Algae, the sustainable superfood

Hi folks,

I tried algae for the first time – except for kombu algae and similar, which I used to eat while living in Japan. I tried organic algae hand-harvested on the West coast of Irland – so they write on the label.

Are you wondering about the taste? It is… ehm… peculiar. I didn’t dislike it though. In my opinion, the taste resembled much that of seafood – seafood towards the harbour O.0

It all comes down on how you combine them – see below under “How do I eat algae”.

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Why shall I eat algae?

Because they are a kind of food as for now produced in an ultra sustainable way and they are super nutritious. For example, 100g of algae contains on avarage 200% of the RDA of Vitamin B12, 480% of the RDA of calcium and 241% of RDA of magnesium. In fact, they are a superfood. And if you are a real Green Addict like me, you’d like to think of where your food comes from and you’d strive to eat as local as possible. Contrary to many superfoods praised by numerous health coaches, this superfood is currently available in Europe, so it does not have to travel long before hitting your table.

How do I eat algae?

Put it on the top of your soup or in the salad, instead of croutons. They are dried and crunchy, which makes it a nice texture contrast. Try it on fresh peas homemade soup… it blends in the flavor very well!

Good luck with your experiments in the kitchen,

GA

PS: I bought wild organic algae called “Atlantic Carragheen”, or “Chondrus Crispus”. I found them at the bio supermarket NaturaSì.

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Dining with Høkasse, the taste of slowcooking

A few days ago we organized a dinner with friends to try out Høkasse, the slowcooking appliance that doesn’t require energy at all while cooking. Slowcooking is a well-known cooking technique to chefs and gourmands, yet not commonly used by regular people. With our rushy lifestyle, how on earth can we have time to slowcook for 5-6 hours?? Surprisingly enough, it’s pretty quick to cook with the Høkasse… actually I think it’s quicker than regular cooking on the stove!

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My friend V. and I decided to do our first experimento on a Sunday. In the morning we went to have breakfast together and grocery shopping. We got home aroud midday and we cut vegetables and prepared the meat for the Ossobuco recipe. We put the pot with meat and vegetables on the cookstove for only 10 minutes, unitl well heated up. Then we put it straight into the Høkasse, closed the lid and… Forgot about it! 🙂 We enjoyed our free time for the rest of the day until we enjoyed our delightful slowcooked meal in the evening!

You have to try out the experience yourself! You’ll be surprised by the lovely newly harvested taste of vegetables, meat and potatoes when cooked in the Høkasse

 

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Samsung vs Iphone, which smartphone performs better? A third player comes in…

In the everlasting battle between Iphone and Samsung – and all the other big names of electronics market – here comes an alternative solution named Fairphone.

It’s for people who want their smartphone to be:
• performing

• durable

• slim and light

• not too expensive

• and… made with conflict-free metals

A couple of words about Fairphone

Fairphone is different: it is a new smartphone that performs well and – at the same time – it has fair price and an ethical prodcution. Fairphone is an icon of the new way of doing business and making products, that puts value of people first – and minimizing environmental impact.

In the long term, our ultimate goal is a completely recyclable phone made from human and environmentally-friendly materials, free from plastics and toxins.

The start-up is born in Amsterdam three years ago, initially as a simple non-profit organization to raise awareness towards a more aware consumer electronics. The turnover rate of mobile phones in Europe is very high, especially in Italy, where there are more mobile phones than inhabitants.

The founder Bas Van Abel works with a group of nine people. He is passionate about open design and social innovation and managed to get the support of an investor. The supporting incubator was Waag, a creative hub for cleantech startups. Thanks to that, they were able to produce the first batch of 20.000 phones, that will be delivered in Autumn.

If you want to get one, you have to pre-order it online.

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Why I’m buying it

For the second time in the last few months, it happened I dropped my phone to the ground and instantly killed it :).

The reason for which I break up with my beloved smartphones is more or less always the same. I really love the touch screen technology, but it’s SOOO delicate, and once it’s gone the whole phone it’s gone forever (or repairing it is extremely expensive, depending on the height of the fall..)

This time, when I had to buy a new smartphone, I actually gave long thoughts to Blackberry, for the only reason it has a keyboard, so it should work even if the screen breaks. Blackberry is not my style and I won’t feel comfortable using it, though.

Then I read on the Fairphone Logbook of Changes

1/July:

We have decided to go for increased mechanical reliability. By separating the Dragontrail tempered glass (top layer) from the glass on the touch panel (bottom layer), the likelihood that the glass will break is minimal. And if it does, you’ll still be able to use your touch panel. As a consequence, the phone will be 5 grams heavier and 0.2 mm (this is only one fifth of a milimeter) thicker.

Ok, I’ll definitely take it. And I can’t wait for delivery!