The Pretend Chef

Gizdodo, Gizzard and fried Plantain

Sweet and salty gizdodo, gizzard and plantain

Gizdodo, gizzard + dodo = gizdodo (dodo is fried plantain). The name is simple enough for one to guess the 2 main ingredients, gizzard and plantain. The dish is also simple enough to prepare and cook but when it comes to the taste, you realise where the originator of this dish channelled their creative energy. Gizdodo is fried gizzard and plantain coated in tomato sauce.

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Peppered Ponmo, Peppered Cowskin

Soft, spicy and sticky Peppered Ponmo (cow skin)

Peppered Ponmo is a staple ‘small chop’ (hors d’oeuvre)in Nigerian parties and bars. It is soft, hot, spicy and slightly sticky with a sauce that feels like savoury caramel. Delicious in every sense of the word. Normally, you will not serve your guests only Ponmo in their soup or stew, you will include other cuts of meat. An exception is if you are serving Peppered Ponmo.

Ponmo is the processed skin of a cow. The skin from different parts of the cow will have subtle differences in taste and texture. Some are

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Bushmeat and Vegetable

Special Bushmeat and Vegetable

Meat, Recipes, Salads | June 11, 2017 | By

In Nigeria, the success of a party is judged by the quantity, variety and availability of food and drink. Variety is a key factor, most especially, variety in meat, fish and seafood dishes. Sometimes, the variety is so much that they are brought out in phases. This could include suya, nkwobi, isi-ewu, peppered chicken with various pepper dips, homework, pepper soup, peppered bush meat, cow head pomo (skin), oxtail, peppered snail or gizzard, Asun, slabs of dry fish or stockfish steamed in pepper sauce, tiger prawns, fried croaker fish etc. Bushmeat and vegetable will

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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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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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Nigerian Sausage Roll

Golden melt-in-the-mouth and flavoursome Nigerian sausage roll

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

Nigerian sausage roll is a snack of seasoned sausage meat wrapped in dough. The Sausage roll is common in countries with a British influence like Nigeria. It is so popular in Nigeria, that every eatery or fast food restaurant must include sausage roll on its menu. Freshly baked sausage roll should be soft and golden with well-seasoned sausage meat inside.

The quantity and quality of both dough and filling are as varied as the restaurants. You can get Nigerian sausage rolls with hard, rubbery, buttery, crumbly or flaky dough. The fillings of some sausage rolls are thick and robust, full of flavour while others have a streak of sausage meat painted

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20 Interesting facts about Goat meat chevon

20 Interesting facts about Goat meat chevon

Meat, Tips, Tips/How-tos | March 18, 2017 | By

Goat is a ruminant mammal of the Bovidae family, it is closely related to the sheep. The meat of the goat is gamey in taste and a very healthy source of protein. It can be cooked by stewing, frying, barbecuing, baking, grilling etc. It can also be minced, made into sausage or used in curries and soups. Goat is reared for its milk, meat, butter, cheese, hair, and skin.

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Goat meat pepper soup

Spicy, flavourful goat meat pepper soup

Meat, Recipes, Soups/ light soups | March 18, 2017 | By

Goat meat pepper soup is Goat meat in spicy, herby broth. It is the most common meat pepper soup in a lot of Nigerian households. It is also a staple at weddings and ceremonies, in restaurants, it is almost always on the starter menu along with fresh fish pepper soup. In pubs/beer parlours, goat meat pepper soup is a staple and patrons drink copious quantities along with their drinks to the joy of the beer parlour madam. She makes sure to add enough hot pepper in it so that the more pepper soup you drink,

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How to make meatballs

Juicy, tender and light, how to make meatballs

Meat, Pasta, Recipes | February 20, 2017 | By

These meatballs are juicy, tender and light. What more can you want in a meatball? Right, they are also well seasoned and won’t fall apart. I call them Savoury Candies. It is very easy to make meatballs and you can tweak it to your heart’s content.

Meatballs can be eaten in a variety of ways, in a sauce, on a hot dog bun, on pizza, in egg muffins etc. Meatballs also add flavour to Tomato sauce or any other sauce or soup it is added to.

The best kind of meatball is loose, not tight and moist, not dry. As such, all the ingredients and handling is geared towards this goal. To make meatballs firmer

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Mongolian Beef Stir fry

Crispy, sticky mongolian beef stir fry

Mongolian beef Stir fry is a Chinese-American takeout dish and has nothing to do with Mongolia, but it will most definitely assuage one’s cravings for Chinese food.

It is crispy pieces of beef glistening from a sticky sweet and salty velvety sauce with a side of rice or fried noodles. With Chinese food outrageously over priced in Nigeria, make your very own delicious Chinese food and make everyone around happy. The ingredients for Mongolian beef Stir fry are readily available and inexpensive.

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