Quitting my job to follow my dreams
Have you ever bitten into a pizza and wondered whether it tastes the same on the streets of Napoli? Ever drooled over a seafood paella and thought, “is it as succulent in Spain?” Or dunked fresh bread into a rosemary baked Camembert and longed to know if it’s creamier and tangier in the villages of Normandy?
If you’re food crazy like me, then you probably have. So I have decided to stop wondering and go and find out for myself. Rather than simply take the next flight out of Gatwick and head off for a weekend I want to properly immerse myself in the culinary delights on our doorstep in mainland Europe, and I want you to come on the adventure with me.
Until recently I worked for an amazing Digital Marketing agency called Propellernet, right here in the heart of Brighton. As well as being a fun and creative place to work, it’s built on a foundation of “people first”. One of the many ways the company does this is something called ‘The Dream Ball’.
Wander into Propellernet’s office, just off of North Street and as well as being greeted by the friendly receptionist sat in a converted waltzer carriage, you will see a large vintage gumball machine. Each of the balls within it contains the name of an employee, and more importantly, their dream. I was stunned to be the lucky name pulled from the ‘Dream Ball machine’ at our Christmas party in 2015.
My dream… you have probably guessed… to travel the world eating food. At first, I planned a month long trip to India, but then my boyfriend asked me, “Is that really your dream?” Sure it would be a great experience with many memories but it would be short-lived. Why not turn this great opportunity from a dream, into a life. So I have invested the generous funding from Propellernet, along with my own savings and my dream is becoming a reality… currently in a workshop just outside Hitchin.
I have purchased a 1968 Vintage Sprite caravan named Meredith (after my obsession with Grey’s Anatomy). At just 10 foot by 6 foot, she is a diddy little thing that soon will be my very own portable kitchen. She will be ready this summer and I will be getting to know her in and around Brighton with a variety of different plans before hitting the road in Spring 2018 for ‘Foodie Eshé takes a bite out of Europe’.
Food is a part of everyone’s life so as well as visiting local restaurants I want to meet fellow foodies like me in the places I visit and get them to show me the best of local cuisine and produce in their hometown. This is where you come in. Once I disembark the ferry at Calais I want you to help shape the route I take around Europe. What food do you want to know about? What places should I visit and most importantly, who should I get to come and cook with me in my kitchen? Do you have a grandma who makes the best bolognese in Italy, an Uncle who makes the greatest goulash in Budapest, or a sister in Vienna whose strudel is stupendous! Let me know and hopefully, I will be able to meet them on my travels.
So whilst it’s a while till I hit the road the journey begins now. Meredith is taking shape (with help from The English Caravan Company) and I’ll post more on her progress and the start of her adventures around Brighton in the coming months. Perhaps you could come and cook with me here and show me a side of Brighton or the UK I never knew about.
If you want to get involved or whatever your thoughts on my crazy adventure please get in touch, leave a comment or tweet me @foodieeshe – I’d love to hear from you!