The Pretend Chef

Potato and green vegetable balls (Green amaranth)

Crispy and light as air uncooked potato green vegetable balls

Potato and green vegetable balls are crispy and light. They are healthy and taste great warm or cold, it makes you wonder how something so simple can taste so good. These vegetable balls are quick and easy to make. The kids will love them and can help with moulding the balls.

This is especially awesome when feeding children who don’t like vegetables and is a fresh and imaginative appetizer or ‘small chop’ when entertaining guests. Potato and green vegetable balls look pretty on a serving platter. They are also excellent as a healthy lunch pack or snacks with drinks.


Fried plantain recipe

very ripe plantain slices for Fried plantains recipe

Fried plantain is caramel sweet and delicious. Plantains are a staple of the tropical region, from far east Asia to west and east Africa to the Americas, and are enjoyed in different ways.

They are high in potassium and fibre and when ripe, they are fried to make a delicious snack, meal or side dish to jollof rice, fried rice, beans porridge, adalu (Beans and Corn Porridge), Spicy goat meat (Asun), Tomato stew etc.

The Plantains

When plantains


Ripe Plantain Empanada

Sweet and salty ripe plantain empanada

Beans, Potato/Plantain, Recipes | August 26, 2017 | By

Ripe Plantain empanada is one of the most delicious things you will ever eat. The sweet taste of the plantain contrasts perfectly with the salty taste of the filling. It has a caramelised crust with a soft delicate inside. It is indeed amazing.

Plantain empanada can be used as a complete meal or as a snack depending on the filling and what it is served with and is surely worth every effort you put into making it.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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 like my Chicken pepper soup.

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


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