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....








KENT VEGAN FESTIVAL 2016 [VIDEO]























It's been a while since I've taken to my stall, what with moving to London, working, and getting stuck into new projects such as writing a novel and hosting pop-up restaurant events. If I had to describe this year so far in one word, it would be: productive. And that's how I like it to be. When I heard about the Kent Vegan Festival, which took place in Canterbury this year on Saturday May 7th, I knew immediately that I had to be there. I lived in Kent for many years, and was simply excited that such a thing was taking place so close to home.


When deciding what to take to the festival, I opted for something a little different from my usual cakes and cupcakes. I still made brownies...because brownies always go down a treat...but this time, I also had some dried fruits such as dates, mango, and banana. Then, staying true to my brand, I had to have plantain chips as well. I only took a few in order to test the market and sheesh, was I in for a surprise. Not only did they sell out in record time, but I got some seriously amazing reviews on them. So now I know. Next time, I'll be flooding my table with plantain chips. And next time will be sooner rather than later, as I have now signed up to be at the Maidstone Vegan Festival in July, also in Kent, and also very close to home. Aside from being a part of these events, the major plus side is that I get to escape for a couple of days to spend time with my family.

All in all, the Kent Vegan Festival was a wonderful event, full of great stalls and great vegan food. The warm weather and sunshine on the day brought some extra cheer to the event. And I have to tip my hat to the organisers who made it such a stress-free event to be a part of. Well done to everyone involved, and hopefully see you next year!



Tuesday, 26 April 2016

POP-UP RESTAURANT #2

Got to keep that momentum going!

I'm hosting the second Vegan Nigerian Pop-Up Restaurant experience and if you're in London then I'd love to see you there! Come through for some great food, great music, and great company :)

*20 spaces available and advanced booking required*

When: Wednesday 11th May 2016

Where: La Suite West Hotel, 41-51 Inverness Terrace, Bayswater, London, W2 3JN

Time: 7pm

Tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-vegan-nigerian-pop-up-restaurant-2-tickets-24813550999


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

'THE NEW VEGAN' by AINE CARLIN (COOKBOOK REVIEW)



































I can't resist a beautiful cookbook, and 'The New Vegan' by writer and blogger Aine Carlin certainly ticks all the boxes on the aesthetics front. Beyond gorgeous photo spreads and layouts, however, this is a cookbook with a difference, bursting with tips and advice on adopting a vegan lifestyle! Along with over 90 healthy and versatile recipes, you can also expect sections on the often overlooked subjects of vegan beauty and vegan clothing (yes, veganism goes beyond the food you eat!)

As the name suggests, this is a cookbook geared towards a contemporary audience; those who are new to the vegan game, but also, I imagine, those veteran vegans who desire a fresh take on veganism altogether. With so much information out there on the web, it can be confusing and daunting sifting through what's reliable and what's not. 'The New Vegan' is a refreshing resource that cuts to the chase and provides the reader with concise and down-to-earth knowledge on all things vegan.


From juices to overnight oats to fruity granola, the breakfast meals are simply mouthwatering. I mean, coconut, mango and spinach smoothie bowl (see image) - can you say perfection? As someone who has never made a smoothie bowl before, this particular recipe inspires me to go all out experimenting with this form. It's certainly a simple way to jazz up your breakfast routine.

Skipping to the Special Meals section, I was surprised to find a jollof rice recipe. Yes, our beloved jollof rice (image below). Knowing how sensitive my fellow West Africans are when it comes to this dish (did you follow Jamie Oliver's #jollofgate scandal back in 2014? lol), I approved of the author's decision to offer a disclaimer: "Of course, this is very much my own (anglicised) spin on things so if you're looking for an authentic version of what I now realise to be a staple national dish for much of West Africa, this probably isn't it."



To be honest, the recipe looks just as delicious as it's supposed to look, so I am excited to give this version a try. I imagine that the addition of paprika will give it a lovely, smoky flavour, and I am here for that!

On the sweet side of things, I was drawn to the strawberry galette, which is so unbelievably quick and easy to prepare, but would make a wonderful centre piece at any dinner party. Special shout out to the banoffee pie recipe too which is raw, decadent and one of my personal favourite vegan desserts.

Finally, the cruelty-free beauty recipes are good enough to eat. Think body scrubs made with banana, body moisturisers made with whipped coconut oil, and exfoliator made with avocado & oatmeal. Like I said, good enough to eat!

If you're an avid cookbook collector like myself, the 'The New Vegan' is a worthy addition to your shelf, and would also make a useful and stylish gift to someone you know who's starting out or thinking of starting out on this lifestyle. It is accessible and appealing, showing just how easy it is to be vegan in this day and age.

To find out more about the author, you can visit her site at: www.peasoupeats.com and follow her on twitter @ainecarlin 

The cookbook is available on Amazon and more info can be found on the publisher's website: www.kylebooks.com.


Note: This review has been organised by the VEGAN Lifestyle ASSOCIATION. It has not been paid for and the copy of the book I received was sent free of charge. This is my genuine and unbiased review of the book.
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