Basil Eggs

Continuing with the basil theme of this month, I decided to try basil leaves in eggs and it turned out great! If you like to try something different for breakfast, why not try this delicious twist to your morning toast.

What you will need:

~ Eggs / Fresh or dried basil leaves / onions / seasoning / pepper (optional) / olive oil / spinach

Basil Eggs Ingredients

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*Note: If you see you need a bit more olive oil, feel free to add a bit more.

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Spinach Basil Ragati

This mouth watering and alluring Spinach Basil Rigati Pasta is like a symphony of healthy ingredients coming together to make your lunch hour just a little more interesting.
Simple and easy to make, it is ridiculously delicious.

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Spinach Basil Pasta Recipe
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whole grain pasta and turkey sauce

Whole Grain Pasta with Turkey Sauce.

Last night as I lay in bed, for some reason, I started thinking of what I would like to eat the next day. I knew I wanted something homemade so I started scanning the contents of the freezer in my mind. All of a sudden, pasta and sauce came to mind. I got excited about the idea and got out of bed to take out some of the ingredients to thaw overnight.

I decided to make a sauce instead of settling with regular stew or even making “jollof” pasta.

So here goes!

Ingredients:

Optional items are the corn beef and shrimps.

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ingredients_whole_grain_pasta_and_sauceSteps:

Tip:
~ Since pasta doesn’t take too long to cook. You can make that last so it’s served fresh off the burner. Follow the instructions on the packaging for cooking steps.
~ If you like, you can lightly season the ground turkey before you begin cooking. This allows the season to really get into the turkey before it’s ready to be cooked.

Sauce

1) In a non stick pan, add 1 cooking spoon of olive oil and heat using medium flame. It should be just enough to create a little pool of oil.

olive oil in pot2. Pour in diced onions and stir fry till it’s lightly transparent, then add some salt (about 2-3 sprinkles).

stir fry onions3. Add in the tomato paste and allow to fry for about 5 – 7mins with occasional stirring to prevent burning.

4. Next pour in the diced tomatoes and allow to cook for another 7 mins.

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4a) Add in the minced ginger & garlic, thyme, pepper and 1 seasoning pack. Stir and cook for another 7 mins.

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5. As the tomato cooks, it’s time to prepare the ground turkey.

5a) In a frying pan or skillet, heat up some olive oil or cooking spray using mid flame.

5b) Once the oil is hot, add in the ground turkey. Note: There is going to be a lot of oil splashing so be careful!

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5c) As the turkey starts to cook, gently stir it around till it’s no longer pink. We aren’t going to fully cook it yet. We will finish it off with the tomato.

6) Add the partially cooked ground turkey to the boiling tomato sauce. Stir and cook for about 5 mins.

7) Add the green bell pepper and cook for about 7 – 9 mins. By now, you should be able to perceive the aroma of the bell pepper. *hmm yuuummm*


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8) If you decide to use the corn beef and shrimps, you add them last so as not to over cook them. Add to sauce, stir and simmer for about 5 – 7 mins under low flame.

Sauce is ready!

Serve with whole grain pasta

whole grain pasta recipe

Mission Accomplished! 🙂

 

 

How To Make Microwave Baked Eggs

Ever since I discovered this method of cooking eggs (thanks dad 😉 ), it has been my go to method on the lazy days when I just want to get into the kitchen and get out without spending forever in there. I really like this method because I can skip on the oil and I have less dishes to wash and worry about when I am done. Today’s microwave baked eggs, I will be adding corned beef to make things a little interesting.

Ingredients: ~ Corned beef ~ 2 Eggs ~ Salt ~ Dried Pepper (optional)

Steps

~ Break the eggs into a microwave safe bowl

~ Open up the corned beef tin, take out as much beef you would like. Using a knife or fork, break it up into smaller chunks and add to the eggs. (Remember to store the left over corned beef in a bowl in the fridge. DO NOT store it in the tin)

~ Add salt and pepper to taste and whisk everything together.

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20130529-141241.jpg~ Place bowl in the microwave for 1 min. After this 1st minute you will notice the egg is not fully cooked so you flip it over and bake for another 1 min & 30secs. Note, depending on the intensity of your microwave, you may need less or more time.

20130529-142206.jpg~ Your nicely baked microwave eggs are ready to devour. Serve with any of your usuals like bread, fried plantain etc.

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Beans and Yam Porridge

Hi guys! It has been a while since my last post but I finally got some free time to write this post.

Today, I will be writing about how to make beans with yam made as porridge. This meal is super easy and full of nutrients.

Ingredients

:: 4- 5 slices of yam

:: 3-4 cups of beans

:: Dry pepper or fresh pepper (1 red bell pepper or 2-3 rodo pepper)

:: Salt

:: 1 tablespoon of crayfish

:: Maggi

:: 1/2 – 1 Spoon of palm oil

:: Onions

Steps

– Measure out the beans and pick it clean of any dirt or dried out beans

– Wash the beans once and pour into a clean pot

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– Add water to about 2 inches above the beans, sliced onions and allow to boil till the beans is partially soft. (Note, beans takes a while to soften so you may need to add more water if the initial water dries)

– While the beans is cooking, peel the yam, rinse and cut into chunks

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– If you are using fresh pepper, blend them and keep it aside.

– Once the beans is half soft, add the sliced yams and allow to cook for about 7-10 mins.

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20130418-130921.jpg– Add the pepper, salt to taste, maggi, crayfish and palm oil.

– Allow to cook till the yam is soft and any excess water is dried

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– Meal is ready to serve! 🙂

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Baked Potatoes and Gravy

Ingredients.
Irish potatoes
Salt
Dried pepper (You can use black ground pepper)
Olive Oil

Steps (Oven-Baked Potatoes).
1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Rub the potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and ground black pepper. Prick them with a fork. You can either lay them directly on the oven rack or place them on a baking sheet.

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Seasoned Raw Potatoes

2. Cook the potatoes for 45-60 minutes, until the skin is crispy and sticking one with a fork meets no resistance. Baking this way gives crispy potato skins. To have soft skins, wrap the potatoes in foil paper before baking.

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Baked Potatoes Served with Shrimp Gravy

The Gravy.
See instructions here on how to make gravy.

Fried Plantains

Fried plantains also know as dodo is the perfect go to meal or side for almost any dish. Eaten a lot in Nigeria and the rest of Africa, it is nutritious and tastes great by itself or seasoned.

Ingredients
Ripe Plantains
Cooking oil (Canola or Olive oil)
*Salt (optional)

Steps
1. Wash the plantains

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2. Peel the back of the plantain & in a clean bowl or plate, slice the plantains diagonally. Add a little salt if desired. Be careful with the salt so plantains don’t end up salty. (It can be very discomforting )

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3. In a clean dry frying pan, pour cooking oil in the pan and heat under medium heat. You don’t have to use too much. Actually, the less the better for healthy cooking. Just add enough to allow the whole length of the plantain sit comfortably in the oil

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4. When oil is hot (not smoking hot) place plantain into oil and allow to fry till edges turn golden brown to light brown. (I like mine brown)

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5. Repeat till all is fried. Place in paper towel to blot out any excess oil.

Plantain is ready to serve!
Serve with Rice / Beans / Stew / Fried Eggs / Pap / Custard / Acheke

Yam Porridge

Ingredients
• 1 Tuber of yam (mid size)                                          • 2 Onions
• 3-4 fresh tomatoes                                                   • 2 fresh pepper
• Salt                                                                           • Maggi, Curry, *Thyme(optional)
• *Smoked Tilapia Fish  or Fish fillets (optional)           • Blended Crayfish
• *Ginger & Garlic (Optional)                                        • Palm Oil
• Water

Steps

• Cut and peel yams: Place the yam tuber on a flat and comfortable surface. Using a sharp knife, cut the yam vertically across to form individual circles. Cut the yam about 2-3 inches thick and peel the back of the yam using the knife. Wash peeled yams and cut each individual circles into 4 pieces.

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Yam in a market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

• Place yams into clean, dry pot & add water to the level of the yam. Allow to boil till the yam is semi hard.

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• Add diced onions, blended tomatoes, 1 onion & pepper

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Blended tomatoes, pepper and onions

• Stir and add fish fillets  or smoked tilapia fish, blended ginger, garlic, curry & thyme and stir

• Add salt and maggi to taste.
• Add blended crayfish & stir.
• Cook for 7mins
• Add 1 – 1.5 cooking spoons of palm oil

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• Stir and cook till yam is soft. To have more porridge, mash some of the yam and stir.
• Yam porridge is ready

Fried Rice

Ingredients.

  • Rice
  • 2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 2 Green Pepper
  • Green Peas, Chopped Carrots, Sweet Corn (or a pack of frozen mixed veggies)
  • Spring Onions
  • Liver or Ground Beef
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Onions
  • Salt, Seasoning Salt, Dried Pepper, Maggi
  • Curry, Thyme

Steps:

    • Wash the different bell peppers, remove the seeds and chop into nice bits.
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Chopped green, red and yellow pepper

    • If using fresh veggies (spring onions inclusive), also chop them nicely.
    • At this point, you can begin cooking the rice. Remember to salt it 😉
    • Now, we cook the liver or ground beef. If using ground beef, season and stir fry in chopped onions until it turns brown and is fully cooked inside. If using liver, season and steam like regular beef.
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Stir fried ground beef

  • Pour in the chopped bell peppers into the ground beef/liver and stir fry till it is half cooked. Then pour in the mixed veggies and cook till soft. (If using frozen mixed veggies, cook for about 7-10mins)
  • Add curry, thyme, dried pepper, maggi and cook for another 15mins on low heat. (Note: The curry gives the rice the golden-yellow color. So more of it = means more color)

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  • In a clean wide bowl or pot, mix completely the cooked rice and cooked veggies in portions.
  • Fried Rice is ready to serve!

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Serve with grilled chicken/fish, fried plantain & moi moi

Kekefia (Plantain Porridge)

A delicasy from Southern Nigeria, Kekefia is very nutritious and is a meal for celebration.

Ingredients

  • Plantains [4 fingers] (Preferably unripe but slightly ripe acceptable too)
  • Palm Oil
  • Fish
  • Onions
  • Dried / Fresh pepper (4)
  • Tomatoes (4 whole)
  • 2TBs Crayfish (Blended)
  • Maggi
  • Salt

Steps

  1. Wash and peel plantains.
  2. Dice plantains and put in a clean dry pot. Pour water over plantain till it is on the same level as the plantain. Then boil over mid heat for about 15mins. Don’t allow the plantain to fully cook.
  3. Steam the fish in the meantime.
    1. To steam fish, wash and clean the fish
    2. Put into a clean dry pot and add 1 cup of water. Add salt, maggi, 1/4 sliced onion and thyme.
    3. Cook till inside of white is white and flaky.
  4. Blend tomatoes, pepper and onions.
  5. In the boiled plantains, add blended tomatoes, pepper and onions. Stir properly.
  6. Add 2 maggi cubes, salt to taste, 2Tbs of blended crayfish and stir. Allow to cook for 10mins.
  7. Pour in 1/4 of palm oil, stir and cook for another 7-10mins.
  8. Add steamed fish and some fish stock if the plantain appears dry. Cook for 5mins.
  9. Kekefia is ready to serve 🙂

Note: if using ripe plantains, cooking time is shorter in step 2 to prevent plantain from getting fully cooked therefore making it too soft before the finished meal is ready.

Kekefia can be eaten on its own or with starch another Southern Nigeria meal.