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Bag for “Life” !

In Blablabla, Cutting Edge, Food, Travel on January 27, 2012 at 23:23

Entitled “Eco Cooker with bags of potential”………. is a report , not an article.

Not one I wrote nor witnessed but One I read , One I felt and long (enough) thought about.

Named the “Wonderbag” , this kitchen utensil build and created by Sarah Collins , is formed around hundreds of balls of recycled polystyrene and will allow oneself bringing a stew to boiling point before wrapping it with the “device” or insulated “bag” that will permit the aliment a continuous slow cooking without the need of any further gas or electricity use….. that’s right , imagine?!

£5 , that is all it cost.

Not a mere saving on any energy bills , thus of course without the mention of the care and love , provided in all parallel to the sweetest mother of them all ……. Mother nature.

(risky , I know , I may from now be deprived from all my favourite dishes every other opportunity I may visit my family , but I am prepared placing such highly “essential need” that my love for my mother’s food consumption is to me , aside……… hoping that in return , her maternal love for her very hungry and gourmand son will have been forgiven , “pardoned”)

Dramatic ?

Cryptic ?

I do not care , no one touches Planet Earth!

And of course as my thoughtful mind does usually takes me to places where only questions are asked , this strange but wonderful land of “why’s” and “how’s” , sunshine and rain , melodies and cranky noises , I do not see “me” without alternative requesting reply from this invisible force , this stranger of a man on bicycle , running errand in my cranial box … whoops, slippery around here , where am I going with this ?!

I’d rather ask you … where are we heading , are we , are you adapting to these changes?

Could this same love for food amongst other , be at the origin of our need of nowadays playing catch up with nature  ?)


Taking its origin from our ancestor cooking in the ground method , it has not only created over 8000 jobs in South Africa alone but is supported by the UN , Unilever and ……….. no other than Microsoft.

Originally created for the southern continent , demand has made it available in the Uk ,  Asia and South America

Facts are , that (Wonderbag) it has already found home in 150 000 household in Africa alone , wishing not only to expand , but to also reach record sales of up to 100 millions by the year 2015….

And by 2020 ? Everyone on the planet should and WILL use one!

Lets give it the “thumb” (coup de pouce), shall we?!

Not Just Burning Rubber

In Blablabla, Food, Travel, Wine on January 15, 2012 at 16:46

When inspiration does not spring up all by itself  , you may , as the gentle tease tickles your envy of sharing any new discovery which of course will have provided you in the process with a new taste in mouth , a new item to “blab” about and show off as if it was a new-born baby and you had suddenly become a father , simply want to go in search for the “renouveau” , seeking “adventure” , thus without the necessity of going any much further than your own known territory , limits.

The Bordeaux region is new to me and only the beginning of a 1800 miles journey that will take place over the next 6 days , but having a young sister who has recently moved there , is only making sense in not so much forcing myself paying a visit to this blessed by the gods earth fields.

Charente , Dordogne and Gironde all fusing in almost one point where a change of scenery is becoming sudden , going through the green fields , caressing the wonderful cepages , vallons  and other ups and downs all the way through a tiny viaduct where , surprisingly and rapidly , a sign indicating another change , another “culture”, pride and love for its ground and traditions , shows itself , announcing a new name , a new part of this wonderful land.

The Caneles Bordelais appearing in almost every shop windows , hot and still smoking , with the strong flavor of  Vanilla and Rum emaning , all shinning from the bee wax that has been used to line its silvered copper moulds.

12 or 14 , perhaps more , nevertheless it is the number carefully carried in a small box , no one would have thought they would do the journey all the way across the hexagon so to see , as if by mixing the religions of one being , the other side , also surrounded by “Vallons” and forests and plains and grapes fields or vineyards. …. they all would have been so right.

So yummy that a few hundred miles only , as if poaching in this fragrance of comfort , an urgent stop would become a need , a gourmandise agremented with a strong cup of coffee and making this moment in time a marvellous few minutes , all while watching the “Chaîne des Puys” , an idyllic instant.

After the South-West , it is of course place for Alsace , there is here no need to present this “grande Dame” , she has always shown and proved to be so generous , allowing for new discoveries such as cellars and all sorts of delicious and palpable items to be made.

Cleebourg Cooperative is one stop to sample and pick a few bottles of Himmrich Pinot Gris as a perfect example , so is the Niedersteinbach farm where fresh “faisselles” and cheeses are being produced , to be degusted with a light spoon of sugar or honey with an added pinch of cinnamon.

Highland breed are surprisingly to be found grassing in the nearby fields , friendly and all fury , having adopted or been adopted , these giant gentle beast are very common in this valley , well appreciated for its capability in adapting and of course needless to mention , for its absolutely gorgeous meat.

Next … “Les Sources du Heimbach” is a fresh fish farm situated in the Vosges du Nord concentrating on the quality of the products hereby loved and cherished , all this for your mouthful only.

No antibiotics , GM nor unwanted flour are being used in this 100% natural growth family business , placed only less than 2 miles away from the source with no village nor human pollution coming from above , the perfect river flows and come nourishing in minerals all its occupants: Trout , Salmon Trout , Red Leg Crayfish , Ombles Chevalier … a jewel atop its forest already rich in various games (Venison , Roe Deer , Boar & Marcassin and a wide range of wild mushrooms comprising Black Trumpets , Girolles , Morels and many many more) all “jalones” with sawmills leaving the fresh air of the area with the light smell of the sap pouring from all conifers hereby cut , sliced , trimmed and piled , giving it the platform it deserve so to be publicly shared and presented for all of us to hume in full lungs.

A breathe that makes this area so special , so fresh and my god …. so good.

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