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Showing posts with label wives connection recipes. Show all posts
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
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 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.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Easy Nigerian Cake Recipe (Pound Cake (2)

Nigerian Cake.
 Nigerian cake is actually pound cake. It is the cake preferred by most Nigerians both at home and at events.This pound cake recipe is almost like the previous pound cake recipe posted earlier but with a few twists. For the other recipe, batter was mixed for 3 minutes, here it's just 2 minutes total time mixing. 2 teaspoons vanilla essence as against the 1 teaspoon of the old recipe. The eggs I used this time weren't as large as those used for the
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. 
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

How to cook Chicken and vegetable gravy

A serving of chicken and vegetable gravy, great with boiled rice.

Cooking chicken and vegetable gravy is not too different from other gravy recipes on the blog. With ingredients ready, this cooks in less than 10 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:
1 chicken breast shredded, you can use any part of choice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large carrots
3 cabbage leaves
1/4 cup baking flour
1/2 cup water
2 green peppers
1 large onion
Salt to taste
Seasoning cubes to taste


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Step by step recipe for Braided bread stuffed with stir fried minced meat

Braided bread stuffed with stir fried minced meat and vegetables.
Braided bread is made the same way my caterpillar bread is except for the braiding. If you can bake my caterpillar (Minced meat) bread, then this should be very easy to understand. For the filling, you can chose vegetables, chicken, any filling you love just let it not be watery to avoid messy braids. 

INGREDIENTS FOR BRAIDED BREAD DOUGH:
I used
  • 8 cups (1kg) flour
  • 4 teaspoons of yeast
  • 6 tablespoons of sugar
  • /2 teaspoon of salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups (500ml) warm milk
  • 3 tablespons vegetable Oil
INGREDIENTS FOR THE STIR FRIED MINCED MEAT:

1/4 kg of minced meat (You can blend your beef or buy minced meat from the supermarket)
3 medium sized onion bulbs
Seasoning cubes to taste
5 large Scotch bonnet pepper without the seeds
1/2  cup Vegetable oil or more for stir fry

First stir fry the onion, pepper and minced meat. Add seasoning and turn off the heat.


Braided bread stuffed with stir fried minced meat and vegetables.


COOKING PROCEDURE FOR BRAIDED BREAD:
Thursday, January 05, 2017

Spaghetti with vegetable sauce

Spaghetti boiled with tumeric & served with vegetable sauce.

 This vegetable sauce is both delicious and nutritious.
INGREDIENTS for boiling spaghetti

  1. Water
  2. Drop of vegetable oil
  3. Salt
  4. Tumeric (Optional)

INGREDIENTS FOR PASTA VEGETABLE SAUCE:
  1. 3 cups Vegetable oil
  2. 1 small bunch green leafy vegetable (Amaranthus/Aleho/green)
  3. 2 large tomatoes
  4. 2 eggs
  5. sardines or any fish of sauce. I used 2 cans of sardines here
  6. 2 Seasoning cubes
  7. 2 medium sized Carrots
  8. 1 large Red bell pepper (Tatashe)
  9. Scotch bonnet peppers (Optional)
  10. 1 medium sized Onion

Cooking Procedure
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

My Chinese style shredded beef gravy Recipe


My Chinese style shredded beef gravy (Beef curry sauce) without oyster sauce though. Cooked with mostly Nigerian ingredients and served with boiled rice. Yummy sauce.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. I kg shredded beef
  2. 2 large green peppers
  3. 4 large red bell peppers (tatashey)
  4. 3 large carrots
  5. 3 cabbage leaves
  6. 1 large onion
  7. 1 tablespoon baking flour to thicken
  8. 1 sachet knorr gravy powder (Roast meat)
  9. Salt to taste
  10. seasoning cubes to taste
  11. 3 cups water
  12. 3 teaspoonfuls curry powder
  13. 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce (Optional)


COOKING PROCEDURE:
  1. Wash and boil shredded beef with salt and onion until tender, cut beef flat to help cook much
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Nigerian Christmas food recipes & ideas 2




Christmas in Nigeria is celebrated with assorted rice recipes:  rice and stew; fried rice; jollof rice; pounded yam and other types of fufu swallow served with Nigerian soups; There is already a post on 35 Nigerian Christmas Recipes To Try. Check it out by clicking on the link below:
35 Nigerian recipes to try this Christmas.

See more delicious Christmas Recipes after the cut:
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):
Thursday, December 08, 2016

Simple Madeira cake recipe

 Freshly baked simple madeia cake.
Madeira cakes are an excellent start for the novice baker. Beat together liquid ingredients; sift together dry ingredients before adding to the beaten mixture. Mix everything, spoon into a baking pan and bake. Doesn't need any prior baking experience.


Ingredients For My Madeira Cake:


3 cups flour self raising ( I made my own self raising flour to use)
250g sugar ( 1 cup = 200g)
250g butter (I used one sachet Simas Baking margarine )
4 eggs at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla essence 
1 cup powder milk
baked for 20 minutes. 





Baking Procedure: 

  1. Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature, not from the fridge.
  2. preheat oven to 180 degrees, if your oven is like mine without settings, just preheat for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Line or grease your baking pan
  4.  In a bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy/fluffy- pale.
  5.  Add your eggs gradually beating and mixing thoroughly after each addition.
  6. Add vanilla essence.
  7.  Using a metal spoon, fold in the sifted flour and milk, your batter will be thick and creamy.
  8. Spoon into a baking pan and smooth the top.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes or till
Monday, December 05, 2016

How to make self rising flour in your Kitchen

Homemade self rising flour

Self rising flour has become so expensive in Nigeria in this recession but, that won't affect you if you know how to make yours right there in your kitchen with just 3 everyday ingredients. Many recipes, especially Southern recipes call for self raising flour and you don't need to skip that yummy recipe, make your own homemade excellent self raising flour and use. It's as easy as ABC. Self raising flour is used in baking biscuits, cakes, pancakes and even bread. This homemade self rising flour is what I use in my kitchen now.

Here is how you can make your own.
You'll need these three ingredients:
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)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Recipe: How to bake plantain cake that everyone will want to eat

Delicious plantain cake.
Plantain cakes can be baked with either ripe or unripe plantain or with a mixture of both blended together. This delicious cake was baked with ripe plantain. The process of baking this is a bit similar to baking with flour except that here you blend the plantain first of all, and ,there is no beating of eggs with margarine. Everything is added, whisked to mix very well and then poured into the baking pan. The ingredients are same cake baking ingredients, just that here there is no sugar added because ripe plantains are sweet. Baking plantain cakes is another great way of making use of ripe plantains before they go bad. Sometimes plantains get ripe all at once and aside making dodo, roasting and boiling, people can't think of other ways of serving them. With this method of cooking/baking ripe plantains, THAT is solved. This plantain cake is a balanced meal with all essential food nutrients.

INGREDIENTS FOR PLANTAIN CAKE:

  • 5 ripe plantains
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt to tone down the sweetness
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
BAKING PROCEDURE FOR PLANTAIN CAKE:
  1. Peel, cut into pieces and blend the plantain with a little water.
  2. Empty into a bowl and add all other ingredients
  3. Whisk and mix very well before emptying into a greased baking pan.
  4. Put in a preheated oven and bake till skewer comes out clean. This cake baked in 4o minutes.
See baking pictures below...
Monday, November 28, 2016

Recipe: Movie-Theater-style Buttered popcorn in 4 minutes



This pop corn has that moist buttery taste you get only in pop corn served/bought at the movies. Butter adds some moisture, makes it nice and smooth in the mouth and not soggy at all. When you taste vegetable oil pop corn and buttered pop corn, the difference is much. The little dryness you find in pop corn disappears when popped with butter and the kids love this.

In four minutes the pop corn is ready and smiling back at you. If your pop corn turns out soggy, that means you didn't scoop out the foam while melting your butter.  If you like, you can substitute margarine and some oil to get that buttery pop corn without having to scoop out any foam but the final result won't be the exact same thing. The milk fat in butter is what makes popcorn soft, wet and soggy, to get the perfect buttered popcorn, you need to skim out the fat once butter boils and begins to foam. Skim and discard all that foam, then use your clarified yellowish butter to make excellent popcorn. Do not add the corn to the foam in the pot, else you won't have that movie type popcorn everyone loves. I prefer salted butter with pop corn. Turns out a little bit salty and nice.

EASY STEPS TO MAKING MOVIE-THEATER-STYLE POPCORN:

  1. Melt butter in a fry pan
  2. Skim out the foam when butter boils
  3. pour in your few grains of maize. I used half a cup of maize to get all this popcorn
  4. Cover with a lid. I covered with a bowl so there's enough room when corn begins to pop and jump.
  5. In about 4 minutes, your buttered pop corn is ready.
  6. Enjoy while having your family movie night.
See all the cooking pics below. All that popcorn from half a cup of maize.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

How to make oats coconut fufu

Oats coconut fufu served with green vegetable (Fluted pumpkin) soup

Oats coconut fufu is made with desiccated coconuts and some oats. The quantity of coconuts is more that the oats. The aim is to eat less carb and the addition of the quaker oats here is to help with binding as coconuts have no starch. This was totally enjoyed and very easy to make. I used quaker oats and in less than 10 minutes, my fufu was ready, smooth and fluffy.

Oats coconut fufu is very good for people looking to lose weight and for those who want to cut down on carbohydrates. Diabetics can also enjoy this meal as the sweetness of the coconut is no longer there, just the chaff. Coconut fufu served with vegetable soup like this is very nutritious and great for the whole family.
There is also guinea corn coconut fufu recipe on the blog.

INGREDIENTS FOR OATS COCONUT FUFU:


COOKING DIRECTION:

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