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Hearty Speckkuchen from Northern Hesse

You need

  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) leek
  • 20 eggs
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) fat back bacon (only white fat if possible)
  • breadcrumb
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 to 2.5 kg (4.4 to 5.5 lbs) heavy sour cream
  • 4.5 to 5 kg (9.9 to 11 lbs) rye bread dough (from the baker or a bread mixture)
  • Some butter and flour

You do

  • Mix eggs and sour cream to a smooth mixture
  • Cut leek into thin rings and add to the mix and gently fold in
  • Salt to taste
  • Cut bacon into small cubes and cover them in breadcrumb
  • Roll out bread dough onto a baking plate covered with butter and flour
  • Spread the mix of cream, eggs, and leek onto the dough
  • Cover with the breadcrumb-coated bacon cubes
  • Bake at 220 °C (430 °F) with top and bottom heat or 200 °C (390 °F) with fan for 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown

64 days in heaven and hell (49)
Odd plans
Around July 20, Van Gogh explored this new subject: a garden full of flowers. At the same time he began to take into account that Gauguin wouldn’t be able to pay his debt and might not be able to come to Arles after all.
He even played with the idea to leave Arles and join Gauguin in Pont Aven.

If G. can’t pay his debt nor pay for his journey —
If he guarantees me a cheaper life in Brittany —
Why should I not, for my part, go and live with him, if we want to help him?

(letter 645 to his brother Theo, on or about July 22, 1888)

Vincent Van Gogh, Garden with Flowers, July 1888. Oil on canvas, 92 x 73 cm. Private collection (F 430, JH 1510)


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Salzekuchen from the Vogelsberg region around Alsfeld and Lauterbach, Hesse

Hearty, savory potato cake on rye bread dough

Ingredients for one baking tray

500 g cooked potatoes
250 g onions
125 g pork belly
1 handfull of parsley
1/8 l oil
250 g quark, a kind of curd cheese (available in the USA from Elli Quark, the Vermont Creamery, or from Lifeway Foods as “Farmer Cheese”, and in the UK from the Lake District Dairy Company)
1 egg
Caraway seeds
Butter and flour for the baking tray
750 g sourdough rye bread dough


Peel the cooked potatoes and mash. Peel onions and cut into small cubes. Cut pork belly into amsll cubes. Rinse parsley, shake dry and hack into fine pieces.

Heat oil in a pan, lightly roast pork belly until golden brown. Add onions and braise. Let cool a little.

Add onions and pork belly (save some to spread on top later), oil, parsley, quark, and egg to the potato mass and mix. Season lightly with salt and caraway.

Preheat oven to 220 °C (430 °F). Grease baking tray with butter and dust with flour. Roll out the bread dough evenly onto the baking tray. Evenly spread the potato mass on top of the dough. Sprinle with the remaining pork belly and onions. Bake on the middle level of the oven for 30 to 40 min until golden brown. Serve with beer, cider, or a pot of coffee.