Passion Fruit-Cucumber-Sugarcane-Lime Cocktail

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 28, 2015
Passion Fruit – beauty and fragrance invoked here. And long overdue this is. I must confess it has all my favourite juices in a glass:  the floral acidity of passion fruit the clean refreshment of cucumber juice the sweet of sugar cane and the citrus burst from lime juice. Did I mention the lightness of […]

Grits @ Mrs. K’s Diner, Philadelphia

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 27, 2015
No, I’m not in Philly. No, the memory of grits isn’t what has shocked me into silence these last few months. Yes, I’ve finally been to a Diner. Yes, my curiosity has been deeply aroused by Guy Fieri and his ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’. No, I haven’t done the other two but you bet I’m […]

Smoky Asun Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 26, 2015
Because everyday is World Jollof Rice Day. And so I present you one of two recipes – Asun Jollof- I concocted during the run-up to August 22nd – the other? A smoky prawn version. Step 1 Get goat meat and season it with salt, ground onions and chilies. Step 2 Coal-smoke for the most intense, smoky flavour. […]

Happy ‘National Waffle Day’

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 24, 2015
…and yes, I’m celebrating the awesomeness of my waffle iron because I’m a global citizen, of America, of Nigeria, of The Netherlands, of The World who will waffle everything possible from bread to waffle batter, cake and croissants. The ancient Greeks are said to have been the first waffle bakers — they cooked flat cakes […]

In Season via Road Trips

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 24, 2015
Road trips. Just like our mothers. Just like our fathers. I can’t count how many times  I’ve been on the receiving end of a parent’s travels. How we’ve heard honking horns and have welcomed them back with some measure of joy, thanking them ever so kindly for not ruining Saturday night fever by returning halfway […]

The Sacred (Food) Hollows of Olumo Rock

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 24, 2015
I have a friend who is obsessed with pounded yam. A few days ago, we were talking about plans and dreams and hopes, about the evolution of kitchen utensils as we know it, the hows and whys. He wanted to know how pounded yam became a thing, and then we moved on to mortars and […]


Six Perfect Drinks for Jollof

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 21, 2015
I’d never really given much thought to the perfect drinks for Jollof till #Jollofgate, when I spied a bottle of ale next to Jamie’s offering. Now, I know Jonny Garrett,  the deputy editor of who worked with him on thefeature is a beer aficionado who loves pairings… (he’s @beerchannel on Twitter) To be honest, food and drink pairings […]

Five Approved (Somewhat Essential) Sides for Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 20, 2015
Thanks Nigerian Twitterverse for the contributions. Here is what we have – 5 approved sides for Jollof Rice: Meat, Dodo, Coleslaw, Moinmoin and Eggs.  Per plate? Two or more of these seem like the right amount. For example – dodo and meat; meat and moinmoin; dodo and eggs. Get the drift? Minimum allowable accompaniments if […]

Banga Jollof

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 19, 2015
This is one of the few times I make Jollof rice without first cooking the rice. The first thing I do is call my mother who instructs me accordingly. Rice. Banga cream and no spices. If at all, a mere pinch. I begin by washing the rice in water till clear. In a large pot, […]

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