A Taste of Tofu From Mori-Nu

I am a very dedicated meat lover. I have of course eaten vegetarian meals before but tofu always seemed so boring to me until I realised that it’s not necessarily tofu’s fault, it’s how it’s been prepared. Tofu has a unique ability to soak up flavours like a sponge and it provides a low fat, high-protein, dairy and gluten-free addition to meals which is perfect for health conscious individuals like myself and of course those who don’t eat meat or consume dairy at all.

I was sent silken tofu to try, I didn’t know there were different types of tofu, according to many surveys most people prefer to use form tofu.  I found this silken tofu to be smooth and perfectly creamy.

Silken Mori-nu tofu

I decided to try a very simple baked tofu recipe, marinating the tofu in soy sauce before baking on a medium heat for less than 15 minutes. It came out as a perfect snack treat and the flavour of the soy sauce had soaked up into the tofu in such a way that it made for a moreish yet simple snack. It was like a smoother version of feta cheese (obviously different flavour) but the creamy texture made it delightful to try. Silken Mori-nu tofu

Mori-Nu tofu can be found on the shelf alongside the other authentic Japanese ingredients in the world food section. I can’t wait to try other recipes with this tofu and will now make more of an effort to use it as an alternative to meat as part of a healthier diet.

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Celebrating Caribbean Food Week With Grace Foods

Grace Foods is the UK’s number 1 Caribbean food and drink company and it is celebrating its fifth annual Caribbean Food Week, August 22nd – 29th    2016 in style! The fantastic team at Grace Foods sent me a bumper hamper of Caribbean food and drinks to party with and how I partied! Well perhaps not literally but my tastes buds certainly had an amazing time!

This year Grace Foods UK is holding its first ever Caribbean Food Week Food Festival at Windrush Square in Brixton, London, Friday 26th – Saturday 27th August 2016, featuring Caribbean street food, live cookery demonstrations, music and more!

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Here’s a video summary of my experience:

My first party dish would have been perfect at a BBQ, I made fried chicken wings with the Hot & Spicy Chicken fry mix. Chicken wings can be marinated if you have time otherwise it’s as simple as coating the wings with eggs or milk and then mixing them up in bag containing the mix. I shallow fried for 15 minutes and then baked my wings for a further 30 minutes, takes longer than deep frying but healthier and tastes just as good. The spice mix is a perfect balance of flavours giving an authentic fried chicken taste. I particularly enjoyed the bbq jerk sauce with the wings and the more I type the more I know I know I’ll be having these again very soon! I quenched my thirst with some Jamaican ginger beer which was just as fiery as you would expect! Such a perfect summer drink! The hot pepper sauce was not hot enough for me though! Caribbean Food Week Hamper

I rarely eat ackee but when I get the chance to try ackee and saltfish I always enjoy the taste of this savoury fruit eaten as a vegetable. I found a really easy stir fry recipe in Levi Root’s cookbook using red onions, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, chilli and sweet peppers. Just stir fry as you normally would and add the drained ackee at the end serving with rice. I REALLY enjoyed this, not only because it was unusal but because it is a great alternative to meat. The ackee is wholesome and moreish and went perfectly in the stir fry and tasted really good with a touch of hot sauce. Washed down with the Aloe drink which contains aloe vera chunks this was a delightful meal. 

Ackee Stir Fry

The final recipe I tried was marinade prawns in a coconut sauce which I discovered in Levi Roots’ recipe book again. Simply made by frying the onions and courgette with the jerk marinade and adding coconut sauce and the prawns which had been marinating for a few hours this dish is like a Caribbean-style Thai green curry. I really enjoyed this dish and although I may have put slightly too much jerk into the mix I have to say the ingredients worked really well together.

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Afternoon Tea Gets An African Twist From Lerato London

A pop-up offering in London has given the traditional British fare a unique twist by injecting some African flavour.

The London pop-up will begin serving customers in September but offered food lovers a chance to sample the delicious dishes early to mark Afternoon Tea Week in Eastbourne on the 13th and 14th of August 2016. By fusing the British culture of high tea and the bold flavours of African food Lerato London creates a delectable array of both sweet and savoury treats.

Those lucky enough to experience Lerato London can expect recipes using roasted plantains with African nut butters, rich cakes with Madagascan chocolate and organic Ugandan vanilla bean, traditional west African cookie dough and doughnut truffles with Ghanaian cacao. For savoury options there will be prawn and vegetable suya rolls, using west African aromatic spices found in popular street food. A vegetarian selection with British grown lovage herbs, cucumber and pickled shallots combined with aromatic suya or spices perfectly complements the spread.

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The African Afternoon Tea will have a changing menu enabling customers to experience a collection of African inspired dishes. The food will be accompanied by fine teas, such as the South African Red Bush and Malawi Antlers. The experience aims to give gourmands a contemporary experience that is both unique and familiar.

Lerato Umah-Shaylor, founder of Lerato London, said, “England is well known for its exquisite afternoon tea offerings but there’s nothing quite like my take on this traditional fare. It is bold, decadent and only tamed in size in keeping with the tradition of high tea. I am passionate about African cuisine and have been all my life, marrying together British tradition and the food I have grown up with can truly become a new tradition.”

Umah-Shaylor is a Nigerian TV chef and food writer living in the UK and she writes a food column for the Guardian Nigeria that is read worldwide. Lerato London, with its African Afternoon Tea, is her latest venture to bring new and exciting dishes to a UK audience.

Those that want to try Lerato London’s first African Afternoon Tea event can experience it on September 18th in a secret central London location. High tea lovers can book their place and register their interest in future events now by contacting Lerato London at lerato.umah@gmail.com.

To find out more visit www.leratolovesfood.com