vegan chill, condiment jar, great taste starred chilli, holding chilli jar

Black history month – Roles in African households

“My job was to refill the chilli jar”.

vegan chill, condiment jar, great taste starred chilli, holding chilli jar

Family recipe chilli jar

 

It’s Black history month; here is a bit of cultural knowledge…

In most African homes, there is a jar of chilli in the fridge.
In most African homes, every child is the Go-to child for something.
ūüĆĺ What was your role in your family home?

ūüĎćūüŹĺThe jar of chilli traditionally was for the adults. Traditionally, children couldn’t eat chilli so the mother of the home would cook for all without the heat, then when the table was set, the jar of chilli would come out. Which meant that we all ate the same meal, differently instead of mum having to cook ten different meals for the household.

ūüĎČūüŹĹThen, there was this tradition where this brother would be good at cleaning shoes, this one had an eye for groceries and that one would be the best one at entertaining guests as she was ‘The Smart Miss Pretty’.

ūüėÉMy superpower was food and in particular making the household chilli and never let the fridge be without.

I had 2 chilli recipes. And the one with the Rainforest nuts was always the most popular. Now, it is an award winning chilli.

Q1: What was your role at Home?
Q2: Have you now perfected it or did you drop it ASAP?

As you can see, am still very attached to food. Lol

Did you learn something new today?
Click link below to explore more African inspired snacks by Miss Nang Treats РPlant-based snacks

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PS: the pattern you see on the label is part of the NDOP… the #Bamileke (my tribe) fabric on which every geometric figure represents patterns of life and pre & after life…
This range within the Miss Nang family is a “twin” range named after my grand parents: Kokwa & Mikki.

Got a question? please email Hortense at miss-nang@outlook.com.

Black History month at Miss Nang – Afro-Caribbean inspired snacks

Taste plantain and rice & peas crackers with their own dips for Black History month

As we celebrate Black History Month, let me reintroduce you to a few African and Caribbean inspired gourmet artisan snacks designed exclusively for foodies like you. You already knew this, I am a Cameroonian woman who grew up in France, I’ve had a few heated battles with my health and all that influence what Miss Nang has on Offer. The result, clean, junk free, visually appealing, no ingredients of animal origin, zero waste and plastic free…. Yeah I know a lot is packed in.

As a foodie, you probably know how much Caribbean food has influenced the food scene in the UK; Have you heard of Rice & peas, curry goat, jerk chicken. Do you know that The black rice crackers & Carrot butters duo was inspired by the above?

The black rice crackers represent the Rice & peas and included ingredients like rice, red kidney with almonds. And since the rice & peas are cooked with coconut cream, you find this last ingredient in the butter especially created to go with that particular cracker. The butter also contains fresh ginger chilli which are very prevalent in Afro-carribeans cuisines.

The black rice¬†crackers have been the most popular in the Kokwa & Mikki dual range… order here.

On this link, you find a few handcrafted snacks that have been carefully created with passion and love of flavours inspired by my foodies adventures and my African background. Eating every bit is a true adventure and visually, they are vibrant just like colours you find in nature.

Few ‘did you know’s¬†below:

Peanuts are¬† most popular around the world and can be found almost everywhere in Africa… At MissNang.com, you find them roast with vanilla and Cornish sea salt with oat milk. Or in the sweet tasters set.

Ivory Coast is the biggest producer of cashews¬†in the¬†world… At MissNang.com you find them as the most¬†popular snack sold across all platforms. Why not try the Sweet tasters set to discover both peanuts & cashews? The cashew-beet is also often¬†used at awards and as wedding favours.

Have you heard of plantain? if you’ve ever shared a meal with an Afro-Caribbean, you know they love their plantain. At MissNang.com you can find the Plantain and pumpkin seeds with herbs. The plantain cracker comes with its own special dip made with sunflower seeds & turmeric.

Everyone has heard of Rice & peas. Well here is my version of rice & peas with almonds and organic charcoal. This cracker own dip is called carrot butter… the combo is said to be insaaaaaaanes. Want to try it?¬†

These are just a few examples of the extraordinary snacks MissNang.com has  in store for you this Black History Month. By combining traditional recipes and modern culinary techniques, love & adventure, MissNang.com brings you a diverse range of flavours that honour my journey through health & life.

Join me, and let’s celebrate Black History Month while savouring these colourful artisan gourmet snacks. Click¬†here to check out the selection¬†made especially for you.

I really hope you love the selection.

Happy October!

 

Hortense – Chief Nuts Roaster

September – Desmoid awareness month ends

Desmoid patient, black desmoid survivor, disable entrepreneur

Desmoid survivor

Today is the last day for desmoid tumour awareness month…
Having had recurring desmoid tumours is like living with a time bomb that can decide to destroy another bone, another muscle or another limb when it wants…

But any who. It’s still very much a maverick tumour with a mind if its own. What work for 1 patient doesn’t for the next.

It’s a rare tumour specially made for unicorns and bad-asses! I guess am one since I had it twice in a period where only 2 people in a million had it in the world…

20 years on, it still rules my life with disabilities and chronic neuropathic pains… I live a bit on a slow lane, but that’s the price or being useless for weeks unending.

 

My health journey inspired my business, but it just also happen that I’ve got a mild addiction to peanuts too…

Trio of Gourmet nuts in glass jars

Charcoal cashews, beetroot cashews, saffron cashews

In the full range of snacks, the ingredients are natural, where possible, they are cultivated or harvested in the UK. Miss Nang advocates support the Zero-waste living and plastic free business. All the packaging are sustainable either made with glass or wood pulp ( home compostable imitation plastic)

All combined you get Miss Nang *(see shop)… you’ll find good and rare food combinations here…. zero junk always, tasty always, made with love and patience always.

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Pop Up events & artisan food producers

‚ÄúAnother sale so soon?‚ÄĚ I hear you ask.

Sadly yes.

‚ÄúAnother sale so soon?‚ÄĚ I hear you ask. Sadly yes.

This is how I started my latest newsletter… I had just finished a round of sale due to over production. This week’s sale is due to a cancelled event.

A cancelled event is a nightmare for some fresh foods artisans.

For some small businesses, Pop Up markets, sustainable and artisan markets are the source of 1/3 of their income. That’s why we do them so often.

Imagine an artisan pie maker who is set to do a pop up market indoors or outdoors and the event is cancelled just 48 hours before the day of the event. What can they do with the stock the have been labouring on for the past week?

Understand this, a small business is always running to maintain their cash flow at a certain level;¬†Whatever is invested in a pop up event must be recuperated, or the stock will be registered as a loss… Even so, the food produced has to go somewhere.

When planning an event, an artisan plans at least a month in advance. They have to source, ingredients, packaging, plan production and packing time, book transportations and staff. So a lot rides on each sale.

 

Savoury treats display. aperitive table, crackers and dips

Miss Nang nuts, seeds, crackers & dips display

How does this applies to Miss Nang Treats I hear you ask.

Miss Nang Treats operates in a fresh food type of mind set.

Almost All Miss Nang Treats are made to order. Even the roast nuts and seeds are made and served/posted as fresh as possible to allow the snacker to have the best experience while eating something exceptional.

 

One example. The Safprika.

We know cashews and nuts in general take a year or two to dry properly for commercial use as you see them on shelves.

For the Safprika above, I rehydrate the cashews in a bath of saffron and paprika, then slowly dry them for 3 hours with freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt. You may have guessed it,  placing the nuts in liquid fragilises them and reduce their life-time. The cashew Safprika best before is 3 months max, but in order for you to fully enjoy the intensity of the flavouring, I have to get them in your hands as soon as possible.

If you want to keep¬† your nuts for longer, you can, but it won’t be the same experience on the palate, due to the all natural, zero preservatives & plastic free elements of the process.

 

Every event has its own menu

Did you know? Every event has its own menu?

This time around, the focus of the event was on chutneys and crackers. The menu included the Green Chutney (celery & leek), Tomato chutney (garlic & thyme) Beetroot chutney (water chestnuts & fennel). These are made fresh for every event without preservatives or chemicals to maintain that homemade feel.

Since the event is cancelled, I had to think on my feet and create a sales event that would allow me to at least recoup my production costs.

Sometimes, the sales work, often doesn’t, but one must try.

So as artisans, we create a ‘sale’ to shift stock and spend the next 2 days on social media trying to sell what we cannot afford to waste.

I hope this gives you some insight in our challenges.

If you are an artisan, please let me know what you think.

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Have a fantastic money making week end.

Hortense, AKA the Nuts Lady.

Compostable packaging – The fair exchange

Sustainability – A fair exchange

July is here, it is time to talk about living plastic-free... Sort of.

Often when we talk about sustainability many will switch off. But this time, we may all benefit from it and even save because of the returns. Allotment owners and local farms  could be our saviours ultimately. Read on.

Compostable packaging:

As you know, a few years ago Miss Nang basic packaging was replaced with compostable imitation plastic made out of wood pulp.

We‚Äôve all heard of the desire¬† to move towards more green living, but unfortunately the structures around us don’t favors proper disposal of compostable materials. This is why you will notice that the earlier adopters of potato starch packaging have reverted back to plastic or solid paper sleeves for their subscription magazines etc‚Ķ

Once more, in terms of disposal and for longevity,  it is up to small businesses to come up with solutions. 

The problem with compostable packaging

In order to dispose of compostable packaging, one must have functioning compost heap with enough heat and worms to do the job of tearing through the wood pulp made packaging. As we all live in cities, not all apartments have compost heaps… and, how many plant pots can you use to dispose of your packaging?

The experiment:

Click here to see video intro.

Having heavily contributed to few sustainable and plastic-free business discussions during COP26, for July 2022, I started an experiment that will ultimately prove that compostable wood pulp doesn’t need a compost heap to start disintegrating. Something that takes longer to decompose in water (easily accessible) is better than something that can decompose faster in inaccessible compost heaps. The goal is the give people the habit of reducing their use of plastic and even actively seek for alternatives that they can themselves dispose of.

 

 

The fair exchange part

If those of us who commit to use compostable packaging could be paired with local allotment owners, our desire to live more sustainably could become transactional… and even approved by the local council adopting the idea.

How it works

John, who is committed to reducing his plastic use, starts collecting his compostable packaging in a bucket. Wheelie bin full of water. 

Every so often (3-6 months), he delivers his loads to be integrated in the actual compost heap at the allotment. At harvest time, the allotment owner (Lizzie) who no doubt is overwhelmed with produce shares her harvest with John.

Going further.

Let’s imagine 50 people in the smallest (non-rural)¬† borough of Greater London – Kingston-Upon-Thyne -.

Kingston has about 100 allotments, if half of the allotment owners agreed to be paired, we may end up with a surplus of food that could then be distributed via a common surplus bank that will then serve the community further and wider.

It sounds like going back to basics, but this is what living green and sustainably looks like when everyone comes together.

Over to you.

Does this idea inspire you to take action and start looking to reduce your use of plastic?

If you could be paired with an allotment owner via the council would you consider stating the process of disposing of the compostable packaging yourself.

Let me know what you think. 

 

Author: Hortense Julienne, owner – Miss Nang Treats

I do really believe that our food and our environment impact our health and we must all contribute to both with small action that eventually have a big impact.

 

Picnic image with hot table chilli

Fine Food Digest – Chilli Coupon code

The Hot Table Chilli from the Kokwa & Mikki range is in the Fine Food Digest this month!

Every so often it is really exciting to have a photo of Miss Nang products featured in industry publications. More than consumers magazine, industry publications are very coveted  by gourmet producers. They are very niche and only accessible to other producers and reseller (Our little secret).

Picnic image with hot table chilli

Fine Food digest April 2023 – Cover page

As a food business owner, I’m thrilled to announce that the Hot Table Chilli mentioned in the prestigious Fine Food Digest magazine this month. This is a huge accomplishment for this growing Croydon Based healthy snack business. This is a proud moment, definitely.

Fine Food Digest –
Page 40 April 2023

For those who may not be familiar with Fine Food Digest, it is a publication that covers the latest news and trends in the food industry. It’s read by industry professionals, including buyers, retailers, and foodservice providers. Having the award winning vegan Hot Table Chilli in this publication is a great honour. If you’ve tasted the chilli, you will agree.

The Hot Table Chilli which won 1 Great Taste Star in 2022, is made with the freshest ingredients. Unlike many other chillies available on the market, this chilli witch uses the Rainforest nut (Ricinodendron, an aphrodisiac), isn’t made with vinegar or too much salt. This condiment is totally chemical free, which means its shelf life can be very short. Added bonus, it is a Plant-Based condiment… But that’s the premises of Miss Nang Treats as a business… Keeping everything fresh and made with as many UK harvested ingredients as possible.

We’re really excited to have made the cut and grateful to Lynda Selby for including our Condiment… This is a big deal.¬†

We’d like to invite you to read the feature in Fine Food Digest here.

Barbecue season has started, this is the perfect opportunity for you to taste this incredible award winning chilli use FFD50 to get 50p OFF you purchase online.

Do you want to stay in touch with Miss Nang Treats and also have the opportunity to receive samples for reviews? Why no sign up for the newsletter here Miss Nang Treats email signup.

Feel free to join Miss Nang on Instagram too Miss Nang plant-based snacks (@missynang) ‚ÄĘ Instagram photos and videos

Thank you for your continuous support. Watch this space.

Hortense Julienne

Founder

Savoury treats display. aperitive table, crackers and dips

King Charles 3rd coronation – party foods, snacks and nibbles

Looking for food for the coronation? Just get drinks and gourmet nibbles… Keep it stress-free.

If you are based in the UK, unless you are under a rock, you couldn’t have missed the conversations around King Charles the 3rd coronation in May 2023.

Who says coronation of a royal in the UK, says street party in every corner and a Bank Holiday.

And of course, there is no party without food and drinks right? Queue, Coronation Party foods…. Where are you getting yours from?

Now, some people will labour in the kitchen other will go for a trouble-free, junk-free easy life. This is where Miss Nang Treats Comes in.

Miss Nang Treats specializes in creating nuts & seeds based healthy natural, artisan, gourmet and tasty snacks & nibbles. They are all both delicious, addictive and nutritious. The full range is plant-based and suitable for vegans.

For King Charles coronation, ¬†Miss Nang Treats has a lot of amazing nibbles¬† ideas that would be perfect for a King: Wink Wink Welsh cake and Oyster Mushroom treats…! Did you know that King Charles favourite foods included welsh cakes and mushrooms? now you know…

Here are some healthy coronation party food that options that incorporate nuts, crackers, and dips:

First there’s the combo of Carrot butter and black rice crackers: This is a unique and tasty combination! Carrot butter is a spread made from carrots, walnut, coconut cream and ginger. An exceptional blend of flavours which, paired with Black rice crackers just sends your palate into a¬† different dimension altogether. The black rice crackers are made with Black rice, flour, almonds and rosemary… All very “nutty!”.

Then, there is The Safprika which is Cashews with saffron: Saffron is a spice that adds a delicate floral flavour to dishes, and it pairs well with cashews. This is a simple and elegant snack that is perfect for a special occasion like a King Charles coronation party.

artisan crackers and dips

 

 

Have you heard of the Cashew-beet? Miss Nang Treats’ cashew beet snack is a delicious and sweet healthy snack that combines the nutty flavor of cashews with the earthy sweetness of beets. This snack is vegan, gluten-free, and free from artificial additives and preservatives.

By far the most addictive in the range… there is so much more from the range to explore. Click here to see what’s on offer.

If you¬† fancy adding more to your party table, why not consider the following…

  • Roasted vegetable skewers: Thread roasted vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes onto skewers for a colorful and healthy appetizer.
  • Edamame hummus and rice crackers: Make a hummus using edamame beans and serve with black rice crackers for a tasty and nutritious snack.
  • Veggie sushi rolls: Make sushi rolls using veggies like avocado, cucumber, and carrot for a refreshing and healthy appetizer.
  • Guacamole and beet chips: Serve guacamole with some homemade beet chips for a colorful and delicious snack.
  • Roasted chickpea and vegetable salad: Toss roasted chickpeas and vegetables like sweet potatoes and broccoli with some olive oil and spices for a hearty and nutritious salad that can be served as a side dish or appetizer.
  • Vegan spring rolls: Fill spring roll wrappers with veggies like cabbage, carrots, and mushrooms for a light and refreshing appetizer. Serve with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce, lime juice, and chili flakes.

If you’d like to order some Miss Nang Treats, please note that all coronation related orders will be dispatched in the week commencing 24th April. Last orders¬† Saturday 22nd April.

Please email Hortense at miss-nang@outlook with any question you might have.

Easter Sales – April 2023

Earlsfield pop up event  photo Рmiss Nang food pop up photo Рvegan pop up

Currently in stock from £5.50 each.

Sales ends on 5th April

Most items expire in June 2023

Pink Cashew gift - Nuts gift - Foodies Gift - Great foodies gift

Pink Cashew gift – Nuts gift – Foodies Gift – cashews in compostable packaging

Single nuts & seeds packs

Cashew beet £5.50 Р10x available

Nang Charcoal ¬£5.50 –¬† 10x available

Red-O-Pumpkin £5.50 Р10x available

Cinnamon Almonds £5.50 Р12x available

V anilla & Oat milk peanuts  £5.50 Р12x  available

Purple lime almonds £5.50   2x available

Saffron & paprika cashews £5.50 Р8x available

 

 

Plant-based hot table chilli

Chilli with rainforest nuts

Dips 

Green Chutney £5.50  Р3 Available

Tomato Chutney £5.50 Р3 available

Chilli Р£5.50 Р5 available

 

 

 

 

 

 

vegan crackers

nuts crackers – gourmet crackers

Crackers

Plantain Crackers £5 SOLD OUT

Maris piper crackers £5 SOLD OUT

Black rice crackers £5 SOLD OUT

Broken Black rice crackers £2.50 SOLD OUT

 

Cashews Trio  Gift £30

Trio of Gourmet nuts in glass jars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take your pick,  send me the list and make payment via paypal.me/MissNangTreats

Lets confirm delivery date.

Postage & packing: £5.00

 

Email me at miss-nang@outlook.com or 07985 535 488 with any question

More reasons to love cashews

Cashews… There are many reasons to love them even more…

Cashews are mostly enjoyed for their rich and creamy taste and their nutritional benefits. Here are some reasons why cashews are good:

They are nutrient-dense: Cashews are packed with important nutrients such as protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. They are particularly rich in magnesium, which is important for bone health, nerve function, and heart health.

Heart-healthy: Cashews contain healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Antioxidant-rich: Cashews are a good source of antioxidants, which help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals.

Satisfying: Cashews are a good source of protein and fiber, which can help keep you feeling full and satisfied, making them a great snack option for curbing hunger between meals.

How Miss Nang Treats can support you?

If you are reluctant to eat more of the raw stuff. Miss Nang has created ways for you to vary the way you enjoy the cashews in their plant-based range of snacks: The pink Cashews are suitable for vegans and are made with beetroot.

The savoury cashews are rehydrated and roasted with saffron and paprika with freshly cracked black pepper. This means you can have fun with your favourite healthy plant based snacks without ingesting junk.

Bonus: they look good and are easily sharable so you can invite others along to join you on your quest to healthier snacking habits.

Added bonus:¬† you can also take on a nuts subscription box! which means you won’t even have to shop for them every month as they will just land, freshly made on your doorstep.

Oh and remember, everything in moderation of course.

Don’t know where to start?

Try the duo below, then take it from there….

Eat More Nuts – Love cashews

Orange cashews, pink cashews and cinnamon almonds in glass jars

Nuts are a healthy snack choice because they are rich in essential nutrients and healthy fats. Here are some reasons why nuts make a healthy snack:

#High in protein: Nuts are a good source of plant-based protein, making them a filling and satisfying snack.
#Rich in healthy fats: Nuts contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease and #improve cholesterol levels.
#High in fiber: Nuts are high in fiber, which can help regulate digestion and promote feelings of fullness.

Packed with vitamins and minerals: Nuts are a good source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium.
Low in carbs: Most nuts are low in carbs and high in healthy fats, making them a good option for people following a low-carb or keto diet.
Versatile: Nuts can be eaten on their own as a snack or used in recipes for added flavor and nutrition.
Some examples of healthy nuts to snack on include almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, and hazelnuts. When choosing nuts as a snack, it’s important to keep portion sizes in mind, as nuts are high in calories. A small handful of nuts (about 1-2 ounces) is a good serving size for a snack.

Let’s Focus on Cashews in particular, one of my favourites and most popular here in the UK.

Pink cashew in a serving bowl with mini paper cup

Pink cashew in a serving bowl with mini paper cup

Cashews are a very versatile nut that can be used in a variety of ways in cooking and baking.

Here are some examples:
#Snacking: Cashews are a great snack on their own or mixed with other nuts or dried fruit.
#Nut butter: Cashews can be made into a smooth and creamy nut butter that can be used as a spread or in recipes that call for nut butter.
#Vegan cheese: Cashews can be used as a base for making vegan cheese or as a topping for salads or pasta dishes.
#Baking: Cashews can be ground into a flour and used in gluten-free baking recipes.

#Curry: Cashews can be added to curry dishes for creaminess and texture.
#Stir-fries: Cashews can be added to stir-fries for crunch and flavor.
#Desserts: Cashews can be used as a base for making vegan cheesecakes, ice cream, or other desserts.

Overall, cashews are a delicious and versatile nut that can be used in many different ways in food production.

If you are looking to include them in your diet and don’t know where to start, why not check out Miss Nang Store here.
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