This week on Tea & Tattle, I’m chatting with the food writer and chef, Lopè Ariyo, about her debut cookbook, Hibiscus. Lopè was named the Observer’s Rising Star of Food for 2017 and has been praised as one of the UK’s leading voices in West African cuisine. Her cookbook, Hibiscus, was published in June and has a delightful variety of mouthwatering recipes featuring traditional West African ingredients. I can’t wait to try my hand at Lopè’s hibiscus and coconut cake!
In this episode, we chat about how going to boarding school in Nigeria influenced Lopè’s cooking when she moved back to London and tried to recreate the dishes she’d loved best from her childhood. Lopè also shares how winning a food competition whilst studying Maths at university (and writing her food blog on the side) changed her life, landing her a cookbook deal and catapulting her into the food industry.
Lopè Ariyo, Image © Ellis Parrinder
Lopè’s love for entertaining and cooking is clear, and I asked her for some tips on being a brilliant hostess, as well as a menu for a dinner party inspired by her book. Be warned – listening to this episode is bound to make you feel rather hungry!
Listen to learn more about West African cuisines and the story behind Hibiscus.