Wednesday, 17 December 2014

How to make pizza from scratch (with or without an oven)

Pizza is fast becoming a rave here in Nigeria with pizza shops opening up here and there. Although it  doesn't come cheap, it's definitely worth every penny. Well, you don't have to break the bank to enjoy this tasty snack at home. On first thought, i wanted to make this post about pepperoni pizza but on getting to the supermarket where pepperoni sausages are sold i noticed they had run out of pepperoni so i went for the next available option known as chicken franks. Don't get me wrong, these are not the only available options to use as topping for you pizza. You can infact use lightly cooked minced meat, chicken,Chopped onions, Green peppers, any Sausage, Bacon, Olives, Ham, sweet corn, Pineapple, Mushrooms, Basil, Barbecue chicken or Just plain cheese i.e Mozzarella , parmesan, goat cheese, cheddar or a combination). Weird, but the pizza made with just plain cheese is actually my favorite and it goes by the name Magarita. Once you're done making your pizza dough as shown in the previous post, making pizza from scratch gets pretty easy. 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Introducing Cooking Sense Magazine


Hello Blog Fam!
Hope y'all had a great weekend. I'm so delighted to introduce you to Cooking Sense, a popular food magazine in the Caribbean. This edition features recipes from Food experts from different countries around the Globe including myself. It's packed with loads and loads of Christmas recipes and cooking tips you'd love to try out. To Flip through the pages of the magazine and download, Please follow this link: http://issuu.com/cubepublishingltd/docs/cooking_sense_to_upload_new

Don’t forget to visit their Facebook page and give them a “like”. This is definitely a great milestone for me and I would not have accomplished it without your support & patience. Thank you & lots of love.....Mmuaahhh!!! :D 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

How to make Pizza dough

Learning to make pizza dough is a pre-requisite to making pizza. The key to getting the perfect pizza has alot to do with the crust which could be either thick or thin. This recipe below is enough to make three 10-inch pizzas. The dough can also be stored in the refrigerator prior to the time you intend using it. When you are ready to make your pizza, you can now bring the dough out of the refrigerator and let it warm up a bit while you prepare the toppings. And yes, you can make pizzas without and oven using this method HERE

Thursday, 11 December 2014

How to make Plantain chips - Unripe plantain chips recipe

Did you know that Unripe plantain chips are really easy to make at home? It's so true. For me. I'd say they are even easier to make than most Nigerian snacks. I hadn't made plantain chips in a long time but recently, a former student of mine from a secondary school i once taught Food & Nutrition called me up to ask how its being made. She said she wanted to make some extra cash for herself during this Christmas break. Luckily, i had unripe plantain sitting in the kitchen waiting to be used. Making this tasty snack is as easy as ABC as i'm about show you. 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Lagos Seafood Festival + Paint the Night Africa

This past weekend was a blast and I had such a great time. I was invited to an art event called Paint the night Africa tagged #PtnAfrica. It was scheduled to hold by 6:30pm at Terra Kulture but since i wanted to make it to a book reading event organised by a friend of mine at the same venue, i had to leave home quite early so i could catch the last BRT bus leaving town for the day as well as make it to the island in time for both events. Along the way, i saw a festival going on very close to my destination. My curiosity got the better part of me and i said goodbye to the book reading by simply strolling to the venue like i was invited...lol!. The Festival arena was located very close to the beach and was filled with lots of sea food vendors as well as different display stands were they showcased their wares. 

Friday, 5 December 2014

Ofe owerri recipe - How to make Ofe owerri

Ofe owerri is a tasty Nigerian soup which is native to Igbos from Imo State, South-eastern Nigeria especially those from owerri which is the state capital. In english, ofe owerri means Owerri soup. And just as any Nigerian soup, you can use any type of fish, beef or assorted meat you choose to use and still get wonderful results. Before cooking of owerri you have to decide on the vegetable combination you want to use depending on the availability. The normal combination is made up of two vegetables. It's either you use Ugu and Uziza, Ukazi and Uziza or Oha and Uziza. These vegetables have various health benefits and if you noticed, whatever combo you choose to use must include Uziza leaves. This tends to add flavor to the soup due to its aromatic compounds but is to be used sparingly (Click here to view the full list of Nigerian vegetables). Also, the thickener used for this soup is cocoyam. When i say cocoyam, i don't mean the average cocoyam thickener known as "Ede ofe" that draws when added to soups but the type known as the "Red cocoyam", eaten just the way boiled yam is eaten. Continue to see how it's prepared.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Hellofood's pizza places in Nigeria

As Nigerians, we can cook almost everything to suit our taste but when it comes to pizza, we would always rely on pizza restaurants who have better expertise, experience and equipment. Thanks to hellofood, the No. 1 online food ordering and delivery platform which connects us to this special pizza restaurants across Nigeria. Are you tired of eating mediocre same old pizza? Do you want pizza and do you want it now?

Types of Nigerian "swallow" for soup

Swallow is a term coined for Nigerian solid meals that are taken with soups and ingested by "Swallowing". They are naturally thick, elastic and easily malleable with a dough-like consistency once prepared. They are mostly starchy solids and make up most of the Nigerian main course meals when accompanied with soups. To eat, just roll a small quantity with your hand, dip into any soup and swallow....As easy as ABC.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

How to make Starch - Usi (Swallow for Banga)

Starch (Usi) is a popular delicacy in the Southern part of Nigeria especially with people from Delta state. It's infact the major type of "swallow" used in eating the popular Banga soup and Ovwo soup and yes, it's fingerlicking tasty too. It's made from the common starch used in laundry here in Nigeria....

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Dobby Featured on Intoconnection (Watch the full interview)

Hello blog fam,
How are y'all doing :). i was recently featured on IntoConnection, an exciting talk-show where enthusiastic young people from leading cities around the globe can interact and discuss ideas and topics worth sharing. It's a movement that believes the first step towards building a brighter future is connection. IntoConnection’s core values are optimism, inspiration, connection and authenticity.
To watch the full interview CLICK HERE


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Potato egg Bake - Nigerian Fiesta recipe

Most of my favorite holiday traditions has a lot to do with food. Not only do i love to prepare meals that'd make people go awwwww!!! and ahhhhh!!!, i also love to prepare meals that'd make people go....Yuummmm!!!! :D.  I made this for breakfast yesterday for the fam and they all loved it. In Nigeria, this tasty meal is known popularly as Fiesta. it's made from baked potatoes, eggs, flour and vegetables. Also, it's pretty easy to make as i'm about to show you.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Nigerian meat pie recipe

Y'all know i love baking and i pride myself as a very good pastry chef right. And since Christmas is around the corner, there'd be lots of baking going on during this period. Nothing delights the tastebuds as much as this tasty snack filled with ground beef, vegetables and gravy. It's also one of the most common snacks sold in fast food restautants here in Nigeria. Today, i'd be showing you how to put a smile on the faces of your loved ones during this festive season with this delightful snack. Thanks to the lovely readers who kept bombarding me with questions on why i hadn't done a post on this. The truth is, i totally forgot but you all jolted my memory back and once again i'd like to say a big Thank you. If you don't have an oven to bake this in, use this Method 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Banga Soup Recipe (Niger-Delta Style Palm nut soup)

I love travelling by bus, not only because of the frequent adventures i get to experience in different states of the country but also because of the frequent stop overs in the states. During these brief periodic stops, we get to stretch our legs, empty our bowels and best of all fill our bellies with more food for the rest of the journey. Whenever the bus stops at Delta State the favorite meal for me is Banga and starch. There, they serve it in this local dish that makes the soup even tastier. i don't know why, but i just can't get enough of it.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

How to remove Beans Skin Using a Blender (Video)

I've come to a realization that as the days go by, technology keeps improving and making life better for lazy people like me. Gone are the days when i'd spend over two hours washing beans with my bare hands in the kitchen (Say wetin happen??!!). At a point, i even dreaded days when i compulsorily had to make meals like Moi moi Or akara for the fam. It got so bad that i resorted to buying these meals from vendors outside whenever i craved for them to avoid the stress involved in the Preparation.
This method would definitely come as a relief to most people who find the traditional method of washing beans tasking. I've also got the full video on the process below.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Kobis Restaurant Review + Free Giveaway!!!

It's no secret that i'm a real food junkie. I love searching for inspiration and trying out new experiences. Yesterday, i went to shop for camera gear at Ikeja with my very good friend and photographer Dolapo of @doa4tografi. After the tiring market waka under the Hot scorching sun, we decided to stop at Kobi's restaurant on our way back home to have lunch and also relax a bit. 

Thursday, 6 November 2014

How to make Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice is Nourishing, tasty and so refreshing. It's packed with loads of vitamins and minerals such as Manganese & Vitamin C which functions as natural antioxidants and help keep your immune system healthy. it also contains an enzyme known as Bromelain which is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and digestive enzyme that helps digest proteins and offer anti-inflammatory benefits. Other health benefits include fighting against stomach infections, indigestion, arthritis, constipation, and sinusitis. To gain the maximum benefits, the fully ripened fruit is the most beneficial one.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Egusi soup recipe with Bitter leaf

Egusi soup (Melon Soup) is Unarguably the most popular Nigerian soup everyone loves. It's quite versatile too as it's prepared by every single tribe in Nigeria though the methods of preparation might differ slightly. No matter how it is prepared, the end result still remains the same good old tasty soup. In the north it's known as Miyan Gushi, in the east it is known as Ofe egusi, in the west it is known as efo-elegusi. It could also be prepared with different leaves such as Ugu leaf "fluted pumpkin leaf", Onugbu "Bitter leaf, Afang "Wild spinach", water leaf e.t.c View full list of Nigerian leafy vegetables here - A different leaf means a different flavor. 
One of the reasons why i love preparing Egusi soup with bitter leaf is, with bitter leaf the soup tends to last longer without the taste changing while being refrigerated but when prepared with ugu leaves, it's best eaten within a time frame. Also, bitter leaf makes it fingerlicking good. 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Afrolems is back with catering services in canada

Do you live in canada? Do you need your weekly home cooked meals with that authentic taste? Do you want to make that occasion a great one with mouthwatering Nigerian & continental meals? Then look no further. Afrolems, one of Nigerias top food sites now offers catering services, Food for the week packages and party orders. So if you live around the greater Toronto area and you want to make that occasion a great one with mouth watering delicacies, simply visit www.afrolems.com and place your order.To check out the pricelist, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Mama Sunday's Easy Mealz: Review

A few days ago, i received some packs of Mama Sunday's instant rice to try out. The first time i came across this product was during the Taste Off event held recently. At first, i was in doubt on how the final result would turn out but after giving it a go my notion changed entirely as i was really impressed. Prior to trying it out, i never thought jollof or fried rice could be prepared just as quick as noodles. i'm quite certain lots of people would find this useful especially during rush hours. Easy Meals is definitely the perfect blend of convenience and reliability. No artificial preservatives, coloring or flavors added.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

How to make Akara (Bean cake)

Akara balls totally remind me of the weekends when i was in boarding school. i'm pretty certain most people would agree that this is one of the most satisfying breakfast meals ever. It is also going to be the softest, easiest, fluffiest akara you'd ever make. Akara (Bean cake) is a deep fried meal made from ground beans (Black eyed peas) and a host of other ingredients. It's one of the most common meals you'd find on the breakfast table in most Nigerian homes. it can be taken alone as a snack or served with Pap (akamu "igbo"/ Ogi "Yoruba"/koko"Hausa"), Bread, Garri, peppered stew e.t.c.