CROWDFUNDER – THANKYOU

A HEARTFELT THANK-YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED OUR CROWDFUNDER YOU HAVE ENABLED US TO GO FROM THIS

Horsebox

TO THIS

Yellow Horsebox

IN 5 WEEKS!!

WE ARE BACK ON THE ROAD – THANKS TO

RICH DALEY BECSR MARK@NCASS ARTEMISFOUL TILLA BROOK MARKETDREM
DELICIOUS MEDIA MR JACK NORMAN VICKI THIRLAWAY NESSA SPLENDID
ALDO BAGGINS CLARE COARD TIM FORSTER BUSHRA KHATOON ABI DIX MASON
OFM LONDON K NICHOLSON RACHAEL HALL MONKEYSON MUCKY PUP MURALS
ALLI DR JACQUIP LOUISE DAVIES VERITY HUDSON NEILGHALL AMY LIZ
ED BEECH DIMING WONG NORMA HOGAN TECHIE FAIRY M SILVER LISA SEW
KEVIN W MOOR HAZEL JOY DAVAIKOSHKA KHARA MILLS LIZIJ DINO RACER
BANG WOK WORLD CURRY FESTIVAL JRG WILLIAMS AHIMSA BRIGHTON
CALMCALMCALM GARETH A TURNER GEOFF TULLEY SMHAUNCH BENDAVEY
CHERRYHEAD JIM MORAN DON SOUPS TO GO ASMA KHAN MIKE CHITTY
ANJULA DEVI KATE MATHEWS MALVINIA NICK COPLAND EATING THE NORTH
JUDE ABB RAY LEE GLAYFIELD OLD SKOOL OZZIE MATA BROWNUTT
JOHN POPHAM JO MONKEY PAPA IMAGING DANZARAK YUMMIEMUM KIERAN
LISA FARRELL THE YUMMY YANK EJECTOS JONATHANB JIM MURDOCH
PIPPA DOLL ARTISAN PIZZA COMPANY TESSHS B JOHNSON EMMA HAYTON
E WALSHAW HOPENLESMYTH PAUL JAMESON REALLY NICE FOOD RAY GEORGESON
ROBERTO CHAULAFAN CHRIS KEMM JACQUI WICKS M DIX MP HAWKES
WHIPUNTILFLUFFY DR BARNOWL NOTTHEBEES KEVIN LYCETT COUSCOUSBANGBANG
AMBERR MARK YOUNG JR BOXALL OSL FRUMLEYS YINKLI MEULOP
ALLY CANNING LINDSAY WARDLE A JACKO JACKSON LIZZIE LADLE SMITHFIVE
DAKEGRA PERVIN TODWALLA SPARE PAIR OF HANDS BROWNIES SEWHIPFOLKIE
JON BEECH RACHEL JEFFCOAT ANDREW CRITCHETT KATE CADWELL NORTHERNWRITES MARKET DELIVERED SEUMASG CLAIRE MO SHARON PIXLZ
LAURA FITCHEROONY EMMA BEARMAN LAS PAELLERAS MARTIN COPELAND
JULIA MACDONALD BROWNIES FUEL COFFEE CART ANTONIA EL SAVIOLA
PEERLAWTHER FRED SKIP BELGRAVE MUSIC HALL TIBETAN FOOD SURINDERSINGH
THORNERDI MARK FIELDING WANDAPOPS KATIE POLE TESSA SMITH FOOD&
DAN ALDRIDGE CHOWDERS RICHARD JOHNSON ANTLEE SMYLERS THE SPICE SCRIBE

THE PAINTJOB WILL BE FINISHED THIS WEEK.. WE ARE LOOKING A FOR A VENUE TO HOST THE LAUNCH EVENT – SEE YOU THERE

“Don’t Write Me Off “

As you may have heard via my recent social media out-pourings  (@manjitskitchen on twitter) – I  have had a difficult week.  Since Christmas, we  (Mr J and I)  have  been busy behind the scenes, working on a new vehicle and a new set up for Manjit’s Kitchen. We were all set to launch this week and head to our first event of the Summer season.  Sadly on Tuesday, during the night the vehicle was vandalised beyond repair -covered in paint stripper, tyres done, windows etc etc.  The police are involved and trying to get to the bottom of why this has happened.  Yesterday my insurance company reported that the vehicle will be written off, as it is beyond economical repair.  So we will lose money, have no vehicle and be out of action for a while.  Back to square 1.

On Wednesday I wanted to pack up and leave Leeds.

I started  conversations about the situation on twitter – as a coping strategy as much as anything else.  Offers of help and support have come in from all over and I now have a determination to get my show back on the road, (quickly)

So what’s next ?

What do you do when life gives you lemons? – Yes.. of course..you go out and buy a blue horsebox.

Horsebox

 

Friend of a friend knew of a horsebox in a field in Wakefield.  I went to Wakefield, haggled with a farmer and bought the horsebox.  My friend’s dad has a caravan and tows it to Whitby – surely he could tow a blue horsebox to Leeds – he could and he did.

The plan is convert this blue horsebox into an Indian style cooking station.  I hope  the insurance money will cover the cost of a towing vehicle and I will launch a crowdfunder campaign to help fund the conversion of the horsebox and we can get back onto the road.  I send a smile to Katie and Kim’s Kitchen for showing that this indeed may be possible!

Thank- you to all who have sent messages of support. They are appreciated – big time. I am not very good at asking for help or things but do look out for the crowd funder campaign when it is launched and  I may post again with a request for actual things we need like paint, worktop, gas burner etc.

But for now – i am off to buy a bucket and start cleaning.

Thankyou for reading Manj & Michael x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Young British Foodie Awards 2013 (YBFs)

The Young British Foodie Awards 2013 

Last month I received an email with the news I had been shortlisted for the YBF finals 2013.  6 traders have been nominated in the Street Food category. Rola Wala, Bao London, Madelaine Express, WildRover Food, Born Yesterday & Manjit’s Kitchen.  An impressive line up of traders at the top of their game.   http://www.the-ybfs.com

So I now had the challenge of , traveling to London, setting up,  preparing food, meeting the judges.  I thought about driving the van, rolling the cart. After a few sleepless nights I decided upon taking “The Suitcase SetUp”  – In Street Food many say  “you’re flash is your cash”  and what could be more flashy than my dad’s old suitcase filled with muri tins and decked out in garlands?

I packed my suitcase and hopped on the train.

YBFs

 

I arrived into Kings X – me and my suitcase of delights hotfooted it across town and arrived at the venue with minutes to spare. I strolled past the gleaming H van and shimmering Airstream and found a corner to unpack my case of delights.

Adrenaline fueled chopping, mixing and shaking and the judges were with me.  I prepared three Bhel Puri cones and handed them over – whilst chatting about the food and how it all began.  My head slowly filling with things I wished i had said.  30 minutes later – all done and in the pub.

 

The winners are announced next week (Tuesday 10th Sept)  follow @TheYBFS  for all the info.