Nigerian Seasonal Produce: Corn, #6

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 17, 2017
‘Nigerian Seasonal Produce’ is a monthly column published on the last Saturday of each month. 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. Our author this month is Timi – writer at and friend. We’ve […]

Nigeria Corn Pancakes with Ube

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 15, 2015
This is what you make when you have left over corn mix from making Sapala – you shallow-fry small pancakes because you’re too lazy to deep-fry. It is better for your health so you proceed. You serve it with steamed ube filled with Chili Beer sauce. Yes, I made boats of the ube by splitting them in half, […]

Sapala, Fresh Corn Moinmoin

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 14, 2015
Save the silk Stock the cobs Blanch the leaves Eat the corn {What to do with the whole corn} Because corn is in season. And because I tried it last year and told myself I would make it again. Similar to the Mexican tamale…Except tamales are made with masa – corn meal that’s treated with lime and […]

How to Wrap Food in Corn Husks

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 14, 2015
In 5 easy steps. You’ll need whole husks to hold the mixture/ and strips to secure both ends of your parcel. I’ve used them here for a steamed corn pudding…but…you can make tamales, and anything else your heart desires.   Step 1 – Lay down a husk or two (if they are thin) Step 2 – Put […]

How to Use & Preserve Corn Husks

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 14, 2015
Because when nature gives you a vessel, you use it. Corn husks are a great way to serve and wrap food. In Mexico, they are commonly dried and then rehydrated to wrap tamales – steamed pudding of corn and other ingredients. I like to use them in a variety of ways – there’s fresh and […]

The Whole Corn: Husk, Kernel, Cob & Silk

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 12, 2015
I’m a fan of ‘whole food’ cooking – putting every part to good use. Enter, food52 and their ‘How to use a whole ear of corn‘ post. Here it goes: The Husks Nature has a way of creating its own vessels and corn husks, like banana leaves make great ‘containers’. I’ve ladled Ube’camole into fresh and […]

‘Adalu’ Salad – Brown Beans & Corn

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 21, 2015
I’ve wanted to make a bean salad for ages and finally got round to it.  This is a simple spiced salad, flavoured with cinnamon powder and lime juice. The recipe comes from a book ‘Hot, Hot, Hot’. You’ll need cooked beans – boiled till soft but still holding its shape. I cooked the beans without […]

Grilled Corn Scent leaf Coconut Cream & Feta

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 26, 2015
I love my corn. I’ve been known to run after sellers, craving it with such desperation, one might wonder if the cravings are of a more primal, pregnancy sort. Alas, I like fresh and sweet, juicy too. I like to chew the kernels off and suck the warm, salty liquid from the core. Please judge […]

Agbado ati Agbon – Corn with Coconut

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 11, 2015
It’s three weeks into the start of corn season, at least in the south/west of Nigeria. Corn stands are popping up all around, decorated with the brown hard shells and white flesh of coconut. I see Asala, African Black walnut too, hawked on red-rimmed enamel trays but still no Ube, purple butter pear. Last year I explored […]