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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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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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Virgin Pina colada

Sweet, Creamy and Flavourful Virgin Pina Colada

Drinks, Recipes | March 22, 2017 | By

Virgin pina colada, also called Pinita colada is a drink that is sweet, creamy, cool and fragrant and like anything made with coconuts, which I love dearly, it is delicious.

Originating from Puerto Rico and quite popular in Nigeria, Virgin Pina Colada is a non-alcoholic version of the cocktail. It is made with cream of coconut but can also be made using any of coconut cream or coconut milk (canned or freshly squeezed ). Another version, Skinny Pina colada is made using

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Cashew fruit juice

Delicately sweet and aromatic cashew fruit juice

Drinks, Recipes | March 11, 2017 | By

When I was growing up and still in primary school, a club my Mother belonged to, Club Mater Medic, were having their anniversary celebration. As part of the celebration, they took their kids on an excursion to the Coca-cola bottling plant at 9th-mile corner, near Enugu, Nigeria. We went to Oghe cashew industry, also near Enugu and one other place I can’t readily remember. 

The Oghe Cashew industry was for the processing of cashew nuts. The cashew plantation was most impressive. I was awestruck

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How to make Iced tea

Refreshing Iced tea

Drinks, Recipes | February 28, 2017 | By

When you need to cool down on a blistering hot day, make an iced tea and you will feel instantly refreshed. Iced tea is good, in fact, Iced tea is very good because tea is loaded with anti-oxidants. 

Daughter no. 2 loves homemade drinks, from iced tea, lemonade, zobo etc. So when she is home, we enjoy a lot of her refreshing and comforting drinks. This Iced tea is one of her favourites.

One good reason to make your own iced tea is,

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Nigerian chapman drink (mocktail)

refreshing, delicious authentic Nigerian Chapman drink

Drinks, Recipes | February 24, 2017 | By

Chapman is a very popular cocktail in Nigeria with or without alcohol. It was ‘the’ cocktail in most restaurants, sports clubs, etc. especially among the youths years back. Pink chilled Chapman will arrive at your table in a large beer mug with chunks of fruits and a straw. It is very refreshing and delicious because you could suck on that straw till half the mug is gone without coming up for air. This pink nectar is a balanced blend of all its components. Chapman also

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Easy Homemade Lemonade

Sweet and tangy easy homemade lemonade

Drinks, Recipes | February 11, 2017 | By

Homemade lemonade is a drink that is cheap and easy to make yet delicious to boot. It is loved by both young and not so young and tastes better than store bought lemonade. 

In my home, we usually have a jar of homemade simple syrup or zobo syrup in the fridge and with a lemon tree in the orchard, our supply of lemonade is almost seamless. This is until the lemon tree in the orchard is bare save for some tiny fruits that are just beginning to grow. So from the middle of the harmattan season

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Kunnu Aya, Tiger nut milk

sweet, nutty and healthy kunnu aya, tiger nut milk

Drinks, Recipes, vegetarian | January 31, 2017 | By

Kunnu aya, tiger nut milk is rich, nutty and creamy and is called nectar from the ground or Drink of the gods. It is made from Tiger nut. From Nigeria where it is called kunnu aya or Aya milk to Spain, where it is known as Horchata de Chufas, it is deliciously enjoyed. Also made in parts of Latin America and the Middle east.

Many types of non-dairy milk are available, some are made from nuts, grains etc, eg. almond, soy, rice, coconut and tiger nuts. Tiger nut is not actually a nut but a tuber, a mini tuber. It tastes and feels like soft coconut, but is sweeter. 

There are so many reasons to make and drink kunnu aya. It is

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How to make ginger tea

Ingredients for How to make ginger tea

Drinks, How-tos, Tips/How-tos | December 17, 2016 | By

Knowing how to make Ginger tea is simple and no rocket science, but it worked wonders on me in my time of need. The year was 2012  I came down with the flu, the weather was cold and wet. I was miserable. I cried out on facebook, and my friend Uzo gave me this home remedy. It worked wonders, it soothed my sore throat, cleared my sinuses and just made me feel a whole lot better. 

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Carrot Orange Juice

carrot orange drink with red velvet cake

Drinks, vegetarian | December 8, 2016 | By

This mocktail is a very wholesome drink that gives an instant feeling of well being. The carrot orange juice looks like you caught the sun in a glass. It is a simple combination of natural ingredients that are very healthy.

Packed full with nutrients and flavour, it is a great way to start your day, pair with your lunch for a boost of energy for the rest of the day or with supper to replenish lost nutrients. It is excellent when taken with your snacks like puff puff, hush poppy, beetroot cake, egg roll, fish roll etc.

You can push up the flavour with

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