Mark Wincott expands his palette beyond Pie and Mash with some food from Zaras Treats
During lockdown, our lives changed dramatically and those everyday blessings of sitting in a coffee shop or ordering a bit of food from the local eatery stopped. Cafe owners, restaurant proprietors and the street food gang had to re-think their product.
One evening, I noticed a photo on social media of homecooked Caribbean food by East London resident Zara Lewis, owner of Zara’s Treats. After reading the reviews, all good I might say, I thought, I’ll have some of this. I sent Zara a message via her social media page, asking for Mutton Curry and Roti. It was pretty simple; Zara took my number and sent me the invoice to pay via bank transfer, which I did, otherwise, I wouldn’t have eaten.
Zara kept in touch throughout her evening deliveries, telling me the time she was hoping to get to me. It was raining hard that evening but she still greeted me with a wonderful smile on her arrival. She handed over the scran and off she went, to carry on the rest of her deliveries.
The smell. I loved the smell. It felt like date night on my own; I should have played some Luther Vandross or Paolo Nutini or maybe a little Machine Head in the background, as I eagerly placed the meat on my plate, surrounded by cucumber relish, Channa and Roti resting in the corner. It was homely, the flavours were ridiculously wonderful and the portion size was spot on. When I had finished, I felt quite satisfied.
The delivery was quick, the food fresh, and lovingly made by someone who cares to feed the masses. I enjoyed it and will be purchasing again. I’m interested in the mac and cheese and I have still not tried plantain – mainly because I keep eating too much pie and mash.
I called Zara to thank her and asked how she got into this. She told me that her cooking skills were taught by watching her grandparents cook and that she used to work in the city. After being made redundant she began making cupcakes for delivery, which went down a storm. She then moved on to food stalls, making fritters and pastries, and events catering for weddings and birthday parties. all the while using biodegradable cutlery.
Zara was thinking about starting a supper club with a chef, and also about creating a meal on wheels service for the elderly, making stew with mash, which will be easier for them to eat. But plans to expand her business have been put on hold due to the pandemic.
If you are interested in supporting local companies such as Zara’s, then get in touch. You won’t be disappointed – I certainly wasn’t.
TO FIND OUT MORE
Caribbean Street Food
Pop Up and private events catering.
Currently doing street food to your door service due to Covit19
Free delivery to E11 E10 E17 E4 E15 E7 E20
Tel: 07541 171855
Images: Zara’s Treats