Author: LeckerFoodie

Malota – the other Mar Hernandez

Some time ago I wrote about the artist Mar Hernandez. I just wanted to clarify – there is another artist called Mar Hernandez out there. She calls herself ‘Malota’ and is pretty established. Check out her homepage here. Her work as grafik designer is so appreciated that she is not only asked to design beer bottle labels (see picture above) but she is also a professsor for grafic design. So, don’t confuse the 2 Mar Hernandezes even though both are pretty damn good artists…. !! Gosh, I really love those beer bottles… what a nice design…  

Wine that is blue as blue jeans

… is so blue cause it is spiked with indigo – the natural colour of original blue jeans. Some natural wine varieties – such ‘blauer Portugiese’ or ‘Blauer Zweigelt'(see pic below to compare colours) – are very dark wines cause of naturally occuring blue pigments in wine. But, this new wine variety is a marketing trick. The Spanish brank ‘GIK‘ thought to themselves: “hm, if everybody is selling red wine – we will sell blue wine”. And, their concept works – they are celebrating economic successes in Spain. Quite obviously, it is absolutely tres chic, to drink blue wine if everybody else drinks red wine 😉 Now they are up to conquering other European markets. Interesting! Their wine by the way is product of food technology and not of raising a special new grap variety… they take out the grapes red pigments and add blue pigments – indigo and anthocyan – exctracted from the graps skins. Honestly, I want to try it!!    

Food and our Future – starting 8th of August

UNEP offers free online courses to teach everybody essentials of modern pressing issues. For example: what is a food system? Why do we have to think about food in its systematic context ? And, how can this help sustainability? Currently, a new free online course was added to their future learning platform for which they collaborate with the Stockholm Environmental Institute – online classes will start on 8th of August. The course focuses on South East Asia and explains how food security can be ensured here despite a growing population, and PRESSING environmental needs. It definetely makes you a more concious eater, cause  – guess what – what we eat every day actually has an environmental impact… Certificates of participation can be earned! Check out the course here!  

A song of lecker: Dilekerei

A little note on languages. When you jump from baker to bakery in German – which is Bäcker and Bäckerei respectively – you change from masculine to feminine. The guy who does it is a dude but the work he is doing is feminine. German is a bit more complicated so we do not say THE baker and THE bakery – we make it clear: there is a difference – DER Bäcker (male) and DIE Bäckerei (female). And, alike English, you can turn almost anything into a business: bakery, winery, grocery etc… However, if you turn Lecker – like in LeckerBiss – into a noun, the adjective ‚tasty‘ becomes a noun for tasty things: Leckerein. The singular is feminine – die Leckerei – yet, not a work anymore but a thing. Most often by the way Leckerei is used for sweet things. And, yes Die Leckerei – that sounds a little bit like the Turkish name Dilek – a name for girls. At least that‘s what Dilek thought – a girl from Berlin. So when …

Sweet Potato Toast

Do you know Kelsey from ‘Little Bits Of’ – she is the food blogger who invented 1 month ago sweet potato toast. You heard right sweet potato TOAST, not toasted sweet potato or roasted sweet potato. No,she sliced a a sweet potato as if it were bread and put it into her toaster. And then she just put stuff on it for breakfast, and, yes, that mad her morning. As the net, is the net, one month was enough to create a new food fashion trend. So, if you want to be in style currently – eat sweet potato toast in the morning. It’s a thing!

The 5 best you-tube channels for making your children kick-ass food

Having children means getting soaked into a world full of trends and fashions the child-less adult has no idea about. Some of them are cool and make you feel alive, others can be annoying… Moreover, as much as you want to invest in your child and raise it in a responsible, inspired way, every now and then (when all your energy, wisdome, and ideas suddenly just leave you again) you feel tempered of allowing them to follow the most stupid trends and latest ‚in‘-things out there, i.e. to game the extra hour, spend to much money on some franchise items,  eat this unhealthy/useless candies now en vogue, and visit the bad influence idiot friend who is currently the opinion leader in the hood/school (the last comment was mean, but a friend of mine – mother of a 5 year old – really phrased it like this). Why ? – cause your kid wants to belong to the group and just enjoy bizzare things as they are fun. There is away of reducing such moments! At …

Food and Learning Languages

Heatparcel and KitchenCounterCulture portrayed this very special ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) initiative from Manchester, where immigrant women learn English through making pierogi. The initiative is quite success among the participants – all of us who ever tried to learn a language may instinctively know why. It definetely cannot get much more applied when it comes to speaking a foreign language than trying to communicate over cooking food. Moreover, the common task offers a fantastic framework in which people can find a ground to speak with each other. However, the initiative, of course, stands on a tight leash when it comes to finances. More about the issue, how you can help the pierogi ESOL initiative, and what it really does for the participants you can read Heartparcel – the official blog of this initiative!