The Soup(s) Called Federal Character

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 30, 2016
Four soups, One bowl, Supreme mash up = Federal Character. The first time M said ‘Federal Character’ I was behind my desk at work and I went ‘What? Why? How?’ He proceeded to talk about how the major tribes were represented, in the bowl – a new dimension to Geneen Roth and her belief – mine too, […]

Friday Cocktails: Zobo Sangria

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 30, 2016
I’m sooooooooo looking forward to the weekend and Zobo seems ready to ‘party’ with me, regardless of where and how. Its flavours ,’floral and berries’ are perfect for alcoholic mixers – whether that be with wine or spirits. This recipe is the best of both worlds – wine and spirits and fruit :). When combined to make Zobo, it […]

Malt-braised Beef Short Ribs

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 29, 2016
Wikipedia says ‘Short ribs are a cut of beef taken from the brisket, chuck, plate, or rib areas of beef cattle. They consist of a short portion of the rib bone, which is overlain by meat which varies in thickness.’ For the longest of times, I’ve been planning a cook with Malt – since 2011. […]

Garri-crusted [Chicken] Scotch Eggs

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 28, 2016
When your goals are soft, jellied yolks, you know you’ve hit a home run with this chicken mince scotch eggs, coated in a yaji/suya-spice, garri crust. Garri makes a delightful crust instead of breadcrumbs. Gluten-free too. These gladdened my eyes and heart. To make this, you’ll need to: 1. Boil your eggs to perfection. And perfection […]

1934 – 2016: On My Cookshelf/ A Short History of Nigerian Cookbooks

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 28, 2016
There is a certain depth of documentation that comes with Independence, allows records be collected and preserved for posterity. This Independence week, I’m showing ‘liberty’ and freedom in food :).  I’ve always found cookbooks fascinating. I’m the sort of person whose bedtime reading is ingredient lists and recipe directions – a veritable feast as I […]

GarauGarau: Yaji-Spiced Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 27, 2016
I don’t know if GarauGarau originates from Garau, a place in Yobe state in the north of Nigeria but this rice dish is delicious and worthy of being the flagship dish for any city, state or region – in Nigeria and beyond. It reminds me of a similar-named dish in Indonesian Cuisine, Gado Gado, which I’ve enjoyed for […]

Favoured Oils with Ginger, Garlic, Turmeric & Onion

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 27, 2016
Talk about two in one: spiced oil and crisp/ crunch ‘chips’.  Flavoured oils can be made in a variety of way – infusing spices/ citrus in oils; cooking oils with other ingredients – fresh or dried, and a myriad of ways. This recipe combines fresh ingredients- ginger, garlic, turmeric and onions with salt and oil […]

Ram-stuffed Plantains

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 26, 2016
This year I begged for got some ram as a gift after the Sallah break. Thank you SS.  So, what did I do with it? Well, I braised it – in a flavourful mix till it was tender. Then I took it out of the braising liquid, let it cool down before shredding. The shredded bits […]

On Independence: Freedom & Cultural Exchange

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 26, 2016
October 1st is in a few days – I have a plan 🙂 – to share musings and recipes and what Freedom means to me. Independence makes me think of Freedom..and food and Acaraje – the Nigerian export to Brazil via slave trade. Freedom is Cultural Exchange…in which some changes become celebrations of shared history. Cultures […]