Alleyway kitchens

Extensive mazes of alleys cut through the heart of large city blocks. Outside the doors are these clay planter-type contraptions which are used for cooking. You can place a grill on top or set a pot or wok on it. They'll make extensive meals with one or two of these. We have one too but it's been sitting unused with a small healthy weed in it which needs no apparent nutrients from soil or water, because I coudn't find an eco-friendly alternative to deforesting Cambodia (they cut the hardwoods down to make charcoal). But I recently found a great NGO, Ceres, which makes char-briquettes from biomass waste. They develop alternative fuels and stove technologies. Three kilograms of these briquettes cost 9000 Riels ($2.25). Family members … [Read more...]