Chilli Cassava Chips

My mother used to make these cassava fries when I was younger and last week I made them for the first time. I had totally forgotten how good they tasted and promised myself, and my husband, to make them more often. They are delicious as a snack, or as part of a meal with vegetables and either fish or chicken.

In this recipe they are served as a snack, with homemade chilli sauce. Excellent!

Ingredients

2 fresh cassava or 2 packs of frozen cassava

0,5 cup sunflower oil

Peel the cassava and cut into 1 inch wide strips. Cook the cassava in boiling water for about 30 minutes, but make sure it is still has a firm texture.

Drain on paper towels.

Heat the oil in a skillet and fry the cassava until it is golden brown. Drain on paper towels and keep warm in the oven. You can also bake the cassava in the oven. Heat the oven to 250 degrees, place the cassava on a baking tray and pour olive oil over the cassava. Bake until the cassava is golden brown.

Then it’s time for the chilli sauce.

Ingredients

1tbs oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 onion, chopped

2 tomatoes, chopped

a few drops of Holy Fuck Sauce or ketchup if you don’t want it to be too spicy

sugar

Fry the cloves, add the onions and fry until golden brown. Then add the tomatoes, Holy Fuck/ ketchup and stir. Boil for a few minutes until it is thicker. Add sugar to taste and turn of the fire when the sugar is dissolved.

Pour the chilli sauce over the cassava fries.

Bon appetite!

Share our Meal

Every Monday-Wednesday I’m cooking a little extra for anyone who’d like to share our meal. Maybe you have to work late, don’t have the time to cook that day or you simply don’t know how to cook and are sick of ordering pizza’s. Well then I’m your lady because I love to cook and I’d gladly cook a little extra for you too. I always cook from scratch, and I use fresh ingredients in all of my meals.

You can email me on jessica@foxycooks.co.uk as soon as the menu is online and until 11 am on the day you’d like your meal. For the first few weeks you’ll have to pick up your meal at my house from 4.30 pm. I’ll give you my address once you’ve ordered your meal. Just to be clear: I live in Harringay, on the Ladder.

If the meal service takes off then I’ll hire someone to deliver the meals to all customers.

Introductory price: From next week Monday 12th March until Wednesday 14th March the price for a meal is 5 pounds per person. A family meal (2 adults, 2 children) is 15 pounds.

Menu for Monday 12th March until Wednesday 14th March!

Monday: Persian sweet and sour pumpkin and beef stew, served with rice.

Tuesday: Chicken Massaman curry with chicken, aubergine and Thai basil. Served with Jasmin rice.

Wednesday: Vegetarian Red Red stew made with red peppers and black eyed peas. This is a popular dish from Ghana. Served with fried plantains, rice, hot sauce and a cucumber salad. 

 

 

Looking for stall holders for a new market in Harringay!

My Saturdays are devoted to going to markets and I’ve nearly seen them all! Brixton, Ally Pally, Borough, Maltby Street, Hackney Homemade, Ridley Road, Brockley Market and Broadway Market, these are only a few of the markets I go to for my food shopping.

Since living in Harringay I’ve been wondering why there isn’t a decent market around here for people to do their food shopping, apart from Green Lanes with its mainly Turkish veg shops. Nothing wrong with these shops, but the thing is that a bit of variety won’t do any harm for the locals. I’m also getting a bit tired of the numerous kebab shops down Green Lanes and I’d like to give people an alternative, even though it’s only once a week.

And after weeks of pondering and discussing the idea of a local market with a few people, I decided it was time to set up Harringay’s own local food market. Since last Tuesday I’m looking for stallholders for this market which will feature local residents selling food, cakes, jams, bread etc. But hopefully also fruit and vegetables, meat and cheese. The idea is local food for locals in Harringay, but we’ll hopefully attract visitors from all over London too!

People in the area are really enthusiastic about the market, there’s a lengthy discussion going on on our local comunity website and people are very helpful too. I’ve already had a lot of people signing up for a stall but I’m still looking for fruit and veg producers, stalls selling organic meat, eggs and chicken, sausage makers, people selling hot food, ice-cream makers, beer and cider brewers, jewellery makers, artsy stallholders etc. As long as it’s homemade and you live in North London you’re more than welcome!

If you are interested then please send me an email on jessica@foxycooks.co.uk.

Details about the venue and prices for a stall are tba soon.

PS Check out this piece about me on the local community website Harringay Online

Pisang Goreng

This plantain snack is Indonesian originally, but it’s famous in Suriname too as there are a lot of Indo-Surinamese people living there. Thank God for that because I am absolutely in love with the Indo-Surinamese cuisine.

Pisang Goreng or ‘bakabana’ in Surinamese is easy, cheap and absolutely delicious! All you need for 8 pisangs are:

2 soft plantains. Make sure they are soft and entirely black on the outside.

50 gr flour

half ts of baking powder

pinch of salt

0,5 glas water

oil for deep-frying

Peel the plantains and make 4 slices out of each by cutting them sideways. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the middle and add water little by little to make a batter.

Coat the plantains in the batter. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the plantains until they are golden brown on both sides.

Remove them from the pan and drain them on paper towels.

You can dip them in peanut sauce (my fave option), spicy ketchup or chili sauce.

 

Camden Lock Market

Every Friday, from tomorrow, I’ll be serving delicious baguettes with pom, spicy bacalhau, sweet and spicy chicken with satay sauce and tempeh for you until 17.00hrs.

In a few weeks I’ll also start serving warm take way meals and your favorite home made ginger beer.

I’m very excited about it and I hope to see all of of you on Friday.

Do come and say hi!

Chatsworth Road Market

Every Sunday from 11-4 there is a small market on Chatsworth Road E5 in Hackney.

It’s not a very busy market and there aren’t a lot of stalls, but there is some pretty good food on offer here like Okonomiyaki, which I ate for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other food stalls on this market, which I didn’t try as I was so full after my Okonomiyaki, are amongst others ‘Kimchi Cult’ and ‘What the Dickens’. There are a few stalls selling vintage clothes, bric a brac, cake, cheese, organic meat, bread and flowers.

 

 

Don’t forget to take a look at the deli on the corner (forgot the name) and the little coffee shops around the market.

I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t a fruit and veg stall cause to me that’s essential on a market. To buy fruit and veg was also the main reason why I decided to go to Chatsworth Road yesterday in the first place.

Will I visit again? Probably in the summer when it’ll hopefully be a bit more lively.

 

 

Sauerkraut and nduja

In the winter season one of my favourite vegetables is sauerkraut and after discovering the delicious nduja only two weeks ago I thought it might be an idea to combine these two in a dish.

Sauerkraut is finely shredded cabage fermented in its own juice. It is very popular in Germany, Poland, Holand and France. In the UK it is available in the Polish shops, and sometimes even in Morrissons, Tesco and Sainbury’s!

In this dish I used a Brazilian sausage which I bought on Brixton market but you can use any other sausage you like.

Ingredients

2 sausages, sliced

2 small onions, thinly sliced

2 big scoops nduja

2 potatoes, in cubes

600gr sauerkraut, drained in a colander

2 scotch bonnets

300ml water

2ts sugar

Heat two tbs oil in a pan. Fry the sausages until golden brown and then ad the onions too. Add the nduja and keep stirring to prevent everything from sticking to the pan.

After two minutes add the potatoes and then the sauerkraut and scotch bonnets. Keep on stirring and mixing everything.

Add water and cook on low heat for about 30-40 minutes until the potatoes are done.

Add two ts sugar, stir for one last time and turn off the heat.

Serve with rice or potato mash. In Suriname we have our sauerkraut with rice and that’s just what I’m having tonight!

 

Brockley Market

Is absolutely gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finally went down to the SE to visit this market last Saturday. It was a bit of an epic journey as I travelled 1,5 hrs from Harringay to the market (on an empty stomach!) but I have to admit that it was definitely worth it!

I discovered some new traders like Mike and Ollie and their amazing smoked mackarel wrap

Luardos’ Carnitas,

Mother Flipper’s hamburgers,

 and Red Herring (cassoulet) too and I had my first ever Scotch Egg which was actually very good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brockley Market started last September so it is still quite young and there are about 15 stalls selling hot food (burgers/ tortillas/ cassoulet etc), vegetables, fruit, potatoes (bought me some delicious La Ratte potatoes) and glutenfree goodies from Sugargrain.

There’s a nice vibe on the market, not very busy like Borough or Broadway, although there are quite long queues in front of the more popular food stalls. Not good if you’re very hungry!

Must say that I overheard a lot of people saying that they thought that the hot food was too pricey and I must admit that Brockley does attract a certain public.

 

 I’ll definitely be back soon (Mother Flipper’s burgers are calling my name!!!)

A weekend in Wales

P and I just spend a lovely weekend in Wales with friends who live in Bala, North Wales.

Highlights of our trip were catching up with friends,

The beautiful scenery,

 

Our friend Rachel’s delicious home cooked meals

 

And shopping at the Rhug farmshop, my absolute favourite place near Bala. You can buy everything from their delicious Organic meat (also available at Borough Market), Welsh cakes, beer, cider, bread, you name it. On top of  all this they sell delicious burgers too!

On our way home we passed a sign leading us to a small farmshop selling Rosie’s home brewed cider. Pure bliss!