A trip to Germany Inspires

i just got back from an extremely spontaneous and short trip to Berlin. It was amazing! 

While there, we ate at two really great restaurants, Hasir (Turkish) and Schogl’s (German). I loved every bite. 

Now that I’m back, I wanted to share that yumminess with my family (really, I had to recreate the deliciousness before my needy stomach put me back on a plane for more!)

Here’s what I ate in Germany 

  Amazing Turkish meal at Hasir in Berlin.   
This crazy smorgasbord of schnitzel, sausage, fried meatballs, and currywurst. 

 I was so sad I couldn’t finish every bite. 
 
One day soon, I’ll try to make all the amazing Turkish dishes (there were 12 not including the grilled meats that came next). But this time, I just tried to tackle the lamb meatballs in sauce, taziki and roasted eggplant with yogurt and tomato salad. The meatballs were spot on. I’m still working on the eggplant. How do they get that warm yogurt so fluffy?

   
 Turkish Lamb Meatballs

1 pound ground lamb 

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1/2 medium onion

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint 

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon allspice

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Mix bread and egg together in a small bowl to soften the bread. In a large bowl, combine the lamb, onion, mint, cumin, salt, pepper and allspice. Mix with your hands until well combined. Then add in the egg and bread and mix thoroughly again. Shape meat into walnut size balls. Put olive oil into a large frying pan and put in meatballs. Brown on one side and then the other, then remove from the pan and put on a plate. Reserve drippings for sauce.
Sauce for Meatballs

1 large can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes. 

1/2 medium onion chopped fine

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1 TBSP balsamic vinegar

2 Teaspoons sugar

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Reheat the drippings in the skillet and add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Add onion and garlic and saute until onion is soft. Add tomatoes, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, sugar and allspice to the pan, mixing thoroughly. Taste for sweet sour balance adding more sugar if necessary. Bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan. Blend about 3/4 of the sauce. Return to pan and add the meatballs. Simmer slightly covered on low heat for 15 – 20 minutes. 
Eat with lavash and taziki. 

Taziki

A couple scoops of Greek yogurt

A squeeze of lemon

Sliced cucumber

Fresh mint

Salt

Mix together and season with salt to taste. 

So, I didn’t try to fry a whole bunch of meats for our German meal recreation. Although, my hubby would’ve loved that!! Instead, I went for just the currywurst. How the heck haven’t I had that before??

Currywurst (a better looking recipe is here but I haven’t tried it yet. Mine is made up)

1/4 cup Catsup

2-3 tsp Curry powder

A few dashes of Worcestershire

Mix together, heat and douse over bratwurst. Serve with pan fried potatoes, sauerkraut and pickled beets. 

  
Yum. Yum. Yum. 

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Pho – the easy peasey non-authentic but hecka good kind

i have been cooking a ton lately and was looking through pics realizing that I haven’t been archiving some major successes. 

The deluge of recipes are coming. 

This one is perfect for this time of year. It’s freshness matches the first blushes of spring but the warm broth and hearty meat keep you cozy on our still cold nights. And it’s a perfect weeknight dinner that the whole family will enjoy – especially the kids because it’s all about making it your own. 

Pho

* 1 1/2 box of beef broth (or 6 cups of beef bone broth if you’ve got some in your freezer)

* 1/2 lb of rib eye or strip or any other easily sliced beef (bonus if you can get your butcher to thinly slice it for you)

* 2 limes

* 2 TBSP fish sauce

* 2 TBSP soy sauce, plus more on the table for garnish

* jalapeño sliced

* bean sprouts

* basil leaves

* cilantro

* sriracha

* 1 package of thin rice noodles

Being the broth to a boil. Add the noodles and cook according to the packaged instructions. Add the fish sauce, soy and squeeze of lime to taste. Turn off the heat and add the meat. The meat will cook in the hot soup. 

Assemble all the other ingredients on your table and serve the soup in bowls. 

Slurp and enjoy. 

  

Mom’s Pancit

This turned out so good that my Filippino husband said it tastes just like Mom’s. So, of course I had to post it. 

If it’s your birthday or new year, it’s tradition to eat long noodles for a long life. And if you’ve been to any Filippino family gatherings, pancit is a staple. 

  
It’s one of those dishes that tastes so good and comforting and is amazing as leftovers. Omit the baby shrimp if you have any allergies. 

Mom’s Pancit

* 1 boneless skinless chicken breast cut on the bias in bite sized pieces

* 2 celery sticks, sliced

* 2 carrots, julienned 

* a handful of green beans, ends trimmed and cut in half

* 1/2 head of cabbage, chopped

* 1 small onion, sliced

* 3 cloves garlic, minced

* 1 package of rice noodle

* 1 box of chicken broth (or homemade) 3 cups

* soy sauce

* salt and pepper

* lemon

Sauté garlic, onion until fragrant. Add chicken and veggies (carrots, celery, green beans, cabbage) and cook until just tender. 

You can use a separate pan or remove the veggies and chicken and add the stock. Boil then cook the noodles in chicken stock until just tender. Drain. Then add soy sauce, salt, pepper to taste.  Then mix it all together gently so you don’t break your noodles.

Add baby shrimp if you like. Serve with lemon wedges. 

Eat for days. 

Mom’s Pancit

This turned out so good that my Filippino husband said it tastes just like Mom’s. So, of course I had to post it. 

If it’s your birthday or new year, it’s tradition to eat long noodles for a long life. And if you’ve been to any Filippino family gatherings, pancit is a staple. 

  
It’s one of those dishes that tastes so good and comforting and is amazing as leftovers. Omit the baby shrimp if you have any allergies. 

Mom’s Pancit

* 1 boneless skinless chicken breast cut on the bias in bite sized pieces

* 2 celery sticks, sliced

* 2 carrots, julienned 

* a handful of green beans, ends trimmed and cut in half

* 1/2 head of cabbage, chopped

* 1 small onion, sliced

* 3 cloves garlic, minced

* 1 package of rice noodle

* 1 box of chicken broth (or homemade) 3 cups

* soy sauce

* salt and pepper

* lemon

Sauté garlic, onion until fragrant. Add chicken and veggies (carrots, celery, green beans, cabbage) and cook until just tender. 

You can use a separate pan or remove the veggies and chicken and add the stock. Boil then cook the noodles in chicken stock until just tender. Drain. Then add soy sauce, salt, pepper to taste.  Then mix it all together gently so you don’t break your noodles.

Add baby shrimp if you like. Serve with lemon wedges. 

Eat for days.