Showing posts with label Recipes to try this weekend. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recipes to try this weekend. Show all posts
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Chicken plantain pepper soup for new mums

 Plantain pepper soup for new moms
This is a very traditional delicacy for women who have just been delivered of babies, great to take in the first few months after delivery. Most traditional Nigerian meals for new mums are cooked with lots of pepper but without the addition of palm oil. If you were to make this on a normal day for anyoe other than a new mum, you can add some palm oil (1/4 cup). This plantain soup can be very spicy and delicious. I didn't add too much pepper here because of the baby that doesn't need to suck pepper from breast milk.

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium sized local chicken (Cock), dressed
1 small onion to steam the chicken
4 cups water, you can add more later
1 tablespoon ground fresh pepper
Salt to taste
2 seasoning cubes
1 small buch scent leaves
5 fingers unripe or fairly plantain ( I used unripe plantain here)

DIRECTION:

Thursday, June 08, 2017

How to cook egusi soup using tomato stew


 Hello, today we are going to cook egusi soup using fresh tomato stew. I do receive mails asking if it's ok to cook egusi soup with fresh tomatoes and I reply with a 'Yes' and always do add that 'it's very delicious'. The taste of stew in egusi soup is really really delicious. You may not believe until you have a taste. Egusi and tomatoes is a very good combination actually. There is a post on how to cook
Thursday, June 01, 2017

How to cook Nigerian tomato stew with chicken

Nigerian tomato stew with chicken.
 Nigerian tomato stew can be really delicious when cooked with chicken, it doesn't have to be oily all the time. Sometimes I make stew with little or no oil and it turns out great. You can make this stew thick by adding very little stock or light by adding just a little stock (Water). Honestly, the live chicken that you just get slaughtered and dressed at the market is the best for Nigerian chicken stew. If you are using frozen chicken, let it be the hard chicken and not broilers (Soft). Frozen soft chicken easily gets overcooked and falls off the bones making your stew not too palatable. By now you already know my secret to the best Nigerian tomato stew. Even if you have never got it right with tomato stews, just try my recipe and see.
Cooking tomato stew with chicken is very easy and absolutely delicious.

INGREDIENTS

3 thumbs size piece of ginger
1 medium sized onion for stew
1 large onion for boiling the chicken
2 cups vegetable oil
seasoning cube
4 large tatashe (Red bell pepper)
1 tablespoon ground fresh pepper (Ata rodo)
3 cups boiled and blended tomatoes
1 large chicken boiled with onion and salt
3 cups chicken stock or more depending on how thick you like your stew
Salt to taste.

Before you cook this chicken stew: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017

How to cook okro soup with tomatoes

Okro soup cooked with tomatoes.
 Yes! Delicious okro soup can be cooked with tomatoes.This post should have been shared when okra was readily available and affordable but sha no problem. Nigerian tomato is playing hard to get but we shall conquer.  some people can still cook with tomatoes and if you like that nice tomato taste in your okro, you'll love this soup. This soup is not only for fufu (swallow), can also be servd with boiled rice. 'YES BOILED RICE' Try it and get addicted!


INGREDIENTS

3 cups chopped okro
1 medium sized onion
8 medium sized tomatoes
1 cup palm oil or more for palm oil lovers
Fish
1 kg goat meat, you can use Beef
Seasoning cube
Salt to taste
1 cup stock (water) to start with, you can always adjust by adding some more
1 teaspoon pepper, you can add more, I have kids who can't stand it.

DIRECTION

  1. Stir fry your onion, pepper and chopped tomatoes with seasoning cube until dry.
  2. Add the fish, check for salt and cover to cook for about 5 minutes, checking at intervals
  3. Add the okro and already cooked meat, stir and cover to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. Check for salt and taste. Satisfied?
  4. Turn off the heat and serve with some fufu, semo, eba, pounded yam, boiled rice, boiled unripe plantain or even boiled yam.
See step by step cooking picture recipe below...

Crunchy Meat Pie Recipe

How to make and glaze Nigerian meat pie without eggs

Crunchy Nigerian meat pie made without eggs.

This Crunchy Nigerian meat pie is  baked without eggs, not even for glazing. This recipe is how to make meat pies without eggs. When I shared the older meat pie recipe on Facebook, some readers asked if it's possible to make meat pie without cracks on the crust, others asked for crunchy meat pie recipe, so, here it is. These ingredients are
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Recipe: How to cook coconut rice with tomatoes and vegetables

Coconut rice cooked with tomatoes and vegetables.
To cook Nigerian coconut rice with tomatoes and vegetables, you need more coconut milk than you would need for plain coconut rice. Adding vegetables and tomatoes enhances the taste and nutrition. Kids love coconut rice with colour. If you are not sure you like coconut rice, try this recipe and see.This is really appetizing, absolutely delicious and easy to cook.

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups rice
2 cups vegetable oil
1 large onion
4 large tomatoes
1 teaspoon fresh pepper, you can add more
4 large red bell peppers (Tatashey)
2 seasoning cubes
1 large fresh fish. I used croaker
2 sachets coconut milk powder
Salt to taste
1/2 cup roughly ground crayfish
Chicken stock (Optional)
Water, just
Friday, March 24, 2017

How to cook Nigerian vegetable soup with tomatoes

Nigerian vegetable soup cooked with tomatoes.

I get mails from blog readers asking if it's alright to cook vegetable soups with tomatoes and my reply is a "yes" This here is vegetable soup cooked with fresh tomatoes and served with roasted goat meat.


INGREDIENTS:

11/2 cups palm oil
11/2 cups vegetable oil
1 medium sized onion
5 large sized tomatoes
1 teaspoon pepper, you can add more
1 medium sized bunch ugu vegetables (Fluted pumpkin)
3 large sized bunch water leaf
1 cup ground crayfish
2 seasoning cubes
salt to taste
No water. The soup is cooked with juices from vegetables.
2kg goat meat (Roasted)

DIRECTION:

  1. Stir fry the onion and chopped tomatoes in hot oil with pepper and one seasoning
Saturday, March 18, 2017

How to cook spaghetti with minced meat and vegetables

 A serving of spaghetti cooked with minced meat and vegetables.
 Spaghetti can be boiled and served with sauces and stews, served with just cheese,beef gravy cooked jollof or even fried like fried rice. This delicious pot was cooked with minced meat, vegetables and that Nigerian thing added by the little uziza sprinkle.
Cooked in less than 20 minutes. To truly enjoy spags, cook them al-dente. Not too soft.

INGREDIENTS:
11/2 pack spaghetti
Minced meat (I used 1k worth, that's large pack)
3 large Tatashey (Red bell peppers)
3 small tomatoes blended together with the tatashey and some onion

1 teaspoon pepper sauce
1 large sized onion
1 seasoning cube
1/2 cup soya oil
2 cabbage leaves
2 medium sized carrots
a pinch of thyme
pinch of Rosemary.
1/2 teaspoon curry
1/2 teaspoon jollof spice
Salt to taste
I gave it that Nigerian flavour with a sprinkle of chopped uziza leaves
Water to cover the spags, you may need to add more incase pot dries before food is ready. 


Before you cook this abosolutely delicious meal, first blend the tatashey, tomatoes and half that onion, boil them till dry and set aside. Wash and chop vegetables and set aside.

DIRECTION:
Thursday, March 16, 2017

How to cook moi moi in tea mugs

Moi moi cooked in mugs.

If you are one of those who throw away tea mugs whenever an accident breaks their handles, STOP. There is good use for them in that kitchen. With the health implications of making moi moi in plastic containers and cellophane bags, Nigerians are coming up with better, healthier ways of cooking, getting same great flavour and nutrients without loading on cancer and other diseases.
This moi moi cooked in tea mugs is absolutely delicious, cooked through and tastes even better. Aside tea mugs, other ceramic containers can be used to make moi moi. Even in the microwave, we know that heating food with ceramic is way better than heating in plastic plates. We cooked moi moi with cellophane bags before, also cooked in plastic cups but in all I'll say with recent researches and 21st century discoveries, it's best to do the cooking in stainless steel cups ( not aluminium) or ceramic. 

With the presence of blenders, food processors and even graters in the Nigerian kitchen, washing and skinning beans has become very very easy and fast. 


Ingredients:

2 cups beans
5 large tatashey (Red bell peppers)
1 large onion
2 seasoning cubes
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon pepper you can add more
Water, just enough to get the consistency a bit thicker than pancake batter

Before you cook moi moi, wash and blend or mill the beans together with the onion, tatashey and pepper, if you are adding hard boiled eggs, boil and set aside, if you are adding fish, salt and fry and set aside. Wash the mugs too then proceed with mixing.

Directions: 

Friday, March 03, 2017

How to cook ogbono soup without oil

A serving of Nigerian ogbono soup cooked without oil.

Ogbono soup cooked without oil is very delicious and nutritious too. Doesn't have that palm oil feel. For fat free Nigerian soup cooking, try this. Palm oil is added to almost all Nigerian soups, but come to think of it, this oil never enhances the taste of any food. It only adds that bright colour that can be gotten by adding some good vegetables. Try cooking some meals without palm oil and see the difference. They taste way better. Method is very easy and straight forward.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup ground ogbono 
1 cup ground crayfish
1kg beef
1 large sized dry cat fish
2 seasoning cubes
Salt to taste
a handful chopped ugu vegetable (Fluted pumpkin)
Water to cover the meat after steaming
4 red bells pepper (Tatatshey)
1 teaspoon pepper
2 medium sized onion

BEFORE YOU COOK THIS OGBONO SOUP:
First of all, wash and cut the vegetables, wash and blend together the onion and red bell pepper, boil in a pot with one seasoning cube until dry and set aside. Grind the ogbono seeds and set aside. Steam meat with onion, the remaining seasoning cube, and salt only, let it boil with the juice in the beef first until pot begins to dry up, then add water for stock.

Cooking Steps: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017

How to cook Nigerian Yam Porridge without palm oil

Nigerian yam porridge cooked with no palm oil.

 Yam porridge can be cooked with or without palm oil and both methods taste great just that the one cooked without palm oil doesn't have that beautiful colour. If you cook with Saladmaster cookware, you already know that they do not need any kind of oil because the pots are all about healthy living.

I made this colourful, delicious yam porridge without even a drop of palm oil. Red bell pepper enhances the taste and also adds colour not forgetting all the health benefits of red bell peppers.
Yam porridge cooked without a drop of oil is delicious. Do not worry, the oil from the fish is all the body needs.

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 small tuber of yam
Enough water to cover the yam
2 medium sized smoked cat fish
1 large onion
5 large red bell peppers (tatashey)
Seasoning cubes to taste
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon fresh scotch bonnet pepper (Optional)
Locust beans (Dadadwa) Optional


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nigerian coconut rice and beans



My Nigerian coconut rice and beans is the recipe to try this weekend. So delicious I don't know how to describe it. So low cost yet so nutritious and tasty.  If you like rice, if you like beans porridge, if you like jollof rice, you'll definitely love this meal. Just finished cooking yet pot is cleared already as I type. 

INGREDIENTS FOR NIGERIAN COCONUT RICE AND BEANS:
2 Cups rice
11/2 cup beans
1 large onion
1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 small can tomato paste
1 large smoked fish
1 cup roughly ground crayfish
2 Seasoning cubes
1 teaspoon pepper or to your taste
2 cups coconut milk (1 sachet coconut milk powder)
Water enough to cover the rice 

COOKING DIRECTION

  1. Wash and boil beans with half of the onion. When beans is soft, add salt to taste, not too much.
Saturday, February 04, 2017

Recipe for minced meat & cow tail gravy


Minced meat and cow tail gravy is really delicious with rice. The main meat here is the cowtail but knowing that cowtail on it's own is almost tasteless, I added minced meat (beef) for enhanced taste. Didn't want to cook nutritious but bland gravy, wanted both taste and nutrition combined in 1 pot. Rice and stew can be tiring sometimes if we do not alternate with gravy. 

Nigerians have come to accept and love gravies so much so that at events these days, you hardly see rice and stew without some gravy for those who prefer it. To cook cow tail gravy, it's very important to first of all cook the cow tail soft and seasoned before adding to gravy. I pressure cooked the cow tail soft in just 15 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup minced meat
  • Seasoning cubes to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper (I always use my pepper sauce for cooking)
  • 3 cabbage leaves
  • 1 large egg plant (Garden egg)
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • A handful of green peas
  • 1/2 cow tail
  • Thickener ( I used knorr gravy powder (Roast meat)

COOKING DIRECTION:
Thursday, February 02, 2017

Pound Cake Recipe For The Learner

Also known as Nigerian cake

Easy pound cake well baked.

How to bake Nigerian cake:

This no stress pound cake recipe is especially for the learner who thinks that baking is difficult. This recipe doesn't ask that you mix anything separately before adding. All you have to do is measure and pour in a large bowl. Preparation takes less than 10  minutes and your cake is put in the oven. All you need is a stand mixer because the weight is going to be much for manual mixing.

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups all purpose flour (500 grams)
2 cups sugar (500 grams)
2 cups butter ( I used 2 sachets baking margarine) (500 grams)
6 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla essence


PREPARATION:
  1. Layer all the ingredients in a bowl, start with the flour, sugar, butter, eggs and finally vanilla. 
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Recipe: Caterpillar bread stuffed with minced meat sauce

Caterpillar bread stuffed with minced meat sauce.


Caterpillar bread also known as Minced Meat bread has nothing to do with real caterpillars. Just the shape. This is a must try recipe especially for lovers of Nigerian meat pie. Easy to make and requires just few ingredients,

INGREDIENTS FOR CATERPILLAR BREAD:
You can stuff with any sauce of choice, can be vegetable filling, chicken, eggs etc. 

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of yeast
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • vegetable Oil of choice
INGREDIENTS FOR MINCED MEAT SAUCE AND PROCEDURE (FILLING):
Monday, December 12, 2016

Recipe: Smoked Fish Gravy With Nigerian Rice


 Smoked fish gravy is sauce cooked like any other gravy we have on this blog. Cooked with vegetables, seasoning and a thickener which could be baking flour.
Cooking gravy is very easy as all it needs is stir fry the vegetables, add stock or water, season to taste and thicken to desired consistency. Gravy is cheaper (less expensive) to cook compared to Nigerian tomato stew. Gravy is nutritious and can make you eat so much rice because of the taste. Can be cooked with meat, chicken, fish etc. Scroll down to see more gravy recipes on the blog.

INGREDIENTS FOR SMOKED FISH GRAVY:
I used...

  • 6 cups stock but added some more water later to reduce the thickness
  • 4 large carrots
  • 3 medium sized onion
  • 1 large cabbage
  • 4 red bell peppers (tatashey)
  • 2 smoked fish (Titus/mackerel)... deboned
  • 2 packs knorr roast meat gravy
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Grand soya oil
  • 1 tablespoon pepper sauce
  • 2 knorr cubes

COOKING DIRECTION:
  1. Chop and dice all vegetables and put away.
  2. Wash and debone the smoked fish
  3. Heat oil a little
  4. Stir fry the vegetables with seasoning cubes for about 1 minute or more if you want them a bit soft. I like crunchy veggies.
  5. Add the stock or water or both.
  6. Add pepper sauce and stir, check for taste of salt and seasoning
  7. Thicken. I used knorr gravy and added flour when not satisfied with thickness.
  8. Add smoked fish last so it doesn't crumble during stirring. Check taste and thickness.
  9. Serve with rice.
See step by step cooking pictures after the cut...
Friday, December 02, 2016

Recipe: How To Bake Bread Nigerian Style (Less Sugar)

Nigerian style bread. 
Nigerian style bread is very soft, that bread that's soft, light and a bit elastic you can squeeze a whole loaf into the palm of your hand and it goes so well with margarine. If you like Nigerian agege bread, you'll love this. It's that soft bread that makes you eat so much without realizing. Easy to bake and great because sugar/honey is controlled by you. I added just 2 spoons of sugar to this bread made with 4 cups flour.

INGREDIENTS FOR NIGERIAN STYLE BREAD:

  • 1 Sachet yeast (7g)
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil
  • egg and milk for glazing (brushing/egg wash)
Friday, November 11, 2016

How to make millet fufu from scratch



Millet fufu is made almost the same way as amala, tuwo and other 'flour' forms of swallow (fufu).
First mix a little quantity with cold water (watery) and put on the stove, let it boil very well as you continue to stir, boiling cooks the starch and helps your final fufu to hold together. Let it boil and change in colour a little as if the starch is overcooked before you start pouring in more powder and stirring to desired softness. Also click on this link to check out How yo make rice flour fufu (tuwo)
Wheat meal fufu from scratch.

Millet contains uniquely high content of nutrients, including impressive starch levels, very high B-vitamin content, as well as calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium and so on.
See step by step cooking pictures below:
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Recipe: Ogbono and okro soup

Ogbono soup with okro.

Ogbono and okro soup with a sprinkle of uziza vegetables. Served with my homemade millet flour fufu,  Tastes really good with this homemade millet flour fufu and less expensive. Ogbono soup can be cooked without okra and uziza, okra soup can also be cooked without ogbono and uziza or with either. Uziza can be used in different Nigerian soups like white soup and vegetable soups. This okro and ogbono soup is like making three soups in one pot with less. The next post is going to be how to make millet fufu from scratch (Easy steps).

See picture of uziza leaves here
INGREDIENTS:


  • Beef
  • Salt
  • Onion
  • Pepper
  • Palm oil
  • Crayfish
  • Ogbono
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Smoked titus fish (Mackerel)
  • Okro
  • Uziza leaves (Pepper leaves)

COOKING PROCEDURE:
The pictures (below) on this soup post are self explanatory na. I started with pressure cooking the meat seasoned with salt, pepper, seasoning cubes and onion. After that, the stock is emptied into

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