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Egg and Sardine Empanada Filling

Egg and Sardine empanada filling

The Egg and sardine Empanada filling is almost a non-cook, easy to make filling, almost because you will need to boil the egg. It uses ingredients that will normally be in your kitchen already. If you have empanada dough in your freezer that needs to be used up but you don’t want to put in the effort of making more complicated dough filling, this is the filling for you. It is simply delicious and effortless.

You can substitute canned sardines with


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 make it simple. I have included a list of


Easy Spanish omelette

Thick, dense, rich and indulgent easy spanish omelette

Egg, Recipes, World food | April 24, 2017 | By

Easy Spanish Omelette, Spanish tortilla, Tortilla española or tortilla de patatas is a delicious Spanish appetiser, snack and picnic dish made with eggs and potatoes. It is thick and dense, rich and indulgent and can be served hot or cold, in large wedges or small cocktail size (hors d’oevure) with toothpicks.

The easy Spanish omelette bears no relationship to the Mexican tortilla rather it closely resembles


Egg muffins Recipe

Quick, easy and healthy egg muffins

Desserts/ finger food, Egg | February 24, 2017 | By

These egg muffins are delicious, quick and easy to make, to crown it all it is very healthy. What better way to fuel up your body in the morning, as a lunch pack, a grab ‘n’ go snack or a protein energy boost at mid-day.

They are called egg muffins, egg cups, omelette muffins or mini frittata. Egg muffins are low in calories, therefore ideal for weight watchers and the egg is the star of the dish. 

You can make it using ingredients you already have in your kitchen or with leftovers.
Egg muffins can be made ahead, put in the refrigerator overnight


Nigerian egg roll

Desserts/ finger food, Egg | November 19, 2016 | By

Nigerian Egg roll is similar to the scotch egg, but while the scotch egg is wrapped in sausage, Nigerian egg roll is wrapped in dough. If you have ever travelled by luxury bus in Nigeria, you must have seen these large fried dough balls. They hide a whole boiled egg and people rush to buy them whenever there is a pause in the journey. Nigerian egg roll like the Fish roll, puff puff, Nigerian meat pie and sausage roll, is one of Nigeria’s popular street food.

I normally shy away from it because of



Egg, Recipes, yam/ Cocoyam/Cassava | October 27, 2016 | By

Boiled yam coated in flour, dipped in egg and fried, Yamarita has taken plain ol’ boiled yam, dressed it up and made it all fancy.

The beautiful thing about yamarita is, you can re-purpose leftover boiled yam and turn it into a brand new awesome dish, just like the Chinese fried rice where leftover boiled rice can be used.


Easy french toast

Soft and crispy Easy french toast

Desserts/ finger food, Egg, Recipes | October 19, 2016 | By

Start your day on a delicious note with this amazing easy french toast, it is lovely for breakfast and perfect for brunch. French toast is so simple and easy to make and can be served with a variety of toppings, depending on whether you made it sweet or savoury.

My favourite sweet french toast has a little sugar and vanilla added to the egg, it tastes like toasted vanilla ice-cream or french-vanilla ice-cream.


Green (amaranth) omelette

Egg, Recipes | October 6, 2016 | By

Green amaranth omelette is so easy to put together and satisfyingly delicious to eat. The vegetable adds bits of green to the soft golden yellow of the egg. The taste of green amaranth  is mild and fresh, not strong at all, so it blends with the egg without overpowering it. 

Green amaranth, regularly called ‘Green’ in Nigeria, is a very common and versatile leafy vegetable packed with nutrients, and when combined with eggs, it makes for a nutritional powerhouse.


Nigerian Egg Stew

Delicious and fluffy Nigerian egg stew

Egg, Recipes, Stews/ Sauces/ dips | April 12, 2016 | By

Nigerian Egg Stew is not really a stew in the sense of it, rather it is more like a relish with eggs added or scrambled eggs with plenty of tomato and onions. So I am thinking Nigerian Egg Relish or Nigerian scrambled egg with tomatoes? No, no, I don’t think so, but the Nigerian Egg Stew by any name will still taste awesome. It is very simple to make, with few ingredients, and short cooking time.


Boiled Egg sandwich

Yummy and gratifying boiled egg sandwich

Boiled egg sandwich is always one of my go-to snacks especially when I am in a hurry. Throw it together at any time of the day or night and you will have a very filling meal. You can also make and cut it into canape sized bites and you will have a party ‘small chop’, finger-food or cocktail snack.

The beautiful thing about this sandwich is its simplicity, another is, it goes so well with any type of bread and I mean any type—sweet, savoury, plain, white, whole grain, multi-grain, even cinnamon roll bread.


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