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Cucumber Extract Mint Drink (Recipe)

I tasted this drink and thought I should share.  Especially for those who have been struggling with losing some weight. Its as simple as it gets: Lime, cucumber, tonic water, Gin and mint work together to create a refreshing sip.

This drink not only helps in reducing the swelling of your stomach but also burn fat in the areas of the stomach.

  • Ingredients
  •  1.5 oz gin (or 3 Tbsp)
  •  1/4 lime, sliced
  •  4-6 cucumber slices
  •  6 mint leaves
  • 4 oz tonic water
  •  1 Tbsp sugar (optional)

Instructions
1. Add mint, lime, gin, sugar (if using) to shaker and muddle.
2. Add cucumber slices to shaker and shake vigorously.
3. Pour mixture over glass filled with ice and top with tonic water.
4. Stir, let set for a few minutes for the flavors to enhance and enjoy.

For those who prefer a sweeter drink, add sugar to taste. However, it’s also quite enjoyable without sugar.

Keep in the fridge and serve chill.

Jamaican Pork Sauce (Recipe)

As the holidays  approaches fast, I think of something different, spicy yet unique to prepare at home. So I came across this Pork meat meal and I begin salivating. Oh how I’ve missed the sweetness of this meat dearly.
One thing I have closely observed online is that majority of those that talk about pork are from Jamaica and I think Jamaicans love for pork meat is expressed in the way they add pork to most of their meals, and the most popular way they have it is in stewed form.

Jamaican style pork stew is different from the European or American version. While the American pork stew has lots of vegetables, the Jamaicans love sugar browning for baking in their pork meat.

See how to prepare a simple, hearty pork stew

Calabar Delicacy ”Editan” How To Make It

I woke up this morning and felt somthing different about the weather. It was chilly like the chillness you experience when you go on a  vacation. Infact vacation is in the air! So if you ask me where for a change I would like to go? I will choose Calabar.

Why?  Because Calabar is arguably the biggest tourist city in Western Africa, it does  not only have the coolest places to relax such as the Obudu Ranch but it also have the best foods you can think of.

Here’s one of Calabar’s best soup you would love to taste.

”Editan” is a delicious Calabar soup with snails and correct meat. The more I talk about it, the more I crave for it.

I would love to eat a variety of different delicious Calabar soups. Unfortunately, the few Calabar friends I have are not filling that space. LOL…

So should you decide to prepare something different and nice this holiday, here is a guide to make this delicious soup.

Ingredients

– 4 medium size snails (optional)
– 1 large size smoked Fish
– 1 medium size stockfish head
– 8 medium pieces beef (optional)
– 2 cups periwinkle (in shell)
– 1 big bunch editan leaves
– 4 mediumres Water
– Salt to taste
bunches water leaves
– 3 tablespoons crayfish (ground)
– 1 level tablespoon dry Pepper
– 4 cooking spoons palm oil
– 2 maggi Cubes
– 3 1½ lit

  • Directions
    Wash, season and boil the stockfish together with the beef for about 45 minutes and set aside for use later.
  • Wash and de-bone the fish.
  • Pour boiling water on already cut and pounded editan leaves then, strain. Rinse the leaves thrice to reduce the bitterness.
  • Pick and wash the waterleaves and cut into tiny pieces. Get rid of some of its water by squeezing a little bunch at a time between your palms.
  • Periwinkle can be used either in the shell, which is the traditional way, or out of shell. Chop off the tail end of the Periwinkle with a large knife, wash thoroughly to remove all dirt, and mud.
  • Add waterleaves into the pot containing the meat and stockfish already placed on the burner.Stir,add fish, crayfish, pepper, water and maggi cubes and allow cooking for another 6 minutes. Stir and add the palm oil. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the Editan leaves and cover the pot. Do not stir immediately after adding Editan leaves, then cook for 10-15 minutes but you can shake the pot to enable the leaves have an even spread. After 10-15 minutes, stir and taste the soup. Add salt if necessary, and cook for another 4 minutes.

Editan soup is served with fufu, Semo or eba.

Where would like to spend the holiday? Please share.

Photo credit: nigeriagalleria

How To Make Homemade Tomatoes Ketchup

If you’re growing Tomatoes in your garden and you have plucked too much of it, Homemade ketchup is a great way to use excess tomatoes from your garden. Although, there are many variations of Ketchup in the market but the homemade tomato variation can be healthy rather than buying. Truly, we have all eaten tomatoes Ketchup like Heinz and Maggi  so some might really find it difficult to get used to homemade Ketchup, but giving it a try is worth it.

HOW TO MAKE TOMATOES KETCHUP AT HOME

INGREDIENTS

  • Tomato Juice
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar
  • Chopped Onions
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Ground Cloves
  • Powdered paprika
  • Chilli
  • Ground White Pepper
  • Colour

Preparing the Tomato Ketchup

  • Select your tomatoes for good ones
  • Immerse tomatoes (whole) in hot water for 3-6 seconds. Spray with cold water.
  • Peel off tomato skin by pulling the skin back from the blossom end
  • Remove the seed neatly with a knife
  • Pulp the tomatoes in a blender and strain
  • Heat the tomato pulp in an open pan for 1 hour
  • While boiling, add all spices and salt into the boiling puree. Add the sugar syrup.
  • Boil until you have the consistency you desire.
  • Allow the ketchup to cool.

You can serve with the food of your choice and store the rest in your refrigerator.

Jamaican Corn Meal Dish Recipe ”Dukunu”

I came across this Jamaican meal and I think it’s a  healthy meal with a simple recipe to try . It called Dukuno” made with corn meal/flour, sugar, coconut milk etc. If you love Corn, surely you would  love this dish.

It can easily be mistaken as moimoi but  it’s  actually corn as no kind of oil or fresh pepper is added to it.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups spelt flour

½ teaspoon sea salt

¾ cup agave syrup

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup grated coconut

1 ½ cups coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

quailed banana leaves

big pot of boiling water (about 2 ½ liter)

METHOD

Quailed banana leaves

1 Heat banana leaves over fire until slightly darkened

2 Cut banana leaves in about 9 inches squares

Putting it together

1 Mixed all dry ingredients and grated coconut together. Add coconut milk, agave syrup and vanilla, mix well.

2 Put about 1/2 cup of mixture unto each quailed banana leave sheet. Fold up the two ends and tie with strings (preferably strings that can be taking from the bark of the banana tree)

Dukunu

2 Drop into boiling water. There should be enough water to cover all parcels. Simmer for about an hour.

Remove banana leaves before eating.

Photo credit: kaanbelize

Cassava Flour Pancakes Recipe

Have you tried Cassava flour Pancakes? I hear it taste delicious.

Here is the recipe

Cassava Flour Pancakes:
  • 1 C cassava flour, stir before measuring
  • ½ tsp grain free baking powder*
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⅓ C + 1 Tbsp. non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. refined coconut oil, melted
  • coconut oil for frying

Instructions :

  1. Heat a griddle or pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and set aside.
  3. Mix the non-dairy milk with vinegar in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients (including the milk mixture) except the coconut oil, so it doesn’t solidify.
  6. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, then stir in the coconut oil. Batter will be thick.
  7. Add about ½ tsp. of coconut oil and swirl around pan until it melts.
  8. Pour ¼ C of batter into the preheated skillet and slightly spread out the batter on the coconut flour pancakes so it’s not too thick. Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles start to form. The coconut flour pancakes will have less bubbles and will take slightly longer to cook.
  9. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown. Set aside and repeat with remaining pancakes.

Best eaten when hot. Enjoy!

Photo credit: the-sweet-life-ja

How To Make Efo Riro Soup (Recipe)

You can never go wrong with an African cuisine like Efo Riro for lunch. Efo Riro is a traditional Vegetable Soup of the Yoruba Tribe in Nigeria.

It is prepared with assorted meat, fish, peppers (tomatoes are added, sometimes and large quantity of green vegetables known as ”Shoko”.  Once prepared, it can be served with hot yam powder aka (Amala) or Semolina.

Actually I had this sumptuous meal at the Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel, Victoria Island where I attended a Conference meeting with fellow online entrepreneurs held by NTEL Nigeria.  As I came across this meal from my photos archive, I remembered how tasty it was and I thought I should share it to my beautiful audience and also praise the cook behind this and other delicious meals that was prepared at the Restaurant of Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel.

So Kudos to Crown restaurant, I’ll definitely recommend you guys to anyone that knows what good food is about.

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.

 

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!