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 […]

Nigerian ‘Concept’ Dish: Plantain ‘Fondants’ Moqueca (Palm oil & Coconut Seafood Broth)

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 31, 2018
The Concept This concept is about my love for Brazil and the beautiful combination of palm oil and coconut milk which at first glance sounds weird but then, when cooked is so delightful in a moqueca. Moqueca (IPA: [moˈkɛkɐ] or IPA: [muˈkɛkɐ] depending on the dialect, also spelled muqueca) is a Brazilian recipe based on salt water fish stew, tomatoes, onions, garlic and coriander. It is slowly cooked in a terra […]

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 […]

Nigerian ‘Concept’ Dish: Beans & Garri ‘Truffles’

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 27, 2016
The Concept The concept here is of ‘truffles’. Like Chocolate truffles but not… A chocolate truffle is a type of chocolate confectionery, traditionally made with a chocolate ganache centre coated in chocolate, cocoa powder or chopped toasted nuts (typically hazelnuts,almonds or coconut), usually in a spherical, conical, or curved shape. Their name derives from their traditional […]

Nigerian ‘Concept’ Dish: ‘Plantain’ & Groundnuts

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 20, 2016
The Concept This concept is as much about visual as it is about taste. In this dish I wanted to highlight: how street food – plantain (bole) & groundnuts can be translated to fine dining how to bring balance to a dish through food pairings how textures and flavours can be repeated in a dish in […]

Nigerian ‘Concept’ Dish: Beans & Dodo

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 11, 2016
The Concept I said my next concept dish would be plantains, so here we are. When I was growing up, we ate beans on Wednesday and Fridays, afternoons only. We ate beans with fish – fresh, fried, smoked…mostly fried. Dodo, fried yam and garri were accompaniments sometimes. Though I loved the beans my mum cooked, […]

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.  […]