Would E number 385 please stand?

What is calcium disodium and why is it in my food!!

I was walked through my local supermarket, picked up some mayo and read the label.. Now homemade I obviously would not have to do this but shop bought mayo is risky business, they like to put milk power and double cream in there (what?!) #dairyfreeproblems

so I was reading and I came across CALCIUM DISODIUM.. I didn’t know what it was and the calcium bit made me nervous so I googled it..

Calcium disodium is a E number chemical which is used as a preserve or stabilzer in food. Fairly normal right? wrong!!

I went on to read that it is not safe to consume more than 3 grams of this a day through fear of kidney failure, low heart rate and death!!
I lso read that common side effects of consuming calcium disodium include but are not limited to: vommitting, diarrhoea, low blood pressure, cramps and fever.

So I ask the question.. Why is it in my food!!? Why is it in a household staple, a table condiment used in all households by men, women and children!!

I was obviously angry at learning this was in my food but I was also angry that this was the first time I had discovered it.. That I had been eating foods with it in my whole life and that I was being ignorant to what I was putting in my body.

Unfortunately, I think we are all guity of this.. Supply and demand means that people are allowing companies and manufacturers to put dangerous chemicals in our food for the sake of convenience and to ‘preserve’.

Its been a long time that I have heard people saying things like ‘oh we didn’t have gluten/dairy/food issues years ago or where have all these in tolerances come from, they can’t be new’ but the fact of the matter is that a lot of these allergens and food issues stem from the extra chemicals and preservatives we put in our food, things we never used to do! Thing we don’t need!

So I’m definitely going to urge you all to read labels a little closer, look at your food a little closer and protect your bodies more. I know I will..

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Itโ€™s starting to look a lot like…

I’m gonna say it…. Christmas!!

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I know I know, it’s the first of September.. obviously no where near close enough to mention the C word, but I swear I’ve seen about 20 posts on social media about Christmas menus and cocktails.. maybe it’s because I’m in hospitality and I have had a Christmas menu email already but I can’t help but feel like it’s creeping up really fast this year?

Chef friends, is it too early? When do you start planning for Christmas? ๐ŸŽ„

Also! On a personal note, I have to cater for a whole different Christmas experience this year.. a dairy free one! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

How on gods green earth am I meant to survive the month of December without.. cheese, chocolate, baileys, cake, everything cooked in butter?!?!

Dairy free/vegan friends help me. I need recipes and tips and hints ASAP

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My lactose fuelled rant!

As you may or may not know by now, I have found that I am extremely lactose intolerant and have chronic IBS.. which for a foodie, is just plain cruel…

It’s been roughly a week since by doctor rang me up and gave me the news and I can’t say I’ve dealt with it well. Seriously.. what is life with out cheese, cream, milk and butter. Sad.

However, it’s what I’ve been told and I’m already seeing an active improvement in my health so whoop to that, but with this new diagnosis I have had to make some dietary adjustments.. as I said becoming dairy free. Which is crap, obviously.. but shall I tell you what is more crap? Dairy free options in cafes and restaurants!!!

Eating out with a food allergy is fast becoming the most frustrating thing I have had to deal with.. from waitresses who don’t know what I can eat, to chefs being unwilling to adapt a dish, to generally having very little or no options at all! I have been forced mostly to rely on vegan symbols to reassure by self that it is completely safe for me to eat, but then that leaves me with no egg or meat which is also rubbish!!

Not to mention having to be ‘that person’ with the food allergy.. the one who is annoying to everyone especially the chef! I have obviously never experienced the stigma attached to a food allergy diner… it’s real!

I actually had a women tell me I should manage my own allergy today when I asked her if one of the options was dairy free! “Don’t you know what you can and can’t have?” She said. I was gobsmacked.. yes because of what she said to me.. cheeky cow, but also because I was sure I had said a similar thing to another chef while working in the kitchen once.. and it lead me to this massive realisation that yes, they probably do but they have no idea the inner workings of a kitchen or this specific kitchen..

Basically, my rant ends with this.. food allergies are annoying and rubbish and wholeheartedly inconvenient to front of house staff and chefs.. but guess what.. it’s far more inconvenient to the sufferer.. if I have to double check with you that something is dairy free to avoid hours of abdominal spasms, diarrhoea and vomiting then I’m gonna do it!!

I’ve already had to give up so many delicious foods… Please try not to be an arsehole to me for asking about your menu..

Oh and big shoutout to the couple of places that already have DF options or clearly label what could be made dairy free, you guys are awesome and I love you!,๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

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It’s OK to not be OK.

Morning lovely people.

As you may or may not be aware, it is mental health awareness week and I felt a very strong urge to write a little bit about my mental health. Sometimes it’s not OK. Sometimes it’s a bloody mess and guess what.. That’s OK.

A smile can hide a thousand thoughts and life gets in the way of happiness or stability sometimes.

Work stress, family stress anything can throw a spanner in your mental health and sometimes you don’t need anything at all to set it off, you just wake up one day and feel like that’s it!

I struggled in kitchens with these feelings because unfortunately I feel that (like many other industries) there is this toxic masculine approach to feelings. It’s not OK to show your stressed or upset. If you cry your done! Have you ever seen a man cry in a professional kitchen? I bet not and if you have I bet no one talked about it again. Have you ever seen a women cry? Was she called a emotional girl? I bet.. I’ve seen it and I’ve had it said to me. The fact of the matter is that.. That is bullshit!

Life is messy. High end, stressful, long hour jobs like being a chef.. Are messy. You are doing amazing.

It’s OK to be OK.

Take some time, breathe some fresh air, talk to people about how you feel, no matter how embarrassed or wierd you think it is and if you have no one to talk to you can send me a message and I will listen!!

Take this opportunity to change an industry with openness and love and compassion.

Take this opportunity to change the way we look at mental health. We wouldn’t expect people to run around with broken legs so why expect it from someone with damaged mental health.

Love to everyone inside the hospitality industry suffering in silence and big love to everyone outside of it feeling the same.

Never suffer alone. Its OK to not be OK.

Big love Jade x

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What the hell does a food blogger do when they canโ€™t eat!?!?!??

Ok, I’m dropping you all a old sob story to keep you updated on current events. I am sad.

For some unknown and horrible reason my stomachs has decided it hates me. In the last month or so I have had some kind of issues at least 4 times! ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ this latest one being the absolute worst. I didn’t eat for 5 days last week and now I’m on one small meal a day. So it certainly begs the question… what does a food blogger do, when they can’t eat?

Read cookbooks? Write about food they want to eat? Go to restaurants and pubs and watch people eat? Cry?

I need help.

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from everyone here at Food For Thought HQ! Which is mostly me and a 6 year old and a sleeping person.. But still, it sounds cool and professional right? ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’m currently chained to the stove, cooking my amazing (if I say so myself) roast leg of lamb with white wine, mint, rosemary, anchovy, lemon and lots of seasoning! It will be in there for about 4 hours gently marinating and turning into delicious fall off the bone goodness!

We are doing quite a small, very springy roast today with carrots and asparagus and all that lovely veg that comes with April seasonal change.. Although, it is not actually that nice outside so we are still gonna have roasties and loads of gravy and.. Yorkshire puddings! Controversial I know, I’ve had this conversation a million times.. But I have them with any and every roast! Don’t agree.. Let me know! Do agree.. Let me know!

Also, big shout out to everyone working in the industry today! Making sure everyone has some lovely foodie times with family and friends.. You guys and girls are awesome and we love you!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‘Š

Anyway, have a wonderful day and feel free to send me your pictures of food. I love them! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฃ

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The best kind of distraction

Dates.

They are stressful and nerve wrecking and honestly the most horrible thing sometimes, So why do we choose to go for food? What about dinner makes everything seem more important.

Yeah, we could go for a drink and that would be nice, but dinner.. dinner is serious.

I feel like dinner, reaches out to that intimate part of us all, the family instinct, the sharing of a moment in a meal.

What we eat, represents us as people and how we chose to spend our meal times can be oh so telling.

When you go out for dinner, you acknowledge that someone has taken the time to prepare a meal for your enjoyment (you should be acknowledging that anyway!) you see how the other person behaves in this situation and can gage a lot about a person who is eating a meal. How they pick, how they eat, how they talk to staff in restaurants. Whether they have their steak cooked well done ๐Ÿ˜‚all these things are a perfect indication of a person, because whether we like it or not. We are open books when we are at dinner.

So, next time you go on a date with someone who asks you to dinner.. take note. This is the best first impression you will get.

Food is passion and passion is essential to connecting with a person.. therefore if you don’t get a connection over food… it’s probably not going to work… (joking..obviously)

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Have you heard of Penrose Kitchen?!

It’s a bit like the child’s story.. Down the dark dark village there is a dark dark road and in the dark dark road there is a car park and by the dark dark carpet there is Penrose kitchen. Blink at night and you’ll miss it. Luckily for us, we made the right turning and found our way inside. The building was warm and relaxed with a sense of style.. 100% an extension of the owners Samantha and Ben.

Can I firstly, make a point of saying that it has been a really long time since I have received such brilliant service. Genuine conversation and interest in our opinions and lives. Very refreshing. This followed by beautiful food from Ben meant that we were really in for a treat.

We started with gin. As always. Followed by some truly excellent starters, I had the Mushroom Orzo (do you know what that is? I didn’t!) then the main of Seabass with PSB and black pudding and potatoes. It was delicious and everything you can expect from someone as experienced as Ben.. Seriously impressive CV!

We decided to share a couple of puds. I was full already for the flavours out of the kitchen had impressed us so much that we went for it anyway. Chocolate brownie and panacotta to share.

Overall the dining experience was excellent and the service was also great. I was however disappointed that there were not more people to enjoy it.

I haven’t really been writing review on this blog page because it doesn’t come naturally to me, however I felt it really important to try and get word out for the guys at Penrose. They are following their own ideas and dreams and all though the road has been bumpy they have chosen to go ahead anyway, not changing for anyone and honestly I see absolutely no reason why they should!! The place is lovely , the food is perfect (nice to have some fine dining style in Truro) and they have something really genuine about them. It was almost like having dinner with friends! I can not wait to go back and try the lunch menu!

Thanks for a wonderful evening

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My Punk Thai evening to remember!

When I booked the tickets for a fine dining Thai night, I was interested and excited but also slightly apprehensive.. Cornwall doesn’t have the greatest reputation for providing cultural foods quite right.. However I was ready to try something new so off we went.

We were sent the address which lead us to a private residential area in Truro. A beautiful house, might I add. We knocked on the door and were greeted by our host for the night Amy. Amy’s joy and enthusiasm both in her food and in general is something to be greatly admired and it was very contagious. I laughed a lot around her. While we waited for the other guests Amy showed us how to make a traditional Green papaya salad.. Great fun and tasted amazing. If this was a sign of things to come, then we were going to be impressed.

And we were!

With all the other guest in the building, we proceeded to some appetisers before moving to that table for several rounds of incredible authentic food. The menu was to die for!

Pork in filo pastry parcels, panang Curry, Tom Yum soup (with locally sourced seafood) chicken pad Thai. All so beautiful and handed out in such generous amounts! It’s a good job we came hungry. Even the desert blew me away, an amazing sweet rice dish with mango and ice cream and coconut. I was in heaven.

It would be pretty hard for me to truly explain to you, how much fun we had and how exceptional the food really was. It is something that you HAVE to try for yourself.. Honestly, Amy is a wonderful host and a brilliant cook and I would happy recommend her company Punk Thai to anyone!

I did a few pictures of the night, in between scoffing my face!

Find them here: http://www.punkthai.co.uk/

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Why are chefs such rockstars?

I always found it so fascinating before going into hospitality, how people looked up to TV chefs as celebrities.. Paying money to go to festivals and demos, taking selfies with chefs and buying every book or watching every show they made. Chefs are cool and sexy right? They are dangerous, they play with fire and they can create stuff. People worship the likes of Jamie Oliver, Delia and Anthony Bourdain.

I think it all started with the likes of Marco pierre White.. Giving us this in depth look into the mystery of the hidden kitchen. A place we’re a very specific person worked. People who drink and smoke and swear, work with knives and have no families or friends outside of their world. Chefs were like criminals who could make art with food. Suddenly that was cool. Chefs were brought more into the limelight and glamourized. The title of chef gained instant respect and interest.

When I told people I was a chef, I was met with expressions of astonishment sometimes.. “wow, a chef that’s amazing”. People wanting to know what started you off and why you do it and wanting to know about hours and stress and schedules.. How the other half live. The ones who refuse to do a 9-5 but instead go down a different and more difficult path to express their passions and creativity. Sometimes you could drop it into conversation and gain the attention of a whole crowd. It was crazy.

The truth is… Chefs are rockstars in a way. They are creative and driven and they work really hard. They sacrifice a awful lot in the name of providing a nice experience for others. They are in control of stressful situations. TV chefs make it look easy but it’s not… However, the look on people’s faces, is rewarding. The respect is rewarding. The instant gratification of knowing that somebody is impressed with your job is nice.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss it all sometimes, including those reactions.. But, that’s not the way the world always works. So for now, I shall keep doing this, in the hope that somebody is reading it somewhere and cares, even slightly about my opinions.. That would make me feel like a rock star.

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