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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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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.

What excites me about this

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Nigerian Smoked fish with greens

Healthy, flavourful and fresh smoked fish with greens

Smoked Fish with greens is a flavourful and fresh way to use greens. By greens, I mean green amaranth which is simply called Green in Nigeria. It is a quick and simple dish to make, convenient for a quick dinner on a weeknight because it comes together very fast with little effort.

This dish is really healthy, with just a little carbohydrate like rice or potatoes, you will feel

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Catfish pepper soup (Point and kill)

Best hot and spicy catfish pepper soup (Point and kill)

Recipes, Seafood, Soups/ light soups | September 14, 2017 | By

When the weather is cold, you are home warm and cosy, then your tummy starts rumbling, demanding food, what usually springs to mind? hot chocolate, steaming plate of spicy jollof rice, a large bowl of pepper soup, fresh fish pepper soup…? So I made this steaming hot pot of catfish pepper soup because it was raining and cold outside but warm and toasty indoors and we were hungry. I served it with white rice. My Rennaisance man, son no. 3 and I ate and were contented.

Catfish pepper soup is always high in demand by guests at Nigerian parties and is about the most common pepper soup cooked in Nigeria. It is served to a nursing mother during Omugwo (see Yam pepper soup (Ji mmiri oku). Catfish pepper soup is called point-and-kill in drinking parlours for a reason

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How to kill and process Catfish

processed catfish

How-tos, Seafood, Tips, Tips/How-tos | September 11, 2017 | By

Catfish is a freshwater fish and is so called because of the whiskers on its head which are called Barbels. It doesn’t have scales, it has a firm flesh and is good for most cooking methods and recipes. Catfish is excellent for frying, boiling, roasting and drying, it can be used in stews, soups, chowders etc. It is delicious any way you cook or process it. This post will take your catfish from the river to the cooking pot.

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Egg and Sardine Empanada Filling

Egg and Sardine empanada filling

The Egg and sardine Empanada filling is almost a non-cook, easy to make filling, almost because you will need to boil the egg. It uses ingredients that will normally be in your kitchen already. If you have empanada dough in your freezer that needs to be used up but you don’t want to put in the effort of making more complicated dough filling, this is the filling for you. It is simply delicious and effortless.

You can substitute canned sardines with

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Nigerian Fish Stew (Imoyo)

Rich and spicy Nigerian fish stew (Imoyo), Obe eja tutu

Seafood, Stews/ Sauces/ dips | August 21, 2017 | By

If food were music, Obe imoyo will be my Love song and eja (fish) will be the lyrics, fresh fish to be precise. I love Nigerian fish stew especially served with boiled yam, Iyoh or ipoko yam from Abakiliki in Eastern Nigeria. This Imoyo is not the same Imoyo from the Caribbean.

There are different types of Imoyo depending on

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Foil baked fish with vegetables

Easy, moist, healthy and flavourful Foil baked fish with vegetables

Recipes, Seafood | April 14, 2017 | By

Foil baked fish with vegetables is a pretty, healthy, flavourful and easy dish to prepare.  It conserves the nutrients in the fish and vegetables, nothing leaches out, everything is intact in that parcel. Since the fish and vegetables are cooked together, they stew in a mix of their seasoned juices, so you have the fish

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Nigerian fish pie

Delicious and mellow Nigerian fish pie

The Nigerian fish pie is not as common as the meat pie or chicken pie, but if you are a fish lover, this hand pie is for you and if you are not a lover of fish, give it a try you will be pleasantly surprised at how good and mellow it tastes. It is loaded with fish and vegetables, so it is filling and healthy, a complete meal on the go. The Nigerian fish pie is different from the Fish roll which is a fried roll.

Mackerel is the fish of choice but any good tasting fish will do even canned fish like canned tuna, sardines etc. Do not use fish that has its flesh riddled with tiny bones. It will be very challenging getting

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Baked Catfish in pepper sauce (Point and kill)

Easy Catfish baked in pepper sauce (Point and kill)

Recipes, Seafood | March 20, 2017 | By

To the uninformed Point and kill sounds like an order from the army, police or at best, game hunters. Never will they guess it has anything to do with fish. In all honesty, point and kill sound violent but that is the name Nigerians have lovingly given to popular pub or restaurant dishes of fresh catfish.

It simply means you

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