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Overview Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
Since childhood I've been having a love affair with food from across Africa. My Ghanaian father used to bring home strange and exotic ingredients such as Kenkey, Shito, Tilapia, Smoked fishes of all varieties and he would cook them - mostly for himself, to get that comforting taste of home. I used to hang around him in the kitchen, quizzing him on the names of the ingredients and where they were from, picking from his plate. Partly to connect with him, partly I realised over time, cooking and eating Ghanaian food was a way for me to connect with his home too. Without any extended Ghanaian family in London this part of my mixed heritage (my mother is Irish) was foreign to me. Food was my entry point to exploring this side of my identity and I fell in love with Dad's version of Groundnut Soup - which later became my Peanut Butter Stew, now a signature dish on my menu.
All my life I've cooked this dish when I needed nourishment, comfort and a taste of home - also cooking it for friends who would continuously pester "when are you going to cook that peanut butter stew again?" This passion for cooking for people and sharing the flavours of Ghana led to the creation of the West African food adventure which has become Zoe'a Ghana Kitchen.
Since 2010 I've established a successful casual dining restaurant in Brixton, a busy Streetfood & Event Catering business and I have been lucky enough to write a cookbook of traditional recipes I have re-mixed for the modern kitchen, enabling more people than ever to join the African food adventure with me and explore flavours from Ghana in a way they can incorporate into every day cooking. My mission has been to enable as many people as possible to have access to this amazing food and culture and I hope you find this cookbook delivers that opportunity.
Unit 36 Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Road, London, United Kingdom