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„Cooking with the Snowmads“ is our new series about Food and Recipes from all over the World.

As Van Life, Traveling and Cooking go Hand in Hand we think it’s a Topic that might be interesting for you. Let’s cook a real Iranian Classic today: Lubia Polo

As we love to travel to Iran we got to know and love the Iranian Cuisine, so we want to bring you one of our favorite recipes.
The Iranian way of cooking is pretty simple in its ingredients yet amazingly complex in its taste and so is Lubia Polo, which simply translates to „Bean Rice“. Seeing the Ingredients maybe you would think to yourself „How could this turn into something special?“ But then you take the time and passion for the process as the Iranians do and in the end you’ll be stunned of how little things you need to create an amazing tasty meal.

What you need

1 Onion

500g Green Beans (best fresh ones, but frozen ones work as well)

2 1/2 cups of rice (Persian rice is perfect for this dish if you can get hold of it, or any other good medium to long grain white rice)

1 tea spoon of tumeric powder at least 1/2 a tea spoon of bloomed saffron

500g pure tomato sauce

Potatoes (optional)

If you’re lucky enough to find a Persian market close by you can easily get your Iranian ingredients there – a couple minutes of intense Persian experience inclusive. 😉

Fabi on a market in Teheran…

How the magic happens

You begin by frying the diced onions in oil until they get some color and add the turmeric powder and the green beans. The tumeric powder is important for the final taste of the Lubia Polo so don’t be shy on using it. The beans should start to get a glassy bright green color when you add the tomato sauce, usually you will use tomato sauce from a can or glass. If its a really thick sauce, pour some water in the can or glass to get the rest of the sauce out and make the sauce more liquid. You don’t wanna make a soup, but it shouldn’t be too thick in order to not burn in your pan. You let that cook for some ten to fifteen minutes if you’re using fresh beans, if its frozen beans that reduces the cooking time to around 5 minutes. Add some salt and let the sauce sit in the pan.

Meanwhile bring some water (about 1 1/2 to double the amount of rice) to boil, add the rinsed rice and let that simmer until the rice is al dente, which means that if you take one grain of rice between your fingernails the middle of the grain should still be a little hard. The Iranians are true masters in cooking rice and one of the many secrets is simply to rinse the rice before cooking to get rid of the starch around the grains. Pour the rice and water through a sieve. After around ten minutes, depending on which rice you use pour the rice and water into a sieve.

„Thadig“ Iranian rice cooking magic

Now the stacking of the rice and the bean/tomato sauce starts, which is probably the crux in the whole process. For that you use a deep pot, pour some oil in and put it on low to medium heat. Cause now another speciality of the Iranian rice cooking magic can be achived, the so called „Tahdig“ It means that in the bottom of the pot you get a amazingly tasty crust of rice, that if you got it right once you ask yourself why you would ever cook rice without Tahdig again. Optionally before you put the rice in the oil you can put thin sliced potatos, which would make for an Potato Tahdig, but to get that right its even more difficult than a plain Rice Tahdig, we ourselves still struggle with that, so probably start with rice only. Put a layer of around 2 to 3 thumbs thick of rice into the pot, take the bean and tomato sauce and stack that on top of the rice, also 2 to 3 thumbs thick. Continue with layering until the sauce and rice is finished, the rice should be the last layer. With every layer of rice you put in pour some blossomed saffron over the rice. „Blossomed“ here means that you put the saffron in some water and let it simmer on low heat for some minutes. Saffron can be amazingly expensive in some countries, so how much you’ll use will be depending on where you live or your budget. Generally we would say the more the better. It’ll give the typical taste of Persia, as Iranians use literally tons of it.

When you ́re finished with the stacking put a cotton kitchen towel around the lid of the pot, which will help to keep the steam inside the pot, so the before „al dente“ rice will be steamed to finish. Leave the pot on a small to medium heat for some 30 minutes while not letting the steam escape by opening the lid many times, which is another secret to a perfect rice. The crux here is to get the rice finished without the Tahdig at the bottom getting burned, you’ll probably need some tries to get it right, but if you do you’ll know that it was worth it. After around 30 minutes you can open the lid and check if the rice is finished and if it is you can stir and mix the rice with the bean/tomato sauce, The rice will get a beautiful yellow and red color and the aromas of sauce, rice and saffron will have merged.

Lubia Polo traditionally is a side dish, we recommend some white bread to go with it, best coming from a wood fire oven, maybe some salad. As there are often vegetarians under us we most of the time cook without meat, if you don’t wanna dispense on meat, you can put it in the bean/tomato sauce, traditionally Iranians use lamp for their Lubia Polo.

Enjoy! And „Nush e jahn!“ -Farsi for „enjoy your meal“, which translates to „Nourish your soul“

We’re curious on your Lubia Polo experience – you’re very welcome to send us a photo or tag @snowmads on Instagram.

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How to… Van Life with Fabian Lentsch

Find out how to live in an old, refurbished fire truck. Fabi is taking you on a truck tour through the Snowmads Truck.

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Curious what’s inside the Snowmads Truck?
Fabi is showing you around in the truck, gives some interesting insights on how he’s living in this adventure vehicle and even reveals some van life hacks for your next adventure on four wheels.

That video was shot back in 2016 when Fabi and the Snowmads headed off for their first trip A Journey Towards Eastern Suns.

Enjoy!

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Welcome to the final round of our Snowmads approved film recommendations

Before you read on: Have you already seen our first two Snowmads watch lists? Find them here Part 1 & Part 2

As the first two versions of our Snowmads recommended films have all been connected to the Snowmads universe in some way, we’re now offering you a fine selection of films we just really like and think they are highly recommendable. An exception here is TWENTY with our friend Léo Slemett.
We really hope you liked our watchlists and enjoyed a couple of hours skiing fine lines and good times… at least mentally and on your screen.


Here’s our final Snowmads approved selection for you:

HAMKUMMEN – HOMECOMING

Should we travel more or think more about homecoming? 
This question photographer and filmmaker Lukas Dürnegger asks himself in this movie.

ZABARDAST

Zabardast means „fantastic“ in the Hindi language – Zabardast is a definitely a fantastic movie, a movie about an expedition to the great Himalayas of Pakistan, a movie that really impressed us.

LA LISTE

Redefining steep skiing with Jeremy Heitz and Sam Anthamatten – meanwhile this movie of Jeremy and Sam skiing ticking off 15 4000m peaks and their steep faces is almost a classic. By the way: Part two of La Liste is about to drop soon, stay tuned.

TWENTY – An accidental history of free riding by Guido Perrini

TWENTY is the culmination of twenty years of big mountain filming, and raises the question of ‘is it worth it?’ Twenty is an emotional story of the development of freeriding, the passion for being out in the mountains and why the characters return to it again and again, even after tragedy strikes.

Here you go – lean back, grab a cold one and enjoy!

HAMKUMMEN – HOMECOMING

ZABARDAST

LA LISTE

TWENTY – An accidental history of free riding

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Snowmads – Watch List

Here’s a new round of Snowmads approved film recommendations

Enjoyed the five films of our first Snowmads Watchlist?

A new week of staying at home, doing home workouts, dreaming of spring skiing and of course hiding from that world wide virus pandemic is coming up.
Watching a good movie is always a good way to recover from post Easter workouts or when isolation boredom kicks in.
Watching a good ski movie is the best way to dream of big missions and make new plans for when that bloody virus is gone!

Here’s our Snowmads approved selection for you:

SKI VACATION

Follow a Brazilian couple on their skiing vacation in Austria. A nice mix of comedy and skiing, starring Snowmads Raphi Webhofer and produced by our friends of Whiteroom Production.

TIEN SHAN – A KYRGYZ SKI ADVENTURE

The movie shows the story of four friends, including Fabian Lentsch, traveling to the former soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan in 2012. Super confident they made their way into the Tien Shan mountain range, where they were confronted with snow conditions they have never seen before.

ALTAI – AN UNEXPECTED FORTUNE

Another Whiteroom production. In Spring 2014 the Austrian and German ski alpinists David Pitschmann, Fabian Lentsch, Joi Hoffmann, Michael Trojer and Jakob Schweighofer headed to the remote Russian Altai Mountains in hope to discover a skier’s paradise.

SOUTH LINES

Follow the journey of our Spanish friend and Snowmads Aymar Navarro, who has also been part of YA MAS, and Txema Trull on their annual trip to South America’s austral winter an the incredible Andes mountain range. An epic adventure full of gnarly lines and sharing experiences with local skiers from Chile and Argentina as well as internationally known riders like Leo Slemett and Marion Haerty.

USHBA

Late season 2017. Samuel Anthamatten, Markus Eder, & Leo Slemett head to Svaneti Georgia to hopefully climb Ushba and make a first descent on skis. This mystical 4710m mountain in the Caucasus Mountains is very remote and must be accessed on foot. Before the ascent the crew gets to warm up the legs and experience some of the best skiing they have ever had in a wild heli-ski session in epic conditions. Leo Slemett has also been part of the very first NINE&ONE / Snowmads production A JOURNEY TOWARDS EASTERN SUNS.

Here you go – lean back, grab a cold one and enjoy!

SKI VACATION

TIEN SHAN – A KYRGYZ SKI ADVENTURE

ALTAI – AN UNEXPECTED FORTUNE

SOUTH LINES

USHBA

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Update from Iran with Fabian Lentsch

Interview with Fabian Lentsch on how he’s experiencing the current situation around the Corona Virus in the Iranian lock down

Last fall when Fabian Lentsch packed up the Snowmads Truck for a big journey to Iran, no one could imagine what kind of global health crisis would hit our planet and especially Iran just a few months later.
We got in touch with Fabian to find out how he is experiencing the situation in Iran, how his plans changed and which hidden, artsy talent he discovered in the meantime.


Camera: Moritz Liebl, thank you!

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Snowmads – Watch List

Five Snowmads approved film recommendations for long days in isolation – Part 1

Stuck in isolation and seen everything on your favorite streaming services?
Ok, then our very first advice:
Check out our latest short film „Snowmads – Sense of Home“.
Seen this one as well? Don’t worry, we’ve put together a fine selection of snowy adventures for you to enjoy on on your couch, five snowy adventures that will keep you motivated for a new season.
All the five of them are connected to the Snowmads universe of course:

CONTRADDICTION by Elias Elhardt – Elias is a good friend of Fabi Lentsch and he absolutely loves that movie

TGR WINTERLAND – the latest Teton Gravity Research production with a really nice segment of Fabian Lentsch, 100% shot in Austria

ICE & PALMS – six weeks of skiing, biking and crossing the alps. A film of Jochen Mesle and Max Kroneck. Jochen is a true Snowmad and has been part of A Journey Towards Eastern Suns and YaMas

DER TIROLER UND SEIN PIEFKE – Roman Rohrmoser, Snowmad from the very first minute on, and Felix Wiemers in one of the funniest skiing productions ever

A JOURNEY TOWARDS EASTERN SUNS – the first Snowmads / NINE&ONE production and the first trip with the Snowmads Truck . Old but gold and always worth to see.

Here you go – lean back, grab a cold one and enjoy!

CONTRADDICTION

TGR WINTERLAND

ICE&PALMS

DER TIROLER UND SEIN PIEFKE

A JOURNEY TOWARDS EASTERN SUNS

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Snowmads – Sense of Home FULL MOVIE out now

Good news and good content for tough times and long days at home!

Dear Snowmads Friends,
We really hope this finds you well and healthy!
It’s a tough and uncertain time for everyone of us and still or especially now we feel it would be a good time to look back and share some nice content. Time to appreciate insane winter days, be thankful and dream away.
But not to forget: Look forward to good times in the mountains – mountain days will be back, that’s for sure! 
Let’s spread the word, stay healthy, lean back and enjoy „Snowmads – Sense of Home“. 

During the film festival season last fall our latest NINE&ONE production toured across Europe. Now we’re grateful to announce that „Snowmads – Sense of Home“ will be available on the Snowmads YouTube channel now.

Watch the full movie, subscribe for the Snowmads YouTube channel and never ever miss out on any Snowmads action anymore.

Professional freeskiers Fabian Lentsch, Markus Ascher and Roman Rohrmoser spend a winter at home in the Alps, experience enormous amounts of snow and describe their feelings and perspectives of „Home“. What is home for well travelled pro skiers, how does it feel for them and is home really connected to one specific location? 

Snowmads – Sense of Home is a short movie about one of the best winters Austria has seen in recent years, about discovering Austria with the Snowmads Truck, friendship and three different perspectives on home. 

A NINE&ONE production
Produced by Karin Lechner
Directed by Marco Freudenreich 

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Snowmads – Sense of Home

The latest Snowmads / NINE&ONE production out now

Professional freeskiers Fabian Lentsch, Markus Ascher and Roman Rohrmoser spend a winter at home in the Alps, experience enormous amounts of snow and describe their feelings and perspectives of „Home“. What is home for well travelled pro skiers, how does it feel for them and is home really connected to one specific location? 

Snowmads – Sense of Home is a short movie about one of the best winters Austria has seen in recent years, about discovering Austria with the Snowmads Truck, friendship and three different perspectives on home. 

After big trips to Iran and Greece in the last years, Fabi and his Snowmads buddies decided to spend most of this winter at home in the Austrian mountains, touring around with the Snowmads Truck and chasing the perfect powder. The luck was definitely on their side as Austria’s seen one of the best winters since many years.

A NINE&ONE production
Produced by Karin Lechner
Directed by Marco Freudenreich 

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Snowmads Home Stories – Fabian Lentsch

Fabian Lentsch: Home is Everywhere

Fabian Lentsch sharing some of his thoughts with you about where home is for him, talking about his roots and some recent skiing in the Austrian alps together with his dad. Also find out why sharing his days with good people is so important for Fabi.

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Snowmads Home Stories – Roman Rohmoser

Meet Roman Rohrmoser – Skier, Daddy, Hunter

Of dream lines and daddy life – Roman Rohrmoser, born and raised in the Zillertal /Austria. Roman is not just a professional skier, he’s living a life very much connected to nature, produces his own honey and keeps up the tradition and responsibility of being a hunter.