Ramblings of a hungry, sleep deprived student… Part 2

Princess Vee (lool) has been unusually hyper lately. Some days ago, I started feeling like V2 and decided I was going to go on a cooking spree. Days like this always end up being – me cooking more than I can handle, cooking more food than I can eat, cooking like 4/5 things at the same time (2 amazing dishes, 1 okay dish and 1/2 burnt). When I get in this mood, I can cook for ages and still be hyper after especially if people are around to eat with me (very strange)

I decided to make Singapore rice noodles, sweet and sour sauce, gizzard, special fried rice and jollof rice. My certified food taster was there…….. The special fried rice was a disaster; that is what I burnt. The Singapore rice noodles and sweet and sour sauce were actually quite impressive as it was the first time I made it and I didn’t follow any recipe (V3 will be mad)..

I will keep on trying to perfect my skills. By May, I will be cooking perfect Chinese food. I am looking for more food tasters. Any volunteers?

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Ramblings of a hungry, sleep deprived student…Part 1

I haven’t written a post in ages; between lectures/labs, maid of honour duties, Panafrik (our UCLU ACS explosive show – 9 February 2013; showcasing of an eclectic mix of African and Caribbean culture; spoken word, dance, drama, fashion, etc), tutoring, SLEEPING, I just haven’t had the time. Been crying to my sisters to send me coolers of food, they havent responded but I am hopeful…… 🙂
 
Last weekend, I decided to finally cook and I was feeling adventurous and decided to go beyond the standard chicken stew, jollof rice and pasta most Nigerian students live on. As there’s usually no time for fancy cooking my strategy is to make sauces that would add an ooomph to my standard meals. They have turned my rice and stew, pasta and indomie noodles dishes from basic fares to amazing….. 
 
My sauce list obviously includes prawn sauces. I am a huge seafood lover and any well seasoned prawns tossed in a tasty sauce will make me happy. I have tried various recipes with prawns. Peppered soy sauce and garlic prawns for the days I feel like having spicy food to DVees Whipped cream prawn sauce for the days I am unusually hyper and craving sweet food. V3 made this over Christmas and I was in heaven. 
 
The next is dodo gizzard. I am in love with dodo gizzard. The only thing better than fried plantain or peppered gizzard is peppered gizzard and fried plantain mixed together. It transforms my indomie noodles to a scrumptious meal. For the days I cant be bothered to go to Kilburn to buy gizzard, I use beef instead of gizzard. It is not the same but a good substitute.
 
Lastly is a normal mix veg, chopped peppers, tomatoes and diced chicken sauce, for a different twist add fresh lemon juice and minced garlic. 
 
All of these sauces take an average of 20 minutes to cook. It is quick and easy to make and it makes a huge difference. 
I leave you with my lemon and garlic prawn recipe which any student can whip up in less than 15 minutes.. 
Lemon and Garlic Prawn Recipe
 
Ingredients:
2 pounds Tiger Prawns
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 to 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 
1 bunch green onions, with a few inches of green, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped parsley
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon dried leaf basil
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt 
1 magi stock cube
a handful of chopped bell peppers
 
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Preparation:
Place prawns in a glass bowl. 
Stir remaining ingredients except the pepper together; pour over shrimp 
Cover and marinate for 2 hours
Pour oil in a frying pan, add peppers and fry over medium heat for 3 minutes
Add prawns mixture to the pan and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes
Tip – Marinate the prawns overnight or skip the marinating process

Playing V2: House Warming!!!!

So, my flatmates and I did a house warming. I got to play V2 for a day. I was excited and went a bit overboard when I was trying to write a menu, I wrote like 12 dishes. I was trying to be superwoman like V2. Quick Story: I went to hers on Saturday. She was in the kitchen as she is most times. In the 3 hours I was there, I had Efo and Prawns, A bacon wrap, Roast Chicken, cakes and some sort of drink she made. She really likes cooking. Anyway back to my housewarming, my flatmates and I eventually decided on 8 dishes.

My flatmates were the perfect co-chefs. We all mixed our cooking skills together. Onyi and Fums made the Jollof Rice and Chicken – it was lovely. Apparently, the chicken tasted like Mr Biggs Chicken. I had only made fried rice once before that day (for some reason, it never crosses my mind to cook it). I tried it, not feeling confident at all but luckily it was decent. I also made dodo gizzard. I had never made this before. We always tell V2 off when she makes a meal she hasn’t made before for guests. I decided to just go ahead and do it and apparently it was good! Yayyy 

 What everyone loved most was the Chapman. I don’t know if it was because they hadn’t had chapman in a while or if it was actually as great as everyone was saying. Everyone went on about it. I went on to make baked plantain and chilli sauce and I was satisfied with what it tasted
 
There were cupcakes, some made by V3 the baker and some hummingbird. Got comments like our cakes tasted like hummingbird. Some even said they preferred it (do not know if it was washing but people went on about it) :D. The prawn sauce was nice as well. The pepper gizzard was even nicer, thanks to Onyi Aguma. I love my flatmates, and thanks to Seun for helping. I hope everyone loved the food. Proud to say the other Vs have had a positive influence on my cooking. Gone from being the taster to being a cook :D. 
 
I feel like I am turning into V2. Getting overly excited about hosting people, over cooking, experimenting, not being 100% sure, it coming out great and me being extremely pleased seeing everyone eat and knowing they loved it. Once again, I love my flatmates. 
 
Dodo Gizzard recipe:
1. Cut the plantain into small bits. Fry it,
2. Marinate the gizzard and boil it.
3. Pour oil into a pot. Heat it up.
4. Put tomato puree.
5. Pour chopped tomatoes and boil it.
6. Put in all the spices.
7. Add some plantain and gizzard to the pot. Mix properly.
8. Add some more. Keep mixing until it is finished.
Tip:
Marinate the gizzard for hours
Marinate the Chicken for hours.