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Cooking at GTBANK Food & Drink Fair

It was a spectacular feast in Lagos, Nigeria, where I was invited by GTBank to host a masterclass. This was a special event in its second year, where sme’s and wonderful African and Nigerian made food and drink is celebrated.  What an honour it was to share my recipes with everyone, especially over five hundred of whom sat in the theatre for my masterclass. It was the perfect season for fresh fruits especially mangoes which starred in my recipe and will star in my menus all summer, as I do love cooking with such wonderful and seasonal fruits.   A host of wonderful Nigerian and international chefs and food personalities like Brian Malarkey, Jehan Powell, Raphael Oduntoye of La Petite Maison on Mayfair, Chef Eros and others hosted masterclasses to the delight of those who got those hot seats! I cooked steamed fish in green leaves, my African inspired poisson en papillote, with a sweet and spicy mango purée and my ‘skinny’ spinach. I’ll be sharing the complete recipes soon. You will love it especially …

Happy International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange 2017

I love Women! Incredible women like my mother who nurtures me, still, who teaches me to be wise, delicate yet powerful, empowers me to be ambitious…the wonderful women I meet on my journey, from the mango tree market in Kodo village, in Northern Nigeria, to the Shea butter co-operatives I discover and the hardworking women farming and creating foods that inspire and nourish my body, mind & soul! She’s an icon! The woman selling mangoes by the bushes, pounding away to feed her children, to secure their future.  #BeBoldForChange  # IWD2017  I pray for us all to reach within for the incredible strength we were created with to inspire, to teach, to lead and to nurture. This year the campaign theme for International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange Be the change that you want, by being fair, ambitious, supportive and inspiring. Be bold, be brave and be the strong woman you were born to be! 💓Happy International Women’s Day to all women of the world!

An African afternoon tea is coming to London | Restaurants | Going Out | London Evening Standard

All smiles this lovely monday morning with this feature of my new pop-up, #AfricanAfternoonTea at LERATO LONDON in the London Evening Standard. It has been quite a journey to get to this point. I am looking forward to expressing my love for food to a wide audience and taking African food and culture to a really big stage.  Every step I have taken has been challenging and a learning curve and I am moving with full steam towards achieving my dreams of feeding the world. My African Afternoon Tea is creating a lot of buzz in the UK after the launch in Eastbourne at The Cookshelf. Now we are approaching the launch of Lerato London in London!! Haha I will be sharing images of some treats from my menu on the run up to launch date on the 11th of September. Do follow me to see more of what you can enjoy at this special event coming to London.  I look forwars to meeting you all and sharing the wonderful gift of food together.Please spread the …

African Afternoon Tea at LERATO LONDON.

The first of its kind, a marriage of the vibrancy of Africa with traditional English decorum.     As seen in the London Evening Standard.   LERATO LONDON launches with African Afternoon Tea on 11th September 2016 For private events & celebrations around East Sussex & London click here.    BOOK here for pop-up. AFRICAN AFTERNOON TEA MENU                               Champagne SAVOURY Homemade Honey Butter Rolls with Strawberry & Tomato Jam My answer to the great British scone. Reminiscent of my childhood in Lagos, savouring soft sweet bread with tomato sauce for light lunch. Vegan rolls with almond butter. Lagos Angus Pie / Lagos Portobello Pie Organic Aberdeen Angus, heritage potatoes, Jos pepper. An ode to the moreish Nigerian meat pies. A staple in every home and at every occasion. Vegan portobello pie with leeks, portobello mushrooms, lovage.  Akara Tarts Steam baked honey beans, roasted peppers. Traditional west African bean fritters known as ‘Akara’. Prawn Suya Rolls African summer rolls of prawns grilled with aromatic ‘suya’ spices (a popular …

Cooking Classes & Supperclub to launch at The Cookshelf, East Sussex.

Fresh from my cooking adventures in Nigeria, I am now back in England and I have brought lots of inspiration for marvellous food! The African flare for spice and flavour and the colourful seasonal produce in England and the continent celebrate a real marriage of cultures in my cooking. What better place to embark on my mission to enchant with food, than my lovely home on the south coast of England. It is nice to be back in Eastbourne, also known as the suntrap of the United Kingdom, just in time to enjoy the Great British ‘Summer’. The Cookshelf, a much loved cookery school in the middle of town have given me a warm welcome and we have exciting plans for the coming months. I am hosting a series of cooking classes and pop-up events to share my secrets for easy gourmet home cooking using inspiration from old family favourites combined with local produce. At these feasts I will also introduce food lovers to the wonders of African food, delightful servings from the North, Southern regions and …

LIVE twitter chat with me & The Guardian Newspaper

The lovely people at The Guardian Nigeria are hosting a live twitter chat with me. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with our readers, talk to you in person and if you have been enjoying my weekly column in the newspaper or online, perhaps you have a burning question you would like to ask me!  Join us and please use hashtags #TGNTweetChat #LeratoOnTheGuardian  It’s a date!  Date: 26th May 2016 Time: 1pm GMT Venue: Twitter Twitter handles: leratotomato, GuardianNigeria My new recipes can be found weekly in The Guardian. Make them your own, comment and share your story with me and other foodies.