Saturday, 16 March 2013

Food: Diesel interviews Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen......

DIESEL’S 10 QUESTIONS: ZOE’S GHANA KITCHEN
This week we caught up with Zoe Adjonyoh, founder and creator of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, an experimental restaurant in Hackney that merges a contemporary dining experience with home spun, home cooked, delicious Ghanaian food. The pop-up restaurant’s laid back vibe creates a wonderful ambience that allows you to truly appreciate the finest, freshest tastes of traditional Ghana; and for a second, lets you forget that you’re dining in the heart of East London. Zoe will be teaming up with Diesel Village from the 17th-22nd March, so keep an eye out on our social pages for ways to get involved! 
1.How did the idea come about for Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen? It started as a very small pop-up stand at Hackney Wick Arts Festival one year and the demand was so high (people were queuing around the block for my peanut butter stew), that the following year I turned my live/work studio into a Ghanaian restaurant! Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen was born. I kept popping up more often as people seemed to really enjoy the food and atmosphere we had created. It’s grown phenomenally from there in the last year, with a regular night in London and Berlin and lots of events and guest chef appearances. It’s great!
2. What or who inspires you?
 
Each day brings a different inspiration for different reasons.
 3.What’s your favourite dish on the menu? You can only pick one!
My all time favourite is ‘Nkatenkwan.’ Sometimes known as Groundnut Stew, my version of the recipe is called “Peanut Butter Stew” with spicy scotch bonnet, infused peanut loveliness with melt in the mouth lamb and sweet fried plantains. Boom! It’s delicious and reminds me of my childhood. 4. If you could choose one person on the planet to pop into your restaurant, who would it be?
Zadie Smith, so we could have a natter about books, or Gordon Ramsey to see his reaction to my food! 5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I’d like to open a space that is a Kitchen Kollective - where pop-ups can rotate and use the space, which would double as a live music venue and bookshop. I’d be travelling and writing and running the space remotely, occasionally popping home and to Berlin to do Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. Maybe I’d have a recipe book and some products out there to spread Ghana Food love! 6. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Too hard! There’s so much good food from so many parts of the world, I couldn’t limit myself to just one. I guess it depends where I was in the world… 7. What saying or motto would you say you live by?
“It will be what it will be, but you won’t know until you try.” 8. If you could change shoes, just for the day, who would you be and why?
Zadie Smith, because she inspires me as a writer and I’d like to see what it’s like to live like the writer she is.
 9. What’s your description of success?
Happy self, friends, family and customers. 
 10. How will you be spending your time throughout the Studio Africa project?
Cooking up a Ghana storm! Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is cooking for the Chop Bar in Regent Street from 17th - 22nd March and I’m looking forward to bringing Ghanaian cuisine and a dash of culture to a new audience. That’s what Ghana Kitchen is all about!


Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: I stumbled across the following via Ghana Rising fave, Dj Akua Afram Facebook page about Zoe's Ghana Kitchen (see past posts) on the Diesel Tumblr and just had to share…. Enjoy


DIESEL’S 10 QUESTIONS: ZOE’S GHANA KITCHEN
This week we caught up with Zoe Adjonyoh, founder and creator of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, an experimental restaurant in Hackney that merges a contemporary dining experience with home spun, home cooked, delicious Ghanaian food. The pop-up restaurant’s laid back vibe creates a wonderful ambience that allows you to truly appreciate the finest, freshest tastes of traditional Ghana; and for a second, lets you forget that you’re dining in the heart of East London. Zoe will be teaming up with Diesel Village from the 17th-22nd March, so keep an eye out on our social pages for ways to get involved! 
1.How did the idea come about for Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen? It started as a very small pop-up stand at Hackney Wick Arts Festival one year and the demand was so high (people were queuing around the block for my peanut butter stew), that the following year I turned my live/work studio into a Ghanaian restaurant! Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen was born. I kept popping up more often as people seemed to really enjoy the food and atmosphere we had created. It’s grown phenomenally from there in the last year, with a regular night in London and Berlin and lots of events and guest chef appearances. It’s great!
2. What or who inspires you?
 
Each day brings a different inspiration for different reasons.
 3.What’s your favourite dish on the menu? You can only pick one!
My all time favourite is ‘Nkatenkwan.’ Sometimes known as Groundnut Stew, my version of the recipe is called “Peanut Butter Stew” with spicy scotch bonnet, infused peanut loveliness with melt in the mouth lamb and sweet fried plantains. Boom! It’s delicious and reminds me of my childhood. 4. If you could choose one person on the planet to pop into your restaurant, who would it be?
Zadie Smith, so we could have a natter about books, or Gordon Ramsey to see his reaction to my food! 5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I’d like to open a space that is a Kitchen Kollective - where pop-ups can rotate and use the space, which would double as a live music venue and bookshop. I’d be travelling and writing and running the space remotely, occasionally popping home and to Berlin to do Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. Maybe I’d have a recipe book and some products out there to spread Ghana Food love! 6. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Too hard! There’s so much good food from so many parts of the world, I couldn’t limit myself to just one. I guess it depends where I was in the world… 7. What saying or motto would you say you live by?
“It will be what it will be, but you won’t know until you try.” 8. If you could change shoes, just for the day, who would you be and why?
Zadie Smith, because she inspires me as a writer and I’d like to see what it’s like to live like the writer she is.
 9. What’s your description of success?
Happy self, friends, family and customers. 
 10. How will you be spending your time throughout the Studio Africa project?
Cooking up a Ghana storm! Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is cooking for the Chop Bar in Regent Street from 17th - 22nd March and I’m looking forward to bringing Ghanaian cuisine and a dash of culture to a new audience. That’s what Ghana Kitchen is all about!


DIESEL’S 10 QUESTIONS: ZOE’S GHANA KITCHEN
This week we caught up with Zoe Adjonyoh, founder and creator of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, an experimental restaurant in Hackney that merges a contemporary dining experience with home spun, home cooked, delicious Ghanaian food. The pop-up restaurant’s laid back vibe creates a wonderful ambience that allows you to truly appreciate the finest, freshest tastes of traditional Ghana; and for a second, lets you forget that you’re dining in the heart of East London. Zoe will be teaming up with Diesel Village from the 17th-22nd March, so keep an eye out on our social pages for ways to get involved! 
1.How did the idea come about for Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen? It started as a very small pop-up stand at Hackney Wick Arts Festival one year and the demand was so high (people were queuing around the block for my peanut butter stew), that the following year I turned my live/work studio into a Ghanaian restaurant! Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen was born. I kept popping up more often as people seemed to really enjoy the food and atmosphere we had created. It’s grown phenomenally from there in the last year, with a regular night in London and Berlin and lots of events and guest chef appearances. It’s great!
2. What or who inspires you?
 
Each day brings a different inspiration for different reasons.
 3.What’s your favourite dish on the menu? You can only pick one!
My all time favourite is ‘Nkatenkwan.’ Sometimes known as Groundnut Stew, my version of the recipe is called “Peanut Butter Stew” with spicy scotch bonnet, infused peanut loveliness with melt in the mouth lamb and sweet fried plantains. Boom! It’s delicious and reminds me of my childhood. 4. If you could choose one person on the planet to pop into your restaurant, who would it be?
Zadie Smith, so we could have a natter about books, or Gordon Ramsey to see his reaction to my food! 5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I’d like to open a space that is a Kitchen Kollective - where pop-ups can rotate and use the space, which would double as a live music venue and bookshop. I’d be travelling and writing and running the space remotely, occasionally popping home and to Berlin to do Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. Maybe I’d have a recipe book and some products out there to spread Ghana Food love! 6. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Too hard! There’s so much good food from so many parts of the world, I couldn’t limit myself to just one. I guess it depends where I was in the world… 7. What saying or motto would you say you live by?
“It will be what it will be, but you won’t know until you try.” 8. If you could change shoes, just for the day, who would you be and why?
Zadie Smith, because she inspires me as a writer and I’d like to see what it’s like to live like the writer she is.
 9. What’s your description of success?
Happy self, friends, family and customers. 
 10. How will you be spending your time throughout the Studio Africa project?
Cooking up a Ghana storm! Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is cooking for the Chop Bar in Regent Street from 17th - 22nd March and I’m looking forward to bringing Ghanaian cuisine and a dash of culture to a new audience. That’s what Ghana Kitchen is all about!


DIESEL’S 10 QUESTIONS: ZOE’S GHANA KITCHEN
This week we caught up with Zoe Adjonyoh, founder and creator of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, an experimental restaurant in Hackney that merges a contemporary dining experience with home spun, home cooked, delicious Ghanaian food. The pop-up restaurant’s laid back vibe creates a wonderful ambience that allows you to truly appreciate the finest, freshest tastes of traditional Ghana; and for a second, lets you forget that you’re dining in the heart of East London. Zoe will be teaming up with Diesel Village from the 17th-22nd March, so keep an eye out on our social pages for ways to get involved! 
1.How did the idea come about for Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen? It started as a very small pop-up stand at Hackney Wick Arts Festival one year and the demand was so high (people were queuing around the block for my peanut butter stew), that the following year I turned my live/work studio into a Ghanaian restaurant! Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen was born. I kept popping up more often as people seemed to really enjoy the food and atmosphere we had created. It’s grown phenomenally from there in the last year, with a regular night in London and Berlin and lots of events and guest chef appearances. It’s great!
2. What or who inspires you?
 
Each day brings a different inspiration for different reasons.
 3.What’s your favourite dish on the menu? You can only pick one!
My all time favourite is ‘Nkatenkwan.’ Sometimes known as Groundnut Stew, my version of the recipe is called “Peanut Butter Stew” with spicy scotch bonnet, infused peanut loveliness with melt in the mouth lamb and sweet fried plantains. Boom! It’s delicious and reminds me of my childhood. 4. If you could choose one person on the planet to pop into your restaurant, who would it be?
Zadie Smith, so we could have a natter about books, or Gordon Ramsey to see his reaction to my food! 5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I’d like to open a space that is a Kitchen Kollective - where pop-ups can rotate and use the space, which would double as a live music venue and bookshop. I’d be travelling and writing and running the space remotely, occasionally popping home and to Berlin to do Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. Maybe I’d have a recipe book and some products out there to spread Ghana Food love! 6. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Too hard! There’s so much good food from so many parts of the world, I couldn’t limit myself to just one. I guess it depends where I was in the world… 7. What saying or motto would you say you live by?
“It will be what it will be, but you won’t know until you try.” 8. If you could change shoes, just for the day, who would you be and why?
Zadie Smith, because she inspires me as a writer and I’d like to see what it’s like to live like the writer she is.
 9. What’s your description of success?
Happy self, friends, family and customers. 
 10. How will you be spending your time throughout the Studio Africa project?
Cooking up a Ghana storm! Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is cooking for the Chop Bar in Regent Street from 17th - 22nd March and I’m looking forward to bringing Ghanaian cuisine and a dash of culture to a new audience. That’s what Ghana Kitchen is all about!

DIESEL’S 10 QUESTIONS: ZOE’S GHANA KITCHEN

This week we caught up with Zoe Adjonyoh, founder and creator of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, an experimental restaurant in Hackney that merges a contemporary dining experience with home spun, home cooked, delicious Ghanaian food. The pop-up restaurant’s laid back vibe creates a wonderful ambience that allows you to truly appreciate the finest, freshest tastes of traditional Ghana; and for a second, lets you forget that you’re dining in the heart of East London. Zoe will be teaming up with Diesel Village from the 17th-22nd March, so keep an eye out on our social pages for ways to get involved!
1.How did the idea come about for Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen?

It started as a very small pop-up stand at Hackney Wick Arts Festival one year and the demand was so high (people were queuing around the block for my peanut butter stew), that the following year I turned my live/work studio into a Ghanaian restaurant! Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen was born. I kept popping up more often as people seemed to really enjoy the food and atmosphere we had created. It’s grown phenomenally from there in the last year, with a regular night in London and Berlin and lots of events and guest chef appearances. It’s great!
2. What or who inspires you?
Each day brings a different inspiration for different reasons.

3.What’s your favourite dish on the menu? You can only pick one!
My all time favourite is ‘Nkatenkwan.’ Sometimes known as Groundnut Stew, my version of the recipe is called “Peanut Butter Stew” with spicy scotch bonnet, infused peanut loveliness with melt in the mouth lamb and sweet fried plantains. Boom! It’s delicious and reminds me of my childhood.
4. If you could choose one person on the planet to pop into your restaurant, who would it be?
Zadie Smith, so we could have a natter about books, or Gordon Ramsey to see his reaction to my food!
5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I’d like to open a space that is a Kitchen Kollective - where pop-ups can rotate and use the space, which would double as a live music venue and bookshop. I’d be travelling and writing and running the space remotely, occasionally popping home and to Berlin to do Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. Maybe I’d have a recipe book and some products out there to spread Ghana Food love!
6. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Too hard! There’s so much good food from so many parts of the world, I couldn’t limit myself to just one. I guess it depends where I was in the world…
7. What saying or motto would you say you live by?
“It will be what it will be, but you won’t know until you try.”
8. If you could change shoes, just for the day, who would you be and why?
Zadie Smith, because she inspires me as a writer and I’d like to see what it’s like to live like the writer she is.

9. What’s your description of success?
Happy self, friends, family and customers.

10. How will you be spending your time throughout the Studio Africa project?
Cooking up a Ghana storm! Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is cooking for the Chop Bar in Regent Street from 17th - 22nd March and I’m looking forward to bringing Ghanaian cuisine and a dash of culture to a new audience. That’s what Ghana Kitchen is all about!

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More Info
As noted above, the delectable Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is cooking for the Chop Bar in Regent Street from 17th - 22nd March and you can find out all about said event via: https://www.facebook.com/ZoesGhanaKitchen
 

Also
Zoe's Ghana Kitchen - AZONTO FLAVOUR taking place on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (BST) in London, United Kingdom..  For more info visit: http://zoesghanakitchenazontoflavour.eventbrite.com/

 

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