How to Make The Bestever Zobo

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 12, 2017
After a few months of getting family members addicted to my Zobo, my friend M came round one Sunday. All excited to serve a Hausa person my version, I poured out a cup.  She tasted and smiled and turned her head, puzzled.  ‘Did you use ginger?’ ‘Yes I did, lots’ ‘What kind?’  ‘Fresh now’ ‘Ah, […]

Friday Cocktails: Zobo Sangria

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 30, 2016
I’m sooooooooo looking forward to the weekend and Zobo seems ready to ‘party’ with me, regardless of where and how. Its flavours ,’floral and berries’ are perfect for alcoholic mixers – whether that be with wine or spirits. This recipe is the best of both worlds – wine and spirits and fruit :). When combined to make Zobo, it […]

Layered Dessert: Zobo & Lime Cheesecake

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 18, 2016
This cheesecake combines zobo jelly with lime cream and crushed ginger cookies. It is a rendition of a blackberry and lime cheesecake I made a few years ago which had me smitten. One thing I’ve learnt in the process of making jellies and things with gelatin is the importance of testing. A great lesson taught […]

Zobo-Pineapple Upsidedown Cake

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 23, 2016
This came together in a flash. A tweet about this cake, being out shopping with friends to cook for made this happen. The instant I saw the blueberry-pineapple upside down cake, I said to myself ‘this would be perfect with zobo’. For a few months now, I’ve been poaching blueberries in sweetened zobo so I know […]

6 Things to do with Zobo Flowers

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 17, 2016
Zobo flowers, hibiscus sabdariffa have sooooooo many uses beyond making infusions (hot or cold). Here are a few things I do with mine, dried and once I’ve made my infusions. 1. Add to salads, cookie dough, crumbles, frozen desserts and other bakes This works best with the softened leaves obtained after the infusion. I basically tear […]

Friday Cocktails – Gin & Tonic with Zobo Pepper Sauce

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 12, 2016
It all began when M, a friend and mixologist said he’d added some Zobo pepper sauce to his G & T. How the fresh, spice notes in the sauce worked really well with gin. It would never have occurred to me. I wouldn’t have thought of it like using ‘jams and marmalades‘ in drinks. Which […]

The New Nigerian Chapman, with Zobo & Orijin

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 26, 2015
There’s a new drink in town – Orijin and I’m a fan. Orijin…a diminutive of Orijinal, a riff on the word Original.  The first time I tried it, there was a steaming bowl of catfish peppersoup set before me at an open-air bush bar type o’ place. We sat on wooden chairs, the moon high […]

Zobo Sauce

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 14, 2015
Like cranberry sauce…take two. I’m always on one take or the other, aren’t I? Oh well, such is life. Current state of my freezer? Enough zippy bags of zobo puree. The cooked calyxes once done with giving juice, blended. In the past, I discarded the zobo calyxes even though I knew the fresh ones made […]

Rosa Mexicano – Journey Through A Mexican Kitchen

by Kitchen Butterflyon April 11, 2015
My children’s reaction when lunch was served made me realise that what most of us know as Mexican cuisine is actually Tex-Mex. “Tex-Mex” (portmanteau of Texan and Mexican) is a term describing a cultural fusion cuisine of American cuisine and Mexican cuisine, deriving from the culinary creations of Tejanos. It has spread from border states […]