50 WordPress posts and still so much “blabbing” about to do , what a fab challenge/fun
The French definition of the word “enthousiasme” goes as follows:
Would this explain not only the rushing adrenaline pumping in you when a brand new “Eureka” moment not only fills one side of your brain but also the sudden arrival of a heavy load, requesting almost immediately the support from one hand gently laying its palm against the side of ones face , supported by a strong elbow and allowing as if part of a generic , thoughts taking shape and place , helping finding not the right answers but the correct questioning (are you still with me?)
No divinity at my house this weekend but a load to talk about most certainly (grin) although I may just set the cover for two , ones never so shure.
Food and many other goodies have had their justice made on these pages before , items coming from all around the world , near and far away , all with their out most intriguing origin , source , fabrication and use.
Well , the use as we may know has mostly been around our mouthful and all kind of eating habits.
Drinks are part of any table setting , any type of beverage that is , whether made of water melted from imported Iceberg blocs , wines slowly ageing in a secretly located 200 years old cellar , crushed grapes between bare toes or even squeezed fermented “Amarula” fruit producing its liqueur , making not only monkeys tipsy but also bringing us joy , another nature original not element but “product” , all needless to mention in need of honoring , talking about , in other words speaking out loud their respective mark of elevation amongst a world of “taken for granted” attitude
All kind of drinks are being found in the Alsace region (not “par hazard”as you may well know my origins by now)
Beer of all sorts and kind , mineral water , cordial , liqueur and eau de vie , wine …etc
Just to name a few: Schutz , Adelshoffen , Ancre , Fisher , Kronenbourg , Meteor , Gruber , CK Perle , Freysz , Prieur , Klotz , Tigre Bock , Colmar Pils , Mutzig , Nain d’Alsace for the beers.
Riesling , Klevner , Gewurtztraminer , Pinot noir …etc for the wines.
Carola , Soulzmatt , Celtique Springs… you have guessed these are mineral water
For some such as the Jouvence de Wattviller , a pedigree is often attached dating back the Roman times.
What’s not to talk about …
My love for simple dishes is as strong and dedicated as for any plate of food where a modernist touch will have been needed so for to create an elegant , light and up to trend and date dish , of course all origins are welcome , Alsace being my “anchor” , this dedication to my land is no chauvinism , in fact , this same love is spread and shared and experienced as per below one of London’s oldest Eel shop.
M. Manze pie ‘n’ mash in South London has been using the exact same recipe of pies and liquor since 1902
Why would anyone want to change or even lose traditions , values as such that are the essence of what any attachment is about , a certain amount of pride as per any recipe , ingredients and the love given to the dish at the time of its fabrication , all making it what it is at its final stage
… this is cooking
Bringing new , original and rare items is also a choice of mine , being put forward to search and experiment so for to allow my work development of some kind , so I will along the way , pick up original designs
or fancy ideas , all that may well be of some kind of interest
Finding a logo on your toast for example may sound very … almost annoying by the arrogance the idea is producing , by facts that no boundaries are hereby respected and forcing you consuming advertisement while eating breakfast or a plate of smoked salmon with freshly grated horseradish and caper berries and a turn of your favorite Szechuan pepper , but the good news is that a crack , an opening to new forms of art and ideas has now been opened.
Let’s free this imagination.
Reading back this page one may only get confused by the changes , passing from classic recipes used for the jellied eel or mash served at M.Manze pie shop to the above “toaster/scanner” that will leave your imprint as early engraved in your memory as the first smell of coffee of the morning , but all are well related and by reminding ourselves that passing from comfort to extravagant is a very easy task for some of us , we may only conclude/assume , this page is a not so extraordinary exercise ….. for an ordinary person.