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50 NIGERIAN KITCHEN TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE HOME

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Do not soften female cow head with paracetamol tablets. Don't do it please. That drug abuse can destroy you and those eating the paracetamol meats in the long run. Imagine how many more times you are going to do this and overload your system before retiring from cooking. Not good for you, your family nor customers if you are a food vendor/caterer. Paracetamol is a painkiller that stays longer in your system, stays longer there more than some medications sef. There are ways to soften or tenderize tough meats like that female cow head with ease, read along to see how. There are tricks, tips and hacks to make life easier, save some coins and reduce time spent in the kitchen cooking, especially when it comes to some Nigerian dishes like beans, cow leg and other time consuming food stuff. Most of these tips and tricks have always been there but for some who do not know that cooking Nigerian food doesn't have to be that intense, we'll share these tips. Starting with palm oil bec…

FREEZING GUIDE: HOW LONG TO KEEP YOUR FOOD FROZEN IN THE FREEZER

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Freezing means that we can prepare food in bulk, and can make the most of foods that are in season like now vegetables like ugu leaves (fluted pumpkin) are in season are less expensive. If you have constant electricity and your freezer gets frosty, defrost every 6 to 12 months. If the freezer is opened often like in large households, the frost builds up often. Your freezer can become a black hole if it is a very large one and you just keep adding until things disappear to be discovered years later and thrown away- I don't think that can happen in Naija sha with this epileptic power supply.

The freezing chart below is just a guide, make sure you use frozen things/foods within the recommended period of time because storing soup for instance for longer than 2 months is not the best.

FREEZING TIPS: 

Once frozen food is thawed, never refreeze it because it may cause food poisoning and may not be the same. Look at ice cream for instance, once it's thawed and frozen again, it becomes cr…

Naija 12 Uses Of A Food Processor

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12 uses of a food processor in a Nigerian Kitchen
The food processor is a multi tasking kitchen tool that when you get used to, begins to feel like you can't live without.There were comments on one of  our delicious processor pounded yam posts asking if a food processor is the same as a blender, NO. A food processor has some remarkable difference from a blender and even though can perform some blender functions, it does much more than a blender. Every kitchen needs both because there are some functions that are performed better with either. in the past, I thought that a food processor could only be used for baking cakes and pastries and not cooking sauces, Nigerian stews , fish stew and soups. In a Nigerian kitchen, there are so many things a food processor can do, we need it here even more because our meals take too long to cook. With a food processor being used, you spend about one tenth of your time in the kitchen because every repetitive function is carried out in seconds by y…

Delicious Tomato Stew With Baked Beans

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This baked beans tomato stew is the fastest and easiest delicious tomato stew we can make. It doesn't need any tomato cooking expertise to get delicious because the fish and baked beans in tomato sauce automatically gives your stew a very good aroma and taste.
There was no need for step by step pics because the method is same as that of Nigerian emergency stew except that here I used baked beans in tomato sauce.
We already have a pot on how to cook very red tomato stew.

I don't want to call this emergency stew but it really comes in handy when you cannot go out to get fresh stuff. The stew is very good with bread, boiled yam, plantain, pasta and even swallow. If your tomato stew always tastes sour, then visit wives connection secret to delicious tomato stew

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Nigerian Pounded Yam Made With Food Processor

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With all the blog posts on making pounded yam in a food processor, I never bothered trying because there was always someone around to help with the pounding. Well, yesterday I craved hot pounded yam with hot draw soup at a time there was no adult around and I had to quickly search the blog for the pounded yam in a food processorpost by Onome.

It was

How To Combine Spices For Different Meats and Meals

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Hello, Season's greetings to you and all Wives Connection  family. Wives connection has been a blessing to my family and I can't forget the day I stumbled on the blog while searching Google, looking for how to make akara balls at home.
Thank you all for the recipes you share with cooking learners like me. Hubby enjoys my meals a lot now without even knowing WC is my little secret :-)

I still have a little challenge though. Combining spices is my biggest challenge in the kitchen. When I boil meat, fish or chicken, what I use is

OMALICHA, I Need Your Help Before I Lose My Husband

Hello Aunty Eya,please is there any way I can contact the lady who puts up foods and their recipes in your blog? I think her name is OMALICHA, I want to learn how to prepare some delicacies esp for dinner and even what to prepare, am losing ma hubby in terms of meals. 

He likes having light meals at night and each time he gets back and is not satisfied with the meal in the house he keeps complaining and threatening to bring in someone that will be cooking for

I Went To A Boarding House And Private University, Never Been Taught How To Cook, Help

Aunty Eya,
Good morning and trust your well.
Really want to appreciate your good works especially in the way it connects all women,single and married.
I am average cook, I went to  a boarding house and a private university.so have never really been taught how to cook.
Except occassional trial and errors.

That's why I am really in love with your  blog.
Now the challenge,anything jollof,just doesn't go right with me...pls smile
I made jollof spaghetti yesterday and

Cooking Macaroni With Fish Stew And Baked Beans

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This macaroni came in when I needed to do emergency cooking. For normal cooking, you can add sauteed vegetables, minced meat or even cook with more fish than this cos if you cook one whole pack of macaroni with this quantity of fish, some will taste fish while others will go without.
Do not cook with too much

Meal Suggestions For A Person On A Strict Diet Please

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A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Hello Eya,
What a wonderful and productive job you've been doing. Not to break the laid down order, I'm........, phone number: , email: ................( Safe to assume these would be blurred out, right?).
Well, I need your suggestions as well as those of the larger WC family.

Met this awesome man a few weeks back, and we have been on three lovely dates, in one of them, he cooked! It wasn't bad, save for the mushroom (yuck!). Now, the deal is

Breakfast Boiled Potatoes With Meatballs And Vegetables By Deborah Bala

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Peel the potatoes, add salt, Maggi, drop of oil and allow to boil.
For the meatballs, I used minced meat, added tiny chopped garlic, onions,

How To Preserve Uma Broad Moi Moi Leaves By Debbie

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Hello Ma Eya.
I stumbled on a trick and decided to share its goodness with you.
I've been craving and eating moi-moi since the day I took in,followed by Igba Oka(Corn pudding or corn moi-moi) and believe me this thingstaste like bottom pot when wrapped/cooked with uma leaves.

Two weeks ago while removing my leaves from the fridge to make Igba-oka, I suddenly realized it's been like two months since I bought it in bulk and

Simple Fondant Recipe By Ahdaisy Jayde

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Hi Aunty Eya, how are you? When I did the post on Red Velvet Cake, some people asked about the decoration. I Kept forgetting to take pictures. Well, here it is but I can't

Nigerian Kitchen Tips: Plantain And Egg Plant

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How To Shop For Good Plantain And Egg PlantPlantains are best bought unripe. I love ripe plantains and bought them a lot before I discovered the sellers force them ripe with corrosive chemicals. 
Cobalt that is used in forcing those plantains ripe is a chemical that is considered to be slightly toxic by skin contact and moderately toxic by ingestion.
I can't remember when last I bought a ripe plantain. Although these chemicals are washed off the ripe plantains before they are sold. How clean is the washing? Only

Nigerian Cooking Tips: Salted Dodo

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My salting dodo before frying has come under criticism a lot of times from people who say dodo doesn't need any salt. I have heard people order for food and request that their dodo be fried without salting. For me, whether salted or not, I see no difference. Ripe plantain is ripe plantain. I love dodo and can eat it anyhow. 

The only little problem is I try to eat less and let children enjoy more cos of  weight watching wahala. 

These days I "cheat"

10 Nigerian Cooking Tips By Monique

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Hi Eya, I noticed from your blog description that you are supposed to be giving us Nigerian cooking tips which I haven't seen. Ok, I am going to share the little I know hoping  other people help me out:

When boiling beans or corn, do not add salt.

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