Category: Meals

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

Akara Crunchy Bits (aka Akara Chinchin)

Akara Crunchy Bits (aka Akara Chinchin)

Crispy crunchy Akara bits As a child, I didn't care much for Akara. There were not many foods I cared for and Akara was one. One thing I really liked though was the crunchy bits from Akara. You know how as you scoop Akara paste into hot oil and some drops fall into the oil, … Continue reading Akara Crunchy Bits (aka Akara Chinchin)

Hot and Spicy Beef with Skin on

Hot and Spicy Beef with Skin on

"Asun", spicy grilled goat meat was the inspiration for this. And since I didn't have any goat meat in the freezer, I used beef with the skin on. Beef with skin on is called "Agemawo" in Yoruba. And Agemawo meat is in two forms. The hair of the cow can be removed either by burning … Continue reading Hot and Spicy Beef with Skin on

Plantain Gizzard Kebab

Plantain Gizzard Kebab

Deconstructed Gizzdodo The initial plan was to make Gizdodo but then I decided against it, instead I assembled the ingredients on a skewer. In other words deconstructed gizdodo. Happy 60th independence day Nigeria(ns). How did you celebrate? I know many of us feel disillusioned about the current state of things in the nation. However I … Continue reading Plantain Gizzard Kebab

Ayamase Fried Rice

Ayamase Fried Rice

The initial plan was to make native rice, but I changed course and made fried rice inspired Ofada rice something something. I was at loss as to what to name it. But here we are. Thanks to bulk prepping, I pulled out frozen mixed vegetables from the freezer, as well as frozen boiled ayamase pepper. … Continue reading Ayamase Fried Rice

Pap (Ogi/Akamu/ Koko/ Agidi)

Pap (Ogi/Akamu/ Koko/ Agidi)

3 grain Ogi spiced with Cloves and Ginger This fermented cereal pudding has different names in different cultures, some of the most popular names in Nigeria include Ogi , Akamu, Koko, Agidi. Popular across west Africa and in some Arab cultures. The consistency of pap is like that of custard or a curd sometimes lighter. … Continue reading Pap (Ogi/Akamu/ Koko/ Agidi)