How to make Okra soup

 

Okra is also know as (ladies fingers) its a popular soup in African. Easy to make and one does not need to break a bank to make this yummy soup. Okra are low on calories,good source of Vitamin C, k and folates(folic acid).

Ingredients:

200 grams Okra
200 grams cleaned beef tongue
1 stock fish (in this case hydrated dry cod)
100 grams frozen seafood mix(optional)
1/2 knorr cube
1 teaspoon ground crayfish
4 tablespoons palm  oil
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 small onion- diced
1 Tilapia Fish- scaled and gutted( cut into 4 pieces and deep fried)
Salt to taste

soup preparation:

  1. Wash and cut okra into tiny pieces using a knife
  2. Pour oil on a low heat pot, allow to heat up add onions and okra together, fry for 4 minutes util its starts to draw (turns slimy)
  3. Add  meat, stock fish, broth, seafood mix and stir togther
  4. Add pepper, crayfish, knorr, salt and stir well. Cover to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes
  5. Serve with either fufu, pounded yam or semolina

Notes:

The stock fish i used was dry and re-hydrated cod and was cooked for 40 minutes until tender. The beef tongue was also precooked and tender. When making okra soup you can use almost any meat or fish of your choice.

 

Organic homemade Quinoa flour

Quinoa is a gluten- free and contains huge amount of protein.
It can be use to make bread, cookies, smoothies,pizza and baby cereal


Ingredients

1 cup of organic white quinoa
Directions
Wash the quinoa twice in a bowl of clean water.
Transfer it in a sieve and allow the water to drip away from the quinoa.
Heat a pan on a low heat, pour in the washed quinoa.
Roast the quinoa for 5-10 minutes until golden brown.
Allow to cool then transfer into a blender/nutribullet.

Blend into a fine flour.

 

Can be stored in a container for future use.

Banana quinoa pudding for baby



Ingredients

1 cup white organic quinoa
1.5 ripe banana
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups of water/formula.
 
Directions
Rinse quinoa in clean water to remove any dirt.
Place in a small pot, add water to cover and cook for about 15 minutes on medium heat.
When properly cooked add in the cinnamon, olive oil and banana, blend everything together using a hand held blender and serve.
It can also be served without blending, just mash up the banana with a fork.

Organic rice flour for making baby cereal 6-8 months

Ingredients
1/2 cup organic brown rice
1/2 white rice
 
Directions
Wash the rice twice in a bowl of clean water.
Transfer it in a sieve and allow water to drip away from the rice.
Heat a pan on a low heat, pour in the washed rice.
Roast the rice for 5-10 minutes.
Allow to cool down then transfer into a blender or nutribullet
Blend into a fine flour.
The flour can be used to make baby rice cereal and it can be store in a container for future use.

How to prepare Nigeria pap/Ogi/Akamu

Dissolve little portion of pap in cold water to form a smooth paste.
Add boiling water till it thickens, then stir the Ogi, if its too thick for your liking, add a few drops of hot water.
Serve hot with the sweetener of your choice, it can be sugar, dates or honey.

 

If you are serving some portion to your baby i suggest you use pear or apple puree.
 
To obtain the pink/red color, just add a few drops of Ribena juice concentrate.

Ripe plantain puree

 

 

 
Ingredient
  • 1/2 ripe plantain
  • 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter
  • 100ml baby formula/ water

 

Peel and cut the plantain, put into a pot
Cook for about 10 minutes until the plantain is soft
Transfer to a food processor, add 100ml baby formula or water to the mix and blend until smooth.

 

Add small amount of organic unsalted butter and serve.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Home made Pap (Ogi)


           

Most families in Nigeria make pap for breakfast. Pap is made from corn

Growing up back home in Nigeria i was brought up with pap and i decided to make some for my baby so he can get used to the Nigerian/African cuisine. I have been wanting to make pap for a long time, and when i finally decided to give it a try last week, it turned out great.

Ingredients:

1 kg yellow dry  corn
Blender
Sieve / cheesecloth

Procedure:

Soak corn in water for 4-5 days until tender
Change the water every day
Blend the corn in a blender until smooth
Sieve corn to remove corn chaff
Let the liquid mixture settle for 3 hours
Pour out the excess water, the pap will settle at the bottom of the bowl
Transfer into a cheesecloth/ bag so the water can drip away
Pap can be stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to prepare it