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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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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.

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Mixed Beans Salad

Gluten-free Mixed Beans salad

Beans, Salads, vegetarian | December 17, 2017 | By

Mixed Beans salad is a healthy and colourful salad, it is gluten-free and vegetarian. The combination of different kinds of beans gives a great burst of protein and it is filling. Beans salad is a simple side dish you can throw together in a moment especially if you use canned beans.

It is beautiful and different from the usual Nigerian salad or coleslaw. It has a great combination of flavours and textures, one taste of

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Nigerian greens and beans (green amaranth)

Very comforting and healthy Nigerian Greens and beans

Beans, Porridge/Pudding, vegetarian | December 5, 2017 | By

Nigerian greens and beans is a healthy nutrient dense combination of greens and beans. Green in Nigeria is the green amaranth. The addition of greens to beans makes a delicious and comforting dish that is low in calories but very filling. This dish is easy to cook and the beans can be cooked ahead and stored until needed.

Nigerian greens and beans is ideal for vegetarians and weight watchers. It is low in calories and cholesterol and

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How to remove gas from beans

How to remove gas from beans

Beans, Hacks, Tips, Tips/How-tos | November 10, 2017 | By

Beans are a cheap source of healthy food, rich in vegetable protein, soluble fibre, antioxidants, complex carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals. They are low in glycemic index and fat, this makes them excellent for vegetarians, diabetics, weight watchers etc.

In Nigeria, there are different varieties of beans, the most common being

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Nigerian beans porridge

Healthy, delightfully tasty nigerian beans porridge

Nigerian Beans porridge is a one-pot dish that is cheap, healthy, very easy to cook and tastes delightful. Beans is a good source of plant protein, Iron, fibre and vitamin B. It is especially important for vegetarians and weight watchers. Nigerian mothers believe beans porridge is highly nutritious and will make a child grow taller, so they make sure it features regularly on the dinner table.

In Nigeria, there are different varieties of beans, the most common being white beans (large Kano

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12 Nigerian dishes everyone should know how to cook

okro soup 12 Nigerian dishes everyone should know how to cook

Nigeria is blessed with so much food, fresh organic produce with a lot of variety, due to its climate range. Nigerian climate changes from the north (Sokoto) to the south (Calabar), from Savannah to forest which is reflected in the vegetation and food found in each region. They are varied both in type and abundance. The variation also shows up in the way the ingredients are used in each region e.g in the south with an abundance of rainfall, vegetables are used fresh while in the far north with much less rain but an abundance of sunlight, dehydrated vegetables are mostly used which are stored and used all year round.

The sheer variety of dishes found in Nigeria is mind-boggling. Nigerians are also known to adapt imported cuisine to their taste and make it their own e.g

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Nigerian Refried Beans

tasty Nigerian Refried beans

Beans, Porridge/Pudding, vegetarian | August 27, 2017 | By

Refried beans is a staple Mexican dish where it is called Frijoles refritos meaning well-fried beans though it is usually literally translated Refried beans that is beans fried twice. Refried beans is not new to the Nigerian cuisine and though it is not called refried beans in Nigeria, we fry our beans from time to time.

It reminds me so much of aganyin beans, maybe somebody copied the other who knows? Mexicans use lard while Nigerians use palm oil.

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Ripe Plantain Empanada

Sweet and salty ripe plantain empanada

Beans, Potato/Plantain, Recipes | August 26, 2017 | By

Ripe Plantain empanada is one of the most delicious things you will ever eat. The sweet taste of the plantain contrasts perfectly with the salty taste of the filling. It has a caramelised crust with a soft delicate inside. It is indeed amazing.

Plantain empanada can be used as a complete meal or as a snack depending on the filling and what it is served with and is surely worth every effort you put into making it.

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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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