It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Bim’s Kitchen African-inspired sauces and condiments. I met James (Bim) and Nicola last year at Love Food 2014 and was immediately impressed with their products and their passion for African ingredients. I have been singing their praises ever since, stocking up on their various sauces and posting photos of our culinary creations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. So I was thrilled when Bim’s Kitchen asked me if I would collaborate with them to develop recipes for their website. It’s great that they have faith in my culinary skills (no pressure then… thank goodness I have Paulo to help me). But on the other hand, their sauces and condiments make it so easy to create dishes that are packed with flavour. It seems as soon as I agreed, I was collecting a rather large parcel of Bim’s Kitchen goodies at my door. Getting tasty products delivered to your door is probably one of the most exciting things when you love food as much as I do. I was so inspired by all of their flavours, I couldn’t wait to get cooking!
I was intrigued by one of Bim’s Kitchen newer products: African Baobab & Moringa Dressing, one of their few with no chilli heat. This is the first time I ever heard of moringa, which is a tree found in parts of Africa and other continents. My research revealed quite a few fascinating facts on this “tree of life”! As for baobab, I had the opportunity to admire baobab trees up close when I visited Senegal over 20 years ago, but I never saw the actual baobab fruit until Nicola showed me one last year. Baobab fruit and moringa leaves are two African “superfoods” chock full of vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients. Combined with Welsh Blodyn Aur rapeseed oil, the dressing has a unique tangy flavour with fruit and vegetable notes, such as citrus and asparagus (although the dressing does not contain these fruits and veggies). That’s the beauty of it… you can taste and smell different ingredients and I found it almost had a nutty scent. All of this goodness makes a delicious dressing, one that I thought would go well with fish, rice and vegetables. We drizzled some extra-virgin olive oil on the fish fillet, then seasoned it with salt and pepper. The African Baobab & Moringa Dressing is nice and thick and coated the fillet nicely. While the fish was baking, we boiled some rice and a packet of ready-vegetables. Without the dressing, this would be a very bland dish. Just a few tablespoons stirred into the cooked rice and veggies made all the difference. The dressing does not have an obvious taste, it just nicely enhances the rice and vegetables. If you have any leftover vegetables, you can just add those to the rice, then stir in the dressing. Easy peasy. You can get my full, step-by-step “Baobab & Moringa Pollock with Vegetable Rice” recipe on Bim’s Kitchen website here.
I’ll be posting more recipes featuring Bim’s Kitchen delicious sauces and condiments over the coming months, so stay tuned… especially if you’re a chilli fiend!
Although Bim’s Kitchen provided me with free samples of their products, all views are my own. I did not receive compensation for my recipe or this blog post.
Unless otherwise noted, I am the legal copyright holder of the content and images on this blog. Please contact me for permission if you wish to use, reprint or publish any material.