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#IF – Enough Food For Everyone IF

 

IF LAND IS USED FOR FOOD, NOT FUEL

 

Tomorrow, Saturday 8 June is a big day for Global Hunger Activists – they’re children, parents, carers, farmers from Tanzanier to Alloa as well as Lobbyists. I’m thinking hard about what I will do in terms of food consumption i.e. eating less meat, buying less, buying more from Independent, Local Shops. In the meantime, I’ve emailed my MP asking for transparency on accounting, taxes and land-grabbing in developing countries. Global Food Producers need to be more accountable and take an active role in helping different communities not just through CSR projects.  The Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign aims to eradicate global hunger and tomorrow the Hyde Park event will hopefully play a key role in providing enough food for everyone. As the  song goes “if we all cared a little, shared a little  - then shouts (BIT MORE)”. There would be enough for everyone.

Jersey in Half-Term UK Style – Travelling by Ferry

Travelling to Jersey by ferry as a family  from Poole, UK is really easy. Just stack everything in the car jump on the ferry and away you go. Most people travelling to Jersey from the UK seem to take their car and if you look in you will see everyone’s car is absolutely stacked with stuff. Considering Jersey is really well-stocked it’s a little strange –  but I do it too. We travelled to St Helier with Condor Ferries. The journey was just under 4 hours and because of the glorious weather both ways we sat outside and watched the change in coastline from Poole departing until we arrived at Guernsey to let people disembark/join the ferry before continuing to St. Helier, Jersey.

Guernsey port looks like a Lilliputan version from Swift’s Travels as the ferry skirts round the  coastline. For anyone enjoying looking at the coastline afresh and without the means of a private yacht this is the perfect way to get a new perspective.  That is if you get the weather. We did and it was bliss. We have travelled before where the weather was “inclement” and Joy-rides and an empty stomach are a must. However this journey and the views were smooth and everything we saw was dappled by bright, crisp sunshine beautiful.

Hanging Out on holiday is the best part and my favourite beaches and cafes are featured below. Top 5 Things to do in Jersey:

 

1. Get to St Ouen’s Bay, Jersey and just hang out. There are two fab Cafe’s/Restaurants with spectacular views of the long, stretching, golden and usually empty St. Ouen’s Bay. This is my favourite beach in Jersey and from either you get a completely different perspective.

El Tico St Ouen's Bay Jersey serves exceptionally good fresh local produce and is right on top of arguably Jersey's most beautiful beach

 

 

Go to El Tico above for the best food and  wonderful view’s of the coastline. The children’s menu is generous in range and the quality of the food speaks for itself when you taste it. Spaghetti Carbonara  was a huge hit.

 

Possibly the best Crab Sandwiches in Jersey, delicious fresh local produce served and beautiful views of surrounding coastline and windswept hill dunes

 

Outdoor dining/drinking area at The Braye Cafe, St Ouen's Bay Jersey

Hanging outside at Le Braye Cafe, St Ouen’s Bay, Jersey

 

2. Go to Le Braye Cafe for superior Crab sandwiches and a great view of the hill dunes as well as being close to Blow-Carting area which is popular when the wind gets up.

 

View of St Brelade's Beach from the Waterfront Cafe with Jonno's Watersports Van

 

3. Get to St Brelade’s Bay and go to The Waterfront Cafe or Pizza Express below (I know – but it has the best view). This is another beautiful, long bay with more cafes but you only really need one good one and that is The Waterfront Cafe. The service at The Crab Shack which looks more visually appealing is a bit snotty and we didn’t like the manager telling the staff of in front of us (embarrassing!). This is a big bay, its beautiful but often busy.  If you just want to feel the outdoors, get away from it and not have someone come right up and sit next to you St Ouen’s Bay is the one for you. This is a busy beach!

 

Pizza Express Exterior overlooking St Brelade's Bay Jersey - Possibly the best view ever from a Pizza Express

 

4. If you’ve got young ones Pizza Express above  is a safe bet overlooking St Brelade’s and is great if the weather isn’t great.

 

5. Finally, if you have to succumb to one late-Victorian pursuit on a traditional British holiday  go putting inland. There are two 18 hole putting rinks at Jersey Experience – we chose the red one as the guide said it was more fun!

 

17th Hole at Putting Course, Jersey

 

 

 

Male Putter Jersey Experience Jersey

 

Other places worth visiting if the weather fails Aqua Splash, St Helier and Jersey Pearl where you can choose a shell and watch as they open the shell to reveal a cultured pearl. My children were fascinated by this and wanted to go back (unusual). We had a great time and Jersey Ice-Cream truly is as good as memory serves. This was a family holiday which we paid for ourselves. Condor Ferries like my recent trip to Yarmouth on WightLink are clearly trying really hard to get their offering right and it shows in the service and the fact you can get a decent coffee on board. We were really impressed that they are now serving local Jersey produce as an integral part of the food being offered: Tom’s Pies, Jersey Ice Cream and Cream Teas.

 

We’ve found beautiful beaches, fabulous fresh local produce at great cafes/restaurants. However, I’m still looking for the perfect place to stay. Somewhere within walking distance of St Ouen’s, access to a great cafe and a couple of great local food shops. If anyone can recommend anywhere please let me know.

Chelsea In Bloom

 

Wander through Sloane Square or Duke of York’s Parade this week and you will find these inspiring floral installations as a tribute to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

 

Chelsea in Bloom Space NK Window Beauty

 

SpaceNK Above

Chelsea in Bloom Mary Quant Window

 

Mary Quant Floral Hair

 

Mary Quant Flower Afro

Chelsea in Bloom Massimo Dutti

 

Massimo Dutti above

 

Running through Chelsea yesterday snapped these floral installations as part of Chelsea In Bloom. You can find others online. The Browns Swans were as elegant as the shop.  The Winning Entry was by Rag & Bone but it’s the spirit that counts and well worth a look if you are in London this week.

I’m Going To BritMumsLive

Name:  Jacqueline (but gets shortened to lots of things) including Ella!

Blog: Best And Beyond

 

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Twitter ID: @bestandbeyond

Height: 5ft 6 or 1.65m

Hair: Shoulder length – with a few natural highlights (ha!)

Eyes: blue

Is this your first blogging conference?

My first BritMumsLive so I am very excited. I’ve been to more general blogging conferences.

Are you attending both days?

Yes and planning to get there early both days and stay until late  so I can meet as many bloggers as possible

What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2013?

Meeting so many of the inspiring bloggers I follow in the flesh, learning, creative inspiration and having FUN. Also meeting members from BritMums Book Group (Big Wave)

What are you wearing?

Jeans and Converse/ flats  although I may follow Mari at  Mari’s World and bring a dress.

What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2013?

I want to meet some of my digital hero’s/heroines and learn as much as I can and have a good laugh

One Thing not many people know about me

I have had lots of weird jobs but the weirdest was acting as Security for politically sensitive speakers (if you meet me you will understand why it’s weird!) – not required at BritMumsLive

Veal, Chorizo and Orange Fajitas or Mexican Stew

Veal Chorizo and Orange Fajitas
Mexican Stew

Review Post: Discovery Foods Perfect Fajita Kit

To celebrate Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo Festival Discovery Foods sent me their Perfect Fajita Kit to create a recipe using a selection of their products. The Festival is a big deal and celebrates various military battles in the 1800’s. I’d originally said NO but that was before I ate at Wahaca’s Pop Up Restaurant on the South Bank and suddenly felt really inspired as they had a range of small and large dishes that looked good and tasted delicious washed down with a couple of Margarita’s as we people watched from their bar overlooking the Thames.

Dips and Cheese Discovery

At Wahaca we passed on the deep fried grasshoppers. A solution to World Hunger potentially and now being introduced to all their restaurants after a successful launch at the Pop-Up. Apparently they are delicious. I have no plans to try them but Morgaine Gaye a food Futurologist insists they are a route forward in terms of feeding everyone responsibly.

I’ve included two easy recipes below. Both simple, the first requires more time the second is a tribute to Mexican street food. NB you can replace the veal with pork or beef if you don’t eat veal. We really enjoyed the Fajitas and the Fajita Seasoning Mix is a godsend. I am not good at making rubs or mixes and this is truly the only way we could eat Mexican food as I am not going to faf about making a mix. Very happy to make bread from scratch but a seasoning mix is pushing the boat just too far. There are probably a lot of people out there just like me! We were also sent some new Garlic and Herb Soured Cream which was described as “OK” by both children.

8 year old fajita

Recipe One

Serves 6
Veal, Chorizo and Orange Fajitas
You need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
275g Veal Diced for Stew
1 small chorizo chopped
Discovery Fajita Seasoning Mix
1 tin of mixed beans in mild chili sauce
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
Juice and zest of ½ orange
Ground black pepper
Grated Cheddar
Sour Cream or Sour Cream Sauce
Sliced cucumber and tomato (avocado is delicious too)

You need to:
• Coat the meat in fajita seasoning mix
• Fry the meat in batches in olive oil with chopped chorizo
• Add the beans, chopped tomatoes, orange juice/zest and ground black pepper
• Place in oven 150C for 3 hours until the meat is flaking and a thick sauce has been produced.
• Once the meat is ready remove from the oven and let it rest
• Heat the fajita in a frying pan on both sides
• Place on a plate and add some cooked rice, sliced tomato and cucumber and add some meat mixture, sour cream, cheddar and salsa.
• Fold or roll the fajita
• Enjoy

Recipe Two
Dorset Cheddar and Chorizo Fajitas
You need:
1 Fajita per person
Sprinkling of Dorset or other quality Cheddar Cheese
Few slices of chopped chorizo

You need to:
• Warm the fajita in a dry frying pan both sides
• Add the cheddar cheese and chopped chorizo
• Let it melt
• Fold and eat
• Enjoy (this is a perfect lunchtime snack particularly when you need warmed up)

cheddar and chorizo

Disclaimer: I was sent the Fajitas, Fajita Seasoning Mix and Garlic and Herb Soured Cream by Discovery Foods. I paid for all the other ingredients, researched and developed the recipes myself. So I know they work well!

Verdict:
As a family we would choose to buy the Fajitas and Fajita seasoning again. They worked well and the seasoning added a great smoked flavour that I would not have been able to achieve by myself. I will try the seasoning with pork or beef next time. We eat a lot of pork and I wanted a change. The recipe for the stew is delicious and if you can bear to make a day in advance the deep smoked taste intensifies. It also freezes well. The meal was “lovely” from 8 year old and “really cool” from 12 year old. They enjoyed putting their own dish together one with rice in the fajita, one with rice as a side. We don’t eat bottled/prepared sauces in our house so this was a new departure for them and they weren’t keen. I don’t feel we are representative of the rest of the UK though! Fajitas have a shelf life of 4 days from opening and the seasoning 14 days from opening stored in a dry, airtight container.  Discovery Products are available in leading supermarkets and independent food retailers.

juicer and chorizo

chorizo and orange

Perfect English Bank Holiday – Hanging out in Yarmouth

5 Great Things to do in Yarmouth (including a Restaurant Tip)

I’ve just spent the weekend in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight at a top-secret location. Ahh, well, I thought it was top-secret until I met two of the UK’s foremost Bloggers. You will find their posts online soon and I will link to them. In the meantime, forget the other side of the Isle of Wight. Yarmouth is the place to be for the best Ferry Trip (approx 20 mins) from Lymington, UK. The short journey and view from the ferry are really impressive (we were travelling on a sunny day).  As soon as you can, hot foot it up the stairs sit right at the front and enjoy the glorious view and boats from Lymington harbour.  It brought back happy memories of sailing round Cape Cod (the weather was perfect for a sail).

This is an ideal crossing for those with young children or those who get sea-sick as it’s quick. The evening ferry has lots of commuters enjoying a quick drink who travel in groups before disembarking and eating dinner in one of the impressive pubs or restaurants within a stone’s throw from the harbour.

Lymington Harbour, Hampshire

Sailing on a hot day you can watch hundreds of boats out and about cruising through the water without a care in the world. Lymington is a beautiful old fishing port and once you’ve arrived at Yarmouth you are in another equally beautiful old fishing port with several really good restaurants, cafe, pubs and a deli stacked with tantalising food. Both harbours have a great maritime tradition and my journey to Lymington reminded me how beautiful the New Forrest is.

Ferry at Yarmouth

There are lots of fun, interesting places and things to do. However, the weather was so blissful we put everything on hold and  just hung out.

5 Great Things to do in Yarmouth

1. Sail into Yarmouth from Lymington and watch the boats go by
2. Go to The George Hotel and have a drink on the terrace. The ferry docks right next to the Hotel.

IOW pier to land
3. Go crabbing on the Pier (right next to the Ferry Port)
4. Walk to the harbour and watch the boats arriving
5. Follow the sailors for the best drinks and fresh food in town. We ate at  On The Rocks (Steak and Fish Restaurant where you cook your main choice on a hot slab of volcanic rock and crisp salads/golden fries arrive swiftly).  The meat and many of the ingredients  are sourced locally and the short journey means you can taste the difference  i.e. it all tastes really fresh. You need to book, link at the bottom.
5b. If you have time walk over to the Yacht club (other side of the road) and watch the dinghy sailing you also get a completely different view of the coastline. They also offer sailing courses for children which are really popular during school holidays.

Yarmouth pier iow 2

Yarmouth pier long shot iow

Minghella Ice Cream Sign Yarmouth

Yarmouth Pier Benefactors

Pier bench Yarmouth iow

Yarmouth Pierhead iow

On The Rocks Yarmouth

If you are interested in other parts of the Isle of Wight Jen at Jenography wrote a really useful piece on her highlights when she stayed in a vintage Air Stream Trailer and friends who used her highlights as a holiday source say The Garlic Farm was one of their big highlights. Also, if you have any recommendations feel free to leave a comment.

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