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THE GHANAIAN YAM PORRIDGE (MPOTOMPOTO)

THE GHANAIAN YAM PORRIDGE (MPOTOMPOTO)

Yam Porridge (MPOTO-MPOTO) or Yam Pottage is a tasty one pot dish (popular in both Ghana and Nigeria), made with either Yam, Cocoyam, Plantain, Hannah Sweet Potatoes or Japanese Sweet Potatoes. I have made different creative versions of this recipe, however I kept to the authentic recipe this time.

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An authentic Yam Porridge recipe is smoky in flavour (derived from the inclusion of smoked Fish) and has a distinctive mustard colour due to the inclusion of Palm oil or Zomi.
Please ensure your Palm oil is sustainably produced and it is best to use  Zomi for this recipe.
Zomi is Palm oil infused with secret spices which adds a fragrant nutty taste to the dish.
Let’s start
INGREDIENTS
2 large smoked Fish
1 large Onion
5 Green chillies
400g of peeled and cubed Yam pieces
700ml of Water
Salt to taste
GARNISH
6 whole Green chillies
1 sliced Onion
Watch how I made this authentic recipe on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’ below,
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SUNDAY LAMB ROAST WITH RATATOUILLE RECIPE

SUNDAY LAMB ROAST WITH RATATOUILLE RECIPE

Imagine that slow roasted Leg of Lamb that is spices perfectly and breaks off the bone beautifully served with roasted Vegetables and a sip of your favourite Red wine.

Sunday lunch just got exciting. Why not try this hassle free recipe and enjoy your meal with your family without breaking a sweat.

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INGREDIENTS

Half a Leg of Lamb which serves 4 individuals perfectly.

4 Cloves of Garlic

3 sprigs of Rosemary

2 large peeled Onions

4 large quartered Yellow or Red Tomatoes

600ml of Chicken stock

Salt and Pepper to taste.

 

RATATOUILLE

1 large quartered Aubergine

1 large quartered Red Pepper

4 large quartered Tomatoes

1 large quartered Courgette

2 large peeled and quartered Onions

3 tablespoonfuls of Olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Watch how to prepare the perfect slow cooked Leg of Lamb below on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’.

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All photos, recipes and videos are by the owner of this blog.

 

ALMOND BUTTER SOUP RECIPE

ALMOND BUTTER SOUP RECIPE

Inspired by the Ghanaian Peanut Butter or Groundnut soup I made this Almond soup.

The recipe was bourne out of desperation as I craved Groundnut soup but had Almonds instead.

I doubted myself about the outcome of this recipe as I felt it will loose that distinct roasted Peanut or Groundnut taste.

I shared the recipe on my Instagram stories ‘Ndudu_by_Fafa’ and the common question asked was about the taste.

Honestly in terms of flavour it was delicious, however the only difference was it had a somewhat delicate flavour as compared to Groundnuts/Peanuts.

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This recipe is by no means replacing the classic Ghanaian Peanut/Groundnut soup but an alternative way of introducing your palette to different flavours.

Almonds contain less saturated fat which makes this recipe a healthier choice. You can be creative with the type of Vegetables you include and as a matter of fact you can make a Vegetarian version.

Try it and tell me what you think?

 

For the list of ingredients, you will need;

200g of roasted Almonds

300g of skinless Chicken thighs

50g of Tomato Purée

8 Petite Belle chillies (Kpakposhito) or any Green chillies (The quantity of Chillies used depends on your personal preference).

1 litre of hot water to soak and blend the Almonds

1 teaspoonful of Smoked Paprika or blended Char grilled Red Peppers

3 chopped Green Tomatoes or Aubergines.  You can add any Vegetables of your choosing.

1 sliced large Onion

10 Ghanaian Basil leaves or 20g of chopped Parsley to garnish

Salt to taste

 

HOLY GRAIL SPICE BLEND

20g of Ginger

1 large Onion

1 teaspoonful of Aniseed

2 cloves of Garlic

METHOD

Watch how to prepare this creative recipe below on my YouTube channel ‘Ndudu by Fafa’.

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All photos, recipes and videos are by the owner of this blog.

 

THAT ACCRA LIFE

THAT ACCRA LIFE

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The gentleman sitting opposite blatantly stared as I held his gaze for what seemed like eternity. His gaze told a brief story of worry and anxiety as I smiled to say it’s okay ‘today to shall pass’.

I sipped on my chilled glass of fresh Watermelon blend as another gentleman approached in a pensive mood. Oops! Why the stern look, I asked myself.

The conversation between the two gentlemen explained both their moods. My ‘konkonsa’ ears were activated 🙈

Seemed Mr. Worried Gaze has been naughty at work and was getting an earful of ‘blasting’. I decided to walk away from where I was sitting to save the gentleman from any further embarrassment.

I found myself by the poolside (which was quiet as I set my plan in action to surprise Mum and cousins for breakfast.

This surprise could go two ways, they either surprised me by declining  my invite or better still honour the invite and interrogate me. I preferred the latter but not the interrogation.

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The look on my Mums face was priceless coupled with the exuberant conversations that ensued thereafter. I managed to have an informal interview with Mum, however I missed recording most part of the interview (maybe due to my excitement 😢).

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We headed to a local Chop Bar as I craved Fufu and Goat Meat Light soup with a chilled glass of Star Beer.

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The next 3 days were packed with the main reason I went to Ghana (which will be revealed at the opportune time).

Accra’s aura felt so different this time round; maybe because I looked at it from an artistic and creative point of view.

Accra exuded confidence in its warm embrace of hardworking individuals who either gave you the occasional smile or blank stare.

It felt good to be home, however I knew I had limited time and couldn’t catch up with everyone (which was disappointing).

The atmosphere felt positive as mothers dropped their kids off to school, the Police doing their random checks on vehicles, hawkers balancing their wares on their head whilst skilfully dodging on coming traffic as we traveled to different locations across the city.

The smell of charcoal roasted ripened Plantain filled the vehicle as we all had a bite of this wonderful Ghanaian snack, whilst driving past the Accra Supreme Court

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The entire crew had dinner at the Gold Coast Restaurant and we ended the night at Carbon Night Club which was an incredible experience.

The final filming was done as the crew headed back to Europe and I had 12hrs free to spend with Mum before heading back to London.

Watch excepts of my short time spent in Accra. Hope you’re intrigued enough to visit Ghana soon.

 

 

 

 

I arrived in London on Monday morning, dropped off my luggage’s at home and dragged my tired self  straight to the office. Phew! What a memorable weekend and a priceless experience.

Watch Accra through my eyes in a compiled video and photography below;

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AKOTONSHI (GHANAIAN STUFFED CRAB RECIPE)

AKOTONSHI (GHANAIAN STUFFED CRAB RECIPE)

Ghanaian recipes are varied and I seem to find new recipes each time, like this stuffed Crab known as Akotonshi. I was rather intrigued about this dish as I could not place it to a specific tribe in Ghana, (apart from the name suggesting it might have originated from the Ga tribe) which is a hazard guess. Please share your knowledge about this dish as it is easy to emulate with my added twist. Fresh Crabs are readily available in Ghana hence this recipe is a must try.

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The easiest way to prepare this dish is to get a packet of fresh Crab meat from your fishmongers. I used my Jollof stew recipe as a base for this stuffed Crab recipe, which you can watch below.  A perfect dish to serve as a starter to impress your guest.

INGREDIENTS

100g of White Crab meat

50g of breadcrumbs

20g of chopped Spring Onions

20g of chopped Parsley

2 large chopped Tomatoes

150g of Jollof stew

2 tablespoonful of Shrimp powder

1 deseeded finely chopped Habanero chilli

1 tablespoonful of Coconut oil

Salt to taste

 

Watch how prepare Akotonshi below;

Serve the Akontonshi with either Green salad or Vegetable stir fry.

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PLAYING ‘DRESS UPS’

PLAYING ‘DRESS UPS’

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Today is going to be a ‘Me’ day, said ‘I’ who stretched out of bed at 5am. Can I make it to the Carnival today? I knew the answer already (🤫) if I had to even ask myself that.

I spent yesterday spring cleaning the house and my wardrobe; which meant today was scheduled for a self indulgent ‘dress up’ day!

The few bags of clothes could wait till tomorrow for the charity shop as I began to run the bath for a long relaxing soak.

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Why am I writing this?

Over the years I have been working relentlessly towards my dreams and pushing myself even when I should have taken a break. I achieved most of the things I wanted but I also lost a great deal. I lost the little priceless things that made me feel alive, connected to my spirit and outrageous.

I did not realise this till I lost my little brother and became grief stricken. I could not hide from this pain, I couldn’t brush it aside… I tried picking myself up but I couldn’t… So I decided to write a letter to my brother instead. The one letter has turned into 6 letters so far. I didn’t realise I had so much to say…phew

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I decided to do some self loving this bank holiday weekend, (feeling lighter and positive) by changing the ambience of my environment starting with the house.

Just as I was about to put on something comfortable after my bath, I had the thought to dress up instead and go about my day. I grabbed my puffy Gold Kimono gown from Lumiere Woman, cowrie necklace from Malene Birger and cloth from  Vlisco (head wrap).

Wrapping the headpiece took me back to my childhood, where I dressed up wearing my Mums vintage dresses (and quickly placing them back before she got home) and dreaming of being a Princess one day 😂😂😂.

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Dressing up for me was a perfect escapism for a life I wished for, a dream I held close and the courage to pursue them. Growing up in an environment where being different (especially with your thought process) wasn’t encouraged, made it difficult to be expressive and creative. However I found a way of expressing myself with no inhibitions by dressing up (this time not hiding from my Mum) as I imitated her mannerisms and looks which made her laugh, to convincing my cousins Francisca and Jeanette to sing ‘Long Time Ago in Bethlehem ‘ at an Aunts wedding 😂😂😂 inclusive of the dreaded dodgy dance.

I had to take a few pictures for my memory bank about today. I feel lighter, I miss my brother (I told my cousin Juliet whilst writing this piece how much I miss Theo) I’m actually ‘welling’ up…phew.

 

 

 

GOAT & CHOCOLATE MINT TURNOVER (PIE)

GOAT & CHOCOLATE MINT TURNOVER (PIE)

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INGREDIENTS

PIE

500g of Plain flour

1 levelled tablespoon of baking powder

(Alternatively use self raising flour)

1 teaspoonful of dried Rosemary

250g of cold butter

1 Egg yolk

1 teaspoonful of Salt to taste

60ml of cold water

 

GOAT MEAT

500g of diced Goat Meat without the bones

20g of Ginger

1 large Onion

1 teaspoonful of Aniseed

3 Cloves of Garlic

Salt to taste

 

FILLING

500g of diced steamed and tender Goat Meat

2 large chopped Ramiro Peppers

1 medium sized and roughly chopped White Onion

1 medium sized and roughly chopped Red Onion

1 tablespoonful of Coconut oil

2 tablespoonful of natural Yoghurt

20g of Chocolate mint leaves or Mint

Salt and Pepper to taste

METHOD

Watch how to make this flavour packed Goat Meat recipe and more on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’ below;

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SMOKY CORN SALAD RECIPE

SMOKY CORN SALAD RECIPE

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Inspired by the Ghanaian snack of Roasted Corn on the Cob with Coconut, enjoy this smoky and spicy Corn and Coconut salad. 

For a Vegetarian version use the baby flesh of Coconut for your dressing, as described below;

INGREDIENTS

2 large corn on the cobs

100g of fresh Coconut shavings

1 medium sized, peeled and thinly sliced Red Onion

10ml of Olive oil

2 sprigs of fresh Rosemary (optional)

1 deseeded and chopped Red Chillies

50g of Chopped Coriander or Parsley. Alternatively you can use the Ghanaian Basil (Akuko Mesa or Koklo Gbe)

Juice of half a Lemon

Salt to taste

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DRESSING

50g of Parmesan shavings

1 teaspoon of horseradish

3 tablespoonful of Olive oil

Half a teaspoon of freshly milled Black Peppercorns

Alternative Dressing inspiration;

Use 100g of Almonds or Baby Coconut flesh in place of Parmesan.

A teaspoonful of grated

METHOD

Watch how to make this refreshing, nutritious and flavour packed recipe on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’ below;

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40 LIFE LESSONS

40 LIFE LESSONS

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40 lessons on my 40th year

1-Fafa don’t forget to live.

2-Do something a day that will make you smile.

3- Select your core group of friends with attributes such as honesty, empathy, love and adventure.

4-Forgive to rid yourself of pain

5-Stay humble but don’t be a walkover.

6- Be selective 

7- Be brave

8- Read a book each month or learn something new

9- Give hope and love

10- Laugh it off

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11- Gain wisdom from your experiences 

12- Be a blessing in other people’s lives

13- Enjoy each day of your life

14- Don’t forget your manners and if you do ‘apologise’.

15- Don’t involve your self in other people’s business 

16- Walk away from unnecessary drama 

17- Believe in yourself

18- Be proud of your achievements

19- Eat well

20- Feed your soul

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21- Push yourself each day

22- Place yourself in uncomfortable situations that increases your knowledge bank.

23- You only need 1 house and a car

24- Travel

25- Save at least 3 years worth of your salary

26- Do 1 random thing that’s out of your comfort zone at least once a week 

27- Spend a minimum of an hour a week meditating

28- Have a plan

29- Visit your plan each week 

30- Don’t waste your time around ungrateful people 

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31- Be kind

32- Treat people the way you would like them to treat you

33- You loose your crown if you ever look down on another

34- Be slow to anger

35- Be patient

36- Love without boundaries 

37- Be loyal

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38- Don’t publicise your generosity 

39- Make sure everyone leaves your presence feeling much better

40- I’ll learn my 40th lesson today🙏🏽 

A8D0DC59-2753-474A-BA85-5A16CBA71851To be continued….

Thank you @lumierewoman for my outfit 😘

MANGO & SOURSOP SORBET

MANGO & SOURSOP SORBET

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Soursop and Mangoes were in season during my recent trip to Ghana. I craved for something sweet, refreshing and equally healthy hence I created this recipe with ingredients readily available in Ghana.

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Soursop is rich in Vitamins C, B1 and B2, which when mixed with Mangoes increases its nutritional content.

The recipe is easy to follow and a must try.

INGREDIENTS

1 large deseeded and peeled Soursop

1 large Mango, peeled and cut into sizeable chunks

Juice of half a Lime or Lemon

A few tender Ghanaian Basil leaves

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METHOD

Blend the Soursop, Mango with either Lime or Lemon juice together till it’s smooth and silky.

Tranfer into a bowl with its lid and freeze for about 4 hrs, ensuring you stir the mixture each hour.

If you’re lucky enough to have an Ice cream maker, transfer the content into your ice cream bowl and follow the manufacturers instructions.

Sprinkle a few fresh finely cut Basil leaves and serve immediately.

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Enjoy!

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