All posts tagged: African Food

Stuffed Pepper Jollof Rice for The Guardian

Ahead of the worldwide celebration of jollof rice on the 22nd September 2016 as World Jollof Rice Day, I wrote this recipe which defies the West African jollof-mob rules of this dish; “nothing but the traditional contents of jollof must be added to…jollof!”  But jollof rice is originally from the Wolof people of Senegal and Gambia who cook this as a heady fishy dish called Thieboudienne (che-bou-gen) As with a lot of foods of the world it travelled and was adapted in various regions. Even Ghanaian and Nigerian jollof is quite different.  If you will like to break some rules while celebrating the basic foundation of it, then give this a go! Start with a rich tomato base, lots of aromatics and add whatever else you please. Stuffed Pepper Jollof Rice SERVES 6 – 8 | COOKING TIME: 50 – 60 minutes INGREDIENTS 400g easy cook basmati rice For the jollof sauce 3 tbs vegetable oil 2 large onions 4 cloves of garlic, chopped 5cm / thumb size ginger, peeled & grated 2 x 400g can of chopped …

An African afternoon tea is coming to London | Restaurants | Going Out | London Evening Standard

All smiles this lovely monday morning with this feature of my new pop-up, #AfricanAfternoonTea at LERATO LONDON in the London Evening Standard. It has been quite a journey to get to this point. I am looking forward to expressing my love for food to a wide audience and taking African food and culture to a really big stage.  Every step I have taken has been challenging and a learning curve and I am moving with full steam towards achieving my dreams of feeding the world. My African Afternoon Tea is creating a lot of buzz in the UK after the launch in Eastbourne at The Cookshelf. Now we are approaching the launch of Lerato London in London!! Haha I will be sharing images of some treats from my menu on the run up to launch date on the 11th of September. Do follow me to see more of what you can enjoy at this special event coming to London.  I look forwars to meeting you all and sharing the wonderful gift of food together.Please spread the …

African Afternoon Tea at LERATO LONDON.

The first of its kind, a marriage of the vibrancy of Africa with traditional English decorum.     As seen in the London Evening Standard.   LERATO LONDON launches with African Afternoon Tea on 11th September 2016 For private events & celebrations around East Sussex & London click here.    BOOK here for pop-up. AFRICAN AFTERNOON TEA MENU                               Champagne SAVOURY Homemade Honey Butter Rolls with Strawberry & Tomato Jam My answer to the great British scone. Reminiscent of my childhood in Lagos, savouring soft sweet bread with tomato sauce for light lunch. Vegan rolls with almond butter. Lagos Angus Pie / Lagos Portobello Pie Organic Aberdeen Angus, heritage potatoes, Jos pepper. An ode to the moreish Nigerian meat pies. A staple in every home and at every occasion. Vegan portobello pie with leeks, portobello mushrooms, lovage.  Akara Tarts Steam baked honey beans, roasted peppers. Traditional west African bean fritters known as ‘Akara’. Prawn Suya Rolls African summer rolls of prawns grilled with aromatic ‘suya’ spices (a popular …

Sexy Chicken Stew for The Guardian

I remember cooking this as a result of lazy days as a student in London. I would want a great supper but couldn’t handle spending hours in the kitchen. So I would cook chicken with a jar of easy garlic and chillies, lots of onions and chopped tomatoes.  It soon became my go-to dish to take to dinners at friends’s houses. It is modest but rather indulgent and it just hits the spot everytime.  This is quite the recipe for non-cooks and pro cooks alike. Big flavours are at play here, and as always in my cooking, you can absolutely make it my own.  This recipe was published in my column in the Guardian Newspaper and it is online here. Happy eating!  x

Cooking Classes & Supperclub to launch at The Cookshelf, East Sussex.

Fresh from my cooking adventures in Nigeria, I am now back in England and I have brought lots of inspiration for marvellous food! The African flare for spice and flavour and the colourful seasonal produce in England and the continent celebrate a real marriage of cultures in my cooking. What better place to embark on my mission to enchant with food, than my lovely home on the south coast of England. It is nice to be back in Eastbourne, also known as the suntrap of the United Kingdom, just in time to enjoy the Great British ‘Summer’. The Cookshelf, a much loved cookery school in the middle of town have given me a warm welcome and we have exciting plans for the coming months. I am hosting a series of cooking classes and pop-up events to share my secrets for easy gourmet home cooking using inspiration from old family favourites combined with local produce. At these feasts I will also introduce food lovers to the wonders of African food, delightful servings from the North, Southern regions and …