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Tips: Egusi Soup Recipe ( fail proof)

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Egusi Soup Recipe

Hello guys, welcome to another post, so today am going to be showing you how to make egusi soup, some call it melon soup. Egusi soup is a Nigerian soup and delicacy that is very popular and often found on most restaurants in Nigeria and also in African kitchens abroad, wondering why it’s so popular?? Wonder no more, this soup is so delicious and can be made in so many ways.

Just imagine yourself right now with a plate of pounder yam with egusi soup and a cold bottle of water, chai that is deliciousness personified guys, so enough said let’s get to cooking. You will be needing the following for a family of four

Ingredients

3cups of melon seeds (grounded)

Beef

Cow skin

3tablespoon crayfish

Palm oil

Salt

Stockfish

Washed bitter leaves

Seasoning cubes

Tomatoes

Peppers

Onions.

Directions

Egusi Soup RecipeFirst we are going to boil your beef, stock fish and cow skin for twenty minutes with some onions, seasoning cubes and salt.

Now take you ground melon seeds and add about 4tablespoon of water to make a very thick paste, then set aside now blend your tomatoes, peppers and onions to a smooth paste and set aside as well.

Now take a clean pot and plate on your cooker pour in about 3cooking spoons of palm oil and allow it to heat up a bit and release some smoke, say about 3minutes, don’t worry your house won’t burn. Pour your melon paste into the oil and fry while constantly turning it to prevent burning, we want it to get fried and dry buy not burnt so make sure your cooker is set on medium to high heat, once you start to see the oil shinning on top add in the tomatoes paste about 2cooking spoons and mix into the melon, now continue stirring till they are well Incorporated and allow this to fry till you see the oil on top again, yea I know it’s seems a lot but good food or in this case good soup takes a lot work.

Now that the oil is floating and shinning on top, pour in the meat with the stock and mix well, now add in your ground crayfish and cover to cook for 5minutes. I bet the aroma in your kitchen now is amazing!

Uncover your pot and taste to see if the salt and seasoning is right if not adjust to your taste and allow it to cook some more  till there is very little fluid in sight, that is the time you add in the bitter leaves and allow it cook for another 10minutes,turn off your cooker and open your pot to reveal this delicious soup, serve with your choice of swallow.

If you tried out this recipe let me know in the comments section and if you had any challenges with it also let me know. See you in my next post.

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Banana and cookie crumbles ice cream (best homemade ice cream)

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Ice creams are so sweet and delicious that one can never get enough of it, and the idea of making it in the comfort of your home is simply amazing!

Just the thought of opening your freezer and having ice cream ready anytime you want it, especially on a hot sunny day is one reason why you should consider making it at home.

Banana and cookie crumbles ice cream1The one thing that scares people off from making ice cream at home is the fear of it not coming out right and having to get so many ingredients and so on.

But what if I tell you that you can make ice cream with just 3ingredients! Yes you read that right, 3ingredient ice cream with no need for an ice cream machine; funny thing is you might already have these ingredients in your kitchen.

This is my first attempt at ice cream making, as it was hubby’s birthday over the weekend I just wanted to try something different, so I whipped up this yummy banana and cookie crumbles ice cream that came out so good and left me feeling like a pro. So for this recipe you will need the following

Ingredients

1) 6 meduim ripe bananasBanana and cookie crumbles ice cream1

2) 1 cup full cream milk

3) 5 tablespoon sugar

4) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

5) A pack of cookies

Directions

Peel and cut up your bananas into circles and freeze them in a Ziploc bag till they are frozen. Bring them out of the freezer and place in a blender with the milk, sugar and vanilla.

Blend till its super smooth, please resist the temptation to dip a spoon in and lick some, just scoop it all out and place in a bowl with cover, allow this to sit in the freezer till its semi frozen.

Bring it out and crumbled up any cookies of your choice (I used Oreos) into the ice cream and mix to combine.

Keep in the freezer till its frozen and firm, serve with your choice of toppings or just on its own.

Try out this recipe and don’t forget to leave me your comments in the comments section.

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Soft bread rolls recipe (breakfast bread)

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Bread is a staple food in most homes all over the world, it’s a must have for breakfast in most homes and also for dinner, nothing beats the taste of freshly baked bread, its warm,buttery,soft and so so delicious.

As common as it is, not everyone knows how to make it at home, I guess just the thought of making bread from scratch scares some people, but the truth is that, it’s quite simple and easy to make, and once you have mastered the art of it, you won’t stop making it.

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Benefits of making your own bread are so numerous that when you consider it, you would prefer to make it yourself especially when you have a fail proof recipe like the one am going to be showing you now.

Homemade bread is by far better than store bought, its chemical free (no preservatives), it’s rich, tasty and you are in control of what ingredients go into it! So you see that it makes a whole lot of sense to start making your own bread. So let’s get to it already

Ingredients

6cups flour
1/2cup sugar
1teaspoon salt
3large eggs
2cups warm milk
1/4cup of softened butter
3teaspoon dry active yeast

Directions

In a large bowl pour your warm milk (warm not hot) and add your softened butter to it, sprinkle your yeast into the milk (make sure it’s active yeast please) now add your sugar, salt and 2eggs give it a good mix with a whisk and gently add the flour one cup at a time, setting aside 1cup of flour for kneading the dough.

Soft bread rolls recipe1After you mixing in the flour and you have a soft, sticky dough, flour a smooth surface and turn the dough onto the floured surface and knead gently, it will be sticky so just keep adding little flour( make sure you don’t get tempted to use too much flour while kneading or your bread will be strong not soft) knead for 8-10minutes and then place the dough in a deep large bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1hour, that’s enough time for it to double or triple in size.

Soft bread rolls recipe1After one hour, uncover the dough and punch it release all the air, transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead again for 5minutes, after kneading, cut the dough into ten or more parts depending on how large or small you want your bread rolls, make each cut out into a ball by rolling it in circular motion till you get a ball shape formed.

Take a baking sheet that has been buttered or sprayed with cooking spray and line your rolls into it. Now turn on your oven to 275degrees, now take a kitchen towel and cover the dough to allow it rise for another 30minutes.

Soft bread rolls recipe1After 30minutes, uncover the dough, crack the remaining 1egg into a bowl and add 2tablespoon of water, mix and gently brush this egg wash all over the dough, place the baking sheet into your oven that had been hearing up and allow this to bake for 30minutes until the bread start to have a golden brown colour on top.

Bring out your bread and allow to cool for at least 20minutes before you serve. It’s this easy and straight forward. Try it out and as usual leave me your comments.

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Nigerian Pepper Soup Recipe

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Nigerian Pepper Soup Recipe

On a rainy cold day, there is nothing more soothing than a hot bowl of Nigerian Pepper soup with its spicy taste and lots of meat or fish of your choice; you will just keep eating till the bowl is empty.

There are so many recipes to making pepper soup, am just going to be showing you the basic one that I use always.

Ingredients

Meat or fish of your choice
Salt and seasoning
Ground pepper
Ground crayfish
Ground pepper soup spice (you can get this in any local market in Nigeria)
Scent leaves
Onions and ginger

Directions

Wash and boil your meat or fish with water just enough to cover it, add your onions and ginger sliced thin with salt and seasoning until its half way cooked. Add your pepper soup spice and scent leaves that you have washed and sliced cook till the meat is completely cooked, serve while hot with boiled yams, plantain or bread. Enjoy and remember to leave me your comments.

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