Let’s face it. Some of us are simply not that skillful when it comes to cooking.
That is why I am always grateful, whenever somebody picks up the saucepan to develop fresh talents for the kitchens in my city. However, talent needs growing, and that is why Suhr’s Madakedemi has adopted a fine concept from the trendy Berlin; the food-exchange market.
It works as simple as that: Produce, taste and exchange.
You search in your hidden drawers for the recipe on that unbelievable delicious afternoon-cake that your aunt’s mother once gave to you. Or be creative and make up your own recipe on the next feel-good food trend.
Once you got your recipe ready, you go to your kitchen and produce a fitting amount of goodies that you can bring to the market. Put it in apportioned glasses, bags or whatever useful packaging and do not forget to reserve some of them for free tasting.
At the market, you and your fellow-cooks can have a taste at each other’s goodies at the free tasting-round. And that’s a real treat! I tasted mini-muffins with a much higher quality than my local posh-bakery could ever manage, complete with homemade lemon curd. Not to mention the healthy crumble for breakfast and sportsbars made of rough bread, the golden homemade honey and a new kind of apple-butter, which I have never heard of before.
After the tasting-round it is time for serious business! On the count of 3-2-1 you are allowed to ask any cook of his or her goodies in exchange for some of your own. If you are quick, a bit lucky and a great dealer you can actually return home to your kitchen with arms full of exclusive food, without having paid with anything but your own packed goodies, friendly smiles and – if you feel extra generous – your own secret recipe. I returned with the recipe of that mysterious, but seriously well-tasting, apple-butter … so you knows, even I may return for the next food-exchange market.