Red Amaranth-Yaji Hummus

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 25, 2017
Everyone loves hummus in my family – that silken, thick puree of chickpeas. Lately, I’ve taken to spiking mine with yaji – suya spice. The smoky, nutty flavours switches the hummus up and adds a kick. In my red amaranth haze, craze, I blanched some – essentially washed and dipped into hot water till soft/ […]

Mango, Tamarind & Mazarkwaila Sauce

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 10, 2017
Now that mangoes are in season properly, we’re enjoying them in all sorts of ways, one of which is in sauces. This version features fresh mango flesh, tamarind ‘water’, cilantro – my favourite ever herb and mazarkwaila, sugar cane sugar! Now sugar cane is one of my favourite things ever and I’d never come across it […]

From Art to Life: Soursop Jam

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 8, 2016
This jam is the product of life-art-inspiration-art-life-living. I love soursops and have recently begun to experiment – creams, desserts, cocktails – no sphere is safe. I was thrilled when Chikodili Emelumadu, of Igbophilia (How to love Igbo things or what you will) shared that I would be ‘staring’ in a short story she’d written. Please […]

Pawpaw-Tomato-Jalapeno Chutney

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 15, 2016
People often ask where I get my ideas from and pass comments about ‘how creative I am’. Truth is, it’s a direct function of surrounding myself or being surrounded with material – fodder for the creations. These ideas are almost always a progression, a building on a pre-existing tennet, foundation – I’m very much of the school of ‘look […]

Palm Oil Vinaigrette

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 26, 2015
Growing up, I had a cousin, J who would always toast bits of dried crayfish and dry pepper. He would add this to palm oil and serve it over boiled yam and plantain. I think about him and the sauce a lot. And then lately, I’ve been thinking about making a vinaigrette of it.    […]

Five (5) – Minute Peanut Butter Sauce

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 20, 2015
Quick and easy and ohhhhhhhhhhhhh so good. Think as a dip, dressing for salads especially noodle salads and suya ones and honestly, licking out of a jar and the base of a sauce (cf. Peanut Butter Chicken). You need a few ingredients, notable amongst which is hot water. Yes hot water. That’s the ‘everything’ of […]

Date Caramel, Three Ways

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 17, 2015
Last year, I discovered date caramel/ toffee thanks to santifood co. It quickly became my everything – spoonfuls in tea, spread on bread, with yogurt and on and on. This discovery led me to make a spiced version that’s amazing – sweet, fragrant and full of flavour. Like chai tea? Look no further. Like sweet […]

‘Epapa’ (Mokey Kola) Relish & Garlicky Snails

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 13, 2015
When I first discovered Epapa – Monkey Kola/ Cola, I was intrigued by its crisp crunch – part water chestnut, part carrot and its vegetal flavour, a cross between fresh green peas and young carrots. And then one night, with a wealth of it, I decided to make a relish of it. I blitzed pieces of Epapa […]

A Collection of Vinegars

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 22, 2015
I didn’t realise I had a ‘collection’ till I brought back four bottles of vinegar from Dubai in January – Cane, Palm, Mango and Lime. It was the Mango that captivated me on the aisle at Carrefour. Set amongst the woody sheen of balsamic, the red and golden of wine vinegars and the milky white […]