Eight (8) Varieties of Nigerian Mangoes

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 28, 2015
Yes, mango fever is here, stalls decorated with baskets of green and orange, red-blushed, and almost tan fruit in varieties from Cotonou to Ogbomosho. For a long time, I paid no heed to the varieties of mangoes in fruit stalls and on the streets for I’ve only ever liked one variety of mangoes – ‘Normal […]

Stuffed Puff-Puff: With Mango, Passionfruit & Lime Cream

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 28, 2015
I just had to.  No one forced me. I wanted to. This was so delicious. My puff-puff game, so strong. I honestly think this was the best batch of puff-puff I’ve ever made. Not to light, not too heavy. Elasticity on point yielding soft, chewy puffs. Stuffed with mango-passion fruit cream, that cream of heaven, […]

Allergic to Coconut Oil?

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 27, 2015
For the last two days, I’ve suffered a terrible sore throat. Ever since I had a certain chia seed pudding with salted caramel coconut milk. See, I’ve occasional suffered from an itchy throat after eating coconut and tiger nuts. At first, I was puzzled – this was beyond the slight itch and so I turned […]

Mango & Passion Fruit Puree with Lime

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 27, 2015
There are combinations I taste in my head and I know they are heaven-sent. This right here? One of them. I love passion fruit and have been craving it for a while. When I made the mango puree with condensed milk last week for the ice pops and it was amazeballs, I wondered how much more […]

The New Nigerian Chapman, with Zobo & Orijin

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 26, 2015
There’s a new drink in town – Orijin and I’m a fan. Orijin…a diminutive of Orijinal, a riff on the word Original.  The first time I tried it, there was a steaming bowl of catfish peppersoup set before me at an open-air bush bar type o’ place. We sat on wooden chairs, the moon high […]

#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 […]

Some Kind of Mango Shrub

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 24, 2015
Because sometimes, you need to redefine things. A shrub is a kind of drinking vinegar, with fruit and sugar. A shrub can also refer to a cocktail or soft drink that was popular during America’s colonial era, made by mixing a vinegared syrup with spirits, water, or carbonated water.[1][4][5] The term “shrub” can also be […]

Tropical Icepops/ Lollies

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 23, 2015
There’s heat that makes you want to breathe in the frozen air from a deep freezer and burn your tongue licking it’s walls. There’s heat that leaves you understanding the phrase ‘beads of sweat’. You form them like crystals, drop by drop and soak everything with out. There’s heat that let’s you know who the […]

Salted Coconut Caramel Milk

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 23, 2015
Simple and divine. I love everything about this. It combines fresh, homemade coconut milk with toasted coconut, green cardamom, salt and sugar. Ratios? I use 3 cups coconut milk to 3 cups toasted  coconut to 1/2 – 1 cup of sugar, a good inch of salt and as many cardamom pods as I like. When […]