Nigerian Ogbono and Egusi Soup ( Two in One Soup )

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I can’t believe it’s actually been two months i haven’t updated the blog with a new post, my sincere apologies if you are a regular reader of my blog. Today, i decided to kill two birds with one stone, yes! We Nigerians like our traditional soups, how about having two of your favourite soups in one go. Egusi and ogbono are the two soups in question. If you like these soups, then how about having them both in the same time than cooking separately. In my opinion, i think it is more economical and a clever move. So, let’s get started.    Continue reading →

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Ofe Nsala – White Soup

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Nsala soup, popularly known as ofe nsala by the igbo’s of the eastern part of Nigeria, it is also known as white soup because of the exclusion of palm oil. Nsala soup is one of the easiest soup to cook, not excluding how cheap it is to prepare. You don’t need to break the bank to make this soup. The beauty of this soup is using fresh proteins, ofe nsala is usually cooked with fresh cat fish but you can also prepare it with fresh chicken, everything has to be fresh in order to get the authentic taste. Here is how to make igbo style ofe nsala. Continue reading →

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Egusi Ijebu

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When it comes to egusi soup, i can’t resist, it is one of my favourite soup. Egusi soup also known as melon soup is a staple and very popular food among the eastern people of nigeria which are the igbos but other tribes make this soup too. Egusi soup can be cooked in many ways, from the igbo version to yoruba style etc. This recipe is a popular yoruba style of cooking egusi soup. Although i am not a yoruba by tribe but i love this soup. The one thing that sets this recipe apart is how smooth, yellowish and almost very watery the soup is. This is my second time of making this soup and to be sincere, i love this second version more because it isn’t very smooth and mushy but with just a few egusi pebbles. If you like it all smooth, please do not hesitate to stir it good until the egusi is smooth before adding other ingredients. I have other egusi recipes on the blog, feel free to search the blog for them. Here is how to make egusi ijebu from an igbo woman, enjoy!!!       Continue reading →

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Corned Beef Stew

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My favourite Nigerian tuber crop is yam, yes yam and i like having my yam with a sauce/stew. The egg sauce is a very popular and easy sauce to whip up but there are a lot of sauces and stew you can also make when you get bored of egg sauce. Here is another easy stew that goes with carbohydrates and tuber crop but i prefer to have it with yam. Nigerian corned beef stew is a tomato based sauce. You only need to make your normal tomato stew then add chunks of corned beef and that’s it. Very simple and delicious. Here is how i make mine. If you do not like corned beef, substitute with minced beef but since its called corned beef stew, it is better with corned beef.             Continue reading →

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Yam and Plantain Pottage in Coconut Milk

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I like yam porridge also known as pottage, it is known as asaro in the western part of Nigeria. This recipe is just a simple way to eat your yam and plantain pottage all in one meal, no need making yam and plantain pottage separately. But this is not just your ordinary yam and plantain pottage, this pottage is infused with coconut milk, yes!!! To be sincere, i am not a fan of coconut but i decided to give  this recipe a try and it was so good and worth it that i had to share. The recipe is simple just like asaro, the yoruba version of yam pottage. The key ingredients for this recipe are yam, ripe plantain, tomato stew and coconut milk but if you want just a simple yam and plantain pottage, omit the usage of coconut milk. If you do not like sweet things, you might not like this recipe because it is sweet and delicious to the core. If you would like to view my asaro recipe, click here        Continue reading →

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Plantain Pizza

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My love for pizza is out of this world but sure, i do not abuse on it because too much of everything is bad. I like to make a homemade pizza and sometimes order but very rare. I like making my own pizza because it taste very better. I do not eat all kind of pizza but my preference is usually with pepperoni or salami. This recipe is an exception and i must say i have found another pizza recipe that i will make more often in place of pepperoni pizza. Plantain pizza is the new recipe in town, you might ask why choose plantain for the topping. Pizza toppings are endless, from fruits, proteins, seafood, vegetables and even nuts. Be creative with your pizza toppings, just anything that suits your taste bud. This pizza is the best plantain pizza i have ever made, if you do not like meat on your pizza, this recipe is for you. I have other pizza recipes on the blog. Feel free to search, and yes, the picture did it no justice, it was so delicious. You will fall in love with it when you try it. Enjoy.    Continue reading →

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Banga and Tomato Stew

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What happens when you combine banga and tomatoes together? Lets call it banga and tomato stew lol. Banga stew or banga soup are all the same but the south south people of Nigeria refer this stew/soup as banga soup while we easterners refer it as ofe akwu or banga stew and we prefer to have it with white rice. Ofe akwu is my best stew for eating white rice and i will never get bored of it. Preparing banga stew is not easy because there is no management of ingredients. If you really want a rich banga stew, you should be generous. Adding tin tomato to banga stew occurs very rare but when you have a watery banga stew, we usually add a bit tin tomato to help thicken it lol, yes but this recipe is not the case. If you like Nigerian tomato stew and banga stew then you will like this recipe. I do not think someone have come up with this recipe but i assure you that you will like it and of course it is very rich. You can also view more banga recipes by Clicking Here Continue reading →

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Assorted Meat Pepper Soup

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They say hot soup is just what you need on a very cold day, they do not just keep you warm but also make you strong. Soups are just what you need when you are getting back on your  feet from being sick but not only do you have to take soups when the day is gloomy, it can be a form of entertainment too. The Nigerian pepper soup is a hot cake among us, its a party special too. Nigerian pepper soups are usually spicy and delicious but kind of expensive. Making this soup is neither hard, all you need are some pepper soup spices and any kind of protein. Nigerian pepper soup varies from cat fish, goat meat pepper soup, cow foot pepper soup, assorted meat pepper soup etc. So get  your assorted meat ready and lets go!!!  Oh, not forgetting that today is the first day of the year, this recipe is surely befitting. Happy new year to you my loyal readers and thanks for believing in me!!! Continue reading →

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African Salad (Abacha & Ugba)

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Fate came smiling on me when my colleague traveled to Africa and brought back some traditional African goodies. The most valuable among them is abacha and ukpaka/ugba. In this part of Europe i reside in, one can hardly get to find African food due to the inadequate African shops available. It’s been years i ate abacha and ugba, my taste bud is quite satisfied after eating this traditional dish. Abacha and ugba also know as African salad is an Igbo traditional dish. Abacha is made from cassava that are shredded thinly then sun dried. This meal is deeply rooted Igbo culture making it a sought after. I personally love abacha. Abacha can serve as a snack or dessert. To get the authentic taste of Africa salad, there are some ingredients you really need to have close by. Ukpaka is very essential, utazi and crayfish. We also use ogiri isi and some calabash nutmeg but you can do without them though. Here is how to make an Igbo African salad.     Continue reading →

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Nigerian Egg Stew

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Egg stew is a known staple in Nigeria that is usually paired with yam or any other kind of carbohydrates like potato, plantain and even rice sometimes but preferably, boiled yam or fried yam. You might be confused on the differences between ‘egg stew’ and ‘tomato egg sauce’. They are both similar and prepared with the same ingredients but what differ is the method of preparation and the quantity of ingredients used. Tomato egg sauce is likely to have less amount of tomatoes and more amount of eggs while egg stew is likely to have more amount of tomatoes and less amount of eggs. They can both be eaten with yam and other kind of carbs. Here is how to prepare Nigerian egg stew, enjoy!!! Continue reading →

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