The new SALT ROOM at the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton Johannesburg
Salt of the earth
D-Empress tries a new healing therapy with a pinch of salt.
Business Day Magazine November 2010
(Voted Best Magazine Supplement)
As the winds chase away winter’s dry debris, nature leads the way for us to respond to the Earth’s invitation to rejuvenation. For generations, the first rains, and blooms, sunrays, water and salt have collectively symbolized rituals and traditions to mark the springtime regeneration of the soul. Salt, a powerful regenerative mineral, has been used for centuries to cleanse, detoxify, repair and
promote healing. As vital to the human body as water, we need a daily intake of salt to maintain a healthy body.
As the world moves towards Earth- friendly approaches to healing, traditions using salt are re-emerging as a non-invasive choice. In recent times, Africa’s salt gift to the world has come from the Kalahari Desert.
Over the past six years, Kalahari Salt has become the toast of Gourmet Chefs around the world.
Packaged in Johannesburg by Kalahari Pristine Salt Worx, Silver Crystal Gourmet Salt is 100% pure, all-natural and sun-dried salt.
In Brussels this year, the International Taste & Quality Institute awarded Silver Crystal Gourmet Salt a Superior Taste Award certificate. Packaged in cotton bags, the Kalahari gourmet salt range also extends to a collection of bathing salts, boxed with exquisite high-quality essential oil blends.
And from gourmet and bath salts to the newest salt healing therapy: salt rooms. Africa’s first salt room takes an ancient tradition of salt cave therapy and packages it in a plush bliss zone at Armani Spa in the Radisson Blue Hotel in Johannesburg .Created by Synergy Salt Therapy, the salt room is a therapeutic healing space. Opening this month, marking spring time rejuvenation for 2010, the salt room at the Radisson is modeled on the tradition of the salt caves, popular across Europe and South America. Synergy Salt Therapy offers treatments that replicate the microclimate found in salt mines and caves across the world.
Using 5 Tons of Kalahari salt the salt room is created by layering grains of varying sizes on the walls and floor. Regulated temperatures and humidity combine with the salt to create a hypo-bacterial and allergen-free air environment.
Halo therapy (“halos” is Greek for salt) is a complementary therapy that can be used in conjunction with medication and other holistic treatments. Sit back and relax as a combination of sound and light therapy, combined with the salt infusions, gently elevates the body, mind and spirit to cleanse, revive, purify and invigorate. A treatment comprises a series of up to 10 sessions, each lasting 40 minutes and to be taken daily or on alternate days. A treatment session in the salt rooms will usher away flu viruses, alleviate snoring and seasonal allergies, and is remarkable in treating eczema, psoriasis, bronchitis, smoker’s cough and countless other respiratory conditions. Children’s sessions are also available. Studies also show that dependency on prescription medicines is measurably decreased and in some cases totally eliminated. www.kalaharisalt.co.za, www.sasalttherapy.co.za
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Craig Cormack is using Kalahari Salt as he is delighted by the flavour, the full roundedness and the tremendous enhancement of food!
All Things Culinary, Craig Cormack, chef patron is specializing in creative catering, fine dining meals in your home, training of young chefs, is a consultant to restaurants and hotels and runs workshops and food demonstations.
Craig also co - owns his own restaurant, Overture, situated in a wine estate in Stellenbosch, Western Cape,with his partner Basson, a deli shop in Stellenbosch, and owns the restaurant, called Café Misto.
These are only but a few of Craig’s achievements:
- Promoted by the Chaine des Rottiseurs to Vice Consileur Culinaire for the regional committee Western Cape 2007.
- Winner of the 2009 Amex Platinum Fine Dining Award,
- Winner of the 2008 Amex Platinum Fine Dining Award,
- Winner of the 2008 Bronze Award in the Chaine Des Rottiseur,
- Winner of 4th place in South African Eat out Awards.
- Member of the Olive & Olive Oil tasting panel – Olive Oil Awards South Africa in 2006/7/8.
- Was executive chef at the Village Hotel at The Spier Wine Estate.
- Promoted to Maitre Grilladin during the Grand Chapitre held in Cape Town.
- Represent the South African Chefs Association in 2004.
- Published his first book in 2002, a training manual which is sold to public and many semi government chef schools and colleges.
- Was executive chef at the Cape Grace Hotel in the World Award 2000
- Was head chef in Ellerman house, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, voted best Boutique Hotel in Africa and number 13 in the world.
The Black Forest Bakery was established in 1935 as Café Echo in Johannesburg. Owner Volker Speer is as passionate about baking as his father. Together they created one of the best different rye breads, health breads, confectionery items and pastries.
They were always concerned about a high quality product and still today import specialized flours from Europe to cater for different needs and the growing demand for gluten free and wheat free breads.
Adding to the high quality of their product they also decided to use only the pure inland Kalahari Salt which improves the taste of their bread and the health value so that their product live up to their high quality reputation.
Some of their clients are: Spar, Pick ‘n Pay Family Stores, Delis, Health Shops and Fruit And Roots.
"The Avalon Cheese Farm is situated in the picturesque Hekpoort Valley cradled between the Magaliesberg and the Witwatersburg Mountain ranges. We make a range of delicate goat milk cheeses from our own herd of goats. We have found that by using pure natural Silver Crystal Gourmet Salt throughout all of our processes we add real value to our products. Because of its natural purity and good taste we use less salt than previously. The taste, texture and quality is also improved. We recommend this salt to all who desire a superior product, especially all-natural and organic food producers, manufacturers and purveyors. This salt really adds great value to our cheeses. Yours faithfully", Shane Smith
"The Loaf is situated in the Fourways area of Johannesburg and produces traditional bread that uses 100% natural fermentation and is baked in a
wood-fired brick oven.
Since we switched to Kalahari Salt two weeks ago, we have noticed that the dough of our bread is smoother and has a better texture.
Changing to Kalahari Salt has enhanced the flavour of our bread.
We also noticed that, in comparison with other salts, Kalahari Salt is far cleaner – no residue when dissolving the salt in water.
We do not hesitate recommending the Silver Crystal Gourmet Salt from Kalahari Pristine Salt Worx."
HOTEL NEGRESCO: Classified a National Historic Monument, it is one of the few remaining privately owned palaces in the world and one of the leading Hotels in the world, which is situated in Nice at the French Riviera.
37 Promenade des Anglais – 06007 NICE
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RESAURANT LE CHANTECLER: (Spangled restaurant in Michelin’s Guide)
One of the best restaurants in France and the best in Nice, where Michel Del Burgo’s refined, inventive French Cuisine has enchanted many people.
CHEFS DES CUISINES: MICHEL DEL BURGO has a passion and fascination for cooking since he was a child. He spent hours looking at his father cook in their family’s restaurant in Avesnes-sur-Helpe, in Aisne, to become what he is now: A GREAT CHEF. Michel Del Burgo’s French Cuisine is contemporary and creative, rich by its culinary tradition as well as his experiences acquired through the years. At the age of 18 years old, after participating in a competition for the best apprentice in France, he learned the basics of cooking in a “3 stars Michelin’s Guide” restaurant, l’Oustaou de Baumaniere”, where the “biggest of this world” Kings and Queens, heads of State and Artists’ lunch and dine.
He has worked as a chef des Cuisines in the best and most famous restaurants in France, such as Michel Guerard, la Barbacane in Carcassone which gained 2 stars in the Michelin’s Guide, the Tailevent in Paris with 3 Stars, before working in the Negresco’s restaurant the Chantecler, to name only a few.
Michel Del Burgo only wants the best products for his French Cuisine and therefore chooses “Silver Crystal” gourmet salt to give his meals the best most natural flavour.
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To enhance you meals within your own home choose
Silver Crystal Gourmet Salt used by the great culinary chefs.
Pat Duxbury from Waybury International guesthouses use SILVER CRYSTAL GOURMET SALT because it is totally natural and enhances in flavours of all my meals.
WITH THIS SALT YOU BRING THE BEST AND PUREST OF NATURE
INTO YOUR KITCHEN
Waybury House, an international guest house in Bryanston, Johannesburg, is constantly trying to give the best cuisine to their international guests.
Par Duxburry, founder of the guest house is a Cordon Bleu Chef and has many years of experience in the cooking trade. She has been creating and tantalizing creations of food, with only the most natural ingredients. Pat Duxburry uses silver crystal gourmet salt.
4 Waybury house , 4 WayburyRoad Bryanston Tel + 27 11 463 3306
CATZ PYJAMAS, a 24 hour bistro located in Mellville Johannesburg, open 7 days a week, has been successfully run by Natascha Cotzee for the last ten years.
Natascha chooses a high standard of food and uses only natural, organic SILVER CRYSTAL GOURMET SALT for a definite improvement in the taste of her cuisine.
Article Published in Den Gronne Newspaper
Niels Hansen med en pose af det 280 milllioner år gamle Kalaharisalt, der sælges som både groft, mellem og fint salt.
Hans iværksættereventyr er 280 millioner år gammelt -
Niels Hansen fra Holte har startet import af ursalt fra Kalahariørkenen, som er en ny delikatesse på de danske køkkenborde / Steen Trolle
Et 280 millioner år gammelt produkt er blevet en ny delikatesse på de danske køkkenborde, takket være en smed fra Holte.
Niels Hansen begyndte for et år siden at importere salt fra Kalahariørkenen i Sydafrika, og det ældgamle salt, der "høstes" 300 kilometer fra den nærmeste by, er på vej til at blive et lille iværksættereventyr for den 42-årige forhenværende smed.
65 butikker i Nordsjælland forhandler nu det specielle ursalt, og senest har Øllingegård Mejeri i Skævinge valgt at bruge saltet i sit økologiske smør. Også på Kokkeskolen i Hillerød, der uddanner kokke, er havsaltet skiftet ud med Kalaharisalt.
Det hvide guld
"Man kan sige, at smeden fandt det hvide guld i ørkenen," siger Niels Hansen om sin historie, der startede tilfældigt, da han besøgte sin nuværende kone, der kommer fra Sydafrika.
Niels blev gjort opmærksom på det usædvanlige salt fra Kalahariørkenen, han fik ja til at forsøge en import til Danmark, og efter en omstændelig godkendelse hos de danske fødevaremyndigheder var vejen banet til de danske køkkener.
"Der er tale om et naturligt, uforarbejdet produkt, som kommer fra et forureningsfrit område ude i ørkenen og er rig på mineraler. Det er et sundt alternativ til det raffinerede salt, som fødevareindustrien bruger, og til havsalt, som er forurenet, fordi havvand er forurenet," siger Niels Hansen.
"Sammensætningen af mineralerne og det, at saltet er uforarbejdet gør, at det får en unik smag. Det er også mere drøjt, så man skal ikke bruge lige så meget, som hvis man bruger forarbejdet salt," siger han.
En håndfuld salt fra Kalahariørkenen.
Ældre end Læsøsalt
Kalaharisaltet er samme type salt som det berømte salt fra Læsø. Det er blot noget billigere og faktisk 30 millioner år ældre end Læsøsalt, der "kun" kan skrive sin historie 250 millioner år tilbage.
Niels Hansens egen salthistorie er indtil videre et år gammel, men han er sikker på, at der venter mange år forude til Silver Crystal, som er navnet på hans virksomhed.
"Et af mine mål er at få fat i fødevareproducenterne. Alle, der vil lave nogle ordentlige produkter, skal også bruge noget ordentligt salt," siger Niels Hansen.
Kalaharisalt forhandles i en række butikker lokalt. Se forhandlerlisten
Løver omringede teltet
Hele eventyret kunne dog være endt i gabet på en løve, næsten inden det var kommet i gang. Niels Hansens telt blev nemlig omringet af løver, da han første gang kørte ud for at besøge stedet, hvor salten høstes:
"Jeg slog lejr og tændte et bål for at grille en T-bone-steak. Lugten af kødet tiltrak løver, så jeg spiste maden i mit telt. Næsten morgen var der seks løver udenfor, da jeg åbnede teltdøren. Men heldigvis kom en af mine venner i bil og fik skræmt løverne væk," fortæller Niels Hansen om sin tur til det sted i Kalahariørkenen, som meget passende kaldes for "Løveland".
Fakta: Her forhandles Kalaharisalt
Magasin Lyngby, Lyngby Hovedgade 43, Kongens Lyngby,
Købmanden i søllerrød, Vangebovej 56, 2840 Holte
Slagter Maltesen, Kongevejen 111, 3460 Birkerød
Holte Helsekost, Holte Midtpunkt 23, 2840 Holte
Sandwich and Bakery, Sorgenfrigårdsvej 80, 2800 Lyngby
Fru Hurup Delikatesser, Likørstræde 5, 2800 Kongens Lyngby
Sorgenfri Fisk, Sorgenfri Torv 3, 2830 Virum
Deres Slagter APS, Virum torv 4, 2830 Virum
House of Blend, Midtpunkt 23, 1. sal. 2840 Holte
Spisekurven, Hovedgaden 38, 3460 Birkerød
Mill & Mortar, Klintehøj Vænge 19, 3460 Birkerød
Se mere på www.Kalahari.dk og www.silvercrystal.dk
Publiceret: 13. August 2009 16:15