Live Online Cookery Class - Vegan West African Soul Food

Vegan West African Soul Food

Date and Time

Saturday 18th September 2021

5:30pm - 7:30pm


Fee*: £20 (£10 Concessions**/ £5 Unwaged)   All funds raised go towards our community meal service providing free nutritious, tasty meals to households who need them during these challenging times. 


Zoom, details to be provided via email (usually the day before the class). Check your junk mail if need be!

This a past event and is no longer avaliable.
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The Event

Join the incredible multi-talented Bettylicious to learn how to cook West African vegan soul food...

This live interactive class will include:

  • Learn to make a hearty Groundnut, Chick pea, Carrot & Spinach Stew - a classic West African dish
  • How to make ‘Bettylicious’ Jollof Rice, a popular West African rice dish, commonly served on special occasions and for celebrations
  • How to create wholesome and nutritious plant based African dishes
  • A chance to ask Betty questions
  • Recipe handout

For ingredients and equipment needed see below

About Betty

Betty Vandy, owner of Bettylicious Cooks has been travelling across West Africa; Ghana, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone for the past 8 months exploring Food, Farming and African people keeping the rich West African culinary legacy alive. A graduate in Hospitality Management and a plant based chef with an interest in West African plant based ingredients and cooking, Betty’s interest was driven by personal health issues, which she overcame through a change in her eating habits, as well as the lack of African food representation in mainstream media and culinary platforms.

Bettylicious Cookprovides street food stalls at festivals and carnivals, corporate and private events. Betty also runs cooking classes to empower people within diverse communities to learn to cook wholesome and nutritious African food. She has a witty yet serious podcast; Plantain and Politics, a reflection of her passion for plant based food and representation. Betty is also part of the team behind the UK Vegans of Colour event, the first of its kind which successfully launched in 2019.


Groundnut Chickpea, Carrot & Spinach Stew from the Community Comfort recipe book * coordinated by Riaz Phillips

*Little heads up all the recipes are not vegan (but there is a veggie and vegan section) & we're happy to help with veganising tips for any of the non-vegan dishes.

(serves 4)

  • 1 medium onion, quartered (roughly chopped)
  • ½ scotch bonnet pepper, deseeded (or any chilli)
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 sweet red pepper, deseeded, quartered and roughly chopped
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes or 2 medium fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 200ml cold water
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped into 1” chunks
  • 2 tins / 800g of chickpeas drained and rinsed with water
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
  • 150g / 2 heaped handfuls of baby spinach  (roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

‘Bettylicious’ Jollof Rice  

  • 2 cups of basmati rice
  • 3 large fresh tomatoes or 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 3 – 4 medium sized onions (English, Spanish or brown)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1 large red sweet pepper (deseeded)
  • Half a scotch bonnet pepper (or any chilli)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 vegetable stock cubes
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable/sunflower oil


  • Chopping board 
  • Pestal and mortar 
  • Blender 
  • 2 Knives 
  • Vegetable peeler 
  • Several wooden spoons 
  • 1 mixing bowl 

            Fee*: £20 Standard / £10 Concessions**/ £5 Unwaged 

            *All funds raised go towards our community meal service providing free nutritious, tasty meals to households who need them during these challenging times. 

            **Concessionary rate available for students, pensioners and low waged

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            If you are unable to donate you can register your interest in our new FREE online community classes - just drop a line to

            Refunds: we require a minimum of 7 days' notice for any cancellations or transfers once you have booked onto a class.

            For information: / 020 8442 4266

            Location: Zoom, details to be provided via email (usually the day before the class)

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            Allergen Alert
            Made In Hackney uses cereals containing gluten namely: wheat (spelt and khorasan wheat), rye, barley, oats; peanuts; all other nuts; sesame; all other seeds; soybeans; celery and celeriac; mustard; sulphur dioxide/sulphites; lupin; tomatoes and other allergens in it's classes. Our food is freshly prepared in our busy cookery school kitchen that handles allergens, so we cannot guarantee that our food and drinks are allergen-free. Even in classes where these ingredients are not being used, they will be on site in our store rooms and our equipment will have previously come into contact with them. Participants attend at their own risk.