Some like it hard, some like it soft, some like it all soaked in oil, some like the oil well drained, some like it crispy but we all like the sweetness of Dodo. I was wondering if Eve was tempted with dodo in the Garden of Eden how would she have reacted. You take a good look at the bowl, check out the different colours, light brown to dark brown, check to see if you will be found out and then make for your first piece which is very hot, and you are basically eating with your mouth open just to reduce the temperature of the hot food. Add the pepper, prawn powder, ginger, seasoning and salt to taste and fry sauce till onion cooks well and sauce tastes great. Then again if you are not a lover of fermented cereal like Ogi, Koko or Eko, you may not be quickly sold. The interesting thing about Kenkey is that because it is fermented, the corn loses some of the starch content and so it’s more interesting for me from a healthy meal point of view. Deseed the Tatashe, wash the tomatoes and pepper, add a little water to the vegetables in a pot and bring to boil whole.
Heat up the oil, and fry first the onion till translucent and pour in the cooked vegetables and continue frying. Lastly add the curry leaves cover and allow to cook for 1 minute and your Kenkey sauce is ready. Weight watchers will usually avoid eating Egusi soup because of the oil content of the Egusi seeds. I also find that when you squeeze out the oil, the Egusi forms lumps easier in the soup, particularly for those that have been wondering how to get the lumpy Yoruba type Egusi soup.
When cooking the Egusi Soup with scent leaf I combine the Egusi with squeezed out oil and some of the powder so that I get the desired thickness of the soup.
Cut up small pieces of the Egusi dough and add to the pot of soup whilst the soup is boiling. For the home meals for the week I settled for beans pottage and Abak soup this weekend. I hope to make a nice pot of chicken stews during the week, as stews are always a great accompanying sauce for a variety of carbohydrate foods.
As I managed to have a little ‘me’ time on Saturday morning, I stumbled on a Brazilian recipe I think will be easy for everyone to make and may just be one of your Christmas Day offerings.
Let me know how you go with this recipe and let’s share your alternative to the wheat flour. Add sweet corn, a pinch of chicken seasoning and cut up the cheese by hand and add and combine well. Using a circular cookie cutter cut the dough into circles, place about half a teaspoon of the filling on the cut out dough.
A plate of Nigerian Soup is always a pot pourri of ingredients, flavours and aroma depending on the size of your pocket. The other thing about Nkpa soup which makes it interesting is the use of Uyayak or adian fruit.
Wash, season the beef, pomo and stockfish with pepper, seasoning cube and salt and allow to marinade for about 15 minutes. Reduce heat of the burner, add a little cold water to the pot to reduce the temperature of the soup water and quickly add the ground ofo and stir fast to dissolve the powder it in the soup. I could not hide my excitement as I danced round the kitchen when I finished cooking today’s dish, tasted and found out what a bomb I had just produced from my kitchen. If you still think that you are missing out on some other carbohydrate besides dodo and the sweet corn, you will find it interesting to pair this dish with white rice.
Season minced meat with seasoning cube, garlic, ginger, pepper and salt and allow to marinade for about 15 minutes.
Heat the oil fry the onion, add the minced meat and stir fry ensuring that you separate the meat chunks whilst frying. Last week was one of a kind as I kicked off the week firing on four cylinders on full gear from first day to last. When yam is stir-cooked with a wooden spoon to crush some of the yam and help to thicken the sauce. Return the shrimp and fish into the pot and add a few leaves of curry leaves and cook for about 2 minutes.
The Ghanian light soup is to Ghanians as Egusi soup is to Nigerians in terms of popularity.
So in this recipe I have borrowed some elements from Ghana light soup, a bit of Nigerian pepper soup and stew.
My recent attraction for oats has resulted in a number of interesting recipes using this flavourful cereal. For the Shrimp Filled Oat Dumpling, I had my diabetic friends in mind to help bring them some interesting twist to eating oats. To take this recipe to the next level I decided to serve the dumpling in coconut curry sauce.

Heat a frying pan and dry roast the oat flour for about 6 minutes until you start to smell roasted cereal. Fry the onion, garlic and a little pepper tomato puree and salt for about 3 minutes stirring through. Place the dough in a zip lock bag or and clean cellophane bag and roll out with a rolling pin. Effinrin is also called Nchawun in Igbo, Ntong in Efik or what we generally call Scent leaf.
Whilst the spaghetti is cooking also fry little chopped onion in oil till translucent, add the prawns a little black pepper and cook till done. Lime is a simple guy which is rich in vitamin C and lime water is a simple girl which has an alkalizing effect when it gets into our body. Anyways, Lime water is rich in Vitamin C which is again a good antioxidant and which is also called a healing Vitamin. This entry was posted in Diet and Nutrition, fitness, weight loss and tagged in Does Lime Water and Honey Burn Fat, fat burning, Honey, lime water, Weight loss. This lime and honey concoction is right up there with green tea on the top favourite miracle drinks for weight loss I love the way u wrote this article! The guys like it a lot particularly when they can pair it with their drinks. This is also a great starter to a Nigerian 3 course meal. Enjoy as I bring you a sauce very similar to the popular Agoyin sauce that is used for mashed beans. You know how you hear of a meal from a culture that is not yours and you will quickly dismiss it, this has been my reaction to Kenkey until I tasted it this last weekend. Oh just in case you think portion control does not apply in this case, it surely does hahaha! Typically Kenkey is eaten with fried fish and pepper sauce or shitto which is a dried fried sauce made from dried fish, spices and dry pepper. Rub with salt , ginger powder and a little dried pepper and set aside for about 10 minutes. I love Egusi soup myself but also try to reduce the frequency of eating for the same reason of avoiding weight gain in today’s recipe I try to reduce the fat by squeezing out some of the oil and it is amazing how much oil you can get out. I the pound these together and after about 10 minutes the oil in the Egusi starts to appear in the mortar and the powder by now forms a dough. You can also make vegetable side dishes to complement the rice and stew or spaghetti and stew.
I had thought to combine the chicken with a little mashed potato until I saw this Brazilian version. In the meantime, enjoy trying one of the recipes you will be having on your Christmas menu.
You may need to reshape the croquette to retain the cone like shape after taking out of the bread crumbs. Nkpa leaves more popularly known as Oha is also eaten by the Efiks in Calabar but it is cooked in a slightly different way.
I buy the ofo whole and blend at home just to be sure that I am using the authentic ingredient. The idea for this dish actually came from fried rice, so you will basically find all the vegetables and you will normally find in fried rice but I replaced the rice with beans. Yes whilst cereals are not heavy on the tummy,we still need to manage the portion sizes even with swallow.
The dumpling which can be steamed in plain water can be paired with vegetable and still enjoyed. To get your oat flour simply blend breakfast oat in the dry ingredient part of the blender or buy the regular oat meal flour. You plan to make Nigeria rice and chicken stew and you can come out of the kitchen in 45 minutes if you plan well. Pour into a colander, Rinse spaghetti with cold water, strain and return to the hot cooking you used in boiling it. Ngwongwo is a richer version of your standard goat meat peppersoup that includes not only the goat meat but tripe, liver, intestines etc and small pieces of unripe plantain . The primary function of vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is the manufacture of your body’s main protein substance, collagen. Or least do not expect any fat burning to happen from it although it is good detoxifying drink. Remember your reaction when a bowl of freshly fried hot dodo is sitting on the kitchen work top as you walk past it?
Before then I had wondered what the big deal was about a simple fermented cornmeal wrapped in corn leaves. A trial over this weekend certainly convinced me otherwise.

The combination of the slightly sour Kenkey and the the slight sweetness of the sauce made from Tatashe, Scotch bonnet pepper and onion with the well-seasoned fried fish will change your thoughts about this meal.
Enjoy my sauce for now whilst I bring you step by step method for making Kenkey at home at a later date. You may want to make slits on the side of the fish to allow the seasoning to permeate the fish well.
When they are cut into smaller pieces the aroma is quite strong so I decide to add large chunks to reduce the strong aroma. I liked the outcome of the Brazilian recipe but will definitely want to replace the wheat flour dough with something less processed like oatmeal flour.
My mum would boil this hard seed overnight and then pound to a smooth paste for use in cooking the soup the next day. If however you trust your retailer in the market then you may wish to buy the already ground version. Paired with pounded yam or Eba, this is a meal you will want to have quite regularly as a lunch option. The quantity of water that will give a good consistency to the soup with the quantity of ofo in the recipe is about 5-6 cups of water. The coconut cream in the sauce brings everything together and with the addition of one my favourite foods, dodo, you eat and lick fingers. There was not much time to cook anything complicated in the evenings, so I settled for ingredients in the fridge. With the sedentary life style that most of us are trapped in, we have to constantly watch what we eat so as not to pile on unnecessary weight. Place some quantity of shrimp sauce on the oat dough, cover with same shape of dough and seal edges by pressing with a fork or your hands. Rice is boiling, meat is frying, tomato mixture is boiling and just as the rice is cooked the stew is ready.
Anyways, whoever did, I wonder if they really lost weight by drinking lime water and honey or they ended up with tonsils and sore throat after having it continuously for a few days? But guess being rich in vit C and alkalizing in nature is what gave lime water a celebrity status .. Consequently, vitamin C is essential for healthy skin, gums, teeth, bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and blood vessels, and it plays an integral role in wound healing and scar formation. Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose, and has approximately the same relative sweetness as that of granulated sugar. Or you had eaten something really acidic like junk food, fried, spicy etc or drink it when you are or have come from a very acidic environment like heat or pollution etc. Don’t be in a hurry to add all the powder as a good quality Egusi will thicken as you cook. Some varieties of Ibaba also have a way of darkening the soup when warmed after a few days. To add some vegetable and bulk to the soup I added a few slices of okro and it was just what I wanted. Bring the milk to boil for about 3 minutes, add the curry powder, stir and drop the Oat parcels in the coconut milk. So honey is sweet and has calories, just that it is a natural sweetner and it had medicinal properties but only the ones that are procured directly from the beehives.
On my next trip to Accra I will get to the bottom of how this lovely fermented cereal is made. This is why I am replacing the Ibaba with Ofo, the thickening ingredients used mainly in Igbo soups. I simply chopped up some yam into the pot of little stew that was left, added some shrimps and fish and bang a new dish was born. Some people can get cough, cold, tonsils with cold water and some cannot just let hot water inside their mouth. At the end it is not a fat burner so you can chose as per the suitability of your body  and taste as to which version to drink (hot or cold). In short the more alkaline our inside body conditions are, the more better our system works. Wait a minute that does not mean you overdo the dose of lime water for increasing the alkalinity of the blood.

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