Who’s For Dinner with Dr Maya Angelou?

Dr. Maya Angelou was simply an amazing woman; an author, poet, singer, a philanthropist, teacher and so much more! She lived her life fully.

Embracing each new opportunity with a zest for life and genuine enthusiasm. She was an inspiration to so many. I loved her work and I’m pretty certain that I’ll love her food too.

Few people know that she also had such a great love of food that she wrote cookbooks too! She did it all without apology. Lived a life of rich tapestries, just as life should be lived.

Hallelujah! The Welcome Table” and “Great Food, All Day Long” are full of recipes which reflect Maya Angelou’s many life experiences and travels around the world. I’ve added both to my wishlist. Her message of love lives on through her writing and through her recipes.

We thank you Dr Angelou!

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Preparing and enjoying homemade meals provides a sense of purpose and calm, accomplishment and connection. In Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, Angelou shares memories pithy and poignant–and the recipes that helped to make them both indelible and irreplaceable.

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Savor recipes for Mixed-Up Tamale Pie, All Day and Night Cornbread, Sweet Potatoes McMillan, Braised Lamb with White Beans, and Pytt I Panna (Swedish hash.) All the delicious dishes here can be eaten in small portions, and many times a day. More important, they can be converted into other mouth-watering incarnations.

Excerpts taken from The Random House site.

Celebrating English Wine at The Carr Taylor Vineyard (@CTWines)

I recently treated Mr WFD to a day out at a lovely Vineyard near Hastings called Carr Taylor. I had my first vineyard experience last summer in Virginia and fell in love! I vowed to visit an English one and was pleased to take Mr WFD on his first ever trip to a vineyard. Carr Taylor has over 40 years of history, it was established in 1971 and after many years of successfully growing and processing grapes they have developed their own English style of wine.They have won numerous awards and have become an internationally renowned brand. The tour itself lasts around 2 hours and includes wine tasting and full lunch.

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Can you ever have enough cheese?

Lunch was my idea of heaven, there was so much cheese on offer that I may have gone a little over board as you can see from my plate above. Our tour guide was friendly, funny and attentive. It was a great day out and I would definitely recommend a trip to Carr Taylor, if not for an education in wine then at least to taste some of the best sparkling wine that England has to offer (not just my opinion, they’ve won awards for it)! Who doesn’t like bubbles? Seriously.

Carr Taylor Wines

Carr Taylor Wines

Carr Taylor Wines Vineyard

Carr Taylor Wines Vineyard

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I booked this day out on The Virgin Experience site but you can contact Carr Taylor directly and make sure you buy a bottle of apricot wine! It’s delicious!

Contact:

http://www.carr-taylor.co.uk/

@CTWines

Some @naijacooknsauce 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.

Odeiga House Smoothies - Tansi

Odeiga House Smoothies – Tansi

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/

Follow on twitter @naijacooknsauce

*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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