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Infographic: A Brief History of Stockfish in Nigeria

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 2, 2017
Mapping Nigerian-Norwegian Relations through the ages and there is a lot of information on the interwebs with some digging. I’ve put it all together in a timeline because specific events were time-bound and mapped key events. This is one of my favourite research pieces because it connects so much – from the state of nations […]

Eight (8) Things I Learnt About Stockfish. Did you Know?

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 5, 2017
That Nigeria is the world’s top buyer of Lofoten’s stockfish, eclipsing the once dominant Italian market by 20 per cent? That though cod is the most popular source of stockfish, haddock, saithe and tusk are also good sources, popular for the Nigerian market That it takes three months to dry stockfish? First, the head and guts – […]

Stockfish: The Nigerian – Nordic Connection

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 29, 2017
Stockfish – pungent, fishy and a strong fave in Nigerian cuisine comes from Norway, a Nordic country in the north of Europe where cold water loving-cod surface in the winter, and birth their babies on the coast, putting them within easy reach of fishermen. To be very honest, in Nigeria, we call all dried cod […]

Nigerian ‘Concept’ Dish: Dry Fish Skin-Local Jollof ‘Sushi’

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 22, 2017
The Concept This concept is about sushi, Japanese rice rolls. Years ago, I attended a sushi workshop in the Netherlands and fell in love with the perfect bites of rice wrapped in seaweed sheets. Here, I’ve combined ‘traditional’, palm-oil based flavours using gorgeous dry fish skin instead of the nori sheets, smoky rice and fresh […]

Nigerian ‘Concept’ Dish: Dry Fish Skin & Yam Cannelloni with Peppersoup Consomme

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 31, 2017
The Concept This concept is all about reinventing peppersoup – taking it from warm and comforting to refined and clean. It’s about combining the popular sides of yam in this spicy broth with flaked fish and using the skin of the dried fish as a vehicle for flavour and texture in a cannelloni. How to make […]

Groundnut-Dry Fish Pepper soup

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 22, 2016
Okwu-oji is a spiced peanut paste served with garden eggs. One day at work, one colleague, P brings a rather large tub of Okwu-oji for another colleague, O. O is sure he’ll never see the bottom of the tub and so was glad to gift me some (that huge tub emptied out sooner than we […]

Nigerian ‘Concept’ Dish: Yam & Fish

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 23, 2016
The Concept The idea of exploring Nigerian cuisine thrills me to no end. I find myself consumed with knowing more about an ingredient – continually stretching my boundaries of its use, testing, trying, mostly succeeding. The ‘concept’ here was to explore yam textures. The Elements On the plate, we have a combination of textures and colours.  […]

Gbena yei – Kpokpogari with Fresh Fish Pepper Soup

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 9, 2015
All I can think of in this weather is my bed. Sleeping in it. Morning, noon and night. Waking up to cuddles and soup. Forget pots of tea and freshly-baked cookies. Love and soup are errthang. Err single thang. Sigh. There’s something about rainy season that brings out the romantic in me. But I’m going […]

How to Make Fish Pepper Soup

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 27, 2015
Winter and spring flee cooler climes, bringing warmth in their stead and we, here in Nigeria embrace the cool wetness of our rainy season. We celebrate corn, ube and days tucked in bed. We welcome steaming bowls of pepper soup, of fish, chicken and the like. Fish pepper soup, for life on the coast. Fresh […]