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18 amazing health benefits of amaranth greens

18 amazing health benefits of amaranth greens

How-tos, Tips, Tips/How-tos, vegetarian | November 30, 2017 | By

Leafy vegetables are an integral part of Nigerian cuisine. They are present in almost all soups, an accompaniment to carbohydrates and served as a side. Amaranth greens are simply called green in Nigeria, it is called Efo Tete in Yoruba and Inine in Igbo, Alefo in Ghana while the Jamaicans call it callaloo.

Amaranth greens are widely used in most parts of the world from Malaysia to Kenya to the Caribbeans. They are used in stir-fries, curries, soups, side dishes, warm salads, drinks etc. Also, they are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine.

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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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How to kill and process Catfish

processed catfish

How-tos, Seafood, Tips, Tips/How-tos | September 11, 2017 | By

Catfish is a freshwater fish and is so called because of the whiskers on its head which are called Barbels. It doesn’t have scales, it has a firm flesh and is good for most cooking methods and recipes. Catfish is excellent for frying, boiling, roasting and drying, it can be used in stews, soups, chowders etc. It is delicious any way you cook or process it. This post will take your catfish from the river to the cooking pot.

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Simple Sofrito recipe

Delectable Simple Sofrito

Simple Sofrito was inspired by the Puerto Rican Sofrito. It is a versatile blend of aromatic ingredients used to add flavour to food. I came across this condiment when I was trying to find a minced beef empanada filling different from my usual delicious Minced beef empanada filling. I needed something bold and suited to the very discerning Nigerian palate, something my guests will eat and say this is different but it tastes so gloriously awesome.

Sofrito is so easy to make and it is so, so flavoursome. Many Puerto Rican recipes rest on this condiment and it is what makes my Minced Meat Herb Empanada filling extra special.

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How to make Tigernut Pulp Flour

Tiger nut pulp Flour

How-tos, Recipes, Tips, Tips/How-tos | June 25, 2017 | By

Tigernut Pulp flour is flour produced from the tuber of the tiger nut plant. It is gluten-free, nut-free, seed-free and grain-free. It suits many types of diet like Paleo, Keto, diabetic, raw food and particularly important to the vegan diet.  Read to know 25 amazing facts about tigernut flour.

Tigernut flour can be made in two ways, by

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How to make Pure Tigernut flour

Pure Tigernut flour

Pure Tigernut flour is flour produced from the tuber of the tiger nut plant. It is gluten-free, nut-free, seed-free and grain-free. It suits many types of diet like Paleo, Keto, diabetic, raw food and is particularly important to the vegan diet. Read to know 25 amazing facts about tigernut flour.

Tigernut flour can be made in two ways, by

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Easy Pie Dough, shortcrust pastry

soft, tender and supple Easy pie dough

This easy pie dough recipe is a basic shortcrust pastry, it is one of the easiest pastries to make. The short crust pastry is simply made with flour, fat and water, a very important pastry because its usage is far reaching. It is suitable for most Nigerian pastries because it is soft and light but sturdy enough to hold any filling without breaking up or tearing. 

This easy pie dough is not too rich, buttery or bland rather it is crisp, a bit crumbly and melt in the mouth. The crust won’t compete with your fillings rather will act as the ultimate vessel for any of rich, delicate, sweet or savoury pies. It can be used for hand pies or turnovers, tarts, open pies, quiches, water cookies etc.

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How to make Simple Sugar Syrup

simple and basic sugar syrup in a bowl

How-tos, Tips/How-tos | March 6, 2017 | By

It is called simple sugar syrup for a reason because it is very, very simple, basic and easy to make. It is so easy to make, you will wonder why you have been spending money on store bought sugar syrup or shying away from recipes that call for sugar syrup.

Sugar syrup has a lot of uses, in drinks eg. fruit juices, cocktails, mocktails, iced tea, iced coffee, ginger tea and cashew juice. It is also used in candying fruits, in sorbets and for brushing on cakes to keep them moist longer.

Basically, simple sugar syrup is

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Homemade Pizza Dough

no-fail homemade pizza dough

Homemade Pizza dough can be daunting to most home cooks nut it is not really difficult at all. With a good recipe and concise instructions, anybody can make a good pizza dough. Be sure to follow the instructions. In pizza making, it’s all about the crust.

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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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