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An Infographic: A Brief History of Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 17, 2017
Because why not? Thanks to Simi of Eat.Tech.Travel who worked on the design.    

Opinion: I Do Not Like Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 16, 2017
So, it shocks me – I’m not sure why – to see people completely immune to the wonders of Jollof Rice. First there was Amanda proclaiming Rice and Stew as King and now, Munachim. Any sort of exploration brings you face to face with alignment and misalignment and when I find thought leaders in this […]

East Meets West: If Jollof Rice Were Kenyan

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 16, 2017
In our familiarity with and adoration of it, we translate its importance to others. We recoil in shock when we find that the significance we attach to it this side of the Atlantic is not the same in other parts of the world, like the area in and around the Indian Ocean. And no this […]

Jollof Rice in Nigerian Literature

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 15, 2017
Jollof rice – ever present. Wedding, funeral, homecoming, celebration, birth, death, life. I’m not sure what other dish has this power or magic in West Africa. Literature often mimics life so that the instances that show up on the page are likely to have happened. I’ve began to look out for food – particularly Jollof […]

2017 World Jollof Weekend…

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 15, 2017
…kicks off this Friday. I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Eat.Drink.Lagos for activities over the weekend. This is a celebration of all things Jollof over three days. Supper club | Friday, 18th August We begin with a special New Nigerian Kitchen Jollof menu at SaoCafe. Join us…. Tickets available here Workshop/ Exhibition | Saturday, 19th August […]

Around West Africa in ‘Jollof’ Names

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 14, 2017
Interesting, I find – Jollof goes by only four names across the coast of West Africa, three of which are repeated in use – Jollof, Riz au Gras (aka Riz Gras), Thieboudienne; one – Benachin is used in only one country – Gambia. I looked at the names in 16 of the 18 countries, excluding […]

#SundayRice: Kilishi Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 13, 2017
Kilishi – Nigerian beef Jerky has been on my mind for the last few weeks. I’ve been reading a bit about the Afro-Brazilian culinary connections and came across Arroz de hauca, Hausa rice which is white rice cooked till soft and served with beef jerky and a few other sides, served to the gods and important […]

Remembering WJRD 2016: ‘Jollof in the Arts’

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 12, 2017
I’m a huge fan of Jollof Rice…but you know that already.  I’m an even bigger fan of celebrating Nigerian cuisine and that underscored the theme of last year’s World Jollof Rice Day celebration. I organised – with Maggi as the key sponsor – a Jollof in the Arts event. The idea was to explore Jollof […]

On Mingau: Drink, Porridge & More

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 11, 2017
I’ve always been fascinated by Mingau. By always, I mean since I learnt about it, about it’s existence. In trying to find out more about it, to classify it and understand it, I happened upon lots of Brazilian/ Portuguese references.  Mingau, from the old Tupi mina’u means ‘that which is soaked‘. To this end, there […]

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