Monday, 26 August 2013

A Foodies Haven (Foodies Festival in Hampton Court 2013)

The Foodies Festival in Hampton Court earlier this year was exciting. My idea of heaven on earth, being surrounded by like minded people who love great food, great wine, live music and creativity.

 I was inspired at this years event, from Retro and Creative British food to Caribbean cuisine,  The Asian influence, The Mediterranean cuisine and many more.  

Interesting food trends, mobile drink bars, live music and food demonstrations at this years Hampton Court Food Festival. 

I just love the simple but effective names of some of the businesses, to mention but a few below 

The Fresh Lemonade company.
The Bloody Shot  ( Bloody Mary ).
Tan Rosie Foods ( Caribbean)
Titchy kitchen (London )

The many uses of the superfood Okra.

Okra originated from Africa and spread to the Mediterranean region, only reaching the America's in the 1600.
A serving of okra provides 80% of the Daily Value for vitamin K, 44% of Vitamin C and also very high in fiber. Okra is also a great source of Vitamins A & B6, folate, niacin , riboflavin, manganese and packed with antioxidants . Okra's ample supply of key nutrients makes it a beneficial food for disease prevention.

Armed with the above the knowledge and Okra being my traditional dish and favourite, I am continually inspired to create different flavours and ways of cooking Okra.

I am excited about my first cookery book about Creative African Cooking, which includes the following dishes.


Perfect for the grill or barbecue 

Best served grilled with fish (Sea bass)

Great to add to sauces

My traditional dish (Okra Soup)

Perfect for the barbecue. (Grilled together with asparagus)