1/4 cup Vegetable oil (for the sauce, you’d need more for trying the plantain.
3 cups chopped lighty fried meats (I used goat meat)
Shredded Fish (Smoked cod fish, dried sardines (bonga fish), about 1cup or more)
Bouillon cubes (2 or more depending on your tatse
Salt to taste
Chop up your plantains and deep fry till it’s almost turning brown and set aside.
You should have pre-fried your meats.
Pour 1/4 cup of oil in a pot, allow it to heat up, once hot pour the pepper mix , fry slightly and pour in the stock. If you are using bonga fish, rinse well and add to the pepper from the start. Cook for 5 mins and add the fried meats. On medium heat, cook the stew till the water has completely reduced add your bouillon cubes and salt. Cook with lid on.
Once the water has completely reduced, add smoked fish, and vegetable. Cook for about 5 minutes with the lid off.
Stir in the fried plantains and let it simmer for about 2 mins and turn the heat off.
I have a five year old son and I am raising him by God’s grace to be the best version of the man God has destined him to be. He loves to cook with me in the kitchen and I encourage him. We made this meal together and even made a video tutorial on How to wrap moinmoin in leaves.
I found a very inspiring post on Facebook that underscores the reason why I’m raising my son this way.
Read Excerpt below
“I’m Worried About Our Sons” By Funke Egbemode.
Today, I am worried about our sons, today’s young men. I am truly worried and every mother should pause, take a closer look at her sons and daughters and answer this question: are you empowering your son for the journey ahead of him? Answer truthfully, after all you are alone and you don’t have to let anybody hear you…
I think Nigerian mothers have not done well raising future husbands and fathers. Let’s admit it, we have not scored above average, that is if we achieved average at all…
Take a closer look at your beautiful daughter and your handsome six-footer son. Who is better prepared for the task ahead? I know some of us had realised this and have done better than others but most Nigerian mothers need to buckle up. Our sons are not what they should be and we cannot have the society, the country we desire when we put unprepared men and overgrown boys in positions of authority….
It does not matter if women produce the next president and Central Bank Governor and 20 state governors, the achievement of Nigerian women and indeed women world over will continue to be marred if all we do is churn out half-baked and ill-equipped fathers and husbands. We cannot have a great society with just great women and less than good fathers and husbands…
We’ve got to pay more attention to the quality of sons we are raising. Are we teaching them the right values? Have you sat your boys down and told them only impotent men beat their wives? Have you told your sons a man is not man if he cannot provide for his wife and children, that the ‘dangling modifier’ in between his legs is not really what proves his manhood in his home? …
Since this year’s theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Inspiring Change’, let us change the way we have brought up our boys. Let us teach them the skills that will protect their manhood beyond using the right condoms. (First published in 2015)
2 Bouillon Cubes (Any season cubes of your choice e.g knorr) *or to taste
Salt (to taste)
Blend Beans with pepper and onions to a smooth paste
(Ensure not make the paste too runny by adding too much water while blending about 500ml – 750 ml of water should be sufficient for blending this quantity of beans)
*Tip* don’t ever add tomatoes to your beans paste, the acidity in the tomatoes will not allow you paste to set when it is cooked
In mixing bowl, stir the paste well for at least one minute, then add your oil and stir thoroughly until the oil is properly incorporated. Then add your salt, crushed bouillon cubes and mix thoroughly till well incorporated.
Then add in the flaked fish and chopped eggs and mix.
Scoop into your leaves. * I have a preference for wrapping moinmoin in leaves as it is not only tastier in leaves, it is healthier. Cooking your food in polythene bags allows harmful chemicals to seep into your food*. I have a made a video tutorial on HOW TO WRAP MOINMOIN IN LEAVES click the hyperlink to watch.
Add about a cup or two of water to a pot, (preferably a steaming pot) if you don’t have a steaming pot, you can place the stalks you cut off from your leaves at the base of the pot as a barrier between the water and the wrapped moinmoin . Place the wrapped moinmoin on the barrier, cover the pot, you can cover it with more leaves to trap steam , cook on medium heat for at least 20 – 25 mins.
Your moinmoin is cooked when the paste sets and it’s cooked all the way though.
This recipe is courtesy of an amazing lady i met on facebook, Ngozi Ogwuegbu Nnopuechi. She made the “awesomest” Ugba Salad for a hangout some time back and she was kind enough to share her recipe with me when i asked her. This is a shout out to her. I sent her a picture of my first attempt below.
2 Cups Ugba,
3 Uziza leaves sliced thinly ,
4 Utazi leaves sliced thinly,
1/2 tsp Powdered Crayfish ,
Ehuru (2 seeds ground finely),
1 tsp Potash,
1/4 cup Palm Oil,
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste preferably cayenne pepper)
*Garden Eggs optional
Soak your stockfish in hot water until the fish is tender. Rinse your ugba thoroughly , some people prefer to wash it with warm water and salt.
To make the base, heat up your palm oil in a pot or wok. Dissolve the potash in 1 tbsp Water. Pour the dissolved potash into your heated oil. The oil will froth and cuddle, turn down the heat and stir well.
Once base is done add Ehuru it has a strong aroma and salt
Add the Stockfish, Ugba and then pepper crayfish seasoning
Add the thinly sliced Uziza leaf and utazi leaf and you’re done
You can serve with smoked fish or fried fish. I experimented with dodo (Fried Plantian) and it was absolutely delicious.