Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Ugba Sauce (Ukpaka sauce)

I'm a food blogger and a professional dreamer, sometimes an artist but mostly a scientist. When the mood is right i get inspired to prepare a not too regular but traditional meal and whenever this happens, it tends to lift the spirits of those around which makes me glad every single time. Today i'd be going all traditional and since we're in a festive mood 'thanks to the holidays', i'd be sharing with you one of my secret recipes which was passed through generations down to my momma and then me.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Nigerian Egg roll

So i woke up this morning to find out we had run out of bread (The usual Saturday breakfast). The bakery close to where i stay don't open shop early and where the bread vendors sell their wares is a long walk from home. To get breakfast ready and on time, i had to make egg rolls since most of the basic ingredients were readily available in the kitchen. Fast forward few hours later, i was done with breakfast and the whole family enjoyed it as well.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Yamarita "Dun Dun Oniyeri" (egg coated yam)

What happens when Rita fries yam dipped in whisked eggs? Yep! you guessed right....."Yamarita" is what! i still wonder how this name was coined but i must admit, it does sound catchy. Most times, i often remember to make Yamarita whenever i want to recycle leftover boiled yam from the previous days meal. Yamarita is a meal made from boiled yam dipped in whisked egg and then fried till golden brown. Most fast foods usually serve up hot Yamaritas on daily basis and i do see how people gush about it. Yamarita is often served with any Hot dipping sauce or stew. It's also easy to make and straight forward as i'm about to show you in this quick tutorial....

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Peppered Crayfish Noodles

It's no longer news that noodles comes in handy everytime with both kids and adults especially during rush hours. With different methods of preparation, noodles could be termed a versatile dish. One of my favorite noodle recipes is the peppered crayfish noodles which slightly different from the basic noodle recipe you are used to. it's easy to make and takes less than 10 mins to prepare. View the recipe below.....

Monday, 14 July 2014

Nigerian Suya + Suya Spice Recipe

Nigerian Beef Suya is a popular street delicacy enjoyed by everyone. To describe it in layman's terms, it is simply barbecued skewered meat prepared with a special spice known as suya spice. Originally from the Northern part of Nigeria, "Suya" has now been adopted as a main staple across Nigeria. The secret to this popular meal has a lot to do with the specially prepared spice which is usually coated around the meat before roasting on the barbecue grill. Suya spice is made from a mixture of different ingredients which includes pepper, groundnuts and a host of others. During my street foodie waka through the North, i also noticed to my amazement that it's sometimes prepared in open flame as shown in the pictures. i had never seen it done in open flame before that day and my curiosity got the better part of me. Though i couldn't speak Hausa language, i was able to get the ingredients from the "mai suya" by going through the Hausa-English conversion Language book i was given at the camp :D. It could be made with beef, chicken, ram or Inner parts such as kidney, liver and tripe (Sharki).

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Hausa Masa Recipe (Rice puff puff)

Hausa masa is a very popular snack in the northern part of Nigeria. As early as 7am, the vendor always had hot balls of masa ready for hungry customers. As I watched from the side, I couldn't help but marvel at her level of expertise. Masa reminds me of puff puff though the batter is made slightly watery unlike puff puff batter and not as sweet as puff puff. It's prepared in such a way that, as you are removing a batch from the pan you are also adding a new set into the pan due to the uncontrollable heat from the firewood burner. The rice usually used for this meal is the type used for tuwo known locally as sinasir (very white in color with broken rice particles, sold mostly by Hausa vendors, soaks up water when cooked). From my perspective, it requires some level of skill to achieve.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Hausa Koko and Kose (Akara & millet pap/porridge)

On this particular day, the kitchen meal on camp was Koko and kose. At first , everyone rushed in line to take the morning meal after the exhausting drills but after taking a bite from the dry kose from the kitchen, the rest of the batch was history as most people simply dumped theirs in the trash can and headed straight to the mami market for "professionally" prepared koko and kose (Ain't nobody got time for badly prepared meal). On Camp, "Buka"/ "mama put" mentality reigns supreme there's no doubt about that. When you're being trained as semi soldiers, adapting to the environment is key to! 

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Danwake (Bean flour Dumplings)

I got inspired to do this post when i saw the homemade version of danwake by Afrolems. On the streets where it's sold in the north, you could get a plate of this dish for as low as 50naira. Danwake is a meal made from cooked balls of dough made from bean flour and kuka powder (ground baobab leaves). Originally from Niger, Danwake has now been adopted as a main staple across the northern part of Nigeria. This meal is rich in protein,vitamin c as well as other nutritional elements such as alpha and beta carotene, potassium, calcium, glutamic acid, mucilage just to name a few.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Fura Da Nono drink recipe

Before heading to the North, i could swear i had never seen a cow being milked talk less of actually drinking real cow milk. You should have seen the excitement on my face when i was about taking "Real Cow Milk" not Processed liquid/powdered milk for the very first was priceless!!!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

NYSC Camp Experience (Photos): Eating my way through Northern Nigeria on street foodie waka

As the saying goes, experience is the best teacher and nothing prepares you for the unknown as much as the NYSC does. I remember the day i got my Call up letter like it was yesterday. We had all gathered in front of the faculty officers office awaiting our turns to get called in for our Posting letters.