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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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


Nigerian smoked fish sauce

Simple, easy and delicious Nigerian smoked fish sauce

This smoked fish sauce is a very simple and easy sauce to make and can be eaten with a variety of things. This sauce is an excellent way to incorporate more fish with all its wonderful nutrients into our diet. 

I use smoked mackerel to prepare the sauce. The humble mackerel is such a versatile fish which can be used in so many different ways to produce beautiful dishes that will wow your family and friends.


Nigerian dry fish pepper soup

dry fish pepper soup, nigerian dry fish pepper soup

Seafood, Soups/ light soups | December 3, 2016 | By

Nigerian dry fish pepper soup is a spicy light Nigerian soup. The drying of the fish concentrates the flavour and gives the resultant broth a rich fish flavour which blends with the spices to produce ladles full of soul satisfying pleasure. It is a welcoming dish for guests especially during festive periods like Christmas etc

Nigerian pepper soup is generally prepared using different cuts and types of meat and fish. Very popular in homes, restaurants, road side bukas or hotels. Hardly any part of the meat or fish is spared from the pepper soup pot, though most times different animals might require different spices to compliment their taste. My Renaissance Man


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