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How to make Iced tea

Refreshing Iced tea

Drinks, Recipes | February 28, 2017 | By

When you need to cool down on a blistering hot day, make an iced tea and you will feel instantly refreshed. Iced tea is good, in fact, Iced tea is very good because tea is loaded with anti-oxidants. 

Daughter no. 2 loves homemade drinks, from iced tea, lemonade, zobo etc. So when she is home, we enjoy a lot of her refreshing and comforting drinks. This Iced tea is one of her favourites.

One good reason to make your own iced tea is,


Nigerian chapman drink (mocktail)

refreshing, delicious authentic Nigerian Chapman drink

Drinks, Recipes | February 24, 2017 | By

Chapman is a very popular cocktail in Nigeria with or without alcohol. It was ‘the’ cocktail in most restaurants, sports clubs, etc. especially among the youths years back. Pink chilled Chapman will arrive at your table in a large beer mug with chunks of fruits and a straw. It is very refreshing and delicious because you could suck on that straw till half the mug is gone without coming up for air. This pink nectar is a balanced blend of all its components. Chapman also


Funnel cake

Light, chewy, crunchy, not too sweet funnel cake

Desserts/ finger food, World food | February 24, 2017 | By

“….corn dogs, funnel cakes-burst seams are made of these!”

Funnel cake is a delightful and irresistible staple at Fairs and amusement parks. It is light, chewy, slightly crunchy and not too sweet with an intricate lattice pattern, perfect with different finger-licking toppings.

My introduction to Funnel cake was at the St. John’s NL annual Regatta, it was big, with a dusting of icing sugar and a huge dollop of whipped cream right in the middle and a generous drizzle of strawberry syrup all over it. It was simply amazing.


Egg muffins Recipe

Quick, easy and healthy egg muffins

Desserts/ finger food, Egg | February 24, 2017 | By

These egg muffins are delicious, quick and easy to make, to crown it all it is very healthy. What better way to fuel up your body in the morning, as a lunch pack, a grab ‘n’ go snack or a protein energy boost at mid-day.

They are called egg muffins, egg cups, omelette muffins or mini frittata. Egg muffins are low in calories, therefore ideal for weight watchers and the egg is the star of the dish. 

You can make it using ingredients you already have in your kitchen or with leftovers.
Egg muffins can be made ahead, put in the refrigerator overnight


How to make meatballs

Juicy, tender and light, how to make meatballs

Meat, Pasta, Recipes | February 20, 2017 | By

These meatballs are juicy, tender and light. What more can you want in a meatball? Right, they are also well seasoned and won’t fall apart. I call them Savoury Candies. It is very easy to make meatballs and you can tweak it to your heart’s content.

Meatballs can be eaten in a variety of ways, in a sauce, on a hot dog bun, on pizza, in egg muffins etc. Meatballs also add flavour to Tomato sauce or any other sauce or soup it is added to.

The best kind of meatball is loose, not tight and moist, not dry. As such, all the ingredients and handling is geared towards this goal. To make meatballs firmer


Mongolian Beef Stir fry

Crispy, sticky mongolian beef stir fry

Mongolian beef Stir fry is a Chinese-American takeout dish and has nothing to do with Mongolia, but it will most definitely assuage one’s cravings for Chinese food.

It is crispy pieces of beef glistening from a sticky sweet and salty velvety sauce with a side of rice or fried noodles. With Chinese food outrageously over priced in Nigeria, make your very own delicious Chinese food and make everyone around happy. The ingredients for Mongolian beef Stir fry are readily available and inexpensive.


Sweetcorn egg drop Soup

Clean tasting sweetcorn egg drop soup

Soups/ light soups, World food | February 14, 2017 | By

Sweetcorn egg drop soup is one of the most popular and basic Chinese soups in Nigerian-Chinese restaurants. It is very simple and easy to make yet always looks impressive.

It is called egg drop because of the way the egg is drizzled into the soup while cooking it. This soup is also called egg flower soup because the egg poured in, blooms and looks like flowers in the soup.

Sweetcorn egg drop soup is ideal when you


Chicken Salad with candied carrot coins

indulgent and healthy chicken salad with candied carrot coins

Salads, Valentine's Day | February 14, 2017 | By

Chicken salad with candied carrot coins, those candied carrot coins make it extra special. 

Chicken salad is basically any salad with chicken as its main ingredient. There is no right or wrong way to make it or right or wrong ingredient. It is really a combination of things that floats your boat. That being said, it should have good visual appeal and taste awesome. In Nigeria we love chicken and we love salad, so this salad will make us smile.

In fact, most times chicken salad is made with leftover chicken. Last Christmas, after we had


Spaghetti and Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Easy and tasty spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce

Meat, Pasta, Recipes, Valentine's Day, World food | February 14, 2017 | By

Spaghetti and meatballs in Tomato Sauce is an Italian-American creation. A simple combination that was always meant to be. The meatballs are juicy, tender, light, well seasoned and won’t fall apart.

Meatballs can be eaten in a variety of ways, in a sauce, on hot dog bun, on pizza etc. For this dish, the sauce used is my simple and exquisitely delicious Fresh tomato sauce (Marinara sauce). Meatballs


Fresh tomato sauce

simple, well balanced fresh tomato sauce

Any fresh tomato sauce is only as good as the tomato used. The tomatoes should be fresh, good tasting, sweet, fleshy and fully ripe. It is a versatile sauce which is both an ingredient and a dish.

This recipe is a basic fresh tomato sauce, what Italians will call Marinara sauce. It is easy, simple and unpretentious. Marinara sauce is a base for many other dishes, just like the Nigerian tomato stew base. So make an exquisite pot of fresh tomato sauce and your other dishes that are based on it will be delectable. It can also be used as it is for a simple and quick pasta sauce because it is that delicious.

This is the sauce base for spaghetti and meatballs, Homemade pizza, etc. The name changes


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