How to make the tastiest Kontomire Stew (Cocoyam leaves)

Kontomire (Cocoyam leaves) stew is a popular Vegetable stew from Ghana where one can add any protein of their choice.

To learn more about the health benefits and possible side effects of Cocoyam and its leaves including how to cook it perfectly, please click the video link below

This is a pescatarian recipe where 4 different types of Fish were used. In the absence of Cocoyam leaves you can use Spinach.

INGREDIENTS

450g of pre cooked Cocoyam leaves or blanched Spinach

500g of smoked Mackerel

500g of grilled Salmon

2 tins of Tuna

40g of dried Anchovies (Abobi)

300g of (Egusi) Melon seeds mixed with 200ml of Water

3 large sliced Banana Shallots or any Onion of your choice

30ml of Zomi (spiced Palm Oil)

70g of Baby Plum Tomatoes or any Tomatoes

1 Habanero Chilli

20g of Ginger

4-5 mild Green Chillies

1 tablespoonful of an all natural All Purpose Spice

1 teaspoon of Chilli flakes

Salt and Pepper to taste

TO SERVE

You can enjoy the stew on its own or serve with boiled Rice, Yam, Plantain etc

METHOD

Watch how to prepare this popular Ghanaian Kontomire Stew below;

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3 must make Plant based Milk recipes

In preparation for my Milkshake recipes I’m sharing 3 of my favourite plant based Milk recipes.

This is a versatile recipe which means you can use other Nuts such as Brazil Nuts, Macadamia Nuts, Almonds etc

For this recipe you’ll need;

INGREDIENTS
2 cups of TigerNut, 6 Dates and 750ml of Water

2 cups of Cashew Nuts, 4 Dates and 750ml of Water

2 cups of Pistachios, 6 Dates and 750ml of Water.

TIP

Store the Milk in a sterilised Jar with a cover in the fridge. It will last for 3 days at most.

Best to make the Milk in small batches or as and when you need it to prevent wastage.

To preserve your Milk for an extra day or two add a pinch of Salt to the recipe.

METHOD

Now watch how to make these beautiful blends below;

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The healthier Jewelled Gari Fortor recipe

In my previous recipe I shared how to make the tastiest Tuna and Vegetables stew. A must watch and a recipe to try during this bank holiday weekend.

In the absence of Gari you can use Fonio, Quinoa or Couscous.

For the jewelled Gari Fortor recipe you’ll need the following;

INGREDIENTS

300g of Gari / Couscous

200g of the Tuna and Vegetables stew

50-70ml of cold Water

30g of chopped Spring Onions

2 sliced mild Chillies

1 tin of Tuna

Salt and Pepper to taste

This recipe can be enjoyed on its own or added to Beans, Rice, Waakye etc

Be creative and share your invention by using the hashtag #NduduMadeMeDoThis

METHOD

Watch how to make this decadent and equally healthier Gari Fortor recipe below;

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Tastiest Tuna & Vegetables Stew recipe

Let’s make this quick and equally delicious Tuna and Vegetables stew for dinner.

 

INGREDIENTS 

3 tins of Tuna in Oil

150g of Tomatoes

1 Red Bell Pepper

3 mild Red Chillies or 1 Habanero chilli

1 levelled tablespoon of Cumin seeds

1 levelled tablespoon of Aniseed

3 cloves of Garlic

30g of Organic Ginger

30g of smoked Shrimps/Prawns/Crayfish

1 large White Onions

6 tablespoonful of Vegetable/Groundnut  oil

3 Bay leaves

1 teaspoon of Chilli flakes

VEGETABLES

1 medium sized Red Bell Pepper

1 medium sized Green Bell Pepper

1 medium size Yellow Bell Pepper

2 large Red Onions

2 large organic  Carrots

5-6 Basil leaves

Salt and Pepper to taste

TO SERVE

Best served with Couscous, Gari, Fonio, Millet, Quinoa, Potatoes, Yam, Plantain etc

 

METHOD

Watch how to make this flavour packed Tuna stew below;

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How to prepare the tastiest Corned Beef Stew recipe

Let’s make this easy to follow Corned Beef Stew recipe.

INGREDIENTS

300g of Baby Plum Tomatoes

1 large Red Pepper

1 tablespoonful of Tomato Purée

5 tablespoonful of Groundnut or  Vegetable oil

30g of Butter

20g of Salted Fish

1 teaspoon of Cumin seeds

1 chopped Habanero Chilli

500g of Corned Beef (preferably the M&S Prime Cut Corned Beef)

3 Bay leaves

Half a teaspoon of dried Organic Rosemary

2 Banana Shallots

20g of blended Onion, Ginger, Garlic and Aniseed

5 Bay leaves

Salt to taste

TO SERVE

Serve with a portion of Salted Fish Rice


METHOD

Watch how to prepare this incredible Corned Beef stew recipe below;

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The West African Red Curry recipe

Recently I challenged myself to a taste test of recreating a West African Red Curry inspired by the classic Thai Red Curry.

Why would I even think of such a thing? Honestly I’ve always wondered why the Ghanaian Groundnut soup isn’t as popular as the Thai Red Curry as they both share a similar flavour profile.

The main difference between the creamy Ghanaian Groundnut soup and the Thai Red Curry in terms of flavour is the absence of Coconut milk, which gives the Thai Red Curry somewhat a sweeter taste.


On the day in question (where I experimented by substituting West African spices for the Thai spices), I omitted the Coconut Milk as I had none at home. Instead I added a tablespoon of the Caramelised flavour of the Ghanaian Honey which did lend its sweetness to the dish.

To make this recipe you’ll require the following INGREDIENTS;

1.2kg of whole Organic Chicken

2 tablespoonful of Ghanaian Groundnut Purée or smooth roasted Peanut Butter

1 tablespoonful of Sukoni / Nkitinkiti (Aniseed)

1 teaspoonful of grated DawaDawa (fermented Locust Beans)

6 Cubeb spice or 3 Calabash Nutmeg, 2 Grains of Selim pods and a teaspoon of Black Peppercorns

3 cloves of Garlic

3 large Banana Shallots or any Onion of your choosing

3 Bay leaves

1 tablespoonful of Shrimp or Crayfish powder

2 tablespoonful of Peanut Oil

30g of Ginger

1 teaspoonful of Cumin seeds

Juice of 1 Lemon

1 tablespoonful of Tomato Paste/Purée

2 Habanero Chillies and 5 Pettie Belle Chilies (KpakpoShito)

250ml of Coconut milk or 1 tablespoonful of the organic Ghanaian Honey

1 litre of Water / Chicken stock (increase the liquid by 250ml if you’re omitting Coconut milk)

4 fresh Basil

Salt to taste


TO SERVE

Serve with boiled Rice, Yam, Plantain, Gari (grated fermented Cassava granules), Fonio, Couscous etc

METHOD

Watch how to prepare this inventive West African recipe below;

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Easy stuffed Meat Potato Balls recipe

Introducing a versatile recipe where you use either Potatoes or Yam. In the absence of Bolognese sauce you can try my crispy Corned Beef recipe or filling.

Let’s make this easy and equally tasty stuffed Potato Balls which requires a few ingredients;

250g of Bolognese Sauce / Corned Beef Filling

500g of Mashed Potatoes

1 cup of Panko Bread Crumbs

2 beaten Eggs

Half a cup of an All Purpose or Plain Flour

1 teaspoon of dried Rosemary

Optional sprig of Rosemary

300ml of Vegetable oil for deep frying

Salt and Pepper to taste

METHOD

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Easy Homemade Evaporated Milk recipe


The bright blue sky suddenly turned grey as I quickened my steps to get home. The heavy rain drops and strong winds did not spare me at all as I opened the door to get into the house.

After changing into warm clothes, I clicked the kettle on for a cup of Tea as I wished for the inclusion of Evaporated milk.

I settled for the whole milk in the fridge and eyed my homemade Condensed Milk (which I needed for another recipe).

Whilst sipping my Tea I became curious about how Evaporated Milk was made and I was convinced I needed a thickener for the Milk.

My research into the making of Evaporated Milk just advised to boil the milk but no mention of any thickeners.

I boiled the Milk and got that distinctive Evaporated Milk taste but not the thick consistency. I tried another method which then yielded both the flavour and texture.

For this recipe you’ll need only 1 ingredient;

2.2 litres of Organic Whole (Full Fat) milk (which yields 500ml of Evaporated Milk).

METHOD

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Salted Beef Omelette recipe

The traditional Ghanaian Omelette has a natural sweet and spicy taste due to the inclusion of Onions, Tomatoes and Chillies.

This recipe introduces an umami flavour in the form of the Ghanaian Salted Beef to the traditional Omelette. To make this recipe you’ll need the following;

INGREDIENTS

1 large sliced Banana Shallot or Onion

15g of Salted Beef

1 Medium sized sliced Green Pepper

3 tablespoonful of Coconut Oil

5 medium heat Green Chillies

1 medium sized chopped Tomato

4 medium sized Eggs

 

TO SERVE 

How about making your own Ghanaian Tea Bread

 

METHOD

Watch how to prepare this flavour packed Ghanaian Omelette below;

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Homemade Krispy Fried Chicken

Fridays are my days of indulgence and as such I created this aromatic Crispy Fried Chicken. I served this with some Yam fries , Green Chilli sauce and a side Salad. The Salad was to ease my guilt as I bit into each juicy crispy Chicken. Go ahead and treat yourself.

TIP
Please preheat your Oven to 140*c and place your fried Chicken in till you’re ready to eat. It keeps it warm whilst you fry your Chips.

 

INGREDIENTS

1kg of Chicken Drumsticks

1 teaspoonful of dried Rosemary

2 levelled tablespoon of freshly milled Black Peppercorns

5 tablespoonful of Greek or Natural Yoghurt/ Buttermilk or Kefir

1 tablespoonful of Green Chilli sauce

300ml of Vegetable oil for frying

Salt to taste

 

FLAVOURED FLOUR

1 cup of Plain flour or All Purpose flour

1 tablespoonful of Corn Starch

1 teaspoon of Salt

1 tablespoon of Chinese 5 spice mix (readily available in most grocers)

2 cups of Cold Water in a deep bowl

 

TO SERVE

Serve with Yam fries and Green Chilli sauce.

METHOD

Watch how to prepare this incredible Chicken recipe below;

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