Shortly following the release of Wahaca’s first recipe book this week, we got ourselves down to Canary Wharf for their first book signing with the fantastic Thomasina Miers. Hodder and Stoughton had picked the perfect location in Canada Place, coinciding with the bustling lunch hour when hungry bellies were clamoring for something to hit the spot. Lucky passers by were drawn in by the bright colours of the Wahaca branding and suits and skirts were gathered around the mouth-watering guacamole sauce and crunchy nachos. In addition, Thomasina was present signing books with the added bonus of a free tasty habanero sauce and re-branded chilli seed packet to take home.
If you missed this book signing never fear there are more dates to grab yourself a signed copy:
26th June Waterstones in Covent Garden
4th July Waterstones in Westfield, Stratford
Find Your Feet’s latest campaign, Curry for Change, is a nationwide drive to get people buying, making and eating curry to raise money for rural community projects in India and Malawi.
They have teamed up with various Indian restaurants across the capital, who are creating fantastic recipes and menus, all of which will contribute towards the campaign.
To kick it off, I was invited to a curry masterclass with Cyrus Todiwala and his wonderful assistant, Nina Wadia, at Café Spice, one of the partner restaurants. Amongst stories of food and family, Cyrus taught the group – which included Anjali Patak – how to cook a paneer in gravy made with milk, green raisins and cashew nuts and goats meat shami kebabs. The paneer was accompanied by perfectly fluffy, spiced pilau rice.
Cyrus is truly a master at his craft, although he is adamant that even after 2,000 years of cooking he would only have just scratched the surface of Indian cuisine. With hilarious cracks such as ‘anything green on the plate is a fungal infection’, it was a great morning of tantalising aromas and delicious food. Since the event Cyrus has been awarded the prestigious special award at this year’s Craft Guild of Chefs awards.
For more information about Curry For Change and how to get involved, please visit www.find-your-feet.org
Invivo hosted an event last week in the urban setting of The Refinery, with a selection of journalists and bloggers to launch their wines in the UK. The night kicked off with a series of wine tastings, hosted the Invivo way, by founder Tim Lightbourne. Invivo is a fantastic premium New Zealand wine brand that has been flying off the shelves in Harvey Nichols since it’s launch in 2011.
The wines were tried in order, creating a great talking point as comparisons were made. The wines were utterly delicious; each had different characters, distinct flavours and were complimented by tasty canapés prepared by The Refinery kitchen.
An important aspect of Invivo is their commitment to supporting independent artists. Previously they had worked with New Zealand local graffiti crew TMD. Following suit, Invivo kept with the theme by teaming up with East London street art crew, Da Wild Stallions. The graffiti added a quirky twist to your classic wine tasting evening, and was observed by the faint hearted through the enormous glass windows. Once guests discovered they were able to get a personally designed wine box to take home, the queue grew and the party moved outside. Even The Lady got a graffiti box makeover!
For many it was tough choosing the ultimate wine, I loved the fruitiness of the Pinot Gris but we are still heavily debating the best contender in the office.
A beautiful summer’s evening was spent over-looking the Southbank in the artistic masterpiece, Propstore, to celebrate both the launch of this exciting new venue and Sipsmith’s latest liquid, Summer Cup.
On arrival, guests were impressed by the eclectic mix of props displayed at Propstore, which constructed from stage sets of previous National Theatre productions, created a stark contrast to the surrounding Southbank landscape. A wonderful talking point, Propstore set the scene for a fun-filled launch of Sipsmith’s Summer Cup, and it wasn’t long before the room was bubbling with excitement as glasses of the delectable Sipsmith Summer Cup were sipped in the sun.
Served over ice with 3 parts lemonade and seasonal fruits, the Summer Cup encapsulates British summer flavours, with scents of Earl Grey tea, lemon verbena and cardamom proving immensely popular.
Games of Swan Croquet and trays of street food, such as pulled pork sandwiches, carried guests into night and as the sun set above the Thames the frivolities continued with the help of a wonderful gyspy jazz band.