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1.5m For Grabs In The INDOMIE Belle Full Comedy Challenge

Do you think you are funny, creative and talented? Do you think you have what it takes to be the next ‘Big Thing’ in Nigerian Comedy? Then join the Biggest Comedy Challenge – The INDOMIE BELLE FULL Comedy Challenge.

Indomie Instant Noodles is offering a lifetime opportunity to aspiring comedy superstars to show the world their vast potentials and become the next trending comedy superstar in Nigeria in the ongoing INDOMIE BELLE FULL Comedy Challenge.

The participants will not only walk away with cash prizes of up to 1.5 million Naira, but be shot into instant stardom in the Nigerian comedy sphere, alongside other mouthwatering benefits.

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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.

ata rodo

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.

tatashe

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.

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.

 

 

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!

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

good-questions

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.