The EU Referendum

I wanted to write something to express my disappoint with what happened today. I feel like if I were to post something like this on my wall on Facebook, it would be too in your face and I’m not writing this to get at anyone in particular but I do have a voice and I deserve to make it heard. Leaving it here means that no one has to read it if they don’t want to but I will have it here forever to reflect on the events of this historic referendum.

Today, my generation were cheated. We lost our voice.

I’ve read so many Facebook statuses of my ‘leave’ friends who have simply told us to ‘get over it’ or ‘you lost, there is nothing you can do’ ‘don’t be so aggressive’ some have said. Sadder still, I have Facebook friends who are regretting their decision because they simply believed what was in front of them and did not do their research.

We are allowed to mourn our loss in this referendum. You have voted to change the face of our future; don’t tell us not to be unhappy about that. We, along with 16 million other Brits, voted for a different outcome. Almost half the voting population of this country did not want this outcome.

That is not democracy.

The very meaning of democracy is that we are involved in making the decisions that will affect us. Half of the country have now been told that their opinion doesn’t matter. It doesn’t count. Why, then, do you tell us not to mourn this?

This was not a fair fight. In a campaign marred by propaganda (on both sides) and scare mongering. Not everyone who voted leave are racists or idiots; in fact a very small minority of this country fall into that category. But what has been missed is that the campaign was the most misinformed campaign in history. All those ‘facts’ and ‘figures’ that were being thrown at us? Where did they come from? There hasn’t been enough time to gather realistic projections on what this will do to our future. There is so much fog surrounding it.

To vote remain was the most logical course of action for anyone who was unsure because it would have bought us time for a proper exit strategy. With a Prime Minister who announced this referendum with a heavy heart, how could a country stay strong after that?

David Cameron had no choice but to resign. He’s not a coward, he was just left with no option following his attitude to the referendum. If he hadn’t resigned, he would have been at the head of a country, leading a cause he didn’t believe in. That would have made him a hypocrite – and if you’d been happy with that, you too would be a hypocrite.

I was genuinely heartbroken when I watched Cameron’s speech this morning. I know he may not be the most likeable man, but which politician is? Can you honestly say that Michael Gove or Boris Johnson would make a better PM? When Cameron was voted back into office last year, we knew he would be the leader. When half of this country chose to vote leave, they were voting for an uncertain future.

I challenge anyone who voted leave to tell me that they would not have thrown all of their toys out of the pram of the vote had gone differently. My friends who voted ‘leave’ were THE MOST vocal of anyone on Facebook and Twitter during the campaign. Be real. You would have reacted in exactly the same way as we have if you had not won. That’s human nature. You will always be upset by defeat and Facebook gives us an easy outlet for that sadness/rage/irritation.

75% of my generation of voters voted to remain in the EU. We are the ones who will inherit any negative impacts that will come to pass from this snap decision. In a single day, this ‘Great’ Britain you voted for has begun to fall apart. Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scotland are discussing another independence referendum. Northern Ireland could possibly follow. Soon we will be this tiny island of confused humans with no sense of direction.

We have lost the ability to travel freely and easily to our neighbours; to work in 27 different countries without expensive visas. You may not want to travel to or live somewhere else, but we do. Those were options we had in our future, options that will no longer be as open to us as before.

Our economy will probably recover from this. Our economy may even be better down the line but we have no evidence of that yet. The evidence is in looking at what happened this morning. The FTSE was down by 8.7%. That’s the lowest it’s been in seven years (yes, the last time was during the recession). How is that a good thing? When I went to bed last night the pound was the strongest it’s been all year. Don’t tell us not to mourn that.

I respect your right to vote in a way you see fit but I do not respect being told that I can’t be upset because we didn’t win what we deem to be an unfair race. I do not accept that you don’t want to hear my, and my peers, voices of malcontent.

You owe us; you have saddled us with this future that we did not choose.

Let us mourn.

I accept the result of this referendum. We can’t change it now so we must look to move forward. The next few months will be the make up of Britain and what its future may hold, but for the next few days, please just let us mourn our loss.

The Swanage Railway

I seem to have this memory from being a child under 8 years old of visiting the Swanage Railway and finding the steam trains there kind of magical.

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I travel on trains quite a lot – living in Ascot where no one else lives, you have to travel to see your friends – so you wouldn’t think rail travel would be that special to me.

Well, you’d be wrong.

At the end of March, I visited Dorset for Easter and my sister’s Hen Party and wedding (which were all fantastic!). These events meant that I was in Dorset for the better part of eleven days, which felt like my longest bout of freedom for a very long time. I therefore needed something to fill my time in between those exciting events and my memories of steam engines in the Dorset countryside came to mind.

Something I hadn’t realised until recently is that you can get the steam train from Swanage to Corfe Castle and back, which provides an excellent platform for a day out.

Having done this trip now as a twentysomething, I have to say I can’t recommend it enough. We parked in Swanage and walked over to the train station, just in time to catch the 11:20 train over to Corfe Castle. We went right to the front of the train and found these awesome Hogwarts-style compartments which we sat in, undisturbed by anyone other than the ticket officer (and not a Dementor in sight).

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At Corfe Castle station there is a museum which is pretty cool and retro; definitely worth a look, even if it’s just for 5 minutes while you wait for a train. The castle itself is a short walk from the station and, as a member of the National Trust, entry was free which is a huge bonus for a day out.

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There are some incredible views of the surrounding area, including a good viewpoint to watch the steam train chug off into the distance. For children, as with all National Trust properties, there is loads to do, including a little treasure hunt with facts about the castle. For adults, it’s fun to explore and on a beautiful day, like we had, there is so much to see. We’re total history geeks, but I think non-history geeks would have a great time too.

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There are quite a few places to eat in Corfe Castle, or you can head back to Swanage to spend more of your day exploring the town and enjoying the beach there. Instead, we took the ferry over from the Purbecks to Poole and went to the Kitchen at Poole Park for a late lunch which was totally delicious.

All in all it was a perfect day out and I can’t wait for my next visit so I can explore more of my childhood memories on the Jurassic Coast.

 

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Life Update

I’ve finally decided to go to university.

Those of you who know me will know that I applied for uni during my ‘gap year’, deferred my entry and then ended up not going at all. This was mostly because I had found a job that I really enjoyed and wanted to explore as a career option. Also, to be frank, the idea of earning money held much more interest to me than spending money on a degree that wouldn’t get me anywhere – I had previously applied to study Creative Writing with Theatre Studies.

So why now?

Well, there are a few reasons. I’ve come to a point where I feel a bit stuck; there is no opportunity for me to raise my game and be promoted above others if I don’t specialise or find what I’m truly passionate about. In order to move forward I feel like I need to get the proper qualifications. I have 5 years’ experience working full-time and that will benefit me hugely when I graduate from university as I’ll have the experience and the qualifications to back up any job applications.

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When I went to Australia it was because I was so caught up in my little bubble that I was forgetting to live my life. Now that I’ve learned that life can be diverse and interesting, I need to do something that will help me get further with it. After experience, you gain knowledge and learning helps to cement that knowledge.

I don’t think going to university is the be all and end all – I fully realise that I will have to make a huge effort to get into my chosen career field once I leave university and literally start at the bottom to make way up. It’s not a free pass. Honestly? I’m looking forward to it. I want to be challenged and I want to move forward. I’m bored of not using my brain.

So that’s it. My life update.

Perhaps in my next post I’ll talk a little bit more about my chose course and why I’ve chosen it, but for now, I am riding the high of my success – without any apologies.

 

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The Lobster Roll

I posted about a month ago about my love for lobster rolls, with a little international tour of some of the lobster rolls I have had in Melbourne, London and Singapore. I left a little taster at the end saying I would post a recipe for my version of lobster rolls for you to try and here I am keeping my promise.

Lobster RollI’ve made this recipe a couple of times now and each time it’s turned out incredibly well. I recommend playing around with the flavours a little too; cayenne makes a great addition and you could maybe use lime instead of lemon juice and garnish with avocado. The great thing about making it yourself is that you get to put whatever you want in it and eat it like no one is watching you. If you can’t find lobster meat or don’t have the time to dissect a whole lobster to get the meat from it, I recommend using crayfish tails.

Make sure the rolls are piping hot when you serve them because it really makes a nice contrast between the cold lobster mixture and the hot brioche.

Lucy’s Lobster Rolls

4 brioche finger rolls
100-200 g lobster meat (cooked and cooled)
Juice from half a lemon
2 Tbsp full fat mayonnaise
tsp chopped chives, plus extra for garnish (see tip)
pinch of salt
cayenne pepper to taste

  1. Heat oven to 150˚ Slice a slit in the brioche buns, about 3cm deep and place them on baking tray and cover with tin foil. Put in the oven for 10-15 mins (or until they are heated right through).
  2. In a bowl, mix lobster meat, lemon juice, mayonnaise and chives. Leave to stand for 10 minutes and then add seasoning.
  3. Working quickly, take the brioche out of the oven and carefully fill each roll to bursting with the lobster mixture.
  4. Sprinkle chopped chives over the top of the filled rolls and enjoy while hot! Serve with skinny fries and a side salad.

TIP: snip the chives with scissors so that they retain their shape and don’t bruise

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I’m going to be posting a (hopefully) exciting life update in the next few weeks… Just waiting to hear back about a couple of things before I’m ready to share it with everyone. Watch this space.

 

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It’s All About Lobster Rolls

FullSizeRender (4)Some of you who know me, or follow me on social media may have been alerted to a little obsession of mine. And when I say alerted, I mean I’ve been somewhat forcing it down your throat since the summer.

This obsession, however, goes back a little way, probably to my Melbourne days when Schupp and I visited the Royal Croquet Club – a pop up garden party on the Yarra River which took place last summer. The Club is advertised as a social club, performance venue and sports venue. It takes place in the open air and has an interesting vibe with workers from the CBD, Hipsters and foodies all combined under the Melbourne summer sky. Different restaurants from around Melbourne take it in turns to run pop up kitchens at the Club.

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One such pop up restaurant is responsible for my introduction to lobster rolls, Mr Claws. Now, looking at social media, it appears that Mr Claws are only running pop up events now, but happily, they seem to be doing them at some of my favourite places in Melbourne, including Huxtaburger. If you hear of them popping up anywhere near you, go along and have a try – a word of warning though – you’ll need a couple of them to fill you up!

The Royal Croquet Club returns to Melbourne on 10th December 2015 and will be there until 20th December 2015.

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Fast forward to summer in London. I have been working for Thermomix in the commercial business unit, which happily involves selling Thermomix machines to restaurants around the UK. The name ‘Burger and Lobster’ kept cropping up, so we decided to go and visit and see what all of the fuss is about.

The basic concept of Burger & Lobster is that there are three items on the menu – a burger, a lobster or a lobster roll; each served with chips, a salad and a delicious buttery sauce all for £20. I’m not the sort of person who wants to work for my food, and I can’t eat beef so the lobster roll was the obvious choice and I certainly did not regret it. The brioche is incredible and the succulent lobster meat is dressed in chives and mayonnaise or something equally as delicious.

FullSizeRender (5)Smack Lobster is just down the road from the Soho Burger & Lobster, it’s actually a branch of the same company so you can get the same roll as from its sister restaurant for £10 less. The roll also comes in 5 different varieties, although the Classic is still my favourite. They also do a great lobster chowder which complements the meal perfectly. This is actually my favourite place for lobster rolls as the atmosphere is really chilled and if you go at the right time you can get a good seat and don’t have to queue to order.

In October 2015 I visited Singapore with my whole family for my cousin’s wedding. Unfortunately I was ill for what seemed like the whole week and much of the food available in the evenings was so greasy and full of oil that it turned my stomach. However, once I started to feel better I did some research online about places to find lobster rolls in Singapore and by process of elimination; I found the one closest to our hotel on Sentosa was at a place called The Cove, which was also on Sentosa. The Cove is a selection of restaurants around a beautiful marina which is apparently very popular with local ex-pats.

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Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro was visited on a recommendation from ladyironchef.com. The lobster roll was good, but a little on the pricey side. The brioche was slightly dry and not as buttery as I would have liked and the herbs used in aioli that dresses the lobster didn’t have the classic lobster roll taste that I love. The truffle fries it came with though were delicious. However, at SD$49 (£25) it was pretty pricey.

We also tested out a place called Spathe Public House in Singapore which was the single most Hipster place I have ever been to (bearing in mind that I have been to Shoreditch). Their menu was incredibly quirky and did feature a twist on the lobster roll in the form of the Signature Black Bun Lobster Burger. It included a whole lobster tail, hash brown, avocado and braised tomatoes. It was incredibly difficult to eat and the bun was slightly dry but apart from that I enjoyed it and it was certainly different to anything I’ve had before. Add some cheese in there and it would have been a solid 9/10.

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Worth checking out as well is Spathe’s Mammoth Signatures – the are pretty impressive ‘sharing platters’ they’re not really your usual sharing platters though – it’s incredibly imaginative. Their desserts are also cool but huge, so I would recommend sharing them.

Thus concludes my run down of my lobster roll experience. Why do I love them so much? The combination of brioche, mayonnaise, chives and succulent lobster meat is just mind blowing. I’ve also created my own take on lobster rolls, so watch out for that recipe which I hope to post in the next couple of weeks (I’ll never promise anything because my track record of uploading posts is fairly poor).

Let me know of any great lobster rolls you’ve had and I’ll be sure to check them out.

 

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