Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Acha "Fonio" pudding

Hey friends! Today i want to share with you my newest early morning cereal. Since it was introduced to me by my very good friend makuo (Hi siraj :D), i just can't seem to get enough of it. It has a nutty flavor and tastes very much like ground oats. I am still making variations of this meal as sometimes i add groundnuts, raisins or cashew nuts to it alongside milk.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Tuwo Shinkafa - Rice meal swallow

Behold the king of swallows in the northern part of Nigeria. During my stay in the north, i don't remember a week passing by without eating tuwo shinkafa and any soup of choice. Tuwo shinkafa is a popular northern "swallow" made from soft mashed rice.It's usually made with a locally grown short grain rice popularly known as tuwo rice. This is the preferred choice because tuwo rice tends to get soft quickly which makes it easier to mash up. It can be served with soups such as; Miyan taushe, Miyan kuka, Miyan wake e.t.c.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Afang Soup (Efik style vegetable soup)

Here's a little Confession: I haven't made Afang in nearly two months before I started thinking about this post. I've been making Edikaikong, Abak Atama , Okazi but not afang. I only decided to make afang because i was getting tired of cooking edikaikong all the time. Now i'm like, WHAT WAS I THINKING?  One thing i've noticed whenever i make vegetable soup is, i never get to reserve some as everyone always seems to want more. This is one soup you can never go wrong with. 

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Ewedu soup recipe - How to make ewedu soup

Ewedu soup is a tasty Nigerian soup popular in the western part of the country and indigenous to the yorubas, a popular ethnic group in Nigeria. It's a mucilaginous and very slimy draw soup made from jute leaves, also known as ayoyo or saluyot leaves (corchorus olitorius). In the average yoruba home, ewedu isn't served alone. It's often served with stew or gbegiri and accompanied by either Amala or Eba (Garri). Personally, i enjoy eating ewedu with peppered buka stew garnished with sharki, fuku, pomo and accompanied with soft amala....Yum!.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Ekana Gowon - Gowon's finger

Let's take a trip down memory lane to a time when women of today were girls and men of today were boys. A time when noodles was non-existent and homemade meals & treats were common. Whenever i think about the good 'ol days, lots of things come to mind. From playing in the sand, to sneaking out to buy forbidden sweet treats such as Baba dudu, Balewa, Coconut candy, Tanfili, Sisi pelebe and definitely Ekana Gowon. I remember buying as much as 10 of this locally made sweet for as low as 1 naira back then. Looking back now, i guess my curiosity was inborn. The history of this sweet is unknown but from what i gathered, it was made popular after the Gowon/Ojukwu biafran war hence the name. It's known by different names such as; hanjin legidi, Ekana dinka, Tsugba dinka (nupe), Ojukwu finger (igbo). What is it called in your native language?

Friday, 7 August 2015

Chicken suya recipe - How to make chicken suya at home

I love love love chicken suya. What's not to love about it! Chicken, groundnut spice,fresh tomatoes and onion is the perfect combination. Add chilled drinks to the mix and you're ready to "parrrraaaayyy" this weekend :D. Yesterday, i made chicken suya for the fam and the compliments haven't stopped pouring in. Apart from filling the whole place with positive vibes, it also gave the home a wonderful aroma. I doubt if there's anyone who gets tired of suya, definitely not me.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Power Oil Cooking Competition - Enter Now!!!

Have you ever wondered where Oha and Afang comes from and how to cook it? Or which ingredients are most important in cooking Egusi and Edikaikong?
I am sure every tribe has a meal that signifies them, which they are proud of and they believe is the best meal in Nigeria. Well, join us in our quest to make history as we create Nigeria’s biggest recipe book and look for Nigeria’s most delicious recipe.

Here is how to enter your meal into the competition:

Monday, 3 August 2015

How to make garden egg sauce

While most people consume this slightly bitter but spongy garden eggs raw with the local peanut butter dip known as ose oji, others make this amazing sauce out of it. It is currently the fruit in season as they come into the markets in droves from August through October.
For this sauce, you can make use of any type of garden egg available to you. You can use the purple garden egg "aubergine", the white and green garden eggs.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Potato porridge

There are a couple of things you should know about this meal. Firstly , it is way easy to make. Secondly, there's usually no left-overs once it's made. Thirdly, you really don't need a recipe for it although i'd still go ahead and tell you how i made my own version. I love potatoes a whole lot especially in form of porridge (when i'm not frying or boiling plain). My only issue with potatoes is the fact that it's a whole lot of work when it comes to peeling it. I really wish someone would invent some kind of electric potato peeler cos i'd definitely be the first to buy. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Egusi soup with Uziza leaves (Ofe egusi na uziza)

Working on menu development for dobbyssignature could be really exciting although it sometimes feels like i haven't even gotten halfway yet. The good thing is, we've got lots and lots of meals in Nigeria that just seems to go on and on and on and... . Now back to today's menu before i drift off. Which is your favorite combo? Egusi with bitter leaf, egusi with shoko leaves, egusi with pumpkin leaves or egusi with uziza leaves. 
A lot of times, picking the right vegetable to use for egusi soup could really be tasking as each leaf gives the soup it's own unique flavor. Uziza is a spicy aromatic leaf on it's own and just a little can take any soup it's added to from zero to a 100% in no time.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Homemade Suya Spice

Honestly,i think one of the super legit delicious foods i've come across here in naija is Suya. Whether it is beef suya, chicken suya or even ram suya, you've just gotta love it. And really, what's suya without the major ingredient...Suya spice. Whoever came up with this recipe is a total genius i tell you. If you ask me, i'd say it was born out of a need to avoid waste especially after extracting the oil from roasted groundnut which is the base for the spice. The left-over paste known as "Labu" is then stripped of excess water and used in the preparation of kuli kuli or dried into powdered form for suya spice. 

Monday, 20 July 2015

Owo Soup recipe "Owofibo"

Sometime ago, i got a mail from a blog reader asking about yellow soup because google didn't seem to understand her question..lol! that cracked me up big time :D. Here's her question below; 
"Dobby, there's this stew/ soup that's called yellow soup. It's usually made with fresh fish and no tomato. Do have any idea on how to prepare it because google seems never to understand me when I say yellow soup. Its a south south delicacy."

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Coco Wagz Smoothie

Here's an easy breakfast smoothie i'm loving already. Most times, i prepare the smoothie ingredients the night before and freeze so that all i have to do when i wake up in the morning is just to blend. See, not too difficult right? Making smoothies is a great way to combine various fruits and vegetables into one wholesome drink. It's also really filling and packed with nutritious vitamins needed for the body. Wondering how the name came about? Combine the first letter of each ingredient and see for yourself ...hehehe!!!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Nigerian Black Soup recipe

Recently during one of my market runs, i stopped by mama odion's kiosk to get vegetables. She's my favorite leafy vegetable seller at the local market because she always brings the freshest vegetables daily to sell and she also gives me great discounts too. On getting there, i met her devouring a big bowl of pounded yam with a dark colored soup. Due to curiosity i asked her what the name of the soup was and she said Black soup. She then proceeded to tell me how it's prepared. Her neighbor mama nengi also used that opportunity to sell her fresh Titus fish to me when she overheard mama friday putting me through...lol! sharp woman. This soup turned out an instant hit with the fam and didn't even last in the pot till the next day. Black soup is a tasty and nutritious Nigerian soup native to the people from the south-south i.e (Benin) Edo state. It is a staple soup made from a combination of ground leafy vegetables which gives it a dark color hence the name black soup. Click HERE to view full list of Nigerian leafy vegetables.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Obe Ata Dindin (Fried pepper sauce)

I was at a 1yr old's birthday party held recently and one of the meals i got treated to was boli (roasted plantain) served with ata din din and fried shawa (herring) fish. The heat was unbelievable and the taste fantabulous. Most times people often confuse ata din din with buka stew, ofada stew, agoyin stew or ayamase but in actual fact they're all totally different. Obe ata din din is a popular peppered dipping stew which is mostly sold in local restaurants or roadside food kiosks alongside fried plantain, fried yam, roasted plantain/yam (boli) and a host of others. It could also be paired with yamarita. The unique thing about ata sauce is the fact that during preparation, the pepper used isn't ground till smooth so you'd still be able to see bits of unpulverized pepper and the seeds. Here's How to make ata dindin....

Monday, 6 July 2015

Oporo "Tiger Prawn" Sandwich

Over the past weekend, i spent the better part of my Saturday making bread rolls for the coming week. That way, i'm able to determine what goes into my food as well as eat healthier. By the time i was done with baking the first batch of bread i had already started feeling off. This usually happens when i'm fagged out and famished. To satisfy my hunger, i treated myself to this tasty low-fat sandwich with one of the freshly made hot bread rolls with chilled zobo drink. Although prawns could be really expensive when compared to other seafoods sold in the market, it's best to start including it in your diet. Prawns are considered to be one of the healthiest foods in the world with an excellent source of high-quality protein and several important vitamins and minerals that support good health such as omega 3 fatty acids and a great way to get iron, zinc and vitamin E.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Draw Soup recipe (Ogbono & Okra Combo)

Have you ever wondered what combining the two most popular viscous Nigerian soups i.e okra & ogbono would result in? Of course this is no brainer as the answer is so obviously draw soup. The name originates from the thick and viscous nature of the combination of both soups. This makes it great when taken with meal accompaniments such as 
Agidi/eko or swallow especially Nni oka.

Friday, 26 June 2015

How to make Nni oka (Cornmeal Swallow)

When thinking of a different type of swallow to go alongside draw soups such as ogbono or okra, the very first option that comes to mind is Nni oka which is known as cornmeal in English. It is made from a mixture of maize and cassava flour. Although corn flour may be used alone without mixing it with cassava flour (i.e Tuwo masara from Northern Nigeria), the real nni oka is usually mixed with cassava to make it stretchy. To prepare for consumption with soup, the maize and cassava flour is stirred into water and mixed vigorously to form a stiff elastic dough without lumps. It is mostly popular in the eastern parts of Nigeria and usually served with Nigerian soup such as Ogbono Soup, Okra soup e.t.c 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

New Fairy dishwashing liquid impresses the toughest critics

New Fairy dishwashing liquid launched in Nigeria in January 2015, promising to be effective on 100% oily grease, while lasting much longer than best-selling competitors. Recent reviews of the product are agreeing with these claims, and more.
Well-known caterers, bloggers and journalists had the chance to try out the product recently, and were impressed with its efficacy on greasy dishes as well as the mileage they got out of the 500ml bottle. 

Bode Fadeshe, Head of Catering at Wine and Gold Catering services remarked that: 

"Fairy is highly concentrated and washes a lot more dishes and utensils over a longer period than all the dishwashing liquids I have used. Fairy's introduction into the market is long overdue."

Monday, 22 June 2015

Ramadan recipe ideas

It's the month of Ramadan people!!! I love Ramadan season and to be frank, i really can't wait for my sallah meat from my lovely neighbors and friends alike (Make una take note o). Today i'd be giving you meal ideas that would take you through this fasting period.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Don-Ritz Hotel, Events Center & Restaurant (Photos)

Opened in October 2014, Don-Ritz Hotel is an imposing structure overlooking the most popular Udoka Estate in the heart of Awka Anambra state. It has been built with the maximum comfort of the discerning customer in mind. More than just a new hotel, more than just a new conference venue, this is a totally new concept to discover in the Eastern part of Nigeria: 65 luxury suites, premier banquet facilities and meeting rooms. Don-Ritz Hotels is one of the most luxurious hotels and conference centers in the eastern part of the Nigeria.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Shrimp Coconut Rice

The very first coconut rice i made back in the day was a total disaster. I think i added so much water and constantly poked, prodded, turned and flipped it every second. The end result was a soggy, watery and totally tasteless rice. Now, i guess i can proudly say i've come a long way in mastering the perfect coconut rice making skills. Shrimp coconut rice is prepared just the same way as the classic coconut rice although it's by far more interesting and flavorful with all the colorful vegetables and shellfish added which gives it more appeal. To make it more shrimpy, you could simply increase the amount of shrimp you intend adding to it. 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Cheesy macaroni with Parsley

Macaroni and cheese is one meal you could easy get addicted to. I don't know if my addiction for anything that has to do with cheese is partly to blame for my own addiction but one thing i definitely know is the fact that it's worth every penny i spend in making it. First of all, this meal wasn't baked like the usual way macaroni and cheese is usually made so you don't have to get your baking dish out, which is the last thing I'm in the mood to do whenever i'm hungry. Secondly, adding parsley to macaroni is really not for everyone so it's better to add it sparingly or substitute with something else i.e curry leaf. Here's how to make a quick cheesy macaroni meal the fam would enjoy.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Dobby's Signature Kitchen Gear Favorites

One of the frequent questions i get on the blog from fellow home cooks revolves around what i use in the kitchen. So, i decided to put together some of kitchen gears i use frequently and if you follow this blog, you'd notice some of the things i use on the list. Also included are links (click the names) to get a clue on how much they cost presently so i don't mis-yarn just in case you want to get any. Without further ado, here goes...

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Fura da nunu nut smoothie

Lately, i've been gravitating towards smoothies especially for breakfast and i feel it's probably because they're quite filling and satisfying. Fura da nunu nut smoothie makes a delicious, healthy breakfast or afternoon snack especially for better living. Yogurt is nutritionally rich in protein, calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. It has nutritional benefits beyond those of milk. It also contains varying amounts of fat so if you're on a weight loss program it'd be advisable to use yogurt which contains less fat. Cashew and peanuts on the other hand are packed with protein, fibre, essential fats and a whole lot more while millet contained in this drink is rich in protein and high in fiber. If you aren't familiar with what a smoothie is, it's a blended and sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit, vegetables and sometimes chocolate, peanut butter, milk, yogurt, low fat or cottage cheese, ice cream, lemon water or tea. It's similar to milkshake but has a thicker consistency. If you're trying to lose weight, it's not advisable to take this drink regularly. Although smoothies are mostly vegetable based, they could also be prepared with other ingredients as shown here. 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Egusi (melon) Soup with Ugu

Happy new month everyone! Can't believe June is here already. To start the new month we'd be making something very common in most Nigerian households and that is egusi soup with ugu leaves. Egusi with ugu leaves is one of my favorite Nigerian soups and also the most common too. This is probably due to the fact that most tribes in Nigeria have it on their menu although the methods of preparation may vary slightly. i'm a huge fan of ugu leaves because of the healthy nutrients it contains. click here for ugu juice + benefits

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

5 easy ways to preserve food without refrigeration

It's no longer news that the fuel scarcity which has lingered for the past few weeks has really crippled the Nigerian economy. With reserved fuel hoarded by the black market traders going for as much as 500 Naira per liter and almost none in circulation at all, the hardship and discomfort seems to be getting even worse.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

How to make Curried Rice

Eating white rice could be quite monotonous and sometimes boring. To jazz up white rice, i sometimes add curry powder to improve the taste as well as give it a visual appeal. When prepared with stock and stir fried with vegetables then you've got fried rice. When paired with chicken stew, veggie chicken gravy or even beef and potato soup, it takes the flavor overboard. Here's a quick tutorial on how to make curried rice.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Beef and potato soup recipe

There's this restaurant i go to eat in once in a while located not too far from where i stay. They've got a lot of tasty meals on the menu but one meal that stands out for me is this beef and potato soup. At first, i probably got attracted by the colors but then it takes more than colors to keep me coming back for more. So, instead of enjoying this meal alone i decided to start making it at home for the fam . This recipe is very much inspired by their beef and potato soup creation...although I do not know their recipe and this isn't exactly a "copycat" version per se. This is just an easy way to make something similar at home for everyone to enjoy and i think it tastes even better ;).