Sometimes I think I have the best job in the world. I meet so many interesting and inspiring people. At the moment I am putting together some programmes for the 5th anniversary of the tsunami and have been taking to a lot of Cornish people who lost family members or were there when it happened.
Yesterday morning I went down to the Shelterbox HQ at the Water ma Trout Industrial Estate (I love that name!!) in Helston. If you don't know who they are they are a charity which responds to natural and manmade disasters by delivering big green boxes full of aid. Some of the people I spoke to yesterday recalled how they heard about the tsunami, booked plane tickets ad went straight out to places like Thailand and Sri Lanka. Then they called Shelterbox when they arrived to see of they needed help. Can you imagine what it's like to be that kind of person? To have that overwhelming need to help and just to go and do it. I couldn't believe how selfless they all were. At work one of our presenters always says that Cornish people are the most generous in the world and it really felt like that yesterday. Cornwall is the poorest area in the UK....with very low wages and high house prices and yet people, like the Shelterbox volunteers, just book their flights and go and help people....amazing.
(AND I seem to remember reading somewhere that they were praised because they give a huge amount per pound donated. If you are thinking about giving to a charity this Christmas then they are an amazing cause....
OK charity bit over! Last night mum and dad took us out for dinner at a new restaurant in Marazion. We drove about 50 minutes to get there in the howling wind and rain (I hadn't bothered to wear a coat..AGAIN) and met up with some friends who live there. We went to Ben's Cornish Kitchen and it was fantastic!
I had a game salad to start...pigeon, duck and partridge with a cider and star anise dressing. Debloominglicious. Then pork belly with black pudding dauphinoise and apple sauce. I always measure my restaurants on how crispy (a big) is my portion of crackling.....so this one should get a Michelin star!
For pudding I had blackberry and apple crumble with local raspberry ripple ice cream...a great way to end the meal. So if you're in Marazion go along and support this new business. It's worth a visit!
Anyway.. the other half made one of his first attempts at making a cake on Wednesday....I was impressed!