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Foodies Festival and Masterchef Winner Saliha Mahmood Ahmed

I was lucky enough to be invited to blog about the Foodies Festival and Masterchef winner Saliha Mahmood Ahmed russelled up some grub for a crowd of hungry people. 

Foodies Festival and Masterchef Winner Saliha Mahmood Ahmed

For some time now, I have not been able to attend foodie events that I have been invited to. With a young family and a husband who often works long hours, I struggle to get to most events but finally I managed to get to an event! YAY! We attended the Foodies Festival in Blackheath, London on the 9th July 2017. It was a family friendly event with loads of foodie stalls, food demonstrations from MasterChef Winner 2017 Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed and MasterChef 2017 Finalists Steve Kielty & Lorna Robertson, New Judge of The Big Family Showdown Rosemary Shrager & Michelin starred Chef and Great British Menu Winner Adam Simmonds cooking his signature recipes in the Stoves Chefs Theatre with MasterChef’s Jack Layer, Billy Wright & Tony Rodd.

Also at the event was the Street Food Avenue which included yoga in the park with The Yoga Space, a space to learn to bake in the Cake and Bake Theatre, afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Tent, an opportunity to buy  from local producers in the Artisan Market, a Childrens Cookery Theatre, live music, a Chilli Eating Competition and a Foodies Cake Off Competition.

Overall it was a fun day out and we enjoyed trying the variety of food available at the event. The highlight for us was seeing all the Masterchef/Bake Off stars and sampling food from Masterchef 2017 winner Saliha. She made Smoked Cuttlefish with Poha which was a delicious and conveniently quick meal option for busy, working people. Unfortunately, I am yet to find the cuttlefish or the paste Saliha used on the day (Despite several trips to Asda, which is where she purchased both from). I made a variation of the recipe anyway and it was equally delicious using Smoked Cod. Poha is basically flattened rice that cooks VERY quickly using boiled water and a bowl. Saliha made a base for a curry using red onions and fresh bay leaves, toasted cumin seeds, some masala powders and added the cooked poha to it. She covered the Fish in a Sambal Paste and quickly fried that off, she then topped it with a spicy yoghurt sauce. The flavours were south indian and very yummy.

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