One of the most frequently asked questions i've been getting is, "what can you eat for breakfast thats local?".
I certainly asked myself that question when I first did the challenge back in march, and sort of learnt as I did it, and found that although a banana smoothie which I so often had was off the list, I had quite a few other tasty and healthy options available!
So here are my top five Local Jersey breakfast, which canters to vegans and non vegans alike!
For vegan, make it with jersey onion and garlic, potato, gurnesy mushrooms (techiancally local), and parsley.
I'm not very experienced with these, as I prefer a cold breakie, but loads of recipes online, which are super simple. which I'll give a go and post about.
(I could easily live off all the jersey figs for breakfast)
free range egg on Jersey toasted loaf
If you eat eggs, then theres no shortage of breakfast to choose from.
Have them poached, fried, scrambled on your favourite jersey baked bread.
Juicing or smoothie
This is my go too, as it fits perfectly with my diet and life style.
I personally don't eat dairy or meat but love fruit and veg, and juicing or making a smoothie makes the best use of them to give me what I need in the morning!
I like cucumber, carrot, celery juice, or cucumber juice smoothied with strawberries, theres loads of different combos.
Jersey yogurt with berries and honey.
Great summer breakfast, as all berries are out, and of course plenty of yogurt to choose from.
also with some jersey melon would go down a treat.
If your not keen on dairy, then why not put a berry and fruit bowl together for breakfast.
bacon and sausage roll
Great one from all the meat eaters out there, plenty of pork this island has to offer.
pair with jersey tomato ketchup and vienna roll.
great one for protein, can also get some veggies, or bacon in there if you like, great with jersey cheese.
I think this is more of a lunch for me, but I know some people like it for breakfast.
not the most health conscious choice, but great with some local berries and honey on top,
for a guilt free weekend treat.
or if thinking to much for the morning why not just normal toast with some locally made jam?
So thats some breakfast ideas that can canter for everyone, let me know whats your favourite and if you got anymore to add. I'm always looking for the most local healthy ways to live, so more ideas are welcome!!
I want to list a few more recipes before the challenge week to help people get a clearer view of what they can make.
Fish and chips
With so much fish to choose from, as well as an abundance of potatoes! as well as lots of herbs like parlsey that go amazing with fish!
roasted butternut squash soup!
I love soup so much and we can make so many different ones here, from whey soup to leek and potato, tomato, the list goes on.
I love making use of all the cabbage thats grown here, not just for slaw, but it can been popped into a jar and fermented, its so tasty and super healthy for the gut.
All you need is jar, cabbage and salt, simple.
Mussels and Oysters
with an amazing abundance of these surrounding us, amazingly tasty and full of natural goodness.
cooked in white wine from le mare vineyard and garlic from the local farm shop.
Jersey eggs, milk, veg, cheese. salt. got your self an omelette!
Grilled corn on the cob with butter, Jsy sausages in a jersey baked bun, Jersey grown peppers and onion on a kebab stick.
Vegetable Stir fry
All locally grown veggies, i.e peppers, onion, garlic, broccoli, etc. with the chilli kitchen relish as a sauce, with cauliflower rice, perfect local gf vegan stir fry.
Yogurt with berries and honey
delicious, easy, breakfast or sweet treat! (heating the berries and mashing them makes a great compote)
Im so glad I experimented with this coleslaw and made it a local one, coleslaw is so great for almost any meal.
note: for the dressing add amounts depending on amount of veg and taste as you go.
Simple, healthy, light summer dish, that using minimal ingredients, the only thing thats extra is too make the courgette noodles you need a spiralizer, I got mine for 11 pounds, not too bad and can really make dishes interesting.
note: there are lots of different ways to make a good pesto, this was one I threw together.
Truly my go to local dinner, can be changed up so many different ways, quick and simple.
*Plant based *
With more recipes to come I feel this is a great place to start the food journey!
So, you may be wondering, where can I go out for a meal, and stay on a local food diet?
Well fear not, theres a range of food outlets that are making a local dish for the week of the challenge and many, have local food on the menu any way!
Deliciously healthy NudeFood introducing a all local salad and smoothie! and going to aply discount for the local foodies, for the week of the challenge. lots of the veg they use is jersey grown too!
there are two town locations.
Nude 'town' - 5 new street, St Helier, JE2 3RA
Nude 'body' - Pirouet house, union street, St Helier, JE2 3RF
website - www.nudefood.je/
Instagram - @nudefoodcafe
Facebook - www.facebook.com/nuudefood/
Stylish Samphire are creating a Lobster thermidor with minted Royals for the challenge week, With lots of local produce already served like fresh seafood and veg.
location - 11 Don street, St. Helier JE2 4Wa
Website - www.samphire.je/
Instagram - @samphire.je
Facebook - www.facebook.com/Samphire.je/
Portelet Bay Cafe
Sunny side, Portelet bay cafe are going to be offering a local dish too! excited to have some west side munch available on the week!
Location - La Rue du voisin, Portelet bay, JE3 8AP
website - www.porteletbaycafe.com/
Instagram - @porteletbaycafe
facebook - www.facebook.com/jerseywoodpizza/
Got to be my very favourite food outlet on wheels! Wild health are making some Local deliciousness for the week, with plenty of local, and wild forage food in the dishes though out the year! Super health conscious too which I love!
Many locations, events, etc.
Often in town on a Thursday, opposite by the toad on the poll, or next to jack wills.
For more info go to:
Instagram - @wildhealthjsy
Facebook - www.facebook.com/WildHealthJsy/
La Bastille Bar & Basserie
With lots of historic charm and an abundance of local produce, Bastilles contribution to the local week, is one to look out for!
Location - Queen St, St Helier, JE2 4WD
website - www.labastille.bar/
Instagram - @labastillejersey
Facebook - www.facebook.com/LaBastilleJersey/
With already a wide variety of local organic food being served at moo, They are a great place to get some local munch!
With a town location and a beachside location (although not sure if the beach cafe does local)
Location - Liberty wharf, liberation square
- white hut, Le port, St Ouens
website - ilovemoo.com/
Insta - @ilovemoojersey
facebook - www.facebook.com/ilovemooo/
JB's Brewhouse & smokehouse
With all the beef genuine Jersey and serving an all local dish for the challenge week, JB's promises to not disappoint local BBQ lovers!
Location - 4 Wharf street, St Helier, JE2 3RN
Website - www.jbs.je/
Instagram - @jbsbrewhouse
Facebook - www.facebook.com/jbsbrewhouse/
Here are my top 7 reasons to take on the Local food challenge, if your not tempted already, you will be after reading this.
Health and wellbeing
Local economy and environment.
Food taste and freshness
I was delighted to have the support of Genuine Jersey for my upcoming Eat Local Food Challenge which is running for a week on 13th – 19th August. Eating and drinking only local produce for one week isn’t as hard as you may think thanks to an abundance of skilled local producers. I’ve explored how Genuine Jersey produce could make this challenge a breeze for you all, and how it may change your mind towards buying more local.
So you may be thinking, how can I see if it's local? Easy, look for the Genuine Jersey mark, or get your glasses out and read the packet! We already have a well-run local product association called Genuine Jersey, that consists of members that produce, sell, make, bake all local produce, so finding out what’s local for the week challenge ahead, isn't going to be a problem. Many parish farm shops, and supermarkets like Co-op, have a wide range of local produce, and most have the genuine Jersey stamp, so are easily identifiable.
One of the local ingredients you perhaps wouldn't think you can get here is sea salt. Salt being of course a key component to most recipes, and a great asset to our health, even more so now its local! The sea that surrounds us is extremely fertile with so much life and nutrients, but most people only go so far as a dip in St. Brelade when the suns out or eating some fish from the harbour. There’s so much more nutrition and exciting goodness we can work with from our seas, which is just what Jersey Sea Salt have done, utilising our local resources of health and sustainability for all of us.
When I did the Local food challenge back in march, I found some of the farm shops to be favourite places to shop, I was asking them what was from here and what wasn't, and what made that process easier was knowing if it has the Red stamp, I knew it was genuine, It almost turns into a treasure hunt trying to find, what you can eat and how it can be all put together to make something delicious, it's exciting when you see a whole range of chutneys and sauces you know is all locally made.
Another one of my favourite Genuine Jersey members is The Chilli Kitchen, founded by Lesley Garton, using Local seasonal ingredients to make everything from mild wild blackberry, apple jams to hot hot spicy sauces, there's a huge range to complement all meals. I love the lemon and chilli pickle which is a happy medium for me, although I know many who would love to try the very hot relishes.
Theres over 100 genuine jersey members, and the great majority of them are producing, making, growing, rearing, and catching Jersey food, all for the benefit of the Island and the humans on it.
I love how theres already a caring community on island that are working hard to lower Co2 emissions and each person is on there own mission, working for a sustainable living.
Heres a short list of my go-to shops for Genuine jersey produce:
I'm sure I've missed a few so please comment if theres anymore shops you can think of, that are great for genuine Jersey products.
Here are some local ingredients you can use in your day to day cooking, and of course the week of the challenge. I'm sure i'll mange to miss a few out, as there really is a tremendous amount of food that we have available too us locally. I'm hoping this post will help broaden people's understanding of what food is locally accessible, and that maybe the challenge will look less restricting than first imagined. As well has start to give people a starting point on what local recipes you can make.
Many people only know about the 'main' crops or produce from Jersey, like dairy, or Royals, maybe even Jersey beans, and a few oysters. What most people don't know, is the sheer variety of crops that can, and are being grown here, be it some are harder to find, but I feel the more Islanders seek an interest in local produce the more incentive our farmers have to get creative with their growing and producing.
Before I start the list, I'd like to firstly stress the importance of organic. It not only makes the food of a higher quality taste, but it also gives a much denser nutrient content as well as being more sustainable and kind to our local environment. It's fair to consider the environment as one whole being, where each part is connected to each other, so when your damage or manipulate one part, it has knock-on affects, that do impact the environment, which includes humans. So how can we work in tandem with the land? Organically and consuming locally.
Jersey's Local Produce:
(Not including wild food, herbs and sea life)
*is organically grown here (but not all is)
Here I've only really named a few of the crops we grow, properly missed some out too! Feel free to comment any you know about or grow yourself.