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One of our Lib Dem colleagues in Watford mentioned that their local paper had published a list of all the food establishments in that town which got a rating of “Zero” on food hygiene.

Which prompted us to check for our district. You can find out about this by going to the Food Standards Agency website here. You can then search for a particular restaurant etc or you can search by town or district.

There are 480 entries for Rochford District , you can find them all here.  We are pleased to say that most  get a rating of 5 out of 5. And none at all get a ‘Zero’. Just seven of them get a rating of “1″.

 

 

Italian Food Market

Most of us connected with onlineFOCUS are fond of Italian cooking. So we are looking forward to the Italian Food Market that Rayleigh Town Council are bringing to the High Street on March 1st!

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And as a taster, here’s some some shots of Italian food and an Italian Food Market in Bologna (taken on holiday by Chris Black a couple of years ago)

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Sweet And Sour Pork

Rayleigh food blogger Gary Fenn has a new video this today – featuring sweet and sour pork. It takes about 10 minutes and looks very tasty… and Gary is also mastering the knack of cooking and doing a video presentation at the same time!


Freedom Food are asking for people to come up with a video recipe featuring Freedom Food ingredients and Fairtrade produce, so I’ve gone with pork and pineapple to recreate that Chinese takeaway classic, sweet and sour pork. It takes around ten minutes to cook and is really versatile – you can swap out the pork for chicken or fish, or even skip meat all together

Jack’s Whirlwind Has Her Fronting A New Sainsbury’s Advert…

Good luck to Southend Blogger Jack Monroe, who will be fronting one of Sainsbury’s TV adverts next month as part of their “Love Your Roast” campaign.

Jack writes on her blog:


I hope my readers are as happy for me as I am. I’m not quite on Jamie Oliver’s salary (in fact I don’t think I’m on 1% of it!!) but I’m happy to be working with the supermarket that I shop at – rather than any of the others that made ridiculous offers to try to coax me away from the orange and white packaged Basics range.
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I’m not going to change – I call a spade a spade, a battery chicken a battery chicken, and a bargain a bargain, so I hope you all stay with me on the next stage of a fabulously exciting journey.
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And re the money side of things, I am donating part of my fee/salary/whatever you call it to food projects both at home and in Africa – but more on that later! Keen Twitter followers will know I’ve spent the last week having all sorts of jabs for an upcoming trip with Oxfam, and this is why. Because I don’t want to “take the money and run”. It’s a hard thing to try to explain but having lived for so long with so little, I don’t want to just skip off into the sunset with all of my earnings – I don’t know what happens next or how long this is all going to last, so while I can, I want to take the opportunity to make sure that I am not the only person to benefit from my ‘success’ (I don’t really know what else to call it). I think I’ll be in a position to make a difference, no matter how small, and I want to give it a go.
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In a years time this whirlwind might all be over, and I want to be able to look back and know that I’ve done something worthwhile, somewhere, and that it was all worth it in some strange karmic way.

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Merry Xmas Jack.

Feathering Your Nest’s Mulled Wine Recipe

 

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This week we have permission to publish a “secret recipe”. It’s for the mulled wine that “Feathering Your Nest” were giving to people on the night of the Christmas Lights Switch-On.

And it is really tasty and warming:

My secret mulled wine recipe!

Makes 25 servings of wholesome goodness.

2 ltrs OJ
1.5 ltrs Apple juice
1 ltr cranberry
1.5 water
500 gr caster sugar
4 sachets of mulled wine spice
1 orange studded with (40) cloves
2 cimammon sticks
1 sliced apple- serving
1 sliced orange. “

Chuck it all in the pot except serving slices. Bring to boil + simmer for 30 mins. Can be cooled + stored in fridge for 1 week.

Thanks, Lesley.

Easy Mince Pies for 15p

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From Jack Monroe’s Blog, on the theme of “Have Yourself A Cheaper Little Christmas”:

These simple mince pies use marmalade in place of orange juice and sugar, to bring the cost down, and meld the fruits together with a spicy sweetness. I’m curious about making traditional ‘mincemeat’ – so expect to see a blog post on that later on! But for now, here’s a mince pie recipe so simple that you won’t even notice you’re making your own pastry…

Get Jack’s recipe here.

As Long As The Vegetables Aren’t Completely Black, You’ll Be OK….

Rayleigh’s own food blogger, Gary Fenn, does a video on affordable vegetable chilli:

 

Pumpkin Pie

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From the food blog from Rayleigh, a seasonally appropriate recipe for pumpkin pie … with a refreshingly frank verdict from the cook:

I can’t say I was blown away by it. The flavour was definitely pumpkin but I couldn’t help thinking something was missing. It needs perhaps a layer of chocolate icing to offset the smooth, uniform flavour. And I added lemon zest to the pastry but I think orange would be a better choice. Maybe I’m just not darn American enough.

It does look good.

Turkey Masala Burgers

If you fancy some Turkey but can’t wait till Christmas …. try Turkey Masala Burgers from Rayleigh’s own food blog Big Spud….

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“Using mince here I made a burger with rich masala flavours, inspired by Cyrus Todiwala’s tikka recipe. I marinated mine in clotted cream, because I had some knocking about, but traditionally you’d use yoghurt. My turkey here was succulent and meaty, and supported by spiced flavours it was a real hit. I will definitely be putting turkey in my basket more regularly.”

A Motion Worth Moving?

We’ve just had the following letter by email from the campaign unlockdemocracy.org

We’d be interested to know what our readers think about this – and especially if councillors from other parties would support it too.

Dear Councillor Black

Local pubs are in serious decline. Twenty-six pubs close every week across the country.

In many instances, valued community pubs are converted into other uses such as betting shops and pay-day loan stores or are demolished, without planning permission being required. This means that local communities and the councils that represent them have no say before local pubs are lost to the local area forever.

We are therefore asking if you could please put forward a motion for your next Council meeting resolving to submit the following proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act:

“That the Government help protect community pubs in England by ensuring that planning permission and community consultation are required before community pubs are allowed to be converted to betting shops, supermarkets and pay-day loan stores or other uses, or are allowed to be demolished.”

Below is a suggested motion you could use for convenience.

Pubs inject an average of £80,000 into their local economy each year and support almost one million UK jobs, 46% of whom are 16 – 24 year olds.[1] They are a vital part of local economies.

The demolition of pubs is classed as “permitted development” meaning planning permission is not required. Between 2003 and 2012, 414 former pubs were demolished in London alone[2].

The Sustainable Communities Act is an ideal tool to use to deal with this problem. If lots of councils jointly submit this proposal to government under the Act, it will put significant pressure on government to make the necessary changes to the planning system.

I should be grateful if you could please let me know if you do put forward a motion to your Council on this.

Kind regards,

Daniel Flanagan

Projects Manager

Local Works

“… the world could be a much better place”

Southend Blogger Jack Monroe has a video in the Guardian today:




“Jack Monroe, who writes the blog A Girl Called Jack, discusses how she became a popular austerity cook and food blogger while living below the poverty line, and demonstrates how to cook one of her signature dishes: the carrot, cumin and kidney bean burger. A selection of recipes from A Girl Called Jack are to be published next year in a book of the same name”

Do You Recognise The Name Zachariah Willshire?

We’ve seen a nice recent  item on the Rochford District Community Archive .

It’s a copy of a newspaper report from 1882 on crime in the Rochford area…

  • A butcher was neglecting his wife and children; his brothers agreed to pay 10 shillings (=50p) a week to support them and keep them out of the workhouse.
  • A labourer on Canvey Island was fined 5 shillings for not sending his children to school.
  • Zachariah Willshire was fined 10 shillings, plus 7 shillings costs, for being drunk on the highway.
  • Most seriously,  William Carey , from Thundersley, was charged with threatening to kill his wife – and he was merely bound over to keep the peace.

The thing is : do you recognise that name  Zachariah Willshire? Find out more here. and here.

 

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