Monday, 20 April 2015
"Buka" pronounced "Boo-car": A name used to describe makeshift restaurants where local Nigerian meals are sold at extremely cheap rates.
The day i went to see a friend of mine some years ago was when i confirmed the power of well prepared buka stew. There was no light and food at her place so she suggested we strolled out to get something to eat. Right where the major market was located was a little buka close to the main road with "Mama Friday buka " written boldly in front.
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
If you are ever at a restaurant and you see banana kunun Aya milkshake on the menu, i highly recommend you give it a try. I stumbled on this recipe a while back in my kitchen and since then, i've been blown away anytime i make it. This is one of my variations of the classic kunun aya mixes and it's definitely here to stay. Makes me feel like a kid with that greedy urge to have as many sweet flavors as possible in one full cup.
Thursday, 9 April 2015
It's official. i'm addicted to one pot meals. One pot meals to me simply helps me avoid the mental stress of having to wash up more than one cooking pot later on (yeah, i'm that lazy :D). The fact that Okra Soup is one of the simplest Nigerian soups to make with very few ingredients cannot be hidden and it's definitely one of my go-to meals whenever i want to spend less time in the kitchen. It's also a versatile soup which can be cooked in various ways i.e plain, with leafy vegetables, with fish and so much more. You could check out the full list of Okra Recipes to take a pick. Okra soup is usually served with any form of "Swallow".
Monday, 6 April 2015
Easter truly feels like the start of a new beginning. The egg hunt is over, now it's time to eat. I actually kept myself busy decorating Easter eggs for my little nieces and nephews combined with making appetizing meals for the fam this past weekend. The newest addition to the list of appetizers is Deviled eggs. This past weekend was my very first time making it and everyone absolutely loved it. Things sour tasting mustard and mayonnaise combo can do....better left experienced than imagined :). The deviled egg is not native to Nigeria but is quite popular across the continents and can be seen in recipes as far back as ancient Rome.
Thursday, 2 April 2015
Monday, 30 March 2015
Sometimes, i find eating raw fruits or vegetables daily really hard to keep up with but this could be accomplished easily with a quick glass of fruit or vegetable juice. One good way of enjoying the benefits from a wide variety of fruits or vegetables that i might not enjoy eating whole is by juicing. Taking a glass of fresh juice in the morning (on an empty stomach and alone) 1-2 hours before a meal is not only refreshing but also healthy. The nutrients will be absorbed more easily and and it doesn't have other food which would interfere with the body's cleansing. When juicing, try to keep some of the pulp. Not only does it have healthy fiber, but it can help fill you up. You may not need a juicing machine to make juice. You can use a blender as shown below for most whole fruits or vegetables to keep the fiber. if it becomes too thick add some water.
Thursday, 26 March 2015
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
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
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.