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30 Amazing Facts About Tiger nuts

Fresh Tiger nuts for 30 amazing facts about tiger nut

Sometimes it seems as if nature is partial in its distribution of goodies, to some plants it is overly generous to others not so much. It put in so much good stuff into the simple tiger nut that it is referred to as a ‘superfood’. Tiger nuts have not been given the attention they deserves due to lack of information. Really, it should be part of everyone’s diet. 

Tiger Nut ‘Cyperus esculentus’ is not a nut but a tuber. It is found in many warm countries of the world, from the far east to the middle east and Africa through to the USA and South America. It was originally native to the Mediterranean region. The three main varieties are the black, brown and yellow. The yellow variety is

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Easy apple hand pie

Indulgent Caramel apple filled apple hand pie
Apple pie is a sweet pie with a decadent and succulent apple filling, an excellent comfort food. It is mostly made as a dish pie but with all the pros of hand pies/ turnovers, most pies are now made into “pockets of convenience” especially to suit the fast pace of modern life.
For the past few weeks, I have been making different types of savoury pies, meat pie, fish pie and vegetable pie so today, I decided to showcase a sweet pie.
My first time eating apple pie was as a very young teenager during a summer vacation in London. It was served as dessert in the restaurant where we ate. It just did not taste good. The filling was almost like apple sauce. None of us liked it besides my kid sister. She hadn’t eaten much of the rest of the meal so she was overjoyed when nobody wanted theirs. She stuffed herself full of apple pie slices that day and readily fell in love with it.

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African breadfruit soup, Ukwa soup

Wholesome and delicately flavoured breadfruit soup

African breadfruit soup (Ukwa soup) is made with the excess cooking liquid or broth drained off when your breadfruit is cooked and ready. It is a special delicacy in Igboland of eastern Nigeria. This liquid has all the rich and delicate flavours of ukwa, the

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African breadfruit pottage, Ukwa etelu ete

Luxurious African breadfruit pottage

Breadfruit pottage is the paramount breadfruit dish. It is made with the heavy arsenals of Igbo cuisine. African breadfruit or Ukwa pod comes from the large ukwa tree. The heavy Ukwa pod falls to the ground and is processed to get the delicious ukwa seeds.

It is cooked and eaten at home, parties, weddings, burials etc. In some parties, Breadfruit pottage, Ukwa etelu ete is reserved for the special guests because it is expensive especially during its off season (the price starts going down around march). Competition for ukwa is

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African breadfruit Porridge, Ukwa Porridge

Luscious African breadfruit porridge (Ukwa porrdge)

African breadfruit porridge, Ukwa porridge has a delicate but muted sweetness, a flavour peculiar to it. It tastes so good, it can be eaten just boiled without the addition of any other ingredient even salt. African breadfruit, Ukwa (treculia africana) is very nutritious and excellent for vegetarians. It has oils rich in unsaturated fat (good fat), vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and folic acid. It is eaten mainly by the Igbos of southeastern Nigeria. 

Ukwa can be prepared and eaten in so many different ways from plain with no additional ingredient right to going the whole nine yards with embellishments and accompaniments. Each and every way

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Stuffed eggs, devilled eggs

Creamy, smooth and luxurious stuffed eggs, devilled eggs

Stuffed eggs are hard boiled eggs which are sliced in half, the yolks removed and mixed with other ingredients then put back into each half of the egg white. The yolk filling should be creamy, smooth and luxurious. It is known by so many different names, the most common being devilled eggs. You can also call them angel eggs, egg mimosa, Russian eggs, dressed eggs, picnic eggs or salad eggs. They can be chopped up and used as a sandwich filling similar to a boiled egg sandwich.

The recipes for stuffed eggs filling are as diverse as there are cooks. This is a simple standard recipe that gives room for you to add or remove your choice of ingredients, the possibilities are endless but go simple. I have included a list of

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Easy Spanish omelette

Thick, dense, rich and indulgent easy spanish omelette

Egg, Recipes, World food | April 24, 2017 | By

Easy Spanish Omelette, Spanish tortilla, Tortilla española or tortilla de patatas is a delicious Spanish appetiser, snack and picnic dish made with eggs and potatoes. It is thick and dense, rich and indulgent and can be served hot or cold, in large wedges or small cocktail size (hors d’oevure) with toothpicks.

The easy Spanish omelette bears no relationship to the Mexican tortilla rather it closely resembles

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Sweet corn salad

Colourful and fresh Sweet corn salad

Recipes, Salads, vegetarian | April 24, 2017 | By

Sweet Corn salad is a bright, colourful and fresh tasting salad. It is quick and easy to make, and always a hit when served to guests. The ingredients are few and basic and the dressing very simple. It allows the sweet corn to shine as the star of the salad.

You can use

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Coxinha, Brazilian chicken fritters

Crispy and elegant Coxinha, Brazilian chicken fritters

Coxinha, Brazilian chicken fritters is a popular street snack in Brazil and also an appetiser at parties. It is a fritter shaped like a chicken drumstick, the name coxinha means little chicken thigh. There are 3 layers to the coxinha, an outer crispy exterior, a middle layer of soft dough and a moist seasoned chicken filling. 

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Foil baked fish with vegetables

Easy, moist, healthy and flavourful Foil baked fish with vegetables

Recipes, Seafood | April 14, 2017 | By

Foil baked fish with vegetables is a pretty, healthy, flavourful and easy dish to prepare.  It conserves the nutrients in the fish and vegetables, nothing leaches out, everything is intact in that parcel. Since the fish and vegetables are cooked together, they stew in a mix of their seasoned juices, so you have the fish

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