Restaurant Kartoffel-Küch: The Potato Palace

In Bad Homburg (about 10 miles northewst of Frankfurt), there’s a unique eatery called Restaurant Kartoffel-Küch. It’s one large, warmly-lit room, with long tables, candles glowing, walls decorated with old metal food signs, and antique kitchen implements everywhere. A couple of beautiful old tiled wood cookstoves. The room just has it, gemutlicheit up the gesundheit.

It’s also a pub, with beer on tap. The menu is diverse, but featured are potato dishes, some of which are listed below:

Hiimel & Erde (Heaven on Earth)

A casserole of mashed potatoes, apple sauce, liver, blood sausage, bacon, and onions

Hoppel Popple

Potatoes, onions, parsley, beef, eggs

A wonderful dish of ingredients we always have readily available. As far as I could figure, here would be the recipe:

-Steam some sliced potatoes lightly, then fry to brown.

-Saute onions, parsley, spice (oregano?) in olive oil.

-Saute sliced pieces beef (or lamb, chicken, pork), add water to get juice.

-saute above together and pour into casserole dish.

-Pour in beaten eggs.

-bake in oven.

Schupfnudels: Fried potato dumpling dough, saerkraut, bacon, cream sauce

Dessert:

-potato/egg pancake filled with warm blueberries, topped with a dab of whipped cream. Talk about heaven on earth!

Kartoffelpuffer mit apfelmus (does that not have a ring to it?): potato pancakes with apple sauce. These were cooked crispy brown.

In this restaurant the waitresses worked at high speed, pony tails flying. Zipping to the tables, pouring draft beer, bussing dishes with plates piled on one arm, vigilant as to customers’ needs. The art of waitressing…

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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