Food Hacks ( Eggs)

Holla from my Mama’s kitchen to yours……

We are all about our Eggs today.

Here are some  very useful tips/ Hacks for you Food Lovers…..

 

booiled egg

Peel Your eggs easily by putting them into a glass, a jar or a bowl with a little bit of cold water and shake shake shake.. the shell will literally fall off.

shake it up eggs

Alternatively, add some ice into your bowl of boiled eggs and peel easily.

evenly peeled eggs

baking soda egg

stages of boilrd eggstages of boiled egg

egg freshness

 

 

These useful tips help us in many ways than we think you know; I could vouch for the Onion tip……

I know you love them!! you are welcome…..  Now, Remember to share….

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FREJON- A delicacy for GoodFriday .

 Easter is almost here once again and of course I had to repost  the most important recipe from my mother’s kitchen.

Hello!!! “FREJON”……… Basically, FREJON  is the Portuguese word for beans.

This pudding is made  up of black beans, cooked slowly overnight over wood or charcoal fire, and then mixed with coconut milk to form a thick, sweet, smooth pudding.(this is how it was done in the old days hence the charcoal fire haha)

It is a coconut bean soup which is eaten especially during Holy Week

For those that know, join the conversation and for those that don’t; welcome to the conversation and this recipe is just for you…..

WHAT YOU WILL BE NEEDING (INGREDIENTS).

( 1). COCONUTS.coconut

(2 ). BLACK BEANS (EWA IBEJI) .images-24

(3).GRANULATED SUGAR.sugar

                               METHODS &PREPARATION.

For 2 Large cups of dark brown beans , you will be needing 8 coconuts.

1. Pick the beans,  then wash and cook without salt until the beans is soft and tender.

2.When  the beans is cool, blend the beans and sieve the blended beans into a large bowl using warm water.

3.Extract the shaft in beans with a sieve ;If you seive for the first time and you do not have a mixture that is not sediment free, do it again.

4. Break the coconuts, separate the shell from the white Kernel and then grate or blend .

5. Add hot water to the blended coconut to extract all the milk from it using a sieve.

6. Pour the coconut milk into a large bowl .   (some will use coconut milk).

7. Finally, Pour both of  the mixtures into a large pot to avoid spill over when cooking. Add enough Sugar to taste, then allow to cook/boil until it thickens.The beans is boiled to a thick soft paste and blended with  the coconut milk.

 

 

If it looks like the photo in this post then well done…. and if it does not its the first of many trials… don’t give up…...

Frejon could be enjoyed  with Fried Fish ,peppered snail and fried stew and  of course some Garri  Ijebu over it.

FYI, my mother still  has not missed a Frejon year since I have known her …. it is totally delicious and amazeballs(wink).

You still h still have enough time to get the required ingredients to  prepare this dish ahead of Good Friday, You can  enjoy this dish like I also will.

Now go try it out and let me know how it turns out Food Lovers…….

 

 

INTERNAL BODY CLEANSER

Holla!! from My Mama’s Kitchen to your Kitchen……

we are  all about getting our bodies clean and healthy …

Today’s Recipe is an Internal body cleanser.A cleansing diet is needed because we constantly breathe in  toxic air, smoke and fumes. And while our bodies are always removing these toxins, it becomes increasingly harder the older we get. These unnatural substances build up inside our bodies and cause many different health problems. This makes it necessary to cleanse internally.

This Recipe is a very good detox for your body and also adds loads of nutrients.

While body cleansing does go hand in hand with detoxing and fasting, there are many times when we want to cleanse a specific part of our body. We might want to do this to detoxify an area to get it “flowing” again, or we might have a problem in that area. This is when specific juice cleanses come in handy.

Remember our bodies all work differently so you really have to understand your body and what works best for you.

These are only helpful tips and suggestions and as you go along you’d figure out your “Body Winner”

 

internal body cleanser

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

SPINACHspinach

  • Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.
  • The wealth of vitamin K provided by spinach is important for maintaining bone health.

 

KALEkale

  • Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat.
  • Kale is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content.

 

GREEN APPLEgreen apple

  • Green apple contains a lot of fiber, which helps clean the system and increases metabolism. This, therefore, helps in free bowel movement.
  • Green Apple is a great food when it comes to weight watchers. People on  a diet and/or are regular gym goers should and must include one apple in their every day diet. It also collects the fats in the blood vessels and helps in maintaining proper blood flow to the heart preventing the chances of strokes.

 

PEARpear

  • the combination of apples/pears ranked as the second highest source of flavonols among all fruits and vegetables
  • Pears are one of the highest fiber fruits,  offering six grams per medium-sized fruit, helping you meet your daily requirement of 25 to 30 grams. Filling up on fiber keeps you regular to prevent a bloated belly caused by constipation, which also helps prevent colon cancer. A diet high in fiber can also keep your cholesterol levels down.

 

 

Now go on and try it out  Food Lovers and remember to share and add your comments …. have a great detox…..

 

Tips

  • Blend in Stages to avoid having Leafy chunks.
  • Avoid Sweeteners if you can.
  • Always add the ice last. Otherwise you may over blend the ice and it will make your smoothie watery

 

DETOX SMOOTHIE

Holla!! from My Mama’s Kitchen to your Kitchen……

If the idea of detoxing leaves a bad taste in your mouth, it’s time to try one of these shakes to try to prove to yourself that it doesn’t have to taste bad.

Take matters into your own hands and make your own smoothies from scratch  would give you quality control and allow you to only use ingredients  that you think are delicious.  The simple rule is DO NOT add an ingredient if you don’t like it just because of its detoxifying properties, because you won’t stick with it.

Green smoothies are Super-easy and very healthy.

You get all of the fruit flavor of a smoothie, plus all of the vitamins and minerals from vegetables. Try not to be put off by the color, this actually tastes pretty good and is great for digestion.

 

 

green detox smoothie

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

 

PINEAPPLEpineapple

  • Immune system support and Bone strength.
  • Pineapple is a delicious fruit that adds a wonderful, sweet flavor to smoothies. It also contains an enzyme, called bromelain, that helps improve digestion and cleanses the colon. Just be careful when adding pineapple to a smoothie with dairy products. The high acid content of the fruit can curdle milk.

 

SPINACHspinach

  •  Spinach is high in zinc,  protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.
  • Spinach is good for Healthy skin and hair.

 

BANANABANANA

  • Bananas may help with weight loss. They are low in calories, high in nutrients and fiber, and may have appetite reducing effects.
  • Bananas are a good dietary source of potassium and magnesium, two nutrients that are essential for heart health.

 

CELERYcelery

  • Celery regulates the body’s alkaline balance, thus protecting you from problems caused by an overly acidic diet.
  • Celery aids digestion, some say celery tastes like “crunchy water,” and this may be part of the reason why it is so good for our digestive system. The high water content of celery, combined with the insoluble fiber in it, makes it a great tool for easy passage of stool.

 

GINGERGINGER

  • Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain.
  • Ginger has been shown to speed up emptying of the stomach in people with this condition.

 

CHIA SEEDchia seed

  • Chia seeds contain a decent amount of protein.
  • Many health experts believe that chia seeds can help with weight loss.

 

LIMELIME

  • The health benefits of lime include weight loss, skin care, improved digestion, and relief from constipation.
  • Limes are powerful little citrus fruits. Packed with vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, the fruits also help to restore the acid and alkaline balance in your body. This makes it easier for your body to naturally flush out toxins.

Now go on and try it out  Food Lovers and remember to share and add your comments …. have a great detox…..

 

 

TIPS

  • Organic produce is the way to go when making a green smoothie, because you don’t want herbicides and pesticides to impede your detox progress.
  • Blend in Stages to avoid having Leafy chunks.

LIME AND WATERMELON JUICE

lime and watermelon juicelime and water melonwatermelon and lime

Holla!! from My Mama’s Kitchen to your Kitchen……

We are all about our Juices today…

This refreshing juice for the Summer will help cool the body, calm the digestion and cleanse the system and may even have aphrodisiac qualities. what more could you ask from a juice? it even looks enticing.

The real magic of this drink, however,lies in its flavour. the light , watermelon taste is fresh on the palate, while the honey warms the throat- but  it is the tart lime that gives it the edge.

 

WHAT YOU WILL BE NEEDING (INGREDIENTS)

  1. 1Watermelon
  2. 1litre13/4 pints/4cups chilled water
  3. juice 0f 2 limes
  4. clear honey to taste
  5. ice cubes to serve
  6. Mint Leaves ( optional)

 

 

 

METHODS &PREPARATION.

STEP 1.

Wash all produce well.

 

STEP 2.

Chop the watermelon into chunks, cutting off skin and removing the seeds.

 

STEP 3.

In batches, puree the  watermelon along with  lime juice.

 

STEP 4.

Strain it ( This is optional )

 

STEP 5.

Add ice cubes along with the mint in a pitcher.

 

STEP 6.

Pour the juice.

 

STEP 7.

Add in some honey to taste and stir to combine.

 

Serve and enjoy.

 

 

 

HEALTH BENEFITS.

WATERMELONwatermelon

  •  Watermelon contains fiber, which encourages a healthy digestive tract and helps keep you regular.
  • Vitamin A is stellar for your skin, and just a cup of watermelon contains nearly one-quarter of your daily recommended intake of it.
  • “Watermelons are the perfect example of a food that can help you stay hydrated.”

 

LIMELIME

  • Lime juice and its natural oils are very beneficial for skin when consumed.
  • Lime has a large amounts of vitamin C and Flavonoids.
  • The citric acid present in lime is an excellent fat burner.

 

HONEYhoney

  • Honey is a blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids that has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties.
  • Honey and lemon juice as well as honey and Cinnamon help in reducing weight.
  • Honey contains Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron.

 

Now go on and try it out  Food Lovers and remember to share and add your comments …. have a great detox…..

 

 

TIPS:

Lime Juice: The amount can range anywhere from 1/2 to 1 cup depending upon the sweetness of the watermelon and the amount of tang that you prefer.

CHIN CHIN (A Nigerian Snack)

 

Hello From my Mama and Grandma’s kitchen.. to your Kitchen…

Today’s recipe is CHIN-CHIN

Nigerian Chin Chin is a crunchy deep-fried snack, and quite easy to make.
It’s also a big party favorite and is usually served at parties as an appetizer .

Chin chin is a nice quick snack for guests and suitable as a movie night snack for the family and of course, Kids love it too.

we should get to this interesting Recipe already right!!….

For those that know how to prepare this dish , join the conversation and for those that don’t; welcome to the conversation and this recipe is just for you…..

 

WHAT YOU WILL BE NEEDING (INGREDIENTS)

  1.  6 cups FLOURflour 2
  2. 10 tablespoon SUGARsugar
  3.  2 cups BUTTERbutter
  4. 1 cup MILK(optional)milk
  5. VEGETABLE OILcooking oil
  6. 1 1/2 tsp BAKING POWDERbaking powder
  7.  3 EGGSegg 2

 

 

 

 

METHODS &PREPARATION.

 

STEP 1.

mix flour, baking powder and egg .mix all these ingredients together.

 

STEP 2.

knead the dough until its smooth.knead dough and roll out on a flat surface using a rolling pin.

 

STEP 3.

place some flour on the chopping board or flat surface.

 

STEP 4.

flatten dough out until it is about 1/2 inch thick and cut the dough into little squares, each square about 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch.

 

STEP 5.

place some oil on the stove on medium heat and allow for the oil to heat up. once the oil is hot place a hand full of the chopped pastry into the oil.

 

STEP 6.

it is okay if the oil foams when you drop your pastry in.. just stir it around and it ‘ll be fine.

allow for chin chin deep fry until it is golden brown.

 

STEP 7.

place the fried chin chin on a paper towel to soak up the oil.

 

Now that’s how you make Chin Chin.. go on and try it out  Food Lovers and remember to share ….

If it looks  anything like the photo in this post then well done…. and if it does not its the first of many trials… don’t give up…..try again…

 

 

 

TIPS

  • You could keep for a long period(about 4 weeks) if stored properly in airtight containers.

Today’s kitchen Hacks.

Hello from my mama’s kitchen to your kitchen…….

here are some useful kitchen tips for you today….

Trust me, they do come in handy ……

 

TODAY’S TIPS

  1. If two drinking glasses become stuck together after stacking them, Just put ice in the inner glass and dunk the outer glass in warm water. The warm glass will expand and the cold glass will contract, making the glasses separate easily.
  2. To help old wooden drawers (without runners) open and close smoothly, rub a candle on the tracks.
  3. To clean cast iron cook wear, don’t use detergents. Just scrub them with salt and a clean, dry paper towel.
  4. For aluminum pans that are looking dull, just boil some apple peels in them. This will brighten up the aluminum and make your house smell yummy.
  5. To clean an electric kettle with calcium buildup on the heating element, boil a mixture of half white vinegar and half water, then empty.
  6. Toothpaste is always a great silver cleaner.

 

That’s all for today… i hope they help you somehow…..As always,  Remember to share with others.