Thursday, 15 March 2012

Week beginning March 12th - Jamie Oliver

News this week that Jamie Oliver has snapped back at a reporter in Australia when she asked about his recent 'weight gain', and then recent pictures of him looking shall we say ' a bit worn out', and perhaps a bit heavier(but who knows in this day of doctored photos) have made me write this.

All I wish to say is that I am fascinated by the man and what he has achieved and I have a lot of respect for that. All my life I have worked in hospitality and am now 42 years old, I have one business and one concession and one two year old and a very very loving and supportive wife.

He has goodness knows how many businesses, tv programs, books, endorsements and amazingly of all, four children, at the age of 36. I just find it incredible. I am sure he has loads of help in achieving all this, nannies, P.A's, cooks, cleaners, managers, accountants etc etc, but just to be able to employ, keep, motivate and inspire all those people alone is a major job. Read last weeks blog on recruiting and keeping good staff for an outline.

Now I don't know him, never met him, but I'm exhausted with what I am so very lucky to have, so I can only just begin to imagine how he feels.

Some people may think that having a cafe (or Jamie Oliver's life) is 'living the dream', it is, it's amazing, I am very, very lucky but it is not just a dream, it is very, very hard work.

Personally, I credit Jamie (as well as a lot of others) with how amazing the food industry is these days in the UK, it is fantastic, we must be truly grateful. I hope that he and others like him will continue to push good, simple cooking, greater food knowledge and a passion for hospitality and excellent service in the UK and across the world.

I mean, who would't want that? Good on you Jamie, I hope you continue.

And with that we say thank you, please enjoy our menu for this week.

Porridge - served w choices chopped dried fruit, muscovado sugar, golden syrup or honey 2.70
Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.30
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses and rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.30
Fruit salad (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passionfruit, peach) 3.50
(add 30 p for granola or yoghurt)
Ciabatta Roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 4.70
Ciabatta Roll with courgette omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 4.70
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes 4.70
Croissant with gruyere cheese and plum tomatoes 3.90
Seven seed bakery bloomer toast with homemade preserves 1.70
Cinnamon and raisin toast 2.30
Banana Bread 2.20

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissants 1.70
Pain au chocolat 2.30
Almond croissants 2.70

Baked Treats
Ugli fruit with cardamom and chocolate muffins 2.00
Manchego cheese with linseed and dates savoury muffins 2.00
Lime friands 2.00
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.30
White chocolate blondies 2.30
Portuguese tarts 1.90
ANZAC cookies 1.70
Afgan biscuits 1.70


Soup 3.70 or 4.20
Spring Onion and Pea

French retro baguettes 4.70
Bufala mozzarella with tomato, spinach and salsa verde
Pancetta, green olives, melon mayonnaise, figs and rocket

Foccacias with sea salt and rosemary crust 4.90
Italian roast ham with poached cape gooseberry, brie, tarragon, rocket
Mushrooms, welsh rarebit and spinach

Salads 4.90/5.90
Prawn with red grapefruit, avocado, spinach and nutmeg & cherry brandy
Tofu with kim chee, radish, soya bean sprouts
Roast potato, red peppers, onion, courgette and oregano dressing

Tart 4.00 or 6.90 with salad
Chicory, pear and gorgonzola

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