It’s the wife’s or girlfriend’s birthday? Kova Patisserie is an idea for breakfast.

It’s Ellie’s birthday today, so I ordered some cake from Japanese-French Kova Patisserie this morning. I don’t normally eat cake, but I remembered that Ellie had banged on about Kova following several visits with her girlfriends over the past few years, so it seemed a safe guess. Kova’s tiny flagship café opened over five years ago on January 2016, during the height of the London matcha craze. Since then they’ve been famous for their matcha mille crêpes. Wafer-thin layers of French crêpes alternating with matcha-flavoured custard cream. I get easily bored when people talk about cake and I recall very vividly how terribly bored I was when Ellie spent the best of ten minutes describing the structural details of Kova’s matcha mille crêpes to me a few years ago. Can’t decide? Order three different cakes. In order to keep her from getting that monologue started all over again, I decided […]

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Sierra Leone Potato Leaves Plasa

Today I tried my hand at Sierra Leone potato leaves seafood plasa for the first time. One of the companies I’m involved with in my day job is a money remittance firm with a focus on Sierra Leone, hence the connection. Plasa means stew or soup, by the way, and refers to a dish with a lot of rice on which some seafood and/or meat, vegetables and sauce are added. It is perhaps the most typical Sierra Leonean dish. Another very common variety of plasa is made with cassava leaves instead of sweet potato leaves. I believe this recipe to be reasonably traditional in terms of the preparation process. I watched dozens of youtube videos and read plenty of cooking blog posts. It is also traditional in that it uses a ton of Maggi, just like most people in Sierra Leone seem to. On the other hand I use readily-available […]

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Garfield would kill for this Lasagna Recipe

This recipe is for 4 persons. It involves 20 minutes of work and 40 minutes of baking, 60 minutes from start to finish. It requires only very basic skills, so everyone can do it. In Germany, where I grew up, most people make lasagna at home on a very regular basis. As a matter of fact, most German cooking books I’ve seen contain one or more lasagna recipes, just like they contain recipes for Viennese schnitzel, Hungarian goulash, or three dozen French dishes. While all Germans are aware of the foreign origin of these dishes, they consider them to be German dishes nonetheless. Perhaps a bit like us here in the UK (I’m a dual British-German citizen), when we consider chicken curry, Beef Wellington, or Mulligatawny soup to be British dishes.   Photos for illustrative purposes only. Ratios and amounts of ingredients are different from recipe. The following recipe is […]

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Restaurant Paul in Vienna – a pear-driven, but not pear-shaped, fun evening

During my recent stay in Vienna for my day job, I passed by Paul every day on my way to work. It was pretty much at the midway point: 5 minutes’ walk from my hotel near St Stephen’s, 5 minutes from the office near Wien Mitte. Ranking and Atmosphere As usual I had read up on all the local eateries way before my departure from London. So I was fully aware that Paul was at or near the top of almost all rankings out there. I don’t know what took me so long to visit. I waited nearly until the last week of my stay. Prior to that I mainly went for more traditional places, or, at times, for something foreign like an Italian or a Greek. I’m guessing that Paul simply does not fall into a category I typically choose. It is a level below proper fine-dining (another category […]

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Weibel’s Wirtshaus in Vienna – Beautiful Beuscherl

Weibel’s Wirtshaus happened to be more or less on my way from the office to my hotel. This was when I was working in Vienna for a few weeks end of last year. It is located in a small side street two minutes’ walk from St. Stephen’s. Hidden away from all the hustle and bustle of the big city. In summer, their small ‘Schanigarten’ or beer garden is popular, we hear. Michelin Guide Recommendation The Michelin Guide calls Weibel’s Wirtshaus “the archetypal Viennese restaurant.” It attests to a warm, friendly, rustic and snug atmosphere,” with “good, simple, traditional cooking.” On Tripadvisor it was awarded “Traveller’s Choice 2020.” The eatery is currently ranked a very respectable No. 218 out of over 3,700 restaurants. Pleasant Atmosphere, Great Service The warm, bright, friendly atmosphere immediately took me in. The cheerful waiter greeted me at the door. He led me to my table after […]

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