My thoughts and experiences on food and wine and other things

C’est la Rentree

In Blablabla, Cutting Edge, Food, Travel, Uncategorized, Wine on October 23, 2012 at 00:27

“C’est la rentree” was started and planned to be “pressed” early September,

for some reason, it has never left my desktop but as a “work in construction”,

It has been  since , not neglected but rather left aside, brewing  or stewing slowly, thus until today’s “Eureka!”

Seeing this “Art Piece” on the shelves of one of our reliable stores , the one you would entrust with the health of your wallet , I knew I had hit the jackpot of all blogs , revering any unnacessible and palatable shenanigan.

If there was a top ten list of all rare and estrange items I have had on my own discovery “channel” this far , although I was kind of expecting it at some point in my life , this one would most definitely top it up.

Because , by respect for my other work sourced way past today’s event and already imprinted into this page, in straight line as per awaiting their turn  , I have decided entertaining you until the very bottom of this A4 draft , prior , at last , and revealing this “monster” of our ages (21st Century) before you…

Letting myself being carried by the nonetheless dramatic notes of “Cannon and Guigue for 3 Violins” , having had all summer gorging my nostrils with the warmth of the grapes harshly battered by the sunrays in the Bordeaux region , the taste of its beverage still rolling in my mouthful leaving its tannin opening to my sense before flowing down my throat now providing me with the refreshing sensation “enivrante”, leaving “Twitts” and “Like” buttons far from view, not denying their useful and entertaining use, but as we would all agree with, there is a time for everything…

I could now easily speak of something new, as for example of something named “An Yanshi’s” or the most expensive tea in the world.

It is produced from organic Panda fertilizer (dung).

Having reached sky high prices, this original tea has indeed created quiet a bit of a stir in the Szechuan county of China where it is being produced.

As tea’s are being considered , treated and venered as equaly as us French do respect our wines , having rare and delicate leafs/picks , “Milesime” and rarities , it is easy for one imagining how a cup of ancient beverage may alleviate one’s pocket.

–     The next chapter will have us all try , despite the wave of campaign against Palm Oil used in so many of our much loved childhood products, everyone of us wishing alternative may be found so to keep our “traditions” if I may call them so , alive  , what we may all remember as spread.

Guiding you through my thoughts and “knowledge” of this discovery about the finger “dipping, although never experienced, I am quiet surprised such idea has not seen our cupboards rather 30 years ago when WE  had (as children that is) all excuses/reason, deep cleaning the side of each and everyone pot of chocolate paste without even feeling guilty, just a touch naughty, forgetting it’s politically incorrect list of ingredients.

Nevertheless the idea probably leaves many of us with a glinch of a smile , getting the idea passing through their front head , for being caught looking at it twice

“Kase Stifte” is a set of three large “pencils” shaped pieces of parmesan, yes the cheese that is , each and everyone of them having its own individual colour/flavor. (Truffle,Chilly & Pesto)

“Cheesy” I realise but , can someone guess how to consume it……..that is right , pure genius is here seen in my view ……shaving its tip with the help of a pencil sharpener!?

As the winter season has knocked on our doors in a very harsh way that is , we may only praise the comfort found into one of the great and numerous warmer dishes of the season often found in a cup or bowl , smelling earthy and gorged with the addition of a smoked meat or even fish , waiting patiently for the spring to return so to try this appealing “Carrot Tartare” as per demonstrated.

Again another bright approach , making a vegetarian dish as elaborated in its “construction” and thought given , with the outmost certainty of an added extra flavor due to its originality….. I cannot wait not forcing myself to try…

Now, as we are approaching the closure of my “today’s exhuberating and fun sharing of thoughts and discovery” I am about posting a picture without any comment so to “accompagne”

Having refered to earlier in my introduction, I am still left perplex as to ways or what sort of thought , as they are currently numerous, I shall share with you….

I’d rather leave you to it while I slowly step backward, generously bowing as per a theatrical entrance, hereby exit as per an escape, polite , usually excited for taking every opportunity in practicing the craft of writing , hereby leaving me with a tiny bit of shame for what we may have come to….

Est-ce la fin ?

I Smell Ink

In Blablabla, Uncategorized on October 17, 2012 at 11:01

As writing nowadays is somehow different from the depository of ink its process was or use to be , it does still provide us with the slow building of the words so for the eye to read and discover gently its set up , the background , the scenario unveiling itself and therefore the story, telling slowly something that will please , perhaps makes one free his/her imagination , laugh or even cry , dream or revive past and present experiences , a moment in time as a deja-vu , as per magic.


We are by all means trying hard so to keep our thoughts to ourselves in an egoist and selfish way by fear of being judged beside of lacking being polite but also by apprehension of any “represailles”, and are all acting as per the river bed with the direction of its course all being dictated prior to even being a source.

By this stand , in a contradictory way that is , not making statement of what we all believe in , not getting our word out there , is to be seen as an acceptance of the wrong time perhaps endured , not taking good use of one’s misfortune would be missing all present chances .
Shields may be build around ourselves , words written so to express one’s desire or will.

In contrary absenteeism may be put into place and used so to protect ourselves , but would that be worth it , wouldn’t it be rather helpful taking the step , the matter into hands so for to tackle its issues , its wrongdoing and malfunctioning so to lift and elevate its original subject back to the level it fully deserve….!?

Many are still very hungry nowadays , feeding their offspring on a rationed bowl of rice per day , per week perhaps , all this right under our nose …

World Food Day is representing the date (16th October) the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation was founded in 1945.
This date acting as a reminded yearly so to keep people aware of the world food related injustice and of its lack of progress in any form or shape (my most profound and sincere apologies for this bold statement) , nowadays statistic still demonstrating by ways of horrible numbers and comparisons , human being race towards hurting themselves/itself is very much still going on. . .

The main reason for having an entrance, a “punchline” of intensity , perhaps a tiny bit philosophical , from time to time out of focus , the reason for this to be found in a Blog that is food related, a page based on items of pleasure, new and exotic , erotic sometimes , is simply to remind us all that while we write , eat and enjoy much of what we all love doing (Chefs talk), that behind all these great discovered rare cocoa and almost non existent types of salt , amazing coffees and the most sought after GM free corn and organic & locally sourced vegetables, there is a story to tell, not only starting at the point of the ploughing and seeding of this amazing crop but also the experience that has been lived and experienced …. possibly by someone or a family that may or may not have had to sell her farm/land … eventually stopping a whole generation of tradition in the making of this family recipe qualified as“delightful” for numerous years , so to leave it all at the mercy of “giants”, but also of its consequences on our eating habits, demand and most of all making of (such as branding , trade marking …etc )

While other notes spring into mind , to confirm his/her love for a car “by the simplest example”, one may want to take it for a stroll….
A rapid drive in the city, checking it’s acceleration, braking , agility and perhaps also reliability, in not only speeding (30) but also slidding through traffic with the agility of an Eel so to see how this engineered creature would make its way through rocks and corals while duck diving rock bottom, making surface only rarely… one may want to hold on tight.

Equally , a kitchen has to be tested, felt and built around its chef, it has to be within “you”, right under your skin, one may (should) want it to be tidy and clean at all time , with all its members walking towards the same goal, making fresh and delicious food, keeping your clientele not only happy, but also in good health and shape, therefore , this including no place for filth, nor aggressive behavior

Much too often kitchens have had fingers pointed at them on the ground for the low ranking , “cow-boys” knives carrying “hooligans” (see “kitchen confidential, Anthony Bourdain’s 90’s classic”) using abusive language so to get their way , although thanks so much to nowadays higher standard and better food culture , things have changed, evolved, and although “primate” attitude towards their staff are still being seen on regular basis, a bunch of good natured peoples are being holding the reigns making certain things do not get lost spiralling out of control.

As per example too often seen in the form of insuficience in the cooking of a chicken or fish… lack of personality demonstrated into the food preparation process, and often pure laziness in the making , simply moving a chicken from its delivery box onto the roasting tray, with the exclusion of any form of preparation, clear lack of love that it most certainly well deserve, usually demonstrated by removing unwanted parts, cleaning and seasoning of the bird prior it is being placed into a hot oven would be the strict minimum a chef could provide this poultry as any form of thank you for this “offering”…

The most simplistic approach above described only relate one article to another  , demonstrating our lack of compassion for each other being the root of many of our todays issues we are being faced with . By Changing this , educating , promoting and finally , speaking , we will not only participate in the making but also become its stronghold , giving a voice to the ones whom have none.

“A miracle is what seems impossible but happens anyway”

This should keeps us going !

Not all so bad

In Blablabla, Food, Uncategorized on July 15, 2012 at 21:05

The constant averse having kept our good mood under a thick blanket , isolating us from the happy days of the spring then of the summer , as if any of us deserved it , lowering our crops , leaving us with apples surrounded with a thick skin as tough as leather , not allowing its juices filling with all of mother nature’s sugar normally exploring our buccal cavity at every crunch or bite and sliding along our fingers.

My fond memories of summer BBQ parties , late night running in the fields and the laughter of children enjoying to the full their long summer holiday seems to have vanished , at least this year….

I am grateful the rays are today piercing through the leafy neighborhood , bringing alive once again the parks that were for so long deserted .

I shall say “flooded”.

In contrary and as opposed to the month of January , I could then already hear debate about the necessity of the first frost of the year having gone through a month of November considered as Indian Summer , reaching peaks of 25c  somehow threatening our good balance , bringing a lack of assurance and fear for our already planned camping summer session and music festivals forcing checks upon our “anti-mud” equipment and reinforcing waterproofing of our minutes accommodations turning us into nightmare customers for all camping tools resellers bringing now questions on insurance and warranties on/or reliability and durability of their equipment for sale.

Wow there , lets not get carried away into what seems the way of life (thinking) of any major city’s member , although the drama above mentioned has of course some substantial ground for anyone in questioning and becoming appalled by the course of the last few months , nevertheless , we may be thankful not to be as depressed as these lines may appear to the first eye , only hiding a frustration , a deception , feeling having been let down by our normally warm months , one may only wish this to be converted , reversed to its original state ….. Summer God Damnit!

As we all are brushing shoulder within the corridors of the underground , at work or at an art gallery , it seems we all understand and are all guided by the importance of our gardens , the origin of the food we will soon find ourselves eating at the table  , and therefore following a path suitable for everyone.

This alone reassure me.

As a contradiction to this statement I suddenly remember this picture above I am unable in authenticating  its genuinity but finding myself forced in sharing with you , as if to prove myself wrong in the good deed of all individuals , therefore demonstrating exception…….. An exception I not only fully resent but that I rather like to see in this percentage….

A few items tickle my envies though , creativity is not dead , as per demonstrate these sheets of Nori , having been processed with laser cut technology , bringing all new designs to your sushi.

I kind of love it………

So do I when it comes to this plate design , studied so for encouraging children in eating their vegetables (a grown ups version shall be coming out soon)

This virtual shelving or LCD screens (closer to reality still) in a South Korean shop will allow one in selecting all articles necessary for his/her shopping , without the need of pushing any trolley as all registered items will be packed and kindly brought to your car once payment has been proceeded with.

No more messy aisle while stock rotating  , forcing clientele in slaloming amongst boxes of vegetables and wide empty crates of bottled water , as seen in our 24hours stores

How convenient …..

These sushi , or rather their “garniture” , will glow in the dark !

GloFish or patented genetically modified zebra fish have been “formulated” with the purpose of detecting pollution by selectively fluorescing in the presence of environmental toxins and may now be found as pet and in our plates

Nepal has seen climbers hanging hundreds of meters down the precipice jus for the collection of our well loved honey.

Someone “clever” must have certainly put a high price tag if ever to be found on our shelving.

A not so amusing report I read the other day while on the underground , making me grin for the lack of common sense normally seen in everyone of us , clearly missing in some…..

Almost so to finish on a sweet note, I have seen on too many occasion that a Milk chocolate version of Philadelphia had seen birth early in the year …

Here is the Uk version made with Cadbury of course , this said and having grown up in France , being surrounded by shelves of the Milka chocolate (very popular in Alsace) I’d love trying its counterpart version so to quality control the product , not that I am having doubts , I simply want more of this spread


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