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.
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.
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.
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!
… 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!
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.