Followers of this place and my general witterings around the internets are probably quite aware that I’m born’n'bread in North London. From Cockfosters to Southgate to Enfield Chase; with a brief stint in Barnet, and another in North Cyprus. Aside Ma’, R and a few others, the main reason I like these areas is because there are local shops where you can say “Hello mate, how you doing?”. I only go into the big-shops when i’m being all moody and don’t want any kind of human interaction; I put my headphones on, hood up on my hoody, and basically become a petulant teenager SLASH eminem-in-8-mile…. “Just put it in the bag and let me fuck off”. But when you have local shop keepers, local producers of food, local markets, then you can meet some amazing and wonderful people. Please don’t get me wrong, the staff in my Tescos are all pretty safe people, i’m sure they have families and friends, it’s just that they lack passion in what they do.
So this is why I’m completely loving my new local Cafe / Pop-up shop. Michelangelos at the moment. I was sitting here having my Friday Night Shubos or Shabas or whatever (which for me means Tablets, Hollyoaks, Bath, Galaxy Chocolate and a bit of cooking or a take away), a bit bored and dull, and I spot this, and go to check it out.
By coincidence, I was down Poisson in Cockfosters this morning anyway, contemplating these very sauces, so the chance to try them out without having to buy a ton was right up my ally.
A bit about Bim.
I found it really interesting talking to Nicola, who is the Misses behind the Husband’n'Wife team of Bim’s Kitchen. I can’t remember when exactly, but I think they started making their sauces about 5 years ago, using really interesting and different products. The main thing you have to keep in mind with these, is that [I think] because Africa is so geographically expansive and tribal, you don’t really get National Dishes in the same way you do in the West (or should I say ‘North’ ?). Where as in Italy they pride themselves on regional food and everyone perfecting the same ricepy; in Africa you “Do what you want”. Sure, the base is the same, flatbread is flatbread, but in some areas they’d stuff it with Cashews, in others they’d use Seasimi Seeds. And so, this food is what Bim likes, and what Bim likes is very nice.
A bit about the Sorss.
I didn’t try all the sauces, some of them I knew would blow my head off with chilli, and i’m wimp on these things. They rank their sauces by “Yellow”, “Orange” and “Red” pictures of Africa. I absolutly loved the yellow and orange ones, especially the BBQ flavoured ones. I think i’m going to use some this weekend. My absolute favorite though was the yellow-stickered “AFrican Lemon, Garlic & Pepper Sauce”. They had a “Coconut and Cashew nut” one that I think I liked, but will need to buy a bottle and investigate futher.
Finally, they have a sauce with a Red Africa with a black lightening bolt through it, which I’ve bought for R, as she loves a bit of BlowYourHeadOff.
Award winning – Look out for this.
Charlie loves his African Zing Zing.
Loads in stock at Michalngios
This one’s for R.
These are amazing, especially the BBQ one.
Coconut and Cashew nuts – Quite nice, but not my fave.
Yellow, Orange and Red…. and Red with Lightening for those with metal tastebuds. Orange was about right for me; but i’m a wimp.
Nicola – The Other Half of Bim’s Kitchen.
Gift boxes !