Every month at Old Spitalfields in London arranged by Open The Gate there are small business selling African inspired products. On Saturday’s there are regular Old Spitalfields traders offering a range of fashion, accessories and arts & crafts and then there are themed markets. Here we meet Aunt Gee's stall and try their range of ‘Shitto’ at The African Market.
‘Shitto’ means Pepper in the Ghanaian native language of Ga, and Aunt Gee's Chilli Seafood Sauce is based on the traditional recipe for Shitto with an Aunt Gee’s twist, and is “a great accompaniment to any meal”, as recommended by the Aunt Gee’s team.
Who cooks? Mum
Who markets? Daughter
Aunt Gee's is a part time enterprise run by mother and daughter, Gladys and Jacqueline, and you can find either of them or Jacqueline’s boyfriend, Peter on the stall. They can also be found at Chapel Market in Islington and testing the newly re-launched Caledonian 'Cally' Road market. They produce and sell 3 variations to the sauce; Original spice, Mild and Very Hot.
So What Goes Into Shito?
Shito is a Ghanaian sauce (fish and chilli oil slow cooked for hours) which can be eaten with rice, yam, gari and more. Ingredients can be tomato paste, well-marinated and finely ground oven cooked shrimps and fish, canola oil, ginger, onion, garlic, chili peppers, Habanero peppers, chicken bouillon and salt. You can also use it as a spread. In Ghana, shito is used with a variety of dishes. These include kenkey, steamed rice, eba and waakye (rice and beans). In most Chinese restaurants across Ghana, shito replaces hot oil as a condiment to fried rice. You can order Ghana Best Shito Hot Now through this site! If do not like ground marinated & grilled fish & shrimps Aunt Gee's are considering a vegetarian version.
Old Spitalfields Market
Every Saturday there is something a little bit different at Old Spitalfields Market! Themed markets rotate every week offering the best in vintage, designer made products and collectable items. The African Market is there on the 4th Saturday of every month.
Open The Gate is proudly hosting their unique alternative fair, The African Market, featuring a selection of the most talented designers from Africa and inspired by African cultures. Like mama rasta. the dreadlock girl. Natural hair live your life, love your hair.
The African Market showcases original & ethical fashion, accessories, jewellery, shoes as well as Arts & Crafts, homeware, natural beauty products, books, music, arts and more. Local & international charities are also represented, promoting their actions and raising awareness but also funds by selling goods.
The African Market is a place of curiosity attracting an eclectic mix of people including families, young people, students & adults, and a networking platform both for traders and interested visitors, connecting amateurs, professionals and passionates.
The African Market is an initiative by the cultural organization Open The Gate.
More info: openthegate.org.uk Twitter @OpenTheGate_ or use the hashtage #TheAfricanMarket
So support Africa and Ghanaian-inspired business in London