Dinner | Lunch

One-Pan Baked Chicken & Potatoes.

By on September 25, 2018

This recipe is for the days when I wish to spend no longer than an hour in the kitchen . I’m sure you have those days too, particularly when the plan is to lounge around in your PJs all day in front of the TV, submerge yourself in a good book (as I have of lately) or simply want to savour every hour of your Sunday before as Monday begins.

One Pan Baked Chicken!

I cheated slightly with this recipe by using these oven ready roast potato wedges. However, you may make yours from scratch 😉 

what you’ll need:

  1. A fairly decent sized baking dish, don’t be like me and use a small/medium pan. The bigger the better to give the meat and potatoes enough room to crisp. 
  2. Chicken legs, 6 pieces
  3. Pack of oven ready potato wedges, like this
  4. Seasoning:
  • 2 maggie seasoning cubes
  • salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 chopped chilli
  • 1 chopped spring onion
  • 2 spring onions
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Dried Herbs (either thyme or rosemary)  
  • 1 lemon

Wash your chicken in lemon water (1 lemon), pat dry and place in baking dish. Season with all the ingredients listed above. mix well then the oven ready potatoes. You may roast this separately if you wish, just follow packet instuctions. 

Place the chicken and potatoes in a preheated overn for 35-40 minutes. Turn chicken halfway through cooking. 

Once cooked served with roasted veggies of your choice.

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Dinner | Lunch | Rice

Quick & Easy Dinner | Smokey Honey & Garlic Chicken with Tilda Peri Peri Rice | ad

By on June 4, 2018

For me, the best meals are those that require little effort but still provide optimum flavour. My smokey honey & garlic baked chicken thighs served alongside Tilda’s new Peri Peri rice is the perfect combination and ideal for a fuss free lunch or dinner.

The honey and garlic marinade is remixed with a bit of smokiness and heat to compliment Tilda’s Peri Peri rice. The new limited edition rice, now available in most supermarkets until autumn, is one of my favourites. Not only does it taste good it also requires little time to prep with just 2 minutes in the microwave or stir fried for 3-4 minutes.

For this recipe I made little changes to the rice and kept chicken marinade simple (see below).

6 Chicken thighs (skin on)

Dry Rub Seasoning:

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon White pepper

½ teaspoon chilli flakes

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon smoked Paprikapaprika

1 x bouillon chicken cube

1 x tablespoon honey

1 lemon

Extra virgin olive oil

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to  190 C / Gas 5.

Wash the chicken in lemon water (use half a lemon for this) rinse and pat dry. Make small incisions in the chicken by piercing lightly with a knife. Mix all the dry seasoning in a bowl and season both sides of the chicken.

Drizzle olive oil over the seasoned chicken, for optimum flavour leave to marinate overnight or for up to 2 hours (can be done night before and left to marinate in the fridge until ready to cook, no more than 48 hours).

Heat some oil in a pan, I also like to add a teaspoon of clarified butter which is perfect for giving the chicken skin a golden colour and crispier skin.

Fry the chicken on both sides 3-4 minutes on each side then transfer the pan to the oven or place chicken in baking tray.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.

For the Tilda Peri Peri rice, simply microwave for two minutes or heat in a pan. As the rice is packed with different flavours from smoked paprika to garlic and peppers it requires little seasoning. Best served on a platter with a smokey sauce or relish alongside salad or coleslaw. Perfect for when friends come around or simple family dinner.

For more information on the new Tilda peri Peri Peri rice along with recipe inspiration visit www.tilda.com  

 

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KenKey For Breakfast?

By on January 26, 2018

Yes indeed!

The night before, we bought the kenkey from a lady who my mum has been going to for years here in Lagos. She usually sells her kenkey at night on a small dimly lit stall surrounded by containers of the freshly made food. The making of kenkey involves fermentation, kneading and steaming which takes several hours so it’s usually sold later in the day. It’s served warm wrapped in nylon bag, fried fish and a brown pepper sauce, known as shito.

We ate the kenkey with freshly blended pepper (red sauce), 2 Scotch bonnets, 3 large tomatoes, 1/4 onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt, sprinkled with fresh slices of red onions. Fried fish, tinned sardines or mackerel fillets in sunflower oil is usually the protein for this dish, and sometimes cornbeef and boiled eggs.

Have you tried Kenkey before? xoxo

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM LAGOS

By on January 24, 2018

Happy New Year my loves, I’ve been a little MIA on here and YouTube since Christmas. The festive season took it’s toll on me so I booked a ticket to Lagos to visit my family for a nice little break before I got stuck into work. I’m currently here sitting on the balcony with a cold glass of Nigerian Fanta in-hand typing away. It definitely feels good to be back, the energy is very much alive and I always feel a little revived and inspired whenever i’m here.

The plan is just to relax and spend time with the family and we’ve been doing just that with the occasional outings. My mum has been busy in the kitchen all day cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner and we feel utterly spoilt at her generous hospitality. For breakfast it’s usually fresh brewed tea or milo with sweet agege bread and butter. I don’t have much appetite in the mornings so I wait till midday to eat something savoury and spicy.

Yesterday we went to Hard Rock Cafe which has beautiful views of the ocean and a private beach which we took a stroll on. I feasted on Suya spiced burger (below), wings chips and sangria cocktails, it was heaven.

 

There are a few things I always make sure to enjoy when I’m in Nigeria. It’s currently agbalumo season so I have been eating it non-stop. The Nigerian cherry is the same size as a plum, orange colour with leathery skin speckled with grey & dark spots. When peeled (with your teeth) it unveils it’s sweet flesh and seeds buried underneath. Agbalumo is sweet with sometimes an unbelievable sour tinge the bites the back of your tongue. It’s the sweetness of the fruit I crave and the way the sour flavour of the meaty flesh tickles the back of my throat that makes me go back for more.

Since being here I’ve been able to write up a few posts and ideas for the blog and channel. I’m really looking forward to sharing some exciting delicious and healthy recipes with you in the following months. Is there anything you’d like to see? or any places in Lagos you’d like me to visit?

Let me know down below xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

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WHAT WE HAD FOR CHRISTMAS

By on December 29, 2017

Now that the festive season is over we can now look to the New Year! Our Christmas this year was very simple. I cooked up a mini feast and made room on the dinner table for sweet sticky ribs, peppered oxtails, roast chicken and grilled lamb chops. The Jollof rice took centre stage in place of the Turkey (as it’s everyones favourite) and was served alongside sweet fried plantains and my special palm rice. The Vegetables were (I must say) a little on the simple side with grilled brussel sprouts and carrots.

If there’s anything I certainly want to learn in the New Year it’s to be more creative with vegetables and salads as it’s an area I don’t tend to focus on as much but would certainly love to.

That night we also tucked into a portion of left over Mac n Cheese from the day before which I find to be the perfect accompaniment with jollof rice.

Oxtail recipe:
– 1 onion
– 2 spring onions (scallions)
– Fresh thyme
– 1 scotch bonnet chilli, chopped
– 1 tablespoon freshly chopped ginger
– 2 cloves garlic, chopped
– 1 teaspoon River Dunn’s everyday seasoning
– 2 Knorr stock cubes (or Maggie cubes)
– Salt
– Black pepper
– 1 tablepoon brown sugar (Optional)

Table setting: Ribs, Jollof rice, Plantains, Palm rice, Roast Chicken & Potatoes, Lamb chops, Oxtails & Roasted Veg

Jollof recipe:
1 large onion
1 red bell pepper
2 cans of tin plum tomatoes
2 scotch bonnet chillies
2 Bay leaves
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 knorr stock cubes
Salt

Turkey recipe:
150g of butter
Black pepper
3 cloves grated garlic
1 teaspoon Thyme or mixed herbs
1/2 teaspoon cardamon

Ribs: ( I’ve learnt to keep the base of the ribs simple so it doesn’t over power the glaze).

Dry seasoning:
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
2 Knorr stock cubes (or 1 tsp of all purpose seasoning)
Salt
Black pepper
Freshly chopped garlic
1/2 onion chopped.

Ribs Glaze: Adjust seasoning to preference
4 tablespoons Tomato Ketchup
2 tablespoons white caster sugar or honey
100ml water
75ml Spiced Rum
Soy sauce

 

What did you have on Christmas? xoxox

 

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CHRISTMAS WITH FRIENDS | MY FIRST CHRISTMAS DINNER

By on December 26, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL! 

I’m typing this with my feet up having spent half of the day in the kitchen and the other stuffing my face uncontrollably. I’m content knowing that there is food for the next two days and therefore can fully reside to doing nothing and focus instead on sharing want I’ve learnt from the past week from hosting my first dinner party to surviving Christmas day. I’d say this year was perhaps one of the most relaxing Christmas’s despite not being with the whole fam. The day was spent lounging around, face-timing my parents, cooking, eating, debating and playing board games with my siblings.

I recently hosted my very first Christmas dinner with my BFF’s! It was a night of good food and lot’s of laughs, with bubbly flowing, Michael Buble playing in the background and lot’s of chatter. As i’ve always wanted to host a dinner and it being Christmas I thought it would be the perfect reason to do so.

How did I do it?

Planning…

Firstly the theme, which was white and gold. I used Pintrest and Instagram for Christmas inspiration ideas.

The Menu – Traditional roast with a West African twist. So that was suya spiced turkey  with roast potatoes, jollof rice, Mac n Cheese and fried sweet plantains.

All Christmas table items were from H&M Home (a must visit if you haven’t).

H&M White TableCloth
GOLD CANDLE HOLDERS
GOLD RIM GLASSES
TEA TOWELS
GOLD CUTLERY SET

Setting the table before my friends arrive xoxo

I had so much fun planning and putting this together and look forward to more dinner parties. In my next post I’ll be sharing what I made for our Christmas Meal.

xoxo

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