Thursday, 26 March 2015

Yam pepper soup (Ji mmiri oku)

It's no hidden fact that my love for yam knows no bounds. Just one look at the collection of yam recipes on dobby's signature is enough to tell you how much i love yam. Today, i'd be showing you how i make "Ji mmiri oku" which is one of my favorite eastern Nigeria dishes. This is a one pot dish which is best enjoyed on cold rainy mornings. Traditionally cooked with fresh fish, stock fish, dry fish or any type of seafood, this dish is bound to get people asking for more. it's easy to make and also very very tasty especially when eaten with palmoil sprinkled with a little bit of salt.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Edible winged termites "Aku, Esunsun, Shinge"

My friends in the eastern part of Nigeria think just because i live in Lagos, i live in paradise. Like we're all just out here where everything happens, sipping champagne, catching fun...just like a permanent vacation. Are they insane? Do they think the polluted atmosphere here is better than breathing in fresh air early in the morning or watching squirrels move around the tall trees in search of food? How can they possibly think that the hustle and bustle over here is better than the serene natural way of life over there.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Sunny Fizz - Two toned sunny fizz drink recipe

Growing up, some of my happiest memories are of excursions during summer lessons on hot sunny afternoons with my classmates. During such outings, we'd visit lots of fun places were we'd get special treats and snacks. There were also several mono-colored drinks to choose from too. One of my favorite things to get was a glass of ice cold orange mocktail alongside the small chops available. In this post, i'd show you how to make a simple two toned alcohol free mocktail drink for non-drinkers out there. Kiddies and preggies would definitely love this. 

Monday, 16 March 2015

Yam Balls - How to make stuffed Yam balls

Yams! You either hate them or love them.  One food staple we don't lack here in Nigeria is definitely yam tubers. I mean, you could find yams being sold in every nook and cranny of the country and at very affordable prices too. With an abundance of yam comes an amazing array of yam recipes too here at Dobby's signature. One of such recipes is the Stuffed yam balls. Stuffed yam balls is a tasty snack that has made it's way to our very own naija kitchen. Just one look at it would definitely get you drooling. These portable hand held stuffed yam balls would make a terrific side dish or appetizer in the small chops section of parties. You could also fill it up with just about anything such as minced/ground beef or chicken, bell peppers, fresh shrimp, fish, sweet corn, spring onions, carrots, peas e.t.c....the choice is yours.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Tips for making Layered drinks

A Layered drink is bound to impress anyone who is served. it's mostly common in parties and Cocktail bars. Making a layered drink might sound like rocket science but all it needs is just a little practice. Although layered drinks are mostly associated with sweet drinks, hard liqueur such as vodka, rum, whiskey or even bitters are sometimes added to reduce the sugar content as well as give it a little punch.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Homemade Zobo "Hibiscus" syrup

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. I was inspired recently to make my own homemade syrup when i couldn't find what i needed for some cocktail drinks i had to make over the weekend. I was so amazed when the syrup turned out just right and gave me the desired effect and taste i needed for the drinks. Over the course of time, i've decided not to focus on big "imported" #wash #wash names i can't pronounce but to try infusing some of the local ingredients found around. Not only is this syrup easy to make, it also helps in saving a whole lot of money as well as gives you what you need.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

How to make spaghetti from scratch

I make spaghetti from scratch once in a while and this started way back in the Uni when my roomie back then taught me how her mum makes it. The story she told me was that her family once lived in the north on a large expanse of farm land alone. Neighbors lived far away and stores were located in the main town so to get things they were once used to (The mum relocated from the US), her mum had to make most things from scratch. They had fresh milk, fruits which they plucked straight from the trees and a whole lot more. I loved fairytale stories like that so i decided to recreate my version. It's really exciting to know that something as complicated as pasta could be made easily at home as i'm about to show you.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Social Media week Lagos 2015 On street foodie waka (Photos)

Hi everyone, how are y'all doing? Can you believe we're 3 months into the year 2015 already? How time flies so fast! Hope you had a great time this past week. For me, i'd say i had a really amazing week!!! i'm sure you'd have noticed how irregular my blogging, replying comments and mails was...so sorry about that. i was busy attending bumper sessions at the just concluded Social media week. After my experience in the #SMWlagos2014 were i was a Panel speaker with wonderful people (HERE), social media week has become more than an engaging experience which i look forward to yearly.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Boiled Plantain with Vegetable egg sauce

I love plantain and it's definitely on the list of "favorite foods" for many. This is why it's not unusual to get carried away with fried plantain day in day out as that's the most popular way to enjoy ripe plantains but have you tried boiling instead? To be frank, boiled plantain is definitely a healthier option than frying.  According to research, one cup of raw plantain contains 181 calories, while 1 cup of fried plantains contains 365 calories. If you are worried about the number of calories, you should try boiling, baking or steaming insteadBoiled plantain is really easy to make and can be enjoyed with just about any type of stew or sauce. 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Winners Emerge in the Royco Table for two Competition

After two-weeks of running the online competition, tagged #RoycotablefortwoCompetition, 10 lucky winners with the most social activities have emerged with one lucky winner bagging the whopping N60, 000 shopping voucher while the remaining have won for themselves N20, 000 shopping voucher each. Below is the list of winners and pictures of some of the winning meals

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Kokoro recipe - Crunchy Cornmeal Snack

Kokoro is a popular crunchy snack with western Nigeria origins. It's really not unusual to find street hawkers carrying this tasty snack around in trays placed strategically on their heads. There are two types of kokoro sold in the local markets with the difference being only in shape and taste namely; the Crunchy plain type and the Crunchy Spicy type. Personally, i enjoy eating both so i really don't have a favorite. In this recipe, i'd be showing you how to make the crunchy plain type after the cut.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

How to grill fish at Home - Grilled fish recipe

 Homemade grilled fish is probably one of my all time favorite things to make. This is because it's really tasty, easy to make and O yes! i get to save a whole lot of money doing it myself.  Grilling is a healthy way of cooking fish. To retain the nutrients & flavor in the fish, it's best to grill it in a foil packet. All you have to do is to wrap it with an aluminium foil and cook on the grill.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Agbalumo/ Udara (African Star Apple) - Food profile

It's the season of the African star Apple commonly known as agbalumo "Yoruba", Udala/Udara "Igbo" or cherry in Nigeria. On my recent visit to the local market, i noticed a crowd selecting fresh udara fruits from baskets and i couldn't help but join in the fenzy. To me, a large crowd simply meant the fruits were ripe and sweet. The vendors also don't waste time in trying to lure you into buying as they usually give out free fruit samples to prospective buyers once you come around. Back in the day, i remember using the seeds for local games like Ayo or suwe. My friends and i also used to chew the flesh and skin so hard, it turned to gum...sweet memories of the good old days :( 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Plain Okra soup with Stew

Okay, it has happened to all of us before. You have different stews in your freezer but you're not in the mood for rice, yam, plantain, potato and all the other stuff that goes with stew but "Swallow" and you don't have any soup. Well, that's where this soup comes into play.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

How to make Red velvet cake

Can't wait for Valentines day to come. You all know that's one of the favorite times of the year for the ladies :D :D :D. Unfortunately, it's also going to clash with the Long awaited presidential election here in Nigeria....Sucks doesn't it? Anyway, that's really no excuse not to give your loved ones a good treat. You really don't have to break the bank to make the day special too. A simple gift of love from the heart would do just fine ;). For me, I love Red velvet cake, probably because it literally melts in the mouth or probably because it tastes so good. Over the years, i know i've churned out dozens and dozens of this cake for lovers on vals day so i definitely know it's an instant hit. Today, i'd be showing you how to make the famous red velvet cake naija style and as usual, i'm going to make the tutorial as simple as possible to make it easy to follow. if you don't want to miss other baking tutorials coming up, don't fail to subscribe to my posts by putting your e-mail addy in the box below. 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

How to make Butter cream Icing

Butter cream icing is an easy to make, egg free frosting for decorating wedding, birthday & party cakes. In my opinion, it's softer, tastier and more spreadable than most icings. When decorating, this is my go-to frosting for cakes because apart from the taste, it requires little or no effort to make.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Kunun Aya "Tigernuts Milk" recipe

Prior to my first visit to the Northern part of Nigeria, the only type of Kunu drink i knew was Kunun Zaki. But after staying there for a while, i got exposed to the other types such as kunun aya (made from Tigernuts) and kunu gyada which is made from groundnuts and sometimes sprinkled with rice. On the streets, Tigernuts is known as "Aya" in hausa, "Aki hausa"(meaning Hausa groundnut) in igbo and "Ofio"in yoruba.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sweet spicy plantain chips recipe

Sweet, crispy, spicy, crunchy......Yep! Those are the best words used to describe this tasty delight. This is one snack i always have tucked in my stash as it always comes in handy when i need to nibble on something. The key to getting the perfect crunch is all about picking the right plantains. Unlike the unripe plantain chips which is made using green plantains as shown previously, it's best to use the semi ripe plantains that's just about turning yellow for this to get that "Sweet" taste. Also, the thinner you slice it, the better. It's really quite easy to make as i'm about to show you.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Date "Fruit"- Food Profile

The fruit (dates) of the Date palm tree is a staple fruit across most parts of Nigeria. It's cultivated for it's sweet fruit and it's got an oval-cylindrical shape. When ripe, it has a bright yellow color and when dried, it turns brown. Botanically they are known as Phoenix dactylifera from the family of Arecaceae, in the genus Phoenix. In Nigeria, it's not unusual to see northern vendors carrying around the Date "fruit" in wheel barrows especially the dried version which has a sweet taste unlike the fresh fruit which has a sour taste. Although dates can be eaten fresh, it's often sold dried therefore resembling large raisins.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

How to make Corn bread - Corn bread recipe

Whoever invented corn bread is a total genius i tell you. Yesterday, I was searching for something new and totally different in taste from the various breads when I stumbled on this recipe. It could be quite difficult deciding what to have for breakfast so this definitely came in handy. Corn bread is a type of bread made with cornmeal and a mixture of other ingredients. Unlike the normal bread you're used to, it's a little bit more like crumbly cake. The taste is simply out of this world and the aroma it leaves the house with is better experienced than explained.
One of my new year resolutions is to do more baking tutorials as most of you have been requesting for so you'd definitely be seeing more of that this year especially since the first birthday celebration in the fam is coming up pretty soon. I love parties and i definitely can't wait :D. Here's a quick and easy tutorial on how to make cornbread with or without an oven

Monday, 19 January 2015

Domino's Pizza & ColdStone Review

So i stopped by Domino's pizza & Cold Stone restaurant this weekend as i've been doing quite frequently of late since they opened shop close to where i reside. From the very first day they opened, i knew i was in trouble.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Bitter Leaf Soup - Ofe Onugbu recipe

Back in the day, i used to have a phobia for preparing this soup. This was because the very first time i cooked it, i ended up throwing the whole pot of soup away due to the unbearable bitter taste - the whole fam went to bed hungry that day and i didn't hear the last of it for the rest of the week. The next time i made it, i unknowingly released a stink bomb throughout the whole house due to adding excess ogiri. This was a milder blunder compared to the first and the smell left within a day after emptying about two cans of air freshener. I guess my experiences made me a pro in the preparation and right now, i can proudly say i'm totally in love with onugbu soup. 
Ofe Onugbu "bitter leaf soup" is a tasty Nigerian soup native to the igbos from the eastern part of Nigeria. The name 'bitter leaf soup' is derived from the fact that the leaf used in preparation Vernonia Amygdalina is bitter until washed thoroughly. Preparation is quite easy as i'm about to show you. Click HERE to view full list of Nigerian leafy vegetables

Monday, 12 January 2015

How to Reduce Food Waste

Avoiding food waste is one of the best practices that should be incorporated in our everyday lives. i doubt if anyone enjoys seeing their hard earned money thrown in the trash can when it could have been put to better use elsewhere. Food wastage is avoidable and can be curbed in so many ways. Here are a few ideas to get you started

Friday, 9 January 2015

Smoked Panla fish stew

Smoked Panla fish stew is one of the most affordable Nigerian stews to make. This is also because the panla fish is one of the cheapest fish sold in the local Nigerian market. This fish is a typical example of small but mighty. I'm not going to exaggerate but when it comes to taste, this fish tastes far better than most smoked fish you've ever eaten. Where i stay, the vendors usually walk around carrying this fish in baskets on their heads so most times, i usually go on the lookout for them. Panla stew is one of the various types of bukka stews to make at home and it goes well with just about anything from Boiled rice to yam porridge or even some Nigerian soups such as egusi soup or plain okra soup. 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Chapman drink (Fanta Chapman recipe)

Starting off this year with the number 1 Nigerian cocktail drink known as Chapman. Rumor has that it was supposedly invented by a Nigerian bartender known then as "Sharpman" and later popularized when the coca-cola company & makers of fanta started bottling it in the early 90's hence the name "Fanta Chapman". 

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Reader favourites of 2014 by Dobby

Holy-craappppp!!!! it's 2015 already? How time flies :D. I hope you have your New Year resolutions in place because time waits for no one. I've got my own new year resolutions ready and i really hope i'd stick to them this time unlike the previous years where they flew out the window after the first week....lol!
Ok, before we stroll into the new year i'd like us to take a look back at some of the posts y'all enjoyed reading in the year 2014. This list was put together based on pageviews, number of shares e.t.c. It was a blast putting this together and seeing what your favorites were! So here Goes..........

Friday, 26 December 2014

Chewy sugar cookies recipe

Hi everyone! hope y'all are enjoying the holidays. i decided to make a quick stop to show you how to make these tasty sugar cookies i served up for Christmas. Made the cookies a day before the D-day and stored them in a tightly fitted glass cookie jar to prevent them from getting soft. i recall the very first time i made these, all i needed was a nod of approval from my brothers who are my greatest critiques to know it tasted "fantabulously" good :D. To give you a hint, the light one tastes exactly like the popular Danish cookies and the dark one tastes like the chocolate flavored version of danish cookies. Now i'm done! Time to run off to enjoy the rest of the Holiday. 
You could also browse through the various biscuit recipes on the blog for more inspiration. To see what i've been up to and also get meal ideas for the season, follow me on instagram HERE...Chao!
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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Sardine Coleslaw recipe

Christmas is just a few days away, decorations are in place and the atmosphere already has a sweet aroma of Jollof / Fried rice & salad, fried chicken and baked goods hanging in the warm no-harmattan lasgidi air. Okay, let's focus cos i can feel myself starting to drift off into a food day dream. As i write this, i'm so hungry because i just woke up and my sense of smell always seems to intensify on an empty tummy. The one and only thing i crave for right now is a bowl of sardine coleslaw. Luckily, i've got some leftover salad in the fridge so i probably won't starve this morning. This is one of the healthiest salads to make and it's also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, thanks to the sardines packed in olive oil plus the creamy dressing which makes the taste simply mouthwatering.

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 Casserole - 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.