For people trying to avoid eating meat, Jerk spiced chicken might not always be an option for you, but that does not mean you have to miss out on the amazing flavor that Jerk has to offer. This Jerk Spiced Mushroom Pizza uses the amazing flavors of Jerk seasoning, and combines it with a medley of mushrooms to produce the best tasting mushroom pizza you may have had. If you love jerk and pizza, then you need to try this delicious recipe.
Before I jump into this recipe, some of you might ask… “What are Rock Cakes?” I got the same question from my co-wokers when I brought these treats to my office, Christmas potluck. They are like a British/ Jamaican cross between a cookie and a cake. Traditionally, rock cakes or rock buns, are a baked cake-cookie treat that are made with coconut and raisins/ currants. The “rock” in the name comes from the slightly crunchy texture on the outside of the cake, further enhanced by the coconut. These chocolate chip rock cakes preserves everything in the original but the currants and enhances the delicious taste without even using dairy or eggs!
Ghana Sugar Bread (or sweet bread) is a sweet dense and chewy textured bread commonly eaten in Ghana. Other West Africans eat similar versions of this bread as well (for instance agege bread in Nigeria), and the recipe that I am sharing is tweak-able to cater to your taste.
The other day I shared my recipe for Moi moi, and if you recall, I said that Moi moi was one of my favorites, but that I had other dishes that were also on my favorite list. Akara is another favorite of mine and is quite easy to make. Nigerian Akara is similar to Moi moi, but unlike Moi moi that is steamed, Akara is a fried black eyed pea fritter. The texture and taste of Akara and Moi moi are worlds apart, but they use very similar ingredients.
Not too long ago, if you asked me what my favorite food was, I would have said Moi moi, hands down. Nowadays, I have a handful of favorite foods, but Moi moi remains close to the top of the list. Moi moi (also called moin moin) is a delicious, savory steamed bean pudding made commonly in Nigeria from a mixture of blended black eyed peas or beans, peppers, onions, and spices. This moi moi recipe uses smoked trout in the Moi moi, but you can switch it out for any other cooked fish, corned beef, boiled eggs, or omit the animal protein altogether and make it vegan.
I first tasted a version of Nigerian peanut stew when I was little in Lagos, Nigeria and it was terrible! It was really bad guys, I can’t lie. After that first time, it was years till I tried this Nigerian peanut stew again. Let me tell you the story…
The first time I had a Chapman drink, I must have been about 10 years old, and it was at a place called Ikoyi Club in Lagos, Nigeria. Ikoyi club was somewhat of a country club back in the day, and it was the fun spot for me and my sisters to hang out and participate in a bunch of fun activities. Back then, we would always order food and drinks, and while we kids got to have the soda of our choice, my parents always ordered Chapman.
When I was a kid, I remember my dad going to a fancy super market and buying a pack of frozen spring rolls, shrimp rolls (aka firecracker shrimp), and samosas. He would bring them home and all we needed to do was fry them and serve them. In our minds, we all pretended it was special guest food, but in all honesty, we would fry them up every now and then when my parents were in the mood. My favorite of the lot was the firecracker shrimp, so I had to figure out how to make them myself. To the uninitiated, firecracker shrimp is a delicious and crunchy shrimp roll that’s commonly served as an appetizer or “small chops” as we Nigerians like to call it in our parties. They’re usually called firecrackers because of the satisfyingly crisp snap and crackle that comes out of biting into one.
For the fourth of July, my family and I are going to be heading to one of our friend’s places for an all-day celebration and there will be lots of food. Anyone who knows Africans know that whenever we get together with lots of food there is always a major variety. I decided that instead of bringing something typical like rice or some type of spicy meat dish, I wanted to bring something theme appropriate to fourth of July by fusing Zobo (aka hibiscus) with coconut, strawberries and blueberries to create a fantastic Zobo Berry Coconut Popsicle.
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!