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VegFest, St. John’s NL. VegFest

St. John's NL VegFest

Food Trek, vegetarian | January 12, 2018 | By

VegFest is an annual international vegan food festival which takes place in different parts of the world from North & South America, Africa, Europe to the far east. Each Festival is individually organised entirely by volunteers, it is a not-for-profit and attendance is free.

VegFest is for vegans, vegetarians, environmentalists, foodies and anyone interested or curious about the plant-based lifestyle.

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My Stories

nigerian cuisine

My stories | January 2, 2018 | By

Hello everyone,

I want to welcome you on this culinary journey. We are going to have an awesome time right here.

Since we are going to be Nigeria-centric, you need to understand that Nigerian dishes are numerous and very diverse. Nigeria has so many ethnic groups and each group has a bunch of dishes indigenous to them.

That being said, there are some dishes that cut across the different tribes though with a few differences in their preparation methods. Here we are going to use the simplest, easiest method without compromising taste. Nigerian cuisine is also mostly spicy and most times the ingredients are not measured but ‘eye-balled’. I will do my best to give as precise a measurement as possible. Sometimes using both cup and weight measurements in one recipe. 

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15 Easy Christmas Food Ideas

15 easy christmas food ideas

Christmas season, food, food and even more food. Delicious, seam bursting food!!! So…

  • Are you stumped for food ideas?
  • Are you bored with the same old menu?
  • Are you nervous about cooking for relatives and friends?
  • Do you want to make spectacular food on the cheap?
  • Do you want to impress and show off your culinary skills to you know who?
  • You just want good food on your table…

These are easy Christmas food ideas, dishes that you can incorporate into your Celebration menu for Christmas lunch/dinner or party, wedding parties, cocktails, end-of-year parties, house guest entertainments etc.

Wishing you and yours the best life has to offer, this Christmas season and into the New year—The Pretend Chef.

#letsgetcooking

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Sesame seed Muffins, Ridi Muffins

Rich and Nutty Sesame seed muffins, Ridi muffins

Desserts/ finger food | December 22, 2017 | By

Sesame seed muffins, Ridi muffins are rich and nutty, very simple and easy to make. They are a play on sweet and savoury. These muffins went down well with both adults and children. In fact, the kids gobbled them up and went for seconds and thirds. I could only save one muffin for myself. The sesame seeds pop in your mouth as you chew your muffins and that is so much fun.

Sesame seed muffins are excellent for breakfast, snacks or dessert. There is an abundance of sesame seed in Nigeria especially in

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Lemon poppyseed cake, Lemon cake

Moist, fluffy and citrusy lemon poppyseed cake

Desserts/ finger food | December 22, 2017 | By

Lemon poppyseed cake is rich and moist, fluffy and buttery with a refreshing tang of lemon. The poppy seeds dot the cake beautifully giving it a pleasant nutty taste and an almost indiscernible crunch.

Poppy seeds are used in Central Europe, North America, India etc. but it is not common in Nigeria. It can be found in large supermarkets in Nigeria but an excellent substitute for poppy seeds is

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kunun aya deluxe, sugar cane-Tigernut drink

15 Christmas food ideas

Drinks, vegetarian | December 21, 2017 | By

Kunun aya deluxe is taking your regular kunun aya, tiger nut drink and making it insanely nectareous and decadent. An irresistible level of sweet, spicy, flavoursome and goodness, even somewhat sensual if you ask me. (ok enough already).

I love when I can take a basic recipe and turn it into something luxurious. This recipe was given to me by Halima, the pretty Hausa lady I buy most of my indigenous northern Nigerian food ingredients. Halima is so knowledgeable about northern Nigerian food, I never leave her shop in a hurry.

The special ingredients here are

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Peppered mixed meat, mixed meat in tomato relish

peppered mixed meat

Meat, Stews/ Sauces/ dips | December 21, 2017 | By

Peppered mixed meat is excellent with drinks when family and friends come together or just as a personal indulgence. Where there is a social gathering of Nigerians, there must be meat and drinks, especially spicy meat. There is no end to the formulations and diversity of spicy meat dishes, Suya, Kilishi (beef jerky), Peppered snails, Asun, spicy goat meat, Peppered gizzard, Nkwobi etc.

This peppered mixed meat recipe is fresh tasting and delectable. The freshness of the tomatoes mellows the heat of the peppers while the onions add sweetness. It is eaten as it is or if you want something more substantial to serve with

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Rich Tomato gravy

Rich tomato gravy

Stews/ Sauces/ dips | December 20, 2017 | By

Tomato gravy is a rich roux-based sauce, full of flavour and satisfying. It was a staple in my home, I served it at least once a week with twice cooked potatoes, grilled potatoes, rice or pasta.

My son no.1 called asking about my tomato sauce, the curry sauce and the other sauce, sauces that featured on our dinner table regularly while he was growing up. He loved those sauces and would

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Couscous with bell peppers

Healthy and light Couscous with bell peppers

Pasta, Rice, vegetarian | December 20, 2017 | By

Couscous with bell peppers is healthy and light and it’s ideal for those busy days you need a quick, simple and healthy meal. Couscous commonly made with durum wheat semolina is a type of pasta but similar to rice in its use. You can use it to replace rice in most dishes e.g Jollof rice and fried rice. On its own, it is quite bland just like rice.

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Sweet chilli pepper sauce

Spicy and sticky sweet chilli pepper sauce

Sweet chilli pepper sauce is sweet, spicy, and sticky. It tastes so good you will want to put it on everything. This sweet chilli sauce is a Thai sweet chilli sauce and it is cheap, unbelievably easy and incredibly quick to make with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Six minutes from the time it takes to

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