Eating up north

I am slightly obsessed with food.  I grew up with parents that were very concerned about providing their kids with healthy nourishment, so home cooked meals from fresh ingredients were the standard. I try to keep that standard in my tiny kitchen, but sometimes it’s hard and I especially after a day at work I often resort to eating out. So when I visit my parents  these days I often order special dishes in advance. They always deliver.

I talked about my father’s nordic roots before. I grew up with dishes that many of my classmates would wrinkle their noses at.  The people from northern Germany like to combine sweet and savoury tastes in sometimes rather strange combinations.  I remember a dish of yeasted dumplings, smoked pork chops and hot cherries. It was delicious.

One my all-time favorites is “pears, beans and bacon”. My dad made it for me when I visited this summer.

Another favorite is this hot broth (made from beef and bones) with marrow dumplings. Perfect on a cold day.

This is also something very typical from northern Germany, I don’t think I ever read or heard about it anywhere else: It’s a sweet soup made from black elderberry juice, cooked with sliced apples and pears and – guess what – dumplings. These are sweet flour dumplings. The elderberries are collected in autumn and the juice can be bottled and preserved for the winter.  It is so delicious, my perfect soul food.

I really hope to remember all of my parent’s recipes. I should really start to write them down.


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