Food Ideas - Yam Recipes

Funke Koleosho's Yam Recipes

Check out all of my exotic yam recipes here...

Yam & Egg Bake

Funke Koleosho's Yam & Egg Bake

The recipe in today's post is inspired by a popular fast food chain in Nigeria...a menu item called Fiesta; made from eggs and potatoes. I love the fact that the dish can be served hot or cold, at breakfast, lunch or light dinner. It's excellent also for snacking. Its overall versatility is attractive for me and also, its a mixture of everything, carbs, protein, vegetables, essential fat... Its nutritionally complete...!

Many years ago I decided to experiment with the recipe, putting my spin on things. Then my Yam & Egg Bake recipe was born! It was a success and ever since, I have made the dish now and again especially when I am entertaining.

Yamarita - A Fun Yam Dish

Yamarita served with Nigerian bean hummus, avocado dip and ata dindin

Yams are like potatoes in Nigeria (and they are definitely not sweet potatoes as wrongly portrayed in some places.) They are a staple source of carbohydrates for Nigerians, nutritious and come in many varieties. Read more about yam in one of my previous posts here.

Yams can be cooked in a lot of different ways and as dictated by the variety, some cooking methods suit specific varieties than others. Name it, yams can be boiled, roasted, dip fried, baked, pounded, added to soups, etc.

Peppered Mixed Vegetables

Peppered Mixed Vegetables

I love my spices (chillies to be exact!) I do feel from time to time the need to add some to my food. Chillies are really versatile and may be added to virtually everything even chocolate...! The quantity added, of course, is the most crucial thing. Chillies are actually addictive...?! I would think. My recipe today is really simple and is a re-take on a previous one from last year.

Valentine's Love Bites II

Funke Koleosho's cucumber, spicy chicken & avocado "Love Bites"

This is a second recipe for  Valentine's day nibbles...serve with some chilled red wine and enjoy. Read my earlier post on Valentine's Love Bites 1 here.

Wishing you love...!

Valentine's Love Bites I

Funke Koleosho's Spicy Chicken, Avocado & Tomato "Love Bites"

Actually, I celebrate love everyday, but February the 14th serves as the "cherry on the cake" for all that I celebrate about the one(s) I love...!

This year I WILL/MUST be wined and dined..... no cooking for me...! I would just be enjoying the day and focusing on love; reflecting on life and making new plans for the future....hhmmhhmm.

Green Rice...

Funke Koleosho's Green Rice

There is white rice, and brown rice, even black rice...Now I present Green Rice!

I love colours in my food...! I can't get enough of cooking and eating colourful food. There is actually a benefit to eating colourful foods, I mean naturally colourful foods, not foods with added artificial colouring.

Coloured food contain a lot of nutritional benefits especially minerals, vitamins and anti-ageing compounds. For me personally, the mere mention that an ingredient contains high levels of anti-oxidants is enough to make me hunt it down and cook it..... I want to delay this ageing process as long as practicable... (hehehe)

Agbalumo + Ice-Cream; Excitingly Delish...!

Funke Koleosho's Agbalumo + Ice-cream

Two of my previous posts on agbalumo, from last year, have consistently remained in the 10 most popular posts from January this year and I began to wonder.....hhhmmm agbalumo is in season...that's why...!

Agbalumo, udara, udala (also known as African Star Apple) is so much loved in Nigeria and the reason is simple. The taste of this really exotic tropical fruit has to be experienced than described. It's a combination of tartness, with an exciting sweetness. And then there is the firm, some what chewy texture of the fleshy dark red pulp of the inner parts of the fruit that makes the experience of eating this fruit linger on and on...

Plantain & Spinach Tower

Funke Koleosho's Plantain & Spinach Tower

It is well established on this blog that I truly love plantains. I am always very keen to match them with other ingredients to create both visual and taste delights. Its very easy to work with plantains in terms of prepping, shaping and cooking them. They taste good on their own without much need to season them.

My foodie passion lies not only in cooking exceptional dishes which taste really good and leave a lasting impression on whoever eats them, I am passionate even more so about the visual display of my dishes.

Making Fufu from Potatoes ("Pounded Potatoes")

Funke Koleosho's Potato Fufu 

Surely by now, you may know that the word fufu (or foofoo) refers to any West African side dish made from a carbohydrate rich vegetable, and served with a rich stew/soup made from a variety of leafy vegetables, meat and/or fish.

Fufu is traditionally made from a single or combination of root vegetables such as yam, plantain, cocoyam etc. Some fufu variants can also be made from milled cereal such as maize, millet or sorghum. Nowadays, fufu is also made from oats and wheat.

Mushrooms, Natural Meat Substitute

Funke Koleosho's Meat Substitute Mushroom Soup

I occasionally crave mushrooms, so I am starting off the year by sharing one of my very traditional mushroom recipes culled from my cooking mobile app Cook!Nigerian. I really do love mushrooms, and while some may find them a little unusual, they are a real delicacy especially in the Ondo, Ekiti regions of Nigeria.

Mushrooms (locally known as olubeje, osun or ogogo in Yoruba areas) are not that popular across localities in Nigeria but in those areas where they are eaten, they are a real delicacy and an excellent substitute for meat.

What Diet...?!

Funke Koleosho's Tenets to Eating Healthy

I know many people start the year off by making new year resolutions, 90% of which relates to food and diet. I often think that this is so cliché..and it fails every year. I personally no longer follow diets, because the truth is I love the way I look and feel about my health. Also because based on personal experience and experiences from others, I know diets do not work! What works is understanding what you eat and making a conscious decision to create a balanced lifestyle for you...!

Happy New 2015...

2015 Year of Sweet Treats...

Happy (belated) New Year to you all my wonderful readers. Welcome to Funke Koleosho's Food Blog (FKFB) 2015...

Yes, it is my very first post of the year....! No apologies though....because it seem it is in my nature to take my time catching up and gearing up.... after all the fun and enjoyment of the festivities of Christmas and New Year. I take a view that I do deserve a good rest after all the hard work of and a truly rewarding 2014.

Food Ideas - Zobo (Sorrel) Recipes

Funke Koleosho's Zobo Food/Recipe Ideas

In Nigeria, zobo (sorrel) petals are commonly used to make a tea/drink. The green variety is used to make a vegetable soup, known as obe ishapa by the Yorubas. But the other potential uses are largely overlooked and not explored at all....

I have been challenged, mainly by the huge nutritional benefits of this plant, to explore different ways of incorporating the use of the petals in my everyday food recipes...(check out the profile of Sorrel/Roselle plant here).

Zobo (Sorrel) Milkshake

Funke Koleosho's Zobo (Sorrel) Milkshake

I am discovering so many new things to do with sorrel these days, its really exciting. From the moment I was able to make syrup from this really largely overlooked, exotic ingredient, it has been one discovery after another.

Once upon a time, zobo (sorrel) petals were only used to make tea/drink. The green variety was used as a soup ingredient in combination with melon seeds (obe ishapa to the Yorubas). But now, I have created a range of dishes using zobo as the main ingredient or as an added ingredient.

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Turkey Strips

Funke Koleosho's Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Turkey Strips

On Christmas day, I typically pay little attention to what to make for breakfast, because there is so much to serve and eat for lunch...! Nevertheless, I still have to serve breakfast. It is important, particularly for me to gain the energy needed to get through the day and also it is important for my guest to have some breakfast so that they dont put me under pressure to serve lunch earlier than necessary...!

Turkey Suya Skewers

Funke Koleosho's Turkey Suya Skewers

This holiday season has been so busy, that I had no time to post my planned Christmas menu recipes.... such a shame...! Nevertheless, I am posting the recipes herewith, though a little late for Christmas, but you can certainly use them to create exciting party food to entertain guests, whatever the occasion...!

Zobo (Sorrel) "Chapman"

Funke Koleosho's Zobo Chapman

Chapman is a popular punch/drink in Nigeria, not so sure where it originated from, my guess is that its got some Lebanese/Caribbean influences.

Chapman is basically a cocktail of sugary drinks. sugary syrup and a couple of sliced cucumber and loads of ice. Alcohol may also be added to provide an exciting kick to the drink. No doubt, Chapman can be quite refreshing especially on a hot summer day, but I tend to avoid drinking it because of its high sugar content. I have tried in the past to make a variation of this drink with some success....I say some success, not because the outcome of my creation was not equally refreshing/delicious, but because it could not really be called "Chapman".

Mulled Zobo (Sorrel)

Funke Koleosho's Mulled Zobo

Hibiscus tea, sorrel tea, Roselle drink, bissap tea, sobolo, zoborodo all refer to one and the same drink, made from same ingredient and which can be regarded as a tonic due to its high nutritional content. (Read more about the nutritional benefits of sorrel here.)

Food Ideas - Desserts

Funke Koleosho's Dessert Recipe Ideas

Call them desserts, afters, third course.... you will be needing some this festive season. Incorporating some native fruits, and popular Nigerian snacks, I have created a variety of dishes that can be served as desserts or served after meals.  They are exotic, excitingly different, yet delicious  and West Africa inspired. Try some out, they are all very simple desserts to make, just like those you may already be accustomed to.

Sorrel (Zobo) Cake, Mixed Fruits & Sorrel Syrup

Funke Koleosho's Sorrel Cake, Mixed Fruits

This is another really exciting creation. The presentation is fantastic, which I believe goes a long way in whetting appetite.

I would like to believe I have been able to create the "healthiest cake in the world"..... The cake was baked with less sugar, less fat and sorrel petals, which significantly adds to fibre content of the cake.

Sorrel (Zobo) Cake with Sorrel Gellee, Ice-cream & Mixed Fruits

Funke Koleosho's Sorrel Cake Dessert Recipe

I was really excited to serve up this dessert to my family. The idea is so simple and not at all complicated. I achieved success with the very first attempt.

This dessert presents an explosion of tastes and flavours, making your taste buds really excited. The major challenge was extracting the essence out of the dried sorrel petals and achieving the right consistency with it. Subsequently the rest was a breeze.

In Search of the "Nigerian Desserts"

In search of the Nigerian Desserts

Desserts are an import to Nigeria but are actually really loved by Nigerians who live or lived in the western world and are accustomed to western cuisine.

While the French are the masters of desserts, Nigerians (or West Africans) are not the only people who are not regular dessert eaters. The French, English and Americans will perhaps expect to have dessert after a meal, but the rest of the world would probably not care much and only eat some on special occasions.

Banga Soup (aka Palm Nut Soup)

Funke Koleosho's Palm Nut (Banga) Soup

I have put off writing this post several times, but I eventually got round to cooking banga soup.... I have posted in the past of how Nigeria may possibly be the world record holder for the nation with the highest number of different types of soups...!

Food Ideas - Canapés

Funke Koleosho's Small Chops Recipe Ideas

Are you stuck for ideas on what to serve up this festive season, or for any other food event for that matter. Try some exciting West Africa inspired Small Chops (Canapés) recipes and excite your guests in a different and memorable way...

Suya BBQ Wings

Funke Koleosho's Suya BBQ Wings

I present another quick and easy chicken recipe idea, particularly handy for the festive season or any other food event.

Suya is a spice which is probably the most popular spice in Nigeria. The making it is based on similar concepts that the Indians produce their masala spices. Suya spice constitutes a blend of different individual spices such as ginger, garlic, chilli powder, seasoning etc. As you would expect, the blends produce different tastes and level of chilli heat/spiciness.

"Playing With Food" - The Rolled "Swallow" Saga

Rolled Eba

It is well over a year that an image of a rolled eba dish went viral... This dish caused a lot of sensation with majority of people hailing it as a creative way to serve a really traditional meal.

My first impression on seeing the dish was....well, that catches my attention..! This is exactly what I envision for Nigerian Cuisine; the creation and presentation of Nigerian food in a way that catches people's attention, albeit positively.

"Nkwobi" Red Pepper Cups

Funke Koleosho's Nkwobi Red Pepper Cups

What do (Japanese invented) collagen soup and nkwobi have in common? They are both really rich in a protein believed to be super beneficial for the skin!

Nkwobi is an Eastern Nigerian delicacy, which can be described as a really thick/dense soup, traditionally made with palm oil, blended spices, chillies and.....cow's feet...!

Suya Spiced Prawn "Butterflies"

Funke Koleosho's Suya Spiced Prawn Butterflies

Right....the second of my food ideas for this festive season; suya spiced prawn butterflies. You can rarely go wrong with prawns. They are easy to prep, take minutes to cook and they taste ohh so yummy. This dish requires little effort and will be ideal to serve as a starter, to prepare your guests for things to come....

Pick & Dip Platter

Funke Koleosho's Pick & Dip Platter

The festive season in upon us, and its time for wining and dining...! As expected, I get to host lots of friends and family during this season and sometimes, truthfully, I run out of ideas of what to serve. This situation worsens by the fact that I always want to serve something different, something new to excite my guests. So you can see, its a real brain storm session in the kitchen over what to serve.