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15 Easy Christmas Food Ideas

15 easy christmas food ideas

Christmas season, food, food and even more food. Delicious, seam bursting food!!! So…

  • Are you stumped for food ideas?
  • Are you bored with the same old menu?
  • Are you nervous about cooking for relatives and friends?
  • Do you want to make spectacular food on the cheap?
  • Do you want to impress and show off your culinary skills to you know who?
  • You just want good food on your table…

These are easy Christmas food ideas, 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.

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Couscous with bell peppers

Healthy and light Couscous with bell peppers

Pasta, Rice, vegetarian | December 20, 2017 | By

Couscous with bell peppers is healthy and light and it’s ideal for those busy days you need a quick, simple and healthy meal. Couscous commonly made with durum wheat semolina is a type of pasta but similar to rice in its use. You can use it to replace rice in most dishes e.g Jollof rice and fried rice. On its own, it is quite bland just like rice.

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Vegetable Couscous

Flavourful vegetable couscous

Pasta, Rice, vegetarian | December 19, 2017 | By

Vegetable couscous is an awesome way to prepare this underutilised ingredient. Couscous is a blank canvas like rice, it will absorb the flavour of the spices used in cooking it. It can be used just like rice and will excite your culinary creativity.

Couscous is commonly made with durum wheat semolina, there are other types made with sorghum, barley etc. It is cheap and can be preserved for a long time. It is eaten in the middle east, parts of West Africa and Western Europe. Couscous is quite commonly eaten in northern Nigeria.

With couscous, you can go rustic or

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Yellow rice, Turmeric yellow rice

Fragrant yellow rice

Rice, vegetarian, World food | December 18, 2017 | By

Yellow rice is simple, fragrant, slightly spicy and most of all, pretty as a picture. Made with turmeric, it is a fancy looking rice that will make your dinner table look elegant.

It is part of Spanish, Indian, Caribbean and South African cuisine. My first taste of yellow rice was in an Indian restaurant a long time ago and I knew I will remember this rice for all times.

Fragrant yellow rice

The yellow colour is as a result of the addition of turmeric (kurkum in Hausa and ata ile pupa in Yoruba). Frying the rice raw will 

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Green leafy vegetable rice, Green rice

Healthy and aromatic Green leafy vegetable rice

Rice, Seafood | December 17, 2017 | By

Green leafy vegetable rice is enriched wholesome rice, an excellent way to add more vegetables to your diet. Made with green amaranth and lovely aromatic herbs, it is herby, packed full of flavour and nutrients.

I have been craving green leafy vegetables of late especially green amaranth simply called green in Nigeria or callaloo in the Caribbeans. I’ve used it in many different ways, as a dip, sauce, green snacks balls, etc.

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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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Vegetable Coconut rice

Rich, flavourful and sensuous vegetable coconut rice

Rice, Valentine's Day | February 13, 2017 | By

Vegetable coconut rice…I had just made some Pina Colada for myself and had quite a sizeable amount of coconut milk remaining. What to do with it, store it in the freezer long enough to assuage my conscience that I am not wasteful then throw it out or do something productive with it? 

Am I glad my lazy bones didn’t get the better of me. This coconut rice is rich, flavourful and sensuous. Very easy to put together. 

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Nigerian stir fried rice

golden delicious Nigerian stir fried rice with vegetables

Recipes, Rice | December 14, 2016 | By

Nigerian fried rice is special whether it is this scrumptious Nigerian stir fried rice, one-pot fried rice, the other Nigerian fried rice etc, there is hardly any Nigerian party that it does not feature in its menu. It is served on a platter along side jollof rice, with Moi moi nestled beside them like a younger sibling, the little space remaining will be enough for the special Nigerian salad or coleslaw and a delectable meat or fish dish, like Peppered gizzard, fried chicken or turkey, battered fish completing it.

There really is no right

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Advent Foodie Calendar, Christmas Food Calender

christmas stockings

Merry Christmas

 may God fill your heart with His Love. 

 

ADVENT FOODIE CALENDAR

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.

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Basic Chinese Fried Rice

Recipes, Rice | October 22, 2016 | By

The basic Chinese fried rice is a perfect way to repurpose leftover rice, meat and vegetables. It is fast and easy to throw together and always delightfully yummy. It is not the regular amazing Nigerian fried rice, but will stand up to it Nigerian fried in both taste and beauty.

There are so many methods of making fried rice, like the easy one pot Nigerian fried rice, Nigerian Stir fried rice and the Nigerian fried rice, but they all agree on one thing and that is frying the rice. This basic chinese fried rice can be eaten as a complete dish or as a side.

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