Yam moi moi

You can use beans, corn, plantain for pudding, so why cant yam be used for pudding. Yam is native to Africa,Asia and some Caribbean countries. In the eastern part of Nigeria, yam is celebrated. The New yam festival is one of such celebrations. Yam can be roasted, fried or boiled. Yam can be pounded after it has been boiled to make swallow.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 tuber of Yam
  • 5 Tbsp crayfish
  • 400 g fish
  • 1 bulb onion(diced)
  • 2 tsp ground pepper
  • 5 Tbsp soy oil or any Veg oil
  • Nchanwu leaves( a handful)
  • Banana or Etere leaves for wrapping
  • 4 seasoning cubes
  • 1 tsp of salt

DIRECTION

  • Peel and wash the yam
  • Cut and grate the yam
  • Clean and wash the fish. Season with two seasoning cubes and cook for 5 minutes. Debone the fish and flake
  • Wash and cut nchanwu leaves
  • Make a sauce with the oil, fish, onion, crayfish, pepper and seasoning cubes.
  • Pour the sauce into the grated yam stir, add salt and nchanwu.
  • Bring to boil water in a pot, Wrap the yam in the etere leaves and steam in the pot for 1 hour 30 minutes.

RECIPE NOTES

  • Do not taste for salt because the yam is raw.
  • Season the fish very well .

TRIPE

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 shaki pepper soup ask yourself…….was it cleaned properly?

Garden egg fries

Who says fries can only be made from potatoes? Not me. I have a new recipe made from garden eggs. Called afufa, anara or mkpuru ofe by the Igbos and Obe-Igba by the Yorubas. Solanum melongena or garden egg as we know it, is a highly valued vegetable and constituent of the African food. Culturally, garden egg is said to represent fertility and blessing – this explains why it is common to find it being served during wedding ceremonies in some communities across the African continent.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium garden egg peeled, ends removed
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper(optional)
  • 3 egg whites

Directions:

  • Cut garden eggs into French-fry shaped spears.
  • In a medium-large bowl, combine breadcrumbs and seasonings.
  • Place garden eggs in another large bowl. Top with egg whites and toss in breadcrumbs to coat.
  • One at a time, shake garden egg to remove excess egg, and lightly coat with breadcrumb mixture.
  • Fry for 1 min and serve with any dip of your choice

Recipe note:

You can bake it in the oven for 10 minutes.

Garden egg fries

Who says fries can only be made from potatoes? Not me. I have a new recipe made from garden eggs. Called afufa, anara or mkpuru ofe by the Igbos and Obe-Igba by the Yorubas. Solanum melongena or garden egg as we know it, is a highly valued vegetable and constituent of the African food. Culturally, garden egg is said to represent fertility and blessing – this explains why it is common to find it being served during wedding ceremonies in some communities across the African continent.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium garden egg peeled, ends removed
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper(optional)
  • 3 egg whites

Directions:

  • Cut garden eggs into French-fry shaped spears.
  • In a medium-large bowl, combine breadcrumbs and seasonings.
  • Place garden eggs in another large bowl. Top with egg whites and toss in breadcrumbs to coat.
  • One at a time, shake garden egg to remove excess egg, and lightly coat with breadcrumb mixture.
  • Fry for 1 min and serve with any dip of your choice

Recipe note:

You can bake it in the oven for 10 minutes.

Beans combo

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.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of Beans( white kidney beans)
  • 1 cup of fresh corn
  • 1kg mackerel
  • 1 cup of pre-soaked cassava flakes(Abacha)
  • 2 wraps of oil bean seeds(ugba)
  • 3 TBsp of ground crayfish
  • 5 TBsp red oil
  • 1 TBsp pepper
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • Salt to taste

Method

Wash the fish and season. Let it marinate in the seasoning for 10 mins and fry.

Pick and wash the beans . Bring to boil for about 10 minutes. Strain and throw out the water( I do that because of the pesticides they use in preserving beans) continue cooking for 25mins.

Add sliced onions, crayfish ,pepper and corn, allow to boil for 20mins.

Add the pre-soaked cassava flakes and oil bean seed. Add the red oil and salt to taste… sprinkle with the scent leaves.