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Cassava (garri)

Cassava (Manihot utilissima) is commonly known as manioc, tapioca or arrowroot.  In Yoruba it is called Ege, in Ibo it is Akpu and in Hausa it is Rogo. Cassava is believed to have been introduced into West Africa from Brazil by Portuguese explorers.  It is now one of the most widely cultivated staple foods.  It […]

January 21, 2021 admin

Locust Beans (Iru)

Locust Beans are called iru in Yoruba, Eginili Igala in Ibo, Ete Edi Uku in Efik and Kalwa in Hausa.   The fruit of the African locust bean tree has a pulp in which is embedded many small seeds.  The pulp is dried in some areas for addition to soups, rice and cereals.  A drink called […]

January 9, 2021 admin

Coconut Poundo

The coconut (cocos nucifera) is the seed of the coconut palm.  Coconut is fairly rich in protein and oil.  Coconut meat is used as a snack or in combination with other foods as a light meal.  For example, in West African, fresh coconut  is served with soaked garri or roasted fresh corn.  The coconut milk […]

December 22, 2020 admin

Red Peppers

When you think of red peppers, which comes to mind?  There are in fact so many variants of red peppers (capsicum).  The species range in terms of taste from sweet, to bitter, to heat! They come in both fresh and dried form.  The dried peppers (such as Cameroon Pepper) are sold whole or ground and […]

December 7, 2020 admin

Banga Soup Recipe

The fruits of the oil palm are used in food, mainly as a source of refined oil.  The husked fruits are also used fresh by extracting and sieving the unrefined oil containing pulp to prepare banga soups.  The palm kernel within there remaining hard, thick shelled nut is also frequently eaten as a snack. The […]

November 29, 2020 admin

Common African Herbs used in Cooking

Africa has an abundance of herbs that are widely used in cooking.  Here is some background to a few of them and their common uses. AFRICAN LEMON GRASS:  This easily cultivated herb is known as koko oba in Yoruba, achara ehi in Ibo, ikonti in Efik and myoyaka in Ibibio.  It is commonly used for […]

November 23, 2020 admin

Meat Pepper Soup Recipe

We promised you the recipe and here it is! The alternative African flu jab! Pepper soup – the tasty, mouth-watering nasal cleanser.  When all you need is a simple meal with delicate proteins and packed with important vitamins – this is not a hard choice. ENJOY! Our authentic Pepper Soup Spice contains ginger (zingiber officinale).  […]

November 19, 2020 admin

Curried Chicken Recipe

Hello yummy chicken! This week’s recipe is for a delicious curried chicken. Our all in one hit wonder Ami Ami Spice is key in the seasoning and making of this wonderfully tasty chicken curry.  Let’s talk a little more about our famous Ami Ami Spice, which is really our signature spice mix.  Ami Ami is a […]

November 12, 2020 admin

Chicken Stew Recipe

This easy peasy chicken stew recipe is quick and tasty! Traditional stew made using poultry is just as delicious as the red meat version.  We used boiler chicken for preparing our own, but you could also choose to use the more widely available ‘soft’ chicken that you can buy from all supermarkets and butchers.  If […]

November 7, 2020 admin

Pepper Soup Spice

Nigeria is such a melting pot!  With over 500 different languages being spoken and approximately 250 tribes, it shouldn’t be a surprise to discover that it’s food is as diverse as its people.  One dish that cuts across the various ethnic groups is pepper soup.  This rich and tasty dish also has some medicinal benefits […]

November 1, 2020 admin

Suya Recipe

Our mouths are watering at the thought of tucking into this Nigerian street food favourite to be enjoyed while bonding with family and friends.  Suya also makes for an amazing canape to be served at parties, receptions and weddings.  A sick friend/relative would equally thank you if you went to visit them with a plateful […]

October 26, 2020 admin

Fried Rice Recipe

Some combinations are just classic for a very good reason. We can often be found feasting on chicken, fried rice and dodo for Sunday lunch. Jollof rice might get all the deserved glory, but junior cousin Nigerian Fried Rice is also a winner in the tastes delicious race. Do you agree? ⁠ To Jollof or […]

October 20, 2020 admin

Coconut Rice Recipe

Nigerian food, as traditionally served in restaurants and social gatherings tends to be limited to fried rice and the superior jollof rice.  While we love and appreciate our better known rice dishes, they sometimes become tiresome by virtue of their repeated appearances.  Us human beings tend to shop for and cook a limited number of […]

October 17, 2020 admin

Egusi Soup Recipe

Egusi seeds, a staple of West African cuisine, are a veritable superfood packed with nutritional benefits including being rich in protein, healthy fats and anti-inflammatory properties. Egusi (called Ogili in Ibo and Agusi in Hausa) are melon seeds. The fruit of this plant can be eaten raw like cucumber or cooked in soups like marrow. […]

October 6, 2020 admin

Moin Moin Recipe

Today’s easy recipe is for mouth-watering Moin Moin. Made with cow peas/black eye peas blended and steamed, traditionally in banana leaves. We love making this protein packed dish as a satisfying and filling meal. Order your authentic ingredients to make Moin Moin here ▶️https://africanplate.co.uk/product/cameroon-pepper/https://africanplate.co.uk/products/crayfish/ Ingredients 225g Cowpeas (black eyed beans) 28ml Palm Oil (warmed) 1 […]

October 1, 2020 admin

Dried Periwinkles – Yam Pottage Recipe

🌟NEW PRODUCT ALERT 🌟⁠⁠We are extremely excited to announce that yet another new product has been added to our line up – dried periwinkles. After extensive searching to find the best quality, we have ethically sourced directly from Rivers State, Nigeria.⁠⁠It would normally be really difficult to access periwinkles as they are highly perishable.  With […]

September 22, 2020 admin

Student Care Package

For those of you heading to University this Autumn, we are fully aware that this year is totally different, so we are wishing you all the very best for the year ahead. After having been in lockdown for the best part of five months, we know that you have all probably enjoyed your family’s solid […]

September 20, 2020 admin

Ogbono Soup Recipe

Many seeds are used in Nigerian cooking. They are generally used ground and provide special flavours and thickening. Ogbono (irringia gabonsis) is also commonly known as wild mango. The fruits of the bush mango tree are opened and the seeds are split to remove and dry the inner nuts which are then ground before being […]

September 15, 2020 admin

Akara Recipe

Below you will find an easy recipe for akara AKA Nigerian black bean fritters. Quick, easy and tasty! This plant-based dish is eaten all over West Africa as well as in the Bahia region of Brazil – considered the Yoruba capital of the Americas – the same dish is made and called Acaraje.  Ghanians call […]

September 9, 2020 admin

Efo Riro Soup Recipe

We know you love your West African delicacies and so today we are sharing our scrumptious Efo Riro soup recipe. This good looking, mouth-watering, tasty, vegetable packed soup is delicious and nutritious (think bell peppers packed with Vitamins A and C, palm oil with its Vitamin E and locust beans stuffed with lipids) and goes […]

August 31, 2020 admin

Crayfish

Africa is such a wonderful place with so many intense and rich flavours. It is not uncommon to find unique flavours emerge from each region to ultimately add something a bit different to the cooking pot that is Africa as a whole. West Africans have an incredibly special type of ingredient for some of the […]

August 25, 2020 admin

World Jollof Rice Day 2020!

Hands up if you’re excited about #WorldJollofRiceDay coming up this Saturday 🙋‍♀️ (So by day we mean week, year and life 😂) To get you ready we’re sharing our easy #jollofrice recipe on Instagram so that you can cook up West Africa’s most popular dish. The debate might rage on about who makes the best. Try our Jollof Spice […]

August 21, 2020 admin

AGOYIN

Our special agoyin spice blend for making one of West Africa’s most nutritious and delicious street foods. Originating in Benin and Togo and now a much loved favourite in Nigeria, where you’ll often hear the famous shout of ‘Agoyin La!: Our mix will help you recreate this beloved bean dish. Order your authentic agoyin blend […]

August 19, 2020 admin

SUYA

Our premium dry suya spice rub can be used on beef, lamb, goat, fish, as well as mushrooms and other vegetables as it is made with vegan-friendly ingredients.⁠⁠Give it a try and tantalise your tastebuds 😋⁠⁠Order here ⬇️⁠https://africanplate.co.uk/product/suya-spice/

August 19, 2020 admin

BARBEQUE!

We may be in the middle of a pandemic, but the summer of 2020 has been kind to us in terms of weather! Our hand blended Barbeque Mix bursting with fresh spices makes it easy for you to quickly throw together a truly sizzling meal. Grab a packet here: https://africanplate.co.uk/product/barbeque-mix/

August 19, 2020 admin