We have compiled the answers to the questions that readers ask again and again.
Which camera and lenses do you use for your photos?
We photograph all of our images using the Canon 5D MK III. Since we also work as wedding photographers, we have almost every high-speed L-fixed focal length from Canon at our disposal. When it comes to food photography, we usually use EF 50mm 1:1,2 L, EF 35mm 1:1,4 L und EF 100mm 1:2,8 L IS Macro.
How do you set up the lighting for your photos?
Almost all of our images are photographed in daylight. We tend to use our balcony window for this purpose. If it is slightly later in the day, or is simply too dark in the middle of winter, we turn to our Hensel compact flashes.
Which program do you use to edit your photos?
We use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
Do you offer workshops?
We do, but only in German. You can find all of the information regarding our food photography and food styling workshops here.
Where do you find your props?
We source our tableware and utensils from all over the world, often from France, England, Denmark, the USA or Japan. We find these items at ceramics markets, browsing the Internet, when travelling and mainly at the flea market. Most of our plates and bowls are individual pieces, which are not duplicates, since they are old objects that we have found, or they have been produced especially for us. We have been collecting tableware from a wide range of different ceramicists for years.
We can spend hours or even days browsing Etsy, Ebay and Dawanda for special treasure. Analogue Life (http://analoguelife.com), Zierrad und Gold (http://zierratundgold.bigcartel.com) and Selekkt (http://selekkt.com/kueche-kochen-essen.html) come highly recommended as online shops. We are also waiting with baited breath for the day when the Food52 online shop (http://food52.com) starts shipping to Germany!
What are those symbols next to the recipes?
Since we have noticed that too many dairy and cereal products can be bad for our body, we often eat food that is vegan or free from lactose or gluten. These small symbols next to our recipes help our readers to instantly recognise whether a dish is vegan, or lactose/gluten-free. If you click the icon, you will be directed to a list of all recipes for the relevant category.
Do you only buy and eat organic products?
You can often find plastic-packed fruit and vegetables from all over the world in the organic department of the supermarket. The most important thing for us is to purchase local food products, which did not have to travel hundreds of kilometres to reach us. Even though we mainly purchase products from an organic farm at the weekly market, we always prefer the local apples with no organic label to organic apples that have been flown in. However, when it comes to dairy products, eggs, honey and products made of corn, soya and grain, we pay great attention to organic quality.
Where do you buy your food products?
We usually go to the weekly eco-market at Leopoldplatz, which is only a few meters from our flat. It is quite small, but provides us with all the fresh, local ingredients that we need. Sometimes we also make it to Wittenbergplatz on Thursdays, visit Markthalle 9 on a Saturday or, if we are looking for something really special, we head to the Frischeparadies. We also think it is great to visit the farmers themselves from time to time. There is not a huge variety of different vegetables at the Alte Fasanerie in Berlin-Lübars, but you do get the chance to see them grow. There is also the Himmelbeet garden in the Wedding district of Berlin, where we often look to find herbs and vegetables. The farmers in the regions surrounding Berlin and many other German cities regularly offer an eco-box, which is delivered straight to your door. We can recommend the Ökodorf Brodowin for Berlin.
Which are your favourite restaurants in Berlin?
OK, this section is certainly going to be a bit longer. Berlin offers so many wonderful restaurants with vegetarian dishes from all over the world. We love Vietnamese food – particularly the brilliant creations from Sian’s restaurants. We always order a dish from the carte du jour at ChénChè (Rosenthaler Straße 13, 10119 Berlin) and you absolutely have to try the vegetarian burger at District Môt (Rosenthalerstrasse 62, 10119 Berlin). Also a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant is SOY (Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 Berlin). The special of SOY is that every dish is complete vegan. Our favourite places to eat Korean food are Shikgoo (Tegeler Str. 27, 13353 Berlin) and YamYam (Alte Schönhauser Straße 6, 10119 Berlin). We love the delicious vegan food at KOPPS (Linienstraße 94, 10115 Berlin) and The Bowl (Warschauer Straße 33, 10243 Berlin). We love tucking into the crispy, Italian-style, stone-baked pizzas at Standard (Templiner Straße 7, 10119 Berlin) and I Due Forni (Schönhauser Allee 12, 10119 Berlin). If the boss of W der Imbiss (Kastanienallee 49, 10119 Berlin) is in the kitchen himself at the weekend, he serves his favourite Masala Dosa dish from South India. It is not on the menu, which means it is worth calling in advance to ask if the boss is there. If you have a taste for the exotic, then the Bejte Ethiopia restaurant (Zietenstraße 8, 10783 Berlin) is not to be missed. We like to go there with a few friends, we all share a big plate that is filled with an assortment of delicacies, which we eat with our fingers. If you cannot make a decision, it is worth paying a visit to one of Berlin’s brilliant food markets. Street Food Thursday takes place every week in Markthalle Neun (Eisenbahnstraße 42-43, 10997 Berlin) and on Sundays you can fill your belly from a range of different food trucks at the Street Food auf Achse Market at Kulturbrauerei (Schönhauser Allee 36, 10435 Berlin). If you like to finish your meal with something sweet, we would point you in the direction of Zeit für Brot (Alte Schönhauser Straße 4, 10119 Berlin), where you can enjoy a cinnamon bun. As the name suggests, you can also find the best bread and bread rolls for the breakfast table.
We are already looking forward to discovering even more delicious restaurants, takeaways and markets in Berlin over the next few years. It goes without saying that we are also open to your suggestions!
Do you own a restaurant in Berlin?
Even though we have often toyed with the idea of opening our own little place in Berlin, we are still too in love with photography. We are completely lacking in the know-how required for professional gastronomy, and the relaxation that we get from cooking would definitely fall by the wayside. However, since we are not just interested in bringing our readers nearer to the kitchen in a virtual sense, we also organise private events from time to time.
Is it possible to advertise on your blog?
We would like to keep our blog free from adverts. We only go into partnership with selected companies, who share our ideology and whose products and company philosophy we back 100%. These articles are furnished with a note stating ‘sponsored post’.
Is it possible for us to publish a promotional article or editorial contribution on your blog?
No, that is not possible. We only publish our own articles and recipes.
May I publish your recipes on my own blog?
We invest a great deal of time in recipe development and photography. Both are subject to copyright law and it is not permitted to publish or forward them without our prior consent.
Which blog template do you use and where can I download it?
Our blog is based on WordPress. We designed the whole thing ourselves and implemented it with the help of our programmers.