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Around The World, Nigerian Cuisine, Recipes, Travel & Exploration

Part 4: Around the World in Twelve (12) ‘Jollofs’

…or Twelve (12) Shades of Jollof Rice. Jollof rice in the  simplest terms is a beacon for West African cuisine. Texturally, it’s half way between the separate, not mushy grains of a pilaf and the ‘sauced’ creaminess of a risotto. Here are twelve (12) takes from classic to not. 1. Classic: Nigeria & Along the coast of West Africa […]

Nigerian Cuisine, Recipes, Travel & Exploration

Part 3: The Fundamentals of Jollof Rice

Jollof rice: rice perfection that’s half way between the dryness of pilaf and the creaminess of risotto. ‘Traditionally’, Jollof rice is made with specific ingredients which define the perfect pot – from long-grain rice to scotch bonnet peppers and Maggi cubes for seasoning. I present – the Jollof essentials. Truth too is, essentials are no guarantee to success so one must understand […]

Nigerian Cuisine, Recipes, Travel & Exploration

Part 2: #Jollofgate – In Defense Of Our Traditions

Now the dust has settled :), we can explore more about Jollof Rice – both a short history and the recent #Jollofgate incident. —–00000—– In the winter of 2010, I made wholewheat Argentine Empanadas. I served them with a fresh herb sauce, Chimichurri and got many pats on the back and one tap…one comment…from an Argentine no […]

Features & Columns, Nigerian Cuisine, Recipes, Travel & Exploration

Part 1: A Short History of Jollof Rice

Jollof, definitions Noun. Verb. of a red, spiced rice dish loved in every city and town ‘South of the Sahara’ and along the coast of West Africa. Synonyms: Djolof, Benachim (Gambia); Thiéboudienne (Senegal) to cook in a red, tomato-based sauce: ‘Jollof beans’ – a one pot dish of beans cooked in a rich tomato sauce. West African-speak. denoting […]

Nigerian Cuisine, Recipes

Jollof Beans

I love stewed beans. Or Jollof beans as we would call it in Nigeria. Beans cooked in a tomato sauce. Except my sauce is more onions and peppers than tomatoes. But it still ends up with the Jollof ‘hue’, a cross between deep orange and red. Jollof.  Today, I share my beloved recipe for ‘stewed’ beans: Brown […]

Baking, Nigerian Cuisine, Recipes, Travel & Exploration

Preparing for Christmas: Nigerian ‘Stir-Fried’ Jollof Rice

Here’s an update on a Nigerian classic: Stir-fried Jollof rice. And this isn’t to buck tradition – this is about how travel shapes who we are, opens up our eyes to new possibilities and redefines our boundaries. For Nigerian Jollof is typically ‘stewed’, not stir-fried or oven-baked. Right now, Nigerians the world over are planning […]