Part 3: Food Pairing in Nigerian Cuisine and The Rest of The World

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 18, 2016
Food pairing – combining ingredients with others that are really similar (positive) or really different (negative).  Cuisines are defined by ingredients, shaped by influences – what grows around you, your climate, who has been in your space. Legacies of colonisation, of slave trade make it to the plate today – from Lagos to Bahia and […]

Part 2: The Balance of Tastes & Flavours in Nigerian Cuisine

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 15, 2016
Dishes are all about balance, all about a ‘perfect’ combination and complementing of the elements – flavours, tastes, colours and aromas should work together in delivering a dish – that awakes every sense. Sometimes balance is in the seasoning, other times, it is in the cooking of it and sometimes it’s in the service of it. […]

Part 1: The Tastes & Flavours of Nigerian Cuisine

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 14, 2016
Nigerian cuisine is aromatic and pungent, full of umami, smoky, spicy, bitter and sour flavours which produce complex tasting dishes. In many dishes, the depth of flavour is provided by smoked, fishy and fermented elements.  In many ways, the predominant flavours in our dishes – umami, smoky, spicy – are different from those in other cuisines.  To […]