Nigerian tomato Stew With Scent Leaves

 Add preserved tomato in hot oil. This tomato was blended with  onion, tatashe, pepper, garlic and ginger before storing in the freezer.
 Add seasoning cubes and a little curry to stew
Add tender beef and a little stock to stew

Allow beef to boil and cook in tomato stew

 Add scent leaves to cooked stew for flavour  and nutrients
Add vegetables sparingly

Stir and allow green vegetables for about 30 seconds before removing from heat. If oil is much, scoop out some before serving the stew.




To be able to chew beef. I cut into flat pieces before cooking. That way I'm sure it's cooked right inside. I stopped liking beef when I chew or bite into a fat piece and get that raw beef smell and taste in my throat. I hardly eat beef outside cos the meat sizes are big.

One reason I like take-away food is because I get to put my meat or chicken in the oven/ microwave again before eating. My family knows me for microwaving bought cooked meat, fish or chicken. The truth is, when I'm done reheating or microwaving, everyone wants mine. 

I don't know if there are people like me or is something wrong with me? I find it difficult eating meats not cooked by me unless I have to take home and dry or roast again. Meat lovers don't care, so long it's meat, they just enjoy themselves.

The way suya is cut (flat pieces) is how I sometimes cut my beef to cook at home. It cooks so fast that if I'm not careful, everything starts falling apart. I like the way people enjoy meat and I think I'm missing something. My children too, many times they clear their food without touching meat. Is that OK? Are there kids like that? 
While dishing food, they come to whisper that you don't put meat on their plates. My seven year old is always announcing that she is "cutting down on meat" when I haven't really seen her eat meat the way children do. This early announcement is to help prevent whoever is dishing her food from adding meat.

Are there people like me who struggle to wash or eat meat? Please let me know I'm not alone.

Comments

  1. Anonymous12:41

    This topic should read *plenty meat in small Nigeria tomato stew with scent leaf* because of the one you served oh. Abeg na only meat we go chop??? stew NKO!!!! to chop the rice

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    1. Add a little water to make more stew. I also feel This stew is too thick.

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  2. Looks so yummy!!!I love my stews thick just like this one above. Scent leaves also gives it a nice flavor.

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    1. Thanks Dobby, this is dedicated to you guys. I like watery stew.

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  3. Anonymous12:51

    You use too much oil in your food, not healthy at all.
    And please buy nice new pots, this is supposed to be an international blog, presentation and packaging are very important. Watch some cooking shows and learn.
    No offence.

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    1. Amanda13:00

      Chai!!! If you know how I enjoy the uniqueness of this bog eh. you won't say what you just said. Did Aunty Eya stop you from reading your international level blogs?

      IMO, life is all about choices. If you are not comfortable with her presentations give her a sack letter and stick where you are fine. Me am very good here like it is.*rme and running away*

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    2. Anonymous13:06

      "this is supposed to be an international blog"
      All international blog lovers. listen to the town crier ooooo. Aunt Eya doesn't give a dammn. I form a lot and wish I can just be like her. It's now part of me and am praying to be able to stop this my lie lie forming.

      If you know Aunty Eya, you won't try to embarrass her cos you go fear o. This is from someone who knows her in person. I see her and pray to have her humility. #ProudGirl

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    3. jeanette13:10

      You can send her recipes with your International presentation so that we all learn from you. Shikennah

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    4. Seriously?this blog is the like the most original blog ever.it shows us exactely what happens in a typical nnigerian kitchen.she even talks and askes questionns like families do after meals.abeg leave my aunnt Eya alone o.
      Great job ma,yummy.pls is efirin same as scent leaves?

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    5. Anonymous14:51

      I'm sorry.
      I didn't know the blog was for only Nigerians.
      I'm not Nigerian nor African.

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    6. Jayne15:10

      Sorry Ma/sir. Dr Fetus you want to look for trouble for Aunty Eya ni?
      Eya's blog is for everybody online.

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    7. Thanks Anon, you have a point but you said it like we are quarrelling. I am saving for nice pots, but I don't think these ones are offensive. Are they? If they are, I will change them today today cos I like International presentation and packaging.
      @Amanda, be nice to your sister please.

      @Anon 1:06, chei sister, why are you forming already now? How you think say Anon want take know me. Anonymous mean say you no dey here naa. You know me? am I tall or short? Thanks for the complement, but sha...

      @Janet, you just said my mind but I would have been more polite o. Why you dey vex?

      @Dr Fetus thank you oooooo. Sorry sir I don't know Effirin. You eh, you know how to make your point without hearsh words.

      Anon 2:51, sorry please, the blog is INTERNATIONAL. We are upgrading faster than lightening.

      @Jayne, thanks for the clarification o.
      @Everyone, thanks for your lovely comments. I like.

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    8. Bislondy16:15

      @ Dr, yes scent leaf is effirin

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    9. Lizzy16:48

      Yes Dr Fetus efirin is st leaf

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    10. @aunt Eya,lol,don't mind me.
      And am a lady,nnot sir,lol

      @bislondy&lizzy,thanks alot

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    11. Anonymous05:02

      The only thing I will agree with is that there was definitely too much oil in the pot. The pots are fine, these are the same pots used throughout much of the world. The pots are perfectly clean with no stains in them, what would the need be to change them?

      The blog is accessible by anybody who has access to the internet, but this is not a professional cooking show blog. This is simply an everyday mother and wife who is sharing her world with those who care to see. This is reality, not make believe! It is ok to offer advice but the manner in which you made your statement was offensive. Kudos to Eya for being such a polite and well-mannered person to respond to you in such a calm and easy manner.

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  4. Aunty Eya, why did u say we shouldn't use ugwu or green amaranthus for tomato stew? I use them esp ugwu. Wat's d consequence???

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    1. I'm sorry, didn't know it will turn out great so, I never tried. Can you send us your recipe when next you do the combo please?

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  5. Well done ma,this looks so yummy.

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  6. Anonymous13:11

    anty eya < i noticed u dnt always gv ur meat enof spicin. just salt n onions is nt enof fr d meat, evrythn nw is agric n organic, dey v lost their original natural flavor. so ps try spicin wit ginger, garlic, knorr n d likes. ur kids ll enjoy it beta. u cld also try chiken wings, nuggets, fish fillets, stake . however, sm kids tend to be a bit vegetarian, nothn to worry abt. let them get their protein source frm egg, milk, beans etc. hope dis helps

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    1. Yes it helps. Thank you. I will try other spices and I pray I remember to give feedback.

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    2. Anonymous10:10

      Eya I think your kids are copying you naturally. I hear my 10yr old daughter talk about watching her weight. I say that all the time Lol

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  7. Aunty Eya, you know that I'm #TeamMeat by now already :-)

    I love the plenty meat and little stew combination also :-)

    I'm also #TeamOilyStew too (Use Olive oil oh). I prefer the oils to the stew itself. Nice one here!

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    1. Yes Jay I know already. I like oily stew too but they say it's unhealthy. Let's watch it. Thanks for joining my team.

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    2. I also guess u are Yoruba?
      Cos u guys like meat and oil too muchb, dat why igbos call u guys'Nd'ofe Nmanu' loool

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    3. Lol@Chicadimples: Not at all o. I'm not a Yoruba person o. I don't even have any affiliation with Yoruba-hood sef. I'm an Owiedo kpataki. I have always just grown up finding oils and meat really sweet! I don't know if other Edo people are like that o. But I like meat like that!

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    4. Anonymous17:41

      Yay..#Dancing.... Jay is my sister.... Hi sis :)

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    5. *Hugs* *Azonto* Hi sis. Nice to meet you! :-)

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  8. Anonymous13:55

    Anty Eya, did i hear u say not to use ugu.u neva chop better stew, try cook stew with ugu then ur life will not remain the same.

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    1. Abi oh. Lmao.
      But aunty eya, I'm still awaiting your reply.

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    2. Anonymous14:23

      Tomato stew with ugu? Nah, bad combo

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    3. May my life not remain the same after eating ugu tomato stew. May I look fresher and fairer.
      If you send the pics, I'll post and will try to cook with your recipe.

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  9. Anonymous14:06

    NAIJA pots plus oily stew, plus local presentation plus reality blog plus no deception plus no forming plus no fake life style plus no show-off ....me likey.
    Reason I still come here is that everything seem so real oton this blog.

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    1. Dank you Anon. Where can I get clay cooking pots please? I'll love to cook some local dishes with African clay pots and post to you guys.

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  10. very bad wen u addicted with microwaved food...has bad effect,

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    1. Anonymous15:13

      Which kain dirty English you dey speak sef

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    2. No HighJ Udeh, I'm not addicted. I hardly microwave except for some cooked meats bought from outside.

      @Anon 3:13, please be nice. We understood what she meant.

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  11. Lol @ "My seven year old is always announcing that she is "cutting down on meat"!

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  12. Anonymous15:02

    As anonymous above said,you should season your meat properly,with not just onion,but also,ginger,thyme,curry and bullion cube ,with salt. Allow all these to boil & mix well,for at least 5 mins,before adding water. This allows the seasoning to enter inside the meat well,giving the meat a great taste. If you do this,I promise you,your kids will be asking for more meat! Experience from tasting a lot of other people's food,has shown me that not a lot of people know how to boil meat. I'm extremely proud of your blog. Please keep up the great work & keep being the real you. This is what sets you apart from others & makes your blog,so alluring!!!

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    1. Thank you. I always tried to cut down on spices but I will start boiling meat with them and see how the meat eating goes. Thanks.

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    2. Anonymous19:12

      You are welcome! Spices are the spice of life. They are very healthy and natural. It's only the bullion cubes,you have to worry about using sparingly. In life,everything in moderation!!!

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  13. Bislondy16:12

    Weldone Aunty Eya, this is how i love my stew on the first serving, subsequent serving has to b watery oo, so that it can last longer...hehehe
    I am an indifferent fan of meat. I peffer fish anyday

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    1. Bislondy16:13

      *prefer

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    2. Thank you Bislondy. I prefer fish like you. More water, more stew #smiles

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  14. Children dat dnt eat meat? Wow. D reverse is d case wit d children I knw o. Dey rush 2 eat der meat 1st. I evn did it wen I ws younger

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    1. Anonymous19:55

      You know times are changing, i grew up loving meat and still do, but in this part of the world most kids dnt really like meat. Aunty Eya, ur kids probably have it all that is why they do the less meat thing, you probably give them snacks and other substitutes which they do like. It is not strange, its their generation ( Ajebutters) :)

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    2. Anonymous20:04

      * and as some already stated, spice ur meat with enough spices!!! if they still dnt like it, its normal.I have come across kids that dnt like meat,so the reason for my comment above. *should have also said some kids nt most, since i cant really conclude that the kids i have met r a proper representation of the population of kids.

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    3. Yes Ivy Brown you are right. This my seven year old used to be the meat eater in the house before she stopped and started saying that she is cutting down on meat. She used to rush for her meat before food sef. All the meat eating just stopped.

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    4. @Anon 7:55, NO, they don't have it all, they may have taken after me or something. Thanks. I am going to start boiling beef with spices to see if that will change things.

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  15. Anonymous16:54

    dnt use ugu or amaranth ke. Y na. U dnt like it or wat? These two vegetables give stew a very wonderful taste. So dnt say it shldnt be used. Try it and see. I call it vegetable stew. Somethin my hubby asks for wen he's bored with d usual thing.

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    1. I've never tried it cos I felt ugu and tomatoes won't taste good together.
      I cooked green amaranth with diced tomatoes, fish and eggs before and it was yummy. We didn't use it with rice though, it was served with boiled yam.

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  16. Anonymous16:55

    dnt use ugu or amaranth ke. Y na. U dnt like it or wat? These two vegetables give stew a very wonderful taste. So dnt say it shldnt be used. Try it and see. I call it vegetable stew. Somethin my hubby asks for wen he's bored with d usual thing. Its cooked d same way u cooked dis one.

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    1. When I make vegetable stew with ugu, I don't add tomatoes, but I am going to try it.

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    2. Aunty eya plzz its dat vegetable stew without tomato I want to learn not wit tomato. Plz send d tip on vegetable stew witout tomato. Am serously waiting

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  17. Lizzy17:02

    Aunty Eya very nice stew. I didn't kno st leaf can b added to stew. Like few people already said perhaps u shld try seasoning ur meat with spices so the meat tastes better(not too much tho). The tomatoe stew is not enough to have that well spiced meat.
    Don't worry ur kids don't like meat just ensure they get protein from different types of food. One of my kids also doesn't eat fish or chicken (maybe bcoz the colour is white) but he loves beef and goat meat while my daugther goes for any kind of meat or fish on her plate 1st b4 she eats d food n ALWAYS asks for more meat.

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    1. Thank you Lizzy.Scent leaf is very good with tomato stew. Yes, going to start cooking meat with spices, hope it's healthy o? Good for you, your kids love meat. These ones don't like even chicken much.
      What I know my children can never have enough is SNAILS. They love snails.

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  18. Mrs Morgan@warr18:02

    @Anonymus 3.02 pls wats a bullion cube?tnks 4 d tips too.

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    1. Anonymous19:04

      Mrs Morgan , bullion cubes are your Maggi, knorr e.t.c. You are so welcome. Enjoy!

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  19. Aunty Eya, is dis food for u? Or are u just presenting it to us? Cos dis meat plenty o, which stew we go use eat the rice na?

    But it looks good sha,very apppealing, I like!
    Will add scent leave to my stew dis weekend!

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    1. Hehehe Chicadimples, no, it's not for me. You'll like scent leaves in stew.

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  20. So una plenty wey dey chop meat? I thought with the talk on red meat and its effect to the body, people would either reduce its consumption or avoid it totally.

    Aunty Eya, please I hope you ONLY use ceramic plates in your microwave? Please avoid the use of plastics when microwaving.

    Also, ensure the food is covered so as to prevent the waves from having direct contact with the food(health consciousness).

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    1. Thank you Rubynnia. What of pastices that have "Microwave oven safe" written on them?

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    2. I'm always on the side of caution.
      I prefer using ceramics to microwave.

      Aunty Eya, please pardon my ignorance, what are pastices?

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  21. U re not alone ooo my Oga at d top does not like meat at all, as. In he won't eat.

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    1. Thank you Doyinsola. Good to know I'm not alone. Does he eat fish and snails?

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  22. @Anon 3:13 y not go bash a moving train if u dont understand ma English...the peeson i passed the messagge accros to understood..ma blunder y u come dey use Felvin for anoda person menstrual pain?

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    1. Oh My! bash a moving train? May he not allow us announce obituary ooo. We want toannounce only births please sister HIGHJ Udeh. Forgive pls.

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  23. Omo sEe meat o! Aunty eya only u?! Chai.I never knew scent leaves could be used for tomato stew, I usually use it to cook ofe akwu, porridge yam or beans. Will try it ds weekend. Ehen, aunty eya, ugu can be used for tomato stew and it tastes so yummy. Am still looking for d tips on dat cuz I can't wait to make it.

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    1. @Pink berry, you know I don't like meat naa. You can add scent leaves to your tomato stew.I'm waiting too, hoping someone will send us the recipe for tomato stew with ugu. I want to try it.

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  24. M vewy sorry Aunty Eya,just that dese faceless Anon could b somtims provocative.
    Scent leaves/Effirin is the best recipes for stew.Ugwu is okay wen its cooked seperately,then served wit ur rice just as green vegetable(effo)

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  25. Anonymous15:22

    Anon 12:51 is that really necessary?

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  26. Licious16:28

    Eewwwwoooo!!! Anty Eya she haff wound me ooohhh!!!!
    LOOoooOOoooLL!!

    I love meat, i love sea food and im in love with snails to pieces!! This stew is "CAPTIVATING".....
    In fact i had to just stop as i couldnt concentrate on the report i was writing anymore!! LOOooOOOoooLL!!
    #food things#

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  27. As i comment on this, I am cooking this. Thanks aunty Eya, this blog has allowed me to introduce variety to my table and for my husband whom I have already spoilt with varying recipes from everywhere. Recently I had alresdy begun to run out of ideas on how to keep hubby and children eating.Wish me luck
    I hope it turns out as yummycious as yours looks. By the way I love this blog. After my one year bible blog this is where i visit next every day. sorry to digress how do i send articles onto your blog.

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    1. Good morning Edlene, thanks for visiting and for trying out our recipes. It will turnout yummy, scent leaves give a nice taste.
      Send your articles to my mail box: cuulme@gmail.com

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  28. New bride22:02

    Hi aunt Eya, can you please give specifics on the on the ratio of pepper used? I hear that the end product of stew is highly dependent on this. eg 3 tomatoes, 1 tatashe and 1 medium sized onion. This will be truly appreciated.

    Thanks

    New bride

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  29. Anonymous11:36

    Nice one

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