Manjit’s Kitchen Fundraiser @ Slung Low, Holbeck

Have you read about the ordeal much-loved Manjit’s Kitchen have been through over the last month or so? For those of you who haven’t,  Michael and Manjit were victims of an awful crime, where their new vehicle was COMPLETELY trashed!! After setting up a Crowd Funder appeal, through the generosity of people £4000 was raised in a staggering 5 days! So with 21 days still remaining they increased the target to £8000. As part of the fundraising Culture Vultures‘ Emma Bearman and Northern StrEats came up with the fundraiser to celebrate Culture Vulture’s 5th birthday and help boost Manjit’s campaign. It was like it was all meant to be as Slung Low gave them Holbeck Underground Ballroom (The HUB) as the venue for the event. Things had come full circle as it’s where Andrew Crichett first started his ‘twisted fish & chips’ at a Culture Vulture event, some three years ago, and where Manjit is also held dear to the place’s heart with her street food.

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As always street food and collaboration is at the heart of this, and it was indicative of how well loved Manjit and Michael are, that people just pull together and do what they can to contribute. Drafted in on the food front where obviously Fish& and Manjit‘s, but also The Greedy Pig and Ginger’s Comfort Emporium‘s collaboration with Noisette Bakehouse. For the evening a ‘pay as you feel’ policy was used – a nice touch, with all monies going to Manjit’s appeal.

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Fish& had their famous ‘twisted fish & chips’ on the go, my friend Alice and I shared one of their taster cones – filled with chips and fish cooked with three crisp batters (chill, pepper and traditional). As always the fish was well cooked with a light, crisp, well seasoned batter. A great way to start our evening.

After all the difficulties, Michael and Manjit’s attitude and outlook hasn’t wavered, wanting to turn something wholly negative into a resounding positive, so typically they were getting stuck in cooking up a storm with their new ‘Chapasty’.

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Manjit showed us street food at its best, rolling out the chapatis to order, filling them with a mixture of masala marinated paneer and beetroot, and finally topping it with a sprinkling of spring onion and coriander before their final transformation into a ‘Chapasty’.

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Here it is in all it’s glory, Manjit’s Chapasty! Great name! Very tasty indeed, I shared one with my friend Alice, but like her wished we’d bought one each as they were very moreish. It had the perfect combination of paneer and beetroot, possessing a heat, the kind that slowly builds, I’d probably like a little more heat next time. An inspired idea, I think it could be a game-changer, hopefully Manjit keeps it on the menu as it certainly went down a treat with the crowd.

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As if that wasn’t the only treat in store for us, Jo from The Greedy Pig brought some of their homemade Scotch eggs. Oh my they looked superb and it was almost a crime to cut into these bad boys, which are were as big as my fist!! 

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These were YUMMY!! Cooked to perfection, just look at that yolk….golden and runny, whilst the filling of pork and chorizo makes this delight a carnivore’s dream. The best Scotch eggs I’ve ever eaten! I showed the other half a photo and there was definitely a hint of green eyed monster going on. 

As the evening was drawing to a close everyone was rounded up for the raffle, where a number of prizes which had been generously donated from many sourcesBeacons, Sheffield’s Fancie, Patty Smith’s, Dough Boys, Belgrave, El Kantina, French Connection and British Street Food.

I even won a prize in the raffle to my surprise/joy, the first thing I can remember winning, maybe ever – I couldn’t choose with lots of foodie goodness being offered up, so I shut my eyes and pointed – Afternoon Tea for 2 at Fancies! Great, it’s somewhere I’ve wanted to try for ages, a perfect end to what had been a perfect event.

Huge thanks need to go to Emma Bearman, Culture Vulture and Andrew Critchett  for coming up with this gem of an event!

If you’d like to contribute to Manjit’s Crowd Funder appeal there is still time to be a part of it, click on the link below.

Manjits Kitchen
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/Manjits-Kitchen

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