The Best Summer Seafood Boil

Afro- Foods | June 19, 2017 | By

A while back, one of my sisters and I visited my husband in his office (I think we were bored at home), and we came with no food. He lucky to have quite the vast selection of good restaurants close to his office building, all within walking distance, so my sister and I decided to take a walk around while he was at a meeting. We stumbled on the DC wharf, and that was where I had my first proper seafood boil.

Cameroun Poulet DG: Chicken for Director General

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.

The Best Black Forest Cake Ever

Sweets | June 2, 2017 | By

As a self proclaimed recipe developer ( I generally do not like that title, but bear with me), I try my possible best not to label my recipes in absolutes. For one, it indicates a finality that I generally do not feel comfortable declaring, and secondly, I would like to think that recipes that have attained the finality stage are being saved for my grandchildren, a cookbook, or something ultra special, like this  blog…. sometimes. So, labeling this black forest cake “The Best Black Forest Cake Ever” took a lot out of me… a lot of delicious sounds.

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

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.

Ginger Spiked Pineapple juice

Drinks, Sweets | May 16, 2017 | By

Hello my people. It was 80 degrees Fahrenheit (about 26 degrees Celsius) the other day, and my local farmer’s market just re-opened for the new season; all the signs of the seasons changing, and summer approaching. I am not quick to take of my jacket however. I still need protection from the cold spring early mornings and nights. Sometimes, it doesn’t even feel warm the whole day. So while I sometimes force the weather to agree with my feelings by wearing my summer dresses, I have found that I still need internal protection from the ever changing weather. My protection of choice is this immune boosting elevated pineapple juice.

Coconut Caramel Cake

Sweets | May 10, 2017 | By

 

It is almost Mother’s day! I would like to say this cake is to celebrate all the moms for being “super woman” and I would also like to say this cake is dedicated to all the moms in my life; but no, this cake is dedicated to all the “not yet moms” of this world; not yet moms like me. So since I am dedicating this cake to myself essentially, I made my favorite combination: a deliciously moist and mouth watering coconut caramel cake.

Tips for making the best coconut milk from scratch

Afro- Foods | May 8, 2017 | By

Nothing quite compares to the taste of fresh coconut milk homemade from scratch, whether you are drinking it or using it in a recipe. I know making coconut milk from scratch (and when I say from scratch I mean from actual coconuts, not from dried coconuts flakes) seems like a daunting task, but the truth is, it is quite easy and only take a few more minutes than opening a can of coconut milk. You only need a few tools and mature brown coconuts and you are set!

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 Jollof 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 (also called Ceebu Jen) , there was a mini war for my food heart. This Thieboudienne: Senegalese Jollof Rice and Fish recipe is a mouth watering rice and fish dish that is like nothing I had before.

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