Deviled eggs are hard boiled eggs that are shelled and cut in half and filled with paste made from the yolks. The dish’s origin can be seen in recipes for boiled, seasoned eggs as far back as ancient Rome, where they were traditionally served as a first course. The dish is popular in Europe and in North America. Deviled eggs can be served cold as appetizers, main meals or side dish.
3 eggs, hard boiled and peeled
3 TBSP mayonnaise
1 Tsp yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt(optional)
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon grated cucumber for garnish
Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and place in a mixing bowl.
Using a fork, mash the yolks. Add mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper and mix until smooth.
Fill each egg white half with equal amounts of yolk mixture.
Garnish each egg with grated cucumber. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.
I love travelling, each year I get to pick a state in Nigeria to spend my vacation. Now, Nigeria has 36 states and I have been to 20 of these states, but of all the states, I love Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom states(do not get me wrong I love all the states I have been to) but I keep going back because of the food. There is a particular soup I love to eat in Calabar; Edikangikong soup.
Edikangikong soup (vegetable soup) is the traditional soup of the Efiks and Ibibios. It is very nutritious because it is prepared with lots of vegetables.
Egusi is mostly grown for consumption in Nigeria. Egusi is the name for the fat- and protein-rich seeds of certain cucurbitaceous plants (squash, melon, gourd), which after being dried and ground are used as a major ingredient in West African cuisine. In Nigeria, it is used in preparing dishes such as egusi soup and akpurakpu mgbam(egusi cakes)
Ukpo is a seed used in thickening soups especially in the Eastern part of Nigeria .
I had this craving for sea food so l decided to cook Ukpo with sea food. You can eat this soup with Rice,Yam,Fufu or Garri but for today am eating it with ground rice.
3kg Catfish(cut and cleaned)
80g ground Crayfish
40g fresh Pepper (blended)
100g Ukpo (boiled and ground)
3TBsp Palm Oil
100g Shrimps (deveined)
Uziza (to sprinkle)
Cut and clean fish . Season and bring to boil for 15 minutes.
Add shrimps mushroom and periwinkle to the fish and continue cooking for 10 minutes.
Add the Palm oil ,crayfish, ukpo, pepper and cook for another 10 minutes. Add salt to taste. Eat with any Swallow of your choice.
I used Uziza because it has a sort of tangy bitter taste and l love spicy food. Don’t add it to the whole soup or steam it because it will become bitter. Just sprinkle it on the soup you are about to eat. You can use any leaf of your choice.
Swallow is any starch side dish that accompany soup in Nigeria like Eba, Fufu, Yam, Semovita, Amala or Wheat but today l used ground rice as the accompaniment .
Tripe is meat, got from edible linings of a ruminant. It could be goat, cow or any farm animal. Tripe is either bleached or unbleached. Bleached is when the tripe has been soaked in chlorine solution to remove impurities and worms or flukes.
There are four kinds of beef tripe:
The Rumen (flat tripe)
The Reticulum ( pocket tripe)
The omasum (bible).
Abomasum (reed) tripe is seen less frequently, owing to its glandular tissue content.
In Nigeria tripe meat is called shaki. It is used to cook many delicious dishes in Nigeria. You buy Tripe or shaki straight from the butcher and it is not bleached. l was at the abattoir the other day and I saw the butcher get the tripe off a slaughtered cow it was full of small pink worms. In Nigeria, tripe is not processed so one has to be very careful eating tripe meat. These small pink worms or fluke are found mainly in the hairy tripe.
Cleaning shaki before cooking is very important. To clean your shaki which is unbleached you need vinegar and salt. Rub the shaki with salt and rinse with vinegar Scrape the entire surface of the shaki. Repeat this process until it is clean. Finally rinse with water. Then cook the shaki in salted water for 10 minutes and throw out the water. The shaki is now ready to be used .
So the next time you order for shakipepper soup ask yourself…….was it cleaned properly?
My daughter hates beans so I try to spice it up each time l cook it, by far this is the best I have come up with… and she loves it so l decided to share it. I call it beans combo because it is a combination of foods.