Spiced Eggs

Funke Koleosho's Spiced Eggs

One of my very earliest and favorite recipes since starting this blog...! This egg dish is popularly called Deviled Eggs!!!

Well sorry, no "devil" eggs in here, we are Christians! (hehehe..) What we have instead are delicious, delicately Spiced Eggs. These eggs are so delicious and easy to make but are usually in the obscured memories of the typical Nigerian chef. I have found that they are one of the simplest and hassle free canapés to make and they score very high with guests every-time! Try  Recipe here.

Cheesecake with a Chin-Chin Twist...

Funke Koleosho's Cheesecake with a Chin-Chin Twist

Nigerian cuisine is often flawed with not having a variety of dishes that can be served as dessert....this may be true but no one needs to apologise for this. Its just that our fore-mothers prepared their food with the ingredients they had at the time, the way they preferred and the they way they knew.

I personally think we have them to thank for our wonderful genes (which would have been impacted somehow by what they ate), and out somewhat conservative yet nutritionally beneficial values for eating more organic and less processed food.......I think.....

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Two years of blogging Nigerian Food.....and loving it!


Salad Recipe Ideas

Funke Koleosho's Salad Recipe Ideas

Vary your diet, get inspired by my exciting delicious and nutritious Salad Recipe Ideas.

Check out all my Salad Recipe ideas here.

Tsire & Avocado Salad

Funke Koleosho's Tsire & Avocado Salad

I have always thought that Tsire and Suya were two different things but I was wrong! According to my brother in-law who is a Northerner, and a colleague at African Chop, they are one and the same, its just that Tsire is more popularly known as Suya in southern Nigeria.

Corn & Beans Salad

Funke Koleosho's Corn & Beans Salad

In my search for potential Nigerian salad recipe ideas, I took inspiration from Mexican style sweetcorn salad.

Corn, is seasonal and is one of Nigeria's staple crops with many uses fresh or dried. When in season, freshly harvested corn is boiled or roasted and eaten alone or combined with a variety of other food items, typically coconut and beans.

Kilishi - A Nigerian Jerky Delight!

Kilishi - A Nigerian Jerky Delight

My first taste of Kilishi, a form of jerky popular with people of Northern Nigeria, was when I was in secondary school. My aunt who is married to a Naval officer and who lived in Kaduna, had brought some with her when she visited us in Lagos.

The taste was amazing, so different from what we had eaten before. The chewy texture of the meat along with the tastes and flavours of the spices and groundnuts used in making it, felt divine. We all scrambled for more and before we could close our eyes and open them, it was all gone.

Boiled Groundnuts & Papaya Salad

Boiled Groundnuts & Papaya Salad with Amaranth Flowers

Groundnuts are what we call peanuts, in Nigeria. Nigeria is one of the high exporters of groundnuts in Africa and it is a fact that the Dantata clan from Northern Nigeria built their wealth on trading in groundnuts...(in terms of wealth we are not talking peanuts...hehehe!)

While the rest of world only get roasted or dried groundnuts (which mostly end up becoming peanut butter) we in Nigeria enjoy the privileges of eating freshly harvested groundnuts. It is a privilege because, even though roasted or dried nuts are equally nutritionally beneficial, fresh groundnuts have a slight edge....

Nigerian Salad Ideas

Naija Inspired Salads

Nigerians have been wrongly accused of not eating enough vegetables.... This of course is not the case. In fact we eat plenty of vegetables just that we always / usually cook them first.

Another fact is that Nigerian foods are considered heavy and high in carbohydrates, which if eaten as often as the typical Nigerian does, may lead to weight gain.

Ugu & Kilishi Salad

Funke Koleosho's Ugu Kilishi Salad

My Ugu & Kilishi salad is pushing my foodie boundaries to the very limits.....at least this would be what my Nigerian peeps would be thinking.....

But you only need to investigate and understand the character of Ugu leaves to know that there is logic in the matching. (Read more about ugu leaves here).

Food Profile - Ugu (Fluted Pumpkin Leaves)

Fluted Pumpkin Leaves - Ugwu

There are very few vegetables that can be described as highly nutritious, and within Nigeria, Ugu leaves conveniently take the lead...! These leaves are packed full of vitamins & minerals and are one of the few vegetables high in protein.

So then, why do we seem not to eat more and more of these leaves?

Beans & Garri

Funke Koleosho's Beans & Garri

When it comes to the most staple of Nigerian dishes, it does not get any better than Beans and Garri. It is easy and straight forward to make, made from the most frugal ingredients accessible to every single Nigerian, and above all its nutritionally balanced...!

Fruits! Fruits!! Fruits!!!

Funke Koleosho's Nigerian Fruits Platter

"Fruits are nature's sweets"....Marge Simpson.

Check out some fruits found in Nigeria...

Egusi, Plantain & Prawns Platter

Egusi, Plantain & Prawns Platter

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.

I love both ingredients and tend to continuously experiment with ways of cooking and serving them in a nutritionally balanced manner.

Spicy Eggy Toast

Funke Koleosho's Spicy Eggy Toast

I am revisiting a rather old breakfast recipe today. This actually takes me back many many years ago when I first had a taste of an eggy bread (a variation of toad in a hole). It was soggy and greasy, and even though I ate it with delight because it was something different to what I had ever had and relatively tasty, I rarely made it for myself. I only had it in other peoples' homes!

Zobo Jelly Apple Cups

Funke Koleosho's Zobo Jelly Apple Cups

My daughter is fun loving and quite creative too. She loves to try new things especially snacky snacks or desserts/sweet recipes. The other day she cored out an apple and when I saw it, I exclaimed, you can fill that up with some exciting stuff...! to which she nodded in agreement.

Boiled Yam With Spicy Scrambled Eggs

Funke Koleosho's Boiled Yam with Scrambled Eggs

Yam is a delicious, energy rich staple eaten across West Africa as potatoes are eaten in Europe. (Read a little more about yams in one of my previous posts here).

Zobo & Grape Juice Drink

Funke Koleosho's Zobo & Grapes

The hibiscus flower (also known as sorrel, roselle or zobo in Nigeria) produces a really healthy drink which is delicious served either hot or cold. (Read more about zobo/sorrel, roselle here).

In fact, I consider this drink a tonic because it has all the characteristics required to categorize it as such. From its intense deep pink colour to its very sharp taste, this drink is most suitable to make a really seductive and refreshing drink that you can have any time of the day; a hot tea in the morning or a refreshingly chilled drink on a sunny summer day.

Grilled Garden Eggs

Funke Koleosho's Grilled Garden Eggs

Garden eggs are mostly eaten raw, often times with some peanut butter. But they can also be stewed with tomatoes and onions and served with boiled or pounded yam.

My memories of eating garden eggs when I was growing up are quite pleasant. I have had some experience hand picking the fruits from a nearby farm belonging to my father's friend (baba yaya) many many years ago. I remember how excited I was to find large fully matured ones and how I enjoyed digging my teeth into them.

Steamed Garden Eggs with Yam Thins & Smoked Salmon

Funke Koleosho's Steamed Garden Eggs

You can make a really quick meal from steamed garden eggs, some smoked salmon and yam. Serve as breakfast light lunch or dinner. Here is how:

Garden Egg & Yam Salad

Funke Koleosho's Garden Egg & Yam Salad

Here is another of my exciting Garden Eggs recipes. (Read a little more about Garden Eggs here...)

Its nothing more than a modern twist of the traditional boiled yam and garden egg sauce recipe.  Quite simple to make with really simple ingredients. The result is delicious and filling. This recipe makes an ideal light meal and can be served warm or cold. I'd say its really well suited for those who are on a weight loss plan....as you may (not) know, garden eggs are believed to support weight loss. So get cooking.

Food Profile - Garden Eggs

Garden Egg / African Eggplant
pic courtesy ethono.botanik.org

The world knows about the large oval shaped deep purple vegetables called aubergines...well the equivalent in West Africa is Garden Eggs, also known as African Eggplants.

In Nigeria, the garden egg is seasonal and although technically a fruit, it is harvested and utilised as a vegetable. Garden eggs are well known across the country and commonly sold in open markets, but they are more prevalent in southern Nigeria.

Cashew Tropical Juice Drink

Cashew Tropical Juice

Processing cashew apples for their juice is not that common in Nigeria. I have not heard of any of my friends and family or colleagues in the culinary art for that matter, that makes juice from cashew apples or even use cashew juice in any of their recipes.

I know this cannot be because the fruit is not in abundance in Nigeria because it is. In fact, Nigeria is the 4th largest producer/exporter of cashew in Africa and 7th in the world...! I think it might be because we have not been that adventurous enough. Or quite simply, we don't know what to do with the fruit other than eat the fibrous apples while fresh and make nuts from its seeds! (Read more about Cashew Apples here)

Food Profile - Cashew Apples

Cashew Fruit
(pic courtesy: google images)

After so many years of seeing and eating cashew apples, I was so excited to see them being displayed on trays in Epe market, the other day. I begged my husband to stop the car...!!! I have to buy some.

It was such an exciting sight for me. I haven't seen this fruit physically for over 15 years.... It was a special moment for me to actually touch the cashew apples and eat them again. It was also quite special to tell my daughter about them and help her experience the unique taste of cashew apples!

Bean Blinis with Smoked Prawns & Mixed Veggies

Bean Blinis with Smoked Prawns & Mixed Veggies

A natural progression from my previous Bean Pancakes are Bean Blinis...! Blinis are a type of pancakes made in miniature sizes and more commonly used to make party canapes in combination with a wide variety of other ingredients including meat, fish vegetables etc.

Isu Epo (Yam with Peppers + Prawns Sauteed in Red Palm Oil )

Boiled Yam and Peppers + Prawns sauteed in Red Palm Oil

Unashamedly, I am a Yoruba girl through and through, so little wonder that I get my share of food moments when I just want to eat something really traditional, in the traditional way.

My grandmother on my mother's side often told me about the sorts of food they snacked on....cause in her time the main course usually had to be pounded yam. All other sorts of foods were snacks, something to "hold the tummy" until dinner time.

Vegetable Egg Roll

Funke Koleosho's Vegetable Egg Roll

I have always wanted to post an egg roll recipe on my blog, so when the other day, I watched a video of a Chinese chef make an Asian version, I was inspired.

Eggs are wonderful and they are just an amazing ingredient to use to create delicious and nutritious meals in minutes. They are versatile and universal. There is no nation on earth, that I know of that do not eat eggs.

Bean Pancake with Smoked Prawns & Mixed Veggies

Bean Pancake with Smoked Prawns & Mixed Veggies

Pancakes are one of the most popular things to eat for breakfast across the world especially in western countries. There are different variations of this dish and because the principal ingredient is flour, different substitutes are used to create a somewhat healthier version.

My Bean Pancakes  recipe demonstrates a totally radical approach to create something which looks like and feels like the real thing. But to die hard regular pancake lovers, I have to say that the taste is different...however, bean pancakes are equally delicious, have their own peculiar flavours and taste and are more importantly a healthier alternative to regular pancakes...!

Cococnut Rice

Funke Koleosho's Coconut Rice

Today's recipe post is based on another way Nigerians love to eat rice....by cooking it with some coconut milk. Its really quite straightforward. I remember watching in one of the popular Nollywood movies, in which a lady wanted to create a good impression on her in-laws but had very little food stuff in her pantry. She had a backyard full of coconut trees and she thought she might serve that but she was told that the in-laws do not eat coconuts because it makes them cough. Then she said, if they don't love coconut, they would love coconut rice.....

Food Ideas - Velvet Tamarind Recipes

Funke Koleosho's Food Ideas - Velvet Tamarind Recipes

Discover some exciting tastes and flavours. Check out all of my Velvet Tamarind (Awin. Icheku) Recipes here

Food Ideas - Velvet Tamarind Recipes