Christmas season, food, food and even more food. Delicious, seam bursting food!!! So…
- Are you stumped for food ideas?
- Are you bored with the same old menu?
- Are you nervous about cooking for relatives and friends?
- Do you want to make spectacular food on the cheap?
- Do you want to impress and show off your culinary skills to you know who?
- You just want good food on your table…
These are easy Christmas food ideas, dishes that you can incorporate into your Celebration menu for Christmas lunch/dinner or party, wedding parties, cocktails, end-of-year parties, house guest entertainments etc.
Wishing you and yours the best life has to offer, this Christmas season and into the New year—The Pretend Chef.
Sesame seed muffins, Ridi muffins are rich and nutty, very simple and easy to make. They are a play on sweet and savoury. These muffins went down well with both adults and children. In fact, the kids gobbled them up and went for seconds and thirds. I could only save one muffin for myself. The sesame seeds pop in your mouth as you chew your muffins and that is so much fun.
Sesame seed muffins are excellent for breakfast, snacks or dessert. There is an abundance of sesame seed in Nigeria especially in
Lemon poppyseed cake is rich and moist, fluffy and buttery with a refreshing tang of lemon. The poppy seeds dot the cake beautifully giving it a pleasant nutty taste and an almost indiscernible crunch.
Poppy seeds are used in Central Europe, North America, India etc. but it is not common in Nigeria. It can be found in large supermarkets in Nigeria but an excellent substitute for poppy seeds is
Kunun aya deluxe is taking your regular kunun aya, tiger nut drink and making it insanely nectareous and decadent. An irresistible level of sweet, spicy, flavoursome and goodness, even somewhat sensual if you ask me. (ok enough already).
I love when I can take a basic recipe and turn it into something luxurious. This recipe was given to me by Halima, the pretty Hausa lady I buy most of my indigenous northern Nigerian food ingredients. Halima is so knowledgeable about northern Nigerian food, I never leave her shop in a hurry.
The special ingredients here are
Peppered mixed meat is excellent with drinks when family and friends come together or just as a personal indulgence. Where there is a social gathering of Nigerians, there must be meat and drinks, especially spicy meat. There is no end to the formulations and diversity of spicy meat dishes, Suya, Kilishi (beef jerky), Peppered snails, Asun, spicy goat meat, Peppered gizzard, Nkwobi etc.
This peppered mixed meat recipe is fresh tasting and delectable. The freshness of the tomatoes mellows the heat of the peppers while the onions add sweetness. It is eaten as it is or if you want something more substantial to serve with
Tomato gravy is a rich roux-based sauce, full of flavour and satisfying. It was a staple in my home, I served it at least once a week with twice cooked potatoes, grilled potatoes, rice or pasta.
My son no.1 called asking about my tomato sauce, the curry sauce and the other sauce, sauces that featured on our dinner table regularly while he was growing up. He loved those sauces and would
Couscous with bell peppers is healthy and light and it’s ideal for those busy days you need a quick, simple and healthy meal. Couscous commonly made with durum wheat semolina is a type of pasta but similar to rice in its use. You can use it to replace rice in most dishes e.g Jollof rice and fried rice. On its own, it is quite bland just like rice.
Easy Potato salad is comfort food that is simple with few ingredients. It is sweet and salty with a mild tang or acidity. Served as a side dish, it is hearty and filling. With so many meat dishes being prepared for the Christmas season, Potato Salad makes an ideal side dish.
There are countless Potato salad recipes, this is a simple, quick and fool-proof recipe. You can build on this recipe by adding to or changing the ingredients. With an excellent blend of flavours, when done right, it should be
Vegetable couscous is an awesome way to prepare this underutilised ingredient. Couscous is a blank canvas like rice, it will absorb the flavour of the spices used in cooking it. It can be used just like rice and will excite your culinary creativity.
Couscous is commonly made with durum wheat semolina, there are other types made with sorghum, barley etc. It is cheap and can be preserved for a long time. It is eaten in the middle east, parts of West Africa and Western Europe. Couscous is quite commonly eaten in northern Nigeria.
With couscous, you can go rustic or
Chicken turmeric sauce is rich, warm, and earthy with a great aroma, an exquisite and healthy sauce. It is simple and easy to make. When you want something different from your curry sauce, Nigerian vegetable sauce, tomato gravy etc, make chicken turmeric sauce and your family will be happy you did.