Nigerian Spicy Peanut Stew

Nigerian Spicy Peanut Stew

The first peanut stew I tasted in my life was in Nigeria, and it was terrible! It was really bad guys, I can’t lie. After that first time, it was years till I tried peanut stew again. Let me tell you the story…

Quail Scotch Eggs with Homemade Sausage

Quail Scotch Eggs with Homemade Sausage

Afro- Foods, Savory, Snacks | June 24, 2017 | By

As most Yummy Medley readers may have already picked up, I do not eat eggs! I have attempted to try them sometime in the past, but it came back up each time, and I have since developed a stronger aversion to them. My husband on the other hand eats eggs, and since we have been married, I have only cooked eggs for him once or twice, with this recipe being the third time. He is extremely lucky to have a wife that loves to cook, so he doesn’t complain at all or miss eggs (his words, not mine). Whenever he has an egg craving (which is usually never), he would either make it himself (since I have prohibited almost all my kitchen equipment from touching eggs he usually never tries), or he gets his fix outside. So why did I make scotch eggs…? Well, it is a combination of things, but everyone (including two of my sisters, my husband) that tried it loved it, so it was a success. So in this recipe, I will share with egg lovers and haters (like me) how to make the perfect cute little scotch egg, no egg tasting required!

African Fathers Day Recipe: Cameroonian Poulet DG

African Fathers Day Recipe: Cameroonian Poulet DG

It is almost father’s day here in the U.S., and as a daddy’s girl that loves to cook, I try to make a variety of dishes that I know my dad would love. Recently, I have started to include some of my husband’s favorite dishes in my father’s day spread, and he has slightly different food preferences from my dad. This year, one of the dishes on my father’s day spread is this delicious Cameroonian dish called Poulet DG. I decided to share this recipe as it combines favorites of my dad and husband in one dish, and I knew they will both enjoy it.

Jollof Spaghetti

Jollof Spaghetti

Some people have asked me for my jollof rice recipe; to those I say, “hold please”. I, just like most other west Africans love jollof rice, but sometimes, I want a quick and easy jollof flavor that does not require me making jollof rice. In came my jollof couscous that takes only 20 minutes to prepare. I then became low-key addicted to quick and easy jollof recipes. I have also always loved pasta, so the no-brainer next step was to make a jollof spaghetti. My goal in making this recipe was to make sure it tasted like jollof, not spaghetti and sauce, and if I have to say so myself: I nailed it.

Fisherman’s Fried Rice

Fisherman’s Fried Rice

Afro- Foods, Savory | May 19, 2017 | By

I am a coastal girl. I grew up close to fisherman’s markets, and they always had their fresh catch for sale everyday. While there was no lack of customers looking to buy the fresh seafood on offer, there were usually leftovers from the day’s catch. Typically, leftover seafood is smoked and dried to prolong its shelf life, and is later sold to use in local stews and soups. Sometimes however, fishermen just ate the leftover catch of the day, especially if there was an abundance of smoked or dried seafood. This fisherman’s fried rice recipe is a rendition of one of the delicious meals that could be made with the daily leftover catch.

Preparing Easy Lamb Sambusas/Samosas

Preparing Easy Lamb Sambusas/Samosas

 

Hello my people! Mother’s day here in the U.S. is fast approaching, and for mother’s day brunch, I wanted to make something easy, delicious and something that reminded me of home. Typical  brunch food seemed rather boring to me, so I pulled out my “small chops” hand book. There is a lot of Indian and Middle eastern influence in Africa, and in East Africa, these Sambusas are the African sisters of Samosas. They are essentially the same thing, but in a lot of east African countries, meat is added to the filling. I have had Sambusas/Samosas with potatoes and meat, with rice and meat , and like in this case, with peas and meat.

Thieboudienne: Senegalese Rice and Fish

Thieboudienne: Senegalese Rice and Fish

I am trying not to start my recipe posts with the usual “I love…”, so here goes  my attempt. Once upon a time, I was introduced to a Senegalese restaurant in downtown Baltimore by one of my dear Cameroonian friends. This trip created a soft spot in my food heart (aka my belly) for Senegalese cuisine. As a Nigerian myself, I thought that nothing could rival Nigerian food in this spot, but after I tasted the National dish of Senegal, Thieboudienne, there was a mini war for my food heart. Thieboudienne is a mouth watering rice and fish dish that is like nothing I had before.

Not Egusi Soup: Nigerian Almond Stew

Not Egusi Soup: Nigerian Almond Stew

Afro- Foods, Savory | April 24, 2017 | By

I struggled for a little while coming up with the title of this recipe. As some of you may know, this picture looks like your typical egusi soup, but it is not. I, like many people I know live in “abroad”, which means I don’t always have easy access to African ingredients. Luckily for me, I do have an African store close by, so I don’t always struggle to find my home ingredients. Truth be told, African stores don’t come close to providing as much variety as is found back home, but… it meets the needs here just fine. One day however, I was out of Egusi…

Peri Peri Chicken Under a Brick

Peri Peri Chicken Under a  Brick

Afro- Foods, Savory | March 13, 2017 | By

 

Once upon a time, I did not have access to a Nandos or any other peri peri chicken spot near me, and to satisfy the deep craving I had for proper peri peri, I had to learn to make it myself. Now I have a Nando’s about 30 minutes away from my house, but I still find myself coming back to this recipe, and frankly, I think I prefer it.

Cameroonian Fish Rolls

Cameroonian Fish Rolls

Afro- Foods, Savory, Snacks | April 9, 2015 | By

 

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.

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