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Snail Dodo

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 21, 2018
I’m a huge fan of textures in food – cow leg and it’s combination of crunch, jellied and meaty; snails and their rubbery crunch; tripe and its chewy, rubbery sensations – all thrill me when done right. This Snail dodo is heaven on a plate – peppered snails, chopped and combined in a saute with […]

#SundayRice: Swahili Pilau

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 18, 2018
I always wanted to learn how to make Pilau and last August, while I was in Arusha-Tanzania, I took a class and learnt to make it.  To begin with: Heat up some oil in a pan with sliced onions. Cook, stirring often till the onions turn golden. Add garlic towards the end otherwise it’ll burn. […]

#SundayRice: Kilishi Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 13, 2017
Kilishi – Nigerian beef Jerky has been on my mind for the last few weeks. I’ve been reading a bit about the Afro-Brazilian culinary connections and came across Arroz de hauca, Hausa rice which is white rice cooked till soft and served with beef jerky and a few other sides, served to the gods and important […]

#SundayRice: Nigerian Snail Fried Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 9, 2017
Sunday’s recipe, early….so you can shop all you like and prep for Sunday. I love the texture of Nigerian snails – the crunch and the krum krum and because I’d done the Snail Jollof version, it was easy to come up with this switch. Essentially, I took some cooked snails And chopped them into bits […]

Sunday Lunch – Starch & Banga

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 2, 2015
This is how you first eat starch, with your grandmother’s fresh fish pepper soup, thick with Tilapia and the noon day Isoko sun. Usi, she calls it – softly, slightly hissing the s . You are in your Sunday best – every mothers dream of a princess child – frilled hems and checked belts tied […]

Sunday Lunch: Asala-Scent Leaf Soup

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 5, 2015
Yes, a soup made from the African walnut, known as Asala in Yoruba. Because the beautiful crunch and divine nuttiness must be experienced in one lifetime. The first time I used Asala in a recipe, it was a dip I made – a variation of my scent leaf one. It was beautiful. The characteristic bitterness […]

Sunday Lunch – Scent Leaf Soup

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 24, 2015
One of the things I love the most about scent leaves is the fragrance and aroma when bruised – fresh, clean and citrusy.  I’m from Edo state where Egusi is king. I’ve heard that there’s a soup, black soup is its name but I’ve never had it babe. One weekday I came home from work. […]

Lunchtime Capers: Eastern Nigeria Ofe Nsala, ‘White Soup’

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 3, 2015
Lunchtime Capers is a series chronicling my hour-long lunch break and the places I venture to – a store, markets, a roadside restaurant. Home. —–00000—– This lunchtime caper is from months ago, when my friend, Osemhen and I visited a market close to our office. She wanted to learn to make a soup I had heard […]

#SundayRice: Smoky Peppered Snail Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 26, 2015
Eaten on a Tuesday and Wednesday. And repeated again today, on a Sunday. And also a short discourse on how ideas are formed – one of the most intriguing things ever. How are synaptic connections made that generate so much possibility?  I was on my way home a few days ago when I drove past […]