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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