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Peppered mixed meat, mixed meat in tomato relish

peppered mixed meat

Meat, Stews/ Sauces/ dips | December 21, 2017 | By

Peppered mixed meat is excellent with drinks when family and friends come together or just as a personal indulgence. Where there is a social gathering of Nigerians, there must be meat and drinks, especially spicy meat. There is no end to the formulations and diversity of spicy meat dishes, Suya, Kilishi (beef jerky), Peppered snails, Asun, spicy goat meat, Peppered gizzard, Nkwobi etc.

This peppered mixed meat recipe is fresh tasting and delectable. The freshness of the tomatoes mellows the heat of the peppers while the onions add sweetness. It is eaten as it is or if you want something more substantial to serve with

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Rich Tomato gravy

Rich tomato gravy

Stews/ Sauces/ dips | December 20, 2017 | By

Tomato gravy is a rich roux-based sauce, full of flavour and satisfying. It was a staple in my home, I served it at least once a week with twice cooked potatoes, grilled potatoes, rice or pasta.

My son no.1 called asking about my tomato sauce, the curry sauce and the other sauce, sauces that featured on our dinner table regularly while he was growing up. He loved those sauces and would

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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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Easy potato salad

Creamy and Fluffy easy potato salad

Potato/Plantain, Salads | December 19, 2017 | By

Easy Potato salad is comfort food that is simple with few ingredients. It is sweet and salty with a mild tang or acidity. Served as a side dish, it is hearty and filling. With so many meat dishes being prepared for the Christmas season, Potato Salad makes an ideal side dish.

There are countless Potato salad recipes, this is a simple, quick and fool-proof recipe. You can build on this recipe by adding to or changing the ingredients. With an excellent blend of flavours, when done right, it should be

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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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Chicken turmeric sauce

Rich and Aromatic chicken turmeric sauce

Meat, Stews/ Sauces/ dips | December 19, 2017 | By

Chicken turmeric sauce is rich, warm, and earthy with a great aroma, an exquisite and healthy sauce. It is simple and easy to make. When you want something different from your curry sauce, Nigerian vegetable sauce, tomato gravy etc, make chicken turmeric sauce and your family will be happy you did.

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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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Ngwo ngwo goat offal pepper soup

How-tos, Meat, Soups/ light soups | December 18, 2017 | By

Ngwo ngwo goat offal pepper soup is a delicacy cooked in the Eastern part of Nigeria. The parts of the goat used are the tripe (stomach locally called towel), intestines, liver, kidney, heart, spleen, testicles and a bit of the flesh. Ngwo ngwo fills me with nostalgia because it always reminds of the cool and dusty harmattan days spent in the village during Christmas as kids.

We would always wake up very early on Christmas morning especially if we travelled to the village. Our alarm clock was the desperate

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Isi ewu, Goat head in spicy sauce

Isi ewu, goat head in spicy sauce

Meat | December 17, 2017 | By

Isi ewu, goat head in spicy sauce is a delicacy from Igboland of Eastern Nigeria. Similar to Nkwobi (cow foot in spicy sauce) and Homework (goat foot in spicy sauce), Isi ewu is more flavoursome because of the addition of the fatty brain of the goat.

I have eaten so much Isi ewu, I could almost identify from which restaurant a plate of Isi ewu was bought in my neck of the woods. Some are consistently divine while with others, you could sometimes get tough meat or incomplete parts but the worst is when

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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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