CLAY GRILLED, HERBY and SPICY OCTOPUS

CLAY GRILLED, HERBY and SPICY OCTOPUS

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Inspired by an Octopus dish I had in San Sebastian, I created this flavour packed recipe as part of a Tapas dinner I had mid week. This is an easy to follow recipe which is packed with natural flavours and a must try.

I bought the pre cooked frozen Octopus from Sandy’s of Twickenham (Fishmongers), which saves me time.

I’ve recently discovered a good bottle of Olive oil from Marks and Spencer’s, labelled ‘Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil’ which has a robust and somewhat creamy taste. A 500ml bottle costs £5 which is cost effective as compared to my other favourite Olive oil made from Arbequina Olives which retails from £10.

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The secret to naturally flavour packed dishes are the use of good quality ingredients. Admittedly, most of my expenses are food related as I love to cook and eat well. Another find was this scented and aromatic dried Greek Organic Oregano herb I purchased from Robsons of Hampton Hill, for £2.95.

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Once opened ensure you store it in an airtight container and leave it in a scent free dark place. The last bunch I bought lasted for 6 months, hence it’s a cost effective buy. The highly scented and aromatic flavour of the Oregano mixed with fresh Thyme gives this dish a thumbs up.

As part of my Tapas feast I made this beautiful smoky grilled Prawns recipe. Why not try it as well?

To prepare this dish you will need the following ingredients;

350g of pre cooked frozen Octopus slices

30ml of Extra Virgin oil

1 teaspoonful of Chilli flakes

10g of fresh Thyme

1 teaspoonful of dried Oregano

1 teaspoonful of Sumac

2 cloves of Garlic

Half a teaspoon of Salt

 

Method

Watch how to make this dish on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’.

Best to serve this dish with a few slices of any crusty bread or better still toasted Sourdough bread. Serve with a bowl of mixed a Green salad  or Chimichurri for that extra je ne sais quoi.

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THE MARKET WOMEN OF GHANA

THE MARKET WOMEN OF GHANA

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Ghana, a beautiful country situated in the western part of Africa, is made up of different tribes, cultures, religions, fashion and food. In time, I’ll cover the history and more, however on this occasion I’ll talk about a group of women, who inspire me a lot and on this occasion my fashion sense.

These group of women help put food on our tables each day by bridging the gap of the food journey from the farms to our tables (and I don’t feel they’re celebrated much). These women are the ‘Market ladies’ of Ghana. Most of them wake up in the early hours of the day to source the best produce from the farmers and display their wares each day for the rest of the country to buy.

They display their sourced produce in the most appealing way , under the scorching sun (at times using a straw hat for shade against the piercing heat of the sun); smile and shout sweet nothings to attract customers. They inflate their prices to increase their profit margins or make up for the losses for poor sales the week before. I watch as they negotiate and flirt with their potential clients to ensure they make a profit.

MY VISIT TO GHANA

The next morning (after I arrived in Ghana), I woke up to the sound of my neighbours Cockerel, ushering in the morning. Shortly afterwards there was an elongated loud voice shouting ‘Kontomire, Apim’, as I pulled my curtains open to reveal a lady with a big silver basin packed with fresh Green Plantains and Kontomire  (Cocoyam leaves). I could tell the load was very heavy and before I could think I was shouting for her attention. I quickly wrapped a cloth to cover my nakedness, grabbed some money and dashed downstairs to the gate.  There she stood, with a smile (beautiful teeth), a few trickles of sweat (that early morning) with the heavy basin balanced on her head, cushioned in by a heavily rolled cloth and supporting the basin with one hand.

I smiled back as I helped her place her heavy load on the ground, where I had to I couldn’t help but ask how many miles she walked each day and she advised she never counts, as she keeps walking till about 1pm ( by which time she would have sold out). I asked her how much it was for  half her produce ( my intention was to lessen her load for the rest of the day) as I paid her asking price without negotiating.

She was grateful to say the least, however she said she was going back home to refill her basin as she feels it’s a good day.

These women work hard and in some cases under harsh conditions, however they manage to offer warmth and a smile to their clients. Some have gained loyal customers over the years due to their unique interactions and sourcing of the best produce. I wish them well and if you can afford to, tip them when you buy their wares.

Watch more about the market ladies of Ghana on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’ below

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PERFECT KOOSE OR AKARA RECIPE (FRIED BEAN FRITTERS).

PERFECT KOOSE OR AKARA RECIPE (FRIED BEAN FRITTERS).

Enjoy this Gluten free and equally spicy fried black eyed bean fritters, known as Koose in Ghana or Akara in Nigeria. This recipe includes how to peel the skins off your beans and the secret to a fluffy Koose or Akara. It’s a must try recipe and can be used in place of bread for sandwiches. Be creative with your fillings and thank me later.

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In Ghana, for breakfast,  Koose  is enjoyed with Hausa Koko, (which is made from Millet) or Koko (which is made from milled fermented corn).

 

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HAUSA KOKO

You can purchase, already peeled Black eyed Beans online or in most Asian grocers for a stress free and quick recipe. Ensure to wash the beans a few times to get rid off a few remaining skins. You’ll need the following;

Ingredients;

200g of peeled black eyed beans

1 large Habanero chilli

2 medium sized Onions

20g of chopped Spring Onions (Optional)

60ml of water

Salt to taste

Method

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