Archive for November, 2014
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Part 3: The Fundamentals of Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 26, 2014
Jollof rice: rice perfection that’s half way between the dryness of pilaf and the creaminess of risotto. ‘Traditionally’, Jollof rice is made with specific ingredients which define the perfect pot – from long-grain rice to scotch bonnet peppers and Maggi cubes for seasoning. I present – the Jollof essentials. Truth too is, essentials are no guarantee to success so one must understand […]

Video: My TEDx Talk/ Journey By Plate

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 24, 2014
Three (3) months ago, I got a call from Donald, the organiser of TEDxPortHarcourt. He invited me to speak at the upcoming TEDx event. Half way between moving away from Port Harcourt and calling Lagos home, I accepted. Terrified. Excited. Not even sure of how my ‘story’ would go with the ‘Where We Are’ theme. […]

Part 2: #Jollofgate – In Defense Of Our Traditions

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 20, 2014
Now the dust has settled :), we can explore more about Jollof Rice – both a short history and the recent #Jollofgate incident. —–00000—– In the winter of 2010, I made wholewheat Argentine Empanadas. I served them with a fresh herb sauce, Chimichurri and got many pats on the back and one tap…one comment…from an Argentine no […]

Part 1: A Short History of Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 19, 2014
Jollof, definitions Noun. Verb. of a red, spiced rice dish loved in every city and town ‘South of the Sahara’ and along the coast of West Africa. Synonyms: Djolof, Benachim (Gambia); Thiéboudienne (Senegal) to cook in a red, tomato-based sauce: ‘Jollof beans’ – a one pot dish of beans cooked in a rich tomato sauce. West African-speak. denoting […]

Garden Egg Bake with Cheese & Sugo

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 8, 2014
And on and on and on – Part 2 of the Baked Garri-crusted Garden Eggs. It involves a bake. Ideally, I would have like this to feature the baked garden eggs, a spicy sauce and Wara, locally produced cheese. Well, though I didn’t meet the ultimate test in my head, the end result was pretty […]

Nigerian Small Chops: Baked Garri-crusted Garden Eggs

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 7, 2014
I am fascinated by how ideas come, how they’re created – so many elements, some seemingly random, yet they come together to test concepts, fuse thoughts and generally do something ‘new’. Like with garden eggs. I think I like the whole exploration, the journey, the process of building, of constructing, of putting together. I like […]