I read somewhere that if the Yorubas of Western Nigeria were to have a flag, it will be the colours of Abula. Abula is a combination of Gbegiri, Ewedu and Obe Omi. I also heard that Gbegiri is an unhindered express road to a man’s heart, hmm…men will have to confirm that. It might just answer the age-old question, ‘what do men want?’ Gbegiri.
To be honest,
African breadfruit soup (Ukwa soup) is made with the excess cooking liquid or broth drained off when your breadfruit is cooked and ready. It is a special delicacy in Igboland of eastern Nigeria. This liquid has all the rich and delicate flavours of ukwa, the
Breadfruit pottage is the paramount breadfruit dish. It is made with the heavy arsenals of Igbo cuisine. African breadfruit or Ukwa pod comes from the large ukwa tree. The heavy Ukwa pod falls to the ground and is processed to get the delicious ukwa seeds.
It is cooked and eaten at home, parties, weddings, burials etc. In some parties, Breadfruit pottage, Ukwa etelu ete is reserved for the special guests because it is expensive especially during its off season (the price starts going down around march). Competition for ukwa is
African breadfruit porridge, Ukwa porridge has a delicate but muted sweetness, a flavour peculiar to it. It tastes so good, it can be eaten just boiled without the addition of any other ingredient even salt. African breadfruit, Ukwa (treculia africana) is very nutritious and excellent for vegetarians. It has oils rich in unsaturated fat (good fat), vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and folic acid. It is eaten mainly by the Igbos of southeastern Nigeria.
Ukwa can be prepared and eaten in so many different ways from plain with no additional ingredient right to going the whole nine yards with embellishments and accompaniments. Each and every way
Moi moi is a very popular beans pudding in Nigeria, made mostly with skinned black eyed peas (white beans) or brown beans. which is in turn ground to a paste and steamed with other ingredients. Making moi moi using beans flour is not only easy and convenient, but also tastes good.
It can be eaten on its own as a meal or served with a side of vegetable salad, pap and soaked garri or as an accompaniment to a variety of dishes e.g. rice or agidi, it can be made into a sandwich filling placed between 2 thick slices of bread. Always served alongside Nigerian jollof at parties. Include moi moi in your Christmas menu.
may God fill your heart with His Love.
ADVENT FOODIE CALENDAR
We are officially in the season of advent, which is the four weeks leading to Christmas day. During this period, Christians prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and also reflect on and anticipate His second coming.
Part of this preparation involves keeping an advent calendar, which starts on the first day of December. Each day on the calendar, has a window which opens to unveil a favour of some sort.
The Pretend Chef Advent foodie Calendar will each day, feature recipes in celebration of Advent. These are 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.
This Beef liver sauce is one of my family’s favourites, my children can eat it with practically everything, even on toast. It is easy and quick to make and the ingredients are pantry staples. It can be served as an accompaniment to rice, beans, toast, savoury french toast, potatoes, twice-cooked potatoes, pasta, chapati, noodles etc.
The sweetness of the caramelised onions really offsets the slightly bitter taste of beef liver.
Jamaican rice and peas is a common accompaniment in Caribbean cuisine. In fact, Sunday lunch has to have rice and peas as a part of it and it is no ordinary rice and peas. The Jamaican rice and peas is well infused with flavours but mellow enough not to over power the main dish. When they say peas, they are not actually talking about peas but
Achicha, dry cocoyam is pre cooked, sun dried cocoyam and it lends its name to the vegetarian dish made with it. Achicha is not only delicious and filling but low in calories. It is peculiar to the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria.
I didn’t like beans growing up, till I got to boarding school ( F.G.G.C Benin) and tasted the beans and dodo (fried plantain) and I fell in love. I don’t know what it was about the boarding school beans, might have been the tiny weevils, when you got tired of picking them out you just ate. I later lost taste for beans again until I met Adalu and I am in love again, this time I know this love is here to stay, #truelove. Adalu, beans and corn porridge, is so scrumptious, a marriage between sweet and savoury, what can beat that.