Little Baobab

The Senegalese Pop Up with The Best Jollof in London

Khadim Mbamba launched the Little Baobab popup  in 2015, after becoming frustrated with the lack of Senegalese restaurants in London. He decided to combine his love of food with his love of music, giving people an authentic Senegalese experience. The Little Baobab pop-up experience brings people together in a great atmosphere, with delicious Senegalese Soul Food and live music which usually means that their events are often sold out. In 2018 esSense13 hosted a fantastic pop up event with Little Baobab and the hype is justified it was a wonderful event.

One of the most popular dishes is thiebou dieune, a fish and jollof rice combination which is flavour-filled and moreish. It quite possibly puts an end to the debate of who has the best jollof in West Africa!

With the quality of the dish served at Little Baobab one could easily argue that Senegal wins and this video might help to end the debate completely.

Make sure you visit Little Baobab’s to find out details of their next event and taste their food for yourself and see why they probably do serve the best jollof in London.

Freshly Frozen Food from Field Fare

I recently had the pleasure of being sent some samples from Field Fare who offer premium  frozen ready meals. Their meals are hand produced by specialists for authenticity and are oven ready which not only frees up time but hopefully gives tastes buds a treat too! I am always a little bit skeptical of frozen meals but I really wanted to try these because of the company’s positive ethos. Founded 40 years ago, in 1977, field fare launched a pioneering idea in independent retail. As a visionary in environmentalism and simplicity, the idea was high quality fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen direct from the field and sold loose by the scoop from branded freezers; with minimum packaging and waste, maximum nutrient, vitamin and mineral lock-in, zero additives or preservatives required and the flexibility for customers to economically take as little or as much as they wanted.  In November 2015 the company added its premium ready-meal range, each made in small batches using the quality and quantity of ingredients used in a domestic kitchen, locally sourced where possible.  I was sent the frozen pizza/focaccia dough which I sampled and was so easy to make and tasted good too. Here’s a picture of it in frozen form:

Field fare dough

The star of the show was the Spicy Bean Chilli which is an original recipe of kidney beans, chick peas and cannellini beans cooked in a rich tomato sauce with a jalapeno pepper kick and infused with cumin and a hint of smoked paprika.

Field Fare Spicy Bean Chilli Field Fare Spicy Bean Chilli

I have to say this was superb, I had mine with some rice and it was well spiced and seasoned, so much so that I did not have to add my own additional ingredients. It tasted freshly prepared from the hob as opposed to having been oven cooked from frozen in half an hour.

Field Fare only supports only supply independent  stores, mainly farm shops so visit their website to find out how you can get your hands on one of products,  I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.