Tuesday, 24 April 2018
First event of the year was an absolute blast. A "Plantain Social" - can you imagine? An evening of meeting fascinating, creative, inspiring people whilst chowing down on plantain cooked and garnished in different and, dare I say, magical ways.
As far as planning went for this event, Carine and I both agreed that it felt pretty stress-free. The concept was simple, but the dishes packed a punch. The event was laid-back; chatter and good music filled the air, the entire venue carried the gorgeous aroma of fried plantain. It was close to perfection.
Collaborating, I have discovered, does wonders for the psyche. It's having somewhere there to carry the burden of getting everything ready in time. It's having someone to go shopping with and split the risks (and costs!) with. It's having someone to think about tiny details that you may miss when trying to juggle a million things on your own - and vise versa. I'd like to say that the nerves were non-existent this time around because it's my tenth event (and darn it, I should be used to it by now!) But no, collaboration I tell ya. That's the way to go. The same feeling of peace that I had when I planned and executed the Vegan Christmas Feast with my friend Eli back in December is the same that I had this time. Carine and I were linked up through a platform called Tabl which we are both a part of - Marie with her West-African-inspired (and vegan!) sauces. Me with my Vegan Nigerian cooking classes. The beautiful minds behind Tabl saw the potential of something great happening if we got the opportunity to put our minds and efforts together. Et voila!
Enjoy the little video I put together. It shows you a little behind the scenes shopping action, clips from the event, and feedback from guests. It's fab. And fun.
Thank you to everyone who came along. See you next time? :)
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Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Here's one for the lazy vegans who don't want to spend an age in the kitchen. I had the opportunity to try out a range of West-African-inspired sauces by Marie's Little Jar. Cue a week or so of quick meals put together in 10 minutes or less, but still bursting with tons of flavour. And don't be put off by my use of quinoa in this recipe (if you are so inclined to be put off by quinoa...?) because you can easily substitute it with rice, couscous, or any other leftover cooked grains you've got.
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Tuesday, 10 April 2018
In anticipation of my next pop-up event, here's a quick and easy plantain recipe. A good one if you've got overripe plantains that need using up, or if you're after a fuss-free snack.
Excuse the inelegant plating of this dish, but this is definitely a case of taste over looks.
Tickets are still available for the Plantain Social coming up on 22nd April. It's going to be a fun night of food and networking with other bloggers, vloggers and creators. See you there!