Showing posts with label kitchen tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kitchen tips. Show all posts

Monday, April 10, 2017

How to check for radiation leakage in your microwave

Image result for radiation leakage in microwave

Using Microwave In your House Or At Office....???
Please Read It Carefully and Not Miss Out Any Point.

When was the last time you checked your microwave for radiation leakage?

Yes, I did say radiation leakage, because any microwave can start leaking radiation any time, for whatever reasons. And such a
leakage is hazardous to humans and pets in the house.

You don't need to call in experts or to send your microwave to the dealer's workshop for a leakage test. That's time consuming,
inconvenient and costly.

Here's how you can test your microwave for
radiation leakage, right in your own house, at no cost.

Just follow these simple steps  
1. Switch off and un-plug the microwave from the electrical socket.

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:

Sunday, August 07, 2016


how long to keep Frozen foods
Frozen food in a frosty freezer.

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.


  • 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 crystallized and annoying.
  • Freeze soups in airtight plastic containers. transparent ones are the best as you don't need to open to see what soup is in there. Freezer bags and aluminium foil containers with lids (the party takeaway containers) are also good for freezing.
  • Some foods should not be frozen; hard boiled eggs will become rubbery, Fresh whole eggs will expand and break, Vegetables with high water content will spoil, yoghurt will separate, custards, akamu/ogi pap, mayonnaise, and food containing gelatin cannot be frozen.
  • Herbs and spices lose their flavour after 2 weeks in the freezer.
  • If your freezer has so much, label things with a permanent marker and if you can, add the date when it entered the freezer.


Friday, August 05, 2016


These are cookery terms we come across daily, in the kitchen, market or at the dining.

Image credit: lespetitesgourmettes.

  1. SIMMER:
    To cook liquid, or food over low heat, below boiling point. The surface of the liquid will be moving with a few small bubbles.
  2. AL DENTE:
    An Italian phrase used when Pasta and sometimes vegetables are slightly underdone, still with some bite. This is how pasta should be cooked, a little bit underdone, not very soft.
  3. GLAZE:
    To glaze is to brush a substance over food to give it some shine, could be jam or beaten egg. Like meatpies are glazed with beaten eggs, that's why they look shiny when baked.
    To partially cook in boiling water before some other form of cooking, Rice is parboiled to reduce starch before the main cooking.
    To flavour or tenderize food especially meat by leaving it covered in seasoned liquid for some time before cooking.
  6. BOIL:
     To cook liquid or cook food in liquid, at 100 degrees C. When liquid boils, large bubbles break on the surface.
  7. ZEST:
     The coloured skin of citrus like lemon that can be added to food. Not the white part because that can be bitter.

Monday, July 11, 2016


The spaghetti spoon in your kitchen is way more useful than you thought, it's not just for scooping out or serving already cooked spaghetti. I always thought that the hole was there to drain water but that's not all... That hole in the spoon holds the recommended portion for 1 serving of spaghetti , that's for those interested in eating the right portions and losing weight. Usually, I just cook the entire pack of spaghetti, with the best intentions of eating the leftovers  the next day. However, that old

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Hello Aunty Eya and wives connection family, please help. I have a life saving microwave oven in my kitchen, and it has honestly made my life so much easier when it comes to heating up food for me my husband and the kids. I use it to warm up leftover food,  pop corn, boil water sometimes and even use it to clean my kitchen sponge (kinda just nuke the sponge for 30 seconds to kill off bacteria and germs).
Whenever the microwave oven is on, I'm always careful not to stand near it, for fear that there may be

Sunday, July 03, 2016


  1. SPONGES AND DISHRAGS: Our sponges harbour a lot of germs.... In 2011, the NSF found that more than 75 percent of sponges and dishrags harbored coliform bacteria - which includes Salmonella and E. coli. Most sponges also had yeast and mold, and Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, was present on sponges in 18 percent of households. “Sponges pick up bacteria during the cleaning process and are typically not properly - or regularly - sanitized before their next use,” said Dr. Rob Donofrio, Director of Microbiology at NSF and the lead researcher on the study in a press release. Sponges are also wet and damp, providing perfect conditions for bacteria to grow. Let's try our best to change out sponges often or microwave for about two minutes to kill bacteria, and soak  dishrags in hot water with detergent before washing. When househelps and cleaners are left with this task, they sometimes never wash out the sponge when cleaning is done. If you have people cleaning the kitchen, just walk in there and pick out the sponge, especially if it's kept in a container; you'd be disgusted at what you'll see. If it is foam, the water under would have turned drawy like ogbono soup. Let the washers know that after using the sponge on dirty cutleries, there is need to wash and rinse it out and if possible dry before keeping.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Good evening aunty..please help me.how do I go about cooking for 150
people? Give me guidelines.thank you. I need help with the quantity or bags of rice and

Monday, June 13, 2016

Snake Tomatoes Stew Recipe; Anyone Knows?

Hello madam Eya, 
God bless you for the food recipes you share with us kitchen officers. Lol, please what I want to find out is if you can have snake tomatoes stew recipes to share. 
Thnks in advance.

snake stew image credit: flickr

Tuesday, June 07, 2016


Hello my able wives connecion tribe and Aunty Eya, I feel like the whole world is collapsing, coming right down on me. When I met my husband, I knew he was the one. I married him after two years and promised him I would stay with him as long as he never cheated or hit me, this I said to him because I was in an abusive relationship before I met him. I knew he was lazy when I married him but I never thought it would get this bad. We have two beautiful daughters  who I love with every bit of my being, and I am now seven months pregnant. This pregnancy was a surprise. I was not happy when I found out and it took me a long time to get used to the fact that I was going to have another baby again in this tough, no tomatoes, no fuel economy. My husband has never helped with either child. Since he got fired from his job, He is too busy searching for another job in all the wrong places or sleeping on the couch with Super sports or Africa Magic Yoruba.
 l work 5 days a week, cook, clean, laundry, do the grocery shopping, Saturday

Monday, May 23, 2016


tomato scarcity in Nigeria

In Nigeria today, tomatoes might be more expensive than gold. What is really happening? These are times when most Nigerian women pray our hubbies go do the shopping because no amount of house upkeep allowance will be enough if your family consumes tomatoes a lot; In salads, stews, egg sauce etc.

Why did tomato become so expensive all of a sudden? This rainy season is when there should be tomatoes everywhere rotting in baskets beside market women. What is going to happen in December this year? Then we'll all need tomatoes in bulk for Christmas and New year celebrations? Hope a basket won't sell for hundreds of thousands of Naira oh?  Na small small e dey take start.You know I

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Fried Beef Tomatoes Stew Cooked With My Frozen Tomatoes

 Fried beef Nigerian tomatoes stew
After I read the old post on how to preserve tomatoes until they are in season again, I learnt something. This stew is cooked with my frozen tomatoes. I just took out only the quantity I needed for the stew. I had to boil them first, the way I make my tomatoes stew, before blending. No, I didn't blend, wanted that type of stew you eat at the village where there are no blenders and tomatoes is coarrsely pounded with mortar and pestle. I used a food processor to get what I want. Fried the tomatoes, then added my well cooked and fried beef so the taste of the stew can simmer in a make the beef yummier. We all know how to cook Nigerian tomatoes stew na. You know my secret for the best tasting Nigerian tomatoes stew already.
Enjoy boiled rice with coarsely chopped tomatoes, pepper stew this weekend.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Read Hilarious Facebook Comments On Our Noodles Recipe

Recipe Still Got 106 Facebook Shares

So, I shared our  indomie noodles recipe on Facebook. Normally, I would try copy some comments there to the blog for those who don't visit wives connection on Facebook but this time, I think it would be better to take screenshots of the forty something hilarious comments and pictures for us. You can visit the page to like and see for yourself.

See comments when you continue...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How To Preserve Tomatoes For a whole year

 Ripe tomatoes are cheap and in season right now. Seize the opportunity. 

Big round and firm tomatoes are in season and cheap now. This is the time to buy and store for long time use. I got the biggest series basket for N3500 here in Ilorin last Saturday. It will still come cheaper between now and mid February, especially if the fuel situation improves. To store, sort the tomatoes to ripe and firm, unripe and firm and soft whether ripe or unripe. Wash the ripe and the soft, removing the stalks and pack in freezer nylons. Stack the

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Naija 12 Uses Of A Food Processor

12 uses of a food processor in a Nigerian Kitchen

 making pounded yam in a food processor.
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 your food processor. The chopping, shredding, cutting and grinding is done all at once and all you do is add to your pot and the cooking is done. In my next post, I'll try and list out the difference between a blender and food processor in a Nigerian Kitchen.

    Onome  making her pounded yam
  1. Yam and cocoyam pounding   
  2. is taken over by the food processor. It grinds the yam so smooth you wonder why you used a mortar and pestle all these years. Making bitter leaf (onugbu) soup has become easier as you only have to boil the cocoyam and your soup is cooked. No need shopping for a large mortar and pestle. Mine has stayed idle until it's now growing fungus. Ijut transferred it outside because the food processor has taken over. So, my mortar is kinda fired, Services no longer needed. It's best to stop when it forms a ball in the bowl.
  3. Grinding meat: If your kids love homemade burgers and you are tired of spending so much money buying the burger meat, with your food processor, you only need to cut the beef in chunks, freeze and use the pulse button to chop which is far cheaper and safer.  Chop, and your burger meat is ready, no need for minced meat from the supermarket or butchery. Your minced meat can be used for other meals too, like making our shredded beef sauce, shredded chicken sauce and others like our basmati rice gravy for boiled rice.
  4. Chopping, Shredding, cutting vegetables like onions, peppers, tatashe, cabbage, carrots etc. for Salads and sauces like our Nigerian chicken sauce and others. To add apples to salads, Slice the apple just small enough to fit in the chute, then run them through the thinnest slicing blade and spread the sliced apples by the handful onto the dehydrator trays, they make your fruit salad very tasty or you just chop and eat your apple chips ( very tasty and easy to eat.
  5. Mixing dough
     in the dough bowl, the dough bowl is actually what grinds the yam and gives us fluffy, smooth pounded yam. I have baked a cake before without using a mixer or beating with a whisk. Made the batter with my food processor. The

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Fifty Basic Needs of A Nigerian Kitchen

I got this very short mail from an about to wed reader who is not Nigerian herself but getting married to a Nigerian man. She just discovered the blog and searched unsuccessfully for basic items in a Nigerian kitchen.  Below are the kitchen items I listed in my reply. If you know of any not on the list, please update.

I remember we have old posts on this. Before you look at the list below, you may want to know the fifteen most needed kitchen items

1. An electric cooker, gas cooker or a kerosene stove
2. A set of cooking pots, a set of five is fine
3. Cooking utensils
4. Plates, saucers and bowls
5. Cutlery
6. Plates rack
7. Food processor or blender. If you can get the food processor with 32 functions, that'd be great because it saves you from buying a blender, mortar and pestle and even manual graters.
8. Sandwich toaster
9. Bread toaster
10. Sieve
11. Airtight plastic containers for storing grains and foodstuff like garri, crayfish etc
12. Mugs and cups of different sizes
13.China, preferably white
14. Aprons
15. Hand gloves
16. Napkins
17. Dish washing liquid
18. Chest Freezer
19. Refrigerator
20. Dinner sets
21. Sets of drinking glasses
22. Hot water flask and electric kettle if you do not have hot water running
23. Fry pan
24. Pressure cooker
25. Rice cooker
26. Deep fryer
27. Can cutter
28. Strainer
29. A plunger incase of

Thursday, June 26, 2014

How To Buy Good Bags Of Rice In Nigeria, Any Tips?

Between December and May, my friend o, opened three bags of rice and what is in them is the same kind of rice. Buying bags of rice has become very difficult for consumers. I don't know what is happening.
Below are three bags of rice with the exact same rice in them. The ownerb didn't like the rice in thye first bag so she opened another bag and what? The exact same rice? She opens a third bag and again? exact same rice.

In the plate is rice scooped from the three different sacks....Same rice
What can one do?
 Royal Stallion Rice
What's in the sack is not the Royal Stallion we all know. It's rice

Thursday, December 26, 2013

How To Combine Spices For Different Meats and Meals


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

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Good afternoon WC. I have come again ooo.
I need help in the area of cooking my stew.I noticed that anytime I make stew (as in stew for rice,ewedu,okro and the likes),it's not always red,I have tried all means but it will still be as if have bought the stew for some days,hence the dull/ almost brownish colour.

Pls,WC family,teach me how to mix my pepper,tomato,tatashe and

Friday, November 15, 2013

Storing Beans, I Tried All Methods Yet Nothing Works, Any Suggestions?

Good day Eya and all WC Visitors. Ill be glad to get better suggestions on this issue.

My family doesn't eat much beans, but to balance their diet I cook it at least once every week. We used to buy a quarter bag of beans (7.5kg) but due to weevil attack and to curtail waste, I resorted to buying just a custard bucket.

Recently, I've