Sweet Ehuru & Carrot Pancakes

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 7, 2017
Because when carrots are in season, we do every and any. Because they are delish – more nutritious when cooked. You must make them because the children, my children fell in love after initially turning up noses when these were just batter. Gorgeous carrot pancakes that are perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I spiced mine with […]

The Arewa Kitchen: Yeasted Breads & Pancakes

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 13, 2017
My fascination for the Northern Nigerian Kitchen – The Arewa Kitchen is growing more and more and more. This week, I’d love to share snippets of what I’ve learnt about the cuisine. I will share drinks, meats and more but first up, breads! I love the ‘breads’ and pancakes. My first introduction was Masa, then […]

Shrove Tuesday with Kuka Pancakes & Coconut Filling

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 9, 2016
One thing always leads to another. Small chops from 12 Baskets at a party leads to this – chewy pancakes, the texture of mochi filled with sweet coconut and served with a mix of fruit and sauces. This plate is all about the elements: Pancakes made with Kuka, a mucilaginous powder which is green and […]

Happy ‘National Waffle Day’

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 24, 2015
…and yes, I’m celebrating the awesomeness of my waffle iron because I’m a global citizen, of America, of Nigeria, of The Netherlands, of The World who will waffle everything possible from bread to waffle batter, cake and croissants. The ancient Greeks are said to have been the first waffle bakers — they cooked flat cakes […]

How to Build a Crepe Cake

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 17, 2015
Eid Mubarak, with my first-ever Crepe cake, perfect for crowd-feasting. Talk about resounding successes. Twenty (20) (in my case imperfect but delicious) layers of crepes with alternate layers of rich chocolate mousse and a salted caramel one, finished with a semi-sweet ganache and crushed candied pecans. What a mouthful. A delicious mouthful. Also known as […]

How To Make Masa

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 20, 2015
I have much to learn about Nigerian cuisine, regional as it is and none is more special to me at the moment that the cuisine of Northern Nigeria. A cuisine that’s more than suya and kilishi, that has interesting stews, soups and drinks. The first time I heard/ read of Masa was on Afrolem’s blog. […]

The First Pancake Problem

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 16, 2015
First pancakes.  And the First pancake problem. First pancakes often turn out weird. Bad. Annoying and fit only for the bin. I learnt that many years ago.  If you think you’re the only one prone to bad first pancakes, well…you aren’t.  The internet is littered with complaints and tales of composting first pancakes. Google has about 30,600,000 […]

Happy Paddy’s Day: Scent Leaf Blinis with Flaked Fish

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 17, 2015
I had a good plan to pair this with a Guinness – Palm wine concoction but I spread shards of glass and malted black liquid on some cream tiles this evening instead. A bag delicately held, mindlessly dropped and dreams and thoughts are dashed. Oh well, one less thing to make 🙁 and on to […]

Cooking with Kids: Pancake Faces

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 7, 2015
Staples. Perfect for Saturday mornings. So perfect the children can make their own. All it requires is pancake mix and a touch of creativity. It works on the principle of cooking sequence developing contrast and creating the smiley. What do I mean? Each part you cook before adding more batter defines that element. You begin with […]