Theresa and her team at Tu Mangetout did an excellent job with the catering for our wedding. As some of our guests were coming over from Taiwan, we wanted an Eastern-Western theme for our hot buffet. Theresa cooked up a delicious meal with some Chinese dishes to go alongside some traditional British dishes. Our guests could have a bit of everything, and everyone commented how good it all was. Theresa was great to work with and very helpful with our preparations, right from the start.
One of the joys of travelling is seeing all the spices before they are dried or dried and ground and stuffed into glass jars or plastic bags for sale over here! There is nothing like trecking through a field in Indonesia and being blasted with a wonderful aroma and realise you are surrounded by lemongrass or a local pulling off a piece of bark from a tree and sticking it under your unsuspecting nose to tell you “cinnamon”, pulling off the road on a motor bike tour in Vietnam and being plunged into a forest of rubber trees to expose a field of peppercorn vines. Even walking through the villages of many countries the locals have their sacks or trays spread with cloves, amongst other things (that’s a whole other blogg!) drying in the sun. Every country holds their own surprises and delights but for me these experiences are some of my favorites!
The first photo is of Turmeric from the same family as ginger. It can be used fresh or dried and ground as a powder. Turmeric is used in many Indian dishes for it’s vibrant colour and subtle flavour. This piece was pulled out of the ground in a village in India!
Second photo is Cardamom, a variety called Malabar which grows on bushes horizontally along the ground. This particular bush I found in Zanzibar.
The third photo is of cloves also found in Zanzibar. Cloves are grown on trees and usually spread on the ground to dry ready for use.
The fourth photo is vanilla pods spotted hanging from the trees in Suluwesi, Indonesia.
Then first and second photos are of ginger found whilst horseriding through the jungles of El Salvador.
The third photo is nutmeg with it’s bright red mace covering in Zanzibar.
The fourth photo is lemongrass amongst beautiful rice fields in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
The first two pictures are of pepper vines in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Vietnam is the largest producer of black pepper on the world.Peppercorns, and the powdered pepper derived from grinding them, may be described simply as pepper, or more precisely as black pepper (cooked and dried unripe fruit), green pepper (dried unripe fruit) and white pepper (dried ripe seeds).
The final photos,also in Vietnam are of the cashew, the only nut which grows outside of the fruit.
I love trying salt from different places and this was great to see the salt mining in the Danakil Depression of Ethiopia. The salt has been being mined by the afar tribes by hand for centuries. It is the livlihood of the tribes and the camels transport it for three days in salt caravans to the markets. I don’t think it is exported at all as the Ethiopians tend to keep a lot of their good stuff for themselves! I..of course bought myself a big lump home!
At up to 100 metres below sea level the depression is officially the hotest and most inhospitable place on earth. Thankfully I was there in the “winter season” but to see how these people survive in the middle of nowhere in stick houses with miles to the nearest water source, constant wind, sand and heat is really something.
theresaSalt mining in the Danakil Depression, Ethiopia.
We worked closely with Terry for our wedding and she was absolutely amazing. A true professional. She was quick and efficient regarding response to questions and her suggestions for the menu were exactly what we were looking for. She listened to our needs and adapted to suit us whilst remaining happy and calm. The wedding was for 180 in a marquee and the team were smart, polite and efficient. Our guests loved the food, as did we and the prices were extremely reasonable. If you want a caterer that you can truely trust and create a good relationship with then Terry and Tu Mangetout are the guys. We will definately be reccommending her to all of our frineds and will hopefully be using them in the future. A true gem. …
Sometimes just for fun i like to do my friends kids birthday cakes! This one was for little Sophia when she was 2 and a big Fifi and the flower tots fan! It was very time consuming with all the run-out flowers, butterflies and Fifi but i think the end result was worth it. Even though it was a bit rough around the edges i don’t think Sophia noticed!
theresaJust for fun! Fifi and the flower tots cake.
We have worked with Tu Mangetout (Theresa Boniface) for a number of years in our hospitality house at Twickenham. The fact that our relationship has lasted some ten years speaks volumes for our faith in her total professionalism and excellent service. We would have no hesitation in recommending Tu Mangetout for any catering occasion and we look forward to working with her for many years to come.
I asked Theresa of Tu Mangetout to cater for a group of nearly 25 and couldn’t have asked more of her and the team. The food was outstanding, the service exceptional and Theresa couldn’t have been more helpful. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Tu Mangetout as the whole experience was a delight from start to finish, and all at an incredibly reasonable price. Thank you so much Theresa, Judith and team.
Tu Mangetout served canapes at a wine-tasting evening attended by 40 business people at Great Western Wine that I organised. The canapes were astonishingly good – they looked very classy, presented nicely, the combination of flavours was great with an interesting and stimulating selection. When I think of what a great canape should be, this is it! Theresa made the catering so easy for me as she organised the selection and ran it so efficiently that I didnʼt have to worry about anything to do with the catering at the event – I think she provided everything that you could wish for from a caterer providing canapes.
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theresaCanapes were astonishingly good and classy.
Tu Mangetout catered for 4 days for over 20 guests for our 30th birthday party long weekend. The food was outstanding. I honestly was blown away by the variety and the quality of the food – you would never find catering as wonderful as Tu Mangetout in London. Thank you Theresa and your team – you made our weekend unforgettable.
Arabella MJoined: April 2009Te
theresaNever find catering as wonderful in London!
I worked with Theresa and the team in planning for my 40th Birthday in August – everything from the menu planning through to the clearing-up on the night was first class. Amazing food, really imaginative and top quality. Everyone was truly amazed. Nothing was too much trouble and I can’t wait for the next excuse to use Tu Mangetout again. Theresa and her team are the best I’ve come across and would highly recommend them to anyone (in fact I already have!).