Upside-down bowl (Bol Déviré)

Our first reci­pe comes from Mau­ri­ti­us — brought to us by Lewis Nadal:

This dish was pas­sed down to him by his grand­mo­ther: Cal­led bol dévi­ré (upsi­de-down bowl), some Mau­ri­ti­ans also know it as bol ren­ver­sé (magic bowl).

Bol dévi­re is a fusi­on of Chi­ne­se and Mau­ri­ti­an cui­sine, and is very popu­lar among Mau­ri­ti­an fami­lies. It’s one of the Nadal family’s favou­rites, too. This basis of the dish gene­ral­ly con­sists of shrimps and chi­cken, pork or beef, fried in a wok with a sau­ce (oys­ter, soya and fish sau­ce) and vege­ta­bles. The final step is to cover ever­ything with fluffy bas­ma­ti or fra­grant rice, and turn it upsi­de-down onto a pla­te. The dome-shaped dish is top­ped off with a fried egg, and some chop­ped coriander.

Mau­ri­ti­us — Urlaubs­fo­to von Moni­ca Nadal (Anfang Janu­ar 2020)

Let’s hear what Lewis Nadal has to say about it: “My grand­mo­ther would cook this dish a lot on Sundays, and as a child I real­ly loved watching her clo­se­ly as she did so. Today it’s some­thing I enjoy making for my own fami­ly, and now my litt­le grand­d­augh­ter likes to watch and help me, too.”

In Mau­ri­ti­us the­re are various ways of pre­pa­ring this dish; this one is my grandmother’s recipe.

Por­ti­ons: 4

Pre­pa­ra­ti­on time: 30–60 minutes

Coo­king time: 15 minutes


500 g chi­cken bre­ast, pork and/or beef cut into strips (any com­bi­na­ti­on if that’s to your liking)
250 g rea­dy-to-cook shrimps or 4 pee­led king prawns per por­ti­on
4 tbsp. sesa­me or vege­ta­ble oil
1 tbsp.soya sau­ce, fish sau­ce, oys­ter sauce1 pie­ce of gin­ger (about the size of a thumb) gra­ted or finely chop­ped
5 stems of pars­ley
4 sprigs of thy­me (pluck or strip off the leaf­lets)
1 red oni­on finely diced
3 cloves of gar­lic finely chop­ped
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground pep­per
2 tbsp. corn­flour
250 g brown or white mushrooms thin­ly sli­ced
1 red pep­per cut into strips
1 bunch of pak choi coar­se­ly chop­ped
3 car­rots cut into thin strips (tip: use a Juli­en­ne sli­cer)
350 g uncoo­ked, was­hed bas­ma­ti or fra­grant rice
4 eggs
2–3 tbsp. vege­ta­ble oil
a hand­ful of fresh cori­an­der, coar­se­ly chopped

What else do you need:

4 bowls, each with approx. 400 ml capacity


Cook rice until done, then set aside.

Heat the oil in the wok. Add the pre­pa­red gar­lic, gin­ger and herbs, and fry for 2 minu­tes. Then mix in the meat with the pep­per, and add the shrimps tog­e­ther with the mushrooms, and fry for ano­t­her 2–3 minu­tes. Now the sau­ces are added. Con­ti­nue coo­king over a medi­um heat, stir­ring con­ti­nuous­ly. Stir 2 tbsp. water into the corn­flour to make a smooth pas­te, and stir into the wok. Keep stir­ring con­ti­nuous­ly, mixing all the ingre­dients, adding salt to tas­te. Sim­mer for about 10 minutes.

Fry the eggs sepa­r­ate­ly in a small non-stick fry­ing pan, place a bowl over the pan, and turn over quick­ly (Warning: plea­se be care­ful not to burn your hands at this point). Scat­ter a litt­le cori­an­der in the bowl with the fried egg, then add the shrimps and por­ti­on out the meat and vege­ta­ble mix from the wok into each of the bowls using a lad­le. Then fill each bowl to the rim with rice. Place a din­ner pla­te facing down over the bowl, and ser­ve. Next, the mas­ter­pie­ce is flip­ped over at the dining table (hence the name bol dévi­ré – “upsi­de-down bowl”). Now gent­ly turn the bowl back and forth befo­re remo­ving it.


Lewis Nadal says “Bon appetit”.

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Let the Journey Begin!

Autumn Blues and Corona Blues, too?

How to beat them? Well  … we think coo­king can help, so why not join us on a culi­na­ry voya­ge with reci­pes from far and near?

At the start of every autumn, our vibrant­ly diver­se team always meet for an infor­mal get-tog­e­ther at the home of Moni­ca & Lewis Nadal. And ever­yo­ne brings a typi­cal local dish or a spe­cia­li­ty from the home coun­try of their part­ner. Sad­ly, the COVID regu­la­ti­ons mean we’ve had to can­cel this year’s gathe­ring … like you’ve had to do with your own plans, perhaps.

So ins­tead, let us invi­te you now to join us on a food-fil­led jour­ney, whe­re, every week, our pro­ject coor­di­na­tors will be reve­aling their per­so­nal favou­rite reci­pe. Dis­co­ver your own favou­rites on our coo­king tour – we’d love to hear what you think and, of cour­se, check out your reci­pes too. Our col­leagues — who also trans­la­te the menus and reci­pes for the sump­tuous dis­hes ser­ved up by a com­pa­ny cafe­te­ria in Munich — will ensu­re ever­ything is per­fect­ly lin­gu­is­ti­cal­ly flavoured.

Get rea­dy for a sur­pri­se, and get coo­king too!

We’ll kick off this com­ing Wed­nes­day with a dish from Mauritius!

See you next week!

Your All­round Ser­vice Team

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All beginnings are difficult

… and the start to the 2020s has been no dif­fe­rent! Reports of one cri­sis were quick­ly fol­lo­wed by the next. But regard­less of the many chal­len­ges, we are loo­king forward.

COVID-19 for­ced many com­pa­nies, us inclu­ded, to find new ways of doing things. The viral wave has been accom­pa­nied by a wave of digi­ta­li­sa­ti­on. Here at All­round Ser­vice, we want to ensu­re our cus­to­mers can still use our ser­vices, and so we’ve used the time well and expan­ded our portfolio.

Inter­na­tio­nal mee­tings in an era of con­ta­ct restric­tions and distancing rules? It’s not just inter­na­tio­nal bodies and poli­ti­cal orga­ni­sa­ti­ons that have shown how it can be done. Sin­ce April, All­round Ser­vice has been faci­li­ta­ting vir­tu­al events with inter­pre­ting ser­vices wit­hin lar­ge and smal­ler set­tings – inclu­ding with par­ti­al phy­si­cal attendance.

Par­ti­ci­pants can join in the dis­cus­sion and fol­low pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, all in their own lan­guage. Just like befo­re – except vir­tu­al! Based in their own homes, our team of inter­pre­ters use sophisti­ca­ted tech­ni­cal equip­ment that enab­les them to work in the background.

Remo­te inter­pre­ting is not only the per­fect solu­ti­on for your inter­na­tio­nal online mee­ting, it also hel­ps pro­tect the envi­ron­ment and redu­ces tra­vel costs.

The posi­ti­ve feed­back from our own cli­ents and our own expe­ri­en­ces tell us one thing – this is the future.

As we look for­ward, we wel­co­me our new col­league and intern María Peñas­co from Madrid. We are loo­king for­ward to sup­por­ting María as she embarks on her care­er, and we hope we can show her many things and learn a gre­at deal from her too – so it’s full steam ahead into the future!

Our Contribution — Your Solution: Simultaneous Interpreting

The­re is light gra­du­al­ly appearing through the cloud cast by the COVID-19 pan­de­mic. So, many of us are now again loo­king with cau­tious opti­mism towards the future. Here at All­round Ser­vice, we have made good use of our time to fine-tune our VIRTUAL SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETING con­cept, and we’­ve alrea­dy had some initi­al, extre­me­ly posi­ti­ve expe­ri­en­ces with it.

In the last few days, our pro­fes­sio­nal team of inter­pre­ters, all working from home via an online plat­form, pro­vi­ded a dual-lan­guage ser­vice for a Group Works Coun­cil mee­ting.  The event invol­ved 10 par­ti­ci­pants from all over Euro­pe and our lan­guage experts inter­pre­ted all their con­tri­bu­ti­ons and points rai­sed for dis­cus­sion. The par­ti­ci­pants, who were also atten­ding from a num­ber of dif­fe­rent loca­ti­ons, were able to fol­low all the ver­bal addres­ses, share pre­sen­ta­ti­ons and enga­ge in a live dis­cus­sion.

The pro­ject saw us make an important con­tri­bu­ti­on to redu­cing emis­si­ons, save our cli­ent signi­fi­cant tra­vel and equip­ment instal­la­ti­on cos­ts, and enab­le the par­ti­ci­pants to enjoy a rela­xed mee­ting without all the usu­al tire­so­me tra­vel­ling. Of cour­se, it goes without say­ing that all secu­ri­ty stan­dards were rigo­rous­ly upheld.

And the feed­back has been extre­me­ly posi­ti­ve. All the par­ti­ci­pants decla­red them­sel­ves so satis­fied with the mee­ting, that they would be hap­py if future ones are hos­ted in the same format!

Is this some­thing that could work for you? We’d be hap­py to show you the All­round Ser­vice Vir­tu­al Inter­pre­ting con­cept. Or do you any ques­ti­ons you’d like to ask? If so, sim­ply get in touch and let’s see if our con­cept can help you, too.

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