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Malota – the other Mar Hernandez

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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…

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Wine that is blue as blue jeans

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… 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!!

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Food and our Future – starting 8th of August

Food and Our Future

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

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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 the studied food-technologist opened up her own pastry shop in Berlin in 2013 she did not call it ‚Bäckerei‘ (bakery) or ‚Konditorei‘ (confectionery) – she simply named it ‚Dilekerei‘.

Since Dilekerei has opened the door, it definetely turned a place to be in Berlin. The integrated café is very lovely and we highly recomend visiting our name-relative.

If you are not in Berlin at the moment, enjoy this video showing how Dilek prepares a wedding cake! Cheerioh!

Sweet Potato Toast

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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

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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 least some other Mom‘s claim that – their solution: fun food. Apparently, when every now and then you serve your children some child-oriented food that is absolutely in trend now it will complain less that nobody is paying attention to her/his needs. AND, it may feel less needy to compensate this general lack of trendiness in his/her life… Hm… I am not sure whether this really works. But, I can offer you my top 5 of youtube channels by Mom‘s that present you the latest trends in kick-ass child food. So, watch, try-out, and find out yourself whether these recipes ease in some parenting for you. Maybe your child will grow tired of it, and YOU instead will be the addicted one…

Here is the list:

6) El canal de moda

Cause their lovely video reminds one, that in fact one LOVEs making cheesy food for your children – the figures they present in this video are sooo lovely – your children better like them!

5)  HooplaKidz Recipes

Food is not there to play with – but Hoopla makes it very difficult not to play with your food – it is just too much fun.

4) FoodFood

The world nowadays is globalized so it may be advisable to stay up to date with food trends from other cultural hemispheres. FoodFoodIndia gives you insight in one of the largest culinary tradition group on this planet

3) Eugenie Kitchen

The present stuff which is in a way almost too beautifull to be eaten – take a look on the non-sweet things as well

2) Maya Adam

The Stanford Prof teaches you what is healthy for you – and she always knows the newest insights from the fascinating intersect of health and yummy food. Face it, the younger generations are different. Even the average 9 year old is nowadays already very health-concious. So, this channel is a must!

1) Weelicious

In a way Kathrin McChord is the unchallenged queen of healthy, trendy, and chiqué recipes for the entire family. So, yes, her channel is a must!

Food and Learning Languages

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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!