Monday, 23 November 2015

Dobby's Signature giveway!!! Win these fabulous prizes...

Hello Everyone! How una dey? Can you believe December is around the corner? Just like that? i can remember almost everything from my very first blog post of the year to how Dobby's signature automatically grew from just one staff (me) to 2 (can someone give the lord a big We are so thankful for our DS readers! Like we actually have a great spot on the internet visible to people around the world, and it's all because of you and your support. This is one of the reasons why we decided to host a contest to decide on who gets the gifts. Here's the catch! We'll be choosing a winner from the first 50 entries. So the quicker you are to submit, the better your chances of winning will be!  Ready to win? Here's what you have to do;

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Vegetable salad recipe

Since the Holiday season is fast approaching, i decided to rummage through my kitchen cabinet for leftover food items i had in store before going for my usual shopping and i came across some canned food items i could use to put together a quick salad for a quick lunch. Here's why i love salads; It's healthy, mouthwatering and easy to make. did i also mention that it goes with just about any meal i.e jollof rice, fried rice, coconut rice, and a host of others. When making mine, i combine a host of things; sweet corn, green peas, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce,carrots, eggs and YES macaroni with a drizzle of salad dressing. Just imagine having a bowl of this tasty salad on a hot day.....can you taste it? :D. We love it really chilled, but it's also great when it's warm too. You could check out other salad recipes here also.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Ikokore recipe - How to Make Ikokore "Water Yam Porridge"

Back in the day as a growing child, i had this friend who's mum would always make hot ikokore whenever it was wateryam season. The lumpy nature of the porridge could never go unnoticed and the distinct mouthwatering aroma would always invite us in to "Play" once we got close to their house during such times. While reminiscing on some of the mouth watering dishes i enjoyed during the good old days, i had to call Dotun my childhood bestie for this recipe. So if you're thinking of what to prepare with water yam why not try making ikokore. Ikokore is a meal native to the Ijebu people from the southwestern part of Nigeria. Just like Ojojo, it's made with water yam and also very similar to ekpang nkukwoThe final texture of this dish is similar to a pudding or porridge. Just one taste and you're bound to get hooked. Some people add peppered stew to it while serving, others serve it plain but it's all a matter of choice.  

Monday, 9 November 2015

Food Profile: Beetroot + How to make beetroot juice

Hello fam! hope y'all had a great weekend. Today, we'd be taking a look at this not too popular vegetable found here in Nigeria. Beetroot is a vegetable with a delicious but distinctive flavor filled with lots of nutritional benefits. Typically, it has a rich purple color although it can also be white and golden.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

How to Make Sweet Plantain Empanadas Recipe

Sweet, savory plantain empanadas are a delight for the whole fam every single time i make it. I've always loved plantain (Duh! abeg who doesn't?) but making empanadas with yummy fillings is a whole different ball game entirely. The good thing about plantain empanadas is you can fill it with just about anything. For this to turn out really nice, you'd need ripe plantain. What i usually do is to make plantain empanadas and store in the refrigerator and whenever anyone is ready, all the person has to do is to bring them out of the fridge and fry for breakfast, lunch or dinner. if you have a party, you can even serve plantain empanadas as an appetizer. Empanadas are best eaten warm and freshly fried with hot pepper sauce like ata din din served with hot or cold cup of beverage by the side. 

Friday, 30 October 2015

Tsamiya (Tamarind) Juice - How to make tamarind juice

Tsamiya juice is a popular drink in the Northern part of Nigeria. It is made with Tamarind, a fruit which is very similar to the tasty black velvet tamarind snack known locally as licky licky. Some recipes call for tamarind juice to be used as a flavor enhancer while in other cases, tamarind juice can be drunk as a laxative and cleanser. It's really popular with the Northerners here in Nigeria.

Monday, 26 October 2015

How to make popcorn on a stove top

Guguru ati ekpa
During my uni days as a student there were lots of things i didn't have i.e a microwave (because i stayed in the school hotel all through and large appliances like that weren't allowed) and most definitely i had NO popcorn machine. The one thing i did have though was a set of pots for cooking. With my portable camp gas, i could make just about anything from delicious homemade meals and pastries without an oven to snacks like popcorn. There was really no need for any fancy machine because my pots could do just about anything. Every now and again, whenever i get a craving for popcorn, all i do is pop some hot buttery salty or sugary popcorn in a pot on a stovetop.....Dazzal! :D. Here's how i do it below. 

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Best cookbooks of all Time - Allnigrianrecipes Cookbook Makes the List

Recently, i was contacted to pick my top 10 favorite cookbooks to be used in creating the ultimate online food destination, built around a comprehensive collection of recipes as voted by leading chefs, food writers, editors, bloggers and food professionals. With this task, i couldn't think of a better person other than madam Flo Madubike of allnigerianrecipes. I must confess, this great and hardworking woman has been a very wonderful influence to the Nigerian food and blogging industry even though she doesn't realize it Her book also covers all aspects of Nigerian cooking apart from the fact that it'd make you drool. Check out the feature on Los Angeles Times. To view my top 10 picks, Click Here

Monday, 19 October 2015

Miyan zogale recipe - How to make miyan zogale

Having a small farm of my own has helped in several rewarding ways. i love the fact that i get to grow most of my food and this has helped me appreciate farmers even more. One of the plants i grow on the farm is moringa. After learning about the health benefits which i documented here, i decided to grow my very own moringa tree. Apart from the leaves being used in preparing the popular zogale tea for weightloss, it is also used to make salads and soups. One of the soups it's used for is miyan zogale, a tasty Nigerian soup which originates from the Northern part of the country. It's a groundnut based soup prepared with moringa leaves locally known as Zogale in Hausa language, gyada "roasted groundnuts", peppers, tomatoes and a host of other ingredients.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Dobbyssignature featured in Digital Development Debates Germany

Digital Development Debates is a magazine published quarterly on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Each issue focuses on a prevailing topic from the development policy sector. This current issue is dedicated to the topic of “food and farming”. In this edition, six selected food bloggers from countries such as, Slovenia, Brazil, USA, Singapore, Botswana – and also Nigeria (Whoop!) were featured.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Blueberry soya milk smoothie

Recently, i've been following my younger brother's fitfam and body building journey especially when it comes to things he takes before and after workouts. Most of his diet comprises of shakes, smoothies, carbs and high protein meals. One of his favorite is the blueberry soy milk smoothie. This is a delicious healthy smoothie you can take in the morning. it's packed with nourishing vitamins your body needs for a great start. 

Friday, 9 October 2015

Aki na ukwa

No i don't mean the popular comedy film staring osita and chinedu, i mean the food from which the name of the movie was gotten. These days once aki na ukwa is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the movie but in reality, the name goes way beyond the movie.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Cat fish pepper soup - Point and kill recipe

Happy Independence day and happy new month everyone! Well, well, hope you had a wonderful celebration like i did. Most people said it wasn't as bubbly as it used to be due to the budget cut but i guess a change has finally come to our dear country. Here's how the day went down for me; i woke up early in the morning to watch the independence day speech by President Muhammadu Buhari then headed to the market to get fish for cat fish pepper soup a.k.a point and kill. The name point and kill is a popular name for this dish and was coined from the fact that when you go to local restaurants or bars to order for this delicacy, you'd be taken to a fish pond to select the fish you want. To select, you point at the fish and it would be brought out of the water and killed. Next, all you have to do is relax for about 20-30 minutes for the cat fish pepper soup to be prepared. Cat fish pepper soup is a tasty and healthy delicacy prepared with local herbs and enjoyed by many. Here's how it's made...

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Groundnut soup "Ihewewe" Recipe

Once upon a time i was one of those that felt groundnut, tomato, pepper and a host of other ingredients was a horrible soup combination. Well, that was long before i tried it myself. Not only was i blown away, the whole family was blown away too by the wonderful taste. Regrettably, i just made a small pot that day and had to go under the pouring rain to the market to get ingredients for a whole new pot of soup the next day.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Nestlé Nigeria Factory Tour (photos) - Take a sneak peek on street foodie waka.

Hi guys,

How are y'all doing? Hope good! Today, i'd be bringing you pictures from the maggi factory tour that occurred recently. Even today, i still feel the euphoria from the wonderful tour. Is it just me is there something about food factories that keeps one excited. The last time i was in a factory, i was a lab worker making beer, spirit and malt, this time i was more like a tourist in a food factory which made it even more exciting. 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Isi ewu recipe - How to make isi ewu (Sauced goat head)

If you're tired of watching your hubby go to Isi ewu joints (restaurants) with his friends during the weekends, not to worry, i've got the perfect recipe with step-by-step pictures on how to prepare the authentic isi ewu right at home to destroy those plans while you pocket that 2,500k they willingly give to the isi ewu sellers. Here's is an unspoken secret; no man both old and young can resist isi ewu.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Kanjika - Nigerian jello like sweet

Yes! this is a refined version of Eko or agidi and it's known as kanjika. Kanjika is a tasty jello-like sweet made from fermented corn starch and coconut milk. It can be eaten alone as a snack or soaked in milk, just the way eko is soaked. The best part is, you could give it any shape, colour and flavor you want to. I used a heart shaped mold for the kanjika in the pics and also 3 basic colors; red, blue and yellow although the coloring part can be skipped. It's really easy to make and kids would also love to take part in the fun. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

KTQ 3 Outdoor Grill Team Challenge

The search for Nigeria’s culinary best continues and in this episode, the top 10 contestants were faced with an outdoor grill challenge at the Freedom Park, Lagos.

The task was to create a fun fare day with good food and great service for 100 guests which were fans from social media and also celebrity judges. They were to create a good meal complemented by a grill item and dessert.

Kwado recipe- How to make Kwado

When reminiscing some boarding house chronicles, one meal that should ring a bell is Kwado. It was one of those meals we ate when we were so broke while in school and couldn't afford a real decent meal. Times like that meant we had to get creative with whatever we had available to get by....In came kwado. I mean, who didn't have garri or sardine available stashed somewhere in a locker. About 3-6 people would gather around one little bowl of kwado like it was the tastiest meal in the!
Kwado is a cold meal made with from a mixture of dry pepper/yaji, mashed sardines & oil, onion, kuli kuli and sometimes stock cubes. It's mostly prepared by BROKE boarding house students with no option of getting a decent meal :D. What do you call this in your language?