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Recipe: How-to make Nigerian Meat pies

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Recipe How-to make Nigerian Meat pies

When you think of Nigerian Meat pies you think of this rich pastry filled with minced beef, soft potatoes and carrots filling which you can down with a cold juice hmm that sounds so good right now. Meat pies are one of Nigeria’s most popular snack and won’t it be nice if you can just make this in your own kitchen? Yes imagine hot meat pie coming out of the oven and you can just sit and devour them, ok enough of the imagination let’s make some.

Meat pie dough

You will be needing the following

Flour21/2 cups

Butter 200 gms (one sachet of baking butter in Nigeria)

1egg

A pinch of salt

1cup ice cold water

1teaspoon baking powder

For the filling

1cup ground beef

1cup diced carrots

1cup diced potatoes

1cube seasoning (maggi)

A pinch of salt

1teaspoon veg.oil

Half teaspoon curry

Half teaspoon thyme

1small red onion diced

1tablespoon flout mixed with half cup water.

Directions:

In a large bowl mix the flour, salt, baking powder together with your hands and then gently mix in the butter till well Incorporated and looks like breadcrumbs. Gently add the iced cold water little quantity at a time until you get a soft dough formed.

Transfer the dough onto a large floured surface and knead until it gets smooth and elastic this should take about 10minutes, once that is achieved place in a bowl and cover with foil and let it sit in the fridge for 30minutes while we make the filling.

Place a frying pan on low heat and pour in your vegetable oil, allow to heat up and add in the onions, sauté for two minutes and then add the beef, stir till it goes from pink to brown, then add your salt, seasoning cube, thyme and curry stir to incorporate. Now add in the carrots and potatoes with two cups of water and allow to cook till carrots and potatoes are soft and tender, then add in the flour paste stir and leave to cook until thickened, this will make the pie moist on the inside and not dry out.

Now bring your dough out from the fridge and roll out on a smooth and floured surface to about 1inch thick and cut out circles using a glass cup or a cookie cutter, gently roll out the circle and place one tablespoon of the filling inside the circle, now gently flip one side to cover the other and use a fork to mash the edges together, repeat same process till you are out of dough.

Break you egg in a small bowl and add two tablespoons of water to it and beat, now brush your meat pies with the eggs wash and place them on a floured baking sheet and baked in a pre-heated oven of about 250degree for 25minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool down, seriously allow it to cool down before you remove the baking sheet, now serve and enjoy with a cold drink.

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Breakfast Series – Fluffy Crepes Recipe

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Crepes are lighter forms of pancakes that can be folded or rolled up with any kind of filling that you like, it could be fruits, chocolate spread, eggs or even veggies.

Breakfast time should always be fun and easy just as they should be delicious and this is one recipe that is on a repeat in my kitchen.

The ingredients are similar to pancakes with the exception of baking powder, you can make this on the weekends and have the kids pick out their own kind of filling , and it’s a fun way to get the kids involved in the kitchen.

INGREDIENTS

1cup flour

11/2 cup milk

4tablespoon sugar

A pinch of salt

Nut Meg

1egg

2tablespoon butter (melted)

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients together make a well in the middle of and add in all the wet ingredients, you want a watery but slightly thick consistency.

Take a non stick pan and rub on some butter or cooking spray and  place under low heat, scoop out your batter and pour into the pan ,allow to cover the pan and then when it starts to show bubbles on top , flip and cook the other side.

This process should basically take about a minute or so to cook both sides evenly. Repeat the same process for all of the batter ,till you are out of batter.Breakfast Series - Fluffy Crepes Recipe1

Fill your crepes with any filling of your choice ,you could just layer some chocolate spread on it  with a few fruit slices like strawberries and roll it out .

For my filling I used eggs fried with some cabbage, onions and peppers. Serve with baked beans and a delicious cup of hot tea , yummy all the way.

I will be bring out lots of easy breakfast recipes in the coming weeks so look out guys and bookmark this page so you don’t miss anything.

Feel free to leave me your comments on this recipe or any recipe you will like me to share.

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Yummy Coconut Rice recipe

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All the coconut lovers please raise your hands let’s know ourselves

Coconut is one of my favorite fruit to eat; you can pair it with soft hot bread, boiled corn or just eat it as a snack on its own! Sigh, it has so many nutritious health benefits which are why there is a recent hype to it, these days this is virtually nothing you can’t make with or from coconut.

Coconut Rice one yummy and equally cost effective meal that you can make which will satisfy the whole family, my secret to making it extra delicious and pocket friendly is by making the milk myself from fresh coconut, instead of buying the store packed ones.

For today’s recipe we will just be making use of the coconut milk and trust me this is so yummy and easy to prepare, even if it’s your first time you won’t get it wrong, so let’s get cooking.

INGREDIENTS

3cups of rice

4cups fresh coconut milk

Red chilly peppers

Tomatoes

Small onion

Green pepper

Salt and seasoning

2tablespoon ground crayfish

Vegetable oil 4tablespoon

Bay leaves

DIRECTIONS

Wash and parboil your rice for 10-12 minutes, strain and set aside.

Wash and slice all your veggies (tomatoes, peppers and onions ) , place a deep sauce pan on low heat and add in your vegetable oil, allow to heat up a bit then you add your veggies in no particular order.

Sauté the veggies for a few minutes, now it’s time to include your Bay leaves (3leaves is enough) salt and seasoning, leave to cook for three minutes and then add your coconut milk.

Once you have added your milk, leave to cook for five minutes, give it a good stir and taste to make sure your salt and seasoning is adequate, as this is the base for your coconut rice.

After five minutes, add in your rice, stir to incorporate and leave to cook for at least 15minutes or till the rice is cooked through and soft, by now I bet the aroma of the coconut milk is making you salivate, lol, allow the rice to dry of every liquid and serve garnished with some the green peppers and any side of protein that you like.

So guys that’s your simple, easy and extra yummy coconut rice! Kindly try out this recipe and let me know how it went in the comment section.

P.S the more pepper in this dish the tastier it is, but feel free to use pepper to your discretion.

To make the coconut milk, simply break open your coconut, remove the flesh and chop it into tiny bits, blend it with enough water in your blender and strain using a cheese cloth, yes it’s that easy.Yummy Coconut Rice recipe1

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Breakfast Potatoes (easy and super delicious)

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Breakfast Potatoes (easy and super delicious)

If there is a definition of what breakfast is, then I believe that this meal fits perfectly into it.

Breakfast should be easy to make yet filling, delicious and nutritious enough to start your day on the right path.

This recipe is very easy to make and it comes together in minutes, it’s also a one pot dish, which means you don’t have to do too much cleaning after wards! Isn’t that just amazing?

Let’s get cooking guys cos I know the picture is already making you salivate.

Ingredients

6 medium size Irish potatoes

3sausages

Half onion (medium size)

1green pepper

1clove of garlic

Salt

Seasoning

2 tablespoon vegetable oil.

Directions

Peel your potatoes and dice them up in bite sizes, wash and parboil with a pinch of salt for 3minutes.

While that is boiling, dice up your onions, green peppers, sausages and garlic.

Strain your potatoes and place under running water just to stop the cooking process.

Place your sauce pan on medium heat and add your vegetable oil, allow to heat up a bit and then add in your potatoes making sure there is enough room for all the potatoes to fry and brown without resting on another.

Once the potatoes are golden brown, add in your sausages as well as your onions, green peppers and garlic.

Stir to combine and add in your salt and seasoning, stir very well to incorporate all of the flavours and taste, cover and allow cooking for 3minutes.

Turn off your heat and stir very well, the aroma is simply divine. Serve as a main dish or with a side of bread for breakfast.

Hope that was easy; don’t forget to let me know if you tried out this recipe and how it went. Thank you guys so much for reading, you give me strength to continue, see you guys in my next post.

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