Taste of London (not that one)

I’m not talking about the annual restaurant festival in Regent’s Park, but a project by an art student called Junior Monney (awesome name), who’s studying graphic design at The University of The Arts. The idea of the project is that Junior visits Londoners in their own homes and they cook him a meal and have a little chat about their own food history. He therefore builds up a picture of the stories behind food choices. This of course encompasses culture, personal experience, individual taste and the practical and emotional. He said he had some difficulty with the project as most people were wary of letting a stranger into their home. Me being a person who meets people ‘off the internet’ all the time however, invited him right in without question and crossed my fingers he wasn’t an axe murderer.

Turned out he was just a really lovely bloke. Phew. I’d decided to make him some of my salt fish fritters; they’re simple, Peckham-themed and – being finger food – dodge the major problem that is me not having a dining table. What a right royal pain in the rear that is. I also had another motive though, which was to update the recipe with an accompanying sweetcorn salsa.

I served them with a spicy tomato sauce last time, which was nice, but no match for those juicy sweet kernels. Mint, coriander and lime juice kept it fresh. Junior seemed to enjoy them anyway, and even took one home for his mum. I told you he was a lovely bloke.

We had fun cooking, eating, filming, drinking beer and taking pictures of each other taking pictures. If you want to see the films that Junior made then go here – there’s a woman cooking some frankly rather massive rhubarb; beef bourguinon with a Caribbean twist; some interesting photos of Vaisakhi celebrations in Southall and a vegan guy cooking Trinidadian oxtail soup for his family.

The film about my fritters is on that home page too. Personally, I can’t bear to watch it because I think I look and sound weird, which bodes well for my upcoming film updates for my Big Peckham Lunch. The flipcam has arrived, and I’m ready to roll. These things can only get easier, I assume. Even if you feel the need to mute my rambling though,  there’s some footage of Peckham Rye on there which is worth a gander. Did I mention I love Peckham?* Oh right.

An excellent idea for a project I think you’ll agree; I’m very pleased to have been able to help out with it. People and food are surely the two best things to be interested in and I’m filled with confidence that Junior will breeze through that degree and then some. I wish him the very best of luck.


Sweetcorn Salsa to go with Salt Fish Fritters

I er, didn’t write anything down. I used a large tin of sweetcorn, which I drained and heated in a dry pan first, until the liquid cooked off and it started to toast and colour; a small handful each coriander and mint leaves, chopped; 1/2 a red bell pepper, diced; 1/2 a red chilli, chopped and the juice of 1 lime. Mix it all together. Oh and salt and pepper. I think that’s it. Taste and adjust, that’s the way to do it.

* I was very pleased to see my love of Peckham in print in The Times last week – see crumpled piece of paper below.

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15 Responses to “Taste of London (not that one)”

  1. Lizzie

    Awesome. I am so pleased all this Peckhamness is getting some recognition!

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  3. Chris

    Well done on the Times thing! Those salt cod fritters look ace

  4. msmarmitelover

    Well deserved mention in the Times and you look lovely in that picture…

  5. Dangerous Variable

    Cool… I would like to invite him as well. Almost every Wednesdays or Thursdays, my colleague and I will share our lunch which we themed as A Taste of Home Cooking. Each of us bring a dish which is prepared at home to share with our other colleagues who are doing the same. It has caught on.

  6. Jeanne @ CookSister!

    Gorgeous photo of you :) And great that you were able to take part in this interesting project. Love the idea of toasting the corn for the salsa!

  7. Wen

    Great photo of you! And lovely mention in the Times. All the best for the big Peckham lunch. Great community initiative, hope it sparks similar efforts in other neighbourhoods

  8. shayma

    well done, helen. so well-deserved. absolutely adore your blog. x shayma

  9. gastrogeek

    Awww I loves it!! That Junior seems to be a thoroughly upstanding young man. Nice one on the Times thingy and all.

  10. James

    Wait a minute – a project where someone cooks something for you? Some people have got it made…..

  11. Helen

    Thanks everyone! Yes I agree James, he’s onto a winner for sure. Smart kid.

  12. Esther

    These look AMAZING

  13. KSalty

    This project sounds like a wonderful idea – will definitely check out some of his films.

  14. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    That is just way too cool, Helen!

  15. knit nurse

    Thanks for the salt cod fritter recipe. I made them last week and they were declared ‘almost as good as my mum’s’ by my partner. The project is a great idea, I’m looking forward to browsing the films.

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