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Mongolian Beef Stir fry

Crispy, sticky mongolian beef stir fry

Mongolian beef Stir fry is a Chinese-American takeout dish and has nothing to do with Mongolia, but it will most definitely assuage one’s cravings for Chinese food.

It is crispy pieces of beef glistening from a sticky sweet and salty velvety sauce with a side of rice or fried noodles. With Chinese food outrageously over priced in Nigeria, make your very own delicious Chinese food and make everyone around happy. The ingredients for Mongolian beef Stir fry are readily available and inexpensive.

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Chicken Salad with candied carrot coins

indulgent and healthy chicken salad with candied carrot coins

Salads, Valentine's Day | February 14, 2017 | By

Chicken salad with candied carrot coins, those candied carrot coins make it extra special. 

Chicken salad is basically any salad with chicken as its main ingredient. There is no right or wrong way to make it or right or wrong ingredient. It is really a combination of things that floats your boat. That being said, it should have good visual appeal and taste awesome. In Nigeria we love chicken and we love salad, so this salad will make us smile.

In fact, most times chicken salad is made with leftover chicken. Last Christmas, after we had

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Spaghetti and Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Easy and tasty spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce

Meat, Pasta, Recipes, Valentine's Day, World food | February 14, 2017 | By

Spaghetti and meatballs in Tomato Sauce is an Italian-American creation. A simple combination that was always meant to be. The meatballs are juicy, tender, light, well seasoned and won’t fall apart.

Meatballs can be eaten in a variety of ways, in a sauce, on hot dog bun, on pizza etc. For this dish, the sauce used is my simple and exquisitely delicious Fresh tomato sauce (Marinara sauce). Meatballs

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How to make homemade Pizza

simple,exquisite homemade pizza

Pizza that Italian classic that has as many variations as your imagination can think of. From the pizza dough (the crust) to the sauce or lack of sauce to the cheese and toppings, there are many, many different ways each can be made. One thing you should know is that pizza is about the crust.

Before we go wild with our imagination, bear in mind that the pizza should look inviting and taste awesome. My children love pizza with a capital L. In fact, daughter no. 2 can make it for Nigeria, when you get her to do it, that is. So we find ourselves

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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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Red Velvet cake

moist, tender, buttermilk red velvet cake

Luscious ruby red velvet cake is very moist, tender and fluffy. It’s not too sweet rather more like chocolaty sweet with a mild tang from the buttermilk.

Buttermilk is easy to make on your own see here

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Valentine sugar cookies

Colourful and delightful Valentine sugar cookies

In celebration of Valentine’s Day these sugar Cookies are inspiring, use heart-shaped cookie cutters. 

Why wait till Valentine’s Day to enjoy them? Change the colour and shape of both cookies and filling to suit your whim and theme. St. Patrick day, you go green etc. Have fun with it!

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Valentine’s day

sugar cookies for Valentine's day

Valentine's Day | February 12, 2017 | By

There are many stories woven around Valentine’s day. Nobody can say for sure what transpired that February 14th ages ago, but one thing we are sure of is, it is a day to give and receive love. There are the romantic dinners, exchange of gifts for friends and family, parties, picnics, etc. 

Mostly Valentine’s day has always been about significant others, but the celebration of love should be about you and all the people in your life. 

What better way to show love and receive joy than through food, it is the bedrock of any celebration. So I have put together recipes from which you can create a fun and mouthwatering menu.

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