Yellow Pawpaw

Yellow Pawpaw with bits of Coconut and Cantaloupe melon

In Nigeria. the term "Yellow Pawpaw" is jokingly used to refer to someone who is light skinned, (especially women)....but actually it is a term that describes over-ripe papaya. Such would have an all round yellow colouration on the skin and the fruit flesh/meat will be soft and sometimes mushy.

Back To Basics - Seafood Medley with Soaked Ijebu Gari

Back to Basics - Seafood Medley with Soaked Ijebu Gari
As I absolutely love experimenting with food and creating wonderful fusions, there are days that I just want the simplicity of Nigerian local delicacies, served the way they are meant to be served, though with a little "caveat", they still need to tally with my healthy eating agenda...! From now on, I will differentiate such recipes with the tag BToB - meaning Back To Basics.

Steamed Sea Bass with Locust Beans & Mixed Peppers Sauté

Funke Koleosho's
Steamed Sea Bass with Locust Beans & Mixed Peppers Sauté

Fish is best enjoyed at its freshest state. From sea straight onto the cooking pan! Getting fresh fish is not always possible, because, believe me, most fish sold as fresh are actually a couple days old. Most have been caught and chilled over some days before they are sold. To get fresh fish, your best bet is at a fish market...

Smoked Mackerel Salad

Funke Koleosho's Smoked Mackerel Salad

Smoked mackerel is typically added to soups and stews or fried and eaten with other dishes. But this very nutritious fish can also be enjoyed in other ways. (Read more about the nutritional value of smoked mackerel here.)

Smoked Mackerel Sandwich

Funke Koleosho's Smoked Mackerel Sandwich

Another simple recipe using smoked mackerel... quick, easy and satisfying especially when served with a hot or cold drink of choice. (Read more about smoked mackerel here)

Smoked Mackerel

Smoked Mackerel

"Eja Yiyan, Ofooro"....that's the Yoruba name for smoked mackerel!

Sandwich Platter... (With A Spicy Twist)

Funke Koleosho's Sandwiches...with a kick.

Sandwiches are foreign to Nigerians, and though the average Nigerian would not request a sandwich for lunch, sandwiches are quite popular with a class of Nigerians especially those who work with expatriates. Speaking with my good friend back home recently, apparently, sandwiches are becoming common to serve especially at corporate lunch events.


Provence Ratatouille + West African Plantain yields..... "Plantaintouille" .....!!!!!

Funke Koleosho's "Plantaintouille"

I first encountered this dish from watching a children's animation film of the same name. The movie was really fun to watch with my daughter who also quite enjoys cooking!

"Peppery" Egg Pita Pocket

Funke Koleosho's "Peppery" Egg Pita Pocket

For some background details, read my previous post on "Peppery" Chicken Pita Pocket, a very simple sandwich recipe which offers a somewhat different alternative to regular chicken sandwich.

"Peppery" Chicken Pita Pocket

Funke Koleosho's "Peppery" Chicken Pita Pocket

For my fellow country men who do not know what pita (or pitta) is, it is a type of flat, slightly leavened, oval shaped bread (origin: Middle Eastern countries). It can be opened to form a pocket which can be filled to make excellent sandwiches. Any thing ranging from fish, meat or vegetable fillings can be packed into the pockets to make some of the most satisfying and filling brunches, lunches or light dinner. Pita bread can also be used for dipping if served with some sauce.


Funke Koleosho's Dodo Veggies

Following through in a "series" of fried plantain (dodo) et al.... combinations, I present Dodo-Veggies. Dead simple to make using the same methods as Gizzardo, Doro Dodo-Prawns & Dodo Prawns. Delicious to eat and particularly good for vegetarians! Try it out...


Funke Koleosho's Gizzardo

Gizdodo, gizzard-dodo, dodo-gizzard all refer to a very popular, fried plantain and peppered chicken gizzard combo.

Doro Dodo-Prawns

Funke Koleosho's Doro Dodo-Prawns

There is a music craze sweeping through Nigeria, current (well almost), and its called DoroBucci (by Marvin Record Co)....


Funke Koleosho's Prawns Dodo

Gizdodo, gizzardo, dodo-gizzard all refer to a very popular, recent food creation, among Nigerian caterers...

Chicken Gizzard & Yam Broth

Funke Koleosho's Chicken Gizzard & Yam Broth

I came up with today's recipe when I was looking for a real comfort food....something I could have in the early evening, that's also capable of filling me up, without feeling stuffed, and no further need to have dinner...... I came up with Chicken Gizzard & Yam Broth...!

Booli and Peanut Butter

Funke Koleosho's Booli with Peanut Butter

Booli is roasted plantain and this, according to popular saying in Nigeria, is the "common man's food! How true that is! The stuff is abundant and readily sold on major street corners around lunch time, catering to every day worker....served with roasted groundnuts.

Pépè Rose

Funke Koleosho's Pépè Rose
Served as a Topping/Garnish

I remember from many years back, the Ghanaian wife (Rose) of a family member used to make a salsa style dip/sauce which she served with fried yam. I remember her telling us then, that back in her native Ghana, this sauce was made and served raw, no cooking required, just grinding in a mortar and drizzled with oil....but because her husband had not taken a liking to eating the sauce raw, she had applied a little modification to it, she put it through a bit of heat processing.

Grilled Grapefruit

Funke Koleosho's Grilled Grapefruit

This very simple recipe is culled from my cooking App; Cook!Nigerian (available for instant download on iTunes App Store.

Yam with Garden Egg Sauce

Funke Koleosho's Yam with Garden Egg Sauce
Culled from Funke Koleosho's Cook!Nigerian App

What we refer to as garden eggs in Nigeria are vegetables, in the same botanical family as aubergines but are a lot smaller, with incredible shiny and waxy skin. Garden eggs (unlike egg plants - aubergines which are purple in colour) come in two main colours: white or green. Some come as a variegated combination of both colours.

Yam & Prawns, Mixed Peppers Omelette

Funke Koleosho's Yam & Prawns, Mixed Peppers Omelette
Culled from Funke Koleosho's Cook!Nigerian App

Boiled yam is one of the most preferred breakfast options for many Nigerians. This can be served with a variety of other dishes, most popular of which are eggs; scrambled, omelettes, Nigerian style stewed eggs etc... Read more about yams here.

Coconut Candy Pops

Funke Koleosho's Coconut Candy Pops

Eating coconut candy, as we used to call it back then, was one of my very first tastes of sweets, in my childhood.

Ojojo - Water Yam Thingz....

Funke Koleosho's Ojojo - Water Yam Thingz

I suddenly developed cravings for Ojojo the other day and, yep, went out shopping for some water yam, the core ingredient for making this very popular (at least in Lagos where I grew up) night time street food...

For My Love of Plantains Contd....

Funke Koleosho's continued love of plantains

A few days ago, I posted a recipe on plantains....

Based on some of the feedback received from my readers, I knew I had to post another plantain recipe to meet the requirements of fish/meat lovers.

Ewedu (Ooyo) Soup

Funke Koleosho's Ewedu (Ooyo) Soup with dried Shimps

My post today is about one of my favourite soups, and since finding out more about the nutritional benefits of the vegetable from which the soup is made, it has featured even more in my diet! Read more about Ewedu leaves here.

Food Profile - Ewedu (Jute Leaves)

Ewedu Leaves

Located in the tropics, Nigeria is blessed with various types of vegetation. Most of which is put to use one way or another, in particular, a great number of these vegetations is put to use as a source of food.

For My Love of Plantains...

Funke Koleosho's Plantains, Spinach & King Prawns in Melon Seed Sauce

Next to yams, plantains come second as the main staple source of food for Nigerians. I have written a couple of detailed posts on these two food ingredients, highlighting some of their nutritional benefits.

Peppered Lobster

Funke Koleosho's Peppered Prawns
There is something luxurious about eating lobsters and most people tend to serve or eat then on special occasions!

Must Have / Can't Do Without "Nigerian Style" Stew

Funke Koleosho's Must Have Nigerian Style Stew

Must have, can't do without...... this is how I describe Nigerian style stew. For so many, myself inclusive, having a pot of this stew tucked away in the fridge/freezer, resolves many problems that may arise in the food and eating department.

Catfish Suya

Funke Koleosho's Catfish Suya

For those not quite familiar with it, catfish is a black slippery, non scaly fish, pretty much like an eel, and with whiskers like a cat's. This fish is very popular in Nigeria and cooked in soups and stews. It is particularly popular used in pepper soups.

Starter - King Prawn Pops

Funke Koleosho's King Prawn Pops

In this post, I demonstrate how to make a dish suitable to serve as a starter. Again really simple and straight forward, this dish is bound to please your guests.