Posts Tagged ‘Classic Nigerian Kitchen’
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Funny Names Nigerians Call Meat & Other Animal Parts

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 26, 2017
…or Around Nigeria in Peculiar ‘Meat/ Protein’ Names! Still celebrating our peculiarities ahead of Independence day! When it comes to naming a dish, Westerners tend to go for elegant, sophisticated titles that make you want to taste the food no matter how daunting the meal may appear on paper. Caviar, haggis, stargazey pie, jellied eels […]

Some Things Nigerians Love: ‘Assorted’, of Meat & Bits

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 25, 2017
In celebration of Independence Day on October 1st, I’d like to explore a number of things Nigerians love. Like ‘Assorted’. ‘What?’, I hear you say. Well, just say ‘Assorted’ to a Nigerian and they’ll be like ‘Where? Show me the money, baby’ because Assorted is bae. It’s what we want when we go to bukas […]

The Nigerian Mother Sauce

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 16, 2017
Tomato. ‘Stew’. The mother. If ever there was a mother sauce to define Nigerian cuisine, this is it – this blend of tomatoes, red onions and peppers. It is the base of a lot of things to come out of the Nigerian kitchen.  You’d be hard-pressed to find a sauce of more importance to the Nigerian […]

From Ugep with More Love: Yam Mash & Yedamblongh

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 19, 2017
As I ate Yedamblongh,  I kept thinking of how  perfectly it would go with yam mash… And so I got making some. I simply boiled yam and pureed it with a touch of water. I’ve made yam mash/ puree before so this was no newbie or biggie. In the past, I’ve added a touch of […]

From Ugep With Love: Yedamblongh or Okana w. Kola Nut

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 21, 2017
Have you ever eaten kola nut with a pepper sauce? No? Me neither…till now. And I have to thank Carol of Bread & Baskets for this introduction.  A few weeks ago, I toasted some Nigerian calabash nutmeg, Ehuru and shared a photo on instagram. Wofai sent me a message saying that where she was from – Ugep […]

Arewa Kitchen: Kayan Kanshi – Of Things That Smell Good

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 13, 2017
Kaya of things and Kayan Kanshi of things that smell good, nice. Of herbs and spices. I’m confronted with this name when I walk into a store for some Balangu. It reminds me in many ways of the tea masala mix I saw and bought in Nairobi – a fragrant mix of whole spices which […]

On Kilishi: With Tigernuts & With Peanuts

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 4, 2017
‘Kilishi’ is a northern Nigerian nut-seasoned sun-dried meat snack similar to beef jerky. It generally refers to beef, sheep or goat meat processed by dressing, slicing, sun drying, application of some slurry of spices and roasting over coals/ fire. Birthplace Kano city it seems but of course also found in other northern states and places.  History […]

The Arewa Kitchen: Specialty Meats (or Suya Plus)

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 20, 2017
The North of Nigeria has a long tradition of excellence in meat preparation and handling from Tsire to Dambu, Kilishi to Balangu, these specialty meats delight palates the world over particularly in Nigeria. My reading and research suggests that Suya is the umbrella name for many meat products from the north of Nigeria though in […]

The Arewa Kitchen: Yeasted Breads & Pancakes

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 13, 2017
My fascination for the Northern Nigerian Kitchen – The Arewa Kitchen is growing more and more and more. This week, I’d love to share snippets of what I’ve learnt about the cuisine. I will share drinks, meats and more but first up, breads! I love the ‘breads’ and pancakes. My first introduction was Masa, then […]