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, 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

Easy pound cake well baked.
 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. Everything every other thing 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
2 cups sugar
2 cups butter ( I used 2 sachets baking margarine)
6 large eggs
1 teaspoon 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
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Jollof Rice and moi moi that can make you go gaga

Well served rice, moi moi, fish and vegetables by Cheff Jess
When food is presented this good, I just want to place it on the coffee table as decoration and leave it there. Feels like some exotic decor that shouldn't be eaten. What?

If this makes you want to eat jollor rice, follow the link below to find recipes for jollof rice, jollof macaroni, jollof spaghetti and so much more in just one link:
Friday, October 07, 2016

No meat vegetable gravy for Nigeria in recession


No meat vegetable sauce cooked with beef stock and knorr hearty beef powder. Very affordable, Tastes great, try it. I never wanted to post this recipe because the blog has so many sauces for rice already but sha, I'll just briefly write something.

INGREDIENTS:
Friday, August 19, 2016

CHICKEN CUTS: GRAB CHICKEN SENSE BY FORCE

 Whole chicken. This you can oven roast, pot roast or barbecue with soft chicken.
Right hand up if you can name all your chicken cuts. There are many different cuts of chicken available and the one you use depends on how you intend to cook it. Chicken can be used to cook any meal, depending on the type. Our local, hard chickens can be used for even plantain or yam porridge, they take longer to cook and do not crumble whereas the soft chicken (Agric fowl), I can only fry, grill or bake and serve with already cooked food. If you want to cook the chicken together in the meal, I would prefer you leave the bones intact whether it's Agric fowl or local.Without it's skin, chicken is well known as very healthy "white meat" alternative to beef and lamb. If hubby has stopped eating red meat, you can serve him chicken, snails, seafood, snake. But you know local chicken has more flavour than agric ( intensely reared and buttered with all the antibiotics). Can't remember when last I ate hard chicken/local anyway. Soft chicken cooks faster even though I hear that Nigerians, that we love hard orobo chicken.

CHICKEN CUTS:

  1. Whole chicken
  2. Boned whole chicken
  3. Breast on the bone
  4. Drumsticks
  5. Chicken Marylands
  6. Double (joint)
  7. Chicken thighs with bone
  8. Chicken thighs without bone
  9. Chicken tenderloins
  10. Breast Fillet
  11. Wings
  12. Chicken mince
  13. Chicken livers
  14. Breast fillet
More cuts (parts) when you continue...
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Local Palm oil jollof rice with dadawa, smoked fish and vegetables

Nigerian recipes
Palm oil rice with dawadawa, smoked fish and vegetables
Palm oil local jollof rice cooked the same way we cooked the palm oil rice and beans but this time instead of beans, we added dadawa and vegetables. This is very filling and delicious. Those who don't like fresh fish will still enjoy this because smoked fish tastes really good without all that fish smell.

INGREDIENTS: 
  • 3 cups rice
  • 1 fifty Naira wrap of dadawa (locust beans)
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Two Recipes To Cook plus Bake This Weekend; Deborah Bala's Tequila Sauce Basmati Rice, Red Velvet Cake By Ahdaisy Jayde For Valentine Special

 Valentine Special Red velvet cake



When I posted this recipe, I had wanted to ask Deborah if one can cook with any other wine of choice, for those who don't take tequila, but forgot. It's a long time ago, so, let's try this on Sunday or Saturday. Click on the link to view complete recipe for this Basmati Rice with tequila sauce. Please remember I have always

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