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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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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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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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25 Amazing facts about tiger nut flour

25 amazing facts about tiger nut flour

When we hear flour we automatically think wheat, refined or unrefined, then corn and maybe a few other grain flours. Tiger nut flour ‘Cyperus esculentus’ is not your everyday flour, it is totally special not just because it tastes good but the health benefits are enormous. Also, it is not a nut flour being that tiger nut is a tuber.

There are other kinds of flour commonly used besides wheat flour like corn, rice, rye, oat, barley, potato, almond etc. There are also the not so common flours like amaranth, spelt, quinoa and the very unusual ones like coffee and grapeseed flours. In Nigeria, the most utilised flours will be

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Easy apple hand pie

Indulgent Caramel apple filled apple hand pie
Apple pie is a sweet pie with a decadent and succulent apple filling, an excellent comfort food. It is mostly made as a dish pie but with all the pros of hand pies/ turnovers, most pies are now made into “pockets of convenience” especially to suit the fast pace of modern life.
For the past few weeks, I have been making different types of savoury pies, meat pie, fish pie and vegetable pie so today, I decided to showcase a sweet pie.
My first time eating apple pie was as a very young teenager during a summer vacation in London. It was served as dessert in the restaurant where we ate. It just did not taste good. The filling was almost like apple sauce. None of us liked it besides my kid sister. She hadn’t eaten much of the rest of the meal so she was overjoyed when nobody wanted theirs. She stuffed herself full of apple pie slices that day and readily fell in love with it.

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Stuffed eggs, devilled eggs

Creamy, smooth and luxurious stuffed eggs, devilled eggs

Stuffed eggs are hard boiled eggs which are sliced in half, the yolks removed and mixed with other ingredients then put back into each half of the egg white. The yolk filling should be creamy, smooth and luxurious. It is known by so many different names, the most common being devilled eggs. You can also call them angel eggs, egg mimosa, Russian eggs, dressed eggs, picnic eggs or salad eggs. They can be chopped up and used as a sandwich filling similar to a boiled egg sandwich.

The recipes for stuffed eggs filling are as diverse as there are cooks. This is a simple standard recipe that gives room for you to add or remove your choice of ingredients, the possibilities are endless but go simple. I have included a list of

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Coxinha, Brazilian chicken fritters

Crispy and elegant Coxinha, Brazilian chicken fritters

Coxinha, Brazilian chicken fritters is a popular street snack in Brazil and also an appetiser at parties. It is a fritter shaped like a chicken drumstick, the name coxinha means little chicken thigh. There are 3 layers to the coxinha, an outer crispy exterior, a middle layer of soft dough and a moist seasoned chicken filling. 

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Nigerian Vegetable pie

Tender, luscious and flavoursome Nigerian vegetable pie

Do you sometimes want something different from the usual meat pie, chicken pie etc? Then make a Nigerian vegetable pie. This vegetable pie is usually a surprise to many upon 1st trial, it packs such a great amount of flavour you won’t believe there is no meat or fish in it. 

The Nigerian vegetable pie is not a common hand pie, Nigerian hand pies usually have some type of protein in it, beef, fish, egg or chicken. Some people might even ask if the vegetable pie is a thing or maybe it is vegetarian food. I tell you, it is a thing and it tastes damn good, you won’t miss the meat.

This is one of the

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Nigerian fish pie

Delicious and mellow Nigerian fish pie

The Nigerian fish pie is not as common as the meat pie or chicken pie, but if you are a fish lover, this hand pie is for you and if you are not a lover of fish, give it a try you will be pleasantly surprised at how good and mellow it tastes. It is loaded with fish and vegetables, so it is filling and healthy, a complete meal on the go. The Nigerian fish pie is different from the Fish roll which is a fried roll.

Mackerel is the fish of choice but any good tasting fish will do even canned fish like canned tuna, sardines etc. Do not use fish that has its flesh riddled with tiny bones. It will be very challenging getting

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Nigerian Meat Pie

soft and golden Nigerian meat pie

Desserts/ finger food, Meat | April 4, 2017 | By

Nigerian meat pie is a hand pie or turnover and is one of the most popular snacks in Nigeria. I am presumptuous enough to say that it is the fastest selling item in any eatery or fast food restaurant in Nigeria. From the rich and expensive meat pie sold in casual dining and fast food restaurants to the cheap and almost empty ones sold in showcases at motor parks and open markets, Nigerian meat pies never fail to satisfy. It is a complete meal that can be taken on the go which is part of what makes it popular.

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