Author: jmerhar

Martina’s Fantasy Blueberry Cake

Martina’s Fantasy Blueberry Cake

This recipe was gifted to me by a beautiful woman from Bechtheim, Germany. Martina’s delicious “Fantasy Blueberry Cake” was served when I interviewed her daughters, Janine and Jasmin. I followed her instructions precisely and was left with a beautiful tender cake topped with billows of 

A Tale of Two Sisters

A Tale of Two Sisters

“Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.”― Charles Dickens Like the gnarled wines four generations have planted, nurtured and cultivated in the Rheinhessen village of Bechtheim, sisters Janine Brüssel and Jasmin May were 

Wiesbaden: Where Hope Springs Eternal

Wiesbaden: Where Hope Springs Eternal

A lot has changed over the course of my 15 month absence from Wiesbaden – including me. While my exterior may be a bit tattered and disheveled (Germany’s lock-down hasn’t allowed for salon visits in months.), my heart and mind over the course of a 

Escoffier

Escoffier

“I wouldn’t consider a program to be serious if it didn’t teach Escoffier, or classic French techniques” Julia Child  (The following is a memory from 2016.) Nicknamed “King of Chefs and Chef of Kings”, Georges Auguste Escoffier’s list of loyal followers included royals, writers, movie 

My German Gingerbread (Recipe)

My German Gingerbread (Recipe)

This cake is pure comfort and purely comforting. Be prepared, it will ensconce your home with the soothing aromas of Autumn. Enjoy. ½ cup white sugar ½ cup apple sauce 1 egg 1 cup molasses 1 ½ cups spelt flour (*See Note) 1 cup all-purpose flour 

Frankfurt for Cooks: My “Root” to Happiness

Frankfurt for Cooks: My “Root” to Happiness

“The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.” ― Brillat-Savarin One cooking class, two cooking classes, three cooking classes, four… Cooking with Anna was a lifeline I didn’t see coming. Her Instagram tutorials and 

Bubbly Blueberry Cobbler (Hildegard Inspired)

Bubbly Blueberry Cobbler (Hildegard Inspired)

Ingredients 3 cups fresh blueberries 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon ⅓ cup orange juice ⅔ cup all-purpose flour (I use half spelt flour) ¼ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup white sugar 1 egg 1  teaspoon vanilla 

On the Heels of Hildegard of Bingen (Recipe)

On the Heels of Hildegard of Bingen (Recipe)

We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to 

Rosa Lewis: The Queen of Cooks & Cockney

Rosa Lewis: The Queen of Cooks & Cockney

 The lady from Leyton was notoriously elusive, especially in death.  My only means to get close to the woman newspapers hailed in the 19th century as, “the greatest woman cook in the world” were three parchment remnants.  Two books accompanied me on this journey, The