Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How To Make Shawarma At Home; In A Sandwich Toaster


Shawarma treat

Shawarma has come to stay in Nigeria. It is so loved by
both children and Adults. I remember my girls in Boarding telling us that when we come on "The School's visiting day,"  "Shawarma" must be part of the menu. Their friends won't take rice or soft drinks, but, can't resist shawarma. I am too local a Naija breed, may be, that's why I am not  a fan. Sorry.


shredded chicken and shredded beef


folded naan bread
This Shawarma was made Courtesy Lahmow's Recipe. When I posted on Lunch Box Ideas For Busy Parents, I asked for Shawarma ideas, I wanted to be able to make my shawarma with the ingredients I like, and leave out the ones I do not like. 
On the comment section, Lahmow explained how she makes her shawarma at home.  I got these ingredients, tried my best and decided to post it here so that kind  corrections can pour in. I plan on another "shawarma making journey"
However, that won't be possible without taking corrections on this firat attempt. will do that only after you guys' corrections o.

**Hi Lahmow, Can you too please look at this shawarma and let me know where I need to make corrections? 
ready to toast my amateur shawarma
green pepper, onion and other ingredients
 seasoning, sausage, cheese, cabbage,tomato ketchup,mayonnaise onions
 Ingredients For My Amateur Shawarma

  • Naan bread
  • shredded chicken
  • shredded beef
  • sausage 1/2
  • cabbage
  • maggi
  • cheese(optional)
  • onion
  • ketchup
  • mayonnaise
  • green pepper

 spreading chicken and beef gravy 

placing cheese on the shawarma



greased toaster waiting for folded naan bread

 I greased  the toaster, then place the folded bread on it
Folded  shawarma in the toaster

 Cooking Procedure:

  1. I cooked the shreddeed chicken and beef together with my shredded vegetables the way I make gravy
  2. spread mayonnaise on the bread 
  3. The gravy vegetables are then poured into the Naan bread, I added cheese and the chopped sausages before pouring in tomato ketchup and folding.
  4.  The bread is placed in the sandwich toaster.
  5. The toaster won't close, but it cooked the shawarma well.

 well made shawarma in the sandwich toaster
home made shawarma for lunch boxes

The kids saw the shawarma in their lunch boxes, they ate some and brought back the rest. Why/ They say my shawarma was too big. The taste of shawarma was there and all, but I think there is room for improvement.
Enjoy!

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103 comments:

  1. Hey, Aunty Eya, pls na! I am tryimg to lose weight! No wahala, I will make it and just eat smaalll... ;-)

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    1. Hahaha! a little won't hurt.

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    2. Anonymous4:38 PM

      A little will hurt o, dnt let aunty eya's wonderful dishes deeceive u o. Me I jsu cook for d family and I'm gapi enuff seein them enjoy it...u r wonderful Eya!

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    3. @Anon, thank you.

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  2. Anonymous11:23 AM

    Pls Eya,where can I get naan bread in Abuja? By d way, ds looks good,will luv 2 try it out. Well done. Funke

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    1. its almost at every super market. Spar, Amingos, Shoprite and cooo

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  3. Hi Funke, get it at Park n Shop OR Grand Square.

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    1. You can also check at CEDDI PLAZA

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    2. Anonymous1:37 PM

      Most pple I kno use d one sold in Amigo...its really cheap as well:-)

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    3. Anonymous3:07 PM

      Tanx Eya and anonymous!

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    4. Anonymous6:55 PM

      Shoprite sells too.

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  4. Hi Eya,
    I just found your blog recently from Linda's blog and Ive been enjoying it. Ive always luved trying new things in d kitchen, i just google whatever i wanna cook and get d recipe. Ive come to enjoy ur blog cos i mostly get foreign recipies online and some of the ingredients r difficult to find in nigeria. so kip up d good work.
    BTW, i tried the coated chicken wiv beach cocnut rice yesterday and it was superb, got great reviews from hubby. Ive cooked coconut rice b4 tho, but neva with coated chicken. So it was a nyc try.

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    1. Thank you Tobex. Thanks for trying out my coconut rice recipe. You remembered to give us feedback? Thanks for that Tobex.
      Have you tried hubby with my green jollof rice recipe?

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    2. Tried the coconut rice too and the coated chicken turned out beautifully well,my hubby loved it. Surely going to try this shawama cos we go out to buy, won't be a bad idea to be able to make it at home.
      I 've said it before,u re God sent.kisses

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    3. Hi Teekay, thank you for sharing.

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  5. Anonymous12:22 PM

    Aunty Eya this is so nice. I cnt wait to try it and then I will tell u how it went. Pls post d procedure of makin garden egg sauce with yam or plantain.thanks so much

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    1. Hi Anonymous, issorait, I can't wait to hear your testimony. For the garden egg sauce, type GARDEN EGG STEW in the Search button onyour write and click on search. OR
      http://www.wivestownhallconnection.com/2012/07/unripe-plantain-with-garden-egg-stew.html

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  6. This woman, U dey use jazz o. Like seriously, dis is wat I plan to make for breakfast on saturday morning. I had my colleague get me pita/naan/tortilla wraps as U may like to call it last week for me. Its still sitting in my fridge as I speak. Another way to make it less messy is to place on a griddle pan. For dose in Lag, U can get ur naan bread from Park n Shop, Candies, Oasis Supermarket. Another question for U is how many times do U cook in a day?

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    1. Wow Princess, so, you mean, my jazz is still effective. Lol! I need to take a break and go Google griddle pan ( I no sabi am o).

      I don't cook everyday sis, I just have a lot of pics in my folder that I haven't yet posted, so, that helps. When I don't cook, I check my Pictures Folder and pick one or two. **Hope I didn't say too much o, cos that's my secret to posting daily.

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    2. the griddle pan is effictive for making roasted steaks and grilling i.e. if U dont have a grill or a microwave dat can grill. U can also use it for making kebabs. Have U seen the pix?

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    3. Yes I have. Thank you!

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  7. I also noticed that U spread d gravy sauce all over the bread. The trick is too leave an inch wide space on the bread to make wrapping easier or u place all ingredients on the centre of the bread. Also, another thing I like is to add 'ground dry pepper' to make it spicy...Nice job sis

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    1. Oh, OK, I think I'll go with placing all the ingredients on the centre of the bread. You are a darling! Thank you. Is it the yellow dry pepper or just normal red dry ones?

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    2. Its called ata gigun in yoruba. Its d normal red dry ones that are grinded into a powdery form. Dont worry, makes two dat I owe U

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  8. U can also try this shawarma recipe.

    Add together curry, thyme, dry pepper, salt seasoning cube,garlic powder, black pepper and any other seasoning u so wish. (u dont av to put all these either), u can mix with yoghurt or lemon juice and blend(optional). coat chicken with the mixture and leave for a few hours, overnight if possible, then grill the chicken in a grill or oven. slice into small pieces and put into ur Lebanese pita bread(not sure its same as naan bread, but big supermarkets av them) with onions tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, ketchup and mayonnaise, then place in ur toaster.
    The diff is actually the grilled chicken or beef.

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    1. Haaa Tobex, I am salivating already. I can taste that recipe. Sounds interesting to me. That difference is what I'm looking forward to. When I try, I will post it on the blog by God's grace. Thank you dear.

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  9. Anonymous12:54 PM

    Hi Eya you did very good though for me its loaded with too many calories for weightwatchers like me lol alternatively I use rodo (for a hint of pepper) and use chicken/beef sparingly.also I don't coat the toaster.
    You did absolutely fine and this must have been very filling.
    Well done!
    Lahmow

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  10. Ehen Lahmow, welcome. I have been waiting for your review. *clears throat* So, I have to delete the coating next time naa. Thank you sis.
    OK now, On a scale of 50, what do you think is my score? No partia o!

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    1. Anonymous3:07 PM

      I'll give u forty sha lolll.but true true eya if I eat this ur rich shawarma I won't eat anoda meal for a week o.hehehe sure it tasted wonderful.
      Lahmow

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    2. Hahaha, that's a Distinction! Thank you Lahmow.

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  11. Anonymous1:58 PM

    Nice work madam.u could also add fried Irish potatoes as a side dish dats my two cents.

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    1. Hi Anonymous, I never thought of that, Thanks.

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  12. Chacha2:09 PM

    Nice one sis. I was beginning to wonder if you actually cook everyday until you let out your little secret. To get all these ingredients be my problem ooo. God bless u sis.

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    1. OOPs, I said too much.@Chaha, all the ingredients can be got in just one supermarket, you don't need to go asking anyone.

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  13. Anonymous2:12 PM

    Hi,aunty eyah really am enjoying dis blog,i got u tru lib and since then i can't stop admiring ur blog,last time i prepared pancake for my children cossy of ur blog,i'v been dying to see u post shawama nd very grateful to see it thank u from G joy

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    1. Hi Gjoy, hope the pancake turned out great? you are welcome.

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  14. Anonymous2:13 PM

    Hi,aunty eyah really am enjoying dis blog,i got u tru lib and since then i can't stop admiring ur blog,last time i prepared pancake for my children cossy of ur blog,i'v been dying to see u post shawama nd very grateful to see it thank u from G joy

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  15. Anonymous2:54 PM

    WHERE CAN I GET THE PITA BREAD TO BUY IN BENIN?SIS THE SHAWARMA I ATE IN BENIN HERE HAD LIKE A THICK SAUCE IN IT AND THE BREAD WAS KINDA THIN SO WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST?

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    1. As for the thin bread, what most shawarma outlets do is to divide one flat bread into two. I find dis act disgusting, why split the bread ans still charge dat much?

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    2. I think that the splitting is for easy folding.

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  16. I am running to the kitchen right now to try it.... I really hope it tastes like Shawarma too when I'm done.

    Haven't had a shawarma in 5 years, see my life?

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    1. Loolz, please run faster sis.

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    2. I DID IT! Improvised a lot... actually only kept the bread, minced meat, onions and tomatoes from yours. Used lemon juice instead and Lawwwdddd have mercy, it should be a sin for food to be this good.

      Aahhh #okbye make I comot lol

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    3. Lol! You make me salivate. Hope you didn't clear that big size I saw you make?

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  17. Anonymous3:24 PM

    Eya can u post d recipe 4 ofakwu(banga stew) mainly eaten by d igbos with rice or does any1 ve d recipe.tnxs nd does anybody knws where I can get the naan bread or pita bread in benin

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    1. I wish someone will help us with the recipe for ofe akwu.
      Please o, where can Anonymous buy Pita Bread in Benin??

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    2. AnonymousFebruary 22, 2013 at 7:07 AM
      For those in Benin,try phil-hallmark @sapele rd,jux b4 kada fried chicken.They have a branch @sakponba rd,opposite UBA.Unfortunately they seem 2 b d only shop where those of us in Benin can get gud stuvs apart from few complete kitchens @Ebenezar sch road in Gra.I rily wish big shops can open up in Benin so we can have choices like those in Lagos,Abuja and Portharcourt.I envy friends who live there(hehehe,apart from d horrible traffic they endure daily)
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  18. Here is my one of my fav snacks on display! YAY!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Since I love peppers, I would use the 3 colours!..green, yellow and red! And a little oterodo, to give it that spicy taste! Cheese makes me itch...so it's out of it! :D
    Welldone Eya.

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    1. Thank you Simply Mee, you can add Black pepper too.

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  19. Nenye Osey-Nwoko7:04 PM

    Aunty Eya,God bless you for this blog. Quick question: how long can I keep the naan bread before I use it? Should I keep it in the fridge or freezer? Cos after reading this post, I excitedly asked my hubby to buy it on his way back from work and he has already bought it...but I won't be making the sharwama till saturday morning.

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    1. I keep my bread in the fridge.

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  20. Queen Bee7:17 PM

    I was just reading comments on LIB when I saw ur comment 'check out making shawarma'....I just rushed down here!cos u see shawarma is what chops my Money *covers face*.so it will be great if I can do it myself*dancing azonto*
    But my prob Aunty Eya is how do I get dose exact peppers dey use?is it supermarket thing or normal market?what's d name Exactly?
    Tankx ma.

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    1. I like the rush dear, You can get them at good supermarkets, green, red, yellow and even black pepper...

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  21. Anonymous7:40 PM

    Just saw ur site frm lindaikeji's blog, and am begining to write already. A fan

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  22. Anonymous8:00 PM

    Nice one,I enjoy going through your blog always.pls do u have an idea f where I can get Naan\pita bread in Ibadan?Thanks

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  23. Got ur i.v.from my sakes blog( lib).I checked it out two weeks ago,since then am a complete born again cookingwise.My baby girl was forced to ask me ''mum what is the cooking secret?'' and i did not hesitate to introduce her to your site cos she's a grown up.I cant thank u enough Eya for the whole cooking tips,only what i get this days is compliments after every dish i make.Infact, my kids gave me best mummy in the world award.Eya Eya oo!, u are a messiah!!Linda Ikeji rules and u follow.Lol.

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    1. Shayor9:11 PM

      I disagree with your last statement though i know you are entitled to it. Linda rules and Eya follows? Such things shldnt be said. Nobody is a second fiddle. We all love Linda, including Eya, but i beg to disagree with ur statement even if that's how u feel. With all due respect maam!

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    2. Aunty Eya please can u kindly take this comment by this Linda down Its absolutely disgusting and it brought out anger from where i thot never existed wats the meaning of that rubbish u uttered Linda Ikeji Rules and aunty Eya follows what nonsense! the Sky is wide enough for every bird to fly how can u say linda rules and Aunty eya follows yes Linda is doing well and she is at the top spot and wu says there arent blogs as good or even better.. Everybody is doing their own thing..

      Aunty eya pls kindly tell her to retype her comment or please take it down someone has really angered me today..

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    3. My dear Shayor and Shallie, I think we should just leave Linda to her opinions, she is entitled to them. She is free to express herself without minding the effect that can create on other people.

      Please don't ask me to delete her comment, if I do, she may forget about this. Let it be there, just in case she changes her mind tomorrow, and soes something about talking without minding.

      Again, what we see here may not be what she really wanted to say. You know that English language is our L2, it is learned. So, for that reason, I want to believe that Linda actually wanted to and was trying to say something good. She didn't mean to hurt.

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  24. Anonymous9:02 PM

    Hi anon 8pm u cn gt pita bread frm trolley's supermkt in ibadan,its loctd arnd dugbe vry clse 2 g-allen.

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    1. Shayor9:12 PM

      And also foodco on iwo road or bodija.

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  25. Anonymous10:18 PM

    Tnks anony&Shayor for the info of whr I can get pita in Ib.I knw both places but never knew theyy sell. E se o

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  26. Anonymous12:15 AM

    Can sombody tell me where 2 gt d naan or pita bread in benin

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    1. I think you should check the very good supermarkets in Benin. I can't remember the post, but once a reader asked where to get good supermarkets in Benin and I remember another reader saying to check some where close to Mr Biggs ( Think along that line pending when someone helps dear).

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    2. AnonymousFebruary 22, 2013 at 7:07 AM
      For those in Benin,try phil-hallmark @sapele rd,jux b4 kada fried chicken.They have a branch @sakponba rd,opposite UBA.Unfortunately they seem 2 b d only shop where those of us in Benin can get gud stuvs apart from few complete kitchens @Ebenezar sch road in Gra.I rily wish big shops can open up in Benin so we can have choices like those in Lagos,Abuja and Portharcourt.I envy friends who live there(hehehe,apart from d horrible traffic they endure daily)
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  27. Anonymous12:39 AM

    Nice1 Lady Eya,just went thru a lot of ur recipes,n ur doin great..I love cookin,n my hubby is a great cook as well,so I need new ideas,n ur blog is d answer lol!Nice1

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  28. Anonymous4:26 PM

    OMG this is scary!!! i tried this 2 days ago . na u dey motivate me to dey try new things o! i just thot about using my toaster to grill my homemade sharwarma cos i had extra chicken breast at home and sausages and ddnt know what to do with it then when i went shopping i saw a garlic flavoured pita bead used to make sharwarma and i thot hmmmn i' d try it out as well as check ur blog to look for ur chicken gravy recipes and lo and behold!! the kinda sharwarma i made with ma toaster loooool... about corrections i fink the naan bread is too thick for the sharwarma, pitta bread is what is used for sharwarma cos its flatter.. yea ma toaster didnt close as well and i had the problem of it spilling out as well, i ddnt coat the toaster with butter tho cos i wanted that crispy dry grill on the body, thot i'd use the oven but the toaster was better of. .

    then asides from the veggies chicken and sausage(which i ddnt dice i left them(2 per sharwarma) just the way they are), i mixed mayonnaise, dry pepper and ketchup for the sauce, hmmmn yummyyy aint buying sharwarma again oooo!!! waste of money ama do ma thingy at home..

    it was good to know there are different flavors of pitta bread tho av only seen the garlic flavored and plain one. u guys shld certainly try out the garlic pitta bread choiiiii!!!

    i should send in my own special meal recipe someday oo!! this is soooo much funnnnn!!!

    big hugs to u Eya ..bless ya
    DON DIDDY!!!

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    1. Hi Anonymous, these tips have come in timely. I will definitely try them. I didn't know there are different flavors of pitta bread. Thanks.
      Looking forward to your special recipes! Hugs Hugs!

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  29. Tried the coconut rice too and the coated chicken turned out beautifully well,my hubby loved it. Surely going to try this shawama cos we go out to buy, won't be a bad idea to be able to make it at home.I 've said it before,u re God sent.ki

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    1. Hi Teekay, thank you for trying out my recipe, thanks for the Feedback too. I think you and hubby will like this shawarma. It tasted really good.

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  30. Anonymous7:07 AM

    For those in Benin,try phil-hallmark @sapele rd,jux b4 kada fried chicken.They have a branch @sakponba rd,opposite UBA.Unfortunately they seem 2 b d only shop where those of us in Benin can get gud stuvs apart from few complete kitchens @Ebenezar sch road in Gra.I rily wish big shops can open up in Benin so we can have choices like those in Lagos,Abuja and Portharcourt.I envy friends who live there(hehehe,apart from d horrible traffic they endure daily)

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  31. Kip d gud work up,am enjoying it seriously

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    1. Thank you dd, thanks for enjoying this blog.

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  32. Anonymous3:39 PM

    I'm enjoying ur blog. God bless u Eya

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    1. Thanks Anonymous, bless you too.

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  33. Thank you Anon 7:07 am. I have copied and pasted your reply.

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  34. Eya I want to thank you for your efforts on this blog.I'm an avid follower and have made most of these recipes and also recommended it to family and friends who have also tried some out. I prepared Shawama today for breakfast and everyone was like Oliver twist asking for more. Yesterday it was the Veg egusi and it was waoh. I saw the comment from Linda and all I read is praises for your blog. I think wat she said about lib is her personal opinion. She said lib rules for her and Eya follows. If she prefers gossip to food, its her cup of tea. It doesn't mean she is speaking for others. I don't think there's any need to condemn her frank opinion. We all love this blog and it will be more fun if we see good in others. Bless you Eya and keeping giving us CORRECT CORRECT menu

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    1. Hi Treasure, I am so touched by this comment. Thank you for taking time to give feedback and say something about Linda's comment. Bless you.

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  35. I miss Naija Sharwarma o. I'll try and make mine here

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  36. candylips5:13 PM

    im going to try this and give a feedback

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    1. Hi Candylips, looking forward to your feed back.

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  37. EYA U are blessing to women like me, i tried the green jollof rice and my hubby & children were all praising me, even the day i tried the beach coconut rice and crisp coated chicken and also the shredded chicken sauce/ gravy. u re so wonderful, may god bless u

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  38. I just love your blog Aunty Eya..your sweet personality shines through in every post.. That shawarma is da bomb..I make mine with homemade Naan bread :)

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    1. Wow Nky, home-made naan bread? how do you do it? Can you share please. Thanks for coming by and, pleaeaease share.

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    2. I use the BBC recipe ..here's the link http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/12508/naan-bread ..You'll love it :)

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  39. I have seen the BBC recipe too but I still prefer this. It is very simple and straight forward to follow.

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  40. My kids love it when I make sharwama - thank God for our Lebanese brethren who shared it with us!

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  41. Anonymous9:13 AM

    can i use oven toaster to make shawama? aunty Eya pls reply

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    1. Though I haven't tried it with an oven toaster, I think you can.

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  42. Anonymous1:40 PM

    hello,just came across your blog on google,want to try this but also want to add the other corrections.

    want to know where i can get lemon juice in ph,also when i mix all the ingridents do i boil the chicken b4 adding the sauce or i just add the sauce with d uncooked chicken then grill.

    the kinda grill i have is like a bigger size toaster with a diiferent shape could i use this to grill the chicken and how long does it stay b4 its done.

    pls i really need a reply this very urgent.

    thanxs guys.

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  43. Anonymous12:08 AM

    I have ur kind of grill too. First grill your chicken on the grill and your sausages too. Then cut the chicken into tiny pieces before putting it in the pita, then use the grill to grill the sharwama for about 8 mins

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  44. My dear Eya, never disappointing your fans, includung me. I love shawama and I am glad you've taken time to do this post. Nice wknd!.

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  45. Aunty Eya,
    If dere's somtin i love doin, it's cookin and watch others enjoy it(dts y i no fat)i jst sent our office assistant to get me sharwama cos i'm famished and left d auz in a hurry. I came across ur blog yesterday but it was closing time and i promisd myself i wld visit today again. Dis is definitely d best naija food blog(my opinion cos i av visited quite a few of dem an i must say dt i'm impressed). I will find time after my exam to make dis for my family and i'll report back. My question is, how does ur followers/readers post any of your recipes they make?

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    1. Thank you so much. Take the pictures and send with recipe to my email and I will publish on the blog.
      EMAIL: cuulme@gmail.com

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  46. You make cooking look so easy and ingredients are readily available. I have bought my 2 coconuts , A carton of chicken while I couldnt get my smoked catfish supplier on phone. Looking 4ward to my catering practicals tomorrow and will let you knw the outcome.

    NBC pls does anyone have the recipe for making smoked catfish, wud love to try it at home

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  47. Anonymous1:59 PM

    Dear Eya, pls where can I get these ingredients in benin esp d bread?

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  48. I must say this blog has very nice methods for making toasts. I'll suggest sandwich toaster for tasty dishes

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