I am currently half way through my second trip to Berlin. 2 weeks in and 2 weeks to go, home is in my heart and I miss my family. I am also working for a lot of my time here so I try and balance my free time between exploring and relaxing. I think I achieved that quite well this past weekend.

The Jewish museum has some really strong architectural features, even above the staircase

On Friday I spent the day with family friends from Israel. It was so nice to see them after over a year and to have a taste of home and love. We spent the day at museums. From the Jewish Museum we went on to the exhibition Typography of Terror and then on to the Museum next to Check Point Charlie.

Yes, I left the KFC sign in on purpose, behind me is also a Starbucks and a MacDs

Saturday, in contrast, was a lot less educational, unless you count the lesson I learned doing a big shop which landed me with a 5kg backpack and 2x 6kg shopping bags that I had to carry 1,5km and up 81 steps. After my grocery run I changed into comfy clothes and vegged on the couch.

Balance, see?

By the time the evening came it was cold, I was hungry but also super lazy. I needed something that was filling, healthy and easy. A fridge full of ingredients but not will to turn them into food.

Grey skies and graffiti are the theme of this Berlin trip ( Graffiti being a constant)

The dish idea actually started with the idea of just quickly cooking some dumplings I had bought in hot water. Then I remembered that I had frozen chicken broth. From there it all tumbled together. The veggies, the seasoning and the best part is I could put it on the boil and go chill some more on the couch until I ended up with a warm bowl of goodness.

Spicy vegetable soup with dumplings


  • 2 cups broth
  • 1 parsnip peeled and sliced into ribbons
  • 1 carrot peeled and sliced into medalions
  • 1 cup green beans topped and tailed and cut in half
  • 1/2 a leek sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1 tin sweet corn
  • 2 dried chillis
  • water to cover
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6-7 dumplings
  • 1 tbs soy sauce


  • Put all the ingredients except the dumplings and soy sauce into a large pot.
  • Bring the pot to the boil on a high heat and once it's bubbling drop to a low medium heat to continue simmering. The longer it simmers the better.
  • Put the dumplings in according to the cooking time instructed on the packaging.
  • Before serving, add soy sauce and taste to make sure the seasoning is right.

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