Eintopf #1: Hamburger National!

Since I do my ayurveda diet I spend a lot of time cooking or preparing stuff. Holidays are perfect for that, just because there's time.

When I think about my ayurveda diet as a restriction, this is mainly because of two things: 1) Eating out is complicated. It is complicated, because it almost always means I need to cut back on my diet. There's just a hand full of ingredients that I try to avoid and that seem to be in almost every meal you get when eating out: garlic, onions, tomato, pepper. 2) It also means that I cannot just order in when I feel tired. So cooking is fun time, but it can be stessful on a normal week day.

Back home I started cooking. I prepared a kind-of-Hamburger-National. I had found the recipe online. I must say, I never heard of it before, although I have been living in Hamburg for quite a while. Here's a nice blog article about the original recipe. Mine wasn't a real Hamburger National, because it was missing the most important ingredient: swede or rutabaga. I love it, but my stomach doesn't. Also I prepared a lighter version with pieces of turkey hen.

Today is Good Friday and the day was filled with a lot of cooking and eating out, and it was a good example of all the joys and problems that come along with it. Daniel and I went to Yokozuna for breakfast. I had never been there before, but always wanted to go. From what I heard it sounded like a nice café. Unfortunately the chamomile tea I wanted to order was out. The breakfast menu is very small, and since Ayurveda suggests a warm breakfast for me (and I was hoping for some scrambled eggs) I ordered a potatoe soup instead. I love soup, but starting the day with it did not feel good - though it was noon already - so I ordered a piece of marble cake. It was a lot creamier than I thought, and a bit heavy, which left me with an uncomfortable feeling in my stomach for a couple hours. The café's atmosphere was nice, although I think it's nicer to sit outside than inside.

Hot Pot with winter vegetables and turkey hen - inspired by 'Hamburger National'


  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 Parsnips
  • 1 cup of pumpkin flesh
  • ca. 200 g turkey hen
  • Chicken broth
  • 1 small onion
  • Parsley
  • 1 table spoon flour
  • 2-3 table spoons cream from rice

Serves two, preparation time 40 mins

  1. Gently roast the turkey hen pieces (I cut them to mouth-sized pieces). When golden-brown, remove from them from the stove.
  2. Sauté the vegetables a couple of minutes, then add the flour. Quickly toss the vegetables in the flour, then add the chicken broth. I usually take half a liter and add more water if the soup seems too thick. Let everything simmer for 10 minutes, then add the turkey pieces.
  3. Now let everything simmer another 15 minutes. Add the parsley (I usually freeze parsley in ice cube forms, I add one cube) and the cream and boil everything up briefly. Enjoy!