Orange – Which Came First? The Fruit or the Colour?

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 4, 2019
It’s true. Forget everything you thought you knew! Oranges can be green, yellow, orange and shades in between. I raised three children on ‘orange’ oranges, dutifully bought from our local Albert Heijn in Wassenaar. They learnt to eat them quartered mostly and loved them. And then we moved to Nigeria, to green and almost sunshine […]

Finally Named: ‘Umilo/ Omilo’ is Cocoplum, Paradise Plum!

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 30, 2019
Do you remember these posts I wrote? Pepper Soup Spice Detective: Umilo/ Omilo But… and The Journey to Names and Provenance – Umilo & Gbafilo In both, I tried to find the botanical names for a specific peppersoup spice, umilo/ omilo. There were some conclusions but they were confusing. For instance, I found the supposed […]

Mangoes, Your Not So Ordinary Fruit

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 26, 2019
The one fruit that I am super sure was present in the splendid and perfect garden of Eden is the mango! Even ahead of the apple, which is so often used to depict the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. I know for certain that paradise would have been incomplete […]

How to Eat-Drink an Orange

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 20, 2019
Some things make you realise others, like how Akwugo’s love and appreciation for her mother shone through in her piece on Lessons and oranges. As I read through it, it occurred to me that there were so many different ways of partaking in the orange goodness, and how it is different across the world. It […]

Nigerian Seasonal Produce: #13, Oranges

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 5, 2019
Andddddddddddddddd, we’re back. Happy new year guys. I’m sorry it’s been so long – blame the new interface, and work, and life. I’ve missed you, missed sharing all the goodness of food. The first post is a guest one, from Akwugo of, sharing everything about the common yet uncommonness of the orange, about […]

Guest Post: My Deep-rooted Love for Plantain

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 11, 2018
Plantain has been bringing joy to homes in Nigeria since the amalgamation of the North and South poles. That’s how deep I believe it. This saying isn’t any truer as Nigerian artiste Timaya testified to in his 2011 hit single “Plantain Boy”. You should listen to it if you haven’t. The ease with which it […]

Guest Post – The Perfect Dodo aka ‘Dow Dow’

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 4, 2018
Nma isn’t lazy when it comes to loving and eating plantain. Her favourite way? Fried and enjoyed with rice and stew. Most Nigerian parents would be proud, for in Nigeria when you’re out and you complain of hunger (aka lusting for junk food…), the parents might go – ‘Don’t worry, there’s rice at home’! Need […]

Guest Post – Plantains Simply Can’t Go Extinct

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 30, 2018
Rafiat gives insight to what the state of the planet might be like if plantain goes extinct. Can’t, shouldn’t, won’t – lots to think about, hilariously too. Thank you, Rafiat – read and enjoy people. I can’t picture myself living in a world without plantain. It’s unimaginable and possibly cannot happen. Before I proceed, I’ll […]

Aplatanado, Aplatanada – On Acceptance, By Plantain

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 28, 2018
There are interesting concepts in places and languages that express cultural acceptance, that touch on home and identity.  Like aplatanado (male), aplatanada (female). In Cuba and The Dominican Republic, there’s a term that describes someone who has become ‘one of us’ – aplatanado or aplatanada. At the root of it is the word, platanos, of […]