We don’t like to toot our own horn too much but every now and again you get a review which puts a smile right across your face and just want to share. This happened the other day when the rather lovely Femi Keeling, whose wedding we were lucky enough to cater for recently, posted this on Google. Our thanks again to Femi for letting us share her big day and for taking the time to talk up out Jerk skills – we loved it! Here’s what she had to say:
I wanted Caribbean food at my wedding but all of the quotes I received were way outside of my budget. I was pulling my hair out and was very close to having to abandon my plan and do something else. Then I remembered Rhythm Kitchen where I always eat when I’m in Westfield Stratford (BBQ chicken, rice and fried plantain, as you’re asking) and thought I’d see if they do catering. I was so happy to find that they do!
On the wedding day we had BBQ chicken, curry goat, escovitch fish, rice, macaroni pie, fried plantain, coleslaw, and salad. We ate well! Everyone got their belly full! Everyone we talked to on the day (and since) commented on how delicious the food was, and many of them had seconds. Truth is we always remember the food at a wedding (good or bad), and Rhythm Kitchen ensured my guests’ memories will be happy ones. In addition to delivering wonderful cuisine on the day, Rhythm Kitchen were nothing but professional throughout the process. It was stress-free, and I knew I was in capable hands so didn’t need to worry. If you’re in Westfield Stratford, there is only one place to eat, and if you’re looking for a Caribbean caterer for your event you really won’t find better food at a more reasonable rate. I highly recommend them!
Wah gwaan! Heard about our new loyalty app, right? The one which gives you points every time you use it – points which add up to free drinks, food and more!
No? Lucky you! That means you can sign up and get £5 on us to start you off! If you’re up for it you can download for iPhone right here and Android right here – then we get to giving you things!
You know how we like to cook, how we like to mix it up – so this month it’s all about what dem call Fusion Cookery, or what we call making something good even better with a likkle bit of Jerk! Here’s how we make our Jerk Chow Mein:
Pack of medium or fine egg noodles
3 cloves of garlic
2 thinly cut carrots
2 or 3 x thinly cut spring onion
¼ cabbage shredded or thinly cut
1 thinly cut green, red and yellow bell peppers
Pre-cooked jerk meat of your choice, cut into bite sizes pieces.
Heat wok/frying pan on a medium flame then add oil and cook until oil starts to sizzle.
Add ginger, garlic and jerk marinade & fry for 1-2 minutes
Add pre-cooked meat of your choice and cook for approx 3-4 mins Or you can cook from raw ensure the meat is cut thinly and increase cooking time to ensure meat is cooked thoroughly.
Add all the vegetables and cook for 2-3 mins stir to ensure they are evenly cooked.
Add the noodles and cook for a further 2 mins
Add chicken stock and cook for 2-3 minutes and stir continually to ensure everything is coated with the sauce
The noodles should be firm not mushy and the vegetables should be crunchy, but not hard.
…an’ that’s it!
2017 is the 30th year of Black History Month in the UK and that’s something which can be both celebrated – 30 years of highlighting the contributions made by so many great black men and women – and questioned: if there is to be true equality, why would we separate black history from the rest of world history?
This is the sort of question it’s important to keep hold of but we’re holding firm to celebrating the achievements of people who have been in many cases overshadowed or half-forgotten despite taking humanity forward in so many ways. It also gives us a chance to explore the way the African diaspora has shaped the world, to take a closer look at the way black people have created diverse cultures and influenced so many others. If all this feels a bit heavy, it doesn’t have to – heritage and culture are just other words for living a life informed by the broader community and it can be as simple as the way we mix our spices to an old family recipe or as complex and thought-provoking as the way that black music has shaped pretty much everything you hear on the radio today – and how much of that music was born out of oppression and privation.
We’re going to be spending this month with one eye on the past, shining a light on great black men and women who have gone before us, but the other on the future and how black history is world history. Be great to hear what you think, share with us here or on our social media – this is about all of us!