Tommy Tucker had to sing for his supper, and a couple of weeks ago I had to cycle for mine. I went to an event hosted by MoneySuperMarket, where we powered the chef's hob by cycling for five and a half minutes - the same amount of time it takes to switch energy tariff on their website.

I'm getting ahead of myself though... We arrived at Jenius Social to be greeted with glasses of bubbly (the perfect pre-cycling refresher!) and some delicious canapés made by chef Pratap Chahal, a fellow Grub Club chef, who's cooked at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, Chez Bruce, Cinnamon Club and Galvin Bistrot, amongst others. Pratap also has his own range of food products, making sauces, chutneys and pickles that you can buy direct from his website, or from Selfridges or various delis in London and the UK. We nibbled on Goan spiced pulled pork on toast with smoked yoghurt and coriander; smoked salmon and South Indian spiced cream cheese rolls wrapped in beetroot jelly; and spiced mushroom, spinach and feta fritters.


While we ate the canapés we heard from MoneySuperMarket about how easy it is to change energy tariff, and then from sustainable energy pioneers Electric Pedals, who'd provided the bikes, which are linked to motors, that powered the hob to cook the main course. The bikes that Electric Pedals have created are normally used to power cinema screens and show movies in places around the world where there is no electricity.

Then it was time to cycle! Three of us cycled at one time, and had to keep the levels above 140 watts for the hob to work. Then after just over five minutes, our main course of South Indian rice pancake, filled with masala potatoes, and served with coconut chutney was ready! It was really delicious, and tasted even better knowing we'd created the electricity to make the dish ourselves.

Pudding was a less strenuous affair, as it had already been made, so no pedalling needed. Chilli and chocolate mousse with frankincense crumble and pine needle sour cream was the perfect end to a wonderful meal. I loved that Pratap served the mousse in the jars he sells his sauces in.

Find out more about how you can switch energy tariff in just over 5 minutes here, though I don't think there's an option to switch to pedal power.... yet!

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