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Asaro (Mashed yam porridge)

Asaro (mashed yam porridge)

Asaro is an easy one pot dish of yam porridge/pottage which is popular in western Nigeria. Different from the other type of yam porridge, Asaro is cooked with tomatoes and peppers, then mashed to a complete puree or with a few lumps of yam left unmashed for texture.

It is most times cooked without

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Pigeon Pea in Coconut Milk (fiofio)

Pigeon pea in coconut milk served with Nigerian tomato stew

Pigeon pea is a species of beans and is grown and eaten in most parts of the world now. It has a high nutritional value, rich in protein, minerals, vitamins and lipids and is a wholesome food for both vegetarians and weight watchers. Pigeon pea can be cooked at different stages of

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Tigernut Energy Balls

Desserts/ finger food | June 25, 2017 | By

Tigernut energy balls are sweet nuggets you can carry on the go for an energy boost or a convenient snack. I have already written a lot about Tiger nuts and its benefits. Tiger nuts, a superfood, can be processed into milk, flour and oil. These are in turn used in the production of so many things from edible to non-edible products.

When tiger nut

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How to make Tigernut Pulp Flour

Tiger nut pulp Flour

How-tos, Recipes, Tips, Tips/How-tos | June 25, 2017 | By

Tigernut Pulp flour is flour produced from the tuber of the tiger nut plant. It is gluten-free, nut-free, seed-free and grain-free. It suits many types of diet like Paleo, Keto, diabetic, raw food and particularly important to the vegan diet.  Read to know 25 amazing facts about tigernut flour.

Tigernut flour can be made in two ways, by

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How to make Pure Tigernut flour

Pure Tigernut flour

Pure Tigernut flour is flour produced from the tuber of the tiger nut plant. It is gluten-free, nut-free, seed-free and grain-free. It suits many types of diet like Paleo, Keto, diabetic, raw food and is particularly important to the vegan diet. Read to know 25 amazing facts about tigernut flour.

Tigernut flour can be made in two ways, by

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Easy Hot cross buns

Sweet, soft and spicy Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross bun is a delicious sweet and soft spice bun, filled with juicy fruits. Though not commonly eaten in Nigeria, most people have heard about it. What with the nursery rhyme written about it, what kid didn’t sing it in kindergarten?

Hot Cross Buns have culture, tradition and history, which I like. It is a soft bun marked with a cross on top, the cross represents the

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Cayenne Pepper Stew (Shombo Stew)

Spicy Cayenne Pepper Stew (Shombo Stew)

Cayenne pepper stew (Shombo stew) is a stew made with Fresh cayenne pepper with no tomatoes added. Nigerians and their numerous stews, we love our stews which are mostly made up of a combination of tomatoes and peppers, tomato being the main ingredient.

Tomatoes and peppers are nutrient rich fruits. Cayenne pepper by itself is high in vitamins A, B and C, minerals, flavonoids and carotenoids. It aids digestion, acts as an

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Oto Mboro (Unripe banana porridge)

Oto Mboro, Unripe plantain porridge

Oto Mboro is a porridge made with grated or pureed unripe bananas and vegetables. Similar to Ikokore (water yam porridge) and plantain porridge. It is delicious and healthy, so much so that it is part of the food given to young maidens who are confined in the fattening rooms of the Efik and Ibibio tribes of Cross River and Akwa Ibom states of South-South Nigeria. It is high in nutrients but quite low in calories. Oto Mboro is also ideal as a healthy weaning meal for babies.

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Bushmeat and Vegetable

Special Bushmeat and Vegetable

Meat, Recipes, Salads | June 11, 2017 | By

In Nigeria, the success of a party is judged by the quantity, variety and availability of food and drink. Variety is a key factor, most especially, variety in meat, fish and other seafood dishes. Sometimes, the variety is so much that they are brought out in phases. This could include suya, nkwobi, isi-ewu, peppered chicken with various pepper dips, homework, pepper soup, peppered bush meat, cow head ponmo (skin), oxtail, peppered snail or gizzard, Asun, slabs of dry fish or stockfish steamed in pepper sauce, tiger prawns, fried croaker fish etc. Bushmeat and vegetable will

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Nigerian Cornish Pasty

Desserts/ finger food, Meat | June 8, 2017 | By

Nigerian Cornish pasty is a wholesome hand pie filled with meat and vegetables. The few times I have bought Cornish Pasty in Nigeria, have been underwhelming. More like a meat pie with a different name, so I now make my own.

I love Cornish pasty not just because it’s awesome but it is full of history and I love anything with history and culture. To learn about the history and regulations of Cornish pasty visit

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