Tastiest Asparagus shaving Salad recipe

Make this quick, nutritious and delicious Asparagus shaving Salad.

 

INGREDIENTS

400g of Asparagus

2 large sliced Banana Shallots or Red Onion

100g of Bulgar Wheat / Fonio/ Quinoa/ Couscous

4 tablespoonful of Garlic Oil

100g of baby Plum tomatoes or Sun dried Tomatoes

30g of chopped Parsley/Basil/Coriander

Salt and Pepper to taste

150ml of hot water

Zest of 1 Lemon and juice of half the Lemon

1 tablespoonful of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 teaspoon of Sugar

 

METHOD

Watch how to prepare this quick Asparagus shaving recipe below;

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Amazing Vegan Green Plantain recipe

In Ghana, Plantain chips (made from fried Green Plantains) are a favourite snack amongst the locals .

It’s mesmerising watching the Plantain Chips seller, peel, slice and fry the Plantain right before your eyes. The buttery golden colour, crunchy texture and naturally sweet nature of the Plantain chips topped with roasted Peanuts will have you smiling and snacking more.

It was interesting to discover the same Green Plantain cooked in a different way in both Jamaica  and Puerto Rico where I’ve paid homage to in the recipe. A perfect vegan and gluten free snack that works perfectly for Canapés.

Green Plantain is available in all African and Caribbean grocers and some supermarkets in the UK also do stock them.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 large peeled Green Plantains

200ml of Vegetable/Peanut oil for frying

Optional sprig of fresh Rosemary

Salt to taste

I’ve also created another recipe where I used Green Plantain for Akara. This recipe has amassed over 100,000 views and it’s a must try. Please note you can omit the Egg from this recipe to make a  Vegan version.

METHOD

Watch how to prepare this incredible Gluten free Plantain snack below;

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QUICK MEATY RICE RECIPE

Introducing a quick one pot Rice dish that’s packed with natural flavours and a perfect comfort food for a working week.

You can use Brown Rice instead of White Rice and also replace the minced Meat with either Turkey, Chicken or Pork.

Considering this recipe requires a few ingredients the outcome in terms of flavour is unparalleled to any other Rice recipes.

INGREDIENTS

300g of minced Beef

250g of Basmati Rice

2 medium sized sliced Onions

100g of Butter

1 tablespoonful of Aniseed

1 Bay leaf

4 tablespoonful of Suya spice Mix

1 tablespoonful of Smoked Paprika

1 tablespoonful of Mixed Herbs

1 tablespoon of Salt and Pepper to taste

300ml of Water or stock

 

TO SERVE

Serve with fried Plantain , Salad or steamed Vegetables

 

METHOD

Watch how to prepare this quick Ground Beef Rice 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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INSPIRING AFRICAN TABLE SETTING IDEAS

INSPIRING AFRICAN TABLE SETTING IDEAS

‘Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation’.

Oscar Wilde

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Finding reasons to host dinner parties, lunches etc in the comforts of your home should not be difficult.

Coming up with obscure reasons to host my guests gives me the inspiration to display my heritage. The conversation always gears towards knowing the history of my country (Ghana) and food.

With years of experience organising such private events, I have compiled a few videos covering table setting, how to set an African inspired table and how to include your heritage and personalise your table setting for the festive season.

After watching the videos were you inspired?

Tell me a bit about your culture and what pieces you will incorporate into your table setting.

Please your comments below with your answers and thoughts.

SLOW COOKED LAMB SHANK IN MUSKMELON SEEDS ( WREWRE SOUP RECIPE).

SLOW COOKED LAMB SHANK IN MUSKMELON SEEDS ( WREWRE SOUP RECIPE).

WreWre (Muskmelon or Cantaloupe seeds) soup is rich in Vitamin A, C, Folic acid potassium to mention but a few nutritional contents..

It has no fat, cholesterol or saturated fat and helps boost one’s immune system especially during the cold months.

Wrewre (as it’s locally known in Ghana) can be used for various recipes and it can be found in some Indian cuisine.

The taste is similar to Groundnut or Peanut soup, however it has a slightly delicate nutty flavour to Peanuts.

Stay tuned for more recipes using this nutrient dense seeds.

For a healthier soup use leaner meat, fish or seafood.

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INGREDIENTS

80g of Wild Melon seeds (WreWre seeds) Readily available at most African grocers or online.

4 Lamb shanks

1 tablespoonful of Organic cold pressed Coconut oil

60g of Tomato purée

1 large Tomato

1 large Onion

2 litres of Water

200g of smoked Fish (optional) or 1 teaspoonful of powdered dried Shrimp

2 large Aubergines

10 whole Green Chillies

Salt to taste

 

SPICE BLEND

30g of Ginger

1 large Onion

3 Green chillies

2 cloves of Garlic

1 teaspoonful of Aniseed

 

Watch how prepare this flavour packed WreWre soup below;

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VLISCO ME ALL DAY

VLISCO ME ALL DAY

Imagine having a bad day and reading an email that changes your mood for the better. What bad day? Please ‘bad day’ my appointment with you is over, I’m busy filling my head with good thoughts ooh!

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The email acknowledged and praised my sense of creativity including my style and an offer to visit Ghana briefly for a campaign shoot. Did I read ‘billboards in over 6 African countries, magazines etc…’ Mama where are you? I’ll surprise her instead.

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My last visit to Ghana was to bury my little brother hence this email was a welcome distraction from my grief.

The realisation of seeing Mum again made me happy as I impatiently counted the days to immerse myself into this incredible experience.

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Vlisco Group was founded in Helmond, The Netherlands in 1846 and produces fashion forward African Wax prints. Vlisco fabrics are an integral part in most African homes particularly in the Central and Western part of Africa. I grew up knowing about Vlisco from my Mum as it was her favourite in terms of design and quality.

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Mums vintage African fabric pieces are from Vlisco and they still look new (I  rummage through her wardrobe and wear them whenever I’m in Ghana).

Vlisco Group’s brand portfolio consists of four brands: Vlisco, Woodin, Uniwax and GTP..

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INTRODUCING OUR CAMPAIGN STARS |

Fafa Gilbert @ndudu_by_fafa puts Ghanaian cuisine on the world map via social media. Coming from the Volta region in Ghana but living in London, she skillfully interweaves both cultures in her recipes as well as in her unique fashion approach.

Fashion by @lumierewoman.

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The positive energy  on set was electric as each creative individual expressed themselves through the entire shoot. I’ll talk more about this later in another post; including the two amazing ladies I worked with during this campaign.

The theme for the campaign was ‘NEW BOLD ROMANTICS’ and they certainly made me feel like a ‘Queen’.

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Link below to purchase the fabrics directly from their website.

https://shop.vlisco.com/en/all-fabrics?collection_code=760

The designers chosen for my outfits were Lumiere Woman and Sadia Sanusi, Hair by Kush Taylor, Jewellery by Chyba Jewellery, Make up by Woena Makeup Artistry, Photographs  by Matthew Miziolek with Creative Directors Grietje Schepers and Sanne Huijsmans.

To be continued……

All photos and videos are by the Vlisco.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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