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Nigerian ‘Concept’ Dish: Akara Brick Toast

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 25, 2019
The perfect Saturday morning breakfast – bread and akara, only switched up in a take on a popular Japanese dish. Shibuya Honey Toast It’s also known as Japanese Honey Toast or Brick Toast (or simply called Honey Toast or Hanitoo in Japanese); Source – JW Web Magazine  If you know me, you might know that […]

#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. […]

Coffee in Arusha-Tanzania: From Berry/ Cherry to Bean

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 23, 2017
I am a gradual learner. In the case of coffee, I’ve progressed from instant to cold brew from grounds. Next step? Buying a cafetière and grinding my own beans because I’m now an aficionado :). After all, do you know all the things I do about coffee? No? Well, grab a cup let me tell […]

The SBM Index & The Economics of Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 21, 2017
Did you know that there was a Jollof Index? The work SBM Intel is doing is FANTASTIC and I was thrilled to discover this article and the associated report mapping changes in the essential ingredients for Jollof and using them to check inflation and other trends in consumer behaviour. ‘The SBM Jollof index is a […]

How I Missed My Flight Because of Jollof

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 21, 2017
True story, and there’s no bro at the end *side eye*.  This is a true story from Yejide who is known locally for his elaborate parties hosted at a few San Francisco party venues , of Naija Nomads who missed her Banjul – Lagos connection because of Benachin, Gambian Jollof. The events leading up to and […]

East Meets West: If Jollof Rice Were Kenyan

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 16, 2017
In our familiarity with and adoration of it, we translate its importance to others. We recoil in shock when we find that the significance we attach to it this side of the Atlantic is not the same in other parts of the world, like the area in and around the Indian Ocean. And no this […]

Around West Africa in ‘Jollof’ Names

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 14, 2017
Interesting, I find – Jollof goes by only four names across the coast of West Africa, three of which are repeated in use – Jollof, Riz au Gras (aka Riz Gras), Thieboudienne; one – Benachin is used in only one country – Gambia. I looked at the names in 16 of the 18 countries, excluding […]

On Mingau: Drink, Porridge & More

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 11, 2017
I’ve always been fascinated by Mingau. By always, I mean since I learnt about it, about it’s existence. In trying to find out more about it, to classify it and understand it, I happened upon lots of Brazilian/ Portuguese references.  Mingau, from the old Tupi mina’u means ‘that which is soaked‘. To this end, there […]

Exploring Personal Geographies of Food: Mangoes

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 7, 2017
I’m obsessed with geography – I’ve always been. What if I can’t read maps that well, what if? And no, don’t say ‘You’re a geologist’ because I, more than anyone else should know that. I’ve almost always loved the contours that define spaces, the grids that govern some cities and making, finding my way. I […]