The Pretend Chef

Banana Bread/Banana muffin

ultimate, moist, dense and flavour packed banana bread/banana muffin

Desserts/ finger food, Recipes | March 29, 2016 | By

Banana bread is a great and delicious way to use up overripe bananas, it is moist, dense and flavourful. The bananas really need to be overripe for the flavour to be bold and the bread, sweet. I love when I can salvage an ingredient that otherwise is headed for the bin.

The beautiful thing about this recipe is, it is very easy, straight forward and forgiving. Also, it can be used for Banana bread or turned into a muffin by just changing the loaf pan to a muffin pan and decreasing the baking time.

Overripe bananas can also be

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Plantain Mosa

gratifyingly delicious deep golden brown plantain mosa

The riper the plantains the sweeter they taste. This is one of those times we rejoice that our fresh produce is on the verge of spoiling, so what do we do with those overripe plantains? Plantain mosa. Deep fried dough sweetened with mashed overripe plantains.

It is a street food and a party finger food in Nigeria. Plantain Mosa is similar to the Ghanaian Tamale, the only difference is in the spices used.

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Egusi Soup, Lumpy Egusi soup

mouthwateringly rich egusi soup (melon seed soup)

Recipes, Soups/ light soups | March 29, 2016 | By

It can arguably be said that Egusi Soup is the most universal of all Nigerian soups. It is nutty and mildly sweet, with the rich oil from the egusi seeds making it taste delectable.

Egusi soup is so versatile, it can be paired with a number of other soups e.g Egusi and ogbono soup, egusi in ora soup, egusi in okazi soup etc. Also, the leafy vegetables that can be added to it are so many, ugu, okazi, onugbu, uziza, awa, spinach etc.

Egusi or white melon seed is the seed of a melon native to tropical Africa. It is high in protein and good oils.

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Buttermilk Pancake, American Pancake

Tender, moist and fluffy homemade buttermilk pancake

Buttermilk pancake is one of the ultimate comfort foods for breakfast. There are different types of pancakes peculiar to different parts of the world. In Nigeria, we have our diet, a spicy pancake that originates from the French crepe, the Chinese Congyou bing or spring onion pancake is another one. Buttermilk pancake is an icon of the American breakfast. It is fluffy, tender and moist.

It is also sold as a pre made pancake mix in the powdered form. I can’t stand store bought pancake mix I always prefer this homemade version which I am sure you will love, the difference will be obvious to you.

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Adalu, beans and corn porridge

Most delicious plate of beans porridge ever, Adalu, beans and corn porridge

I didn’t like beans growing up until I got to boarding school ( F.G.G.C Benin) and tasted the beans and dodo (fried plantain) and I fell in love. I don’t know what it was about the boarding school beans, might have been the tiny weevils, when you got tired of picking them out you just ate. I later lost the taste for beans again until I met Adalu and I am in love again, this time I know this love is here to stay, #truelove. Adalu, beans and corn porridge, is so scrumptious, a marriage between sweet and savoury, what can beat that.

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Sweetcorn Fritters

Soft and fluffy Sweetcorn fritters

Sweetcorn fritters, a great way to get some vegetables into your breakfast or snacks. They are soft and fluffy also simple and easy to make especially if you are in a rush and need to throw breakfast together. When you bite into your fritter, the sweet juicy corn kernels burst in your mouth, how delicious is that?

It can be a sweet or

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Moist Carrot Cake

moist, tender, flavourful moist carrot cake

Desserts/ finger food, Recipes | March 28, 2016 | By

The sight of fresh carrots always makes me want to buy them. There is something attractive and appealing about the orange and green combo that spells healthy. This translates to whatever I use carrots for, like when I make my moist carrot cake, I feel It’s healthy, a vegetable cake after all. Well, that is how I console myself on the rare occasion I over indulge on carrot cake. Same goes with coleslaw, carrot orange juice, beetroot slaw etc.

This moist carrot cake is sweet, soft, moist, dense, mildly citrusy and flavourful, a true crowd pleaser. It is easy and straightforward to make.

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Okro soup, Okra Soup

Fresh and tasty okro soup, okra soup

Recipes, Soups/ light soups | March 28, 2016 | By

Okro soup, Okra soup, Lady’s finger or gumbo, this soup by any name will taste mouthwateringly delicious. It is mucilaginous (slimy in a good way), cheap and is cooked across the length and breadth of Nigeria, from the north where dried okro is used, to the south where it is used fresh. Therefore, it can be called one of Nigeria’s national dishes.

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fiofio Pigeon peas

sweet, nutty, earthy, fiofio pigeon peas with vegetables

Fiofio Pigeon peas, a legume enjoyed in Africa, Asia and parts of South America. It is variously called Fiofio or Agbugbu in Igbo, Otili in Yoruba, Aduwa in Hausa is also called, Gungo peas in Jamaica and mbaazi in Kenya.

Pigeon pea has a sweet, mildly nutty and earthy flavour. It is delicious, hearty and very filling. The only downside to it is the length of time it takes to cook. If other types of beans take a yard to cook,

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OJOJO Water yam fritters

Delightful nigerian snack, ojojo water yam fritters

Ojojo water yam fritters, one of the most creative uses of water yam as far as I am concerned. The only warning I will give you is that you will so gorge yourself up on this delightful Nigerian snack, you will feel sick, my sister will attest to that.

Ojojo is a gift from the Yoruba speaking part of Nigeria to the rest of the Country and just like Akara, it can be served with Pap (Corn paste or cornflour) or custard.

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