Garri Smoothie

Yes you read right. Garri Smoothie. It was so creamy and yummy. I won’t even lie, I thought I was going to end up drinking Eba but it came out well.

Ingredients:

Garri

Ice Cubes

Banana

Milk

Sugar

Groundnuts.

Watch the process in the video below:

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Akara platter

Have you ever had akara without bread, pap or any of the usual suspects? I was feeling adventurous the other day and decided to do the unusual, have my akara with mayo dip. It was amazing. Lip smacking! My taste buds couldn’t believe it.

Check out the recipe in the video below:

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Easy Peasy Okra

Ila Alasepo, Seafood Okra, call it what you want – it is one of the easiest and quickest soups to make. The actual cooking process takes less than 15 minutes. Everyone should try it.

Ingredients:

Okra, Scotch Bonnet Pepper, Locust Beans, Seasoning, Salt Fish, Shrimps, Prawns, Palm oil and ground crayfish.

Cooking Process:

  • Place a pot on medium heat and add in cup of water. Let it come to boil.
  • Add 2 spoons of ground crayfish
  • Add chopped scotch bonnet pepper
  • Add your chopped okro and let it boil for 2 minutes
  • Add locust beans (iru)
  • Add seasoning of your choice and salt into the boiling mixture. Stir, taste and adjust for seasoning.
  • Add the pepper and onion mix and stir
  • Add you choice of protein – Fish, Squid, Crabs, Prawns, shrimps etc
  • Stir and let it cook for 5-7 minutes
  • Serve seafood okra with your choice of Solid or by itself.

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Enjoy!

Spicy Palm Oil Stew

Palm oil is a very popular cooking oil when preparing Nigerian Soup recipes. It gives you that local taste and aroma. Preparing the local palm oil stew however is not rocket science, the preparation process is easy and the taste is marvelous.

Below is a video showing you how to make a quick pot of fried palm oil stew.
Here’s what you’ll need:
4 serving spoons of ground pepper
2 tbl/spoon of palm oil
1 bulb of onion
Seasoning and salt to taste
Choice of protein (Meat and Ponmo in this case)
Locust beans (Optional)

Serve with rice, yam, beans or any other food of your choice.

Enjoy!

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One-Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta. Inspired by Tasty.

I’ve been following Tasty on Facebook for a while now. They have the most amazing recipe videos. Very short videos of  “food that’ll make you close your eyes, lean back, and whisper “yessss.” Snack-sized videos and recipes you’ll want to try”.

Anyway I decided to try out one of their recipes. A pasta recipe. I love pasta especially Penne. This one-pot dish was hmm…delicious. I followed the exact process in the video below, but of course I added one Nigerian ingredient. 🙂 I added fried plantain, I mean who doesn’t love Dodo? I also per-boiled my pasta before adding it to the mix (I did this because I don’t like cooking my vegetables for too long).

So here’s a video showing you how to make this lovely one-pot dish. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did. Oh by the way the meal smells so good…I can still smell it. Lol.


This is what my version looked like:

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Bon Appétit!

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TechMeetsArt: Alphabet art, Naija Edition.

Last month (May) I participated in the Samsung ‪#‎techmeetsart‬ competition. Participants were asked to create food art using food items, mostly Nigerian food items.

It sounded interesting when I saw it on BellaNaija. And suprisingnly about 5 of my friends sent me the link, saying it’s something they know I’d be interested in.

I had lots of ideas, shared some with my colleagues and finally after 2 weeks I decided to do the one idea that I felt was the best. Create the English Alphabet with food items. Sounds great right? 🙂 Well, I did it but I did not win 😦

But sincerely, I am proud of the time and energy I put into creating it. My neighbours at home looked at me funny when I was doing this shoot. Running around the compound trying to get the perfect lighting. Abeg it was not easy but I’m proud.

It may look so simple but trust me, it wasn’t that easy. Can anyone guess correctly, what these food items are?  

Here are some of my favourite letters and a collage with all the letters.

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Be

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J

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TechMeetsArt- Bola Bello

Also, when I posted these on a Facebook group “So you think you can cook”, it blew peoples’ minds. Look at the amount of engagement I got. I was shocked when I saw this. Hard work pays after all.

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My Favourite Soup of all time – Egusi Soup!

I can eat Egusi with literally everything, pounded yam, eba, amala, semo, rice, yam, bread…ANYTHING!

One thing that amazes me about the soup is the taste days after coking it. It is AMAZEBALLS. We all know that most soups lose their taste after the first day you cooked them. But not my darling Egusi, it tastes even better.

So here is my recipe for cooking fried egusi soup. I said fried because there are different ways of cooking egusi. There is the loose, watery one (very common among the Igbo tribe), we have the lumpy egusi soup and there is the fried one, which is the one I cooked.

So, let’s get to it.

What you’ll need:

1 or 2 cooking spoon palm oil
1 cup ground egusi
1 cup chopped Ugwu (Pumpkin leaves)
1/2 cup pepper sauce
Preferred seasoning (Knorr or Onga Classic – my new favourite)
1 tablespoon crayfish powder
1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
1 tablespoon locust beans (Iru)
1/4 cup ede (Dried shrimps) (Optional)
Precooked meat, saki (tripe), ponmo, dry/smooked fish (You don’t have to use everything)

Preparation:

Blend the egusi and set aside.

Wash the meat and start cooking with whatever ingredients you prefer.

Cook for five to ten minutes then add water and cook till it is soft for consumption.

Dissolve the already ground egusi in cold water (make sure the water isn’t too much) to have a thick egusi syrup and set aside.

Heat your pot and add about 2 cooking spoon of palm oil. Heat for about 2 minutes (don’t heat for too long)

Add the egusi. Cook and stir until it looses (you must stir continuously to avoid burning).

Add the already cooked meat and all other protein you prefer.

Allow to cook for 2 minutes then add salt and seasoning to taste.

Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, then add your ugwu leave. Taste for salt and you are done.

Serve with pounded yam, eba, rice or whatever it is you prefer.

Bon Apetite!EG1EG2

 

 

How to make Budget Efo Riro!

I once told a married colleague I could make a nice pot of ponmo & shaki hugging vegetable soup with just N1500 and he went ballistic. Saying what can possibly be in that vegetable? Well, maybe not everything you would expect but that N1500 will buy me enough ingredient to make a yummy pot of soup.

So if you  are low on cash and just feel like having that home-cooked vegetable soup aka Efo Riro, don’t worry your pretty little head. Here’s my list of ingredient and the prices (based on Ipodo Market Ikeja prices) – You might even find some of these ingredients cheaper depending on where you are shopping. Also ensure your bargaining skills is on point.

Ketu market I hear is very cheap.

Ingredients:

Ugwu leaves – N200

Water leaf – N100

Pepper [Scotch Bonet or Ata Rodo}: N200

Onions: N100

Iru [Locust Beans]: N50

Smoked Catfish preferably: N200

Beef & Shaki :  N500

Ponmo: N150

Other ingredients you probably already have at home: Palm Oil, Salt & Maggi & blended cray fish.

Preparation: Chop pepper and onion. Combine in a blender and pulse to a rough coarse consistency.

If using fresh ugwu and water leaf, place the ugwu in a bowl, add ½ teaspoon of salt, cover with boiling water and place a lid over the bowl. Allow to rest for 15-20mins. Rinse out the spinach and squeeze out all excess water. [Do not place the water leaf in water, use it directly]

Place a large pot over medium heat, add in the palm oil. Heat oil until a little smoky.

Add in the sliced onions and fry until lightly browned. Add in the iru and the blended pepper. Cover and leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes (The palm oil will float to the top when the sauce is ready).

Add in the vegetables, combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning, leave to simmer for another 3- 5 more minutes. Bon Apetite!

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Drinking Lemon Water in the Morning

 

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I was  introduced to the concept of lemon water sometime last year. It started with tea actually, I squeeze out all the juice in a mug, add a little bit of sugar, hot water and tea bag.

But it was even much more better when I tried with warm water. It was refreshing.  When I started having a glass of lemon water almost every morning, I had no idea, absolutely no clue about its health benefits.

Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are listed below.

 Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.

Aids in Digestion: Not only does the warm water help to stimulate the GI tract, but the lemons are believed to stimulate and purify the liver. It also helps digestive acids with digestion and elimination.

Alkalizes the Body: If your body is in a chronic pH imbalance, it’s susceptible to disease. Even though lemons seem acidic, they are extremely alkalizing and a great way to ensure your pH balance is where it should be especially if your diet is heavy in meat, cheese and/or alcohol.

Helps Detox: Lemon water is a natural diuretic, which means it helps your body flush liquid and toxins along with it. The citric acid can also help maximize enzymes which stimulates the liver.

Keeps Skin Beautiful: Chronic dehydration can leave skin looking dull, so start your day on the right foot with lemon water. Vitamin C plays a critical role in maintaining healthy skin and the antioxidants can combat ageing factors.

It’s an Energizer: The combination of water and lemon helps to hydrate and oxygenate the blood, leaving you feeling great!

Freshens Breath: Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this.

Reduces inflammation: If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.

 

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Healthy Stir Fried Chicken and Brown Rice

Basically, I have a problem with digesting food on time, so I was told to increase my fibre intake. Brown rice has been know to have more fibre than white rice but eating it plain like normal rice and stew can be boring, so I decided to make “Stir Fry Brown Rice”.

This is just such a wonderful meal and I really think the brown rice makes it even better. You can, of course, modify it anyhow you want, add your favourite veggies, double the ingredients that you like most, and adjust the seasoning to suit your taste.

So, dust off your wok, get your cutleries out cause this is really GOOD!

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups raw brown rice
1/4 Cup onion, diced
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 Raw Chicken Breast, Cubed
2 t/spoon soy sauce
Ground ginger
Chopped Veggies – Carrot, Green Pepper, Yellow pepper.
Sweet Corn & Green Peas
Vegetable/Soy oil
2 eggs, beaten

PREPARATION

Boil your Brown Rice.

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Cut your veggies.

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Beat your eggs together.

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Then place some oil in a large wok, let it heat up a bit, then put your onions, and other vegetables, stir fry over medium heat. Cook for 2/3 minutes the add your egg.

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Once eggs are cooked, mix chicken and Rice…

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…and you are done. Bon Appetite!

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Fee free to share your comments.

Thank you…Xx

Bolla.