Day Two: Eating to a Size Sheffield
05 July 2011
During my Eat Sheffield Food Week 4th – 10th July, I will be Blogging about my experiences for each meal. Feel free to download and read my full week’s Sheffield Food Menu Plan (why not eat along with me?).
Today I experienced my first mood slump! In the afternoon I suffered from a bad craving for chocolate – I got really irritable. Malteasers, Bounty’s or whatever – I just needed some sugar and I needed the ‘fix’ now! We have a vending machine outside the office, which I’d usually go to if I ever needed a ‘quick sugar’ fix. But, today, although it was hard, I did my best to resist – it did make me think where or who made chocolate in Sheffield? and how Sheffield food isn’t accessible enough for us to buy…then I soon remembered about the PJ Taste Power bars…
Today I ate:
6.45am: Bacon (Coppice House Farm) and egg (Our Cow Molly (OCM) Farm) sandwich – bread made by PJ Taste and butter from OCM Farm washed down with a cuppa Busters ‘Italian’ filter coffee served with OCM milk.
12.00noon: PJ Taste peppered mackerel salad (fish from Mann’s Fishmonger with Sheffield-grown new potatoes and salad leaves). Delicious! But I do love smoked mackerel…I accompanied my lunch with a nice glass of Yorkshire Dandelion and Burdock soft drink.
Remember, PJ taste are offering for the whole of July a 10% discount on a range of specially selected PJ taste produce. This will be available at 249 Glossop Road to followers of the Missie – you can still collect your badge now from PJ taste at 249 Glossop Road or at PJ taste@Site Canteen. Here is the full list of featured items – so go on grab a badge and enjoy a range of breakfast and lunch items throughout July with a discount incentive.
A Forage and Feast with PJ Taste and guests at Wyming Brook which took place as part of the second Sheffield Food Festival. I’ve never foraged before, have never needed or wanted to so I really didn’t know what to expect and to be honest, I thought it’d be something I’d squeal about too and squench up my face with disgust. For example, I’m the kinda girl who likes her food to be nicely washed, presented and prepared – so the thought of going out to pick my own foods to eat in the wild– really did, at first, made me shudder!
PJ taste hosted a lovely guided foraging walk around the beautiful Wyming Brook nature reserve with Ecologist Be Wiggs from Sheffield Wildlife Trust on hand to lend expert advice and Ziggy, who knew a far bit about ‘good facts’ on waste side treats in the woods. We were split into three groups and taken off to three different types of foraging exercises which involved collecting a variety of edible plants (which included blueberries, nettles and sorrell to name a few) that were abundant in our area.
After the walk we all enjoyed a wild food BBQ and drinks from PJ taste, incorporating many local and foraged ingredients (which was excellent for my current Sheffield diet I’m on :). Mmmm, the fatty slow roasted Rivelin Valley Beef Ribs glazed with Sheffield Honey and mustard went down a treat – really succulent and tasty! PJ taste (like my Sheffield food week challenge) will aim to source as many of their ingredients from the local economy as possible. For example, much meat is from Coppice House Farm or Whirlowhall Farm in Sheffield and they continue to develop their recycling policies by bottling our own Citrus Hits® soft drink in re-used J2O bottles. Just look at my photos from my evening below – but please make sure you’ve eaten too.
Key to the above picture:
A – Wood Sorrel, Oxalis Acetosella.
B – Birch trees – introduction to birch sap.
C – It’s all about nettles!
D – The party will split into smaller groups and undertake a walk through Wyming Brook to find a variety of edible plants.
E – Foraged blueberries.
F – PJ taste showing us how to stuff a chicken ‘properly’.
G – Introduction to more edible wild food.
H – Our quest to find a variety of edible plants.
I – Our quest to find a variety of edible plants.
Finally… A big thank you to Peter and all at PJ taste for putting on such an insightful event for us.
As part of this week’s Sheffield Food Festival there will be a Festival Producers Market on Fargate (8th – 10th) showcasing the best of what the region has to offer. PJ Taste will have a stall promoting their Citrus Hit drinks together with the wares from other Sheffield producers including: Moss Valley Fine Meats, Sheffield Honey, Our Cow Molly, Catherine’s Choice, Cat Lane Bakery, Tea Box and Fancie. Don’t forget to flash your Missie Cindz badges to these food producers to receive special food offers (remember to spot Missie hanging in their food stall).
Bring on Day 3!!…. Cindy/Missie :)