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A few weeks ago, I met up with some friends in New York for Memorial day weekend. Ok maybe not a few weeks ago but about a month ago and it was a swell time. To be honest, New York reminds me very much of my beloved city Toronto so I didn’t really feel like I was in a completely new environment except it was bigger. It was a rainy weekend and it was freezing but sight seeing still had to happen.
As I walked through the streets of Manhattan, I noticed something that I found a little odd. In addition to the hotdog and Falafel stands, there were a lot of honey roasted nut stands. I mean I love peanuts, honey roasted or salted but I didn’t realize they deserved a whole stand on the street but I guess it’s part of the food culture over there.
After a lot of sight seeing, my friends and I decided it was dinner time and I had heard about this restaurant in Brooklyn named Buka. It was featured on CNN and all that great stuff so the foodie in me convinced everyone that it would be worth the journey. After several train rides and getting lost, we finally arrived our destination and as we swung open the door, a chorus of laughter and clinking glasses filled our ears. I already felt at home. As the waitress (who happened to be a caucasian lady) ushered us to our seats, I began scanning the restaurant. I saw a few fine brothas *wink wink* and a lot of friends hanging out and just generally having a great time. The ambience was really nice. Dim lights, jazz in the background, laughter just filling the air. Our waiter attended to us on time, he was friendly but also from his accent sounded Jamaican or like he was from the Islands. We ordered our appetizers, drinks(chapman) and main course. The presentation for the appetizer wasn’t bad at all. We got suya as an appetizer. I wasn’t too pleased however with the presentation of my jollof rice. But then again, Nigerians value quantity when eating. I felt it was a bit too slapped on the plate here you go type serving. Taste – wise, I felt it could use a little more seasoning especially for the Egusi soup I tried. Overall, it wasn’t a bad dining experience, I just felt a little more work on the dishes and presentation would put it right up there. I would however recommend it if you are in Brooklyn or just New York generally, you should check them out.
Their address is 946 Fulton Street Brooklyn, New York 11238
Enjoy the pictures
What has been your New York Dining experience if you have ever been?
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For the contemporary woman who wants to cook rich and sumptuous meals for her loved ones, De Rica is the tomato paste that livens up your dishes with its rich red colour, as it is made from 100% natural and best quality tomatoes from Italy. It has always been synonymous with high quality and is an essential kitchen ingredient for creating delicious stews, soups, jollof rice and lots of other Nigerian classics.
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Have you ever thought about precolonial love? If we had never been exposed to pasta Alfredo or even Jollof rice what would we consider “romantic food”. Well in my opinion, nothing says ‘I love you’ more than Vegetable soup in this case Afang soup with an assortment of meat, snails, tripe and fish. For that traditional lover, give your significant other a meal that would make their heart sing. Enjoy XoXo
“Rice is good. Rice is life. If you want to get a life, just eat rice!” How is that for rhymes? I saw that quote somewhere and thought it was funny. Anywhoo, on this 2nd day of the valentine month, I bring to you familiar dishes on a nigerian menu. Showing your significant other you love them is cooking them things that bring them joy. I don’t know about you all but Jollof Rice brings me joy and so does Moin Moin. I decided to add a little flavour to my Moin Moin this time. I made several batches with different seafoods but would just be displaying the shrimp moin moin. I hope you enjoy making and serving the red shades of Jollof rice, moin moin and stewed beef to your loved one/ones. Enjoy XoXo
I cannot believe this blog has been up and running for as long as it has been and doesn’t have the recipe for party jollof rice. Please forgive me dear Blog followers. Jollof rice is a dish that every nigerian chef seems to make differently. I prefer my jollof rice very spicy and tasting like party jollof rice. For the non-nigerian followers of this blog, Jollof rice is one of the favorites of Nigerians at parties, in their homes, in nigerian restaurants. You can also learn how to make it yourself now. Hope you enjoy my recipe for Party Jollof Rice.
2 Bay leaves
2 Cups of Rice
3 Cups of water
1 Clove of garlic
3 Cubes of Maggi
A pinch of Thyme
2 Teaspoons of Salt
1 Small bulb of Onion
3 Scotch Bonnet Peppers
1 Teaspoon of dry pepper
1 Teaspoon of curry powder
1 Small can of Tomato puree
7 Medium sized Roma Tomatoes
2 Cooking spoons of Vegetable Oil
*Wash rice by rubbing the rice between your palms in a bowl of water and draining the water till clear.
Blend tomatoes, pepper and garlic and bring to boil till the excess water dries up.
Heat up vegetable oil and pour in chopped onions and fry. Pour in the can of tomato puree and fry.
Pour in blended tomato and pepper mix into the pot and stir in. Pour in salt, dry pepper, curry, thyme, bay leaves and maggi cubes.
Allow it to simmer on low heat for 3 minutes.
Reduce the heat to the lowest level and pour in the washed rice. Pour in the water and stir and leave on low heat for 20 minutes or till the rice is soft.
Tip: To get the party rice flavor, increase the heat on the rice and burn the bottom of the pot with the pot covered and stir the rice after 3 minutes of burning.
Stir the rice and serve with any protein of your choice.
Afrolems is a registered Exhibitor at the Lydia and Co conference hosted by www.balanceliving.org and we would be handing out Recipe cards at this conference. If you are female and live in the Toronto area, you should definitely come out to the conference. Shout out to HD Printing Press for hooking me up with the Recipe Card. Here is a sample recipe card. See you there.
Dear Afrolems lovers,
Hope Your weekend is awesome so far…So this weekend i had a hearty meal..i would like to call it Jollof Rice with a twist. Some people say its called Jellof Rice and for my Non-Nigerian friends its Tomato Rice. Anyway here is the recipe with some pictures to hopefully inspire you to create this beautiful meal.
*5 pieces Chicken
*2 Cups of Rice
*7 small Tomatoes
*5 pieces of pepper (yes i like my food spicy)
* 1/2 green and red bell peppers
*3 Cooking spoons of oil (could be vegetable, canola, peanut, olive)
*cole slaw pack ( carrots, cabbage, onions)
* 1 sausage (chicken or pork)
*5 pieces of shrimp chopped
* 1 stick of plantain
* 5 cubes of Maggi Cube
* 1 teaspoon of curry
* a pinch of thyme
* 1 bulb of Onion
* 1 table spoon of tomato puree
* 1 Tablespoon of Mayonnaise ( Or any salad dressing of Your Choice)
* 3 teaspoons of salt
* 2 table spoons of dry pepper
* 3 Cups of water
* Wash the Chicken and boil with one cup of water, one tablespoon of dry pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 cubes of Maggi cube and a table spoon of chopped onions for 20 minutes.
* Wash the tomato and pepper and blend and boil till the water dries. But reserve one piece of tomato for the salad.
*Wash the rice till the water is reasonably clear and set aside
* Boil the sausage
* Chop up the bell peppers and onions
* Separate the chicken from its stock and heat up one spoon of oil and fry the chicken till brown and set aside
*Heat up the remaining oil and fry the onions, blended tomato and tomato puree.
* Add the Chicken stock, curry, thyme, maggi and shrimp
*Add the washed rice and stir in once and add water allow to cook on low heat till the rice is soft.
*Mix the coleslaw, sausages and mayonaise
* Cut the plantain in whatever shape is desired and fry.
* When Rice is soft, take it off the fire and serve warm.
By Now you get the idea that it was indeed a hearty meal…Have fun making it