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Food Spice: The Hot Pepper List And Their Benefits

Do you know that there are multiply varieties of pepper that come in unique shapes, flavours and hotness? If you love spicy peppers, then this list is for you! Learn about some of the hottest peppers and it benefits.

Ata Rodo or fresh pepper is a variety of chilli pepper. This is commonly used in many Nigerian dishes to make the food really spicy. This red bell pepper is one of the hottest pepper in the world and are often used in sauces and condiments. When eaten in excess, you’re at risk of having running stool.

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Popularly called BAWA in Nigeria, This pepper is a rich source of potassium, calcium and vitamins such as beta-carotene, B complexes, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C. The botanical name of cayenne pepper is Capsicum annum and the Yoruba name is BAWA. Cayenne pepper is  said to be medicinal as it can treat hypertension when mixed with honey and boiled with water.

Bawa Pepper

Cameroon pepper ,also known as yellow pepper or black pepper is another hottest pepper in the world. It has a very unique flavour and aroma when used to prepare an African soup. It also has lots of health benefits like aiding proper digestion, helps to prevent the formation of intestinal gas and it can promote sweating and urination, which removes toxins from the body.

cameroon pepper

Green pepper aren’t hot peppers, they are in-fact sweet peppers used to prepare a tasty meal. Since this type of pepper has no much heat, it comes with nutritional benefits like fiber, vitamin C and E. Eating a diet rich in vegetables, including green bell peppers, reduces your risk of certain chronic illnesses. A 2006 article published in the “Bulletin of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine” reports that the antioxidants in vegetables reduce free radical damage.

green-bell-pepper

Tatashey pepper in Nigeria is another set of pepper you must include when preparing the Nigerian stew. It is known to thicken and make your stew look more reddish. Also hot like its counterpart ata rodo, it’s also widely used in many African homes.

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If you’re interested in cooking with any of these super hot chillies, just remember to  use the right quantity and when washing, use a kitchen hand glove.

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.

Are Airlines Serving Healthy Foods To Passengers? Tips To Help You Improvise

There’s so much to dislike about air travel. There are the long lines and the delays, and of course, there is the bad airplane food. A recent survey  from Charles Platkin, nutrition professor at Hunter College and City University of New York found that airlines have a long way to go in making their meals and snacks nutritious and low in calories.

Talking about healthy food, it isn’t just about keeping the calorie count in check.  We should also take into account the amount of protein, fat and sugar content. The survey says even without looking at the nutritional information is that air plane food in general contains high levels of sodium. It could be the price you pay to get any enjoyment out of your air plane food. “Your taste buds change at high altitudes and you need more salt for the foods to have flavor.

So Here Is A Recommendation

Professor Platkin  encourages travellers to consult his survey, as well as their airline’s website, before their trip. Make a plan before you head to the airport, he said. If you are about to fly an airline that doesn’t have any healthy snack or meal options for you, try to eat a substantial meal before you leave and pack nutritious snacks, such as nuts, fruit and energy bars, Platkin recommended.

You can also usually find a list of airport restaurants online and pick up food to carry on at one of them. The important thing, when it comes to eating in the air, is that you never want to improvise.

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Reasons You Should Quit Road Side Snack Consumption

I am not a lover of the regular and common road side Nigeria snacks but sometimes when I’m badly hungry and know a trusted source that bakes snacks, I drop by to bye some.

I usually get disgusted at the sight of some road side snack, I mean foods like fried yams, fried Akara, roasted plantain, puff puffs, fried fish, roasted and boiled corns, and other snacks that are usually sold along the streets and at various bus stops. Perhaps its the way and manner they display it in open air, free for dust and fly to peach on.

I remember once upon a time I was on my way back home after running an errand, with the scorching sun and bad traffic experience that left me very hungry. I stopped to buy roasted plantain aka ‘Boli’. And after just 1-2 days, I fell ill.  Fast forward to after I got married, a friend to the house spoke of a peppered kpomo he usually enjoys eating. Guess where  he bought it from? A so called ”Mama put” he managed to convince hubby to have a taste while they where busy watching Football match. To cut long story short, that night, hubby had diarrhoea.

Of course there are many out there who would share similar sentiment with me.  On the contrary, these snacks which are technically called “ready to eat foods” have actually become part of the regular diets of many particularly the rural and local dwellers and it doesn’t pose any threat to their health.

But the truth to the matter is that such food pose a risk to our health. These roadside food outlets are making many consumers especially children and women vulnerable to fatal diseases such as cholera, typhoid and gastroenteritis. The utensils and containers used in making these road sides ready to make snacks are usually not very clean. All these unhygienic handling deter me from enjoying  them.

Well, if you must consume these snacks, chose to buy from sellers you can trust as regards how they handle the issue of hygiene in their production or cooking process.

Question: Is Incompatible Drinking A Major Factor In Future Marriage/ Relationship?

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You love alcohol, and you’ve been used to having a drinking mate. Now, assume you meet someone that fits your dream of a lifetime partner and soulmate, possesses every quality you want except one which is ” she doesn’t drink alcohol”. Bear in mind that you love him/her so much but as same time love your alcohol, what would you do? Would you still go ahead to propose? Would you still think you have found your soul mate?

Bear in mind that an incompatible drinking marriage could pose several problems in the future. like creating a wide intimacy gap between you and your spouse or causing constant argument and many more.

So my question still stands, do you Think you have found a soul mate and would you go ahead with the proposal?

Please share your view.

How To Make Ekpang Nkukwo (Cocoyam Porridge)

 Cococyam porridge popular known as Ekpang nkukwo, is a native Efik meal and apparently is also native to Cameroonians.

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Made from grated cocoyam and water yam (optional), the dish is spiced up with so many other ingredients and the nutritional contents cannot be rivalled. The meal, however, is not an everyday meal. It is so special and it is reserved for majorly special occasions.

Usually wrapped in vegetables which are so rich in vitamins, there certainly cannot be Ekpang without periwinkles. Of course, periwinkles are low in fat and calories but contain protein, omega-3 fatty acid and water.

INGREDIENTS 

Water Yam or cocoyam

Vegetable (cocoyam leaves optional or Ugwu preferable)

11/2 cups of periwinkles with their shell

Dry fish

1 cup of crayfish

1 cup of tiger shrimps

4 cubes of maggi

1.5 tablespoons of dry pepper

½ teaspoon Crushed dry bitter leaves

1 tablespoon blended crayfish

4 cups of water

3 cooking spoons of palm oil.

Pre- preparation

Wash and cook the beef and dry fish with the seasoning till done.

Peel, wash and grate the cocoyam and water yam  and mix them together.

Rub a generous amount of red palm oil on the insides of the pot you will use to cook the Ekpang.

Wash thoroughly, the ugwu or cocoyam leaves

Blend the pepper and crayfish

Wash the shelled periwinkles with warm water and salt

DIRECTIONS

Line your pot with periwinkles and season with a teaspoon of salt, pepper and 2 cubes of Maggi cube.

Boil 1.5 cups of water

Scoop some cocoyam onto your leaves and wrap them till the edges of the cocoyam are sticking out on both ends of the leaves.

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Once this is done, put the pot of the cocoyam on low heat and let it heat up for about 10 minutes.

Season with 1 table spoon of salt, 1 table spoon of dry red chilli peppers, 2 cubes of maggi, a pinch of crushed dry bitter leaves and a tablespoon of blended crayfish.

 Add dry fish, shrimp, and dry crayfish but don’t stir in.

Pour in the hot water slowly around the edges and still leave on low heat for 5 more minutes.

Increase the temperature to medium heat and pour in 2 cups of water as your pottage cooks. Cook for 20 minutes on medium heat with a covered pot.

Add more water as need be until the cocoyam at the ends of the leaves start to harden.

Stir your pottage gently at this point and reduce to low heat for cook for 5 more minutes.

Pour in 2 cooking spoons of palm oil, stir in and leave to simmer on low heat for 5 minutes and food is served.

Serve with chilled water or fresh juice