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Oto Mboro (Unripe banana porridge)

Oto Mboro, Unripe plantain porridge

Oto Mboro is a porridge made with grated or pureed unripe bananas and vegetables. Similar to Ikokore (water yam porridge) and plantain porridge. It is delicious and healthy, so much so that it is part of the food given to young maidens who are confined in the fattening rooms of the Efik and Ibibio tribes of Cross River and Akwa Ibom states of South-South Nigeria. It is high in nutrients but quite low in calories. Oto Mboro is also ideal as a healthy weaning meal for babies.

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Plantain muffins Plantain bread

I am so excited, just had to share this recipe with my dear friends/readers, my exquisite plantain muffins plantain bread. It is incredibly soft, moist, flavoursome and so moreish, my mind is thoroughly blown.

I travelled out of town with daughter no. 2 and left some plantains in the fridge, on getting home they had ripened beyond the stage for frying, boiling and definitely for roasting, they were a short way to the bin. I put them in the freezer to slow down the ripening process and in the spirit of

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Twice cooked potatoes

Potato/Plantain, Recipes | November 9, 2016 | By

Irish potatoes are one of my favourite things to eat. I love the whole gamut of french fries, mashed potatoes, spanish omelette, shepherd’s pie, potato pancakes etc, boiled potatoes? not so much. In comes Twice cooked potatoes, for want of a better name. It is boiled then deep fried or boiled then grilled, if you don’t want too much oil.

This is a basic recipe, herbs and spices

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Soft Potato bread

Tender, moist and airy soft potato bread

Soft Potato bread is tender, moist and airy. It is more tender and has a finer texture than regular white bread because the addition of potato reduces gluten formation of wheat flour, which is what makes white bread chewy. The smell and taste of freshly baked potato bread are pleasant and comforting. Potato bread doesn’t spoil as fast as most other types of bread and remains moist longer. 

This recipe is simple and not easy to mess up (very forgiving), and the pillowy soft outcome is totally worth the effort. Potato bread is rich in fibre etc.

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Sweet Potato Tuna Patties

Sweet potato tuna patties are rich and delicate. They are crunchy on the outside and soft, but not mushy on the inside, everyone will love them. Fish and potatoes are always a delicious combination, think fish and chips. This time they are married and living happily ever after and being that it is made with sweet potatoes, they whisper sweet nothings as you indulge. Ok, enough of my ramblings, all am trying to say is these patties are scrumptious.

Most times when we see sweet potatoes in the market we immediately think

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sweet potato bread rolls

These Sweet potato bread rolls are soft with an exquisite taste, very moreish. They are perfect for any kind of sandwich filling or with a light soup.

Sweet potato bread rolls add variety to the table when you want something different from the usual wheat bread. They will keep longer too while retaining freshness.

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Sweet potato muffins

Sweet potato muffins are moist, tender and flavourful you can taste the earthy flavour of sweet potato. The recipe is very easy, simple and straightforward.

I love when I can incorporate vegetables into desserts eg. carrot cake and beetroot cake because it kind of dulls the guilt of eating too much of a good thing. Sweet potato muffin…is a good thing.

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Poor man’s Potato

Simple and wholesome poorman's potato (Patatas a lo pobre).

Poor man’s potato is a direct translation of the Spanish dish called Patatas a lo pobre. It is made up basically of potatoes, onions and peppers fried in oil. 

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. There is nothing poor about this dish, it is healthy, it is filling and it tastes awesome-real comfort food. Poor man’s potato is good for vegetarians, dieters and gluten sensitive people.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Crispy, tender, Roasted sweet potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes make a good and healthy side to many sauces and stews, like the Nigerian Tomato Stew, Nigerian Egg Stew, Nigerian Tomato Sauce, Mackerel in Tomato Sauce. It also pairs excellently with guacamole.

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Plantain Mosa

gratifyingly delicious deep golden brown plantain mosa

The riper the plantains the sweeter they taste. This is one of those times we rejoice that our fresh produce is on the verge of spoiling, so what do we do with those overripe plantains? Plantain mosa. Deep fried dough sweetened with mashed overripe plantains.  

It is a street food and a party finger food in Nigeria. Plantain Mosa is similar to the Ghanaian Tamale, the only difference is in the spices used.

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