What a busy last couple of months, we have now officially moved to Taste Mauritius from Yummy Choo, although some of our friends still know us as Yummy Choo we bring you our new website, new pop up events and cookery classes! Here’s a little recap of what we have been up to in the kitchen and elsewhere…

Mauritian Dishes/Supperclub

With two supperclubs in Croydon HQ in April, both sold out we dished up delicious dishes of achar (pickled vegatables), bricohe gajack baps and more.. feeding hungry Londoners during their lunch break!

Juicy sizzling garlic prawns with coconut satini on puris…! Check out EVENTS page for upcoming dates.

Total Greek Cookery Class

A few weeks back I was invited to a Greek cookery class just before Easter with chef Tonia Buxton at the helm, supported by Total Greek yoghurt with unlimited tubs of the wonderful stuff to create some tasty dishes for lunch. This all took place at La Cucina Caldesi, a chic little Italian cookery school which I had been to before for another event.

With a group of around 15 or so food bloggers, it was lovely to meet familiar faces again aswell as new! My ‘speedy gonzales’ team included the fab Slice of Slim, Miriam Nice, Lulabella’s Kitchen and Model Foodie, who by the end of the day we all had become gleefully acquainted with each other, cooking together as a team and taking those selfies!

To start off we prepare our Greek Lamb Patties  a tray-baked dish with a variety of vegetables, lemon and tomatoes drizzled with olive oil. This simply done is my kind of cooking, straight into the oven.

In between dishes the lovely Tonia Buxton would rekindle us with Greek tales, myths and stories from her heritage which I loved! It made the class so much more interesting and inspiring for myself as a Chef who is passionate about my cuisine, its important to relate to your students and give them explanations of where the food is coming from.

We even got to indulge in playing a traditional “tsougrisma” game or translating to bashing red eggs over each others to see who would remain the last uncracked egg of the group and hence the illustrious winner!

We prepared a fresh Total Greek tahini sauce, for our sea Sea Bream Fillets with Olives, Capers & Lemon which was a super delicious light meal, I have since tried it at home for a quick supper, the tahini sauce really brings it together. Finally the dessert called Anarocrema totally my kind of dessert or breakfast of Total Greek, soft cheese, adding in rose water, fresh berries and baked crisp filo pastry for added crunch, layered up like a trifle. I will definitely be trying this again, I happily took mine to the theatre in a tupperware that day (perfect intermission snack )

A brilliant and fun morning, I’m so glad I went and learnt more about Greek cookery! These photos were taken by Satureyes Photography who cheekily indulged in our team super efficiency and my tupperware skills!

Mishkins & Chicken Shop-Covent Garden

Not being to Mishkins before it was an interesting visit with the family pre theatre meal, it’s a Jewish based deli/restaurant, I absolutely loved the malt milkshake (just imagine ovaltine with ice cream)  we devoured Reuben sandwiches, matzo ball soup (my least favourite) and chicken sliders and hotdogs.

The Chicken Shop– Tooting

This restaurant based in Tooting held up alot of hype as we see lots of places starting to pop up down the high street and Broadway, being one of my local South London areas to venture to for markets, shopping and food I was excited to try this. All I had heard of was about the OMG huge apple pie that comes to the table in big portions. The chicken was slightly on the dry side for me, but others in my group had tender pieces, the coleslaw and chip sides were good, the corn was buttery and melt in the mouth, The apple pie,  apart from the waitress slightly burning my arm and dropping half the pastry on the floor (tears…) it was full of flavour, served with ice cream or cream!

Sakura Sake no Hana Pop Up

I ventured here for my birthday celebration, wanting to see the decorative cherry sakura pop up bar in all its glory and try some of the cocktails. My Hanima, cherry liqueur, sake and cherry in the bottom glass bellini was fabulous! The sake just by itself was too easy to drink and literally tasted like silk in the mouth. This pop up is only on till mid May. They do bento boxes as well as cherry inspired desserts.

The Begging Bowl & Ember Yard

Visiting Ember Yard finally in Soho was exciting for me as I had wanted to experience the food for a while, with tapas style Charcuterie bar and grill the menu looks amazing, with fish, meat and vegetarian options. The food here was stunning, I enjoyed mostly all the dishes, the courgette flowers were so crisp and creamy with the goats cheese, the octopus was soft and matched the aioli and pepperonata. The padron peppers,charred and smoky, but nothing could beat the amazing chocolate ganacha dessert with salted caramel cream!

The Begging Bowl in Peckham, has a very interesting Thai Street Food based menu, I was disappointed the special had sold out especially the pork belly as I was recommended to try this! However, the vermicelli noodles were crisp and full of punchy thai spiced flavours, topped with Dorset shredded crab, the Thai fish cakes were succulent, accompanied with a chilli sweet sauce. The beef shin was melt in the mouth tender, in a rich Jungle curry sauce which was spicy! As you would expect.. the finishing dessert I had was a granita, topped with rambutan and exotic fruit plus crispy shallots!

Haggis Pakoras & Boboties

Using Macsween Haggis, I created these wonderfully different dishes in the kitchen, being used to making pakoras for supperclubs using gram flour, this time rolling cooked haggis into balls and dipping in the batter before frying, it was super delish with mango chutney of course!

Lower Marsh Market-Waterloo

Finally visited Lower Marsh Market in Waterloo to check out the produce and traders there, but mainly I wanted to get my hands on The Pressery’s fresh almond milk, I am an avid fan of almond milk and have been drinking it for a while. But trying The Pressery’s cacoa almond milk (chocolaty goodness) and their original milk you can really tell the difference from what you buy in the shop. A new favourite I think!

Until next time, keep an eye for more tasty upcoming posts from a certain tropical island in the Indian Ocean.

Selina xx