Happy New Year Foodies!!

Just a small one from me to say that my Christmas was crazy busy and my new year ended up being messier than expected but hey Ho!! 😂

I hope you all have had a wonderful festive period and have set yourselves up with lots of food related resolutions..

Small tip for anyone doing veganuary.. Co-op donuts are vegan! And so are oreas! So enjoy them in your month of promise. 😘

Lots of people also vow to diet, lose weight, eat healthy and all that January mumbo-jumbo but mostly, we need to remember to be conciencious with our food intake and think about what we are putting in our bodies!

Little and often is good for me and keep it seasonal! The earth knows what to feed you with and when your body needs it!

Have a good one everyone and I promise I’ll be on here again soon! ❤️❤️

Big Love, Jade x
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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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Street food – A.K.A the reason I will never be skinny!

Friday night marked the end of my ‘so called’ diet. I was doing well, i had been eating soup all week and drinking lemon water to try and cut a couple of inches off my waistline. I was determined. This time I was doing a diet I was gonna stick to, nothing too extreme, no ‘low carb crazy cut out everything you love’ diet.

We left work, got on a boat and had a beer in the sunshine! perfection! Then we had a cheeky pasty, not the healthiest of options but it was a Friday and i had been good so i thought why not. we arrived in Falmouth for the River Fal Festival and it was in full swing (as Falmouth usually is) drinking and music and people being happy and jolly and enjoying the beginning of their bank holiday weekend..

And then I saw it..

Event Square. Filled with a Marque and stand after stand of STREET-FOOD. Naughty, beautiful, aromatic street food.

Nachos, Tacos, Churros, Curries, Indian, Thai, Burritos, Paella, Pancakes. LITERALLY EVERYTHING!

What is it about Street food that makes me lose my mind? Is it fear of missing out on Untitled collageincredible flavors? the joy of eating out of cardboard trays with your fingers? roughing it?

Is it finding people with enough passion to stand in the same spot for hours on end, dealing with drunk people? is it that i just love the diversity?

 

 

 

Maybe its just the thought of standing with a beer in one hand and some massive portion of food in the other, shoving in my face without judgement… yeah, that sounds like it. They are the real heroes of festivals!  They keep fueling us so we can carry on drinking! As any chef will tell you, Chefs wear capes too, they just tie them around the front!!

 

And obviously, i only eat so much, so that i can write about it? right? #inthenameofresearch

I’m gonna get so fat and I don’t even care – because I Bloody love Street food.

 

 

3 of my favourite films set in the food industry!

I am  about to get very serious about another passion of mine.

Getting into bed, snuggling up in a stupid amount of cushions and blankets, with a good cup of tea and a bowl of something chocolatey.

so here are 3 of my  favourite films about food.. now they are not in countdown order because frankly, im rubbish at making decisions on stuff like this.. so im just going to give you them in any order starting with…

BURNT

 

 

 

Burnt is a film staring Bradley cooper (i rest my case) as Adam Jones. A chef on the brink of a breakdown trying to go from 2 Michelin stars to 3. He suffers from drink and drug problems and is putting it lightly..mentally unsound. He hurls abuse at his staff, demanding perfection to the point of obsession. He hates everyone and has frequent episodes of violence both physically and verbally to his staff. he spends his life pushing a failing restaurant in London up to the standards of the highest french cuisine and just when you think he has done it.. he fucks it up again!! many reviewers (such as the guardian) didnt like it. not one bit. In fact the Times and the Telegraph both gave it 1 star out of 5, but this was wrong and i will tell you why. Adam Jones was based on Anthony Bourdian. who is a real chef, an excellent chef and a proper mental chef. the film was called out for being a dramatic and unrealistic portrayal of the food industry and the chefs in it. But if you know anything about Bourdain.. or have been lucky enough to work in a high end kitchen you will realise that ‘this character’ is more realistic than food itself. kitchens drive people to drug or alcohol abuse and destroys people who are not mantally strong enough, it brings out the raw animal insticts and Burnt shows the extremities of that. its realistic and its honest and that is why i love it.

CHEF

On the other end of the spectrum is chef! Chef is a funky feel good film about a chef who decides to leave everything he knows and drive a food truck around America with his best friend and son. It is such an uplifting film! The cooking montages mixed with a badass soundtrack makes me want to get out of whatever slumber I’m in and cook up something sexy! It’s a film about passion and creativity and exploring a new way of doing something you love so you don’t end up hating it. However.. it also shares a lot of commonalities with BURNT. It starts with the main character Carl Casper and his creative struggle with his uptight restaurant owner boss who knows nothing about the trade and yet insists on making all the decisions. It also tackles issues of struggling with family and social situations and how sometimes you put your job first in kitchens and finally and probability most importantly.. it deals with criticism. From bosses, from food critics, from customers and from himself.  It gives us an incredible insight into how harshly chefs are judged and judge themselves. If you ever thought cooking professionally wasn’t stressful you should watch this!

And seriously.. the soundtrack is epic!

RATATOUILLE 

Ok ok.. before you start hear me out.. this is a great film! Disney + cute rat + chef = a recipe for an awesome cooking film (recipe.. geddit.. hahaha) I saw this film when I was first training as a chef and my tiny adorable brother looked it it and said “he is a chef like you” which was wonderful and obviously is gonna make me love it! But emotional sentimental moments aside it actually shares a lot of the same points as the previous films; facing adversities and dealing with criticism.. I mean come on! He is a rat! Of course people are judging his culinary abilities! He also has to deal with the other chefs I the kitchen who are stressed and determined and focus on their art. And a head chef who is really fucking mean! And in the end he really has to overcome his own self esteem and grow and learn to deal with all the struggles  because he is the most passionate little rat you have ever seen and that passion makes his food fantastic!

Believe it or not all these films have happy endings because despite all the pressure and stress and crappy bosses.. the passion and the creativity and the excitement of doing what you love.. it’s worth it!

P.s I love ratatouille so much I physically put him on my body. I tattooed him on me to remind me to believe in myself!

I know. I’m a loser.

See?


Jx