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Kaduna Soup Meal

So I visited a friend and noticed the neighbour preparing a very rare soup meal I could hardly place the look and name.

Out of curiosity, I drew closer and asked what the name of the meal was and which tribe it comes from.  So she said something that sounded like Kpete, not sure of the spelling as I could not get any familiar recipe from my research. But it’s a spicy native soup of the northern tribe that is equally nutritious.

Since every tribe are known for their special soups, this happens to be a soup meal from Kaduna State of Nigeria. I was told that it contains groundnut, corn, fresh pepper, onion, green vegetables(African spinach) and seasoning to taste.

Hard a  taste and i must say it really  tasted nice!

House Warming party

In my earlier article i mentioned how i hosted my guests to a cocktail housewarming party with some sumptuous stick meats like peppered goat meat (Asun), peppered gizzard and peppered cow skin (Kpomo).

So after 18 months of the building construction, we decided to throw a house warming party as its the perfect way to meet neighbors and introduce your new home to friends and family.

It started with light music in the background while welcoming guests with a glass of chilled pineapple juice or water for a start. Different games where made available for anyone who wished to keep busy with another invitee. While some just interacted with others.

Of course guests won’t show up at the same time, so myself and hubby planned on giving a couple of tours to the available guests on ground and we kept it brief (5 minutes tops) so while one of us show people around, the other was by the front door to greet newcomers.

We didn’t want a formal party that would keep guests looking so serious and uptight like they came for an interview. The idea was to host an informal party that would make everyone loosen up.

Things got interesting once it was time to serve them the spicy peppered kpomo for a start with chilled drinks including alcohol. This was really an appetizer as my guests craved for more.

Then came the peppered gizzard and the guests were wowed by it. They never had an idea that I was saving the best for the last which was the peppered goat meat (Asun),

This left them craving for more.

Now it was time to enjoy the best part: the dance. Days before the party, hubby had carefully selected some of Naija’s best hip-hop hit songs and he made a good DJ that night. We all danced till we dropped. It was really fun! A guest was moved to say: “You’ve made my evening and it seems we’re going to name you the Chief of Entertainment in this Estate”. We all laughed.

After about 3 hours of a fun-filled night, guests from far were taking their leave, while others who lived around hanged around for more stick meat, drinks, games and mingling. It was a nice evening hosting my guests and I was really excited they all loved my home-made stick meat.

10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Carrots

 

 

That saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, is also applicable to carrots too.

In recent years, carrot has gotten a lot of attention because of its many health benefits, including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-ageing and most amazing of all is the increase in sperm count.

Eating either as raw fruit juice or in cooked form, carrot can be easily added to one’s diet without much extra preparation

Health benefits of Carrots are:

Cancer prevention

Eating fibre rich carrots reduce the risk of colon cancer by as much as 24 per cent. Another study shows that women who ate raw carrots were five to eight times less likely to develop breast cancer than women who did not eat carrots.

Studies have shown that eating carrots may help lower the risk of breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. Researchers in a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that carrot contains a compound that acts as a natural pesticide found to reduce the risk of cancer in rats.

Consumption of carrots increases the level of beta-carotene in the bloodstream. British researchers discovered that increasing beta-carotene consumption from 1.7 to 2.7 milligrammes a day reduced lung cancer risk more than 40 per cent. The average carrot contains about three milligrammes of Beta-carotene.

Healthy skin 

Vitamin A and antioxidants protect the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A protects the skin from sun damage and even prevents premature pigmentation, wrinkling, dry skin, acne and uneven skin tone. An inexpensive and convenient facial mask, made from mixing grated carrot with a bit of honey, ensures a beautiful skin.

Improves vision 

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision. In addition, beta-carotene help protect against macular degeneration and the development of senile cataracts. Macular degeneration is a common eye disease of elderly. It impairs the macula.

A study found that people who eat the most beta-carotene had 40 per cent lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed little.

However, boiling carrots whole boosts health benefits rather than slicing them. According to Food chemists at Newcastle University , slicing them before boiling for instance resulted in the loss of 25 per cent of its healthy ingredient, falcarinol by a quarter.

Healthy Glowing Skin (from the inside)

Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.

Prevents stroke

According to a Harvard University study, people who ate more than six carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less. Many studies have shown that carrot has good effect on brain.

Expels worm

An infusion of carrot has long been used as a folk remedy for thread worms. A small cup of juice or two medium sized carrots taken in the morning for at least a week can help to deworm

Anti-Aging

The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism.  It help slows down the aging of cells.

Prevent Heart Disease

Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.  Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein.

The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.

Healthy Teeth and Gums

 It’s all in the crunch! Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste.  Carrots stimulate gums and  trigger a lot of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria.  The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.

Improves Sperm Count

“The secret to healthy sperm? Carrots,” the Mail Online website declares. The study it reports on found that certain vegetables may help improve sperm quality. Men who eat carrots can boost their sperm quantity and quality by a 6.5% increase in sperm motility.

So never deny your body the right to keep healthy.

How To Prepare Peppered Gizzard

Peppered gizzard makes a wonderful appetizer especially when it is served at special occasions such as parties or even at home to entertain guests as small chops.

So I hosted my guests to a cocktail house warming party last weekend and it was really fun. Instead of the usually fried rice with chicken, I decided to go simple with peppered kpomo, peppered gizzards as well as peppered goat meat popularly known as asun.

Here are the ingredients for preparing peppered Gizzards;

2 packs chicken gizzards

Fresh peppers (enough qty to your taste)

2 medium onions

1 big stock cube

1 teaspoon thyme

Salt (to taste)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Toothpicks (for serving)

Rinse and place the gizzard in a  pot, add 1 cup water ,in 1 cube of maggi, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Simmer on low heat for 25 minutes.

Increase the heat to high and stir constantly till all the remaining liquid in the pot is absorbed. You don’t want to lose any flavour by pouring away the gizzard stock.

Lay the gizzards flat in a baking bowl.

Grill in an oven at 170°C or 338°F till the top side is dry and brown. Turn them and grill the underside too till dry and brown.

 imageIf you don’t have an oven, just deep-fry them.

Pound or chop the fresh peppers (no water)

Cut the onions into big chunks.

 imageHeat the vegetable oil in another pot.

Add the pepper and onion. Allow to fry for 3 minutes and season with 1 maggi cube, thyme and salt to taste then add the grilled or deep-fried gizzards.

Stir very well till the pepper is evenly distributed on the gizzards.

Serve with chilled drinks.

Gizzard Pepper Soup

 

Ever wondered a different way of enjoying pepper soup apart from the regular catfish and goat meat pepper soup?

Gizzard pepper soup isn’t just delicious to have but a real medicinal soup for cleansing the bowel because of its peppery nature.

This dish is not beneficial to only women that have just given birth, it is also good for nourishing and repairing of worn out tissues in the body.

Those suffering from anaemia can benefit from consuming this dish because of its high content of iron, vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, and protein.

It is advised to take chicken gizzard in moderation because of its high cholesterol content, which can be harmful to health. 

Here is my tasty gizzard pepper soup enjoyed as starter. 

 INGREDIENTS                 

1kg Chicken gizzard               

3 table spoons Ground pepper                

 1 small bulb Onion                              

1 table spoon pepper soup spice (Ground Uda)

1 small bunch Effirin (scent leaves)     

1 litre Water                               

1 Seasoning cube                 

Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

Wash the gizzard and remove the hard skin. Cut each into two and place in a pot.

Add the chopped onions, salt and seasoning cube and steam for about 10 minutes.

Add the pepper, uda/spice, and leave to boil for another 15 minutes.

Wash the effirin leaves, cut and add to the pepper soup.

Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Stir and add salt to taste.

Serve hot with your choice of cold drink or beer.

How to Make Tasty Peppered Kpomo

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This perfectly cooked kpomo fried with red oil and fresh pepper sauce is just perfect to relax with while watching football or movies.  

i love my peppered kpomo soft and tasty so I usually boil them to with salt and seasoning cube to take off that awful smell it comes with.

When peppered kpomo is prepared just be careful you don’t bite your lips off thinking it is kpomo as it very tasty!

INGREDIENTS  

5g kpomo

3 maggi cubes

1/2 a bulb of onion

5 freshly chopped peppers

2 cooking spoon of red oil 

2 cups of water

Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS 

Wash kpomo with clean warm water throughly to remove dirt and perhaps sandy flesh.

Chop kpomo into bits and boil for 10 minutes with salt and maggi to remove that offensive odour. 

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Heat the red oil in a clean cooking pot or frying pan, turn in your chopped pepper and onions and allow to fry for 3 minutes then season with maggi cube and salt to taste.

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Turn in the boiled kpomo and stir properly so the sauce can blend with the kpomo for great taste!

Palm Kernel Nut

 

The palm kernel is the edible seed of the oil palm tree. Oil Palm products include Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, and Palm Kernel. 

The oil that is derived from palm kernel are used for cosmetic product making and other vital industrial purposes. But most importantly the oil is used for cooking all kinds of African soup.

An example is Banga soup, an African delicacy mostly enjoyed by the South Eastern parts of Nigeria.

Benefits Of Garden Eggs

This is a good news for our fat people out there. Do you know that garden eggs have amazing health benefits?

One major health benefit of  garden egg is that it helps to burn fat and tends to reduce weight and keep the body fit at all time when taken.

If you find it difficult to chew garden eggs, you can find it interesting to have it as a sauce. It is very simple to make if you follow the recipes here Garden egg sauce.