Garden to Table

This year I started my backyard garden after procrastinating for over two years.

As a little girl I really enjoyed gardening. My maternal grandmother had a small garden outside her house in Molete for sometime and the highlight of my visit was helping to weed the garden. My parents also had a small garden behind our kitchen in our first house.

They grew Patminger , Snake gourd (It’s a climbing plant that is shaped like a snake, when it ripen it turns bright orange or red. The inside is red and tastes better than tomatoes in stew), vegetables etc. Eventually the garden moved to the backyard beside the well where my dad planted Bananas, plantain and citruses.

I even joined the Decor Team in church as the youngest member because it was the team that was tasked with beautification and horticulture in the church. The senior members were very nice and kind to me. They gave me cuttings to plant at home too.

Since I got married and got my own place I’ve been paying lip service to starting a garden. I even started by collecting containers I never put anything in, until one morning in July. I was just recovering from malaria I was bored stiff from being indoors. On impulse I instructed my staff to get me soil. With no clear idea or direction I started my garden. First as a vegetable garden and then I added ornamental plants.

Like my friend Ugochi said, the gardening bug that bit me left its fangs. I say it left its jaws too.

The Efo Tete I harvested today was one of the first set of plants I planted in July. Today it made it to my table. Absolutely organic. No synthetic fertilizers , no pesticides

And it did have a beautiful natural sweetness.

RECIPE

I’m sorry I eyeballed all of the ingredients so I don’t have specific measurements

  • Fresh Vegetables (chopped and unblanced)
  • Blitzed Pepper mix (tomatoes/peppers)
  • Chopped onions
  • Blended crayfish
  • Smoked Mackerel
  • Stock Fish (pre soak)
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Salt
  • Meats of choice ( I used snails)
  • Palm oil

Procedure

  • Heat Palm oil to smoke point, add chopped onions. Fry till tender. Then add pepper mix and crayfish.
  • Cook for 10 mins and add all your fish and cooked meats
  • Season with salt and Bouillon cubes.
  • Let the sauce reduce completemy before adding your rinsed and chopped vegetables.
  • Stir in the vegetables. Leave it on heat for not more than 3 mins. Then turn of the heat and leave the lid on for the heat to finish off the cooking

10 thoughts on “Garden to Table

  1. Toyin October 1, 2017 / 10:04 am

    U need to let your readers ( like me) help in tasting and give feedback to others😁😁😁

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    • Ounje October 1, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      😂😀😁😂🤣! Loool!

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  2. themumzone October 2, 2017 / 8:42 am

    This is amazing. I really need to take this more seriously.

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    • Ounje October 3, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      It’s quite relaxing too. I find myself being very introspective when i’m alone working with the plants. It’s thrilling to watch the plants grow, the patience through the process.

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      • themumzone October 3, 2017 / 6:38 pm

        Showed Hubs. His interest is sufficiently piqued. Talks of a green house in the works lol.

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      • Ounje October 4, 2017 / 10:42 am

        Hmmm! Interesting! That sounds like fun. Though green houses are quite expensive here. Though you can DIY for something cheaper

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      • themumzone October 4, 2017 / 10:49 am

        Cheap one o. More like green shack sef. We’re not planning for winter 😁

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      • Ounje October 5, 2017 / 2:42 pm

        Lool

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  3. roqbabe October 3, 2017 / 8:53 am

    wow, really love this. Which to be a good gardener and a great cook too.

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    • Ounje October 3, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      You certainly can be all that and more

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