The weather around here is not the type one can ask for right now. It is so windy that if you are not careful and you lose your balance, you may find yourself in the next street. I was home today and I couldn’t think of what to cook in this confused weather, I was thinking something quick and spicy. I checked my freezer for what to cook and yes! Pepper soup called to me
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I thought I love banga soup (Niger-Delta style) until I tried Ofe Akwu (Ibo style) and God I have been hooked since then. Ofe Akwu is versatile, affordable and easy to cook. I’m yet to try abak atama soup, basically because of the Adrian fruit (Uyayak). I have a thing for that fruit and I always say to myself It will never go into my soups but hey! never say never.
‘Iya Basira’s’ stew has been saving lives since forever. I must confess here, I have had a few share of iya basira’s beef stew (Iya Basira is an alias for some of the many women who owns a buka or ‘mama put’ in common parlance). In fact one of my friends used to say the dirtier the better simply meaning that the more skanky the restaurant (Buka) looks, the better the food tastes.
The Yoruba’s have a saying that “obe ti baale ile kii nje, iyawo ile o gbodo se” meaning “a wife does not prepare a delicacy her husband does not want or eat”. Well I beg to disagree, hahaha with the hope that my ancestors wouldn’t mind.
What brought this on? Bae doesn’t like peanuts, and well he is kind of allergic to it. Each time I bring up the idea of cooking groundnut soup,
The Okazi leaf is mostly used in the eastern part of Nigeria. I recently had a request for lumpy egusi on my blog although, I have other types of egusi soup (melon seed) cooked with uwgu but I thought it’s high time I made another type of egusi and since some of my readers are now requesting for it. I enjoy egusi soup in any form it comes.
Today I am dedicating this post to my igbo friends. I was on the phone to my friend the other day and I told her I am cooking ofe onugbu but I don’t have ogiri, she just told me don’t bother. She said if you give a non ibo man maybe he would eat but an ibo person would definitely not like it and that got me thinking for a minute. I told myself, if I’m cooking this soup, I better do it right.
As easy as this soup is, I always make a call to my mum still, to ask for the recipe all over again each time I need to cook it (don’t ask me, I don’t know why I do it). My mama makes the best okra soup ever, whether plain or the one pot soup and she doesn’t mess about in the kitchen, she knows her onions. I made this okra soup on Sunday after church and I couldn’t help but share with my fellow foodies.
This stew is different from ‘ayamase’ simply because of the choice of pepper. Green bell pepper is used for ayamase but if you want the proper local taste, then I think you should try it with the red bell pepper and some tomatoes. To be honest I didn’t discover ayamase until I was in my 20’s.
What better way to enjoy the pumpkin season other than cooking the pumpkin leaves or ugwu as it is popularly called in Nigeria. I love ugwu so much but what I love more is the way my mum cooks hers. I’ll never forget the way Naija women chop the vegetable, no trained chef can beat them to it.