Monday, October 26, 2015
Rennie Happy Eating with Sorted Food
I love a good bit of youtube watching. I often get stuck in loops, where Beyoncé's 'Flawless' runs into vintage JayZ into a TV clip, then a quote from a movie and so on. These loops can take some interesting turns and are how I've found some of my favourite youtube creators and vloggers.
A group whose videos I always look forward to are the boys from Sorted Food, who specialise in inventive, fun food that's accessible and served up with plenty of fun and chat. I've tried a few of their creations before, so when I got an email inviting me to an event they were part of I was very much looking forward to meeting them and getting a glimpse behind the scenes of their cooking.
The event was in conjunction with Rennie, which I think is a great brand/creator combo. Anyone who loves their food knows all too well the feeling you can get when you've overindulged - great flavours aside you can sometimes end up feeling a little bloated, heartburn-y or worse for wear!The hashtag for the event was #renniehappyeating - I think happy eating is something we can all aspire to.
The event was hosted in trendy Shoreditch. I almost ended up in the wrong event entirely - a gaggle of teenage girls were waiting outside the venue for the band 5 Seconds of Summer, who were recording in the studio next door, and I almost got caught up in their frenzy! Once I'd sussed out which entrance was the correct one I was whisked up to a beautiful, big room with a fabulous kitchen in one corner where the boys would be demo-ing their creations.
While we waited for the main events we were treated to delicious canapes and glittery cocktails from Christabels. I was utterly inspired by the latter and feel I should warn my acquaintances now that my Christmas cocktails this year are likely to cotain lashings of edible glitter! So pretty. I had some great conversation with lovely bloggers I've chatted with before and met some lovely new bloggers too!
After a pleasant half hour or so of mingling, it was time to enjoy the cooking. The savoury course was fried chicken with pandan pancakes. I have opinions on fried chicken (grandmother from the South, y'all) and I only like good, moist, well done fried chicken. I cannot abide the oily nonsense served up as fried chicken in many takeaways! I'm pleased to say the Sorted Food boys brought their 'A' game and the chicken was great; succulent, juicy meat and crunchy, flavoursome coating. The pandan pancakes were a fab new discovery - I hadn't heard of the ingredient before and loved the subtle nutty flavour it loaned to the dish as well as the unusual mint-green tinge it added to the pancakes!
For afters we had churros with a coffee-chocolate sauce. I need very little prompting when it comes to churros, and I was so impressed with how Ben (the trained chef within the Sorted team) broke down the techniques and method to make what can be a fiddly recipe more accessible. The churros were crisp and delicious and the sauce rich and dark. Perfect street food! After the churros were made (and devoured!) we had a fun Q & A before ten of the bloggers were enrolled in the Mystery Box challenge.....
Thank you very much to Rennie for inviting me and to the Sorted Food gentlemen for a fun and stimulating evening.
If you'd like to try the fried chciken or the churros for yourself, the recipes can be found by clicking through:
Fried Chicken and Pandan Pancakes
Churros with Chocolate Coffee Sauce