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Small Chops Popularity Contest: Puff Puff Wins!

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 30, 2017
Puff Puff. Bouncing up and down like I’m on a trampoline. You’ve spoken. And the winner is Puff Puff. For emphasis and for good reason. Puff puff has emerged as the most popular item in any pack of small chops. Proof that deep-fried dough balls are the ‘ish. Combine that with spice and/or smoke and […]

A Possible History of Nigerian Small Chops [In Their Present Form]

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 27, 2017
Or The Evolution of Nigerian Small Chops. And how Indian Samosas and Chinese Spring Rolls became Nigerian Small Chops Essentials. Foodways and food mapping are amongst the things I love about food – all the things that lie on and beyond the plate, somewhat unseen but present, shaping, defining the plate. These fascinate me. Like small […]

The Anatomy of Nigerian Small Chops

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 18, 2017
For my thousandth post, I’m celebrating Nigerian Small Chops. Finger chops. Finger foods. Bite-sized food, eaten conveniently with fingers in  a bite, one bite – at most, a few bites. Popular at events for the variety they offer and truly some of my favourite things ever.  And I can’t believe I’ve written a thousand blog posts. And […]

In Season: Bambara Groundnuts

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 7, 2017
It is the season of Bambara groundnuts which make world-famous, Okpa. People are ringing relatives in Enugu (where the best ones are made) to send some down west, south, north and all across Nigeria. I’m sure there have also been international requests fulfilled too. I’d never had it before – only heard from friends and […]

Nigerian Seasonal Produce: Guava #11

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 28, 2017
‘Nigerian Seasonal Produce’ is a monthly column published on the last Saturday of each month to celebrate Nigerian fruits & vegetables, and personal stories.   In this column, a writer explores a specific seasonal fruit, vegetable or leafy green assigned by the editors of Kitchen Butterfly and based on the Nigerian Seasonal Produce Calendar. This month of October, we’re celebrating […]

Coffee in Arusha-Tanzania: From Berry/ Cherry to Bean

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 23, 2017
I am a gradual learner. In the case of coffee, I’ve progressed from instant to cold brew from grounds. Next step? Buying a cafetière and grinding my own beans because I’m now an aficionado :). After all, do you know all the things I do about coffee? No? Well, grab a cup let me tell […]

Guest Post: Girl Meets Jollof

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 16, 2017
This piece – which I absolutely love – is by Fara who has a long relationship with my Beloved – Jollof. Girl meets Jollof is her story, and I’m reminded about how food shapes us, comforts us, uplifts and nourishes us. Read and enjoy xxx Before there were Jollof Wars and way before there was […]

Soundbites | Dog meat: Specialty Eats in Nigeria

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 11, 2017
I have the most random conversations with friends and strangers and I kick myself sometimes because I wish I could record it all and share. Why? Well, I find my thoughts challenged, my perspectives stretched. I learn and see people in ways I might not have prior. Like this conversation around dog meat which occurred […]

Sunday Lunch: Omoebe, Edo Black Soup

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 8, 2017
Though dark green is more appropriate a colour but who are we to blame for naming our foods. Who are we to blame for pepper soup? And other scary names?  Anyway, don’t you dare let the name put you off this absolutely, good-for-you deliciousness that is Edo Black soup with all the nutritional goodness of […]