use-up-milk fruit tarte

One of the interns where i volunteer recently asked me,
Do you have your recipes in digital form?

· That got me thinking about where i was cooking-wise ·

Sure i jot myself notes when something works well, or to remind myself never to try “that” again. I also have a collection of recipes – my own, heirlooms, flotsam and jetsam. But it had been a long time since i had given my work much thought. I had been at a dead end just under 10 years ago. There was nothing left in restaurant work i still wanted to do. So i decided to start “givin’ it away”. That is when Babewyn was born.

Since then i have been trying to find the “why” in cooking i had lost to maturity and the reality of contemporary hospitality. So here i am thinking what i could give this kid, and it occurs to me i am doing something differently now than when i quit full-time ala carte.

Time to get crackin’ on putin’ some of my stuff out there. And maybe i can even explain a little of the why and how and what makes that different from “Take out table so-and-so, please!”.

Use-Up-Dairy-Products Fruit Tarte. Obstschnitte zum Verbrauchen von Milchprodukten. Page 1.click image for PDF-version

Use-Up-Dairy-Products Fruit Tarte. Obstschnitte zum Verbrauchen von Milchprodukten. Page 2.click image for PDF-version

Use-Up-Dairy-Products Fruit Tarte. Obstschnitte zum Verbrauchen von Milchprodukten. Page 3.click image for PDF-version

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Flowers on the Traffic Island of Potsdamer Straße.

I had actually waded out to the traffic island to take a picture of a favorite “Imbiss” (food stand/snack bar), and there they were hiding in the dry grass.

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Scarcely visible from the sidewalk, the plants had seeded themselves from last years plantings, and were stunted by poor soil conditions and lack of moisture. But for the red poppy, a native, they had all shrunk to a height of 15-20 cm.

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Potsdamer Straße am Kulturforum, Berlin-Mitte (Tiergarten)

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Blossom

Blossom of a Gentrification

Rosa spinosissima [syn.: Rosa pimpinellifolia] hybrid in the Park am Gleisdreieck (West Park) Berlin-Kreuzberg near the corner of Flottwellstraße and Schöneberger Ufer.

The new Park, "Park am Gleisdreieck" is being created on what was once a vacant railroad property. Luxury apartment houses are being built on its periphery. The adjacent neighborhoods in northern Schöneberg that were once less sought-after are “benefiting” from the rise in value of Berlin’s “New Middle”. (The fact that is one of my favorite parks, speaks volumes about me, i presume.)

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Image: Rosa_pimpinellifolia_hybrid_parkamgleisdreieck_berlin_kreuzberg.png by Babewyn on Wikimedia Commons. (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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Potse

My old hood, Potsdamerkiez:
“Potse” – Yeah, you heard right.

The adult video and sex shop LSD in the building that once housed the photography retailer Foto-Radio-Wegert at Potsdamer Straße 124-126.

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Adult entertainment, and prostitution have a more than 125 year old tradition in northern Schöneberg. They were the cradle of the nascent Gay sub-cultured, that has gained a certain “respectability” in recent years. Today the Gays converge to the south-west of Nollendorfplatz where the red-light district character of the neighborhood has been all but erased. To the north-east of Nollendorplatz however, (female) street prostitution is as pervasive as ever. Middle-class assimilation of this “milieu”, the profession of those who work in sex-work, as in the case of the until recently equally frowned-on “group”, Gay men (no matter whether hustler or government minister) would seem to remain unthinkable. And so the radical conflict of interest between the interests of local merchants and property owners, and the reality of a market that does not have the right to exist rages on.

Extras.

In this YouTube video (circa minute 20:42) the building can be seen as it was in the 1960s.

And as an added “Betthupferl”: Here a small overview by another WordPress.com blogger of locales in the neighborhood that have gone the way of gentrification.

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spray

Re-Using Urban Space

Much as i regret that the railway system has been given up in favor of the highway and personal vehicle system, this old, overgrown marshaling yard that has been made a public park (one of several rededicated, former rail yards in Berlin) is a jewel of public space. I hope some day common spaces will become more fashionable, and not just places to stroll about in, or even worse to be used for purposes of the individual exercise (vulgar Darwinianly named: “fit-ness”) craze!

The old viaduct in Schöneberger Südgelände had been freshly spray painted. The smell of solvents still hung in the air.

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A path up an crumbling railway embankment, seen from under an old arch.


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by Babewyn on Wikimedia Commons.
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Looking out of the tunnel at the Spring foliage. On the rusting girders above, the words “Empathie” and “Hope.”


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Some of the soggy grout did not withstand the artistic fervor and provided a colorful mosaic of shards on the ground.

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sun

Another Day at the Park

If you have read a bit here in the Babewyn blog, you may have noticed that on sunny days i am fond of going to Park am Gleisdreieck in Berlin-Kreuzberg with my friend Murmel to picnic, giggle, throw the Frisbee around, and cuddle. Monday was glorious. My partner and i had baked fresh bagels on Sunday, so with a bag of those and a thermos of spiced rose-hip tea, and a bottle of soap bubbles i was all set for a day at the park with the Murm.

Soap bubbles and people enjoying the sun terrace at Park am Gleisdreieck.
(by Murmel with my camera whilst i am providing the bubbles)

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Lilacs, matching graffiti, and the in Berlin ever-present construction fence.

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Sunset through a young poplar tree by the bleachers of the beach volleyball field, Beach 61 in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

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A very tall turn of the 19th Century street lamp

❦ A replica of course* – Corner of Spandauer Damm, Otto-Suhr-Allee, and Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße, near Luisenplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg. ❦

Wish i could say more about it, but short of going to the DPW and asking, i am at a loss. Best i could do on-line was “Jugendstil”! Oh for Petesake! If everything were “Jugendstil” that got stuck with the name … ! It couldn’t get any more general!? Yes, that and it is light green. Blimey!

Strassenlaterne_Spandauerdamm_Berlin.png on Wikimedia CommonsImage: Strassenlaterne_Spandauerdamm_Berlin.png.
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View camera location on open street map.

* Linked image: Savignyplatz mit Ruine des Toilettenhäuschens, um 1945. Property of: Bezirksamt Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.
This is an image of Savignyplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg in 1945 or 1946 only a few kilometers from where the above photo was taken as i could not find a similar image of the exact corner. Since the fall of the Warsaw Pact there has been increasing pressure in Germany to erase the marks of the 20th Century in the public sphere (though the street lamp in question was most likely installed during the urban “renewal” of the 1980’s). I too am fond of quaint things, yet i am aware of the risk of falsifying the present and how we arrived where we are today. Hence, the more i am tempted post kitsch the more i am eager to put it in perspective so as not to be guilty of revisionism.

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