Graceful Japanese Grandmas

Found a delightful channel on Youtube. It’s called Grandma’s Recipes and it posts about these charming Japanese grandmothers and the way they cook Osechi–traditional New Year foods–in their region.

Beautifully filmed, the videos try to capture the essence of these women in relationship with the food they cook and the memories they have of their lives.
Worth a look if you like this type of thing.

Food in Berlin

Tuna sandwich
Tuna sandwich and cappuccino at Caffè e Gelato in Potsdamer Platz.
Weird combination, specially for a place with good ice cream, but it really hit the spot.

Ramen Soup
Ramen soup and sake cocktail at Cocolo Ramen in X-Berg.
This is as good as the hype makes it. Superb food.

Pulled pork and brisket
Pulled pork and brisket at Markt Halle Neun in X-berg.
Ana and Paulo took me there once and I love it. Every time I remember (and they are open, which is at very specific times) we give it another go. Meat done perfectly.

Sausage with mash and sauerkraut
Sausage with mash and sauerkraut at Maximilians in Mitte.
Default German food craving restaurant for lunch with Telmo. Delicious traditional food.

Knuckle of pork with Bavarian cabbage
Crisp knuckle of pork with Bavarian cabbage at Augustiner in Mitte.
Eating this two pound piece of meat was like playing “Operation” but in a delicious way. Another default German food restaurant. Delicious!

Basic Muffins

Cakes

Cakes

So I did these muffins and they are great. Then I did them again and altered them a bit and they got better. The first batch was very good but a little under-sweet.

The process is exactly the same. The only difference is on the ingredients. These are my changes:

– Instead of ½ cup granulated sugar I used 1 cup—so I doubled the amount of sugar;
– Also, instead of 1 cup whole milk I used half a cup crème fraîche and half a cup whole milk.

I love this recipe because it’s super simple and quick to make. Very convenient if you need something sweet and filled with bad carbs.