Sunday 17 February 2019

My Vegan Valentine | Pop-Up Restaurant

It felt good to be back doing a pop-up, and what sweeter way to kick things off than a Valentine's Day event. My guests were wonderful, the venue beautiful and thanks to an amazing assistant, the whole thing went without a hitch.

The menu, for any curious cats, was:

- Trio of dips (sweet potato, beetroot, caramelised onions) with spiced cassava flatbread
- The Vegan Nigerian taste bowl (jollof rice, plantain, stewed beans, rainbow coleslaw & sauteed kale
- Chocolate mousse with hibiscus jelly and coconut sugar cookies

If you're ever in need of someone to brighten up your event, special occassion or retreat with some delicious food, don't hesitate to get in touch with me. This year, I'm embracing memorable, inspiring and down-right fun events.

And here are a few pictures from the night:

Vegan Pancake Party! | Event Details

Choc-Chip Plantain Pancakes from my Plantain Cookbook. Click here to grab a copy!

If the number of pancake recipes I have on this website is anything to go by, it's pretty obvious that I can't get enough of the stuff. If I could, I'd have it for breakfast every other day.

And so with pancake day coming up next month, I've teamed up with Olu Olu Foods, AngryBlackKitchen and UNDERLDN to host an all-out pancake party. As well as some classic pancake flavours and toppings, things are going to get super fun and experimental. You've probably noticed in recent posts that I've been using Olu Olu's cassava flour in a number of innovative ways. Well, that's not going to stop anytime soon. Aside from cassava flour, we'll also got plantain flour, yam flour and bean flour to play with.

Come alone or come with a friend, I'd love to see you there! Tuesday 5th March, 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Black Cat Cafe in Hackney. Tickets are only £10 and can be purchased from Eventbrite here. Hurry though, because with barely any promotion, tickets are already selling fast!

Sunday 10 February 2019

Apple Pot Pies | Cassava Flour Pie Crust

More culinary experiments with Olu Olu's cassava flour. If you haven't already, check out the delicious cassava pasta I made a couple of weeks ago.

Apple pot pies are quicker to make than regular apple pies in that you only need a slab of pastry to cover the top. This recipe is therefore the way to a quick snack or dessert in just a few steps. No rolling pin required, no fancy pastry techniques.

The pastry turned out crispy around the edges, and had a bit of a chew to it - I guess that's what you get when you essentially make a fufu crust.

If you're feeling particularly playful, definitely give this recipe a try. I'm loving all the new and different ways I can use traditional West-african ingredients... Refreshing to break the mold once in a while!

Sunday 3 February 2019

Vegan Nights London - Worth the Hype?

I wandered down to Vegan Nights for the first time last Thursday. It's this huge, incredibly hyper night market (usually on the last Thursday of the month) that celebrates all things vegan. Food stalls as far as the eye can see, music blaring overhead and crowds of eager folk either eating, dancing or capturing their experience digitally.

On a cold January night, you'd think the crowd of revellers would be somewhat modest, but numbers were through the roof, definitely hitting the thousands, and it was a glorious sight to behold.

I'd heard from various people over the course of last year that it was worth the time and effort to visit but something always got in the way of me going. Now that I've seen it for myself, I fully understand the hype around it and it fills me with immense excitement to see how veganism is growing in leaps and bounds!

In this week's video, I've gathered some of the clips captured from the night - I hope it gives you a full sense of what to expect if you're ever tempted to wander down and see for yourself!