Carotino Palm Oil

Enter The Carotino Palm Oil Food Contest

Carotino palm oil

Carotino palm oil

Don’t miss out on this exciting contest that we’re running in collaboration with the great folks at Carotino palm oil and FabAfriq Magazine.

This food contests is for anyone who has a passion for African cooking and is based in the UK or Europe.

Have your recipe published in FabAfriq magazine and win some great prizes!

Send an email to with an image OR video of your favourite African dish cooked using palm oil* along with a recipe and LIKE The Carotino on facebook.

All Entrants recipes will be placed on Carotino facebook page.

Encourage your friends to vote by liking your image/video and recipe on the Carotino Facebook Page.

Tweet @CarotinoRedoil using the hashtag #carotinofoodcontest

The recipe with the most likes will win!

*Top Tip

You can use any palm oil but if you would like to use Carotino to prepare your food, we can send you a list of suppliers based on your area of resident.

Winners will be announced on The FabAfriq Site  and Carotino Facebook page and the “Who’s For Dinner?” blog

  • The Winner’s recipe and picture will be published in FabAfriq magazine print and website ( as well as on The “Who’s For Dinner?” Blog.
  • Cash price of £50  (or European equivalent) and Carotino palm oil
  • 2 x Runners Up – Bottle of Carotino palm oil

Contest deadline for entries is October 3rd 2014 5pm.

All votes will be counted on October 10th 2014 5pm (any votes received after this time will not be counted).

About Carotino Palm Oil

Carotino Healthier Palm Oil, is a vitamin-rich blend of red palm fruit oil and rapeseed oil. Unlike some low grade, unhealthy and impure cooking oil in the market, Carotino has a very high production standard, is ethically sourced and is produced in a controlled hygienic condition.

Healthy Palm Oil

Healthy Palm Oil

Indian Delicacies at Desi Restaurant

Catching up with friends in new places is always fun for me.  As you know as long as I can find a way to get to a place I don’t moan about distance or area. So when my friend suggested Sunday lunch in Gray’s I jumped at the chance. I don’t get to visit Essex very often and it is a lovely county (despite that reality TV show).

Desi Restaurant does a really good buffet lunch deal for £8.95, all you can eat and includes a starter. I’m not usually a fan of buffets but as we got there early it was freshly cooked and I could see the steam rising from the dishes as they set the buffet section up.

There were a variety of curries, sides and salads, all freshly prepared. I had a chicken korma and lamb jalfrezi with plain nan and rice. They tasted good, not necessarily the best curries in the world but they were decent. Mildly flavoured with good quality sauce, it was a good deal for a good Sunday Meal. I probably would have liked mine spicier and with more of a kick. My favourite part of the meal was the starter with the Chicken tikka, Sheek Kebab, onion bhaji and samosa. They were flavoursome and a great way to start the meal.

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I didn’t even manage to get seconds, I was full after this serving but it was still great value.

Buffet Main - Various Curries

Buffet Main – Various Curries

Perfect for:

  • Sunday lunch
  • Catching up with friends

#Culinarybeats with Aloe Blacc

The Culinary Beats series of films is produced in collaboration with Citi Finance Group to feature musicians and food businesses as a way of showcasing the best of both worlds. Obviously there is Citi bank message at the start of the film but aside from that, this dining experience film featuring Aloe Blacc is pretty cool.

Aloe Blacc and his friends are reunited when clandestine supper club, Stag Dining, brings their innovative dining experience to Los Angeles.

I love the fact that one of my favourite foods, plantain is featured in the film. The plantain dish they create on this episode looks delicious!

Over a meal inspired by Aloe’s Panamanian roots, they catch up and talk about life, food and of course music before treating guests to a great performance from Aloe.

Watch Part 1 below and enjoy some great #culinarybeats

Photo by Chryssa Panoussiadou

FOOD EVENT ‘Greece Welcomes You in London’

Greek cuisine is absolutely divine; the oils, the olives, the seafood, the dips…everything about it evokes the beauty of the Mediterranean. It’s great to know that London’s biggest Greek ‘Feastival’ will be taking place from October 31st until November 2nd 2014. I’ll be there with an empty stomach so make sure you book yourself a ticket before they sell out.

Photo by Chryssa Panoussiadou

Photo by Chryssa Panoussiadou

Where: Olympia National Hall


Single adult ticket (one day) starts at £8.50

Single adult ticket for all 4 days starts at £17.50

VIP tickets are available starting from £10.75

Children go free! (12 yrs and under)

For all bookings and for ticket confirmation, please visit:

Photo by Chryssa Panoussiadou

Photo by Chryssa Panoussiadou

‘Greece Welcomes You in London’ exhibition invites you to embrace the culture, food, energy and excitement of the Mediterranean for four days this winter.

Opening on the 31st October at the Olympia National Hall, Hammersmith, an enticing combination of celebratory banquets, traditional-style market stalls and live cookery demonstrations and tastings, will tempt your taste buds with every step.

Grab the little ones (under 12s have free entry!) and indulge in the array of delicious delicacies, take a stroll down the ‘streets’ of Greece, sample signature produce or sit down and relax in an enchanting taverna.

The Grecian cuisine is renowned for pioneering some of the healthiest and tastiest flavours, after all Archestratus’ first-ever recipe book paved the way for what we find on the shelves today. The country, on account of the everlasting sunshine is responsible for being the biggest producer of extra virgin olive oil, with olives, feta cheese and Ouzo also popular products. Whether you’re familiar with the culture and history or not, this is a food-fuelled festival, not to be missed!

Photo by Chryssa Panoussiadou

Photo by Chryssa Panoussiadou

From large international brands to independent, artisan producers, you’ll discover all the signature Greek products among fresh, contemporary alternatives.

Photo by Chryssa Panoussiadou

Photo by Chryssa Panoussiadou

Test your culinary skills, create dishes with the guidance of top chefs from across the Mediterranean and unearth ancient recipes to take home and enjoy. Offering a full sensory experience from the moment you walk through the door, you can also join in with Greek dancers, learn traditional moves and rejoice in the cultural music.

Photo by Chryssa Panoussiadou 4For more information on the exhibition, visit:

Hot Dog Heaven in Giraffe

I like Giraffes.

They’re very cute.

A cute giraffe

A cute giraffe

Just adorable…

But enough about cute Giraffes.

I wanted to give a quick shout out to Giraffe, the family friendly restaurant chain. I recently took my Godson to the Westfield Stratford site for lunch. I ordered a “Chimi-Chow-Chow” all beef Hot Dog with melting manchego, tangy chow-chow onions, green chilli chimichurri & skin on fries, its on;y £6.75 during their lunchtime special and it’s great value. I found the hotdog bun to be a little disappointing, a touch too hard, not as fresh as I would have liked it but the Hot Dog itself was delicious with the spiciness of the chimchurri sauce.

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Chow-Chow Hotdog

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Lunch at Giraffe

It’s a family friendly, easy to follow menu with good value food and decent service. Nice for a nice lunch with friends and family.

Global Parmigiano Reggiano Night Competition: #dinnertogether


From 24th September – 16th October, Parmigiano Reggiano is running a Twitter competition asking users to create an original dish using Parmigiano Reggiano and only two other ingredients. Consumers will be asked to tweet the photo and title of their recipe (mentioning the chosen ingredients) and including the Global Night hashtag #dinnertogether and @DialogueAgency and @LRF_2014 handles.

Three finalists will be invited to a Global Parmigiano Reggiano Night event on 25th October at The House of Peroni where their resident Head Chef will then re-create the dishes into canapés and all guests will vote for their favourite. The winner will be announced after the event and receive 2 tickets to the LRF Awards Ceremony on 27th October.

For full competition T&C’s click here.