31 March 2012


Pancakes + Mackerel + sausages


1 cup of flour
2 eggs
2 tbsp. of melted butter
Pinch of salt
200 mls of milk
55 mls of water

For serving

Chicken sausages
2 tins of mackerel fillets
1 pepper


In a bowl, sift in the flour. Add a pinch of salt and make a well in the middle of the flour.

Break in the eggs and whisk together. Add the water into the milk and gradually add small quantities while still whisking.

Whisk until the all the liquid mixture has been added and the batter has the consistency of a thin cream.

Melt the butter in a frying pan. Spoon 2 tbsp. of it into the batter and whisk until it mixes together. Use the remainder of the butter to grease the frying pan before making the pancakes.

Heat up the pan then turn it down to the medium. Ladle 3 tbsp. of the batter into the hot pan all in a go, tip it around from sides to sides. This is to help get the base evenly coated with batter.

After about half a minute or when the bottom is golden brown, flip the pancake over. The other side will only need few seconds to cook.

Slide the pancake out of the pan and onto a plate.

To serve

In a frying pan, warm up the sausages.

Drain all the oil from the mackerel, empty the content into a bowl. Cut the pepper and add into the fish, mash together. Set aside

Sprinkle each pancake with caster sugar and lemon. Put the sausage at the edge of the pancake, then followed by the mackerel and roll.


NB: one can use sardine or any other fish. I buy the mackerel fillets from Lidl.
you can also use soup spoon to scoop the batter into the pan.

batter in hot pan
will look like this when flipped over 
Pepper and Mackerel
Ready to roll

Learnt this from @Zitera, my dem n'aka manager. Follow her on twitter. 

30 March 2012


Egg sandwich


4 slices of 50/50 bread
Cucumber - sliced
3 Eggs
Mayonnaise/ketchup/black sauce
Tomatoes - sliced
Onions - sliced


Break in the eggs into a small bowl, season with salt, whip and fry.
Fold and cut into half. Set aside

Toast two slices of bread until brown. On a slice of bread, spread butter, cover with the cabbage, followed by half of the fried eggs and then the tomatoes. Spread mayonnaise, then the onions and cucumber. Finally, spread mayonnaise again and cover with the other toasted bread.

Cut diagonally and serve.


Repeat it for the two slices left.

29 March 2012




Tortilla wraps
Young leaves salad with beetroot
Chicken thigh or any other part
Olive oil
Black pepper


Slice the mushroom. In a frying pan, add a teaspoon of olive oil, add salt, black pepper and heat up. Add the mushrooms and fry for about 2 mins. Set aside.

Grill the chicken until done. Remove the bones, cut the pepper and mix with the chicken. Set aside. Cut the onions, and cucumber, set aside.


**I buy my chicken in larger quantity, season them and freeze. You can do the same. Here is how I Season them. spice the chicken with knorr cubes, salt, garlic, malt vinegar or lemon and thyme. Allow to seat for an hour, the package them into portions and freeze. Bring it out whenever you want to use them, defrost and grill. Its so tasty!  

Warm the wraps in the microwaves for 20 secs, this makes it more flexible. Transfer the wraps on a foil; spread the mayonnaise, followed by the leaves, cucumbers, and onions. Then the chicken, mayonnaise, mushroom and top up with the leaves again. Then wrap it up.








One can buy the young leaf salad for either Iceland or Lidl and its just for £1.

28 March 2012


I am an expert when it comes to rice dishes. Rice is actually one of favorites and my obstacle to losing weight. I prepare two rice dishes every week. This recipe is simple really.


2 cups of long grain rice
½ cup Nigerian sweet beans
2 knorr cubes
Whole chicken or beef or fish
Coconut milk
Pepper – optional
Olive oil
Green pepper

Butterfly Chicken

I watched a Youtube video to learn this. Watch here  http://video.about.com/bbq/How-to-Butterfly-a-Chicken.htm

Blend green pepper, small ginger, onions, and 1 cube of knorr and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Put the chicken in a bowl; pour the mix on the chicken. Cover and put into the fridge to marinate overnight.
Roast in the oven for an hour 25 mins 170 degrees the next day.   


For the rice

In a medium pot, add water and bring to boiling. Once boiled, add the rice and boil for 5 mins, drain with water with a sieve and set the rice aside.

Wash the pot, pour the coconut milk in, add 100mls of water and bring to boiling. Wash the crayfish with warm water and blend with the onions and pepper.  Add 2 cubes of knorr and salt. Taste, add more salt if you need to.

Cover the pot and allow boiling, so the ingredients all mix together. Add the rice, allow boiling for 2 mins, and then turn the gas to the lowest so the rice soaks up the water. Turn the rice time and again so to ensure the heat goes round evenly. This could take about 15mins.

Turn and serve hot with the Roasted chicken




There are so many ways one can prepare beans. Back in the days, we loved beans and yam porridge so much. Beans is a very good source of protein. For some reasons, my family doesn’t seem to like my way of cooking it those days. So I came up with this!



2 cups Nigerian sweet beans
1 Plantain
1 Mackerel
2 Knorr cubes
Sea salt
3 Garlics
1 Onions
Knorr Aromat
Sunflower oil


Pick the beans so as to ensure there are no stones. Wash and soak the bean for a couple of minutes, while you put a pot on the gas with 4oo lits of water and bring to boiling.

Once boiled, drain the water in the beans and add the beans into the boiled water. The secrete to having those beans come out one one is, always ensure that water in the beans does not go above the beans level until the beans is done. Meaning, one must always be checking the means time and again so it doesn’t burn.

The beans could take about 40 to 50 minute to done. I always love cooking mine the night before. I take my time and when it stays over night, it tastes better and has that beautiful dark colour.

While the beans is cooking, spice the mackerel with sea salt, ½ tablespoon of knorr aromat. Put into a freezer bag and put into the fridge to marinate.


Cut the tomatoes into cubes. In a medium pot, pour in 150 mls of sunflower oil, cut in onions, pepper and garlics. Fry for 2 mins and then add the tomatoes. Cook until the all the water in the tomatoes is dried out. Add 2 cubes of knorr, thyme, and pinch of sea salt.

While the tomatoes are cooking, bring out the mackerel from the fridge and put into the oven. Roast for 15mins 200 degrees gas. The reason for this is that when the fish goes into the stew, it won’t scatter.

Add the fish into the stew; reduce the gas and cook, allowing the fish to soak in the stew. Stir after 10 mins, and taste.

Serve with fried plantain.

25 March 2012


Back home, I miss Friday night outs with friends. In this country, there is no break from work or school or business. Everybody is so busy making money. One gets back home knackered. So I try sooo much to make Fridays as lively as possible. Here is what I created last Friday.

Grilled croaker n plantain



3 garlics
2 big onions - sliced
6 Peppers - sliced
Green paprika – cut into tiny strands
Knorr cubes


For the fish:

Grate the ginger and garlic into a small bowl; pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 cubes of knorr and thyme. Mix together with your fingers. Make three incisions on both sides the fish, then rub the mix on the skin and stuff some of the mix into the incisions. Sprinkle lemon on the skin, wrap with foil and marinade over night.
Grill the fish next day for 35 minutes 200 degrees.

For the pepper sauce

In a frying pot, pour in 3 tablespoons of olive oil allow heating. Add the onions, fry for about 3 minutes, and then add the pepper and a cube of knorr seasoning. Fry for another 3 mins. Add the paprika, fry for about 2 mins and turn off the gas.

For the Plantain

Peel off the back, slice and fry.

Serve with the fish and pepper sauce.


24 March 2012



I like making and eating light breakfasts but today, I decided to prepare a heavy but healthy one. After eating this, just go back to bed and sleep away – that’s the idea!
This sandwich is pretty simple and easy to prepare. Doesn’t take much time as well.


Beetroot and young leaves mix
Mayonnaise/ ketchup  
Farmhouse bread or any other bread
Garlic granules
Knorr aromat
Sunflower/olive oil


Sprinkle the garlic granules and the knorr aromat on both sides of the beefsteak. Pat the beefsteak with your fingers so the spices stick in. Drizzle sunflower or olive oil on the beef.

Heat up a grill pan or frying pan. It has to be really hot, then put in the beef. Fry for 4 minutes on both sides or until the beef is brown and completely cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Using kitchen tissue, wipe clean the grill pan. Slice the bread into the sizes you want – thick/thin. Drizzle oil on one side of each slice. Allow the grill pan to heat up, and then place oiled side of the bread on the pan. Grill until tanned and toasted. Do it for the other sides.

On one slice, spread mayonnaise/ketchup, then put the pan grilled steak, onions, veg/beetroot and sliced tomatoes, top-up with mayonnaise/ketchup. On the other slice, spread butter on it and cover the break.  Yess! That is it really. Munch away. 


The sweetness of the beetroot and onions and the crunchy bites, is just heaven. In fact, I don’t know how to describe this really.

Hope you try this!

Thanks for coming around, again!