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10 safety tips for the kitchen, kitchen safety tips

10 Safety Tips For The Kitchen

Recipes, Tips, Tips/How-tos | March 27, 2017 | By

Recently, I had a kitchen mishap. I was cooking chicken pepper soup for my Renaissance Man and I had a lot on my mind. All I can remember is, me about to pour ground spices into the pot of boiling stock and me trying to catch the said pot of boiling stock from falling off the cooker…very smart!!! Anyway, both forearms were scalded.

I immediately made to dunk my arms into a bowl of cold water in the sink, only to realise that I had dropped my sharp chef’s knife into this same bowl of water earlier

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Virgin Pina colada

Sweet, Creamy and Flavourful Virgin Pina Colada

Drinks, Recipes | March 22, 2017 | By

Virgin pina colada, also called Pinita colada is a drink that is sweet, creamy, cool and fragrant and like anything made with coconuts, which I love dearly, it is delicious.

Originating from Puerto Rico and quite popular in Nigeria, Virgin Pina Colada is a non-alcoholic version of the cocktail. It is made with cream of coconut but can also be made using any of coconut cream or coconut milk (canned or freshly squeezed ). Another version, Skinny Pina colada is made using

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Ugu soup, Ofe ugu

Easy Ugu soup, ofe ugu

Soups/ light soups | March 21, 2017 | By

Ugu soup is one soup I cannot say I know the origin of, I actually thought my Mother created it, this was until I ate it at a local restaurant. It is not a very common soup which is surprising given that it really really tastes good. It is like a relationship where opposites attract or somebody tried to pull a joke because the soup has all the trappings of a typical sturdy Igbo soup but then light-hearted ugu vegetable is added. 

Like most Nigerian vegetable soups, the ugu

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Catfish baked in pepper sauce (Point and kill)

Easy Catfish baked in pepper sauce (Point and kill)

Recipes, Seafood | March 20, 2017 | By

To the uninformed Point and kill sounds like an order from the army, police or at best, game hunters. Never will they guess it has anything to do with fish. In all honesty, point and kill sound violent but that is the name Nigerians have lovingly given to popular pub or restaurant dishes of fresh catfish.

It simply means you

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20 Interesting facts about Goat meat chevon

20 Interesting facts about Goat meat chevon

Meat, Tips, Tips/How-tos | March 18, 2017 | By

Goat is a ruminant mammal of the Bovidae family, it is closely related to the sheep. The meat of the goat is gamey in taste and a very healthy source of protein. It can be cooked by stewing, frying, barbecuing, baking, grilling etc. It can also be minced, made into sausage or used in curries and soups. Goat is reared for its milk, meat, butter, cheese, hair, and skin.

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Goat meat pepper soup

Spicy, flavourful goat meat pepper soup

Meat, Recipes, Soups/ light soups | March 18, 2017 | By

Goat meat pepper soup is Goat meat in spicy, herby broth. It is the most common meat pepper soup in a lot of Nigerian households. It is also a staple at weddings and ceremonies, in restaurants, it is almost always on the starter menu along with fresh fish pepper soup. In pubs/beer parlours, goat meat pepper soup is a staple and patrons drink copious quantities along with their drinks to the joy of the beer parlour madam. She makes sure to add enough hot pepper in it so that the more pepper soup you drink,

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Chicken pepper soup, Nigerian Chicken pepper soup

Spicy, hot, flavourful and tender chicken pepper soup, comfort food at its best.

Recipes, Soups/ light soups | March 14, 2017 | By

It’s cold, it’s raining, you have a nasty cold and your nose is blocked, a bowl of steaming hot chicken pepper soup is placed before you. Not overly spicy, not bland, just the right balance of spice, heat, flavour and tender chicken, Chicken pepper soup, comfort food at its best. 

Chicken pepper soup is basically chicken broth with herbs and spices added. Chicken soup is

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Cashew fruit juice

Delicately sweet and aromatic cashew fruit juice

Drinks, Recipes | March 11, 2017 | By

When I was growing up and still in primary school, a club my Mother belonged to, Club Mater Medic, were having their anniversary celebration. As part of the celebration, they took their kids on an excursion to the Coca-cola bottling plant at 9th-mile corner, near Enugu, Nigeria. We went to Oghe cashew industry, also near Enugu and one other place I can’t readily remember. 

The Oghe Cashew industry was for the processing of cashew nuts. The cashew plantation was most impressive. I was awestruck

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How to make Simple Sugar Syrup

simple and basic sugar syrup in a bowl

How-tos, Tips/How-tos | March 6, 2017 | By

It is called simple sugar syrup for a reason because it is very, very simple, basic and easy to make. It is so easy to make, you will wonder why you have been spending money on store bought sugar syrup or shying away from recipes that call for sugar syrup.

Sugar syrup has a lot of uses, in drinks eg. fruit juices, cocktails, mocktails, iced tea, iced coffee, ginger tea and cashew juice. It is also used in candying fruits, in sorbets and for brushing on cakes to keep them moist longer.

Basically, simple sugar syrup is

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Easy Waffles Recipe

Golden, fluffy, flavoursome and crispy around the edges, Easy waffles recipe

How will you describe your ideal Waffles? It should be golden, fluffy, flavoursome, warm and crispy around the edges and the recipe should be easy and reliable? This recipe fits the bill and more. 

Waffles can be made both sweet and savoury therefore are perfect for breakfast, brunch and dinner, they are ideal for desserts too. Spruce up your waffles with different flavours, add-ins and toppings. 

Waffles are similar to the American pancake but you need

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