When He Says It’s Alright

I don’t get out much, well with three kids and a childminder who leaves at 6.30pm there isn’t much room for wild nights and dinners out. I do occasionally get invited to foodie events but mostly I turn them down due to all the above. All the babysitting stars aligned this week when I was invited to an event hosted by Walkers Crisps featuring Tom Aikens. I turned up at my friend Gordon’s and threw my kids at him with a bag filled with pizza bread and wine then ran before he could change his mind.

I turned up at The Natural Kitchen running a little late, I grabbed a cold glass of Sancerre, which I was immediately told by one of the staff goes really well with the Garlic Pitta Chips. Ok fab. It did in fact they had paired the wines perfectly with the chips and canapés that were created for the evening. Tom created a hearty posted up Mac n Cheese. Great evening and the 2 giant bags of crisps lasted about 4 nano seconds when I turned up at G’s to collect the kids, nuff said!

I leave you with a little video of Tom  and some more info on these yummy snacks!


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– Walkers takes flavour inspiration from the finest European markets and delis to launch the latest in premium snacking –

This summer sees the launch of Market Deli, the exciting new range of premium snacks from the makers of Walkers crisps. The range – which has been inspired by authentic produce found in delicatessens – aims to bring home the great variety of flavours as found across Europe and the UK.

Available nationwide from 23rd June, the Market Deli range will feature pita chips and tortilla chips, in addition to the classic potato chip – providing even more variety for those with a passion for food.

The Market Deli range comes in eight mouth-watering flavours – with each flavour featuring irresistible real ingredients such as Mature Cheddar from Cornwall to aged Aceto Balsamico di Modena PGI and delicious Sundried Tomatoes from the Manisa region in Turkey.

Each of the flavour combinations and the ingredients used to create the new products, have been selected and crafted by food experts to ensure a truly indulgent and immersive taste experience, making Market Deli the perfect addition to an evening in with a partner and a drink.

Thomas Barkholt, Marketing Director at Walkers, said: “the new Market Deli range has been made with the finest real ingredients from across Britain and Europe to create a truly delicious snack that is perfect as a pre, or after dinner snack and will appeal to people with an interest in good food and great authentic flavours.

Market Deli will be available in potato, tortilla and pita chips in eight flavours, in 165g sharing bags at a RSP of £2.39. The potato chips are also available in single bags in Mature Cornish Cheddar, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and Flame Grilled Spanish Chorizo with Roasted Onion with an RSP of £0.83.

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First I need to apologise for being an absent blogger! I have not been neglecting my duties deliberately. Circumstances beyond my  control turned my life upside down and backwards for the last few weeks. I cannot tell you how happy I feel to be behind my Mac typing away.  My biggest obstacle appeared when I opened my Mac a few weeks ago to find the screen totally obliterated. After the initial horror and shock,  I then started the interrogation of the under 9s.  It wasn’t pretty. All of them denied all  knowledge of the incident and I for a very very split second wished that there was a 101 number for the immediate sale of your children. My Mac was returned to me on Friday, new screen and the children are no longer allowed to look at it let alone go within 20ft of it.

Luckily I had enough to distract me from my technical woes. I was invited to visit Feast In The Fields. A pop up event at London Fields Brewery. I had a much needed kid free day, so what did I do? I spent the morning making Jamaican patties and poaching a ton of chicken legs and thighs to fry up later. I call them Jamaican loosely.  The pastry was a traditional patty recipe but the filling was sort of more Moroccan influenced. I had quite a lot of veg in the fridge that needed to be used up, potatoes, carrots, onions, spring onions. Threw it all in a dutch pot and seasoned it with cumin, coriander, chilli, cinnamon bark, salt, pepper, sumac. Cooked the veg for 15 mins slowly then added a tablespoon of corn flower and a couple of teaspoons of vegetable bouillon and enough boiling water to make a bit of liquid for everything to braise in.

Armed with my Jaroocan Patties, I met Uju the fabulous Mother and Shaker and owner of Babes About Town and we headed to the brewery. This year seemed a lot busier then last year and it was great to see so many new foodie start ups. I chatted to the guys who just a few weeks ago launched 7 Bridges Deli. These guys smoke their own pastrami and make super stacked Reuben’s with delicious artisan rye and sourdough bread. I had to try some of the local beer. I really rarely drink beer, just a few times a year. I tried the Hackney Hopster and the Unfiltered. Both very distinctive flavours, nothing like that tasteless watery stuff you get on tap at your local. I had a really tough time deciding what to eat, but after sampling some very moreish smoked polish sausages from The Polish Deli London oh and the most fabulous mini canapé like pies from The Square Pie I finally decided to keep with my sort of moroccan theme of the day and try a wrap from Doukan, I was not disappointed. Spicy, juicy chicken with lots of fresh salad and hot spicy sauce.

Uju and the kids and I then spent the rest of the afternoon on London Fields with a bottle of wine and I ran home to finish frying off the buttermilk chicken I had made in the morning, as you do.

I leave you with a few pics. Im busy editing a few videos of Ru and I cooking some of our favourite dishes. I will be posting them shortly. I’m also designing my menus for a pop up restaurant this summer. Exciting times. I will keep you posted.

Have a lovely week!

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