Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Midsummer Night's Dream // Union Square Market

Better late than never, I'm rounding up my time in New York with a big bang - Union Square's summer night!

Funny enough, this year, I hardly ever went to Union Square market but with my sister visiting during my last week in New York, we decided to walk over it one more time since we were close by anyway. And good thing we did because we discovered right then and there that a special event was to take place later in the day: Summer night, where local restaurants sell small dishes to entice you to their restaurants!

We made a solid start with spring pea panzanella and continued in the greens-section, with added duck breast - sooo good!

The tuna sliders were good, if a little on the dry side.

The roasted mushroom salad was probably the least impressive of all dishes we tried (and we tried almost all of them...)

And here, my memory goes blank. Did we really have Moroccan Spiced goat or did I just take pictures of it? As I am the kind of person that remembers every dish she probably ever had (including the sticky rice I had at Shanghai Café in Chinatown  almost 10 years ago...), it feels really awkward not to know wether we had a sample of the goat or not...

Whereas the green gazpacho was simply too spicy for my taste (I suppose too many raw onions) that salad was pure heaven! That vanilla poached pear was among the best things I've ever eaten and it harmonized exceptionally well with the cheese and the nuts!

The ricotta-Stulle was alright, but the basil pudding with strawberry granola was truly outstanding - at least in my opinion. Others didn't like it that much which meant that I got to eat the whole pot by myself, yeah!

Last but not least, we have the secret and truly unexpected winner of the evening - a cold potato soup?!? I hardly dare write this because (warm) potato soup was one of the few things we would literally throw a fit over as children - we hated it that much! I mean we would rather eat a piece of dry bread for dinner than a bowl of potato soup! But this cold potato soup, which by the way, we only orderd because the Taco stall was temporarily out of Tacos, was absolutely delicious!

All in all, the night market felt like an ideal chance to say good  bye to culinary Manhattan, sort of the cherry on top of the Manhattan-Sundae!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Well hello there, summer slump!

As seen last week in Berlin! I mean, in a Brötchen!!!!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blue Hill Café Revisited

We actually just went to Storm King again so that I would have an excuse to stop by Blue Hill Café at Stone Barn's farm on the way up to have another one of those über-delicious (did I really just write über?!?) apple tartellettes.

 ...which they didn't have BUT the same kind with strawberries - even better! An awesome breakfast treat and I should have gone ahead and gotten two right then, because one hour later, when we came back from visiting the sheep and the pigs, all strawberry tartellettes had already sold... I might have cried a little...

It was lovely to get out of the concret djungle also known as Manhattan and to see real, cute chiks and ducklings! A round of awwwws please!

Of course we also had to pay a visit to the lambs which both had grown impressively and luckyly survived Easter!

And this is what it looks like when two people who had just had breakfast order lunch... to be fair, we didn't eat all the pastries right then and there but had them as a picknick when we wandered around Storm King!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Storm King revisited

Although I'm back in Berlin, I still have a couple of things to share from New York. For instance photos from another visit to Storm King!

The park is possibly even lovelier in June than in April, when all the trees are green and the meadows are lush.

This visit, we had more time to explore and more or less walked around the entire park! Make sure to bring some water and possibly also a picknick, if you do that, especially on a hot and humid summer day. We also got an audioguide at the visitor's center (which comes with two headsets, so you can share!).
But beware, there are ticks and unfortunately, you can get Lyme disease as an unpleasant souvenir, so make sure to check your entire body when you've been there and if necessary go to the doc!

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Apricot Nectarine jam with Vitamin C

I've sort of lost it completely this year when it comes to home made jam. I just can't stop. Not even the fact that I ran out of glasses made me quit - I just went and bought more. And I don't even feel like I'm done yet.

So far I've made:
Strawberry Kirschwasser jam (not pictured)
Apricot strawberry amaretto jam (not pictured)
Black currant Crème de Cassis jam (pictured)
Apricot nectarine jam with vitamin C (pictured)

Apricot nectarine jam with vitamin C is probably my favorite! The idea to add vitamin C comes from a friend who once brought me a glass of jam which I absolutely loved! This year, I finally made some myself! The vitamic C has the effect that the jam doesn't taste too sweet, almost a little tard, in any case super fruity and extremely delicious!

Apricot nectarine jam with vitamin C

500 gr really ripe apricots and nectarines (I think i took 4 or 5 apricots and one nectarine)
juice of one lemone
250 gr of preserving sugar
1 teaspoon of vitamine C (from the pharmacy or drugstore)

Mix everything and heat the mix, after 3-4 minutes, puree part of the jam, put the pot back on the stove for another 2 minutes or until the test whether it has set or not is positive. Fill the jam into glasses which you previously had waiting in a bowl with cooking water.

Tastes best with a Splitterbrötchen from Hacker-Bäcker!

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