toumorokoshi potage


The day of my last post and also exactly three years before i cooked corn potage. Since March 11th isn't Soup Memorial Day or something like that and corn soup, as far as i see, luckily doesn't have anything in common with earthquakes and nuclear energy... it's coincidence.

But i noted that i never uploaded any corn potage or とうもろこしポタージュ recipe. So, if that simple and easy to cook soup isn't a basic meal in your household yet, feel free to try my recipe. It's one of a million. But maybe you like it or you used it as inspiration for your very own version. Itadakimasu!


Zum Zeitpunkt des letzten Eintrags hier gab es Maiscremsuppe. Bemerkenswerterweise gab es diese auch ziemlich genau drei Jahre früher. Jetzt ist der 11. März kein Suppengedenktag und glücklicherweise hat dieses einfache Gericht primär auch nichts mit verheerenden Erdbeben und Atomkraft zu tun. Nennen wir es also Zufall.

Allerdings ist mir aufgefallen, dass ich damals kein Rezept dazu verbloggt habe. Nicht allein nur deshalb, weil die Welt mit anderem beschäftigt war als übers Essen zu schreiben, sondern auch weil es bestimmt Tausende Varianten von corn potage oder とうもろこしポタージュ gibt und meine Version davon nicht einmal eine besonders ausgeklügelte ist. Dennoch seien alle, bei denen das Süppchen nicht ohnehin schon ein Standard in der Küche ist, herzlich dazu eingeladen es nachzukochen oder das Rezept als Anstoß zu eigenen Kreationen zu verwenden. Es lohnt sich allemal und schiefgehen kann dabei kaum etwas. In diesem Sinne: bon appétit.

Toumorokoshi Potage

Ein Zwiebelchen klein schneiden und in
etwas Butter glasig dünsten. Kleine Würfel
einer mittleren Kartoffel ebenfalls dazu geben und
ein Glas/eine Dose (abgetropft!) oder die entsprechende Menge an frischem Mais (– je zarter, desto besser).

Mit Flüssigkeit aufgießen. Diese besteht hälftig aus
Vollmilch und
Hühnerbrühe, insgesamt ungefähr einem Liter. Hiervon spart man sich am besten einen Rest auf, den man gegen Ende zugeben kann um die Konsistenz je nach Geschmack anzupassen.

Die Suppe mit
einem Lorbeerblatt köcheln lassen, bis die Zutaten gar und ausreichend weich sind. Dann das Lorbeerblatt wieder herausnehmen und alles fein pürieren. Wenn nötig mit
Salz und
weißem Pfeffer abschmecken.

Wer vorher ein paar Maiskörner vorm Pürierstab gerettet hat, kann diese zum Anrichten über die Suppe geben. Sahne, gehackte Kräuter oder Croutons eignen sich natürlich ebenso. Wobei, das muss man vielleicht dazu sagen, ein gewisser Reiz von Toumorokoshi Potage auch in seiner berechenbaren Einfachheit liegt. Das verhält sich ähnlich wie bei Vanillepudding.





It's three years now...


Strawberry Fields



---- Oh,...

---- it's a strawberry!

Can you see the tiny leaves in the upper picture turning into their typical shape?

I'm planning to grow more plants on our balcony this summer. It must be nice having around a plenty of these fresh green fellows, growing them, soil your hands, harvesting what you've grown, enjoying fresh fruits without rotten compromises.

Yet, i guess it won't end with having a green balcony. It will still remain a metaphor.



spring is in the air


It's February and spring is in the air. A bit early this year. Even better.

Lately i'm into Tillandsia, airplants. You can "plant" them almost everywhere: on your cupboard, on the sill, on an old saucer, in a jar. Put it in a basket and hang it on the hinge,... No messy soil and – maybe most important, for me at least – they're very undemanding and asking for a little water only once or twice a month.

Long time i've seen Bromeliads only in the windows of old auntie houses, seemingly still surviving in their chalky, crusty plant pots since the time when auntie was still a bit younger and more fashionable... like i am today?

Indeed, it looks like these plants are in vouge again. On the other hand the Tillandsia appear so... i would be exaggerating if i'd say "wabi-sabi".



High Speed


Stainless - Shinjuku by Adam Magyar
via Spoon & Tamago




Like ceramics. Glass is showing so beautifully it's soul when it is made by hand.

Glas. 1958 by Bert Haanstra.



gloomy days


As much as i love that diffused light on the wall of our flat, - the opposite is darkness. And there's way too much of it.

It was years ago that i fell in love with Japan. But it was only recently that i've become aware that this love is not only about culture, food or architecture, it's also about light. Daylight is much more intense than it is here and i guess, there are more sunshine hours. My impression is that at the places where i was living here in Germany days are usually cloudy and only "special days" are sunny. Everytime i was in Japan instead there was sunshine. And cloudy or rainy days occasionally came and went. I literally was feeling delighted. The glass half full or empty... My point of view may be subjective. But eversince it feels hard to me to get through the darker months, even through short instable summers.




I liked these cups and got them as a present, a souvenir while visiting a friend in Japan. Thank you so much! The person who usually gets one of this pair when having tea, thinks they are a bit too modern or "designy". Yes his sense is very adult, - most of the time. I think instead : why not!? They are perfect for a girly afernoon tea break. I love the combination of waves and the fishnet pattern and look at the foam or fog over the sea! Pretty. Thanks!

Bought there:



... and the sky is grey


The leaves are changing their colours. Here they mostly turn yellow. I have some bright childhood memories of fallen leaves, although these days actually don't last very long. It's almost like cherry blossom season, huh.


thinking & doing

My husband is a part-time dishwasher and one of the greatest thinkers i know. I'm not sure if there's any coincidence. But speaking for myself, doing the dishes, as well as taking a shower, is the very best moment to dwell on deep and healthy thoughts. Ideas simply come to my mind like the water is coming out of the tap. Then everything is clean and refreshed.
Second picture: our coffee scoop, made by the best philosopher, dishwasher and craftsman i personally know. First picture: relatively new cup in our household, crafted by an artisan, i don't know personally, but has a name and a face.