A hearty meal, …

A hearty meal, who can find?
Nwando Onuigbo


Farfalle (bow-shaped pasta)

Farfalle (bow-shaped pasta)

Why not try cooking by separation. Like here is a picture of a pasta meal and you don’t have the recipe but you can zoom in on the picture, try and separate the ingredients one by one and then you’ll know what you need to use.
So…try that yea, and if your stuck I’ll tell you what I use.

Boxing day menu

Compliments of the season and happy holidays. I guess I am not doing bad myself. I didn’t have the normal Christmas feast I am used to but the height of  my day was that I watched “Breaking dawn” part 2 and had a lovely sweet and sour pizza to go with it. The warm, sweet taste of the pineapple mixed with the savory taste of the chicken was other worldly. People around this parts are suspicious of mixing sweet and savory together (as it’s kind of exotic to Nigerian cooking) but I assure you it’s a delightful experience. After all why does dodo (fried plantain) which is sweet go with Jellof rice or Beans porridge which are both savory. So try mixing something sweet and savory and tell me about it.

Anyways, I’m excited to inform you that one of my followers who I recommended  a Boxing day menu for sent me some pictures and here they are:

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A spread of: Roast turkey, Cream of chicken soup, Rice pilaf, Couscous, Pot roasted potato and carrots, Garlic bread, Naan bread, Chicken gravy, Beef stew, Single salads and vinaigrette.

Christmas recipes

Hi guys, so sorry these recipes are coming late but hey! there are twelve days of Christmas so who says you have to have all the good stuff on Christmas day. So please try them out and let me know how it goes. Please do take a picture too.

#1 Chin chin

Yea, I know you are saying that chin chin is same old, same old but trust me, this is different, my chin chin is legendary.


2kg plain flour.

500g sugar.

1/2 teaspoon salt.

2 nutmeg (grated).

600g margarine.

2 eggs.

1 tin of evaporated milk.


Vegetable oil.


-Mix all dry ingredients together.

-Rub in the margarine and mix till the texture of bread crumbs.

-Beat the egg, mix with the milk then make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in the liquid.

-Mix well, add a little water and mix till the dough doesn’t stick to your fingers.

-Roll out, cut into uniform cubes and fry in the vegetable oil till golden brown.

Bon appetit.

#2 Caramel zobo



1 heaped cup of zobo flowers.

1 tablespoon of ground cloves.

1 medium sized pineapple.

Sugar (add to taste).




-Rinse and put zobo in the pot.

-Peel and grate the pineapple. Put this in addition to the cloves in the pot.

-Add enough water to cover the ingredients and then boil for 15 minutes.

-Strain and set aside.

-Caramelize sugar in a heavy sauce pan till just golden brown.

-Add water to the caramel, stir well and add to the strained zobo.

-Mix well, taste and add more water or caramel as needed.

-Serve chilled in cups crowned with kiwi slices.


Don’t touch or taste the caramel, it’s like molten plastic!

#3 Tropical Cocktail

Bringing home the taste of calypso.




Coconut milk.

Sugar (optional).


-Measurement is free style.

-Combine the baileys, coconut milk and banana in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

-Sweeten to taste if desired.

-Serve chilled in a sundae glass and accessorize to make it pretty.

#4 Puff puff



1kg plain flour.

350g of plain sugar.

2 tablespoons of yeast.


2 teaspoons of banana essence.

Vegetable oil.

Cinnamon sugar.


-Combine all dry ingredients and mix well.

-Add enough water till the mixture can form a smooth ball in your hand.

-Add the flavoring and mix well.

-Leave in a warm place to rise for 2 hours or doubled in bulk.

-Fry in hot vegetable oil until golden brown.

-While hot sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Bon appetit.

Cinnamon sugar: This is made by simply mixing cinnamon with sugar.

#5 Fruit salsa

Don’t forget to eat fruits which will help digest all the food you’ll be eating this season. Here’s my suggestion which is a salsa of 3, you can use any 3 fruits for yours. Remember to try something new.



Pineapple cubes

Kiwi slices

Strawberry slices.


-Combine all ingredients.

-Spoon into cute bowls and place in the fridge to get cold until ready to serve.

Christmas minnies

Below are a collection of “small chops” you can serve this Christmas:

Egg nog.

Sweet and sour chicken.

-Jam pies.

-Tuna and sweetcorn sarnies.


-Lemon cookies.

-Crepes suzette.

-Banana hollandia smoothie.


-Brandied muffins.

-Yam balls (couldn’t resist this, yam is my best food).

-Strawberry milkshake.

-Croker fritter.

Mulled wine.

Bon appetit

Christmas menu

Hi all, someone asked for a menu for a boxing day party so here it is:

-Roast turkey.


-Samosa, spring rolls with sweet and sour relish.

-Zobo with parsley sprigs.

-Banana and hollandia smoothie.

-Single salads.

-Fairy cakes with sprinkles and toppings.

If you have questions on any of the recipes, feel free to ask.

Festive things

Sleigh bells ring

Sleigh bells ringHappy holidays

Happy holidays

In this yuletide season, try something new… I mean food wise especially. Have faith that the new food you eat will do you good. Today instead of the normal pies or hot dogs at a fast food restaurant, I had a burrito and whaddaya know? It wasn’t as nice as it looks on The food network but at least I can now boast of having eaten one, yippee! So try some new food this season and tell me about it.
I watched “The life of PI” today in 3D and I totally recommend it.
As always I’m foodfully yours.


Awww, Christmas is simply my best holiday of the year coz there is so much food! Here are some pictures that I hope will encourage you to cook, cook and cook some more. Bon appetit.


A Christmas food feast.


Christmas breakfast.


Another one: Ice cream in hot choc with striped toast.


Always remember to set the table, it creates the right ambience.



Vary the feast: meat, veggies, drinks, snacks, sauces, etc. you name it.