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

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

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.

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

This delicious vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake with homemade lemon glaze was so good, all my friends were unable to tell them apart from usual lemon cakes.

vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake - 3 delicious slices of loaf and lemon cake on grill

One of the biggest achievements of vegan week in the yummy medley kitchen was learning how to cook a variety of veggies deliciously, but honestly, one of our biggest recipe hits, was this vegan lemon poppy seed loaf cake. I have always loved loaf cakes, but it has been quite the chore to replicate them without eggs in general since I do not eat eggs. Well, this time around, my recipe worked and produced this delicious vegan lemon poppy seed loaf which were so good they were quite the hit with many of my friends who were unable to tell them apart from usual lemon cakes.

Tropical Island Green Smoothie… The best ever!!

This fresh tropical green smoothie happens to be my favorite, and can be enjoyed with a sprinkle of lime for some tart healthy smoothie goodness!

Tropical Island Green Smoothie - a delicious smoothie cup with lemon slice

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Some of my summer mornings begin with healthy green smoothies. This fresh tropical Island green smoothie happens to be my favorite, and every now and then I enjoy a big tall mug for breakfast.

Nigerian Akara (Accara/Acaraje): Black Eyed Pea Fritters

Nigerian Akara (Accara/Acaraje) are tasty fried black eyed pea fritters/bean fritters that can be served alone or with a side of of starch (like pap, garri, custard or porridge) with a kaani dip or in a burger.

Nigerian Akara Recipe (Accara/Acaraje): Black Eyed Pea Fritters - Akara fresh from fryer

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 (also known as Accara or Acaraje) is another favorite of mine and is quite easy to make. Nigerian Akara is one of the most common breakfast staples in Nigerian homes and a very popular street snack as well. You will commonly find this black eyed pea/bean fritters delicacy sold by street sellers on its own or as part of what is locally called “Akara burger”, where a local bread favorite called “agege bread” (so called due to its popularity in the streets of Agege Lagos, Nigeria) is stuffed with several pieces of akara resulting in an amazing snack somewhat similar to a falafel burger (but much better in my obviously biased opinion!). In this Nigerian Akara recipe, I show how to easily make the fluffiest, most delicious black eyed pea fritters (or bean fritters to my fellow Nigerians who also make them with brown or honey beans) and use them in my own elevated akara burger recipe.

Mixed Berry & Hibiscus Coconut Milk Popsicles

For this dish I fused hibiscus tea (zobo)  with coconut, strawberries and blueberries to create these fantastic Mixed Berry & Hibiscus Coconut Milk Popsicles.

Mixed Berry & Hibiscus Coconut Milk Popsicles - hand holding a delicious popsicle up

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, you will always have lots of 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, celebrating the beloved red white and blue by fusing Zobo (aka hibiscus tea or Sorrel)  with coconut milk, strawberries and blueberries to create these fantastic, vegan, mixed berry and hibiscus coconut milk popsicles (try saying that 5 times fast).

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