Crème of Peppersoup shots

This Crème of Peppersoup soup gets served in shot glasses for fun and aesthetics (serious shakara).

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Nigerian peppersoup is an aromatic, intensely flavoured soup made with a blend of native African spices which is good for the body and soul; warming and comforting. It is better than any cold/flu medicine, no joke!

People say it is not really peppersoup if the hot delightful soup doesn’t make you cry and sweat at the same time, this may be true but you know there are also different expressions of food…… So today we bring you beautifully presented peppersoup which won’t make you cry but would definitely have you marvelling at the flavours and wanting for more. So make the soup on a cold night which is every night these days and you will be better for it or serve it at your next dinner party – perfect entrée for that 5 course meal you have been planning to make for your loved ones J

Recipe

4 cups of water
2 teaspoons of pepper soup spices*
2 crayfish/chicken/beef/vegetable stock cubes
1 teaspoon of dry pepper (hot chilli) – more or less according to taste
Sea salt to taste
Crème fraîche
Chopped chives to garnish

Method

  1. Pour water in a soup pot, add pepper soup spices, stock cubes, dry pepper and the lemon grass stalks if using. Allow to simmer on low heat till it comes to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, stir well to combine and gently simmer to allow the flavors develop.
  3. Taste-test the soup for salt and spice, add more salt to taste or more pepper as desired. If too spicy for your taste, add some chicken/vegetable/beef stock.
  4. Strain the soup using a strainer, add 2-3 dollops of crème fraîche and stir really quickly
  5.  Divide soup among small cups or shot glasses and garnish with freshly chopped chives

* You can make your own pepper soup spice blend if you have access to the native spices or you can buy pepper soup spices from any African shop or from www.dvees.com/shop or better still Kitchen Butterfly has a suggested mix for non-Nigerians and Nigerians who don’t have access to the traditional spice mix.

Non-traditional peppersoup spice blend

60g aniseed pepper

50g coriander seeds

50g cumin seeds

50g fennel seeds

30g whole black peppercorns

25g cloves

50g allspice

50g dried ginger

25g ground cinnamon

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Plantain Pancakes with Summer Berries

Madeleines & Macaroons are to France as Speculoos & Praline Cookies are to Belgium

Chocolate & Apfelküchlein are to Switzerland as Amaretti & Tiramisu, Gelato are to Italy

Spotted dick & Bread and butter pudding are to England as ____________are to Nigeria

Do Nigerians do desserts??? Of course we do, it might not be customary but we do desserts!!!! We have had this conversation so many times trying to convince people which is why we relished the challenge to come up with a dessert recipe for Afrolems Christmas Countdown… also helps that we love food, we love ethnic cuisine with a twist and we love Afrolems…. :)

We pondered for a bit on what we could make and then we thought Plantains!!!!!! Ripe Plantains are a starchy and sweet vegetable which can be used in savoury or sweet dishes so we thought it was the perfect main ingredient.

Plantain Pancakes served with summer berries Recipe
Ingredients
1 ripe plantain – mashed up
1 Cup of Plain Flour
2 egg
1 cup of milk
1.5  tsp of baking powder
2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar
A pinch of sea salt
Butter or oil for frying

Method
Mash plantains in a bowl with a potato masher until puree
Add remaining ingredients and stir until fully combined
Heat skillet over medium-high heat, add oil.
Pour batter into the frying pan until your pancake is the desired size.
Cook for 2-3 minutes until each side is golden brown
Continue with remaining batter, adding oil to your pan as needed.
Serve with berries and cream or maple syrup or strawberry sauce or chocolate sauce or whatever you fancy really

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Smoked Salmon Plantains

Smoked salmon plantains – beautiful moreish little morsels of a Nigerian inspired canapé – easy, impressive and perfect for post Christmas Entertaining

Steps to assembling your smoked salmon plantain canapé

  • Serve the fried plantains on a warm plates
  • Add a tablespoon of cream cheese or creme fraiche
  • Top with slices of smoked salmon
  • Garnish with chopped chives
  • Serve.

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DVees Shakara Cuisine Seasoning Collection

There’s a Latin saying that says Savoury seasonings stimulate the appetite, we totally agree and are extremely excited to introduce…..
 
 
DVees Shakara Cuisine Seasoning Collection:
 
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1. DVees Suya Pepper Rub – a delightful mix of roasted peanuts and spices; excellent rub for red meat.
Suya (n) – flame-grilled strips of well-seasoned spicy beef on a skewer; popular street food in West Africa, originally from the Hausa people of northern Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger 

2. DVees Sweet Rub – perfect for hot chocolate or coffee. Try sprinkling on French toast, pancakes, fruits & cereal. For a twist; add to cakes before baking and dust over biscuit.  Use to caramelise nuts or meat while roasting.

3. DVees African Pepper Soup Spice Blend – an aromatic, intensely flavoured blend of African herbs.

Nigerian pepper soup is good for the soul; warming and comforting. It is the soup that soothes all ails; down with the flu, just had a baby, recovering from malaria, need a hug, etc.

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Shakara Cuisine [sha-ka-ra] – Elaborate and skilfully prepared Ethnic cuisine with a modern twist.
 

DVees Yam Salad – don’t knock it until you try it.

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