wonderbag Features At Slow Food NYC

Chantelle's Yummy Duck Confit

Wonderbag took part in the 'An All-Duck, Competitive Chef Cook-off benefitting Urban Harvest, the Slow Food New York Program of Good Food Education for NYC Youth

Our very own Chantelle Sturt called a lovely Duck Confit alongside chefs from  @BlankSlateKitch @HillCountryNY @ENYFARMS @TheInnSpot@jakeshandcraft and @FungTuNYC.

Proceeds from the event support Slow Food NYC Urban Harvest, the program of good food education for New York City youth.

#EmpowerDinner At SXSW

Marcus Samuelsson leads our EmpoweringDinner panel at SXSW

Marcus Samuelsson leads our EmpoweringDinner panel at SXSW

Our commitment to empowering safer and healthier cooking in Africa was part of the converted line-up for this years SXSW festival in Austin.

Our panel had the honor of being moderated by Chef Marcus Samuelsson as we discussed the impact of our recent project in Ghana, where over 4000 people attended our wonderfeast.

In sub-Saharan Africa, 94 percent of the rural population cooks over open fire, which leads to indoor air pollution-related illnesses, including four million deaths/year globally.

Innovative solutions come in many forms, not just high-tech gadgets and the panel discussed the Wonderbag / Pfizer pilot program in Ghana that explored the way an alternative cooking method could lead to the sharing of knowledge about healthier living.

Key takeaways included learnings from public-private partnerships; creative delivery of health information to spark measurable, sustainable behavior change; and ways to apply learnings from Africa’s “last mile” villages to communities here at home.

 

Join Our Schools Program : Spark Wonder

Sarah Collins : Founder of the wonderbag.

Sarah Collins : Founder of the wonderbag.

We are on a mission to drastically improve the health conditions and quality of life for millions of families around the globe, while teaching and inspiring the next generation of innovators.

Our new Spark Wonder schools program inspires K-12 students to use science to solve real world problems and to become globally informed citizens. 

Collaborative experiences include science experiments testing the wonderbag, tinkering challenges to create new technologies, as well as planning and cooking wonderbag meals together.

Find out how you and your school can join the program below.

How To Add Years To Your Life

According to a recent Imperial College London study, eating 10 portions of fruit and veg a day, may activate a genetic link to prolong life and could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths a year.

Researchers have identified specific fruit and vegetables with healing properties that reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. The scientifically tested and nutritionally balanced proposed diet is the key to making simple changes to your lifestyle that will add years to your life.

BBC News reports Dr Dagfinn Aune, one of the researchers, explained: "Fruit and vegetables have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and to boost the health of our blood vessels and immune system. This may be due to the complex network of nutrients they hold. For instance, they contain many antioxidants, which may reduce DNA damage and lead to a reduction in cancer risk."

However, The World Health Organization has found that many people struggle to eat the recommended five a day, and in the UK only about one in three people reach this target.

Conclusions from the Imperial College London study were made by pooling data on 95 separate studies, that involved two million people's eating habits. However, Dr Aune stated not all of the 95 studies that were analyzed fully accounted for other aspects of lifestyle, such as exercise levels, that could also play a role in prolonging lives, although conclusions were "quite robust".

In taking a closer look at the diet and considering other factors that play a key role in the longevity stakes, researchers find having a laugh, finding a hobby and falling in love can improve enjoyment in life and add years without involving strict diets and extreme exercise.

Here’s the breakdown on what you need to know on how-to achieve optimum health:

Winning Diet

The good news is it’s not just bitter or leafy greens making an appearance on the recommended dinner plate. Beans, nuts, pulses, potatoes, turmeric, tofu, olive oil, fruit and legumes feature, too. While wide dietary variation can be found for individuals, a mostly plant based diet is the common thread amongst healthy people.

A portion equals as little as 80g (3oz) - the equivalent of a small banana, a pear or three heaped tablespoons of spinach or peas.

What Counts As Five-A-Day?

Lower risks of cancer were linked to eating:

- Green vegetables (eg spinach)

- Yellow vegetables (eg peppers)

- Cruciferous vegetables (eg cauliflower)

Lower risks of heart disease and strokes were linked to eating:

- Apples

- Pears

- Citrus fruits

- Salads

- Green leafy vegetables (eg lettuce)

- Cruciferous veg

Cooking On Five-A-Day

Economical, cost-effective, nourishing and utterly convenient! Increasing your fruit and veggie intake is as easy as starting your morning by spending as little as 15-20mins prepping your favorite ingredients and bringing them to a boil over the stove. Once your dish is brought to boiling point, you simply transfer your pot (lid on) into the wonderbag and allow the cooking process to continue for up to 12hours while you go about your day. When you return, a pot of heart-warming goodness waits…

Try your hand at our hearty Vegetable Barley Soup (serves 4-6)

Prep time: 10 Mins. Stove Time: 35 Mins. Wonderbag Time: 2 Hours

A nutritious and tasty soup that will warm your insides and boost your five-a-day intake with ease. The perfect soul-soothing lunch or 3 o’clock snack!

INGREDIENTS

200ml barley

2 lt water

30ml oil

2 carrots, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

3 clove garlic, chopped

125g mushrooms, chopped

200ml frozen corn

2 vegetable bouillon cube

250ml tomato paste

30ml brown sugar

15ml mixed herbs

15 ml salt

10ml ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

Boil the barley in 1lt water for 20 minutes. Heat the oil in a medium sized pot and fry the onion and garlic until golden. Add the remaining vegetables and fry for 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste, barley and water and seasoning. Bring to the boil for 5 minutes, put the lid on and place in the Wonderbag on a mat or cloth, seal and leave to cook for 2 hours. Serve with chopped parsley on top and fresh rolls

Work/Life Balance

It’s something that is talked about regularly but are you actually practicing a work/life balance? Fatigue driven from overwork is never celebrated as a sign of being highly dedicated to your job! A few small adjustments to your workday week can be found to make a significant impact to productivity and your energy levels.

-  Block out time in the calendar devoted just for you – read a book, take an exercise class, cook your favorite healthy dish

-  Leave your desk at lunchtime or move to another space to eat to return more focused

-  It’s OK to say “NO” – don’t feel obliged to attend every after work gathering or meeting

-  Establish a sleep routine that allows you to have 7+ hours each night

-  Take a deep breath

Be Kind To Yourself

Practice wellbeing towards yourself and don’t beat yourself up over not ticking off everything you planned to do before midday. Just like air hostesses and cabin crew remind you each time before take off into the air, you must put your life mask on first before you can be helpful to others. Researchers suggest practicing self-care and mind-fullness boots vitality.

Get Outdoors

Researchers at both the University of Exeter in the UK and Stanford University in the US have found that prolonged exposure to green spaces not only reduces stress and depression, but also boosts feelings of wellbeing.

By spending just 10 minutes outside or looking at nature if you can’t be outdoors restores concentration, according to the University of Oregon in the US.

Let’s Go Camping!

 

Sleeping under the stars whether you’re camping or “glamping” (glamorous camping) is a great way that can help you to relax, boost your happiness and reenergize the senses.  

It also offers the opportunity to enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones without the usual distractions of everyday life, and gives us the chance to switch from ‘Netflix and Chill’ to simple pleasures such as playing cards, reminiscing and making campfire smores.

If you’re thinking about packing up the car for a fun, outdoor adventure, here are a few ideas to help get to you started:

1. Check The Weather

Take a look at the weather forecast for your intended stay and use this as a reference for packing wet weather gear or sunblock and shades. You might also benefit from checking the local visitor center website for advice.

2. Outdoor Gear and Gadgets

It’s crucial to check all equipment, gear and gadgets before packing them in the car. The last thing you will want is to pitch your tent only to find a big hole, or to have left the bag of pegs at home, or forgotten spare batteries for the torch! Check that all equipment and accessories are accounted for, all kitchen utensils are clean and ready to go, and all gas bottles, radios and lights are in working order.

3. Campsite Know-How

Upon arrival, take a walk around your campsite area and familiarize yourself with the surroundings before pitching your tent. A few things to look out for

Avoid holes, ditches, lumps or anything that could become puddles in heavy rain

Look up at the trees and check you don’t have overhanging branches or are close to nests and homes where wildlife might make its way into your tent

When setting up your campsite take into consideration any shade or shelter and always be sure to check your tent is facing the correct way before pitching a fork in the ground

Campsite etiquette is important to keep top of mind for an enjoyable stay – always be mindful you’re not walking through a neighbor's campsite and at night keep your noise at a respectful level.

Campsite games add to the fun factor and good times, we recommend packing a deck of cards, board games, and your favorite books to swap, share and chat about over the campfire.

4. The wonderbag Campsite Kitchen And Heat-Retention Cooking

Campfire cooking is a highlight of any camping trip and whether you’re a professional tour guide, king of the grill or an outdoor kitchen rookie, the wonderbag’s clever design will have you wondering why you hadn’t been cooking this way all along.

How about changing things up and spending 10-20 minutes in the morning prepping lunch or dinner and then leaving it to cook without supervision or power? It’s now possible, as wonderbag’s innovative and eco-friendly insulation combined with its low-tech, high-impact heat-retention technique offers the cook a means of producing delicious meals without the usual requirement and use of fire or power sources.

This means cooking on your next camping trip saves fuel, eliminates the cook from tending to the fire or stove and produces tasty, tenderized dishes every time. It’s even impossible to overcook food giving you failsafe, delicious meals time and time again.

Sometimes when we’re out hiking, either time gets away from us or Mother Nature changes our plans. Imagine never having to worry about your next meal cooking away when you’re out enjoying the sights or when you return to basecamp from an exhilarating day of kayaking… You guessed it; your delicious meal prepped earlier that morning is cooked to perfection and ready when you are.

The wonderbag's heat-retention is perfected using repurposed foam chips from around the world, including the motor trade, furniture, and industrial machinery industries. The chips are created and then packed into each machine-washable bag, saving a great amount of waste that would otherwise end up in landfill and ultimately the ocean.

Super convenient, the wonderbag can be rolled up and easily added to a backpack or shoulder-bag, and the drawstring feature is adjustable for different sized pots to seal in the heat, the nutrients and all the goodness.

Now that you’re in the know on the wonderbag miracle, let’s get cracking on some scrumptious campfire recipes.

CHILLI CON CARNE (SERVES 4 - 6)

PREP TIME: 15 MINS. STOVE TOP TIME: 35 MINS

WONDERBAG TIME: 2 HOURS

Try your hand at our hearty Chilli Con Carne, the rich spiced mince and bean dish is a favorite any time of the year. We’ve added a hint of cocoa and recommend pairing the dish with tacos, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and a squeeze of lime. 

INGREDIENTS

600g beef mince

30ml oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 green bell pepper, diced

3 clove garlic, chopped

5 ml cayenne pepper

15ml paprika

30ml tomato paste

15ml cocoa powder

600g crushed tomatoes

2 beef bouillon cube

3 x 400g black beans. Drained and rinsed

7 ½ ml hot sauce

15ml salt

10ml coarse black pepper

Plus, your favorite toppings such as grated cheese, sliced spring onions, and sour cream.  

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oil in a medium sized pot, add the onions and garlic and fry until lightly browned

Add the mince and fry for 10 minutes until browned. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent the beans from sticking. Place the lid on and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Place the sealed pot in the wonderbag on a mat or cloth, seal and leave to cook for 2 hours.

Serve with taco’s or tortillas, grated cheese, sour cream and your favorite toppings.