Category: Meals

Lagos Summer Favourite Crops

Lagos Summer Favourite Crops

Ube (Safou, Atanga, African Bush Pear. Nsafu, Bush Butter Fruit)Corn (Agbado, Oka)Groundnuts (Boiled) Asala/Awusa (sometimes African Walnut) Which of these crops in season have you been enjoying? Tell me your most and least favorite of them all. If your current crop in season isn't here, please mention in the comment.

Village Rice

Village Rice

Village Jollof Rice. Unlike my Native Jollof Rice, this Village Rice packs a punch in flavour and aromatic herbs. I sliced a combination of Utazi, Uziza, Efinrin (Nchuawu), Basil (local women call it curry leaf) for a rich aromatic taste. A fusion of southeastern and southwestern Naija flavours I used Iru and Ugba, a generous … Continue reading Village Rice

Noodles and Vegetables with Egg

Noodles and Vegetables with Egg

I seldom eat noodles, whenever I do I cook them according to whatever taste I'm craving at that moment.I wanted this to be a little aromatic. So I sliced Utazi, Uziza, Ugu, Rainbow chard, young Ginger leaves into it. Hit it with a little Cameroon pepper for extra spice. I like my noodles al dente, … Continue reading Noodles and Vegetables with Egg

Spaghetti with a native vibe

Spaghetti with a native vibe

Native Spaghetti Packet pasta is one of the best pantry items, ever invented. Quick and easy to cook and it can cooked in so many different ways, even with an extremely lean budget, you can whip up a very tasty pasta meal. Of the packet pasta, I find Spaghetti the easiest to cook and maybe … Continue reading Spaghetti with a native vibe

Deep Fried Whitebait, Shrimps, Crabs

Deep Fried Whitebait, Shrimps, Crabs

Platter of deep fried whitebait, shrimps and crabs, cut limes serve as palate cleanse. Talking about Lagos street food cannot be complete without talking about seafood fries. As a little girl anytime my dad travelled to Lagos to make supplies, he would buy fried prawns, fried tiny fish and we would eat it with soaked … Continue reading Deep Fried Whitebait, Shrimps, Crabs

Dodo Ikire

Dodo Ikire

Homemade Dodo Ikire Dodo Ikire Dodo Ikire is a fried plantain treat indigenous to Ikire in Osun State and they have shared this popular delicious plantain snack with all of Southwestern Nigeria and now it is even an export commodity. Dodo Ikire is a spicy plantain snack made with overripe plantains fried in palm oil.Travelling … Continue reading Dodo Ikire

Fried Ram Meat

Fried Ram Meat

The highlight of any Ileya celebration is for me, is getting my portion of Ileya meat from my Muslim friends. Ileya is what the Yoruba speaking people of southwest Nigeria call the Islamic festival also known as Eid-ul-Adha sometimes called Sallah. The Hausa's in Nigeria call it "Leyya".This day commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his … Continue reading Fried Ram Meat

Spicy Fried Plantain (Kelewele)

Spicy Fried Plantain (Kelewele)

Kelewele That moment when you realise there is a name for something you enjoy doing. That is what happened when I found out the name "Kelewele" for the spicy fried plantains I enjoyed eating. Typically when I fry my plantains I fry them bland, without salt. However, when I salt my plantains, I take it … Continue reading Spicy Fried Plantain (Kelewele)

How to make Beske / Awara / Tofu

How to make Beske / Awara / Tofu

"Beske oni gun merin" is a fun name we called this as kids. Loosely translates as Fried Tofu with four sharp edges. Food triggers memories, and it should be fun to hear what sorts of memories different foods trigger for us. When I see Beske (Awara/Tofu), I remember walking to my mum's patent medicine store … Continue reading How to make Beske / Awara / Tofu

Gluten Free Fonio Pancakes

Gluten Free Fonio Pancakes

Fonio Pancakes What's not to enjoy in these gluten-free pancakes, made from one of the world healthiest flours. Fonio (Acha) flour. Acha is grown in Nigeria mostly in the northern parts, it is native to West Africa and is said to be one of the oldest grains ever cultivated. People with gluten intolerance, gluten allergies … Continue reading Gluten Free Fonio Pancakes