Ikokore

Ikokore

Ikokore is a yam porridgde made from water yam. It is common to the ijebu tribe in Nigeria. I remember my dad used to sing “if you marry ijebu woman you just give her ikokore, if you marry ekiti woman you must give her pounded yam”. Anyway it was just a song that I remembered… … Read more

Fruit series#2

Bananas If you are just reading the fruit series for the first time, you may want to check the first episode in the Fruits series#1. Okay let’s talk about bananas. This post shall be in three parts: Bananas Health benefits of eating bananas Foods made using bananas One banana recipe Do you love bananas? Bananas … Read more

Prawn crackers

Prawn crackers are edibles that are easy to snack on. They are also very easy to fry. I have very loving memories of my mum frying this delicacy for I and my siblings and how we used to enjoy it. So the day I went shopping and spotted it at a supermarket, I had to … Read more

Yam pottage recipe

Yam pottage is commonly known as Asaro. It’s a food common to the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and it’s most often referred to as yam porridge by some people.

Several ways can be employed in making yam porridge.

However , I would be teaching you just one method which is how I make my yam pottage/ porridge.

Yam Pottage Ingredients

  • Yam
  • Groundnut oil
  • Crayfish/smoked fish/ sardine
  • Rodo/scotch bonnet pepper
  • Onions
  • Magii and salt

Procedure

  1. Pour some water in a pot
  2. Peel your tuber of yam and slice few pieces of yam
  3. Make sure the yam slices are in small cubes
  4. Then rinse in clean water twice and place a pot on the stove/ burner.
  5. Add your rinsed slices of yam and water
  6. Afterward, slice a few pieces of onions into it but please Don’t add salt
  7. Add more water if required then Boil for 15minute and check if it’s soft.
    • if it’s hard and not edible boil for few more minutes until it is.
  8. Sieve most of the water and pound the yam slices
  9. Add one sachet of tomato paste, two cubes of magii and a pinch of salt
  10. Slice the scotch bonnet pepper and add it
  11. Enrich the food by adding some smoked fish/ crayfish/sardine/ Titus fish
  12. Put In one kitchen spoon of groundnut oil
  13. Add half cup of water
  14. stir and boil for five minute
  15. serve hot with a glass of cold water

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Vegetables stew/ Efo riro

Efo riro recipe


Let me tell you a quick story before I share the recipe. Mum and I had gone out to get a few things we needed for the house, but as usual, we ended up buying more things like vegetables and fishes. We then we had to buy smoked fish and pepper to cook it.

As we were driving to the house I told my mum I would love to cook the vegetables which she agreed, so the next morning I gathered my ingredients

Efo riro, vegetables stew

Ingredients

  • Pepper
  • Vegetables
  • fish( smoked fish and crayfish)
  • cowhide(ponmo) and locust beans ( iru)
  • magii and salt
  • palm oil, and onions.

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Procedure

  1. Cut your vegetables including the branches( unlike ewedu, vegetable’s branches are included when cooking)
  2. Arrange them neatly then slice into few pieces
  3. Rinse in salty water i.e add salt to the water.
    • then rinse the vegetables twice afterwards with clean water
    • Don’t drain the water but instead pick the leaves out of the water
  4. In a bowl, divide your smoked fish into two equal halves
    • Remove the bone
    • Flake/ pieces the fish ( don’t make it too tiny so you can taste the fish when eating the vegetables)
  5. Slice your cowhide (ponmo) into pieces
    • The inside of the ponmo may have to be scrubbed because of the dirt so I employ my iron sponge for this.
    • Rinse the ponmo very well
  6. Blend your pepper( tomatoes can be added but the peppery effect Which I like may not be felt so I don’t use any but you can)
  7. Rinse your locust beans
  8. Place a pot on the stove and wait for it to dry
  9. using a kitchen spoon, measure four to five spoons of palm oil and add it
  10. Heat for 3 minute
  11. Pour your smoked fish
  12. Rinse you crayfish and add to it
  13. let it fry
  14. Remove the fried fish and pour your blended pepper into the oil
  15. Add iru/ locust beans
  16. Add your ponmo especially if it’s not yet boiled.
  17. Boil for 15minute
  18. If you have boiled your ponmo before cooking, add it now.
  19. Add your vegetables and DON’T ADD WATER
  20. Stir your vegetables continuously
  21. Add smoked fish that was fried earlier
  22. Add one to two cubes of magii depending on the quantity
    • Note: if crayfish was used add one cube
    • Taste to see if salt is still needed, then add a pinch
Efo, riro, sliced vegetables
Cut vegetables

Serve your efo riro with Eba and any other swallow.

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Classic Pancake recipe

Pancake is a delightful treat that is very delicious to consume just like apple pies. Pancakes can be eaten as breakfast or as a desert and it can be enjoyed with syrup, honey or strawberry jam.

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Pancake recipe ingredients

  • Flour
  • Milk
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • flavour such as strawberry flavor.

steps:

  • Firstly, Mix dry ingredients
    • ( milk, flour and sugar) together in a bowl
  • Secondly, whisk your eggs to trap air.
  • Thirdly, mix both dry ingredients and the whisked egg.
  • Fourthly, fry your ingredients
    • using few drops of oil
  • Then Pour ingredient into the oiled pan
  • Finally, Fry both sides
Pancake mixture
consistency for your pancakes
Pancakes with jam
pancakes with strawberry jam
Pancakes

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Chicken stock and it’s uses

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Quick jollof rice recipe

you may want to make a pot of celebratory jollof rice or Fried rice or Fried spaghetti

Ingredients:

  • jollof season(optional)
  • 3 cups of rice
  • 2satchet of tomato paste
  • blended pepper(blend tomatoes, scotch bonnet pepper)
  • onions
  • chicken stock(optional)
  • rice
  • curry
  • thyme
  • 2cubes of magii
  • salt.
Fried rice and jollof rice recipe
Fried rice and jollof rice

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Steps

  1. Wash the rice twice
  2. Perboil the rice to remove starch for 7minute
  3. Drain the water and rinse the rice
  4. Place a dry pot on the fire and add two kitchen spoons of oil
  5. Fry few slices of onions
  6. Fry your tomato paste, add blended pepper if you have any, add chicken stock
  7. Add a teaspoon of curry, two cubes of magii( please note if you aren’t using chicken stock add three cubes) , sprinkle thyme, add jollof season if you have any ( add half of a satchet)
  8. Add a cup of water and boil
  9. Pour in your perboiled rice
  10. Add more water if needed, don’t add so much at a time to prevent it from becoming soggy
  11. Taste if it’s edible and soft
  12. Leave water to dry up
  13. Add more salt if needed

Note; the quantity of rice determines the quantity of salt or magii to be added

Jollof rice is ready for consumption.

Serve with Chicken or boiled egg

Drinks can also be served with it or cold water.

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Ewa Agoyin

Everyone knows how to make beans but not everyone would be able to get that perfect Ewa Agoyin. Ewa Agoyin is common to the Yoruba tribe in Lagos. The way the beans looks is always heavenly and if you are lucky to eat it with some plantain or bread then it would become your favorite meal. The best stew for this meal is Ewa Agoyin stew

Ewa Agoyin with plantain and stew

Ingredients

  • Beans( specifically oloyin beans)
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Onions

Equipments:


Pressure pot; This pot is very good for cooking beans at a very fast rate. You should try to have one of you really love cooking.
Pot; if you don’t have a pressure pot no worries your meal would still turn out great in a normal pot too.
Spoon
Turning stick


Procedure

  • Pick your beans; I don’t like picking beans because it’s time consuming but if you want to achieve great result, I would ask you to do so.
    • It’s not nice eating and enjoying this meal and eating stones, that’s why you have to pick the beans. At least if you are using Nigerian beans please do so.
  • Rinse your beans at least twice; This is because some farmers are known to use herbicides on their farm and although the beans has undergone the necessary processing, it may or may not have chemicals on them.
    • When rinsing instead of pouring the water away, you should use your hands to pack the beans out of the water carefully this is because stones and sand if present in the beans would settle down at the bottom.
  • Pour the dirty water away and place clean water in a pot.
  • Pour the beans in it and add more water such that the water is above the beans.
  • Cut some slices of onions into the beans, this makes the beans soften quickly.
  • Boil for a very long time ( if you are using pressure pot 20minute should be enough) for normal pot, just check until the beans is soft and edible.
  • Get your turning stick at this point and mash the beans to get some paste out of them.
  • Stir continuously
  • Add salt as desired
  • Your beans is ready to be served

To make the best stew for this beans click Ewa Agoyin stew

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