Suppenbörse, Soup Bar, Mitte

While the twins were still newborns, I managed to read a few books.  Our very own Luisa Weiss’ My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story with Recipes.  Followed by a State of Wonder – a book of fertile older (in their 60’s) women living in the Amazon (ah the irony) and the scientists studying them.  Then I went into Daunts bookstore, said I had enjoyed that and on their recommendation ended up with The J.M. Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Club.  Which is written exactly like a love story for 12-year-old girls, except the protagonist is in her 40’s, set against a backdrop of some eccentric older (in their 70’s) women who skinny dip in sub-zero waters for the adrenaline kick.

The reason I am sharing my summer reading with you is because, firstly, you should all read Luisa’s book and secondly I am on the icy brink of winter but unlike the septuagenarians in the book – there is no adrenaline kick to be had from a winter in Berlin.  Today as I sniffled and shuffled my way to Layla’s school, I gaped at my iPhone’s weather app which informed me it was 0º C.

The worst part isn’t the 0ºC, it’s that the 0 marks the beginning of the long hard slog.  There are Christmas markets to look forward to but I suspect that the novelty may have worn off.

There is nothing for it but to bake cookies and eat soup.  We’ve been having a lot of Carrot, Ginger and Coconut, a dawdle to make as I leave the slicing to my Magimix.  My mother made an exceedingly good chicken tagine from Dorie Greenspan’s book today. Read more of this post

Carrot, ginger and coriander soup

(My Mac is in the shop getting a new hard drive so apologies in advance for photo quality, layout, etc. This post was written on the iPad which they should rename the iPain-in-the-A**)

It’s undeniably fall in Berlin. The relentless rain is constantly chasing little L and I indoors. People used to ask me how I was able to live in rainy London? The thing is, the weather in London is quite pleasant! It certainly doesn’t make me think that I should have an ark at the ready.

That is so English of me though isn’t it? Complaining about the weather! Read more of this post

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