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Plantain muffins Plantain bread

I am so excited, just had to share this recipe with my dear friends/readers, my exquisite plantain muffins plantain bread. It is incredibly soft, moist, flavoursome and so moreish, my mind is thoroughly blown.

I travelled out of town with daughter no. 2 and left some plantains in the fridge, on getting home they had ripened beyond the stage for frying, boiling and definitely for roasting, they were a short way to the bin. I put them in the freezer to slow down the ripening process and in the spirit of


St. John’s Farmers’ market

Food Trek | November 27, 2016 | By

Whenever the sun is out in St. John’s, staying indoors seems a disservice to both yourself and the community. So this beautiful saturday with nothing to do and longing for fresh produce, I decided to go to the St. John’s farmers’ market, dragging son no.2 with me. The sun was smiling down on us. 

The St. John’s Farmers’ Market takes place at the lion’s club along bonaventure avenue and is open from 9am-2pm every saturday from the first saturday in june to the third saturday in december.


How to process palm fruit using a food processor

Hacks, How-tos, Tips/How-tos | November 23, 2016 | By

A lot of people love food made with palm fruit but the processing of the palm fruits manually using mortar and pestle is so tedious, they shy away from cooking such food. Others resort to canned palmnut cream concentrate, nothing wrong in that, just that it is a divided house when it comes to the taste.

I have always loved kitchen gadgets, anything to make life easier in the kitchen, to enable me concentrate on cooking the best tasting food that I can. Most times


Macaroni with vegetables

Pasta, vegetarian | November 21, 2016 | By

This is a throw together simple macaroni recipe, it is another tasteful way to serve Pasta. Macaroni with vegetables is a quick and easy dish to prepare. The great thing about this dish is, you can serve it as it is for a rich healthy and tasty vegetarian dish or add some kind of protein like shrimps, bacon, sausage, minced meat, etc.


Nigerian jollof spaghetti

Pasta, vegetarian | November 21, 2016 | By

Nigerian jollof spaghetti is an adaptation of the popular, iconic and delectable Jollof rice. Spaghetti is used in place of the rice in Jollof rice. It is the classic way spaghetti is cooked in Nigeria.

When a food ingredient is loved and adopted in Nigeria, so many awesome twists are added to it you’d think its homegrown. Jollof spaghetti


14 Tips for cooking Pasta.

Pasta, Tips, Tips/How-tos | November 20, 2016 | By

For some home cooks, cooking pasta well can be a hit or miss. Some days mushy, some days all stuck together and other days dry, sometimes the dish tastes like the ingredients didn’t quite get inside the pasta. These 14 tips for cooking pasta will help solve most of the cooking problems encountered when making pasta dishes.


Nigerian egg roll

Desserts/ finger food, Egg | November 19, 2016 | By

Nigerian Egg roll is similar to the scotch egg, but while the scotch egg is wrapped in sausage, Nigerian egg roll is wrapped in dough. If you have ever travelled by luxury bus in Nigeria, you must have seen these large fried dough balls. They hide a whole boiled egg and people rush to buy them whenever there is a pause in the journey. Nigerian egg roll like the Fish roll, puff puff, Nigerian meat pie and sausage roll, is one of Nigeria’s popular street food.

I normally shy away from it because of


How to make Puff Puff

Chewy and pillowy soft Puff puff

Desserts/ finger food, Recipes | November 19, 2016 | By

Chewy and pillowy soft, puff puff is a staple Nigerian fried dough. It is actually between a dough and a batter. I am yet to see a child or even an adult for that matter who doesn’t like puff puff or pass up on it.  It has all the right elements of fried dough that are so appealing, yeasty, soft, sugary and fried, what’s not to love.

A song we used to sing as kids go 


Nigerian Fish roll

Desserts/ finger food, Recipes | November 18, 2016 | By

Nigerian Fish roll is a simple fried rolled dough with a fish filling. The fried dough and the simplicity of the filling both make this snack special.

Due to my dear Mother’s aversion to street food, I only got to eat fish roll maybe once or twice as a child, of course behind her back. I liked it, partly because of its simplicity and partly because it contains fish and I love fish. The fish in those rolls were so minuscular,


How to wash Dry fish

How-tos, Seafood, Tips/How-tos | November 11, 2016 | By

Dry fish is an important ingredient in Nigerian cuisine. Fish is smoked till it dries, during the smoking process, the fish oils are released which stay on the fish skin, this attracts dust and sand. Sometimes bugs go into the flesh. To wash dry fish properly before consumption is very necessary.


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