"We will share our best tips about smart grocery shopping, the artistry of reinventing left overs, and how to find the fun and love in everyday cooking."
Living in (and on) a creative capital
Berlin. A city that has reinvented itself time and time again - a simmering pot of alternative solutions, where people come from all over the world to live a different, perhaps more creative, way of life.
However, living a different, more creative way of life often also means having to be creative on a tight budget, taking every expense into consideration, including how much - or how little - money is spent on food.
Having worked as freelancers for a long time, we know all about living on a “creative“ budget. But what we also know, and what we have learned over the years, is that cooking delicious and healthy food doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, it can be really inexpensive. And we want to share with you everything we know about it.
Creative Cooking - workshops, blog and cookbook
We offer creative cooking workshops, where the participants are inspired to cook simple, yet delicious meals that are as nourishing as they are affordable. No more instant noodles, gone are the hollow-eyed days of spaghetti with ketchup - and who knows - perhaps that creative block along with it! We will share our best tips about smart grocery shopping, the artistry of reinventing left overs, and how to find the fun and love in everyday cooking.
If we are sufficiently funded, the workshops will be free of charge for the participants.
Recipes and tips from the workshops will be published on a blog, along with soulful photographs of the food we cook. The best material from the blog will end up in a digital cookbook.
Cook and Connect - locally and globally
The workshops will be an opportunity for the participants to network, making new connections and unexpected friends. Every workshop of 6-10 participants will be arranged in private kitchens or collaborating cafés, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Anyone living somewhere else on the planet can follow us on our blog. We are hoping to inspire as many people as possible to new ways of thinking around everyday cooking.
Joyful cooking - as with all creativity - is about feeling inspired. Every now and then our workshops (and blog) will be visited by a surprise guest who has an inspiring story to share.
The blog will also feature “dinnerviews”: A spotlight on someone who has participated in one of our workshops: Who are they, what do they do and how do they do it? What inspires them and drives them, where do they go to fill up their creative fuel?
We can't wait to get started on this!
And that's where you come in... Are you someone who would like to join our creative cooking endeavours? Or are you someone who would just like to help us spread the culinary love? Either way, we humbly welcome your support.
Who are we?
We are Sara and Dieter, two freelancers who have spent the last ten years working with photography, animation, writing, and graphic design.
Cooking is Sara's biggest passion in life, so regardless of where she lives in the world, she will always spend a lot of time in the kitchen - or thinking about what to cook next. Over the years, she has noticed that her love of food seems to be contagious, so much that on occasion she has been asked to teach private cooking classes. Well, folks, it's time to spread that culinary love to wider circles.
Dieter grew up with an Italian Nona and a Russian Babushka, surrounded by the warm smells of home made ravioli and wareniki filled with cottage cheese. Whether it was their good food or the stories told while cooking it, Dieter's love of his grandmothers´ pastas was soon to be equaled by his love for storytelling. Today he tells stories through the lens of the camera.
To inspire people to (re)discover the joy of cooking delicious, healthy, affordable food, in a way that is loving and respectful to both ourselves and our planet.
Going slow(er). Cooking is half the fun!
In our fast-paced society we want to save time on everything. Like cooking for example. The stores offer instant-soups, ready-to-go-sauces and pre-cooked everything. Well, the happy news is that cooking a delicious meal from scratch can be done within fifteen minutes. That's great right? But as much as we like food that´s both fresh and quick to make, we would like to encourage you to enjoy the process of cooking as much as the meal itself. Few other activities - especially in this digital era of ours - engage our five senses the way cooking does. Taste, smell, sensation, sight and sound. (Sound? Just think of the sizzling of garlic in olive oil, or the crunch of an apple in your mouth!)
Bringing people together
Food brings people together. Something most of us have in common, regardless of background or culture, is that we all like a good home cooked meal. After all, some of the best conversations are often had by the dinner table, wouldn't you agree?
Berlin is an international city with people from all over the world. The workshops are a great way to meet new friends, exchanging experiences, languages and recipes.
For those of you who live somewhere else on this lovely planet, we are hoping to inspire you with our blog and cookbook. Hopefully we will make you want to get together with friends and friends of friends for your own creative cooking workshops!
Statistics show that in the US and EU, almost half of the food produced is wasted and thrown away, and worldwide it is as much as 30%. That puts the annual food waste at a shocking 1.3 billion tons - or enough to feed 3 billion people.* Now, not only is that very uneconomical, on all levels, it´s not showing a whole lot of love to our planet and what she is giving to us. Through a little bit of planning, smarter grocery shopping, more mindful cooking, reinventing our left overs instead of throwing them away, we are being respectful to our individual as well as our collective resources.
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Enjoying the gifts of the season
If you start looking for seasonal produce you will likely find that it´s often more inexpensive and easier to find natural and locally grown, than the produce out of season. And so much tastier! (Just think about a tomato in winter, a bleak imitation of the sweet juicy tomatoes of summer). By cooking more season-consciously, we help reduce long transports, the food has more flavour, is more nourishing, and we can still keep a tight budget. A win-win!
Finding new solutions
Big changes are taking place in the world. Creativity and sustainability are key words and exchange of services and knowledge are becoming a necessary alternative to consumerism and financial profit. As we are faced with having to invent new solutions from existing resources, a growing number of people find themselves redefining quality of life, reevaluating their goals, reprioritizing their focus - ultimately reinventing themselves. There is a shift in attitude, a growing need for a simplified way of life; One where we consider time to be one of our greatest assets and where our heroes are not the rich and famous, but those who have the courage to follow their heart and to live their dream. Berlin is full of these people, and in our blog you will meet some of them.
Support and Rewards
The bigger the total sum of contributions, the more inexpensive (and available) the workshops will be for the participants. If we are sufficiently funded, the workshops will be free of charge for the participants.
How will we use the money?
The funds we raise will give us time to prepare and carry out the workshops and dinnerviews, as well as provide the blog with a continuous stream of recipes, photographs, tips and inspiration around creative cooking. A collection of the best material will result in a digital cookbook, which all backers from 15€ up will receive.
Approximately 15% of the contributions will cover fixed administrative fees plus promotional initiatives (T-shirts, bags, aprons, postcards, shipping costs, etc).
If we are sufficiently funded, we will offer two workshops per week during three months. The workshops will be free of charge for the participants.
If we don´t reach our goal, we will do as many workshops as the budget allows, alternatively introduce a reasonable fee for the participants.
We look at these three months as our start up period and a chance to develop our concept even further, while we are exploring other ways to finance a possible continuation of activities.
What will we give you in return?
Among the rewards you will receive for supporting our project are:
Improved Karma; your name on our List of Heroes on the blog; a digital cookbook with the most mouthwatering recipes and pictures from the blog; an apron, T-shirt or tote bag, adorned with our What's Cooking in Berlin-logo; a home cooked dinner at our humble abode.
Join us in the kitchen! Come on in, and let's see What's Cooking in Berlin.
Questions? Want to sign up for a workshop?
Don't hesitate to contact us! email@example.com
Make sure to let us know if you want to join us in the kitchen!
Not everything is about money
There are many other ways to contribute:
- Tell your friends about us, like our Facebook page, share our indiegogo-link to anyone you think could be curious about or inspired by our project.
- Do you or someone you know in Berlin have a nice roomy kitchen to spare for one of our workshops? Please get in touch!
- Do you have other ideas of how to contribute or collaborate? We would love to hear about it!
How much will the workshops cost?
If we are sufficiently funded, the workshops will be free of charge. We want them to be available for anyone and everyone.
Will the workshops be in German or English?
For now, the workshops will be in English. However, we are hoping for an even mix of German and international participants, so that our workshops will be an opportunity for language exchange.
I'm vegetarian/vegan or I have gluten-/dairy intolerance. Can I still join the workshops?
Of course you can! Just let us know when you sign up to join a workshop. Anyone who is looking for a creative spark in the kitchen is more than welcome!
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Intro: Johnny Dodds, Blue Piano Stomp.
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