All posts tagged: travel

Vegan Currywurst

It hasn’t quite been a month yet since our adventures in Hamburg. Alas, here I am already reminiscing and feeling so nostalgic about the place that I felt a sudden urge on Friday to recreate our favourite German dish – currywurst. We had the pleasure of trying currywurst twice in the one weekend and in delightfully contrasting ways. Once on our first night in takeaway form, when we arrived very late and completely exhausted at our airbnb and thought we’d chance it with the German version of JustEat. Again on our last day, at a big touristy restaurant connected to a brewery in New Town. Both were delicious and, arguably, each as authentic as the other. What I wanted to achieve with this meal was a carbon copy of either one or the other. I’d have been happy with even the takeaway version even if just to truly recreate the taste of our holiday. I had little success with this, despite my best efforts, but will continue to plough on with my experimentations every now and …

The Best Burger in Hamburg

As I write this, I’m sat at my desk at work, utterly miserable to be back in stupid, rubbish England. We had the most wonderful long weekend in Hamburg, so wonderful that the holiday blues have set in very quickly with the weight and rigidity of cement. Boo. I’m hoping to fling a few posts about the weekend your way before the month is up, and I thought hamburgers might just be the best starting point. We were lucky enough to try two – which fared best? Otto’s Burger Before I went away, I asked as many people as would listen what their food recommendations were. Otto’s Burger came up again and again as the best burger joint in the city. Naturally, therefore, it was the first place we actively hunted down to eat. The drinks menu, as with all of the places we ate in Hamburg, was well stocked with locally brewed and reasonably priced beers – much to our delight. With a pint in hand we each chose our burgers from the varied …

Crepes a La Creme De Marrons

Pancake Day is at last mere days away. On February 28th, it’s finally time to grab a whisk the moment you come home from work and whip up a batch of battery goodness. I’ve had some pretty killer pancake ideas in my time (I think my favourite will always be last years marzipancakes) but this year, I decided to take inspiration from my recent trip to Dieppe, France. In Dieppe, there was an outdoor crepe stall almost every few paces. They were made fresh outside restaurants, cafes and dessert joints, and creme de marrons was on every menu. Creme de marron (which I, of course, had to use Google Translate to decipher when I first saw it) means chestnut paste. This, it turns out, is incredibly easy to make. Vacuum packed cooked chestnuts (I had a packet in the house leftover from Christmas) are boiled gently with sugar, water and vanilla for about half an hour. The chestnuts go into a blender with a little of the syrup at a time until you reach a …