René Mathieu

René Mathieu

Dear Consom’Actors,

I’m proud and honoured that Cactus has asked me to get involved with the “Changeons! Agissons!” project, and most especially to have been given this column where I can talk to you directly, each month, through the Cactus brochure and where I can explore various topics dear to my heart.

In January, the partnership between the Michelin-starred chef and champion of vegetarian cuisine René Mathieu and the family-run business Cactus was announced. Since then, discussions and internal meetings have taken place to ensure that their shared objectives are achieved – find out more by watching this video.

Paying homage to our local producers

Giving all our producers in Luxembourg proper recognition is especially close to my heart because these men and women do remarkable work – and they deserve to be respected and supported because their work is of benefit to us all!

The society in which we live drives people to consume more – and in a way that’s disorganized and unfair. We have to change the way we buy goods because this marketing system often leaves local producers out of the picture...

Why eat wild plants?

I started my wild pickings when I was a child, with my grandparents. Nowadays it’s not just a leisure time activity, picking wild plants has become something that I absolutely have to do. I specifically search out the qualities offered by wild plants, which are dependent on their living conditions and environment. These plants produce antioxidants to protect themselves from various dangers (insects, climate change, UV rays) and they take up minerals from the soil to...

My Thoughts on the Climate and Water

Water is fast becoming one of the major challenges for our society, whether it’s access to drinking water, water pollution or the difficulties already facing many countries in sourcing water. Water will become a considerably scarcer resource because of population growth, developments in food consumption patterns as well as climate change, due in particular to the ever-increasing demand for energy.

If by 2030, there is still enough drinkable water on...

A healthy diet

Keeping Body and Mind Well

Today, I want to talk to you about something more “down to earth”, but which is really important if we want to look after ourselves: eating a healthy diet. What should we eat and why? To my mind if we don’t eat a healthy, balanced diet, we can’t enjoy good health. We should eat good seasonal products with a balanced intake. 

Only natural foodstuffs contain important intrinsic elements which our bodies need to be able to keep...

The seasons around us

We are getting ever closer to spring – but a word of warning: it’s not the calendar that will decide when we get there, but the weather! It is not for us to tell our producers what we want to eat, but nature, via the producers.

Making a choice to buy local products as a preference is important, and shows our respect towards them. Not insisting on asparagus or strawberries right now, because by the time our local producers can offer their own produce...

Winter in our garden

Winter is the perfect season for recharging our batteries and taking good care of ourselves.

Winter is the season of rest, peace and quiet and an opportunity to take stock of how we feel. It’s obvious that we eat differently according to the season because Nature is clever and provides us with exactly what we need most at the right time. In the summertime, wonderfully juicy fruit and vegetables to keep us hydrated; in the wintertime, more nourishing fruit and vegetables...