Sunday, 4 September 2016
Lerato London's African Afternoon Tea in Clerkenwell
A new African High Tea is coming to London! Created by Lerato London, it takes place on Sunday 11th September at The Printworks Kitchen in Clerkenwell, with sittings at 1pm nd 3pm. £37 gets you champagne on arrival, followed by all sorts of savoury and sweet treats, plus lots of different teas. Hopefully this will become a regular event.
"At my African Afternoon Tea, you will be treated to champagne on arrival and a selection of luxuriously exotic African single estate teas paired with a changing selection of contemporary African savouries and sweets. My teas and chocolates have been sourced from fair trade producers like Satenwa Tea Estate in Malawi, and the Kuapa Kokoo cocoa-growing co-operative in Ghana, who secure premium market prices and the best welfare for its owner farmers.
I am desperately in love with food and as seen in my recipes and articles for The Guardian in Nigeria, my cooking is heavily influenced by my experiences, family, environment and the wonderful seasons which I want to offer on an plate. I hope to do so at LERATO LONDON.
After 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.
The menu is full of indulgence and a celebration of African and British provenance, using Madagascan and Ghanaian cacao, British grown berries, Ugandan organic vanilla beans, West African nut butters, mangoes, with exquisite teas from Malawi, Kenya and South Africa. A medley of fresh vegetables such as British grown lovage, organic tomatoes, cucumbers and beautiful radishes and more will be used to create this special afternoon tea.
Vegetarians and vegans have a wide selection to enjoy as many of my recipes are fruit and vegetable based, with substitutions used where necessary. I love afternoon tea so much that I have created my special tribute, a new take on tradition. A sumptuous spread of bold African flavours; delicious, decadent and only tamed in size for the tradition of high tea."
When - Sunday 11th September 2016
1pm and 3pm sittings
Where - Printworks Kitchen, 26 Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4SX
Tickets - £37 from Lerato London here
Link - Lerato London