How to make Yam Pottage aka Asaro

Yam Pottage (asaro) is a rich, slow-cooked one pot dish of yams cooked in a palm oil pepper sauce; yams are the backbone of this deceptively humble dish which should be soft and should have absorbed the aromas and savors of the other ingredients.

We must warn you that this is not a traditional recipe as we make this warming dish rich by adding sweet potatoes, smoked turkey, prawns and spinach. Try our recipe and let us know what you think or tell us how you make yours 🙂

 

Yam Pottage (Rich, slow-cooked one pot dish of yams cooked in a palm oil pepper sauce)
Yam Pottage (Rich, slow-cooked one pot dish of yams cooked in a palm oil pepper sauce)

 

Ingredients

  • 400g canned tomato plums
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 red onions
  • 1-2 scotch bonnet peppers
  • 5 slices of yam (cubed)
  • 5 slices of sweet potato (cubed)
  • 6 pieces of smoked turkey
  • 300g Prawns (cooked and peeled)
  • 2 Tbsp of crayfish
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 cup of water
  • Salt to taste
  • Maggi crayfish seasoning cube
  • 2-3 Tbsp of palm oil

Method

  1. Blend onions, peppers and tomatoes
  2. Heat palm oil in a pot and add blended mix; fry for 10mins
  3. Season with salt and stock cubes
  4. Add crayfish, smoked turkey, yams, sweet potatoes and a cup of water; boil for 15mins or until yam chunks become soft.
  5. Use a fork to gently mash the yam leaving some yam chunks
  6. Add prawns and spinach and simmer for 5 mins

Serve and enjoy

 “The most indispensable ingredient of all good home cooking: love, for those you are cooking for” – Sophia Loren

 

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Smoked Salmon Plantains

Smoked salmon plantains – beautiful moreish little morsels of a Nigerian inspired canapĂ© – 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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If I were an ethnic vegetarian….Sweet Potato chips, gingered vegetables with plum sauce and Posh beans stew with basmati rice…

…would be nice. I am not sure how I would survive eating pounded yam and efo riro or eba and banga soup without copious pieces of assorted meat and fish to scoop from the soup.

But I thought Sweet Potato chips, gingered vegetables, smoked duck and plum sauce would be a nice, light and healthy vegetarian meal… then I opened my fridge and spotted the smoked duck.

The next day I decided on Posh Beans (Borlotti beans stew, smoked chicken with basmati rice)… same story… the smoked chicken was starring me in the face and I thought why not.

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As far vegetarian meals go… albeit tasty, this wasn’t quite it but at least there is hope for H2’s vegetarian friends that are coming for dinner soon.

Sweet pepper potato wedges, grilled chicken with cherry tomato & basil salad

I have been feeling nostalgic, missing Lagos; eating suya (grilled peppered beef), roasted plantain, drinking ice cold coke in the sun, etc. especially as we have had such a wintery Springtime here in London.

Today i was hopeful, the weather was goood…… this dish is light, tasty and refreshing, perfect for ushering in Spring as it should be . Its very easy to make too.

Cut up potatoes into wedges with sliced red and green peppers, crushed garlic and olive oil, mix into a casserole dish and put in the oven for 30mins.

Cut up cherry tomatoes and basil, juice of half an orange, add sea salt and allow the salad rest in the fridge for 30mins.

Season chicken pieces with salt, oregano and pepper and grill for 40mins, turn halfway during cooking.

Serve and enjoy!!!

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Stuffed French Toast…. surprise your wife with a delicious breakfast

Breakfast in bed is indulgent, it can be romantic, fun or simply cosy…  Breakfast with someone you love be it your siblings, spouse, children or friends is magical.

These stuffed french toasts are scrumptious, mouth watering, diet destroying… and very easy to make.

PS: if your loved one insists on sticking to her diet after all your effort, you can have the french toast all to yourself and treat her to greek yogurt, strawberries and honey… “strawberries taste sweeter when you are spending time with someone who makes you swoon”.

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DVees recipe: Stuffed French Toast

 Ingredients

  • Sliced Brioche Bread – 4 slices
  • 2 Tbps of Cream Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of jam (strawberry or blackcurrant)
  • Fresh strawberries
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • ÂĽ cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon French almond extract (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • Cinanmon (optional)
  • Sugar (optional)

Method

  1. Mix the cream cheese together with the jam; spread mixture equally between the bread slices.
  2. Top with strawberry slices and make two sandwiches
  3. Heat a frying pan over a moderate heat. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat in the milk and almond extract.
  4. Dip both sides of the sandwiches in the egg mixture.
  5. Melt the butter in the frying pan. Fry each sandwich gently for 3 to 4 minutes, turning halfway through cooking, until nicely coloured and warmed through.
  6. Dust with cinnamon and sugar, cut in half and serve with the Greek-style natural yoghurt.

Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s banana stuffed toast