Groundnut-Dry Fish Pepper soup

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 22, 2016
Okwu-oji is a spiced peanut paste served with garden eggs. One day at work, one colleague, P brings a rather large tub of Okwu-oji for another colleague, O. O is sure he’ll never see the bottom of the tub and so was glad to gift me some (that huge tub emptied out sooner than we […]

Groundnut Stew

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 14, 2015
Groundnuts, Peanuts: an ingredient common to many cuisines, South of the Sahara. Boiled. Baked in clean white beach sand known in many parts of Nigeria as ‘sharp sand’. Ground into snack and cakes, from kulikuli to dankwa. And cooked in a soup or sauce. My first memories of Groundnut stew are accompanied by cold weather and the kindness of a […]

In Season: Spiced Boiled Groundnuts

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 13, 2015
These don’t need no introduction or explanation. Take fresh groundnuts, in season – add sugar and spice (fresh ginger, cardamom, 5-spice) and boil away. I promise, you’ll want to bathe, sleep and wrap yourself in the fragrance of the liquid and the taste. We enjoyed this on a Saturday night, with tall glasses of Coca-cola […]

Coconut – Dambu Kilishi Masa

by Kitchen Butterflyon July 7, 2015
Because we need every take on Masa we can get, find, uncover. And because this time with the addition of Dambu, made from Kilishi to the batter. And because my mother’s an English teacher, I’m confident I shouldn’t start my sentences with because but then, I’m my own person some of the time so there… Take some coconut […]

How To Make Some Kind of Peanut Brittle

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 29, 2015
Making toppings for desserts like brittles and pralines are relatively easy. They involve nuts and caramel. But easy doesn’t mean you should hurry through the process which might lead to ‘caring less’, it means a few steps with utmost care to accomplish great results. Brittle is a type of confection consisting of flat broken pieces […]

The Vibrant: Garden Eggs with Crushed Peanuts, Red Chilies & Cilantro

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 15, 2013
This recipe takes me back to where it all began – Nigeria. Where garden eggs are eaten as a snack, with a spicy peanut butter dip. In this recipe, the garden egg is sliced and garnished with grilled spring onions and red chilies, for colour. It is sprinkled with a dry peanut ‘crunch’ and drizzled […]

The ‘Forgotten’ Groundnut Pyramids of Nigeria

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 8, 2013
The past may hold treasures, still remembered but the future is bound in hope, in belief and in the knowledge that with life, all things are possible. Did you know our pyramids? The Nigerian pyramids? Where you even aware that once upon a time we had them? My daughter said ‘Mama, is that a postcard from […]

Nigerian Peanut Butter (Okwu-Oji) with Grains of Paradise aka Alligator Pepper

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 4, 2013
 I know a place inspired by a library book my 5-year old brought home: I know a place by Karen Ackerman I know a place where vanilla and cloves meet And embrace with warm, heady scents Where citrus and nuts mingle in a pungent dance Where ginger and cardamom, black pepper and coriander come alive […]

Minced Chicken Satays with the Daring Cooks

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 14, 2010
The January 2010 DC challenge was hosted by Cuppy of Cuppylicious and she chose a delicious Thai-inspired recipe for (Pork) Satay from the book: 1000 Recipes by Martha Day. We, cooks had the options of doing what we wanted as long as we marinated the chosen meat or veg!!! Can you believe it is already […]