Thursday, January 31, 2013

Edikang Ikong Soup By Elizabeth Obaze

 edikang Ikong soup served with pounded yam.
Ingredients for Edikang Ikong Soup:
. Assorted meat consisting of shaki (tripe), kponmo, cow leg and
goat meat.

. Tomatoes

. Onion

. Hot pepper

. Sweet pepper (tatashe)
. Palm oil
. Knor cubes
. Salt
. Locust seeds (iru)
. Grounded stock fish powder
. Smoked catfish fillets
. Blended crayfish
. Ugu
. Spinach

 well cooked cow leg, shaki and kpomo
 goat meat cooking
 ground stock fish powder

Cooking Instructions:

  •  wash the goat meat and season with salt garlic,ginger and onion to cook in a pot.

  •  wash the

Rice With Nigerian Gravy And Uziza Chicken Pepper soup

Salted boiled rice served with shredded chicken gravy
Ingredients for uziza chicken pepper soup:

Nigerian Fish tomato Stew with fried yam, sausages

A serving of fried yam with sausages and fish stew

Ingredients for my fried yam with sausages and tomato fish stew:
  • Yam
  • 1 sausage
  • tomato fish stew
  • vegetable oil
 white yam about to be served

The way I cook my stew is very simple. I had posted before that I do not fry tomatoes every time I make stew. What I do is preserve already fried tomatoes in the freezer. This fried tomatoes has blended onion, blended pepper, sometimes blended tatashe too in it. While frying the boiled and blended tomatoes, I add my knorr, maggi or royco cubes. The stew is almost set except that there is no meat or fish in it.

When I am preparing a particular dish and I need stew, all I do is boil my meat, fish, chicken or what ever source of protein I'm using. Add the

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Stuffed Nigerian Moi Moi With Garri

 moi moi served with chilled garri
Ingredients for garri with  moi moi:
  1. well cooked moi moi
  2. a bowl of garri
  3. 4 cubes of sugar
  4. 1/3 teaspoon of salt
  5. cold water

A balanced meal of Garri and moi moi 
Procedure for making garri:
  • Add some water to the bowl of garri
  • filter out the chaff in the garri if you don't want the fibre
  • Add the sugar and salt, stir and taste for salt and sugar
  • serve

When Can I have A Boyfriend

Mommy (Photo credit: liquene)
Hi Aunty Eya
My name is Sharon, I am 11 years old. Iam in JS 1. Aunty, in my School, all my friends and many of my class mates have boyfriends. Even my BFF has got a boyfriend this term. They said that they won't tell their momms. I am now like the only one who does not want. I asked my Mommy to tell me when it is ok for me to start dating boys? she says that 20 or 21  years is Ok.

I did not like my moms answer, I told her that most of my classmates have boyfriends already and me I will just try to get to 15 before I have one. She disagreed with me. she thinks that

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nigerian Gravy with vegetable, shredded chicken, Curried Rice By Mavis Imanatue

 a serving of gravy with curried rice and some chopped cucumbers.
 NOTE: To shape your cooked rice this way, scoop the hot rice into a small round bowl or any shape of bowl you want, level and press down firmly with a spoon, cover it upside down on your serving plate, gently begin to hit the bottom of rice place as you pull out just the way kids build sand castles at the beach.

Ingredients for my Gravy:
  • shredded chicken
  • flour
  • vegetable oil
  • curry
  • carrots 
  • cabbage
  • onion
  • green pepper
  • salt
  • seasoning cubes

Naija Hotdog With Mayonnaise Mustard Ketchup And Green vegetables

A hot dog with fruit juice
 Ingredients for my Naija Hot Dog:

Kitchen Tips On Smoked Fish

 drying smoked fish in the sun to prevent molds. the ones with molds were not properly dried before storing
 Freezing in ziploc bags is the best method of preservation for smoked cat fish, but when one cannot afford regular electricity, other methods come in handy. For any Nigerian family that loves swallow/foofoo, Two to three pots of soup are cooked weekly to go with the fufu. Cooking variety of soups for our swallow can be very easy and fun when one knows a few tips and tricks.
For me,

Monday, January 28, 2013

Isi Ewu Head With Chilled Red Grape Juice

 a serving of isi ewu with chilled Red Grape Juice
Dear Diary,
In case you are tired of your husband and friends visiting that isi ewu joint
every saturday evening, set them up with this, and scatter their plans.
I have not seen a Nigerian man who can resist Isi ewu. Right from

Unripe Plantain Porridge Cooked With Goat Meat

 cooking unripe plantain porridge with goat meat
Unripe plantain porridge is so healthy and energy giving.

Nigerian Rivers State Native Soup Recipe By Chubby ELLA

 a serving of Rivers  native
Procedure for cooking Rivers native soup:
1. Steam your meat with onions,pepper and maggi.
2. Clean your shrimps and ngolo(take off the back of the shrimps)
3. Steam your ngolo, shrimps and kpomo separately for a few minutes(half done)
4 .When the meat is soft enough ,pour in Ųя stockfish, dryfish, lil bit of palm oil,crayfish, pepper, onions, maggi     and cover to boil.
5 .Keep checking so it doesn't stick to the pot, when the  palm oil is well mixed, pour in the  half done shrimps, kpomo and  ngolo, stir and  cover again for  3 minutes then pour in your uziza. 
cover for

Vegetable Boiled Rice Served With Goat Meat Stew Sent In By Tamie

 vegetable boiled rice with  goat meat stew

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Shredded Chicken Sauce Gravy with vegetables

Nigerian chickien with vegetable gravy still cooking
Cooking Steps For Shredded Chicken sauce/gravy:
  1. Add the washed shredded chicken, maggi arome, some chopped onion, some chopped green pepper, salt and curry in a pot. Stir, cover and allow to cook for 5 minutes
  2. Check for salt, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes
  3. Add sieved baking flour and some water, mix properly, check for salt and seasoning, let it simmer for another 5 minutes
  4. Back To Vegetables
  5. Add the chopped vegetables with curry, a little vegetable oil, seasoning and salt to taste. Stir and cook in low heat for 5 to 7 minutes
  6. Empty cooked vegetables and the shredded chicken sauce in a pot, check for thickness, salt and seasoning before covering and leaving to simmer for 5 minutes or as long as you feel is Ok for you, before turning off the heat.
  7. Serve with rice,

Fried Spaghetti With Egg And Sardine By Queen

fried spaghetti with egg and sardine

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Nigerian Okra Soup With Tomato Stewed Chicken, Fish

 a serving of okra soup with stewed chicken and fish
Dear Diary,
This soup is very easy to cook and fast too. First,
 I made sure that  was done with cooking the chicken  and making  eba, before facing the okra soup.
It was super duper delicious! The aroma, sweet, the taste... heavenly.

Cooking Steps For This Okra Soup And Chicken:

  1. The washed, salted chicken is put in a fry pan with some chopped onion. The heat is turned on.
  2. It boils, begins to look dry, so I add some vegetable oil by the sides of the pan, cover for four minutes, checked and turned the chicken over, added a little stew before covering to simmer.
  3. Chicken boils for another four minutes before the pan is put in the microwave oven for five minutes. Chicken is turned over and left for another five minutes before bringing out of the oven and putting on paper to drain oil
  4. Back to the soup: 
  5. Washed and

Pop Corn In A Pot

 hot pop corn straight from the cooking pot
Dear Diary,
I popped this corn for myself, that's why there is no sugar or salt in it. When I pop for the

Friday, January 25, 2013

Nigerian Fried Spaghetti/pasta, Chicken, vegetables By Shishi

 a portion of fried spaghetti and chicken
Hmmmmm, now we know that bloggers can sure COOK! *wink* 

Spaghetti recipe prepared jus† like fried rice. I go† the idea while i prepared a pot of fried rice on christmas day.....i thought, "Why no†

make spaghetti exactly like this?" So, I finally resolved to try i† out.


• 1kg Chicken

• 1 pack Spaghetti
• 3 cups Groundnut oil
• 1 medium sized onion  
• 1 teaspoon fresh Pepper
• 1 Ginger
• 1 clove Garlic
• 2 teaspoons Curry
• 1/4 teaspoon Thyme
• Salt to taste
• 2 cubes Maggi chicken
• 2 large Carrots
• 1 medium sized green pepper
• 3 Cabbage leaves


•Wash chicken, and boil with onions, pepper, salt, maggi, curry, thyme, ginger and garlic. Use enough wa†er so that when the chicken is done, you s†ill have enough to boil your spaghetti in.

• When the chicken is done, bring them out of the wa†er/stock and pu† in a seive. Then pour your spaghetti into the stock wa†er, add a little oil and more spices if you need to, then bring to a boil. When when the pot s†ar†s boiling, turn the heat waaaaay down and le† i† simmer gently till i†'s done. Check constantly to make sure that i†'s no† burning, and stir it a little. Add jus† enough wa†er if you need more, but no† too much so da† i† doesn'† ge† over done. (Spaghetti is quite starchy, so perboil it if you want to reduce the starch, but be careful no† to overdo i†, and remember to add oil so i† doesn'† stick together)

• Fry the chicken and se† aside. Try no† to eat it as you cook or you  won't have any left by the †ime the food is ready.....hahahahha!

• While the

Boiled White Rice With Amaranth And Peppered Titus Fish Sent In By Ella

This beautiful dish was prepared by Ella yesterday,
 boiled white rice with Amaranth and peppered sauce

 I prepared this dish for my husband yesterday night. 

Fried Yam With Peppered Corned Beef

 a serving of fried yam wedges with peppered corned beef
Dear Diary,
please do not forget that I keep saying buy small canned Exeter corned beef because it gives me better results

How To Buy Good White Yams

 tubers of yam
 How to tell which tuber of yam is very white and which one changes color when peeled is a challenge to most of us women. Shopping for yams is very easy when you know what you are paying for. Traders know their tricks. They sell both

Heavy Vegetable Salad Recipe

 a bowl of heavy salad

Nigerian Vegetable Salads With Italian Dressing

 healthy,crunchy vegetable salad with peas, lettuce, red tomatoes and cucumber

Farmhouse Unripe Plantain with Brown Beans And Fish

How to cook beans and plantain porridge

 A serving of farmhouse unripe plantain
Ingredients for My farmhouse (Beans and plantain porridge):
  • 1 small bunch Unripe plantain
  • 1 cup beans
  • 3 medium sized Smoked fish
  • 1/2 cup palm oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 knorr seasoning cubes
  • salt to taste
  • water to cover the beans for a start.
 cooked healthy farmhouse plantain 
Cooking Steps for Farmhouse (Beans and plantain porridge):
  1. The picked and washed beans is put in a pot of water with enough onion and palm oil added, then placed on a cooker
  2. When it boils, add pepper, then, cover and when beans begins to boil , leave to boil for about 30 more minutes or till beans begins to soften before adding other ingredients.
  3. Check to see that beans has started to soften before adding  the chopped plantain, washed smoked fish, salt and seasoning to taste, stir very well, cover and allow to cook while you check and stir occasionally until the plantain and beans are very soft and thickened. Do frequent stirring of the contents to ensure that it doesn't remain watery.
  4. When it gets soft and thickened to the consistency you like, check for salt,

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Goat Meat Pepper Soup Served With Rice, By Olaide

 goat meat pepper soup served

Fried Brown Beans, Plantain By Shayor

 fried brown beans and plantain By Shayor
This was sent in this evening by Shayor.

2 cups of Brown Beans
1 large green pepper
2 Bulbs of Onions
4 Big Tomatoes
Red Peppers
Vegetable Oil

How i cooked

Picked and washed the beans into a pot of boiling water

Cooked for about 40 mins till it was fairly soft.

Added Salt and Seasoning to taste.

Leave to boil some more till very soft but DO NOT stir so the beans does not mash.

While the beans was cooking, i chopped all the vegetables to a uniform size.

Then put a serving spoon quantity of vegetable oil into a bigger pot.

When the oil is hot, i stir fried d vegetables in it for like 10secs

Then gradually

Here Is My Embarrassing Hair Twist Out, No Thanks To You Myne

 my funny hair twist out
I have kept my short scanty hair to myself, and far away from my blog for a long time. I wanted to
never show pictures of my natural hair. Why should I? The reason we post on blogs is to effect the lives of our readers, we publish post that will entertain, inform and maybe, inspire some one out there.

Now with this hair, what is there to inspire some one? I prefer to leave it short because it's like the longer it gets, the thinner it gets. Please do not talk about using the right chemicals and all that, because, this my scanty hair is in the  genes.
Before I decided to go natural, I had searched unsuccessfully for hair relaxers that do not contain parabens. When I started getting the Idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis spots, I felt like my body is reacting to chemical over load: Chemicals from creams, soaps, processed foods, body sprays, conditioners and so on.

Going natural was my way of trying to reduce the amount of chemicals that go into my system. At least ,for the time I carry natural hair, the ones that penetrate through the head will have to wait.

Yesterday, I confessed to Myne how her twists inspired me to do mine. On Myne's blog, Romance Meets Life, I commented on what happened, when I tried to hide the not so good twist out from the public.

Well, I can still spill here... On Sunday morning, when I looked at my twist out in the mirror, I felt like they were not good enough for the church congregation to see and get distracted.  Wore a traditional skirt and top, tied my head with the other piece and set for church.
While the sermon was going on, a lady tapped me from behind, she whispered in my ear that the zipper on my tight skirt had bursted open. All eyes were open and ears listening to the preacher. There was no way I'd have walked out without a few worshippers catching a glimpse. I sat quietly, thought of how to manage the situation. Somehow my left  hand touched my head and I remembered the piece of cloth there.

Now the only savior is the cloth. What happens to the twists on my head? I untied my head and used the piece

Ogbono Soup With Lumpy Egusi

 cooking ogbono soup with  lumpy egusi

Dear Diary,
because of the way we enjoyed this soup, the taste and ease of swallowing semovita,
 I was forced to call it the mother of all draw soups.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fashion Advice For Plus-Size Women By Debbie Denard

Hi Ladies, I got this very early this morning from Debbie Denard. She wants me to share with my blog readers. So, enjoy!

The face of modern fashion is changing, and the days of being forced into drab, shapeless garments are over for the plus-sized woman. Today’s full-figured fashionistas have a huge selection of styles,

Monday, January 21, 2013

How To Cook Naija Mashed Potato Salad, Serve With Chicken Pepper soup

Mashed potato salad with cream on top, served with chicken pepper soup

Dear diary,
you want great results with your mashed potatoes, next time, bake in an oven before you mash. This meal was so relaxing and refreshing. Because I did not

How To Cook Moi Moi With Tatashe, Corned beef And Santana Bags

 A serving of moimoi cooked with corned beef, bags and tatashe
Moi moi is a delicacy in Nigeria. It can be cooked tied in cellophane bags, wrapped in broad leaves or even in empty cans. When cooked soft, it can be served as a

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Can You Make And Flaunt Any Nigerian, African Meal Recipes?

9 year old Max Maggie making her plantain chips 2 days before  Christmas.  Original Naija woman, refused to slice with a grater and used a kitchen knife and chopping board instead. Lol! Will find time to post  pics  of  salting, frying and the kukere dance she did after clearing her big plate of chips
Hello Esteemed Readers, anyone got a special dish you feel you are good at? A

Time Saving Lunch Box Ideas For Parents And Guardians

English: Somali sambusas (samosas) being deep ...English: Somali sambusas (samosas) being deep fried. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I shallow fry my samosas
CroissantsCroissants (Photo credit: rofi). Croissants come wrapped already, all you do is just put in the lunchbox.

Chicken Stew With Boiled Macaroni And A Side Of PawPaw

 cooking chicken stew
Dear Diary, 
I cooked this meal in 25 minutes. That is

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

How To Enjoy Boiled Yam With Palm Oil And Raw Onion

 serving boiled  yam with palm oil
Dear Diary, 
 I beg you in the name of your owner to stop forming! If truly you are a naija diary, then you should know what

How To Make My Simple Fried Rice Sauce

 my simple fried rice sauce
Dear Diary,
making this quantity of sauce didn't take much time because it was Christmas, the house was full and so, there were many helping hands. It was so delicious. The plan was to cook so much so that the left over is shifted to dinner. At the end of the day, we had to eat something else for dinner because the gigantic pot of rice was cleared. I mean every single grain was eaten at lunch!


  •  1 small cabbage chopped
  • 4 lare carrots  
  • 1 medium sized green pepper
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup kidney beans (Optional)
  • cow liver (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn ( well, I enjoy the sauce more, when sweet corn is not added)
  • 1 large onion

Omotola Danced Better Than Them All

English: Omotola Jalade at a photo shoot with ...English: Omotola Jalade at a photo shoot with her son (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Finally, I get a chance to watch "Omotola the Real Me." I had

Thursday, January 17, 2013

How To Cook Nigerian Green Jollof Rice

 a big portion of my green jollof rice, served with dry fried chicken
Dear Diary,
The three people I cooked
this rice for, ate and asked for extra servings.
We so enjoyed it that I had to confess to them that I had over eaten.
 washed rice in a pot with seasoning, thyme and chopped onions
Ingredients for my green jollof rice:

  • 3 cups rice
  • 1kg chicken
  • 4 cubes royco seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tablespoonfuls of tomato paste
  • salt to taste

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How To Cook Nigerian White Soup, Serve With Pounded Yam

 a serving of white soup with pounded yam

This white soup was so good! Because of the hot leaf (Uziza), I reduced the quantity of pepper and that made every one, including the children, really eat well.

How To Make Nigerian Pancakes

A serving of simple Nigerian pancakes. The eggs made is this soft, you can make with less eggs.
How To Make Nigerian Pancakes, Easy Steps
  1. I sieved the flour into a bowl, added just a pinch of salt
  2. mixed 2 spoons of powdered milk and sugar in a glass of water before adding to the flour
  3. Added much thinly chopped onion and stirred with a wooden spoon until there is a smooth free flowing paste like what we see in the third  picture above. (tasted and dropped in a little more sugar)
  4. Added the eggs last, and