Fonio Pudding/Acha Pudding: the African Super Grain Cereal

Fonio is a drought resistant, gluten-free, nutritious (cystine and methionine loaded) ancient super grain mostly grown in the Western Sahel region of Africa, and this Acha pudding or fonio pudding recipe uses it in a delicious breakfast porridge which will absolutely blow your expectations of oatmeal away!

Fonio Pudding/Acha Pudding: the African Super Grain Cereal

Happy New Year! I took a brief break for the holidays but I am back!!! With the new year, I like a lot of people have quite a few new action plans. One of the plans I have for the year is to celebrate African food even more here on Yummy Medley, and to challenge you guys to break your diet norms and explore the world of African and Afro-Tropical food. In keeping with my new year resolve, I will be sharing with you the merits of one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s treasures, Fonio. Fonio is a drought resistant grain mostly grown in the Western Sahel region of Africa, and this recipe uses it in a porridge consumed in diverse variations, and is referred to as Acha pudding or fonio pudding in Nigeria.

Fonio Pudding/Acha Pudding: the African Super Grain Cereal

Pancetta and Chicken Sausage Rolls

While traditional sausage rolls are made with ground pork, these chicken sausage rolls add a delicious pancetta twist that makes it perfect for celebrations

Pancetta and Chicken Sausage Rolls

Afro-tropical Recipes | December 19, 2017 | By

It is almost Christmas!!! I am really excited for Christmas this year because I get to spend it some of my close family and friends. I am not cooking too much like I did for thanksgiving, but I will be cooking a little bit for a shared dinner. These delicious chicken sausage rolls dish is one of the recipes that I get to share for the holidays, and I know people that are always excited to get them. Instead of the traditional ground pork or even store bought pork sausage, I decided to give my sausage rolls a delicious face lift.

Purple Sweet Potato Cake with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting

This deliciously decadent and technically accurate Purple Sweet Potato Cake with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting is so good, it is impossible to resist!

Purple Sweet Potato Cake with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting

What can I say about this delicious purple sweet potato cake? This was one of my most adventurous holiday recipes, but it produced the most rewarding dessert I ever had on my table! I just had to share it with you! This cake had been on my todo list for a while but I held off and had to do a lot of extensive research to ensure this purple sweet potato cake came out perfect with the right fluffy consistency and beautiful color, not to mention the addictive taste! This sweet potato cake with the marshmallow cream cheese frosting was honestly one of my best cake recipes to date (I know I seem to say that a lot but it’s honestly how I feel!). In fact the potato cake was so good i was unable to keep some leftovers for the next day! The making of this cake can get quite technical but no need to panic, yours truly is here to walk you through the process of getting this right all the time! I will first explain the key ingredients to a successful purple sweet potato cake before moving on to the recipe. This is not one of those recipes that you want to simply skip to the recipe. If you want to make this, please take a moment to read through the tips and reasons for selecting the right ingredients. You won’t regret it!!

Purple Sweet Potato Cake with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting

Jerk Turkey Wings: A Delicious Holiday Alternative

These delicious Jerk turkey wings are an alternative take on classic thanksgiving turkey that’ll have you and your family and friends craving for more!

Jerk Turkey Wings

Recently, I visited New York for a mini culinary exploration, and if you have been following me on Instagram (you should if you aren’t) you would have seen that one of the culinary highlights of my mini vacation was in Crown Heights. Crown Heights (specifically Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn) is home to what in my opinion is the best Caribbean food in New York, and I might even say in the U.S. I am not 100 percent certain of course, but I challenge you to tell me of a neighborhood with better Caribbean food… mind you this won’t be easy as I have sampled a large variety of Caribbean foods from a ton of other neighborhoods! The diversity of Caribbean culture there is also quite refreshing, there is a Bajan restaurant next to a Jamaican restaurant, a few steps away from a Trini bakery; I could go on and on. This trip inspired one of the dishes I will be serving for Thanksgiving this year: Jerk turkey wings, in a delicious alternative take on thanksgiving turkey that will have you and your friends craving for more!

Chick-Un Vegan Hand Pies: Surprisingly Addictive!

These addictive chick-un vegan hand pies are a chicken pie alternative I usually have on my Thanksgiving table, but you can certainly enjoy this anytime!

Chick-Un Vegan Hand Pies - laid out on a baking grill

I hate to be one of those people who rename recipes to sound pun-ny, but I am going to overlook this if only to introduce you about my deliciously addictive chick-un Vegan Hand Pies. For thanksgiving at my house, I host a ton of people, and one of the friends I love to have over is a vegan. Since I love her so much,  I do not like to make her feel left out by giving her boring vegan food or let her go hungry by not making anything that could accommodate her at all. So I try to make some delicious dishes that I know she will love and that my non-vegan guests can also enjoy without feeling singled out… I am so nice, right? These vegan hand pies  are one of the vegan dishes that I will be having on my Thanksgiving table, but you can certainly enjoy this dish anytime of the year.

Chick-Un Vegan Hand Pies - overhead shot with some tea

Miyan Taushe: Nigerian Pumpkin Stew/Soup

This delicious pumpkin stew locally called Miyan Taushe is native to Northern Nigeria and is commonly eaten with fufu/swallow, rice, and even naan bread.

In case you have missed it somehow, it is pumpkin season right now, and pumpkins are popping up everywhere not just as a seasonal decoration, but as a major food source. I have not been able to resist the urge to buy some of the beautiful looking pumpkins constantly on sale at my grocery store. In addition to the homemade pumpkin puree I mentioned in my last post, which I used for some sweet pumpkin desserts, I also decided to stretch myself and explore what pumpkin recipes Nigeria had to offer, knowing that whatever I found would be an absolute flavor delight as is the case with majority of African dishes. One tasty result of this search is this delicious savory stew/ soup that was a big hit in my home and is native to the Northern parts of Nigeria: A delicious pumpkin stew locally called Miyan Taushe.

5 Tips for the Best Homemade Pumpkin Puree from Scratch

Here are my easy tips to making the best homemade pumpkin puree from scratch to save you money using fresh pumpkins that taste even better than canned ones!

It feels like whenever the month of October rolls around, a memo goes out to all the grocery stores and produce markets to bring out all the pumpkins and all pumpkin flavored products. I am not opposed to the change from the mango and pineapple summer items to the pumpkin everything of course, but as a budget savvy kitchen maestro, I try to make sure I am enjoying all the fun flavors of fall but holding on to my money. Since I love utilizing all these pumpkin flavors in my kitchen, one of the best ways I have found to do that cheaply is to make my own homemade pumpkin puree, and to know how to substitute pumpkins when necessary.

Pumpkin Puff Puff (Nigerian Pumpkin Drop Donuts)

If you think you love puff puff or even donuts, get ready for a huge upgrade with these tasty and addictive pumpkin puff puff/drop donuts !

Pumpkin Drop Donuts (Nigerian Pumpkin Puff Puff) - hand sprinkling pumpkin spice sugar

If you are an OG Yummy Medley follower, you will remember that once upon a time I made a classic Nigerian puff puff. It is a staple on my house, and I make it almost every other week especially for my sisters because they love it and because of how easy it is to make. I recently made a huge batch of pumpkin puree because of the seasonal baking that I love to do with pumpkins so I decided to try adding pumpkins to my puff puff and… It was a huge hit! If you think you love puff puff or even donuts/doughnuts, get ready for a huge upgrade with these pumpkin puff puff (also known as pumpkin drop donuts).

Nigerian Beans Porridge (Ewa Oloyin)

Nigerian beans porridge is the definition of complete comfort and can be paired with garri (cassava flakes), bread or ogi (fermented, corn starch porridge)

Nigerian Beans Porridge (Ewa Oloyin) - 3 dishes of the delicious beans porridge and a pot

For the longest time, I thought of comfort food as familiar and mostly unhealthy food that makes us feel good. I have recently adjusted my idea of what comfort food should be… you just need to feel good eating it. Whether you get comfort from the cold bland crunch of an iceberg lettuce salad, or the juicy and greasy bite of a perfectly deep fried chicken, comfort food can be anything for anyone. For me this Nigerian beans porridge is the definition of complete comfort, especially on a cold fall evening.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Nut Milk: Nutella Inspired

Using almonds and hazelnuts, I made a nutella inspired raw vegan chocolate nut milk that far exceeded my expectations and was quite a hit with everyone!

Raw Vegan Chocolate Nut Milk: Nutella Inspired - pouring vegan chocolate milk into a glass cup

I confess, I am a food snob. This may not be a new confession, I think I may have owned up to this once before but I am once again openly confessing my little secret. Not only am I a food snob, I have also successfully turned the permanent members of my house, aka my husband and sisters to food snubs as well. One of the things my husband and I tend to turn our noses up to is store bought nut milks. Ever since I discovered that I can make my own nut milk that tastes ten times better than anything bought in the store, I have not bought any boxed or bottled nut milk products sold in grocery stores.  I decided to push my snobbery a little further and attempt a nutella inspired vegan chocolate nut milk drink since once I realized how good homemade almond milk tasted, I figured a chocolate nut milk would taste even better. Let me tell you the story of how this raw vegan chocolate nut milk recipe was born.

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