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 off the hair in a whole cow after killing it or using hot water and a scraper to scrape off the hair. These different methods result in different skin texture on Agemawo meat when the beef is cut with the skin.

The roasted version results in softer beef which tends to cook faster and may have a smokey flavour. The downside is that because some butchers sometimes use kerosene to ignite the fire on the cow, the kerosene, seeps into the skin and the taste is retained on the meat. I can’t abide that so I err on the side of caution and buy the one removed with hot water. The hot water Agemawo is a little tougher to cook, the skin takes time to cook and you cook the meat for longer. So I use a pressure pot and in 12 – 15 mins my meat is done.

Hot spicy beef with skin on straight out of the oven.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1kg bite-sized beef with skin
  • 2½ cups blitzed pepper mix ( red bell pepper, red habanero, add tomatoes to tone the heat down) depending on your heat tolerance,  you can decide to either use more or less habanero)
  • 2 large onion. (Chop one to boil beef, slice the other for garnish)
  • Salt to taste.
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger (alternative ginger powder)
  • 1 tsp chopped turmeric (alternative turmeric powder)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper.
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • * ½ Garlic powder optional
  • Bay leaf
  • *Curry powder, dried thyme
  • 1 cooking spoon vegetable oil
*asterisked items are optional

Procedure

  • Cook your meat with chopped onions, salt, ginger, turmeric, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, curry and thyme if you choose. Cook till tender.
  • While your meat is cooking, in a wok on medium heat,(I used an earthenware dish), simmer the blitzed pepper mix with oil. Let it cook down till its liquid is well reduced.
  • When the meat is cooked, add the meat stock to the pepper. Taste it and if necessary adjust seasoning accordingly and cook it down for the liquids to reduce

In the next step, you can do either of these two things.

  • You can flash fry the meats and then stir them into the cooked pepper.

Or

  • Stir in the meats into the cooked pepper, transfer into an oven preheated to 350°c for 20-25 mins.
  • After removing from the oven stir the meats in well.

I used option 2.

Garnished with some chopped onions and any green herbs like basil, parsley, spring onions etc.

Serve with a cold refreshing drink, because this can be hot depending on how much heat is in your pepper mix, you need something cool and refreshing.

You need something cool and refreshing like this FDVie Watermelon/Pineapple Juice

Cowfoot Peppersoup

I certainly can’t be the only one who thinks up things at odd hours, and I suddenly become restless until I execute it. A Facebook friend had mentioned finding cowfoot in her freezer, I think she planted the seed of cow foot pepper soup in my head. I went to my freezer and realised I had no cowfoot left. I wanted to go out and get some but the rain was pouring so heavily. The rain only made my cravings worse, because I wanted something warm and spicy to tuck in with.

The thought of getting stuck in the return traffic kept me in check eventually, I settled for something else that was spicy. My to do list the next morning included getting Cowfoot, to satisfy my Cowfoot Peppersoup cravings.

Recipe

Ingredients (Cook time 35-45 mins)

  • 3 kg Cowfoot cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp Delta Pepper Soup Spice ( I prefer the blend of spices that Delta women include in their peppersoup blend. It is rich, it is robust, it is flavourful
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne pepper.
  • 1 tbsp Cameroon pepper
  • ½ tsp Ginger powder
  • 1 small onion chopped (optional)
  • A few Efinrin leaves (Scent leaves) chopped
  • 2 Seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 litres Water

Procedure

  • Cowfoot is tough to cook so I recommend cooking in a pressure pot.
  • In a clean pot, add your properly washed cow foot, pepper, onion, salt, seasoning cubes, ginger powder, pepper soup spice, efrinrin and about 1 litre or less of water. (I like to add at least one piece of Uda and small bit of Uyayak to when I cook pepper soup. Honestly not necessary especially when you use Delta Psoup spice but I like it)
  • Cover the pot properly to ensure the pressure pot is well sealed.
  • Turn heat on to medium and cook till the cow foot is tender, that will take between 20 – 25 minutes in a pressure pot.
  • Once the Cowfoot is tender, release the pressure in your pot following the instructions for your pot. you’d also find The water may not have reduced a great deal because it was cooked in a pressure pot.
  • Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Lower the heat and cook for roughly 10 mins still with the pot lid off
  • Turn heat off and serve hot or warm.

Enjoy with a cold bottle of Fresh Juice

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(Tigernut/Coconut/Dates/Ginger/Distilled Water)

Creamy Noodle and Chicken Soup

The cultures that include coconut milk in alot of their cooking are balling! The flavour is so beautiful and delicious. It rained and I wanted something warm spicy soup, chewable, and filling. And I thought to pair noodles with coconut milk. When I have noodles, I love to have it with broth.

We can have the conversation on how healthy or unhealthy ramen noodles are forever, whatever nutritional value the noodles lacked is made up for by the coconut milk and the chicken.

This is a bowl of deliciousness, I strongly recommend you try.

Recipe

  • 2 packs Instant Noodles (I used two 70g Indomie instant noodles)
  • Shredded cooked chicken (I used roughly 1.5cups)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ cup coconut milk
  • *½ cup chicken stock (optional)
  • Chopped vegetables of choice

Procedure

  • In a clean pot on medium heat, bring water, coconut milk , *chicken stock to a simmer
  • Add the seasonings from the noodle pack, if you like some more heat add some additional pepper
  • Add shredded chicken
  • As it comes to a boil add noodles.
  • Cook till al dente and turn heat off.
  • Serve hot

Enjoy with a delicious bottle of Juice