Naija Cooking Sauce in The Who’s For Dinner Kitchen

I was lucky enough to receive a range of sauces, marinades, spice mixes and drinks from the wonderful folks at Odeiga House recently. Odeiga House has a range of wonderful products which truly brings the flavour of Africa and The Caribbean to the world. Their “Potent Peanut Cooking sauce” is available to buy from 73 Sainsbury stores across the UK and the Marriot Hotel group even have their suya on their menu! This reflects how great the quality of their products are.

I received 2 flavours of the Tansi Smoothies, mango & strawberry and both were scrumptious. So good in fact that I only wish that they were bigger. They’re perfect for all the family and super healthy too.

The next treat I sampled from my box of delights was the suya spice mix. I love suya and you can only really get the best tasting suya on the streets of Lagos (in my opinion) but this suya spice mix is a great alternative. I made some chicken gizzards, fried with onions and sweet pepper. My only problem was that it wasn’t spicy enough for me but then I have a tendency to eat too many chillis with my food so my tastebuds are spoilt! It was a yummy treat, if you’re not familiar with suya or in fact with chicken gizzards you’re missing out on a great food dish – it’s not too late of course, you can try this mix and see how wonderful suya is for yourself!

Chicken Gizzards

Chicken Gizzards

I made some delicious chicken meals with the spicy odeiga marinade and the balangwu suya paste. The Balangwu suya paste went perfectly with grilled chicken and jollof rice (I ate it so quickly that I forgot to take a picture sorry folks)! Fotor0602162418The spicy odeiga paste was a perfect marinade for roast chicken (pictured below). I even added some more paste to the skin of the chicken a few minutes before removing it from the oven because I loved the flavour so much!*

Roast Chicken Dinner

Roast Chicken Dinner

I haven’t tried all the spices and sauces that I have received but if they’re anything like what I have tried then I am in for a real treat. I can’t wait to make some pepper soup with the pepper soup mix soon and of course do a jerk chicken taste test with the jerk mix.

The Who’s For Dinner kitchen has been a brighter, happier place since the introduction of Odeiga House products to the pantry! Make sure you give them a try too soon!

You can purchase all the items I’ve mentioned here: http://www.naijacookingsauces.com/

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*NB There are a variety of ways to use the pastes, I just chose this method to get a depth of flavour but feel free to experiment.

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The Perfect Afternoon Tea with Small Cake

I was recently gifted with a box of yummy delights from Small Cake. My box arrived like a birthday present, perfectly packaged and so pleasing to explore!

Small Cake

Small Cake

Small cake was established from a passion for vintage French patisserie, tiny morsels of sugary perfection in a seemingly endless variety of ways. I was in sweet treat heaven with a Chocolote Bottom-Dipped Coconut macaroon, Speculaas spiced Breton shortbread biscuit, Canelles, Iced Lemon loaf cake and more, I was truly spoilt. I loved the biscuits, they complimented my tea perfectly but I have to say my favourites were the Lemon loaf cake and Canelles. I was actually surprised that I liked the Canelles so much as I normally do not enjoy anything with any custard flavour but this was a delight. I’m still thinking about it!

Small Cake

Small Cake

You can hire Small Cake to supply treats for private events or make an order for a gift to someone special so that they can have their very own Afternoon Tea at home. Trust me with every bite you’ll think that you’re sitting in a Parisian Patisserie along St Germain des pres, rather than the comfort of your own home.

Contact details:

@verysmallcake

small.cake@yahoo.co.uk

07811056750

Sweet Treats!

Sweet Treats!

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Venezuelan Paradise at Arepas & Co

I’ve been catching up with friends a lot recently, aside from sharing stories we’ve been sharing a lot of food too, from Vietnamese food to Spanish tapas! These people clearly don’t want me to have my own personal plate! *Shifty Eyes*

Seriously though, sharing food with people you love and care about is one of life’s many pleasures. So when a couple of my dearest friends and I came across Arepas & Co whilst walking along Regents Canal (between Haggerston & Angel) we were keen to sample lots of dishes from the menu. It was filled to the brim of happy looking diners on a Sunday afternoon, all smiling and eating as if they literally were on holiday in Venezuela and not by a canal in Hackney.

Yuca - Cassava Fingers

Yuca – Cassava Fingers

There were so many interesting choices that we decided to selected a few dishes to share and what a great idea that was! Here’s a list of what we ordered: Arepas (Wheat and Gluten Free Corn Bread), Yuca (Cassava Fingers with garlic sauce), Tequenos (Cheese pastries), Tajadas (Ripe plantains topped with cheese) and  Ensalada de Palmito y Aguacate (Palm Heart, Avocado, tomato and red onion salad). We had Tequenos de Chocolate (pastries filled with chocolate) for dessert. To drink we had sugar cane lemonade & passionfruit milshake.

Tequenos

Tequenos

 

I had to get that list out before I rave about how wonderfully wonderful Arepas & Co is! (You’re all welcome to use the expression “wonderfully wonderful”…you’re welcome). It’s a special place that deserves to be celebrated! We loved the funky interior design, we were sat at an old school bench, complete with student carvings on the desk and had open views into the kitchen. The display of cassava and plantain (plantain is my favourite thing in the world by the way)  by the kitchen and the views onto the canal make it a truly unique venue. The staff were really friendly, offering great customer service and the food was delectable.

My favourite dishes were the Ensalada de Palmito (my friends and I were still talking about that dressing 2 hours later), the  Tajadas and the Arepas. Washed down with the sugar cane lemonade as the sun streamed through the window and Latin American music playing in the background, laughing with 2 of my beautiful friends; for a moment I forgot I was in England. But I’m glad that I was because it means I can go back to Arepas & Co anytime and you should too!!! I shall return for my taste of Venezuelan paradise in the heart of Hackney, it really was a delight.

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Ensalada de Palmito, Tajadas and Arepas

Perfect for:

  • Brunch with friends
  • Family day out
  • Private parties

http://arepaandco.com/

@arepaandco

Tequenos de Chocolate

Tequenos de Chocolate