What it’s like to be the person with the noisy kid at a restaurant!

Hello.
Yes i’m the person you roll your eyes at when you are in a restaurant or pub. The person who you judged the minute i walked into the room with a child.

Great. Another romantic meal ruined? shouldn’t kids just be banned from these places? urgh.

The thing is.. there is absolutely no reason why i should get this reaction. I have every right to take my brother (who is 5.. and loud) wherever i go.. unless you have excessive booze or sex on your menu. obviously.  But hear me out. life doesn’t stop when the kids are around and so it shouldn’t.

In Europe and many countries abroad, kids are welcomed in to the night life, the restaurants and the culture and why the hell not? why do you have to grow up before you can sit and chat and laugh with your friends and family. Why do you have to sit down and shut up, don’t look at anyone else or make any kind of scene. We went out for a family meal this week. 3 Adults and 2 children at 6.30pm on a Friday night, they dressed nice and we enjoyed a family meal. Yes, we had the kids that jumped around (he was excited, we dont get to go out as a family often) , climbed under the table and didn’t want to eat the dinner he ended up with. We had the child who isnt very good at sitting down and shutting up.  Yes, we got the looks. quickly handed some colouring in the hope that he would calm down. Judged from other tables. Yes, it bothered me, put me on edge and made me feel like i had done something wrong or spoken some unspoken rule.

If we had been loud enough to disturb other tables, i would have understood. But we weren’t. People just assumed that we would because it was evening and there were children… How is it that i dont have to apologise for a loud adult friend drinking and laughing or a group of adults eating and celebrating who as a collective are louder than normal but i constantly have to apologise for a child, who is being completely harmless and being exactly what they are meant to be, a child?! The fact of the matter is that we paid just as much money if not more than some of those people and we have the right to take children to a restaurant to enjoy good food and good company.. so why, in this day and age, should children been seen and not heard when out at dinner?

Kids lives should be broadened and enriched with all sorts of experiences, including going to dinner and trying new places and new foods. I am very unhappy to admit that i select places to eat based on how child friendly they are. It sucks.

Step Up UK. I wanna take children to dinner and it not be an issue!! who’s with me??

Jade
Blogger, Lover of Food.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas filled with presents and joy and food! I worked a lot, and made plenty of pigs in blankets.. But.. Because life is cruel.. I had a tummy bug for Christmas day!! I ate absolutely nothing and actually lost weight while the rest of you bloody scoffed your faces!!

So I am making up for it tonight, the new years eve buffet is full to the brim with cheeky treats and tasty meats! I’m gonna wake up in 2018 fat.

I hope you all have lovely eating plans! And drinking plans haha 😂

I also have the obligatory food new years resolutions: eat healthy, join a gym blah blah blah.

I do have one more resolution.. To blog more! I promise to post once a week. Consistently! All I ask in return is for you to follow me abs spread the word!

Happy new year everyone! Love you all xxxx

Jade

Blogger, Lover of Food.

It ain’t easy..

Sorry for such a delay since my last post guys! I started a new job as you all know.. And I’m ill and tired and my brain hurts so much that I havent been able to come up with anything to write to you all about!!

Absolute brain farts!! I know I know.. Don’t hate me.

2018 is gonna be the greatest year for food for thought online blog! Trust me.

If I survive great cornish food store over Christmas then I can do anyway! Stay tuned for all my festive favourite and cooking tips!

And remember I’m always on social media do make sure your following!

Big love Jade x

Blogger, Lover of Food.

Welcome back to the dark side!

Monday was the start of a new, but somewhat familiar journey. I joined the Great Cornish Food Store (my opinions are my OWN and do not reflect or represent that of the store)

I have joined the team to do butchery and fishmongery as well as some fresh food, deli counter stuff and kitchen. Which is awesome! I do 3 days a week of learning. I love learning! Working with the best local produce and honing my knife skills! Turns out, I am not as good at filleting fish as I thought!! 🤦🏼

I will keep you updated and introduce you first hand to some great suppliers along the way!

Jade

Blogger, Lover of Food.

How much money do I need, to be a professional food blogger?

I think the outcome of this blog is pretty obvious.

Have a full time job, travelling around the country, eating food, making food and reviewing food places..

Basically being paid to eat.

However, there are obstacles in the way.. Like being poor.

So I genuinely want to know.. How or who do I need to connect with to make the step up? You move onto the next level.

If anyone more accomplished than me has any tips, hints and advice then PLEASE send it my way!!

 Jade 
Blogger, Lover of Food.

Let’s talk about sex..ism, baby!

Successful, female chef.

It’s not dirty talk. It’s real talk coming up right now.

I spent my three or four years or however long it was in kitchens being called things like darling, love, dear, babe and even sugar tits.

Being called naggy or bossy if I had an opinion on something. Working doubly hard for half the amount of respect..

I’m not a raging feminist I don’t understand why feminists need men to burn for what they’ve done, that’s kinda crazy. I just want people to be seen as equal, I don’t think it’s fair that because women are seen as more likely to have family or develop other distractions that get in the way of work. But it’s true.. I support my family, as you all may know and i would opt to do fewer, longer days to accommodate for that. I would work 3/4 14 hour days – that’s up to 59 hours! In three days! But I was looked at as a part timer, a little girl who couldn’t hack doing “real chef hours”

When I first started training, I met and fell for a chef in a higher position than me. If I had known that it is acceptable for people to make the ludicrous comments they made about me in that time.. I would never have done it! I was a younger less experienced chef, dating an more experience higher positioned chef. I was also being recognised for my abilities at the same time. Unconnected. No one else saw it that way.. “extra practise at home? Did (no name) Teach you how to handle meat” “we all know what you did for that mark”

Guess who was called a slut. Not him. Me. I was 20..and it knocked my confidence, it made me doubt myself and my ability as a chef, it haltered my progression!

I look around my profession and there is a very small amount of women. That’s no shock.. I see female head chefs and I wonder how much they had to sacrifice to get there… How much extra they gave, how hard they had to work to get to where they are now! I have known women who have had to move all around the country, working harder to get more information to be taught things that people don’t want to teach anymore. (but that’s a point for another day)

The first time I moved up in a kitchen, some one made a joke about who I had given a blowjob to, to get this step up.

Now don’t get me wrong, not all male chefs are like that.. Some of the men I have worked with have been inspirational. Some have them have helped me grow and learn and progress without prejudice.

I guess the moral of this story is to be more like them. Be a good guy! If your in a kitchen with a woman, be the guy who jokes with her not at her expense.

If a woman’s place is in the kitchen.. Than let us be in the kitchen!!

Hey if you have any kitchen related stories, get in touch! I’d love to hear them!

 Jade 
Blogger, Lover of Food.

Tis the season

No.. Not Christmas..ITS STILL OCTOBER PEOPLE CALM DOWN.

no, I’m talking about something more more exciting. Game season!

You may have noticed, if you go to any shop who supply according to season, that game is back. Rabbits, partridges, pheasants and venison or deer should start popping back up onto your butchers radar!

You may have seen in my previous post that I recently sampled a wild venison dish with potatoes and truffler camembert. This is a great way to start your journey with game. It’s basically a glorified cornbeef hash!

If your thinking of pushing the boat out further, I suggest a pheasant to try.

They are tiny and rich and not too expensive. This tiny birds give off a lot of flavour so you don’t need too many fancy accompaniments.

I will share my favourite game recipes with you over the course of winter so let me know if you have anything you want to try, but are not sure where to start!!

Jx

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A Shucking Good Time!

Last weekend I spent some time down in Falmouth watching chef demo’s and tasting fantastic street food! I also did some sample tasting and spoke to some of the local suppliers who had gathered to the tent situated in event square.

Demo’s included Arty William’s from The cove and Michelin star chef Chris Eden from Driftwood.

Granted.. I was only there on the Sunday (damn responsibilities) but I had a great time. St Michael’s Hotel and Spa were definitely the starts of the show, with there Oyster Bar, Champagne Bar and Fresh Seafood Kitchen in the corner of the main marquee area.

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There was one down side for me though.. I hate Oysters!

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Oysters.. ew. – But beautifully prepared and served by the St Michael’s Staff.

So lunch for me was a wild Cornish venison tartiflette – potato, venison, and cheese.  (find out more about the Cornish Venison Co. and follow them on twitter here) Honestly what more could you need!

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Venison Tartiflette and Apple Slayer cider. YUM.

Music was provided by Suzi Mac (wow what a voice!) and fun was had by all!!

Another great year for the  Falmouth Oyster Festival – Check them out for next year!

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Kick Cancer’s Ass!

Last week, with the help of my awesome colleges at CSA Architects, I prepped and pulled off  my first ever #MacmillanCoffeeMorning!

I spend most of the week convincing and nagging others to bring cake. I spend most of the night baking. I spend most of the morning running around like a headless chicken.

 

But it paid off. We raised a awesome £161.36p!!

thank you

 

Thank you to everyone who came and supported Macmillan so that people like my mum who are suffering everyday with Cancer, get the support they need! Plus, i got to do a mass amount of baking and relieve my stress! Big shout out to M.H.G for baking some awesome unicorn cupcakes! you can find them on my Instagram!

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Cornish Food Festival – Day 2

Monday. 

Back to the real world! 

The foodie blogger weekend is over but I still need to recap on day 2 -Sunday! Great fun. We started off by watching a little gluten free baking with Made Marion! Very interesting considering my recent attemp at being gluten free. Read about that in my previous posts 😘

We then went over to See the legend that is Jack Stein work his magic on the main Theatre stage. He made a beautiful Cod dish with chard and sweet corn, which you can see on my Instagram. 

Next, playing the sample game, which isn’t very fun with a fussy child so I just took it upon myself to eat double the amount of food to compensate (my waist line hates me) I was so inspired by all the incrediable produce around! Cake, cheese, chillis, gin, beer biscuits – you name it, they had it there!! If I had the money, I would have bought one of everything! 

I wondered around the outside farmers market and street food stand and settled on Strawberries and cream and Nutella topped churro – not the most nutritious lunch I know… but damn tasty!! 

We returned to the main stage for my amazing friend and inspirational pastry chef/junior sous chef of Fifteen Cornwall GRANT GOODSON(imagine that name in sparkling lights) he did some interesting and pretty incredible tasting gastronomy – homemade goats whey sorbet and candied fennel and a bunch of other things I didn’t understand but still wanted to eat! 

After being amazed, inspired and genuinely the happiest I have been in ages… my weekend came to an end. I loved it and going back to my normal day job seemed like the worst thing in the world to me this morning (no offence) I realised that I really have to kick my ass into gear and push this blog thing to the next level. Networking, making connections and generally talking to like minded people has been awesome! 
Thanks to all the The Great Cornish Food Festival.

 looking forward to the Christmas markets and Festivals! I’ll be there! Forcing my opinions on you all once more!! 😘💁🏼🔪

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