Monday, 30 January 2017

SUYA BEEF FRIED RICE


As I opened my fridge, I saw my leftover rice and Beef Suya and decided on making fried rice for my packed lunch. 
Realistically, I could've made a simple egg fried rice but I craved for the Beef Suya I had the night before. 
The Suya gives the dish a spicy and nutty flavour which is perfect to enjoy in this cold weather.
If you're lucky enough to have a charcoal grill use it to cook your meat for a smoky flavour. 
Enjoy this easy to follow recipe and share your pictures.

Ingredients 

300g of cooked Jasmine Rice 
40g of Suya spice mix
2 tablespoonfuls of Coconut oil / Olive oil
30g of Spring onions 
20g of chopped Coriander 
600g of Rump steak
10g of chopped Oregano (optional)
1 tablespoonful of Chipotle chillies 
2 sliced Green Peppers
2 large finely sliced Onions
Salt to taste


 Method 

Suya spice is readily available in most African shops and online. 

Mix the Suya spice with Chipotle chillies (readily available in most supermarkets) and warm it up in a frying pan, as shown below. 
Warming your Suya spice mix releases the oil and flavours. 


 

Using a meat tenderiser (available online) beat the meat to break down its fibres (this makes the meat tender when cooked).

 If you don't have a meat tenderiser use a rolling pin instead. Your meat should look flattened after been tenderised.

 If you're using a tough cut of meat, this process of tenderising ensures you have a soft and tender meat. 

 

Place your sliced Onions and Green Peppers in a baking tray.
Sprinkle your meat with Suya spice mix and rub it on both sides. 
Sit the meat on top of the Onion and Green Pepper slices (as shown above). 

Place your Suya spiced meat in the fridge to marinade for at least an hour. This allows the meat to absorb the flavours of the Suya spice. 

When you're ready to cook your meat, take the meat from the fridge and bring it to room temperature for about 15 minutes. 

Pre heat your grill to 200*c.
Drizzle the meat with 1 tablespoonful of Coconut oil or Olive oil and Oregano (optional).
Place your meat under the grill and cook for 6 minutes.
Take the meat out of the grill and leave it to rest. 

In a Wok or frying pan add the remaining Coconut oil and place on a medium heat.

Add the rice and fry for 4 minutes, ensuring you consistently stir it. 

Add the juices from the meat, mix and fry for another minute.

Slice the meat into sizeable chunks and add it to the rice. Fry the rice for a further 2 minutes and add the grilled Onions and Green peppers. 

Mix everything together, sprinkle the chopped Spring Onions and fresh Coriander over the rice. 

Serve immediately and enjoy with a Pineapple and Ginger smoothie. The perfect remedy for this cold weather. I managed to capture the Suya fried rice on my frozen glass table, as shown below. 

 

Try the recipe and l love to read your feedback, hence don't forget to leave a comment and also share the recipe. 

Find more inspiring recipes on my Youtube channel 'Ndudu by Fafa', like this Waakye recipes. 


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

Saturday, 28 January 2017

SHEA BUTTER & RICE FACE SCRUB


 

Saturday mornings are my favourite time to relax, pamper myself, think of what crazy concoction I can create to eat and above all enjoy the silence.
When I tell friends, I'm awake at 6am every Saturday to go through my routine, they suggest otherwise 😜(they don't know what their missing). 

 

Personally, I find an early rise an essential tool  for a creative mind, as it offers a conducive atmosphere for escapism and new ideas. I love the quietness of the  environment, (as people are catching up on their sleep), less interruption, the ocassional sounds of the birds chirping and the grey Squirrel who seems to like our garden as I leave nuts around. 

Today is no different to any other Saturday, as I started my day with creating a simple facial scrub for an even complexion. 

In my research, I found out that Rice and Milk have been used for centuries by Asians as a facial scrub for an even skin tone, wrinkle busting remedy and to enhance the natural skin brightness. 

Benefits 
The rice helps absorb excess oil (great for an oily skin), evens your skin tone by getting rid of blemishes, has anti ageing properties and its a great soother for sunburn, to mention but a few.

Milk is used in this recipe to hydrate dry the skin, lightens dark spots and remove dead skin cells (due to its lactic acid).

My daily moisturiser is an equal amount mixture of both Shea butter and Coconut oil, whisked into a mousse like texture. 


 


For the list of ingredients, you'll need

1 Tbsp of Unrefined Shea butter & Coconut oil mousse. 
2 tablespoonfuls of whole milk
1 tablespoon of Rice flour.

Method

Add the Rice flour and Milk to a bowl.

 

Add the Unrefined Shea butter and Coconut mousse. 

 
 Mix till you form a thick paste.

 
Wash your face with warm water and then apply the mixture. 

 

Leave for about 5-10 minutes and wash it off with cold water. 

Make your own daily moisturiser 

Unrefined Shea butter & Coconut oil Mousse
I prefer to use unrefined Shea butter as it's in its pure form and you can cook with it. My philosophy is, if I can eat it I can use it for my skin. 


Ingredients 
250g of Coconut oil 
250g of Unrefined Shea butter

 

Method 
Melt the Coconut oil and Shea butter together.

 Using an electric whisk, mix everything together till you have a fluffy mousse like consistency. 

Preserve in a treated glass container with a sealed lid and use daily. 

This will last for a year, however I finish mine within 2 months. 

How to treat your Glass container 

(Treating your glass ensures you kill off any luring bacteria).

Boil water in a kettle. 

Place your container in a bowl and pour the hot water over it. 

Let it sit for a minute, remove the container (ensuring you don't burn yourself) and wipe with a clean Kitchen towel.

Moisturise your face

Clean your face with a clean face towel and apply a mixture of Coconut oil & Shea butter to your face. 
Enjoy your pampering session with a lovely cup of tea.
Try the Turmeric & Black peppercorn tea recipe.

Find the Shea butter body scrub recipe by clicking the link below,


All photos and recipe are by the owner of this blog. 












Tuesday, 3 January 2017

THE PERFECT ROAST CHICKEN


Sunday roast is a popular ritual in most homes in the UK, which might include either a Roast Lamb, Beef, Chicken and Potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, steamed vegetables and gravy. This recipe is a fool proof way of achieving the perfectly moist Chicken each time. In my experience of cooking and my upbringing of enjoying organically reared Chicken, I recommend you buy either a Corn fed , free range Chicken or better still an Organic Chicken. It makes a big difference to the taste and texture of the dish. Enjoy the video on my YouTube channel, Ndudu by Fafa, and the transcript below. Don't forget to subscribe, try the recipe, leave comments and share. Enjoy!




Ingredients
1.6kg of corn fed and free range Chicken or an Organic chicken. 
30g of finely chopped fresh Thyme
4 cloves of peeled and thinly sliced Garlic
1 tsp of Ancho Chillies. 
20 ml of Olive oil
500ml of Chicken stock
1 Jalapenos chilli
2 large Onions
20g of grated Ginger
10g of Greek basil or Basil (Optional)
Juice of 1 Lemon
Salt and Pepper to taste


Method
Place the sliced onions  (huddled together as a base for the Chicken) in a roasting tray and place the Chicken on top of the Onions.

Marinade
Add 15g of grated Ginger , half the chopped Thyme, Lemon juice , Ancho chillies, Olive oil and salt to a bowl . Mix everything together and set aside. 

Stuffing the Chicken
Insert the Garlic slices, the remaining Thyme, Ginger, Basil and Jalapenos chilli
into the cavity of the Chicken. 


Pour the marinade over the Chicken and rub it all over the Chicken until its completely covered. 
Cover the Chicken with a cling film and refrigerate it for a minimum of an hour. 

To cook

Preheat your oven to 200*c
Remove the Chicken from the fridge and bring to room temperature , which can take up to 20 minutes. 

Remove the cling film and discard. Add the Chicken stock and cover the Chicken with foil ensuring every opening is sealed. Place the Chicken in the middle of your oven and bake for an hour and 20 minutes. 

Tip 
Check the Chicken after 45 minutes and scoop some of the juices over the Chicken. 

Remove the Chicken from the oven after an hour and 20 minutes and leave it to rest for about 5-7 minutes. 
Carve your Chicken and enjoy with roast Potatoes, Salad, Vegetables, Jollof rice etc. 

Watch how to cook the perfect Jollof rice to accompany your Chicken. 

The perfect party Jollof Rice

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