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12 Nigerian dishes everyone should know how to cook

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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


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


Spaghetti and Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Easy and tasty spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce

Meat, Pasta, Recipes, Valentine's Day, World food | February 14, 2017 | By

Spaghetti and meatballs in Tomato Sauce is an Italian-American creation. A simple combination that was always meant to be. The meatballs are juicy, tender, light, well seasoned and won’t fall apart.

Meatballs can be eaten in a variety of ways, in a sauce, on hot dog bun, on pizza etc. For this dish, the sauce used is my simple and exquisitely delicious Fresh tomato sauce (Marinara sauce). Meatballs


Pasta Salad

pasta salad, macaroni salad in a bowl with tomatoes and boiled egg

Pasta, Salads | December 2, 2016 | By

There are hundreds of ways to make a Pasta Salad, each delicious and special in its own right. This Pasta salad, macaroni salad is simple, quick and fresh, a perfect accompaniment for meat or fish. Pasta salad should be served cold or at room temperature. I can’t stand freezing cold Pasta salad thickly coated in greasy bland mayonnaise…blech!!! usually a staple of many grocery or supermarket delicatessens (delis).

Pasta salad is ideal for picnics, christmas buffet, parties, as an entree, main meal, a quick brunch… it is that versatile. Instead of the usual-usual like the wholesome delicious Nigerian Salad or coleslaw, impress with this pasta salad. 


Advent Foodie Calendar, Christmas Food Calender

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Merry Christmas

 may God fill your heart with His Love. 

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We are officially in the season of advent, which is the four weeks leading to Christmas day. During this period, Christians prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and also reflect on and anticipate His second coming.

Part of this preparation involves keeping an advent calendar, which starts on the first day of December. Each day on the calendar, has a window which opens to unveil a favour of some sort.

The Pretend Chef Advent foodie Calendar will each day, feature recipes in celebration of Advent. These are 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.



Macaroni with vegetables

Pasta, vegetarian | November 21, 2016 | By

This is a throw together simple macaroni recipe, it is another tasteful way to serve Pasta. Macaroni with vegetables is a quick and easy dish to prepare. The great thing about this dish is, you can serve it as it is for a rich healthy and tasty vegetarian dish or add some kind of protein like shrimps, bacon, sausage, minced meat, etc.


Nigerian jollof spaghetti

Pasta, vegetarian | November 21, 2016 | By

Nigerian jollof spaghetti is an adaptation of the popular, iconic and delectable Jollof rice. Spaghetti is used in place of the rice in Jollof rice. It is the classic way spaghetti is cooked in Nigeria.

When a food ingredient is loved and adopted in Nigeria, so many awesome twists are added to it you’d think its homegrown. Jollof spaghetti


14 Tips for cooking Pasta.

Pasta, Tips, Tips/How-tos | November 20, 2016 | By

For some home cooks, cooking pasta well can be a hit or miss. Some days mushy, some days all stuck together and other days dry, sometimes the dish tastes like the ingredients didn’t quite get inside the pasta. These 14 tips for cooking pasta will help solve most of the cooking problems encountered when making pasta dishes.


Easy stir fry noodles

Pasta, World food | November 10, 2016 | By

Easy stir fry noodles is a balanced, quick fix, clean out the fridge dish.  From China to Nigeria with love, noodles, the dry instant variety, are consumed in copious amounts in Nigeria, you’d think it was invented here. Made from rice, egg or wheat, it has saved so many weary homemakers from -“what are we having for breakfast, lunch or dinner”. It is also a life saver for busy students and singles.


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