Jerk Mushroom Medley Pizza with Homemade Jerk

This Jerk Spiced Mushroom Pizza uses amazing flavors of homemade jerk sauce, combines it with a medley of mushrooms to produce the best mushroom pizza ever!

Jerk Mushroom Medley pizza Close Up

Carribean Recipes, Savory | August 17, 2017 | By

For people trying to avoid eating meat, Jerk 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 mushroom medley pizza uses the amazing flavors of jerk sauce, and combines it with a mushroom medley of button, oyster, straw and portabella/portobello mushrooms to produce the best tasting mushroom pizza you’ve ever had. If you love jerk and pizza, then you need to try this delicious recipe.

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

Drinks, Vegan Recipes | August 6, 2017 | By

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.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Rock Cakes (Rock Buns)

A vegan version of a classic favorite, these Chocolate Chip Rock Cakes are a baked treat made with coconut, chocolate chips, no dairy or eggs and all love!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Rock Cakes - Stacked in Focus

Snacks, Sweets & Desserts | August 4, 2017 | By

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!

Sweet Ghana Sugar Bread Rolls: Easy and Homemade

Ghana Sugar Bread (or sweet bread) is a sweet, dense and chewy textured bread roll that is commonly eaten in Ghana and also surprisingly rich in Vitamin C!

Ghana Sugar Bread Rolls - 5 bread rolls in picnic basket with one broken open

Afro-tropical Recipes | August 2, 2017 | By

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.

Nigerian Akara: West African Black Eyed Pea Fritters

Akara is a tasty fried black eyed pea fritter that can be served by itself, a side of pap, with cold soaked garri, custard, porridge oats or in a burger.

Nigerian Akara: West African 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 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 are fried black eyed pea fritters. The texture and taste of Akara and Moi moi are worlds apart, but they use very similar ingredients.

Moin Moin/Moi Moi Recipe: Steamed Black Eyed Peas Pudding

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.

Moin-Moin/Moi Moi Recipe: Steamed Black Eyed Peas Pudding - moin moin dished on a plate

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 moin moin/moi moi recipe uses smoked trout, 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.

Groundnut Soup (Spicy Nigerian Peanut Stew)

Groundnut soup (also called peanut stew) is a common but delicious Nigerian delicacy which is commonly eaten with rice, a starch like eba or pounded yam.

Groundnut Soup (Spicy Nigerian Peanut Stew) - Delicious groundnut stew dished with three wraps of eba

Groundnut soup is what peanut stew is commonly called in Nigeria. It is a nutty, savory, spicy and totally delicious peanut stew usually eaten with a starch like rice or eba. Peanut stews differ considerably by region, so I look forward to sharing with everyone my discoveries of its different variations. I tasted my first groundnut soup as a child 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 found my love for groundnut soup or peanut stew again. Let me tell you the story…

Chapman Drink: Nigeria’s Favorite Mocktail

Nigeria’s favorite mocktail, this chapman drink recipe unlike the traditional recipes out there, uses more natural alternatives but tastes just as good!

Nigerias Favorite Mocktail Chapman Drink - made with blackcurrant, orange soda, angustora bitters, orange and pickles, a cup is hard to resist

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.

Crunchy Shrimp Roll (Firecracker Shrimp)

Firecracker shrimp is a fun, 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.

Crunchy Shrimp Roll (Firecracker Shrimp) - Firecracker shrimp is a fun, delicious and crunchy shrimp roll that's commonly served as an appetizer or "small chops" in weddings and parties

Afro-tropical Recipes | July 8, 2017 | By

When I was a kid, I remember my dad going to a fancy supermarket and buying a pack of frozen spring rolls, crunchy shrimp rolls (also known as firecracker shrimps), 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 crunchy shrimp roll, so I had to figure out how to make them myself. To the uninitiated,  crunchy shrimp roll is a delicious combination of shrimp wrapped in a thin starch wrap (like a spring roll wrap) that’s commonly served as an appetizer or “small chops” as we Nigerians like to call it in our parties. They’re usually called firecracker shrimps because of the satisfyingly crisp snap and crackle that comes out of biting into one.

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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