Tuesday, 14 February 2023 at 6.45 pm for 7 pm
Venue: The Indonesian Embassy, 30 Great Peter Street, Westminster London SW1P 2BU
The Spice Islands of Indonesia, which include the Banda Islands and Ternate and Tidore in Maluku, are home to cloves, nutmeg and mace. These remote islands became the centre of a lucrative international trade in these spices. They formed a magnet for explorers and traders who recognised the nutritious and medicinal powers of these simple foods. The pursuit of these commodities evoked curiosity, excitement and greed, changing the course of world geopolitics and shaping regional and world cuisine today.
In the first of three society events on the theme of spices, Petty Elliott, AIS Vice Chair, chef and author; Rahel Stephanie, chef and founder of Spoons London, an Indonesian plant-based supper club; and Eleanor Ford, a multi-award winning author, food journalist and chef, were in conversation with Dr Lesley Pullen, AIS Programme Coordinator.
They swapped anecdotes and share their respective journeys in raising interest in the ancient spice trade routes and the many connections that resulted in the shaping of modern food culture in Indonesia and worldwide. These humble spices connect us all through food!
Extended biographies of the three speakers are below.
This presentation was followed at 7.45 pm by a special 3-course dinner designed by Petty Elliot at a cost @ £25 per person including wine.
Sup labu panggang, jahe dan santan
Roasted butternut squash, ginger, coconut soup
(Vegetarian, suitable for vegan)
Daging Semur, Kari Sayuran, dengan Nasi Jaha
Braised beef with spices, herbs, sweet soya and mixed vegetable curry served with coconut infused with coconut milk, lemongrass and lime leaves
Vegetarian (suitable for vegans):
Gluten Free Tempe Semur, Kari Sayuran dengan Nasi Jaha
Braised with spices, herbs, and sweet soya served with coconut rice infused with lemongrass and lime leaves
Buah Pir rebus dengan rempah, disajikan dengan saos coklat dan remah
Almond poached pear with spices, chocolate ganache and almond crumble
(Contains dairy and gluten)
Click here for recording of past event (Starts at 51.30)