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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Mary Quant Flower Afro
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.
Name: Jacqueline (but gets shortened to lots of things) including Ella!
Blog: Best And Beyond
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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
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.
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.
Veal, Chorizo and Orange Fajitas
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
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
Dorset Cheddar and Chorizo Fajitas
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)
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!
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.