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!
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 decide to make quail egg 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 perfect cute little quail egg scotch eggs, no egg tasting required!
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.
A while back, I shared my puff puff recipe and while I raved about my love for those drop donuts, I have a new fried love: Nigerian buns. It might be because there is no wait time for the mixture to rise, or that I prefer the texture in general, but I currently prefer Nigerian buns over puff puff any day. Now, this love is kind of complicated because I generally do not like the way buns is prepared sometimes. I like the simple and easy version of buns, no milk, no eggs. Eggs change the texture of buns to one I find undesirable, and milk gives it an odd flavor that I personally do not prefer. This recipe shows how to make Nigerian buns without dairy, eggs or any fuss and yet still get that fluffy texture and great taste!
I don’t know about you guys, but I am often very disappointed with the meat pie offerings at many of our African parties or weddings. Eagerly anticipating the promise of various finger foods or “small chops” as we call them, I quickly spot the meat pie stash on a tray and proceed to grab one with the promise of the savory meaty goodness, only to bite into a mediocre filling and bready crust. Since my last meat pie recipe (which I admit was a bit standard… still great, but not a knock out), I have been toiling in the kitchen to achieve the best fail-proof meat pie recipe with the most delicate, flaky meat pie crust which still stays whole and stable in your hand. My personal requirements for perfection are:
- A stable meat pie crust. I have no problems with flaky crusts especially since I am used to making flaky puff pastry, but I need the crust to be more stable. Regular puff pastry would be too delicate for this recipe most of the time.
- Flaky meat pie crust. I also need the crust to be light and airy. I love meat pies, but tough dough pies are not my speed.
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.
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.