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How to cook Bitterleaf Soup (Ofe Onugbu)

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Ingredients :

Washed and squeezed bitterleaf – A handful
10 small corms Cocoyam
3 cooking spoons Red Palm Oil
Assorted Beef: Includes best cut, shaki (cow tripe)
Assorted Fish: Dry Fish and Stock Fish
Pepper, salt and ground crayfish (to taste)
3 stock cubes
1 teaspoon Ogiri Igbo (traditional seasoning)

Notes about the ingredients :

If you are outside Nigeria, you can use dried, washed and squeezed bitter leaves but you need to first of all make the bitter leaves soft and fresh again before adding them to the soup.
If you cannot buy cocoyam corms where you live, you can use cocoyam flour. An alternative to cocoyam flour is potato flour. See how to prepare the cocoyam flour or potato flour before adding it to your soup at: How to Cook Nigerian Soups with Flour as Thickener.
Ogiri Igbo is optional, it gives Bitterleaf Soup a traditional taste.

Before you cook Bitterleaf Soup : 

Make sure that the bitter leaves are well washed, such that there is no trace of bitterness left. If not, wash and squeeze it more. If the bitterness cannot be completely washed off (which is usually the case with most washed bitter leaves sold in the market), boil it for about 15 minutes and wash in cold water.image: http://www.allnigerianrecipes.com/images/pound-cocoyam.jpg
Wash and cook the cocoyam till soft. Remove the peels and use a mortar and pestle to pound the corms to a smooth paste (as shown).

Cooking Directions :

Boil the shaki (cow tripe), stock fish and dry fish in 1 litre of water till they are well done. First sign of a done shaki is that the cuts will start curling on itself.
Wash the beef and add to the pot of shaki etc. and continue cooking. When the meat is done, add 3 cubes of Maggi/Knorr and cook for 5 minutes.image: http://www.allnigerianrecipes.com/images/cocoyam-lumps.jpg
Add pepper, ground crayfish, bitter leaves (if they have not been parboiled) and cook for 10 minutes. Then add the cocoyam paste (in small lumps) and the palm oil then go to step 5.
Note: If the bitter leaves were parboiled to remove the bitterness, then for step 3; add pepper, ground crayfish, the cocoyam paste (in small lumps), the bitter leaves and the palm oil. In other words, add all the ingredients at this stage.
Cover the pot and leave to cook on high heat till all the cocoyam lumps have dissolved. You can add more water if you feel that the soup is too thick.
Add salt to taste and the soup is ready

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Spice Crusted Sweet Potato Wedges (Tested)

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Ingredients

3 lb. sweet potatoes or yams, unpeeled, sliced into wedges

3 tbsp. oil

1 tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted

1 tbsp. nigella seeds (or poppy seeds)

1 tbsp. dried garlic flakes

1 tbsp. dried onion flakes

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. curry powder

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425.

Cut the sweet potatoes into wedges, about 6 to 8 per potato, depending on the size and shape of your potato. Put them into a large bowl and drizzle them with the oil.

Mix all the rest of the seeds and spices together in a small bowl. Toss this mixture over the potatoes and mix all together.

Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, turning once during the baking time.

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Lamb Souvlaki

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Karen Mintzias 1 Leg of lamb; boned, cubed*

5 Baby lamb sweetbreads, opt.*

4 Baby lamb kidneys, opt. *

1/4 c Olive oil

Lemon’s juice 1/4 c Wine

1/4 ts Thyme

1/4 ts Oregano

1/4 ts Rosemary

1 Bay leaf; crushed

2 Garlic cloves; crushed

Freshly ground black pepper 8 Bay leaves; cut

Firm tomatoes (opt); 1/4’d Green peppers (opt); cubed Salt Oregano and lemon quarters *Note: Lamb meat(s) should be cut into cubes the size of walnuts. Place the lamb, sweetbreads, and kidney cubes in a large non-aluminum bowl. Make a marinade of the oil, lemon juice, wine, herbs, garlic, and pepper and pour over the meat. Marinate in the refrigerator, preferably overnight, or for at least 3 hours. Thread the meat on long skewers alternating the bay leaves with the tomatoes and peppers, if desired. Grill over hot coals or broil 6 inches from the heat, brushing with the remaining marinade and turning frequently. Season with salt and pepper, then remove the meat from the skewers to a warm platter and crush oregano over the top. Garnish with lemon quarters and serve hot.

Source : cookdiary.net

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Spicy Falafels

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoon sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 can KOO Chickpea, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • Handful parsley, chopped, or 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 egg, beaten

KITCHEN GADGETS:

Large pan, large mixing bowl, fork/potato masher

METHOD:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pan, then fry the onion and garlic over a low heat for 5 minutes until softened.
  2. Add into a large mixing bowl with the chickpeas and spices then mash together with a fork or potato masher until the chickpeas are totally broken down.
  3. Stir in the parsley or dried herbs, with seasoning to taste. Add the egg then mash the mixture together with your hands.
  4. Mould the mix into 6 balls and flatten into patties. Heat the remaining oil in the pan, then fry the falafels on a medium heat for 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown and firm. Serve hot or cold with couscous, pitta bread or salad.
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