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VegFest, St. John’s NL. VegFest

St. John's NL VegFest

Food Trek, vegetarian | January 12, 2018 | By

VegFest is an annual international vegan food festival which takes place in different parts of the world from North & South America, Africa, Europe to the far east. Each Festival is individually organised entirely by volunteers, it is a not-for-profit and attendance is free.

VegFest is for vegans, vegetarians, environmentalists, foodies and anyone interested or curious about the plant-based lifestyle.

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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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kunun aya deluxe, sugar cane-Tigernut drink

15 Christmas food ideas

Drinks, vegetarian | December 21, 2017 | By

Kunun aya deluxe is taking your regular kunun aya, tiger nut drink and making it insanely nectareous and decadent. An irresistible level of sweet, spicy, flavoursome and goodness, even somewhat sensual if you ask me. (ok enough already).

I love when I can take a basic recipe and turn it into something luxurious. This recipe was given to me by Halima, the pretty Hausa lady I buy most of my indigenous northern Nigerian food ingredients. Halima is so knowledgeable about northern Nigerian food, I never leave her shop in a hurry.

The special ingredients here are

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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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Mixed Beans Salad

Gluten-free Mixed Beans salad

Beans, Salads, vegetarian | December 17, 2017 | By

Mixed Beans salad is a healthy and colourful salad, it is gluten-free and vegetarian. The combination of different kinds of beans gives a great burst of protein and it is filling. Beans salad is a simple side dish you can throw together in a moment especially if you use canned beans.

It is beautiful and different from the usual Nigerian salad or coleslaw. It has a great combination of flavours and textures, one taste of

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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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Healthy mixed green vegetable dip

Super healthy mixed green vegetable dip

Stews/ Sauces/ dips, vegetarian | December 6, 2017 | By

Green vegetable dip is an age-old dip from the hinterlands of Eastern Nigeria. It was quite a staple when people ate whatever they could get from their farms. Sometimes, quick meals were a necessity in the daytime for the farmers pending the main meal of the day which is a supper of

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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.

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