Easy Homemade Cottage Cheese recipe

In my previous recipe post I made the West African Cheese known as Wagashi and proceeded to also make Cottage Cheese with the remaining Organic Whole Meal I had left.

The process of making Cottage Cheese is similar to making Wagashi. The similarities end where the Curd is separated from the Whey for Cottage Cheese.

In making of the Wagashi I used distilled White Vinegar, whereas for the Cottage Cheese I used Lime juice and infused the whole milk with Lemongrass.

You can omit the Lemongrass all together and also use Lemon instead of Lime.

INGREDIENTS

4 pints or 2.2 litres of Organic Whole Milk

4 juice of Limes or 2 Lemons

2 optional crushed Lemongrass stalks

Please note you’ll need a Cheese Cloth for this recipe. In the absence of a Cheese Cloth, you can use an old washed and cleaned Pillow case.

 


TO SERVE

You can serve your Cottage Cheese with any stewed fruit and drizzle with optional honey. Add some Cottage Cheese to your scrambled Eggs for a flavour packed Brunch or Lunch.

METHOD

Watch how to make your own flavoured Cottage Cheese below;

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WAGASHI (THE WEST AFRICAN CHEESE RECIPE)

The West African Cheese recipe
How to make the West African Cheese

The Fulani’s (from the Northern part of Ghana) first introduced Wagashi into Ghana.

Wagashi / Wara/ Woagachi is enjoyed in Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Côte D’Ivoire etc

The Cheese is made from Cows milk and it’s  naturally delicate in taste when Salt is not added.
Traditionally hot fresh Milk is mixed with the pounded leaves of an Apple of Sodom Plant and Salt to make Wagashi.
The inclusion of the Apple Sodom Plant turns the Milk into Curd, which is then drained using a cheese cloth. The drained curd solidifies which then makes Wagashi.
In the absence of the Apple of Sodom plant, I’ve used distilled White Vinegar which mimics the traditional recipe to a ‘T’.
If you’ve tasted Halloumi before then you’ll love this as they share a similar taste.

INGREDIENTS

2.2 litres / 4 pints of Organic Whole Milk

118ml of distilled White Vinegar

2 tablespoonful of Salt

200ml of Vegetable oil for frying

TO SERVE

Serve the fried Wagashi with the West African Suya spice blend which will be available soon on BuyNdudu.

Watch how to make this incredible fried Cheese below;

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AYAMASE CHICKEN CAKES

Ayamase Cakes

In my previous posts I shared how to make your own Chicken Confit,  the Nigerian Ayamase sauce and Pan Fried Chicken Pies. Using my leftovers for the aforementioned recipes, I made this quick lunch or dinner Chicken Cakes.

INGREDIENTS

200g of crushed Potatoes

400g of shredded Chicken

2 tablespoonful of the Ayamase sauce

60g of Spring Onions

Salt was omitted from the recipe as the Ayamase sauce had enough salt. If you missed the aforementioned recipes you can find the recipe links below;

AYAMASE SAUCE

CHICKEN CONFIT

METHOD
To make these amazing Ayamase infused Chicken cakes click the video link below;


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PAN FRIED CHICKEN PIES RECIPE

CHICKEN PIE

Make these quick pan fried Pies which can be refrigerated, frozen and stuffed with any protein or vegetables of your choosing.

INGREDIENTS

400g All Purpose Flour

200ml of Hot water

1 teaspoon of Salt

3 – 5 tablespoonfuls  of Vegetable Oil

FILLING

450g of shredded cooked Chicken

70g of chopped Spring Onions

1 teaspoonful of grated Ginger

200g of crushed boiled Potatoes

Half a teaspoon of milled Black Peppercorns

METHOD

Watch how to prepare this incredible Pan fried Pie recipe below;

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Chicken Confit Recipe

Nothing beats a moist, fall off the bone Chicken with crispy skin which is equally  packed with flavours. A great way to preserve your Chicken for much longer. Shred the Chicken and use it for sandwiches or stir fries. To try this recipe you’ll need the following ;

INGREDIENTS

3 Chicken Legs

2 heaped tablespoonful of Sea Salt flakes

30g of sliced Ginger

5 crushed Star Anise or 1 tablespoonful of Aniseed

8 crushed All Spice pods

4 Grains of Selim pods

4 cloves of crushed Garlic

30g of Thyme

10 Cloves

3 Bay Leaves

1 tablespoonful of Black Peppercorns

2 litres of Olive oil or Duck fat

TO SERVE

Best served with mashed Potatoes, Beans or Ratatouille.

METHOD

Watch how to preserve, spice and cook your perfect Chicken Confit below;

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The West African Designer Stew called Ayamase

AYAMASE STEW
A West African Designer Stew

Inspired by the Nigerian Designer stew known as Ayamase , is this incredible recipe which can be used for a plethora of recipes.

Traditionally bleached Palm oil, fermented locust beans and CrayFish are included in this recipe.

I’ve substituted the bleached Palm oil with Peanut Oil, Cray Fish for smoked dried Herrings and in the absence of fermented locust beans you can use Fish sauce or mix your oil with truffle oil.

If you’re in the diaspora and don’t have access to smoked Herrings you can grill Prawns and Scallops and use as substitutes.

INGREDIENTS

4 large Red Bell Peppers or Ramiro Peppers

5 Red large mild Chillies

1 Habanero Chilli

3 large Onions or Banana Shallots

5 Jalapeños or Green Chillies

350g of crushed Smoked Herrings / CrayFish powder/ Shrimp Powder

1 teaspoonful of fermented Locust Beans/ Fish sauce/ Truffle Oil

50ml of bleached Palm oil/ Peanut oil

2 optional Bay Leaves

1 tablespoonful of optional Aniseed

1 levelled tablespoon of Salt

1kg of your preferred cooked assortment of Meat. I used Lamb for this recipe

6 boiled Eggs

METHOD

Watch how to cook this incredible Nigerian Designer stew below;


TO SERVE

Traditionally the Ayamase stew is served with Ofada Rice (native Nigerian Rice) and fried Plantain (Dodo). I served mine with a bowl of Brown Rice.

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QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN STIR FRY RECIPE

Imagine bitting into this bowl of goodness within 15 minutes. Please note you can use any Vegetables of your choosing for this recipe.

Let’s go…

You’ll need ;

INGREDIENTS

2 large thinly sliced Chicken Breasts

2 tablespoonful of Sesame Oil

4 tablespoonful of Groundnut or Peanut Oil

1 tablespoonful of grated Ginger

1 large crushed clove of Garlic

2 tablespoonfuls of Hoisin Sauce

2 tablespoonfuls of Oyster Sauce

3 tablespoonfuls of Dark Soy sauce

Half a teaspoon of freshly milled Black Peppercorns

2 julienne cut Carrots

1 sliced Green, Red and Yellow Bell Peppers

50g of thinly sliced Purple Cabbage

1 large sliced Banana shallot or any Onion you have available

2 thinly sliced mild Red Chillies

30g of chopped Spring Onions

1 tablespoonful of Corn Starch

7-10 fresh Basil leaves

1 teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Salt

TO SERVE

Serve with a bowl of steamed Rice or Noodles. Personally I prefer it on its own.

METHOD

Watch how to make this incredible Chicken stir fry below;

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LACTOSE FREE CREAMY TOMATO SOUP RECIPE

LACTOSE FREE CREAMY TOMATO SOUP RECIPE
Lactose free creamy Tomato soup

On a cold winter day, enjoying a bowl of homemade, hot and creamy Tomato soup (which is lactose free) with a slice or two of baguette can lift your gloomy mood. How about making this nutrient dense, all natural flavour packed soup recipe. All you’ll need are;

INGREDIENTS

SLOW ROASTED TOMATOES

1kg of Tomatoes

1 large diced Onion / Banana Shallots

2 cloves of Garlic

4 tablespoonful of Olive oil

Half a teaspoon of Salt

Quarter of  a teaspoon of milled BlackPeppercorns

THE SOUP

2 grilled Scallops/ Shrimp powder (Optional)

1 teaspoon of smoked Paprika

1 deseeded and chopped Chilli or a quarter of a teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper

1 chopped Celery stalk

20g of Cashew Nuts

750ml of Water/ Vegetable / Chicken stock

1 tsp of smoked Paprika

TO SERVE

Serve with sun dried Tomatoes marinated in Olive oil and drizzle with a little of Garlic oil. Serve also with a slice or two of your favourite rustic bread.

METHOD

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CRISPY OYSTER MUSHROOM RECIPE


INGREDIENTS

150ml of natural Yoghurt

1 teaspoon of Salt

Quarter of a teaspoon of milled Black Peppercorns

2 beaten Eggs

1 teaspoon of Onion powder

1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder

Half a teaspoon of Aniseed

Half a teaspoon of milled Black Peppercorns

1 tablespoonful of Corn Starch / Flour

Half a teaspoon of Paprika

250ml of Peanut oil

Watch how to make this Vegetarian Crispy ‘Chicken’ below;

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