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Best Ways To Store Irish Potatoes In The Kitchen

Reader: I love Irish potatoes but it is a challenge storing them as they get spoil easily. Please advise.

If you are buying potatoes and do not have a place to store them under ideal conditions, please purchase only the quantity you will consume in a few weeks or days.
I also had a challenge storing them because I love using them for fries but since I discover the best ways, its been safe. So prepare the location in advance before buying.

Steps to Store healthy Potatoes

  1. Lay your potatoes in a tray or table in a cool, dark place.
  2. Let the potatoes sit this way undisturbed. After about two weeks, the potato skins will be thickened and dry.
  3. Raise the temperature to 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit ,slightly higher than normal for storage.
  4. Don’t store cut potatoes in the open. Once you cut potatoes,cook them as soon as possible. The exposed flesh of the potato doesn’t keep well compared to the tougher skin.
  5. Don’t store potatoes near fruit. Many fruits, like apples, pears, and bananas, excrete a chemical called ethylene. This gas encourages ripening — you may have noticed that your fruits tend to ripen faster when you keep them next to each other. so store your fruit elsewhere.

Benefits Of Garlic And Honey Tonic

This simple honey and garlic treatment is a powerful way to improve the health of your liver. It’s a natural antibiotic that’s high in antioxidants and vitamins.  Numerous studies conducted over time have worked to determine exactly how garlic and honey can be used for general health and maximum healing and medicinal effect for human and animal illnesses and injuries.

How to make garlic honey tonic
Peel a whole head of garlic. Mince finely by chopping or squeezing through a garlic press. Put in a mortar and pound until the garlic begins to go transparent. Spoon into a jar with 225g of honey. Stir well and remember to let the mixture sit for at least five days before using it.

What to use garlic honey for:

  •  Colds
  •  Fevers
  • Coughs
  •  Infections
  •  Cuts and grazes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Gas and indigestion
  • Headaches
  • Circulatory or other heart problems
  • Hemorrhoids
    Dose: Half a teaspoonful daily as a tonic or preventative. For acute infections, take half a spoonful up to six times daily. This can be taken directly, or with ginger and lemon tea.

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

5 Must Eat Restaurants In Kano State

Have you ever visited Kano state? If not you need to take a trip to the  state as it is not just the second populated city in Nigeria, but a place to have sweet delicious meal when you visit.

We bring you 5 best restaurants to visit in Kano to have that tasty meal you can imagine.

CILANTRO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

Cilantro is a place to enjoy some quality time with family and loved ones, also a place to hangout with a few buddies to see that much anticipated soccer game. You can try the Sunday buffet, it promises to be a foodie heaven. Located at 67 Sultan Rd., Kano, Nigeria.

CILANTRO
CORNER RESTAURANT
Corner restaurant is a place of maximum relaxation and a place to enjoy some of the best of Arabian dishes. The ambience and food matches the best of Arabian standards.
P.S. Try the Arabian Grilled Chicken, Thank us later. Located at Lafia Road / Sultan Road Corner, Kano, Nigeria.

Corner
MEALS AND MORE
Meals and More is a home for Indian foods. Meals and more offers a bit more to the eat/drink experience, a good place to grab that quick munchies while settled with a cold drink. Located at 14, New Hospital Road, Kano , Nigeria.

Meal &More
JALSA FAST FOOD & RESTAURANT
A good spot for that quick bite, you can get the best pizza and barbecue, as well as a good combination of Indian cuisine. Located at 3, Bompai Road, Kano, Kano, Nigeria.

jalsa

TAJMAHAL RESTAURANT
For the Kano faithful, this is not a new jolly zone, relocated but the food has managed to remain the same over the past 7-8 years. Home to beautiful Indian cuisine and music, find yourself a peaceful meal at this location. Located at 20 Alu Avenue, Kano, Nigeria.

Tajmahal

Don’t forget to give yourself a good treat the next time you get into Kano.

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10 Foods To Boost Your Liver Function

A healthy liver plays a key role in relieving digestive issues, such as a sluggish metabolism, gas, bloating, and constipation. It regulates blood sugar levels, which, when out of balance, can cause sugar cravings, fatigue, and fuzzy thinking.
A toxic liver can lead to inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and autoimmune diseases. Without a healthy liver, you may suffer from hormonal imbalances that can cause headaches, mood swings, and depression. It’s time to nurture this amazing organ with foods that help it function optimally.

Water-Glass

Water
Water plays a vital role in every bodily function. Other than oxygen, your body needs water more than any other substance, including food, just to survive. Your body uses water to flush toxins and waste products away from your body. Usually 8 to 10 glasses (8 oz) will do the trick; try these naturally flavored water recipes to start. Just don’t overdo it—too much water can be harmful, too.
And skip the ice when you’re drinking water between meals; your body uses energy to warm the ice, diluting important digestive enzymes.

Garlic

Garlic
One of the oldest land-based medicinal foods on the planet, garlic contains an active sulfur-based compound called allicin, a critical supporter of liver detoxification. It helps the organ rid your body of mercury, certain food additives, and the hormone estrogen. It is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system, so you may want to ignore the smell when you chew it and enjoy the health benefits.chopped-onion

Onions and Leeks

Onion and leeks have multiple health benefits. These garlic relatives contain sulfur compounds that support your liver in its production of glutathione, a compound that neutralizes free radicals.

Egg salad

Eggs
Eggs provide some of the highest-quality protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, cholesterol, and the essential nutrient choline. Your liver needs these essential amino acids to perform detoxification processes. Choline, a coenzyme needed for metabolism, is found in egg yolk and protects your liver from toxins while detoxifying heavy metals.

Berries

The family of Beries such as; Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries are among nature’s superfoods because they contain phytochemicals—antioxidant-rich plant compounds that help your liver protect your body from free radicals and oxidative stress, which have been linked to chronic diseases and aging. Anthocyanin and polyphenols found in berries have been shown to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells in the liver.

Apple

Apples
Apples, like berries, contain powerful phenolic compounds, including flavonoids, which can fight inflammatory disease. They also contain pectin, a valuable source of soluble fiber than can help eliminate toxic buildup.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed
A great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, freshly ground flaxseed helps regulate hormone levels.

coconut-oil

Coconut Oil
An extremely healthy saturated fat, coconut oil is easy to digest and is almost immediately broken down by enzymes in your saliva and gastric juices. This means that your body doesn’t need to make fat-digesting enzymes, which puts less strain on your liver.

Avocado

Avocado
A vital source of monounsaturated fat rich in oleic acid, avocados contain glutathione, an essential nutrient for liver health.
Half an Avocado contains 3.4 grams of fibre, including soluble and insoluble, both of which your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly

Ginger

Ginger
Ginger antioxidants possess anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Ginger supports detoxification by nourishing your liver, promoting circulation, unclogging blocked arteries, and lowering blood cholesterol by as much as 30%.

We should Bear in mind that most of the food we eat are chemically grown or preserved so regular body cleansing is a sure way to live healthy.

5 Nigerian Sauces You Can Make Without Using Tomatoes

Who says no Tomatoes no stew! Perhaps, this could mean that I can’t enjoy eating plain white rice or white yam any-more? Haba!

You  see, as a proper Nigerian woman I love to improvise quickly especially when it comes to food matters. So since the tomatoes scarcity thing began, I switched sharp sharp to the next remedy. Which brings me to the different sauces you can make to eat with your rice or yam  without feeling the pain of tomatoes scarcity.

Here is a list of 5 economical and local stew/sauces that can be made without tomatoes.

  1. Garden egg sauce                                                                                                            Garden egg sauce A.                                                                So after a long time of having made this delicious sauce, I thought it would be nice to resume making it. A very popular delicacy in the southern parts of the country, the garden egg sauce can substitute for the tomato stew any day. The basic ingredients needed include: Garden eggs (either purple “aubergine”, white or green), palm oil, smoked fish, ground pepper (either chilli or scotch bonnet), iru (locust bean seed), onion, crayfish and salt to taste. It can be used to eat rice, yam or plantain. See directions

2. Banga stew

Banga Soup A.

Also known as ofe akwu by the Igbos, banga stew is a palm nut stew native to the Eastern and Southern parts of Nigeria. Though preparations can take a lot of time as you have to extract the palm oil juice from the husks of the palm nuts, the meal is always a delight. Ingredients required include palm fruits (processed palm fruit concentrate are also available in cans), beef, dry fish, scent leaves, onions, crayfish, stock cubes, iru, salt and pepper.

3. Ofada stew

Ofada Sauce
Also called ayamase, the Ofada stew that is usually made to go with a special kind of local rice referred to as Ofada rice. The sauce can, however, be used to eat normal white rice, yam, plantain and even spaghetti. It is pretty easy to prepare and the only ingredients you need include unripe habanero peppers, green tatashe or green bell peppers, locust bean seasoning (iru, ogiri, okpei or dawadawa), red palm oil, onion, crayfish, assorted meat and fish.

4, Pumpkin leaf sauce

Vegetable sauce
The ugu or pumpkin leaf is one of most widely used vegetables in Nigeria. Pumpkin leaf sauce is basically a sauté of fluted pumpkin leaf and onions. It certainly does not take a long time to cook. The ingredients needed include chopped pumpkin leaves, seasoned beef or chicken, meat stock, vegetable oil, pepper, onion bulb, seasoning and salt to taste.

5. Miyan kuka
A delicacy from the Northern parts of Nigeria, the miyan kuka is made from baobab leaves. It is a favourite of the Hausa tribe and is usually served with white rice. The key ingredients for preparing this stew include: beef, onion, dried fish, hot peppers (washed, soaked and flaked), kuka [baobab] leaves (pounded to paste), dawadawa (fermented dried seeds of the African locust bean pressed into a ball or a cake), yaji(suya seasoning), a pinch of potash, palm oil, seasoning cubes and of course, salt to taste.

 

 

5 Delicious Food You Should Enjoy In This Month Of December

Enjoy the flavor of this sumptuous meals as we bring to you our top 5 delicious meals for the year 2015.

COCONUT RICE

Coconut rice

This Coconut rice delicacy should be on your top list of meal to enjoy this month. See Recipe here

IRIBOTOR

Iribotor Meal

This traditional meal of the Uroboh’s known as “Iribotor” is essentially a lighter version of the Igbos’ Nkwobi and Isi-Ewu recipes. I very sure you would loved every taste of it. See Recipe

GARDEN EGG SAUCE

Garden egg sauce

As a nutritious sauce that is healthy to have with rice or yam because it is a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, and it’s also rich in antioxidants. Recipe here

UKODO

Plantain,yam pepper soup

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. Recipe here

Irish Potatoes with Catfish

Irish potatoes and fish is another meal that is breaktaking……

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!

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.

Credit: allafrica, Time.com