Join me for a vibrant African inspired feast of meats, seafood, greens and fruits; concluded with gorgeous treats I have created with Divine Chocolate to celebrate 'Chocolate Week'.
I will be sharing a percentage of proceeds with ACTION AGAINST HUNGER to go towards their Emergency Appeal for the displaced in Northern NIgeria.
Many have suffered as a result of insurgency, many have been displaced, many go hungry day after day. We can feed them!
I am thrilled to share my contemporary African recipes with wonderful people who share this passion for food. As seen in my recipes, and in my column in The Guardian ng, my cooking is heavily influenced by my experiences, my blended family, our beautiful environment and the wonderful seasons.
As seen in the London Evening Standard. "...a first of its kind..."
It brings me such joy to bring people together to celebrate rich African culture through food created from a wonderful mix of seasonal, local and well sourced ingredients. First at African Afternoon Tea, now WILD AFRICA is a feast of my ever growing collection of recipes of sumptuous meals reflecting the vibrancy and richness of Africa, with colourful vegetables, bold flavours, and cooked fruits, brought together for a wholesome yet decadent meal. My dessert of Chocolate Malva pudding, is created using gourmet cocoa and chocolate by Divine Chocolate, part owned by the Kuapa Kokoo Ghanaian farmer co-op who secure premium prices and welfare of the farmers.
During my recent journey foraging across Nigeria I enjoyed learning and sharing with local communities across the country. The women selling mangoes under a bush of mango trees, the village women preserving food using wonderful techniques I hadn’t known, street food hawkers cooking and selling corn, the vibrant tomatoes and peppers from Jos in the Northern region, well known for its exceptionally arable land and fine weather, and last but not least my mother’s love of Boli or Bole (a popular street food of roasted plantain) eaten with open fire roasted peanuts and the goodness of the moringa leaves from the trees shading our house; all these inspire my cooking.
Back in my home in Sussex, on the English coast, I relive theses experiences through food, using the best of what is around me and all that I enjoy from other cultures, to create a wonderful marriage of cuisines. My menu is full of indulgence and a celebration of African provenance, using and Ghanaian cocoa, Ugandan organic vanilla beans, West African nut butters, mangoes, with exquisite teas from Malawi, Kenya and South Africa. A medley of local fresh vegetables such as British grown lovage, organic tomatoes and berries, cucumbers, beautiful radishes and more will feature in my feasts.
Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements are welcome to the table.There is a wide selection to enjoy as many of my recipes are fruit and vegetable based, with substitutions used where necessary.
I will like to use this opportunity to call you to join me in supporting the efforts of ACTION AGAINST HUNGER. A percentage from ticket sales will go towards the EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR NIGERIA to fight hunger and malnutrition suffered in previously innaccesible zones in Northern Nigeria. Please add whatever you wish in the link below or on their website as an extra donation including mine to contribute to this amazing organization. https://www.actionagainsthunger.org.uk/africa/nigeria
I look forward to this adventure and creating new traditions through our love for food.
See you at the table. x
Hibiscus Flower Cocktail
Prawn Suya Rolls
African summer rolls of prawns cooked in aromatic ‘suya’ spices (a popular west African spice mix) crisp vegetables, coriander, mint, lovage, African Blue basil, lettuce & edible flowers. Suya is a much loved aromatic spice mix popularly used in open fire grills, enjoyed as a street food in Lagos. gf/nf
Vegetable Suya Rolls
Suya, carrot, cucumber, pepper, lettuce, coriander, mint, lovage, African blue basil & edible flowers. gf/nf/v
Plantain & Spinach Salad
A warm salad with sweet plantain, organic spinach, roasted tomatoes, mixed bell peppers, scotch bonnet, spices & herbs. gf/nf/v
Stuffed Peppers with Jollof rice
Roasted bell peppers stuffed with fluffy rice cooked in a rich sauce of roasted tomatoes, peppers & aromatic spices. This popular west African dish has been the subject of many recipe wars including one with Jamie Oliver. Come prepared to debate on my stuffed version with other guests. gf/nf/v
Spicy Mango Chicken
By popular demand and as seen in my food column, these succulent pieces of chicken are baked in a sweet and spicy sauce I have developed with mngoes & scotch bonnets. gf/nf
Baked Egg plant with Spicy Mango & Peppers
Sweet and spicy strips of egg plants also known as aubergines, baked in a ruch sauce of mangoes and peppers. Popular in North African cooking, Aubergines are the longer purple breed of African egg plants. Inspired by my mother’s fond memories of eating mashed egg plants in spicy tomato sauce as a tot. gf/nf/v
Chocolate Malva Pudding & Chocolate Plantain Bark
Vanilla cream, spiced chocolate sauce, Jos pepper, cinnamon & cloves. My take on this sumptuous traditional South African pudding using the intensely rich cocoa and chocolate from Divine Chocolate farmed by Ghanian farmers who own part of the company. This is seriously 'feel good' chocolate. gf & v on request/nf
Are there any gluten free or vegan options?
The menu includes vegetarian and vegan dishes. Substitutes can also be provided on request. Please state your dietary requirement at the time of purchase.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is available around the venue.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
For more information on my pop-ups or for any special requirements please fill out the form on www.leratolovesfood.com
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