I love a great breakfast. Even though I think chefs have a difficult relationship with it. I like breakfast to be functional on weekdays and more grand at weekends. Bowl of cereal, fruit salad, hot chocolate on the go (I never skimp on the cream). That gets me going even though sometimes breakfast is more an 11am affair.
Poaching fish is a very simple technique to ensure a full flavoured and wholesome fish.
For the fish
1 medium sized croaker, cleaned and gutted, cut into pieces
Fish stock or bouillon cube
1, bay leaf
1 clove of garlic, minced
Teaspoon, dried thyme
Slice of lemon
For the tomato caper base
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 fresh tomatoes
1 small purple onion, diced
1 tablespoon of capers
Pinch of paprika
Salt to taste
In a pan, combine the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat so the water is just simmering. Add the fish and poach until it is cooked through, about 6 – 8 minutes.
When cooked, transfer to a plate. Brown the skin of the fish lightly in a hot pan with a little olive oil.
For the tomato and caper base, in a hot pan on medium heat, cook the minced garlic for less than a minute. Add the tomatoes and onions, soften slightly but not over cook. Now add the capers and paprika. Salt to taste.
Serve with steamed sweet potatoes and enjoy.
Last month, Atim of Afrolems joined me in the kitchen for the ‘1 Night in’ series at Due by Chef Dish. This time, not only did we talk about food but we got to cook one of Atim’s favourite and go to recipes Poulet Director General.
The making of Poulet DG
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Oat apple crumble is my all time go to comfort dessert. It ticks all the right boxes; warm, sweet and tangy.
For this recipe, I use 200g green apples, a little zest of a yellow lemon with about a teaspoon of its juice and 50g sugar to soften and caramelise the apples ever so lightly.
The crumble is the best part of this dessert and making it is even more heavenly.
Combine 100g flour, 50g rolled oats, 100g butter and 50g brown sugar.
In a bowl, bring all the ingredients together and rub with your fingers to create a crumbly texture. Pour the caramelised apples into a baking dish, now put the crumble on top and bake for 10 minutes.
It was a hot Sunday afternoon; we had just left the church. Surprisingly, the weeklong almost-daily rain and the dreaded Lagos traffic decided to take a break. So it was a really short ride and in less than an hour I was at the great outdoors for the Chef Dish Food Fest. When you love food as much as I do, you do not let an opportunity like this pass you by. My face lit up thinking about my favorite food vendors I would get to meet again. Additionally, the thought of trying out new dishes would surely bring a smile to the face of any adventurer. I set out a bit early and ended up getting there before the event started. It did not bother me, as I had the chance to watch vendors set up. If you were stuck at home once again, here is what you missed.
Source: The Village Pot
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If you missed the Chef Dish food festival, do recap with us on instagram @chefdishfoodfest.
The fun and the eating sure isn’t over, the burger contest is still on. Think you got a cool name, share it with us and you and 5 friends could win a burger feast courtesy of Chef Dish at one of our restaurants.
More exciting news we simply can’t keep quiet about. Chef Dish Food festival is back for 3 days of festive fun. The dates are December 22nd to 24th at the same space but we will be mixing things up a little this time.
If you are interested do register here. Registration closes December 5th.
Enjoy the great outdoors again as we share our love of good food, drinks and entertainment from our local community of chefs, restaurants, mixologists and foodpreneurs.
The Chef Dish Food Festival promises to be a foodie extravaganza featuring the chefs to know and the food you crave by your local community of restaurants, artisan producers and drink purveyors.
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What does Jollof rice mean to you?
A good plate of Jollof rice sends me down memory lane to the road trips through Benin with my family. We always had to stop for a plate of smoked Jollof rice with all the extras. Plantain off course.
For this recipe, I used Jamie Oliver’s version and tailored the recipe to suit my taste. My addition was a little paprika and cayenne pepper. Very little goes a long way.
One of the typical Nigerian breakfasts made with yam, named Yamarita. A simple dish of blanched yam dipped into an egg mixture then coated with flour and fried until crispy. Re-creating a potato version takes this easy meal to another level. Served with an omelette and a little veg of your liking on the side.