2020 started with a bang. Literally.
Iran's security and intelligence commander was killed in an explosion.
Then we started fighting a global pandemic.
The largest earthquake recorded in Puerto Rico destroys over 760 homes.
Bomb explosions rocks Borno state Nigeria.
I can go on and on and on about things that went wrong this year, but enough with the precarious situations.
This year rocked our world by the FOUNDATIONS; and thankfully we are about to say goodbye to it. So why not leave this year with style by indulging yourself with easy to prepare, homemade delicacies!
In this post, I'll be sharing 10 fun food ideas to enjoy this Christmas holiday.
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This is one of the most popular foods in Nigeria.
It is rich in nutrients and incredibly delicious.
Prepared to appeal to everyone's taste, it is a unifying factor amongst other west African countries such as Cameroon, Ghana, Togo, Sierra Leone and Liberia.it is prepared with varying amounts of ingredients according to your taste.
I've seen a lot of people readily jump on the whose got the best jollof Rice argument across Africa and I'm more of the opinion that we can share the trophy no hassles(even though it obviously belongs to Nigeria. Ha!)
Cc: *gasp* di-did you JUST SIDE WITH NIGERIAN JOLLOF?!
Me: * backs away slowly* I WAS JOKING! I WAS JUST JOKING!!!
African salad (abacha)↝
I've always wondered why abacha is often referred to as a salad. For me, it is a full course meal. Most people also argue that it's a snack and I'm like what in the rubbish are you saying??
Abacha is gotten from cooked and grated cassava which is then soaked overnight and left to dry under the sun. It is native to the Igbos in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.
While I was younger, I didn't understand the hype surrounding this delicacy until I realized that it is prepared with purely natural ingredients. It is a unique dish that could go for a dessert as well as an appetizer or a full course meal.
Ewa Agoyin ➝
This is a street food eaten all over Nigeria especially in Lagos. Ewa Agoyin is purely beans cooked until it is soft and then it is mashed. It is usually paired with a very spicy stew. The stew holds all the blessings this meal has to offer. Your tongue is completely graced with a distinct scrumptious heavenly taste.
A lot of you might have this thought that the food originated from the western part of Nigeria; well, lemme burst your bubble. Ewa Agoyin is a misspelt version of "Ewa Aganyin". Ewa which means beans in Yoruba and Aganyin is the name of the area where the food originated from(Togo).
When I hear the word soup, the first thing that actually comes to my mind is spicy and watery but here in Nigeria we've taken it to a whole new level. It is made to be a sauce that does a duet with fufu, pounded yam, wheat, tuwo, eba, amala... You name it!
Nigerian soups are usually prepared with varying ingredients such as vegetables, thickeners, stockfish, dryfish, meat, chicken amongst others depending on the type of soup to be prepared.
The unique thing about Nigerian soups is that we have delicious varieties and can be prepared anywhere in world with the right recipes.
Okpa, Akara and Moi-moi ➜
When breakfast is thought about in most Nigerian homes and these three aren't mentioned, then you have the right to say that such family isn't Nigerian enough. Akara and Moi-moi are prepared with beans; Akara is fried while Moi-moi is cooked with steam.
Okpa also known as Bambara nut pudding (include my post) is prepared from Bambara nut flour. This dishes are easy to prepare, delicious and unique. If you haven't tried any; this is a good period to try it out. Don't forget to share your first experience with me in the comment section.
Suya is literally grilled spicy meat satay, garnished with peanut flavoured pepper. It is made with skewered beef, chicken, ram, kidney and liver. For lovers of anything spicy, it's simply irresistible. This dish is predominant in the northern part of Nigeria. In fact, the northerners own this dish because they have taken it all over Nigeria.
You see them prepare this in bars and spots where they own. The cool part of this dish is that it is prepared usually in the evening. I don't know if there's a myth surrounding this but I find it astonishing.
Small chops ～
These are finger foods. In Nigeria we call it small chops because it is usually small and keeps your mouth busy. They're easy to prepare snacks you can get basically anywhere. I wouldn't mistake them for a dish because small chops are appetizers, definitely something I can take on a spot.
There are different varieties of small chops, they include puff-puff, samosa, gizdodo, spring rolls, coconut candy, peppered snail, chicken kebab and lots more. These can be taken alone or with sauces.
Ikokore (from Ijebu-ode) ☞
This dish is native to the Western part(Ogun state) of Nigeria. It is made with water yam garnished with vegetable, crayfish, tripe, beef and smoked fish. I've had this once and the taste lives rent free in my head.
This particular dish is very nutritious and delicious; not being oblivious of the fact that that water yam is rich in dietary fibre, potassium, calcium, manganese and sodium. If you're looking for a meal that's got you covered both in nutrients and taste then you certainly should try this out.
This dish is similar to Ikokore just that Ekpang Nkwukwo is made with cocoyam wrapped in leaves. It is native to the the southern part of Nigeria.
The Southern part of Nigeria is known for assorted seafood and that's what makes this dish unique. It is garnished with crabs, shrimps, fish, periwinkle and snails. It is a mouth watering dish you'll definitely love.
This meal is native to northern Nigeria (Maiduguri). It is a traditional dish prepared with grit wheat (couscous). Some people use cassava flour as well. This meal is garnished with shredded chicken, bell pepper and chopped vegetables.
I grew up in the north, so I can tell you for real that this is a luscious meal. It is easy to prepare and does not require so much expertise in the kitchen. Would I advise you to try this? Absolutely!
I would always say that life is an adventure and my food journey so far has been AWESOME!
I plan on writing another post similar to this, where I'll be making a rather bigger list which would consist of international meals that you all should definitely try. But first I have to experience it then get back to you.
Me: *laughs awkwardly* what? I'm working on it!
Feel free to flood the comment section with food you'd love me to try and I'll certainly do that.
Massive shout out to those who have contributed, visited, commented and subscribed to my blog; y'all are precious pearls! I am forever grateful. Have a lovely holiday.
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