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.

Big love Jade x

Blogger, Lover of Food.

Join me on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/foodforthoughtonline

Instagram me :https://www.instagram.com/foodforthoughtonlineblog

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

Big love Jade x

Blogger, Lover of Food.

Join me on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/foodforthoughtonline

Instagram me :https://www.instagram.com/foodforthoughtonlineblog

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)

Big love Jade x

Blogger, Lover of Food.

Join me on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/foodforthoughtonline

Instagram me :https://www.instagram.com/foodforthoughtonlineblog

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

Check them out here: http://www.penrosekitchen.co.uk

Big love Jade x

Blogger, Lover of Food.

Join me on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/foodforthoughtonline

Instagram me :https://www.instagram.com/foodforthoughtonlineblog

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/

Big love Jade x

Blogger, Lover of Food.

Join me on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/foodforthoughtonline

Instagram me :https://www.instagram.com/foodforthoughtonlineblog

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.

Big love Jade x

Blogger, Lover of Food.

Join me on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/foodforthoughtonline

Instagram me :https://www.instagram.com/foodforthoughtonlineblog

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.ย  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.ย  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,ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚

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!! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ

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

Jade

Blogger, Lover of Food.