Recipe – Unripe Plantain, Catfish Pepper Soup – aka ”Ukodo”

Unripe plantain and yam pepper soup is one delicacy you would love to try. I call it the healthiest food in the world because it is rich in Iron and protein. This delicacy, known as ”Ukodo” in Delta state is  mostly  prepared to entertain guest during an occasion or used to help a nursing mother get the essential nourishment she deserves.

If you have tasted the pepper soup spice from Delta state,You’ll believe me when I confidently say that the original pepper soup recipe and ingredients come from Delta *smiling* if you’ve not tasted any from that area then  you should.

Below are the necessary ingredients you need . But, should you find it difficult to get the listed ingredients as they might not be widely known. You could just ask for pepper soup spice from a trusted Igbo food stuff seller.

  • Goat meat/ Cat Fish
  • Yam tube
  • Iwo/Ehuru  (that’s what gives the pepper soup aroma)
  • Urheri /Uda  (you take out the seed and discard)
  • Irugeje (21/2 tsb)
  • Umilo/Ulima
  • Ground Crayfish
  • Ataiko/Atariko 1/2 tsb
  • Ground Peppr
  • Seasoning cubes
  •  Salt

 Directions

  •  After proper washing, cut the Cat fish or Goat meat in small pieces and place in a pot to boil, season as usual.
  • Crack open the Umilo, Gbafilo and Iwo, alongside ataiko and irugeje and dry blend the contents  You can add a bit of ground crayfish so that it blends easily.
  • If you are using goat meat, when meat is half way done, cut up chunks of yam and plantain, add to the pot with the meat inside so it cooks together. But should you be using Cat fish, boil the unripe plantain and yam first, add the cat fish and the ingredients.
  • Add your ground spices as listed above including- pepper, ataiko, irugeje, iwo, umilo, gbafilo, crayfish
  • Add seasoning cubes and salt to taste but be mindful of the quantity you add as earlier you might have use salt while boiling the goat meat.
  • Cover and allow to cook for 20 minutes and serve hot with your favourite drink.

 

Guinness

Reasons Why NAFDAC Fines Guinness Nigeria 1billion Naira

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has fined Guinness Nigeria Plc, N1bn for violating laid down rules.

According to Punch Newspapers, reports have it that NAFDAC accused Guinness of allegedly revalidating expired products without authorisation and supervision, and exposing its raw materials to rodents.

An excerpt of the letter from NAFDAC, which was obtained from Punch, reads “In view of the above, you are further required to take the following actions: disclosure of all your warehouses in the country and submission of inventory level of the stock thereof; submit a written voluntary consent of forfeiture for destruction of the expired and revalidated raw materials discovered in your warehouse; and submit a notarised undertaking to comply with all the guidelines, rules, regulations and enactments of the agency, and to refrain from any future violations.”

Guinness Nigeria Plc is expected to pay the fine, in two weeks.

 

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Coconut rice

Coconut Rice Delicacy (Recipe)

So this past Sunday after a very long time, I prepared Coconut Rice. Not like its  an unusual meal you get to eat once in a while no…, but when you get to prepare and eat it, you feel this goodness within you. This unique delicacy is not eaten every day in Nigeria but at least once or twice a month depending on the family’s healthy eating habits. It is a Sunday lunch or dinner meal for both family members and their respected guests. Yes, it is an ideal once a month lunch, dinner meal or cuisine loved and enjoyed by all Nigerians. Also, I see Coconut rice as a good alternative to Jollof rice. The only difference is that it is made with a combination of milk extract.

This is just how I feel when eating coconut rice how about you?

Ingredients

1 fresh coconut fruits( to be cracked and seeds grated to extract the milk  or juice.

2 kg of chicken cut into pieces and boiled to be added into the cooking pot for the jollof coconut rice.

2 large onions

10 pieces of fresh chilli pepper

4 spoonful of vegetable oil

4 large fresh tomatoes and chilli peppers (chopped)

4 cups of  white grain rice.

Seasoning cubes to taste

Once all these ingredients are assembled, the cooking is fairly very easy.

Step 1: Break the Coconut fruit away from the shell and use a knife to break the nuts into bits

Step 2: Rinse the Nuts in a clean water and use a grater to grate the Coconut shaft.

Step 3: Boil 3 full cups of water and turn the boiled water into the coconut grated shaft (The hot water help to extract the milk from the Coconut)

Step 4: Use  a sifter to extract the milk then set aside in a clean bowl. Also blend the fresh tomatoes, pepper  and set aside.

Cooking Preparation

Step 5: Wash the chicken thoroughly and bring to boil. Add seasoning like Curry and Thyme, Salt and maggi. When properly cooked, sifter the chicken stock and set aside.(To be used in the rice cooking)  .Also fry the chicken and set aside

Step 6: Wash the rice with clean water twice before parboiling for 15 minutes. Then rinse again and set aside.

Step 7: Take a clean pot and set  on the fire.  Heat up  4 spoonful of  vegetable Oil and turn in the diced onion to fry. Then turn the blended tomatoes puree into the  heat and fry. Add seasoning as desired, then turn in the chicken stock and coconut juice and allow to boil for 5 minutes before adding the parboil rice.

Note: Let water level be equal with rice level so the rice doesn’t overly get soft. Let the coconut milk serve as water if you need to add more to soften the rice.

Step 8: Leave the rice to cook and and serve with fried plantain and Chicken.

Enjoy!

sugar

Reasons Why Sugar Is Toxic To Your Body

When expert warm against the dangers of consuming sugar and the health risk, most people think it means literally taking too many spoonful of sugar. But do you know that sugar comes to us in different forms like through  candies, ice cream and other desserts? The most troubling sugar of all isn’t the added sugar we consume on purpose; it’s the stuff we don’t even know we’re eating.   “Added sugars are sugars that are contributed during the processing or preparation of foods and beverages,”   Please note that the sugar naturally found in milk and dairy products, are naturally occurring fructose, the sugar that appears in fruit, don’t count.

Research have found out that a higher in take of sugar could mess up our body system. Naturally, once we take food that contains sugar, the body feels unsatisfied and seeks greater and greater doses of sugar in order for the flavor to register. That leads us to seek out candies and baked goods at the expense of real food.

This is so because our brain have a feel good hormone known as Oxytocin that make us feel satisfied immediately we consume sugary food. But ingredients that are used in foods to provide added sweetness and calories, from the much high fructose corn syrup to healthier-sounding ones like date syrup, cane sugar, and honey, are all considered added sugars.   So giving up added sugar has been shown to have several dramatic and rapid impacts on our health.

Moreso, cosumption of too much sugar significantly increases the levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterols), plus two proteins associated with elevated cholesterols and another compound, uric acid, that’s associated with diabetes and gout. So found a 2015 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

 

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Red meat

Types Of Processed Meats You Should Avoid That Causes Cancer

The cancer research arm of World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the consumption of processed meats like hotdogs, ham, sausages and meat-based sauces causes colorectal cancer, while eating red meat like beef, pork and lamb is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” this means eating red meat from any of the above have the tendency to cause cancer.

Red meat refers to all types of mammalian muscle meat, and includes the following:

  • beef
  • veal
  • pork
  • lamb
  • mutton
  • goat
  • horse

So this meat  when processed  means that  they have been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation.

The research agency sited examples of processed meat which includes hot dogs, or frankfurters, ham, sausages, corned beef.

On the other hand, non-processed poultry like fish, fresh chicken and turkey have long been recommended as good sources of protein, and options to replace red or processed meat in the diet.

The experts “concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 per cent,” according to a press release issued today.

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10 Healthiest Foods Of All Time And Why You Should Always Eat Them

A registered dietitian Tina Ruggiero, author of The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook,  have listed some essential fruits we should eat daily and why each of these foods is a powerhouse.

Its important we bear in mind that eating healthy shouldn’t be complicated. So to make it simple, TIME.com has curated a list of the 50 healthiest foods you should be eating now. But I would mention just 10 of them.

banana

Bananas and Why are bananas good for you: They are actually classified as an herb and they are an excellent source of cardioprotective potassium – that is ; it contains nutrients that protect the heart. Bananas also help to increase dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin – brain chemicals that counter depression.

oranges

Oranges and why they are good for you: Oranges are one of the most potent Vitamin C sources and are essential for disarming free radicals. Thy help protect our cell and sustain a healthy immune system

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Blueberries and why they are good for you: Blueberries are rich in anthocyanin and blueberries helps to protect vision, lower blood sugar levels and keep the mind sharp by improving memory and cognition.

Tangerines

Tangerines and why they are good for you: Thorough research has shown that Tangerines has more antioxidant than an orange,and this powerful little fruits soluble and insoluble fiber that play a role in reducing heart disease risk. Tangerines also help lower risk of  chronic eye disease like cateracts and may be protective against type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Avocado

Avocados and why they are good for you: Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Substituting one avocado for a source of saturated fats like butter or cheese  may reduce your risk of heart disease.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes and why they are good for you:  As little as they  are in shape, Tomatoes are a nutritional powerhouse. They are rich i Lycopence, a potent weapon against Cancer. Lycopene protect our cells’ DNA with its strong antioxidant power.

Mushroom

Mushrooms and why they are good for you: Mushrooms are antioxidants that fight cancer too. They are a good source of riboflavin, a vitamin that supports the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms and they are the highest source of vitamin D.

Garlic

Garlic and why they are good for you: Garlic boost immunity and support healthy joints. It is well known for its cardioprotective benefits and its also an effective antiviral.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and why they are good for you:  Although they have a bit more natural sugar than white potatoes, they are packed with nutrients. A large sweet potatoes contains more than a days worth of vitamin A, essential for eyesight and reproductive health. It also has B vitamins, fiber and potassuim and a  antioxidant which may enhance immunity and support metabolism

Sardines

Sardines and why they are good for you: Sardines contains omega-3 fatty acid and calcium content. This fatty acids go to improve blood flow, feeding our brain, stabilizing heart rhythms and keeping inflammation in check.

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Food_Drought

Nigeria Food Items To Be Banned Permanently By 2016 – NAFDAC

At a public presentation of the special edition of the National Mobilizer magazine by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Abuja, the  Director General of NAFDAC, Paul Orhi, said Nigeria has been given June 2016 deadline to improve in the processing of its foodstuffs or risk permanent ban from the international market.

The Director General of NAFDAC said that food items from Nigeria were being rejected in the international food market because of the unhealthy procedure used in processing them.

If you recall , the European Union earlier banned exportation of food from Nigeria due to reports that they are preserved with pesticides. You can read more reasons  here .

export food

Nigeria Would Be Major Food Exporter By 2019 – PMB

Buhari  is determined to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production. In his speech delivered on his behalf through the permanent secretary of Agriculture, Arc. Sonny S.T. Echono, The president said the government had moved to establish the youth employment in Agriculture program which will benefit 20,000 school leavers and rural youth leaders in each State of the federation and develop 18,500 university graduates into young agricbusiness entreprenuer called ”negroprenuers”.

Buhari noted that the GRP programme has become more important “at this time our national life when oil has ceased to become the cash cow of our economy we have no option than to turn to agriculture.”

What do you think about this brilliant move of the president to boost food production in Nigeria?

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bags-of-rice

Benefits Of Nigeria And Brazil’s Food Production And Houses For All Partnership Scheme

The governments of Nigeria and Brazil have reached an agreement to provide a good life for the Nigerian Citizens. The Brazilian government have agreed to help Nigeria accomplish several projects like; To boost food production- by producing rice in other to meet up with the extra demand by the  Nigerian people.

According to the Leader of the Brazilian delegation, Evaldo Silva Junior, Brazil produces 70 per cent of total production of rice in south America.  He continues ” We are here to help Nigeria produce rice, develop rice production in Nigeria and to go into discussion about supplying rice to meet up with extra demand of that will not be met by the production in Nigeria

Also included in the agreement is the provision of Brazil’s construction technology to assist Nigeria build houses for the poor and people of low income class at cheaper costs and faster rate, using the model known in Brazil as “My Life, My Health”, he said.

Nigeria sewage system too is also included in this agreement. He said, “Concerning the sewage management, we are here to have a project, which will help manage the sewage, and change what is coming from the sewage, into bio-fuels through selective process,”.

Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary, Bulus Lolo has urged Nigerians to hold their selves ready to partner with those who will give us impetus for change.

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World Food Day 2015 And Five Facts About Millions Trapped In Poverty

So World Food Day is marked on every 16 October of each year to raise awareness of the challenges of addressing world hunger and encourage people to get involved in the fight against it.

The theme for the year 2015 is ” Social protection and agriculture: Breaking the cycle of rural poverty” which puts the spotlight on the link between ending hunger and food insecurity by enhancing social protection, a key tool in breaking the cycle of poverty.

So here are five facts about global hunger you should be aware of;

Five key facts about global hunger

  • One in nine people on Earth do not have enough food to lead an active, healthy life – around 795 million people.
  • Although Asia is the continent with the most hungry people – around two-thirds of the total, Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of the population) of hunger. One person in four in the African continent is undernourished, according to the World Food Programme.
  • Poor nutrition causes nearly half of all deaths (45%) in children under the age of five – which is around 3.1 million children every year.
  • If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million, according to the WFP.
  • According to the Global Hunger Index, 52 countries are suffering from “serious” or “alarming” levels of hunger, of which the Central African Republic suffers the greatest level of hunger (which is defined by a number of factors, including child mortality).

Source: World Food Programme

Knowing this, “It is urgent that we act to support the most vulnerable people in order to free the world of hunger,” said the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva.

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