The Pretend Chef

Plantain porridge

healthy, rich and flavoursome plantain-porridge

Plantain porridge (pottage) is flavourful, rich and healthy, a regular in Nigerian homes. I grew up calling it a pottage, just like yam pottage too, but I came to realise that these dishes are more commonly called porridge, but who really cares, so long as it is amazingly delicious. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Plantains are high in potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin A, dietary fibre etc. Plantain porridge is really good for pregnant women, in fact, when I was pregnant

Plantains are high in potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin A, dietary fibre etc. therefore Plantain porridge is really good for pregnant women. When I was pregnant with son no.3,


ofe ugbogoro (Melon Leaf Soup)

simple, fresh and clean tasting ofe ugbogoro

Ofe ugbogoro (melon leaf soup) is an Igbo soup from eastern Nigeria. It is super fresh and clean tasting and usually a one day soup. In order to enjoy this soup and take full advantage of the freshness of the vegetables, it is best eaten once it comes off the heat. This doesn’t mean it will taste much worse when eaten later, just that the crispness of the leaves won’t be as pronounced. The leaves are very seasonal usually abundant and easily obtainable during the rainy season. 


Cucumber drink Cucumber agua fresca

cucumber juice cucumber agua frsca

Drinks | May 20, 2016 | By

This Cucumber drink Cucumber Agua fresca is clean tasting, refreshing, simple, and very easy to make. Ideally served chilled so on a hot day or after a session in the gym it makes the perfect coolant. Agua fresca is spanish for fresh water, which is an apt description of this drink. It can serve as a mixer for cocktails or a palate cleanser after a spicy meal.

Cucumber drink is ideal for mocktail/cocktail bars at wedding parties, dinner parties, christmas brunch,


Sardine pouch

SARDINE POUCH—Seasoned canned sardines in a pastry pouch. Simple, easy and tasty. Sometimes we are stumped for what to make, for small lunch boxes, get together, small chop, quick snacks or cravings. We might be low on snacks ingredients at home or just want something cheap but fancy, so we go to the pantry and rustle up something with whatever is available and voila! it looks good and tastes great. That is how the sardine pastry pouch came about for me. It is always a hit any time I make it. 


Homework, Goat trotters in spicy sauce

succulent homework, goat trotters in a spicy sauce

Meat, Recipes | May 19, 2016 | By

Homework, goat trotters in spicy sauce is a variation of the more popular nkwobi made with cow leg (cow trotters). The name Homework, I believe, came about because of the time and concentration devoted to eating this succulent dish. You need to get your fingers into it, nibble, chew, suck, lick,…there is so much “work” to do. 


Ofe Awa, Awa soup

Authentic and appealing ofe awa,awa soup

Ofe awa, Awa soup is made with Awa leafy vegetable. It is native to people of Enugu area of Nigeria, especially Nkanu. I seriously wonder why the popularity of this soup hasn’t crossed the boundaries of this enclave. Ofe Awa (Awa soup) is so finger licking good, problem is, the vegetable is very seasonal. It is bountiful deep into the rainy season.

Awa soup should be given a special place in the pantheons of Nigerian soups honestly. Reminds me of a traditional


Achicha, dry cocoyam

Healthy, vegetarian achicha, dry cocoyam with black beans

Achicha, dry cocoyam is pre cooked, sun dried cocoyam and it lends its name to the vegetarian dish made with it. Achicha is not only delicious and filling but low in calories. It is peculiar to the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria. 


Cinnamon muffin

Amazing Soft and moist, cinnamon muffin

Cinnamon Muffin, there is something about cinnamon that always says welcome in a home. It fills the air with a warm comforting essence. Cinnamon Muffin is the first muffin I learnt to make and it still has a special place in my culinary heart. It is easy to make and tastes great, essentially one of my go-to snacks in an emergency.

They are tender and moist, and with the warm and fragrant aroma of cinnamon, you will keep going back for more.


Efo Riro (vegetable soup)

fresh and rich Efo riro (vegetable soup)

Recipes, Soups/ light soups | May 12, 2016 | By

Efo Riro (vegetable soup) unlike most other Nigerian vegetable soups, start with a base of a combination of peppers. From mild to hot peppers, each contributing something special to the delectable pot of soup. Efo Riro is native to the Yorubas of western Nigeria, the same way edikang ikong is to the Efiks of south-south Nigeria and Onugbu soup to the Igbos of eastern Nigeria.


Beetroot Coleslaw

Pretty, sweet, crunchy, earthy, beetroot coleslaw

Recipes, Salads, vegetarian | May 4, 2016 | By

In this Beetroot coleslaw, the trio of cabbage, carrot, and beetroot is health food supercharged. Beetroots have surely joined the list of superfoods. They are sweet, earthy and crunchy.  My vegan and health food chefs, this is a toast to you. It is pretty to behold and tastes as pretty as it looks. Imagine having this platter on your dinner table.


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