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

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