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“First Friday of Every Month”

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Information added 6 May 2017: “First Friday ……” is (temporarily?) suspended. The concept is not working. This is Berlin. Too many other things get in the way :-).

 

Neueste Nachrichten zuerst/Latest news first.

Der nächste “First Friday ….” ist  Freitag 2. Juni/The next “First Friday ….. is Friday 2 June.

Die Rezepte aus dem ersten “First Friday ….” (3. Februar) sind hier/The recipes from the first “First Friday ….” (3 February) are here:

http://www.hellemoller.eu/2017/02/04/pumpkin-curry-with-black-eyed-beans-and-coconut-milk/http://www.hellemoller.eu/2017/02/02/my-first-first-friday-chicken-curry/http://www.hellemoller.eu/2017/02/01/white-lamb-curry/http://www.hellemoller.eu/2017/01/30/too-many-dates-left-over-date-and-tamarind-paste-chutney/

 

 

 

Please scroll down for the English version. First, here is a really bad German version:

 

Ich versuche ein Experiment: “Erster Freitag jeden Monats”.

Ich genieße, von Zeit zu Zeit zu kochen, und Freunde und Bekannte um ein hausgemachtes Essen einzuladen. Allerdings bin ich von der Formalität und den Beschränkungen von „Sit-down-Dinners“ müde, und es ist mein Eindruck, dass es sowieso nicht so ein großes “Berlin-Ding” ist (besonders Bescheid geben ob man kommt odernicht, und das pünktliche Auftauchen scheinen hier fast unmöglich.

Deshalb sind die von meinen hart arbeitenden Freunden und die wenigen mit-Rentner(innen), die ich kenne, und die Lust haben vorbeizukommen um was zu Essen und Wein trinken, leichte Schwätzchen und ernste Gespräche führen, ihre Füße hochlegen und sogar fernsehen, wenn das so ist, wie sie sich fühlen (besonders wenn jemand herausfinden kann, wie es funktioniert ….) hier jeden ersten Freitag des Monats willkommen, ohne mir vorher im Voraus mitzuteilen, ob sie kommen.

Habe ich schon erwähnt, dass es ein Experiment ist und dass Informalität entscheidend ist? Falls es plötzlich nichts mehr zu essen gibt, werden wir einfach Pizza oder Sushi oder was auch immer bestellen. Sollte jemand Lust haben, Essen/Getränke mitzubringen, ist das natürlich auch OK aber keine Voraussetzung.

Wenn du über eventuelle Änderungen informiert werden möchtest, dann bitte deine E-Mail-Adresse mitteilen, wenn ich sie noch nicht habe. Alternativ kannst du auch der Facebook-Gruppe “First Friday of Every Month” anschließen, aber das ist nur in Englisch.

Das erste Mal ist Freitag 3. Februar, ab 18.00 Uhr, aber bereits im März wird es Freitag 10. März.

 

PS: Wenn du Bier und oder viel Coca Cola oder Fanta oder was auch immer trinkst, muss ich dich für 3. Februar beten, es selbst mitzubringen. Wegen neuliche Graue Star Operationen darf ich bis Ende Februar nichts lüften.

 

Hopefully, the English version is better J:

 

I am trying out an experiment: “First Friday of Every Month”.

I enjoy cooking from time to time, and to invite friends and acquaintances around for a home-cooked meal. However, I am tired of the formality and restrictions of sit-down dinners, and it is my impression that those are not such a great “Berlin thing” anyway (especially the part about turning up fairly punctually …. not to mention the whole R.S.V.P. thing).

Therefore, those of my hard-working friends, and the few fellow retirees I know, who feel like coming round for some food and wine, idle chats and serious conversations, putting their feet up and even watching TV if that is what they feel like doing (especially if somebody can figure out how to make it work ….) are welcome here every first Friday of the month without having to tell me in advance whether they are coming.

Did I mention it is an experiment and that informality is key? If we run out of food, we just have to order pizza or sushi or whatever. Should anyone feel like bringing food/drinks that is of course also OK but not a requirement.

If you would like to be kept informed of any changes that may arise, please let me have your e-mail address if I do not have it already. Alternatively, please join the Facebook group called “First Friday of Every Month”.

The first time will be Friday 3 February, as from 18.00 hrs, but note that there is a change already in March where the date is Friday 10 March.

PS: If you drink beer and/or coke or fanta or whatever, I need to ask you to bring it yourself for 3 February. Due to recent cataract surgery I am not supposed to lift anything heavier than a glass of redwine till the end of February.

Pumpkin curry with black-eyed beans and coconut milk

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1 kg pumpkin or butternut sqash, cut into large chunks

Olive oil to drizzle

1 tblsp garam masala

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tblsp olive oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

2 green chilis, slit lengthways

1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

500 g (after soaking and cooking) black-eyed beans

150 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 x 400 ml tin coconut milk

 

Place pumpkin pieces in a bowl, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with garam masala, salt and pepper. Mix to coat evenly and arrange in an oven-proof plate in a single layer. Roast at 180 degrees until the pumpkin is soft and tender.

Heat olive oil in a large pan and add the mustard seeds. When they start to pop, add the chilies and the onion and cook till the onion is soft and golden. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. Add the beans, mix well, and add the tomatoes. Cook for another couple of minutes.

Now add the turmeric, a good pinch of black pepper, 1 tsp salt and the coconut milk. Heat gently and add the pumpkin. Cover and heat through, checing for salt and chili.

 

 

 

My first “First Friday ……” chicken curry

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For one kilo of chicken thigh meat (without skin and bones – METRO has it)

3 tblsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 (real) cinnamon sticks

2 large onions, peeled and chopped

6 cm fresh ginger, peeled and grated

6 cloves garlic, crushed

Chili to taste, for example 1 tsp chili powder, or 2 fresh chilies

1 tsp salt

200 g tinned tomatoes or tomato passata

2 tblsp tomato concentrate

1,5 tsp ground cumin

A half tsp ground turmeric

3 tblsp full-fat yoghurt

1 tsp garam masala

 

Heat the oil and fry cumin seeds and cinnamon sticks shortly. Then add the onions and cook on medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

Blend the ginger, garlic, chilies and salt with just enough water to make a coarse paste.

Add the paste to the onions and simmer for a couple of minutes. Then add the tomato and cook for a few minutes to a thick paste, stirring occasionally.

Then add the tomato concentrate and the rest of the spices. Simmer.

Whisk the yoghurt and incorporate it, once tblsp at a time. Cook through and let all the flavours meld.

Add the chicken and simmer for arund 30 minutes. Before serving, add the garam masala and heat through.