I am so excited, I can barely type. One of my big inspirations in the kitchen for a few years now has been Steve Owens from Steve’s Kitchen. I even shared on of his recipes here a while back. I found him after I had looked all over for clotted cream to go with my scones and could not find any. I bumped into his recipe for clotted cream after I thought of making it myself, and ever since then I’ve been glued to his channel. He has always been a big inspiration to me, and I remember being so excited when he replied a comment of mine on one of his YouTube videos. My point is, I consider myself an OG Steve Owens fan. So the excitement that hit me when he decided to cook one of my African recipes was as you could imagine, overflowing. If you don’t know Steve’s Kitchen,you need to come out from the rock you’ve been hiding under and go subscribe to his YouTube channel, trust me his channel is on point, not just because of his bright chef’s jackets, or even his fun personality, but also because of his recipes. So here is Steve, cooking my Cameroonian Fish rolls.
He and his wife have been living the dream and are currently traveling the world… talk about goals!
Its been almost six month since my last post here on Yummy Medley. AHHHH!!!! I know in the blog world I might as well have retired. Well, a whole slew of less than perfect events have happened in the past few months, and I must admit I have been extremely distracted by them. I will not share too many of the stories, as some of them are a little sensitive but I’ll tell you one.
I will call this the really unfortunate but blessed week. Over this summer, one of the more wonderful things that I cherished was my mom and sisters visiting.
It was really awesome having them over, despite the seemingly tight space in my house (my mom and all four of my sisters came over), there was never a dull moment, and you can be sure that there was always good food. On this less than perfect week, my mom and one of my sisters had to catch a flight back home from New York. I do not live in New York, so we had to journey down for them to catch their flight. After much hustle and bustle, they missed their flight, and we had to re-book for the next available flight two days later. Instead of going all the way back home, we decided to book a hotel in New York for two night so we could make it to the airport in time. About the hotel… it was far less than ideal. At this point I was not only spending much more than I bargained for something I wasn’t excited about, but I also felt the ugly friend known as travelers constipation creeping up due to the type of food I was subjected to eating(sorry for the TMI), so I was really uncomfortable.
Anyway, fast forward past all the stress of international flights, and the journey back to Maryland, I got home only to prepare to leave for a conference in a few hours. Thankfully, the conference was somewhat relaxing and I got to be around great people. Well, on getting back home from the conference, my husband and I caught a few seconds of our carbon-monoxide alarm, before the battery died reacting on instinct, my husband called the fire department after our apartment services decided to react somewhat non-nonchalantly to the incident. We were not allowed in our apartment for a while, and the fire department condemned our stove. For almost a whole week we had to live on take ways, microwave diners and some fruit here and there. At this point, my natural instinct was to react based on my stress levels and to complain and cry; but I was gently reminded that it was better for me to spend extra money on food, than for me to have missed the carbon monoxide alarm by a few seconds.
At this point, in the midst of my trials, I thank God for life, and for the little blessing He has surrounded me with. I am happy to say though that I will be back on the recipe grind, and although there are still life events that seem bigger than me, I have a God who is greater than anything I face, and is on my side.
Next up… a delicious recipe would not want to miss.
Sombi (Senegalese coconut rice pudding), is my favorite type of rice pudding. It is traditionally served warm, however in the warmer months it can also be served cold. Let me tell you why I serve it cold sometimes and how to make it.
When I had fish rolls as a kid they sucked! My mom never made fish rolls, and the ones that I bought from street vendors and fancy restaurants sucked! Then I grew up and made friends from Cameroon that made awesome fish rolls; nothing like what I had as a kid. A perfect combination of a crisp and light crust with a savory fish filling. Let me tell you the story of how I shifted from hating fish rolls and share the recipe that made me fall in love with them.
Keema Chapatis are kind of amazing. There is really little to say about it. What’s so amazing about this amazing stuffed flat bread?… Let me tell you.
Africans eat Ramen noodles? Yes we do, not like you may think, but yes we love our Ramen. Instant Ramen is mostly popular in Western and Southern Africa, and the way we tend to eat our Ramen is usually different from the way the rest of the world eats Ramen. Here is how…
The weather is finally warming up after a frigid winter. The cherry blossom festival in DC starts officially on March 27th this year, and the signs of spring with the blooming flowers are already evident all around me. This put me in the mood for a refreshing childhood favorite of mine, Hibiscus Iced Tea.
Plantain chips are one of my favorite snacks. I would choose sweet plantain chips over my favorite salt and vinegar potato chips any day, and if I am not too careful sometimes I can eat too much. For years now I tried to make plantain chips at home, just like my mom used to make them, but I was never successful until recently. Along the way, I picked up a few tips and tricks after my many failed attempts that are guaranteed to get crispy plantain chips every time. Trust me on this one, I’ve messed up enough times to know.
Cashews are my husbands’ favorite nut. For someone who is not a picky eater, he has been pretty consistent on his feelings about Nkatie cake (which translates to peanut cake); he prefers them with cashews, and could care less about the original peanut version. So this recipe is especially dedicated to him. The original Nkatie cakes originating from Ghana are made with peanuts, but I substituted peanuts with cashews (because of you know who), in this recipe and came up with these cashew candy bars. They turn out even better than the original in my opinion, so I guess he is on to something here.
Disclaimer: I might rant a little…#justsaying. Happy Valentines day for those who are celebrating it. For those who might be battling a force of nature around this time, your celebration of valentines day might be clouded by a guest the world has named PMS. So I am going to share with you the perfect medicine to get away with PMS like it doesn’t exist: Cream Chocolate Chip Rock Buns. “How do they work?” you may ask, well, stick around, and I’ll explain the logic to you.