Crunchy Shrimp Roll (Firecracker Shrimp)

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- Foods | 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.

Zobo Berry Coconut Popsicle

Afro- Foods | July 2, 2017 | By

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.

Quail Egg Scotch Eggs with Homemade Sausage

Afro- Foods, Savory, Snacks | June 24, 2017 | By

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!

The Best Summer Seafood Boil with Custom Seasoning

Best Summer Seafood Boil with Homemade Seasoning - Bon Appetit!

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 summer seafood boil. Well that was just the motivation for what would eventually become the best seafood boil I ever tasted!

Cameroun Poulet DG: Chicken for Director General

Afro- Foods, Savory, West African | June 10, 2017 | By

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

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: Easy, Classy and Delicious!

Jollof Spaghetti - bon appetit

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.

Coconut Seafood Fried Rice: A Tasty Seafood Medley

Coconut Seafood Fried Rice (Fisherman’s Rice) - beautiful overhead shot of the entire fried rice in a wok with coconut husks on the side

I am a coastal girl. I grew up close to fishermen’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 coconut seafood fried rice recipe is a rendition of one of the delicious meals that could be made with the daily leftover catch.

Pineapple Ginger Juice: Healthy and Homemade!

Pineapple Ginger Juice: Healthy homemade - 2 glasses of extreme goodness

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 ginger juice.

Coconut Caramel Cake: Moist and Delicious!

Coconut Caramel Cake: Moist and Delicious!

Sweets | May 10, 2017 | By

It is almost Mother’s Day! I would like to say this coconut caramel 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. Here’s my recipe for a deliciously moist and mouth watering coconut caramel cake.

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