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Ramadan Recipes, with Acha

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 14, 2016
I’ve been cooking a lot of Acha – everyone in mia familia loves it, picky eaters included. It is a great grain – available, inexpensive, gluten free, easy to cook and super nutritious. I mean, how good can it get? Here are a few ways we’ve had it –  as porridge (least favourite but take 2 on […]

Ramadan Recipes

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 13, 2016
Ramadan Kareem to my Muslim friends. I’d like to share some ideas for Iftar and Suhoor – I hope they provide some inspiration this Ramadan. Your guide to eating during Ramadan Foods to break your fast Iftar Suhoor and more Desserts Sweeteners & Drinks Enjoy xxx

How to Build a Crepe Cake

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 17, 2015
Eid Mubarak, with my first-ever Crepe cake, perfect for crowd-feasting. Talk about resounding successes. Twenty (20) (in my case imperfect but delicious) layers of crepes with alternate layers of rich chocolate mousse and a salted caramel one, finished with a semi-sweet ganache and crushed candied pecans. What a mouthful. A delicious mouthful. Also known as […]

Very Lemony Stew of Chicken With Fresh Dates

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 17, 2015
Here, fresh dates edify the palate in a chicken stew. Thankfully. So one evening, I was making a stew in my best cast iron pot from South Africa – my Bush Baby. As I often do, I looked through the fridge to see what could go in, in a kitchen-sink kind of way…and saw the […]

In Season: Fresh Dates

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 17, 2015
My first taste of fresh dates left the taste of disappointment heavy on my tongue, my lips. It was the first time I’d tried them. Seen them close-up, so when I saw them on an enamel tray in Lagos traffic, I ‘dived’ for a bag. At N200. These fresh dates were yellow with light brown freckles, […]

Part 2: Feasting on Nigerian Groundnut Chop

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 15, 2015
Three things – Rice, stew, toppings. Easy for even the most fearful of cooks to accomplish. One needs a wide dish ’cause this feeds a crowd. Could feed a crowd. Make enough rice. Make sure it’s steaming hot.  Make a pot of Groundnut stew. Don’t fight with anyone, so keep it to yourself. Hide it […]

Part 1: Ingredients for Nigerian Groundnut Chop

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 14, 2015
Groundnut chop is perfect for me, for an Iftar feast and for a crowd. See, I’m a buffet person. Mezze. Spread. I can’t keep my fingers in one pie. I love to explore flavours, textures, colours, spaces, things and this is exactly what Groundnut Chop is – a beautiful exploration of colour, flavours and textures. […]

Groundnut Stew

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 14, 2015
Groundnuts, Peanuts: an ingredient common to many cuisines, South of the Sahara. Boiled. Baked in clean white beach sand known in many parts of Nigeria as ‘sharp sand’. Ground into snack and cakes, from kulikuli to dankwa. And cooked in a soup or sauce. My first memories of Groundnut stew are accompanied by cold weather and the kindness of a […]

Coconut – Dambu Kilishi Masa

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 7, 2015
Because we need every take on Masa we can get, find, uncover. And because this time with the addition of Dambu, made from Kilishi to the batter. And because my mother’s an English teacher, I’m confident I shouldn’t start my sentences with because but then, I’m my own person some of the time so there… Take some coconut […]