The first meal…

was a salad.  

After unpacking straight from 8 am to 6 pm today, I headed out to explore the Mitte neighborhood.  

My local supermarket is a Lidl.  Eh, so it’s not exactly a Waitrose – that was instantly clear!  But it’s not even equivalent to a Tesco’s!  I bought some vegetables which seemed perky enough.  I couldn’t find any cereal that I could identify…

Isn’t that the charm of moving to a new city though?  Navigating the unkown until you can make a portfolio of “your places”.

To cheer myself up after the grim experience of Lidl, I had a scoop of organic ice cream.  Chocolate.  It was good.  Not notable enough for me to include it here though.  

Our TV isn’t hooked up yet so we won’t be watching the Germany vs Spain game.  Although it being summer here, the windows are open, so I imagine we will be able to keep score just the same.  

I made the first “meal” in the new kitchen tonight.  If you can call it that, it was just a salad.  It was a good way to get my feet wet, get a feel of the pros and cons of the new space.  Pros – lot’s of space, open plan, drawers galore that do that “whoosh” thing when you bump them with your hip to shut.  Love that!

Cons- the sink.  They installed the smallest shallowest one they could buy.  So if you put in say – a salad bowl.  The sink is full!  They then took said lilliputian sink and squashed it against a wall and left no room behind it, ensuring that there is no surrounding area to take the sink over flow that in guaranteed to occur after you’ve had a bowl of cereal in the morning.  And it’s on the opposite side of the kitchen from the fridge with the oven / stove about a meter away.  Hmmm….  Please can I meet the geniuses who thought of that one!

Tonight’s salad (served with some rye bread and cheese) featured:

1 head of sweet lettuce

1/2 a yellow pepper

1/ 2 a cup of quinoa (colored yellow with turmeric)

A handful of roasted and chopped hazelnuts

1/2 a cucumber

A bunch of cherry tomatoes (oh woe to me that my love affair with the Greek tomatoes was forced to end and I now have to contend with these insipid little poser tomatoes!)

A German inspired salad dressing of 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar, salt, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, pepper, 3 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons yogurt.  

Hardly a recipe really but a welcome break from the restaurant food we have been over-indulging in of late and significant in it’s first meal status.  

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8 Responses to The first meal…

  1. Flori says:

    Suzy you have a new follower you write so well that’s not a surprise , I am soso impressed I love it brilliant . I am judging a food bloggers cook off at Portland street cookery school but the blogs don’t come near yours . However if you look at http://www.nomnomnom.co.uk and find the word judge I am now officially famous .
    Excellent .

    Flori

  2. Daniel says:

    There are several levels of supermarketry in Berlin- Discount (Aldi, Lidl, Plus/Netto, Penny Markt) followed by more “normal” supermarkets like Kaisers and Edeka, and then the huge markets like Ullrich, Real, and my fave Kaufland. For special ingredients, try Galeries Lafayette, Galeria Kaufhof, KaDeWe (in that order). But- that is not to say you won’t find special stuff cheaper elsewhere. You have to go to little specialty shops that dot Berlin.

    My best tip- make yourself familiar with your local Asialaden- They will have unexpected ingredients that no one else in Berlin will carry!

    • Daniel! Thanks! That is really useful. I was here in March so I know Lafayette, Galeria and KaDeWe. But I have never heard of Kaufland. Will google it to see if there is one close to my flat. Do you have a bakery here in Berlin? There is a lot of bread in that picture behind you!

      • Daniel says:

        Haha! That’s actually a pic of me at Poilane in Paris! You *can* get pain Poilane at Galeries Lafayette on Friedrichstrasse, but go only on Wednesdays and Fridays. Sometimes they cut the bread into quarters at the end of these days, so make sure not to wait until closing if you want a whole loaf.

        My favorite bakery actually in Berlin is Soluna Brot und Oel on Gneisenaustrasse near Südstern, but the one in my neighborhood (Seitz/Brot und Wein) is a close second, as everything is baked from scratch and on the premises. There was a link on the Morgenpost website to top bakeries in Berlin, but it’s a pay-article now. I’ll try to see if I can find my old print-out of it.

        I would suggest you explore the bakeries around you, if they can’t tell you what the percentage of rye in the bread is, or if it’s made with sourdough, then it was probably not baked on the premises.

        However, here are a few great ones: Soluna, Seitz, Beumer und Lutum, Hopfisterei (great bread, but it’s trucked in from München), Weichardt (First Demeter Bakery in Germany!). I’m not well-versed in too many bakeries, because most of the bread I eat I make myself.

      • Mega insider information! Thanks for that. I used to make my own bread but it was always a bit dense and then my starter died while I was away on holiday so I gave up…
        Sent using BlackBerry® from Orange

  3. Mama says:

    U must miss the ultra fresh fruit and vegetables u had in Greece and the joy of shopping for them at the “laiki”.
    But then u must find other treats over there that u could not find here…cannot think of anything else but pretzels and those white sausages that somebody liked so much…

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