Tay shared recipes from her mother and grandmother, originally from the Punjab region on the Pakistan/ India border. Highlights included spicy potato & pea samosas and Spiced Aubergine & Tomato - light but very additive! Garlic chicken with red peppers was light and zingy - not words you'd often associate with a curry sadly in the UK. Dhal was textbook classic and the naan breads were home baked. The yoghurt cake and cardamom cream produced yums and sighs!
All dishes were presented in serving dishes just like dinner or Sunday lunch at home. Guests served each other, passed plates around, pulled corks and popped beer bottles. More than one guest brought very appropriate India Pale Ales.
We were very pleased to welcome our first volunteer, Michele Martin, who worked embarrassingly hard and effectively ran the whole show - for which I am very grateful! Michele called the service, tracking veggie and non veggie dishes out on the back of a napkin, served and cleared tables and did all the washing up and still had a massive smile on her face!
We are looking to reach out to more potential volunteers, in particular young adults looking for some work experience and a taste of a busy night in a restaurant type environment, so if you know of people who'd like to get some work experience at a CanTeen event, please put them in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
It was great to meet so many CanTeen supporters, and to hear your various tales as to how you found out about Penge Community CanTeen and why you support it. Thanks for your support. Please share this post and spread the word :)
If you'd like to showcase some home-cooking of your own - with the CanTeen crew providing all the kitchen muscle - do get in touch and book a date. The recipes from tonight will be appearing here in our recipe section, and one day hopefully in our very own CanTeen CookBook.
Our next pop-up date has not yet been confirmed but looks like being April 13th. Book here on our Pop-Ups page. Hope to see you all back soon!
We will also be sharing our feedback survey results from last night's pop-up: thanks to all of you who've shared the feedback to help us improve. If you have not shared it yet, there is still time!