A nurse has been pushed to give up the wards for her ardour for cooking and has opened a brand new restaurant in Swansea.
Mum-of-two Barbara Hixson set-up Marley Vibes – The Style of Jamaica in Excessive Road in a nod to her roots.
She first moved to Swansea 20 years in the past from Jamaica as a result of household causes.
Barbara had labored as a healthcare assist employee in London earlier than heading into hospitals to look after sufferers when she first moved to Swansea.
She mentioned she nonetheless will get provided work throughout the NHS as financial institution workers regardless of organising her new enterprise enterprise from scratch.
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Barbara, 49, from Manselton, mentioned: “I moved right here 20 years in the past and I find it irresistible. It jogs my memory of my house in Jamaica, particularly Gower, the seashores and streams intertwined with the greenery, it’s stunning.
“My background is in nursing, however I’ve at all times had a ardour for cooking. It received to a degree the place I had to decide on between nursing and meals, and nicely, meals made the minimize.
“I labored in Cefn Coed Hospital, Morriston and Singleton hospitals.
“I nursed all through the pandemic, and nonetheless do when assist is required, however my most important focus is right here.”
She mentioned she has slowly set-up Marley Vibes as she has funded her enterprise herself.
“It’s one thing completely different, there aren’t any Jamaican eating places in Swansea in the intervening time,” she mentioned.
“I didn’t arrange Marley Vibes with a grant, it’s from my very own pocket so I’m taking my time and doing what I can do.
“I have no idea how I’m doing it however I’m doing it – I’m simply doing my greatest.
“Cooking is one thing that I’ve at all times accomplished and fairly a couple of folks have advised me to have my very own enterprise earlier than. Meals is certainly one of my passions.”
She added: “I wished to open my very own place for some time. I used to stroll previous these models and suppose this might be an ideal spot for me; small and cosy, precisely what I wished.
“My pal who runs the hair store subsequent door advised me when this unit turned free, and steered I went for it, so I did.
“I’ve been renting it since June, it presents a style of Jamaica.”
She mentioned she hoped her chef brother Rohan Allen, who is predicated in Jamaica, would come and be part of her with the enterprise.
Barbara mentioned the dishes had been beginning to grow to be a staple of Swansea life.
“The curried goat and jerk hen are favourites,” she mentioned.
“I’ve prepare drivers that come to eat right here of their stop-overs who even advised me I used to be the discuss of Paddington station at one level.”
She added: “I hope my brother will come and work with me right here.
“He’s presently a chef in Jamaica, I belief him and his cooking strategies and wish him as my enterprise associate. He is aware of all the most recent strategies.
“Our dream is that individuals will probably be queuing all the way in which down the street. We hope to ship quickly too, which is thrilling. I feel meals will take me a good distance in life.”
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