Monday, 13 June 2016

THE VEGAN NIGERIAN POP-UP RESTAURANT #3 - BUFFET!

*Limited spaces. Advanced booking required.* 

Another month, another Vegan Nigerian pop-up. And this time around, the format is a little different and laid-back. Come along and enjoy a buffet of delicious Nigerian (inspired) snacks, meals and desserts. Yes, jollof rice is on the menu. And yes, it's going to be another fun event. Looking forward to seeing you there! :)

When: 29th June 2016
Time: 7pm
Where: La Suite West Hotel, Bayswater, London, W2 3JN

What to expect: 
- Canapes 
- Cold buffet & Salads: finger foods and a selection of fresh salads 
- Hot buffet: jollof rice, fired rice, stewed vegetables, plantain 
- Dessert table: a selection of sweet treats 
- Drinks 

For any special dietary requirements, email: vegannigerian@gmail.com 

Buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-vegan-nigerian-pop-up-restaurant-3-buffet-tickets-26021686565


Sunday, 12 June 2016

ITALY 2016 | TRAVEL VLOG + VEGAN FOOD DISCOVERIES [VIDEO]

I ditched London for a bit and spent a glorious week in Italy. The timing for this trip couldn't have been more ideal, as returning back, I now find myself faced with new life opportunities, prospects and challenges. The time away gave me a chance to mostly switch off, relax, and just thoroughly relish this thing we call life. It gave me a chance to review the goals I had set for myself earlier this year - reflect on the ones I have already accomplished, and plan leisurely for the ones to come.

In the video below, I share snippets from my time in Porto Santo Stefano (Tuscany) - where I lived with my friend & former chef co-worker, Giulia, and her family - and my day out in Rome discovering a handful of vegan delights that the city has to offer.

It's bitter-sweet being back and leaving all of that sunshine behind, but I can't begin to describe how refreshed I feel and how motivated I am to push forward with what's to come... such as the next pop-up restaurant event which is scheduled to take place at the end of this month. More info on that soon. But for now, if you want to keep up to date on everything, do follow me over on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead! x

Friday, 27 May 2016

STRAWBERRY AND MINT PASTRIES


























These mini pastries are cute, colourful and sweet. Even better, extremely easy to make.
Imagine presenting these as dessert canap├ęs at parties, dinners and other social gatherings - you can make an impression with very little effort. And why not mix things up by using other brightly coloured fruits as the filling - mango, papaya..etc.
There are no limits.


Ingredients
- Ready-roll puff pastry
- Strawberries (finely chopped)
- Maple syrup
- Mint (roughly chopped)

Method
Cut the puff pastry into small squares.

Spoon some chopped strawberries into the centre of each square and pinch the edges inwards to create the crust.

Bake in the oven, gas mark 6, for about 10-15 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked.

Take the pastries out and brush the edges with some maple syrup to enhance the golden colour and give extra sweetness.

Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

Serve with a generous sprinkling of chopped mint.

Told you it was easy... :)

Friday, 20 May 2016

GARRI-CRUSTED AVOCADO FRIES [VIDEO]

Hello wonderful people. This random recipe was borne out of contemplating what to do with the avocado and garri I had left over from the 2nd pop-up. Crunchy on the outside, soft & smooth on the inside. Sounded good to me; turned out as scrumptious as I imagined. Take your taste-buds on a slightly wacky culinary journey with this super simple recipe. And as summer encroaches, perhaps this would be a worthy addition as a side dish at BBQs, picnics and parties.









Thursday, 12 May 2016

2ND VEGAN NIGERIAN POP-UP RESTAURANT

As I type this, I am in ultimate chill-out mode. Hosting a pop-up is a tiring affair - I'm not even going to sugar-coat that. But it is all so worth it when everything comes together as you imagine - from the food, to the atmosphere, to the general feedback. And hey, no one ever said it was going to be easy. I plan to do a lot more of these - glutton for punishment that I am - and so if you're interested in attending a future event, do follow me on social media as you are likely to hear about it there first. 

The turn out was great, the atmosphere was convivial and the grind was real. I had three friends helping out behind the scenes this time, and between the four of us, we managed to cook, set up, serve guests and clear up at the end of the night. I think I will soon reach a point where I need to consider hiring people to help out, but I'm not going to dwell on that for now. One step at a time. 

I was extremely excited about the menu at this particular pop-up as a few elements were quite experimental. Each dish came to life on the day, just as I'd imagined them in my head and in my diagrams. Nothing beats creative expression, and I can't wait to grow and develop in this regard.

Thank you to all my guests; really hope to see you all again! And special shout-out to Felicia who came along and shot some scenes for a documentary she's working on, and also to fellow YouTuber and Nigerian vegan, Paul for being so kind and helping out at the end. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel

And now, pictures....








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