Thursday, 24 May 2018

AFRICAN NUTMEG INFUSED GRILLED CHICKEN RECIPE


The first in the series of ‘How to incorporate spices into your dishes’ (available on my YouTube channel), ‘Ndudu by Fafa’ starts with this crispy skinned and moist grilled Chicken recipe, with the African Nutmeg been the spice of the day.



African Nutmeg,(also known as,Calabash nutmeg,Jamaican nutmeg, Ehuru, Ariwo, Awerewa, Ehiri, Airama, African orchid nutmeg, Muscadier de Calabash and Lubushi) smells and tastes like Nutmeg, however it has more of an aromatic undertone in its flavour. 

African Nutmeg which originates from West Africa can also be found in Angola, West Kenya and of course Jamaica due to the slave trade. 

The African Nutmeg tree as a whole has many benefits including being used for household joinery, the bark for medicinal purposes such as treating Hemorrhoids, leaves as an insect repellent and the seeds are used to treat headaches, constipation, diabetes, jewellery to mention but a few.
In conclusion the African Nutmeg is a perfect replacement to Nutmeg and can be used the same way one would use Nutmeg.
 
Please note excessive consumption of Mace, Nutmeg and the African Nutmeg can lead to nausea and in a worst case scenario death. Please seek your Doctors advice before consumption, especially if you have any underlining ailments.


In preparation for this spice series I asked my followers on both Instagram and Facebook which spice grinder they preferred. Resoundingly the ‘Ghana Asanka ‘ was chosen, which I found bizarre due to the tedious nature of grinding most dried spices in it. 
Personally, I think the Asanka (Ghanaian clay bowl with internal ridges) is best for making Salsas and Marinades.
The best traditional option in my opinion is the stone grinder or better still the electric spice grinder for its ease.

Learn how to incorporate this fragrant spice to your dishes. As part of the first episode I made a crispy skinned and moist grilled Chicken recipe infused with African Nutmeg. You will need;




INGREDIENTS
6 African Nutmegs or 1 teaspoonful of blended African Nutmeg Powder 
1 tablespoonful of Aniseed
1 large Onion
5 cloves
10 Pimento spice (All Spice)OPTIONAL
2 tablespoonfuls of Olive oil
1 tablespoonful of smoked Paprika or 1 large blended char grilled Red Pepper
20g of Ginger
1 teaspoonful of Vinegar or Juice of 1 Lime or Lemon
Salt to taste





Watch how to marinade and grill a moist and crispy skin Chicken below on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’.




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BEGINNERS GUIDE TO USING SPICES EP1





Variety they say is the ‘SPICE of life’. With this notion I’m filming a series of how to add spices and new flavours to your everyday dish.
The series covers the benefits and side effects of spices, which spice to use for whatever flavour you want and how recipes using the spice of the week in question.



On this first episode I talk about the African Nutmeg (which is an inexpensive alternative to Nutmeg) its benefits, side effects and how to incorporate it into a recipe.
 Watch how I made the famous West African nutty spice rub known as ‘Suya’ inclusive of the African Nutmeg for an aromatic and sweet taste below;



Watch how I incorporated the African Nutmeg in my grilled Chicken recipe below on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’.



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Saturday, 19 May 2018

ALL NATURAL and FLAVOUR PACKED PALM NUT SOUP RECIPE


Thanks to EZ Palmnut, I’m able to make Palmnut soup from scratch without the hassle.
In a previous post CLICK HERE I mentioned how labour intensive the process of making the Palmnut soup from scratch can be; however EZ Palmnut has the solution;




Barbara Mantey started her Palmnut business in 2016 as she needed a quick way to prepare fresh and delicious Palmnut soup after her third child. According to Barbara, she followed the notion that Palmnut soup allowed nursing mothers produce more milk and she wanted to take the hassle away from new Mums. 
The EZ Palmnut is mixed with Turkey Berries which increases ones red blood cells and aids digestion. Barbara is dedicated to her business and plans to expand it by exporting it to the rest of the world by the end of the year.



Barbara contacted me via Instagram when she heard I was in Ghana. Challenging as it might be, she managed to send me a few of her products including Palm oil. Due to weight restrictions I was only able to bring the pounded Palm fruit back to my Kitchen to prepare this Palmnut soup recipe. 

The beauty about making Palmnut soup is also been able to extract some Palm oil from the soup, which in turn can be used for Beans stew etc.
As you can see below, I’ve scooped the oil from the soup and will use it in another recipe coming soon.


Contact;
Barbara Mantey
Ez(easy) PALMNUT concentrate 
P.O.Box TN 2041
Teshie Nungua 

Palmnut soup is best served with Fufu. Watch how to prepare an all natural fresh Fufu in a pot without pounding below;




For the list of ingredients 

1 packet of EZ Palmnut
1.5 litres of warm water
3 large Onions
2 large Tomatoes 
150g of Okra (Optional)
100g of Garden Eggs (Optional)
3 Habanero chillies
10g of Pettie Belle Chillies
3 whole Grains of Selim pods ( Hwentia)
3 tablespoonful of Shrimp powder
1 tablespoon of Dawadawa powder (Nere seeds)
1 teaspoonful of blended African Nutmeg 
1 tablespoon of smoked Paprika (Optional)
1kg of Goat Meat 
3 tablespoonful of blended Ginger, Onion and Aniseed
1kg of assorted smoked Fish (Cat Fish, Smoked Tuna)
150g of Mushrooms 
Salt to taste


Watch how to prepare this naturally flavour packed soup on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’ below;




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Sunday, 13 May 2018

TASTIEST ABOMU RECIPE ( SPINACH SAUCE IN AN EARTHEN CLAY BOWL)

Happy Mother’s Day! 
In commemoration of Mother’s Day (for the rest of the world), since Mother’s Day in the UK was in March and my Mums second Mothers Day celebration, here is a classic Ghanaian recipe, ABOM.
ABOM is made from Cocoyam leaves, Chillies, Onions, Salted fish and Palm oil. 
It’s an easy to follow recipe which is equally healthy (if you limit the amount of Palm oil you use). 






This recipe has an unusual twist, which is the inclusion of Pinenuts. What? Pinenuts! Get out of here😜
Whenever I prepare my ABOM, I do include a few roasted Peanuts for that creamier and slight nuttier taste. In the absence of roasted Peanuts I settled for Pinenuts, which worked incredibly well. Trust me, your Mum will appreciate the newish flavour πŸ‘ŒπŸΎπŸ˜˜

The challenges one faces for living in the diaspora includes the difficulty in sourcing authentic Ghanaian produce, hence one has to be creative and improvise. In place of Cocoyam leaves, Spinach was used for this recipe which is readily available at most local grocers.



INGREDIENTS 

For this recipe you will need the following ingredients;
400g of Organic Spinach or Cocoyam leaves
1 sliced large Onion
20g of Pettie Belle Chillies (Kpakposhito)
10g of Peanuts or Pinenuts (Optional)
185g of Salted Fish (Koobi)
150g of tinned Sardines in Tomato sauce
30ml of Zomi or Palm oil
Salt to taste


METHOD 
Watch how to prepare this delicious Ghanaian dish below on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’.




On this day, spare a thought for those who’ve lost their children, Mums or are struggling to conceive. Why not create this recipe and invite the aforementioned individuals, if you know of any to put a smile on their faces. Equally enjoy this dish with your Mum and make her feel special. 

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

GRILLED AROMATIC and SMOKY PRAWNS RECIPE


Fresh Prawns, marinated in an aromatic and spicy marinade, which is then grilled or char grilled is a must try recipe for this summer. The flavours are intoxicating coupled with the smokiness from the grill.
Don’t take what I say as gospel, however try it and I’m more than happy to accept the ‘thank you’s’ 😜

I’ve omitted Garlic from this recipe as I didn’t want the burnt flavour when grilled, however I’ve replaced it with Chimichurri sauce which was incredible. 
Recipe below for the Chimichurri sauce;




This recipe was created on an evening of a week day for dinner as I made Tapas. It’s an easy to follow recipe , packed with flavours and a must try. 





To try this recipe you will need the following;

INGREDIENTS 
500g of Fresh Prawns
1 large Onion
30g of Ginger
1 teaspoonful of Aniseed 
Juice of 1 Lemon
Salt to taste

Watch how to prepare this delicious recipe in my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’.





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Friday, 4 May 2018

CRISPY DUCK INFUSED WITH ASIAN AND WEST AFRICAN SPICES


The art of creating a recipe goes hand in hand with educating  and introducing your palette to new flavours. When I’m about to create a recipe, I search for a distinctive flavour (which usually happens when I crave for something different).
The process of elimination and recipe testing can take up to 3 attempts till I get the desired flavour. Once I achieve that, I quickly write the winning recipe down and share with you all, both on my blog and YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’.
This particular day when I created this recipe, I wanted something aromatic with hints of residual heat. Guided by the an aromatic taste I wished for, I decided to include Fennel seeds for the liquorice taste, Cloves for that added heat, Guinea Peppers for that aromatic heat , Star Anise for that aromatic and slightly earthy flavour and Cinnamon for its added sweetness. 
After blending the spices into a powdery form I was excited since the smell was aromatic and rather heady. 


INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoonful of Grains of Paradise/ Alligator Peppers/ Guinea Peppers
6 Star Anise or 1 teaspoonful of Aniseed 
1 tablespoonful of Fennel seeds
1 teaspoonful of Cinnamon Powder 
8 prices of cloves 
1 dressed Duck (Marks and Spencer’s)
1 tablespoonful of Sesame oil

METHOD 
Watch how to prepare this flavour packed crispy Duck below ;

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

TASTIEST SPATCHCOCK GRILLED CHICKEN RECIPE

Learn how to spice, Spatchcock or Butterfly your Chicken for an even and moist cook on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’.

This recipe is easy to follow and packed with all natural flavours . The smoky Red Chillies coupled with the Caraway seeds gives this dish a smoky and aromatic taste. 
Best to serve this smoky and grilled Spatchcock Chicken with a bowl of crunchy Green Salad.
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INGREDIENTS 
1.5kg or Corn fed free range or Organic Chicken 
3 tablespoonful of Olive oil
1 large zest and juice of Lemon





MARINADE
50g of smoked dried Red Chillies 
1 large Onion
2 cloves of Garlic 
1 teaspoonful of Caraway seeds (Alternatively use Aniseed or Cumin seeds)
Salt to taste

SERVE
Thinly sliced 1 large Onion
15g of shredded fresh Basil (Alternatively you can use Parsley or Coriander)



METHOD 
Watch how to create this tasty grilled Spatchcock Chicken on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’ below;


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