How to prepare Breadfruit aka ukwa from start to finish

In this post, I will show you how to prepare ukwa from scratch.

There are two methods which you can use to take the seed out from its pot.

The first method is to cut the breadfruit into to smaller piece, and start removing the seed.

While the second method is to allow it to decay, then put it inside a plastic basket and wash until its clean.

Steps on how to remove the peels.

1. Put the ukwa in a pot and allow to boil for 1 min

2. Drain water out of the pot with a sieve and allow to cool.

3.Blend to remove the peels.

4.Separate the chaff from the seed.

How to Cook ukwa

1. Put the ukwa in a pot and add water enough to cover it.

2. Allow to boil until it becomes soft.

3. Add more water if the initial one has dried up.Then add pepper, Ogri, palm oil and salt to taste.

4. Allow to boil for about ten minutes.

5. Serve with a chilled drink.

Note: Protein is optional.

 

How to make Nigerian pancakes aka Diet

Pancakes also referred to as diet in some part of Nigeria, is a delicious snacks that can be eaten with custard, pap, coffee, tea or cocoa.

 

Below is how to make pancakes in Nigeria.

 

Recipe;

 

1. 1 cup of Flour

 

2. 2 fresh Eggs

 

3. 1 cooking spoon Vegetable oil

 

4. Salt to taste

 

5. 2 table spoon Sugar

 

6. Ground pepper

 

7. Water

 

8. Liquid milk

 

 

Procedures:

 

1. Break eggs in to a bowl and add the vegetable oil and salt and beat till smooth. Then add a little water and set aside.

 

2. Sieve flour to remove any form of dirt.

 

3. Add the flour to the eggs and mix very well.

 

4. Add sugar to the liquid milk and mix very well.

 

5. Add the milk and the ground pepper to the flour and egg mixture and mix well. Then add more water if need be and mix again.

 

6. Put a frying pan on the fire, add a little vegetable oil and allow to heat for 5 seconds on a low heat. Then take a little of the flour mixture with a cooking spoon and fry until brown, flip to the other side repeat the process.

 

7. Serve with custard, pap, tea, cocoa or coffee.

 

Two easy different ways of making palm oil in the comfort of your home

In this post, I will show you how to make palm oil in the comfort of your home.There are two methods which you can use to produce palm oil at home.

I learned one from my mum, and the other method from a family friend. Now like they say, everything that has advantage also has a disadvantage.

In the first method, the advantage is that it takes less time to cook. But the disadvantage is that, it consumes a lot of water.

Now the advantage of the second method is that, it consumes less water but takes a longer time to cook. Anyways, I will show you both methods, so you can decide which is most suitable for you. This process does not require much.

The items you need are;

Palm fruit

Mortar and pestle

Pot ( the quantity of the palm fruit will determine the size of the pot)

Water

Sieve

Basin

Burner

But in this post, I will also show you how you can make palm oil without a mortar and a pestle.

Just follow these simple steps:

Method 1.

Put a basket of palm fruit in a pot large enough to contain it.

Pour water into the pot. The water should cover the palm fruit.

Boil until soft.

Drain the water out, and allow to cool a little.

Mash the palm fruit with your hands very well, add cold water and mash again for about 20 minutes.

Fill another basin with water, gradually take part of the mashed palm fruits and put into the fresh water.

Remove the chaff and the nut with a sieve.

Repeat the process until all the mashed palm fruit is finished.

Pour the liquid into a large pot and cook. After sometime, the oil will begin to float on top.

Use a clean plate and gradually fetch it.

Allow to boil again for a few minutes and repeat the process until there’s no more palm oil in the pot.

Method 2:

The process is similar to method one. Except that after you have finished removing the chaff and nut from the basin which you filled with fresh water, then use you hand to take the oil and pour into a pot.

Repeat the process until you have finished washing the mashed palm fruit.

Then put the pot on the fire and cook until the water in the pot is completely dried up.

Allow to cool, then pour into a container.

 

How to produce Cassava fufu ( Akpu, santana, loi-loi, packet shirt) from scratch

Cassava fufu also referred to as Akpu or Santana or Loi loi or Packet shirt, is a meal made from fermented cassava.

Many people do not like it because of the smell. But people who like it say it’s more filling than any other swallow.

Some people refer to it as six to six, meaning that it can carry you for a long time, before you feel hungry again.

Below is how you can make Akpu from scratch

Get a basin or a basket of cassava.

Peel and wash the cassava.

Put them in a bucket with cover, add water and make sure it covers the cassava. Then cover the bucket and allow for about four to five days to ferment.

fill a basin with water, put a plastic basket inside, put some of the fermented cassava and wash till it’s remaining the chaff.

Throw away the chaff and repeat the process until the fermented cassava is finished.

Pour into a bag and allow for 24 hours for the water in the bag to drain

finally,Pour into a bucket and store in a cool dry place.

Your Akpu is now ready to be cooked.

 

How to prepare moimoi ( Bean pudding)

Items needed for this lovely meal are;

Pot

Spoon

Nylon, moimoi leaves, or moimoi plates ( The plates can either be plastic or aluminium).

Burner

Basin

Ingredients:

Beans 4 cups

Pepper ( blended)

Crayfish ( blended)

Seasoning 2 cubes

Onions 1 ball

Salt to taste

Fish or eggs is optional

Vegetable oil

Procedures:

Put beans in a sieve to remove sand.

Put beans in a basin, add a little water and massage to remove skin.

Then add plenty water so that the chaff can float.

Separate chaff from the main beans by pouring it into a sieve.

Repeat the process until the chaff is completely out.

Pour beans into a grinder and grind together with onions.

Add pepper, crayfish, seasoning, and water. Stir and then add salt to taste.

 

Finally add the vegetable oil and stir.

Tie in a leaf, nylon or pour into moimoi plates.

Cook for 50 minutes.

Serve with pap, custard or drink.

How to cook ofe ede (cocoyam soup) with Ugu ( pumpkin)

Ofe ede also known as cocoyam soup is a type of soup that is common in igbo land. The igbos use ede (cocoyam) to

cook  different types of soup. Examples of soup made with ede are Ofe onugbu ( bitter leaf) soup, Ofe oha, Ofe

Nsala, Ofe Mpoto ede (cocoyam leaf soup), etc.

So in this article, I will show you how to make cocoyam soup with pumpkin.

The items you need are;

Pot

Big spoon

Mortar and pestle

Small basin

Burner

Ingredients :

Ede (Cocoyam)

pepper (Blended)

crayfish (Blended)

protein

palm oil

ugu (pumkin)

onions

seasoning

Ogiri

salt

Note; If you do not have a mortar, you can use cocoyam flour. So I used cocoyam yam flour to prepare mine.

Procedure:

Wash and cut the vegetable and set aside.

Wash and season the protein.

Add palm oil, crayfish, pepper, seasoning and ogiri.

Add a little water and allow to boil for about 10 minutes.

Add the cocoyam flour gradually and stir as you do so to avoid lumps.

Add salt to taste. Allow to boil for 20 minutes.

Finally, add the pumpkin and allow to cook for 2 minutes.

Serve with any swallow.

How to prepare Ndudu ( Red Kidney Beans)

Kidney beans is very nutritious and medicinal too. It has so many health benefits one of which is to reduce the sugar level in our body.

Traditional health experts believe that the water gotten from the beans after you parboil it can be used to reduce sugar level in the body.

Ingredients :

Kidney beans

Palm fruit

Dry fish

Pepper

Crayfish

Seasoning

Onions

Ugba

Salt

Procedures :

Boil beans for about 30 min, sieve and then pour the water out into a container and set aside.

 

Then cook the beans till it becomes soft, and set aside.

Cook the palm fruit for about 20-30 min

Bring it down, put the cooked palm fruit into a mortar and pound. If you do not have a mortar, you can mash it. Remember to sieve the water out before pounding.

Add a little water to the pounded palm fruit and wash to extract some palm oil.

Throw away the palm fruit and its chaff.

Then put the extracted palm oil together with the water, and allow it to boil for about 10 min.

Add all the ingredients ( pepper, onions, crayfish, seasoning, the dry fish and salt to taste.)

Allow to boil for 5 min, add the beans.

Finally add the Ugba and cook till done.

ATAMA RECIPE

Meat (cowtail or any beef of choice)

Dry fish

Tribe (towel & roundabout)

Cow skin (kpomo or kanda)

Stockfish head or body

1 cup of Periwinkle in shell

2 small bunch of Atama leaves

Palm fruit

3 tablespoons of ground crayfish

Uyayak (local spice)

Knorr & Maggi cube

2 litres of Water (for extraction of the oily liquid)

Onions

Salt to taste.

Pepper

Wash periwinkles thoroughly. Then Wash and boil the palm fruits for about 30
minutes. Strain off the water and pound the palm fruit until the pulp/fibre separates from
the nuts.

Boil some clean water and add to the pounded palm fruit and mix thoroughly to
separate the oily extract from the rest of the pulp, then strain off the oily extract.

Wash, cut up and season your meat and steam, Then add about 1 cups of water and
the stockfish head and continue boiling for about 20 minutes till the meat is almost
cooked, and remove from heat.

Cut the Atama leaves into very fine pieces. Pound them for about 10 minutes till the
leaves are finely pounded put it in a basin and wash, changing d water till d bitterness and
slowness is reduced. Then place the oily extract on the burner and allow to boil to remove
all moisture.

Add cooked meat and stock, periwinkle, crayfish, pepper, maggi, onions and Uyayak.

Then add d dry fish, Stir and allow to boil for about 10 minutes. Add the atama leaves and
boil. Stir and add salt to taste.

Allow to simmer for another 15 ?10 minutes or until slightly thick. Remove from heat
and serve with pounded yam, garri or cassava fufu.

 

How to Prepare CASSEROLE or VEGETABLE SAUCE or SALAD STEW

Ingredients:?

*1 kilo chicken? or 1 full chicken

*Liver?(optional)

*10 fresh and plum tomatoes?

*4 medium spring onions?

*10 medium carrots?

*1 small cabbage?

*1 big green(bell)pepper??

*4 medium Irish potatoes ?

*1 cooking spoon of vegetable oil ?

*Spices: maggi, thyme?, curry, garlic, ginger and

Salt to taste

Preparation:

Wash the chicken put in a pot, add water, onions and the spices? and put on heat to
cook. When cooked remove chicken from the stock, allow to cool, then remove the
bones, slice into small pieces and set aside.

Wash the liver and put it in a pot add a little water and salt then boil on medium heat for
about 3mins?. When cooked drain the water allow it to cool then cut it into chunks and set
aside.

Peel the potatoes, wash them, cut them in chunks and blend with a blender?. Keep the
potato paste aside.

Wash the carrots, scrape of the back and slice into cubes. ?

Wash the green pepper, remove the seed and cut into strips.

Wash the tomatoes, spring onions and cabbage and cut them into small pieces.

Pass the chicken stock through a sieve to separate any bones in the stock, pour the stock
into a pot, and set the pot on heat. When it starts to boil, add the spring onions, cabbage
and tomatoes, cover pot and allow to cook for 10-15 mins. Add the carrots, chicken and
potato paste, cover pot and allow to cook for abt 1 min. Lastly add the liver and green
pepper and leave on heat for about 1 min. Remove from heat and serve with rice.

Note:

*The quantity of ingredients above serves about 10 persons. ?

*You can use corn starch, or oats as thickener instead of the potatoes.

* There are several variations of preparing this meal. You can decide to add more
vegetables or protein. Feel free to experiment on what suits you best.? Cheers!

How to cook beans with fried plantain

They are so ways to cook every meal. Different people prepare their meals in different ways. The way you prepare your meal doesn’t matter as long as it comes out well.

I don’t use one method to cook a particular meal. I use different methods depending on my mood.

So today I will show you two different methods which you can use to prepare beans.

Ingredients :

4 cups of Beans

5 balls Pepper (Blended)

Crayfish (Blended)

1 big size Onions (Chopped)

2 cubes of Seasoning

Palm oil

Vegetable oil (Optional)

Fresh tomatoes (Optional)

Dry fish (Optional)

Vegetables (Optional)

Ripe plantain

Salt to taste

First method:

Prepare your ingredients.

That is; wash and cut the vegetables, blend the pepper and crayfish, chop the onions, etc.

Select the beans, wash it, put in a clean pot, and put on the burner and allow to boil for about 30 minutes.

Bring down the beans and sieve out the water, put fresh clean boiled water and allow to boil till its soft. Set aside

Wash, peel and dice the ripe plantain.

Put a clean dry frying pan on the burner, allow to heat up for about 10 seconds.

Add the diced plantain and fry till brown.

Remove from the hot oil and set aside.

Add a little palm oil to the vegetable oil, then add the chopped onions and tomatoes and allow for 20 seconds.

Add to the beans, then add other ingredients with a little water if it was completely dry and stir with a wooden spoon.

Add the vegetables if you like, and allow for about 10 minutes.

Serve with the fried plantain.

Note: You do not stir beans while cooking. That’s why I said you should stir with a wooden spoon.

Now the reason why I said you should stir is that the beans would not stay on the burner for long, so you need to stir it so that the ingredients can circulate. so with the wooden spoon, you have nothing to worry about.

Second method:

After you have prepared your ingredients, boil the beans for about 30 minutes and sieve out the water as we did in the first method above.

Add fresh clean boiled water and allow to boil till soft.

Add all the ingredients and allow to boil till the water is about to dry up.

Stir and bring down immediately.

Serve with the fried plantain.