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Miyan Kubewa, Miyan Busheshen Kubewa

Rich and flavourful miyan kubewa

Soups/ light soups | February 7, 2018 | By

Miyan Kubewa or more appropriately Miyan busheshen kubewa is the Northern Nigerian version of Okro soup. Made with dry okro it lacks the bright green colour of fresh okro soup rather, it looks more like an Indian curry and has a richer flavour.

I have had so many people tell me Miyan kubewa is heartwarmingly delicious so to get an authentic recipe, I met with a Hausa lady

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread

Creamy and decadent chocolate peanut butter

Stews/ Sauces/ dips | January 31, 2018 | By

Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread is a rich, creamy spread, you will be tempted to eat it by the spoonful. When you mix yummy with luscious you get chocolate peanut butter spread.

Having been used to the preservative laden hazelnut-chocolate spread sold in shops, I decided to make my own spread but with nuts and seed butters readily available locally. So peanut butter, cashew butter, coconut butter, sesame seed butter? Peanut butter and chocolate have been a match made in heaven. So Chocolate Peanut butter spread it is.

Compared to store-bought, homemade is better, richer, and way cheaper. You can control the sweetness and the type of sweetener used. Although you can use store-bought peanut butter, I prefer to make mine from scratch. See my Peanut butter recipe to help you choose the best peanut for your butter. You can also learn how to make Spicy Peanut Butter here.

Creamy and decadent chocolate peanut

There are different types of cocoa powder, some with more intense chocolate flavour than others, you might need to taste and adjust your ingredients as you mix. You can use cane sugar, honey etc. as sweeteners. In the ingredient list, you will see a few extras I add to my spread, they are totally optional.

Take time to grind your spread to the right consistency until it is smooth and light. Spread on bread, puff puff, digestive biscuits, as a doughnut filling, on banana, pancakes, waffles etc.

Everything tastes better with chocolate.

To make Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread

2 cups toasted peanuts= 1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Extras
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons instant coffee
1 tablespoon hot water

Grind your peanut butter click on the link to see how. Do not add the other ingredients.

Into the food processor, dry mill of your blender or hand grinder, put peanut butter, cocoa powder, icing sugar and salt (start with 1/4 teaspoon salt if using salted peanuts).

ingredients for chocolate peanut butter

Grind until well mixed.

Add vegetable oil and grind until smooth and of a spreadable consistency.

If using my extra ingredients, dissolve 2 teaspoons instant coffee in 1 tablespoon hot water, pour into the butter, then add honey. Store in an airtight container.

Creamy and decadent chocolate peanut in a jar

If you enjoyed my Homemade Chocolate Peanut butter you will also enjoy my Ose Oji (Spicy peanut butter), Homemade cashew butter, Easy Applesauce and Chocolate syrup.

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Ewa Agoyin and Agoyin Stew

Authentic and delicious ewa agoyin

Beans, Stews/ Sauces/ dips | January 25, 2018 | By

Ewa Agoyin or Agoyin beans is a delicacy of the Agoyin people from the Republic of Benin. It is a combination of very soft mashed up beans and a spicy pepper sauce. Ewa Agoyin is very popular in Lagos, Nigeria and its environs and is usually hawked by Agoyin and Togolese women. I had to learn how to make Ewa Agoyin because it is not sold where I live. My Agoyin friend Bose, who also hawks ewa agoyin taught me well.

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Ofada stew, Red Pepper Ofada Stew

Hot and spicy red ofada stew

Stews/ Sauces/ dips | January 21, 2018 | By

Ofada stew can easily become your favourite stew. It is hot, hot, spicy-hot and a little sweet if done right. It fills your house with the sweet smell of hope…hope that something delicious is cooking.

Ofada stew is usually served with Ofada rice at parties wrapped in banana or Uma leaves. Ofada is the name of the town in western Nigeria where this rice is produced. The rice is unpolished with its own peculiar flavour and chewy texture. It is more expensive than many other varieties of rice sold locally.

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VegFest, St. John’s NL. VegFest

St. John's NL VegFest

Food Trek, vegetarian | January 12, 2018 | By

VegFest is an annual international vegan food festival which takes place in different parts of the world from North & South America, Africa, Europe to the far east. Each Festival is individually organised entirely by volunteers, it is a not-for-profit and attendance is free.

VegFest is for vegans, vegetarians, environmentalists, foodies and anyone interested or curious about the plant-based lifestyle.

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My Stories

nigerian cuisine

My stories | January 2, 2018 | By

Hello everyone,

I want to welcome you on this culinary journey. We are going to have an awesome time right here.

Since we are going to be Nigeria-centric, you need to understand that Nigerian dishes are numerous and very diverse. Nigeria has so many ethnic groups and each group has a bunch of dishes indigenous to them.

That being said, there are some dishes that cut across the different tribes though with a few differences in their preparation methods. Here we are going to use the simplest, easiest method without compromising taste. Nigerian cuisine is also mostly spicy and most times the ingredients are not measured but ‘eye-balled’. I will do my best to give as precise a measurement as possible. Sometimes using both cup and weight measurements in one recipe. 

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15 Easy Christmas Food Ideas

15 easy christmas food ideas

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.

#letsgetcooking

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Sesame seed Muffins, Ridi Muffins

Rich and Nutty Sesame seed muffins, Ridi muffins

Desserts/ finger food | December 22, 2017 | By

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

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Lemon poppyseed cake, Lemon cake

Moist, fluffy and citrusy lemon poppyseed cake

Desserts/ finger food | December 22, 2017 | By

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

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kunun aya deluxe, sugar cane-Tigernut drink

15 Christmas food ideas

Drinks, vegetarian | December 21, 2017 | By

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

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