‘Tis the season to support local businesses! 🎄

Evening,

I’m writing this very brief piece to remind you that the Christmas month countdown is here. The season on spending is upon us!

I spent yesterday morning doing a mad dash around town, which always sucks and is super stressful! But, I stopped for a coffee in a small local coffee shop and it instantly relieved me of what was about to be a break down!

Ive said it before and I will say it again, probably next Christmas, because I think it is so bloody important!

No. ESSENTIAL.

Go and buy from local businesses, small businesses!

Stop for coffee and food in local places.. Make a difference! Be a shopping superhero!

Also, I feel like Christmas is the time for markets, farmers markets and local Christmas markets.. Seeing stalls and stands make me happy and buying from them is even better!

Anyway, let me know who and where your going this Christmas (especially if your in Cornwall)

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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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
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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.

Is Chicken Shasimi the latest in food trends?

In case you haven’t heard (do you live under a rock) there is a new delicacy in town. Chicken Shasimi – Thinly sliced chicken breast blanched or boiled for 10 seconds and served. yes. RAW CHICKEN!

It started in Japan, In the coolest hubs of Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo but has now spread its way around California and New York.. are we next?

Chicken Sashimi
Chicken Shasimi

I can hear it now – “Did people not think the same thing when Sushi appeared

Perhaps, who knows! Im open minded about food and I love trying new things.. BUT.. i like those things to be safe. Is it? Can we actually buy, sell and eat raw chicken? What about Salmonella? and Camplyobacter?

Do we not remember that creepy christmas advert with the turkey that beat everyone up with food poisoning? Pretty sure that applies to all raw poultry…

I wanna know if anyone has tried it? Or would try it?

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Cooking with depression..

Nope.
I cant do it. On my down days, when im low, feeling blue, feeling like not much good to anyone or anything.. the last thing i want to do is cook.

The last thing i want to do is eat healthy and take care of myself. Ill be honest, on my bad days the thought of getting out of bed is hard enough!! But we all go through a little rough sometimes right?

I read a study recently that said the smell of bread makes a sad person feel 10% happier. 10%!! 

A few years back i used to start at work in a hotel at 8am and make 150 rolls every Sunday for lunchtime. They had to be the same size and shape and baked on part cooked and part steamed. It took me hours and quite often they would get wasted or thrown away. That was stressful. That wasn’t exactly what im talking about here!! Haha

 the article also said that baking is therapeutic. The act of producing something with little to no stress creates a greater sense of acheivement without a fear of failure. That’s what i need. When im sad – 100% acheivement 0% failure.
So im gonna try it out. Next time i have a bummer of a day – im gonna bake..bread!! Hopefully it will make me 110% happier
Anyone have any tips for depression cooking? Or baking break and whether it actually makes you happier?

I wanna hear your best recipes for combating the blues!

Jx