml prosecco, the elderflower syrup and the lime juice with the mint leaves. Add the cellulose powder and mix thoroughly with a blender (or even better: filter the mixture into a Seltzer Bottle and spray it into a large bowl). Fill half of the cocktail glasses with prosecco and top it with the foam.

Recipe for PRINT

Cheers!

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My favorite drink: Green Power!

Picture by Franzi.

This drink I have to prepare for myself everytime I’m in desprate need for a little treat. Okay I admit it, sometimes I drink it more than once a week. But what can you say against a velvet, thick, refreshing and satisfying glass of green power? I can find nothing bad about it. And here comes the recipe for you and your own cravings for something delicious:

Preparation:

Mix the flesh of one avocado, 1 cup of crushed ice and 1 cup of pear juice in a blender. Done. – I know, it is quite simple! Optional, you may also add vanilla extract.

Enjoy!

The Art of Drinking: Bevshots®

Photographs of your drinks? Yeah, I know, it sounds boring. But don’t be too fast in your judgement! The pics of BevShots® are extremely arty and looking something in between action painting or expressionism. They are created by crystallizing the beverages on a slide and then making photos under a polarized light microscope. Oh, what a perfect fusion of so many addictions of mine the results resemble: They are scientific, made with some of my favorite drinks and have a fantastic composition. That’s what Art should always be like – a fusion of all the fine stuff!

American Malt Liquor

White Russian

Vodka

Red Table Wine

Orange Juice

Gin and Tonic

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