Saturday, 9 September 2017

WeFiFo - whats it all about and Dinner at Maria's

So WeFiFo, whats its all about then, firstly its stands for "We Find Food" Its sort of an Airbnb supper club equivalent meets "Come dine with me" but in a good way. 

Its a way of home cooks, chefs and foodie people to find each other and hold unique food experiences, may be make new friends and eat delicious home cooked food.

WeFiFo events are being held up and down the country, so there is sure to be one near(ish) to you, we popped along to the lovely Maria's and Alan's who are our nearest hosts for Sunday tea, a proper traditional Sunday roast,but more of that later. There is is an amazing range of food related  events on offer so I am sure there is something for you to sign up for and to have your own WeFiFo experience.

If you are a budding chef you can start cooking, host events and earn, just check out the website for more details and lots of advice and guidance on getting started.

  • You can turn your cooking into cash !
  • Discover home cooked food near you
  • Cook the food you love for paying guests
  • Share food and meet new people
  • What's not to love about WeFiFo

This is the lovely Maria our host who is passionate about sharing good food with local people in a friendly environment, with WeFiFo you are eating in your hosts home so its a friendly relaxed atmosphere. 

She's been a WeFiFo Home chef for a while and has hosted many varied and different events at various locations in her local area, it all started for her fund raising for a family friend and it went from there.  

Initially it is a little strange that you are turning up a someone house you have never met before and you are going to enjoy a meal with people you have never met before, but once you get over that initial meeting then you are off and running and by the end of the evening you are chatting like old friends. 

Booking our WeFiFo experience was pretty easy via the website, hosts post their events and you book on using Cookies (The WeFiFo currency) You can purchase Cookies using paypal or credit card and also get them as rewards for sharing and posting on social media)

The atmosphere at our event was very friendly and the chat was wide ranging covers from philosophy to Manchester Pride .

Our main course was succulent roast slice of beef served with a rich gravy, yorkshire pudding (gluten free one's especially for me :-)), crunchy roast potatoes, roast carrot and parsnip batons, cauliflower cheese (gluten free too), tenderstem, beans and peas. All delicious and a great roast dinner.

Maria had created for our pudding after all we are up North here, a delightfully decadent Champagne pavlova with strawberries, billowing with cream. Big piece for me then please....

Chocolate anise cake, again gluten free, rich dark and decadent.

Then to finish a selection of European cheeses with a variety of accompaniments.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening, great fun and something out of the ordinary, it's not just about the food its the whole atmosphere that counts. Maria would love to host something more rustic some if one of my foodie friends has a barn we can use then please get in touch. Of course if you fancy becoming a host Maria is happy to give you some hints and tips to get started.

Here is a blog post from Maria about her WeFiFo story

Here is a video of a WeFiFo event filmed at Maria's 

Our Cookies to enjoy our WeFiFo experience we given free of charge, we were not compelled to write a positive review and all viewss, opinions etc are our own. Thanks to Maria and Alan and the rest of the party for an enjoyable introduction to WeFiFo.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Banana, nut and honey crunchy granola - gluten free option

I haven't done a recipe post in a very long time, apologies my loyal readers but life just got in the way. This beautiful crunchy granola was originally inspired by a facebook post by Miranda Gore Browne ( off on of the early series of GBBO), she posted something similar and it looked delicious, so I set myself the task of creating a granola which would use overripe bananas.

We all experience the unloved banana syndrome from time to time, Mr LF refuses to eat banana once slightly spotty so I nearly always have an ample supply of bananas for bakes and makes, but this one has become one of my favourites, so frugal , so delicious.

For the last month or so I have been sharing the recipe with some of my work collegues and they all love it, so here goes.....

What you need

  • Roughly 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats (if you need gluten free, buy GF oats)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped mixed nuts ( I buy a mixed bag with skins on and roughly chop)
  • 1/4 cup of mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, linseed, etc)
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp runny honey 
  • 1 large ripe banana
What you do
  • Pre heat the oven to 200c
  • Prepare your baking tray, line with baking parchment
  • In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork
  • Add the coconut oil, vanilla and honey.
  • Mix until you have a smoothish mixture, mashing any coconut oil lumps
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.

  • Strew on the baking tray so you have a moist rubble like texture

  • Place in the oven for approx 12 minutes , remove and turn the rubble to dry out the other side
  • Place back in oven for approx 10 minutes until your granola is golden and slightly crunchy.
  • Switch the oven off but leave tray in oven to cool with the oven door a jar to let the granola dry out further.

  • Once cool store in an airtight jar, I find a kilner jar is perfect.

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