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 

Persian Rice (Karl Müller & Co)

Persian Rice (Karl Müller & Co)

This Persian rice is meant to be a side dish, but it really doesn’t need an accompaniment.  It’s savory, sweet and filling.  The combination of pistachios, currants and mint transport taste-buds to the Middle East, without the hassle of packing and jet-lag. Preparation is easy: Saute 

Table for One: Brussels

Table for One: Brussels

  “How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, 

A Place to Linger Since 1859: Café Maldaner

A Place to Linger Since 1859: Café Maldaner

( “The Chocolate Girl” by Jean-Étienne Liotard )   Café Maldaner is often crowded and customer service is hit or miss. I still believe it’s worth a visit, or in my case, a dozen. Spinning through the turnstile doorway transports you to a bygone era of a 

Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free: Flammkuchen

Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free: Flammkuchen

In Wiesbaden, regardless of season, there is a tasty staple at every festival – Flammkuchen. Pizza dough is heavy and requires more effort than its German cousin, flammkuchen.  With a quartet of simple ingredients (water, flour, oil and salt) and the omission of yeast, this 

Sugar Tinged Smiles:  Dale’s Cake Café

Sugar Tinged Smiles:  Dale’s Cake Café

A door handle disguised as a rolling pin, that was enough to get me through the door of Dale’s Cake Cafe.  But it’s the chandelier dangling over a glass case filled with an assortment of mouth-watering baked sweets and savory quiches that brings me back.  

Portrait of a Professional Waiter: Luigi Orelli

Portrait of a Professional Waiter: Luigi Orelli

I’m fascinated by individuals who make waiting tables their profession. My forearms have balanced trays.  My fingers have pulled tap handles. And once-upon-a-time, I served cocktails and peanuts at 32,000 feet. The service industry is physically and mentally demanding, which is why a few months