This blog gives you a peek into my cooking, some nutritional tips especially for children,you will also see wholesome and easy weeknight recipes ideal for the family.I have a passion for child nutrition so i look out for children when cooking family meals.Some of the recipes are tweaked but the traditional concept is retained. Afterall, there's more than one way of doing things!!! Welcome!!!
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Banana,oats, fruit and nut cake
1 and half cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup of oatmeal
1/2 cup of nuts (chopped)
1/4 cups of raisins/dried fruits
1 cup of melted butter(substitute with 1/2 cup canola oil)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Cream the butter and the sugar in a mixer
Add the eggs and mix,add the oatmeal and mix again
Add the milk ,vanilla essence,raisins and nuts
Add the mashed bananas and mix again
Sift flour and mix with baking powder and pour into your mixture! Grease a baking pan and bake at 160 degrees for 1 hour or until a knife or skewer comes out clean from the cake! Serve with cream cheese smothered on your slice!
Today, I am writing about preserving green leafy vegetables. Sometimes, people are unsure if freezing of leaves reduce the freshness when prepared. After experimenting, I suggest that leaves can be frozen till you're ready to cook. I used Ewedu and Spinach for the latest experiment.
I cant resist giving you a quick background on Ewedu Leaf before I discuss its preservation.
Ewedu leaf ,for those who dont kow it ,is the local name for the Genus Corchorus .
Different common names are used in different contexts, with the name "jute" applying to the fibre produced from the plant, 'Mallow-Leaves" for the leaves used as a vegetable. On a lighter note, a friend's 3year old daughter asked for the English name of Ewedu and her mum put it up on facebook,asking for answers.
she did get many hilarious answers (you'd understand this better if you are from an ewedu eating background) well, I suggested the english name "we-do"!
Corchorus has a mucilagin…
You must have heard on one of your visits to the doctor,the acronym 'PCV'. PCV is simply the 'packed cell volume'- the percentage or volume of red blood cells (erythrocytes) in the blood!
Sometimes the percentage is relatively low in children due to different reasons, it could be due to eating a diet deficient in iron, folic acid and vitamin b12. To avoid anaemia,its important to top up your PCV. How?you may ask, Thankfully,there are natural foods that help to ensure the PCV is at the appropriate level. Because my area of interest is child nutrition and cooking, this blog will not only identify PCV boosters but also give ideas about how to creatively incorporate them into kids meals,especially picky eaters.
Without making this blog as complex as a thesis,ill list my top 3 favourite natural foods high in iron.
1)Pumpkin Leaves: Locally known as Ugwu leaves,in igbo language,these leaves are very high in iron and can be used to cure anaemia.it can be prepared as soup,juice or…
One of the easiest meals you can cook for your children and the family generally is palm oil/Local rice. I always encourage mothers to introduce their traditional meals to the children when they start eating solids. you can start with the soft soups and morsels and then move to the grainy meals.
So my Mother-in-Love came over with a bag of dry fish and I just knew I would be cooking this rice like...the next day. I always look forward to her fish,giant sized dried catfish.so yummy.
3 cups of rice5 tomatoes,2 red bell peppers (Tatashe) and 2 scotch bonnet ,2 cloves Garlic and a small onion(All blended and steamed)2 bullion cubesone large onion ,dicedmeat stock6 big Basil Leaves,washed and shredded (also known as Efirin, Scent Leaf)6 tablespoons of palm oil (Palm oil is not bad,moderate use of it is rich enough).one tablespoon of locust bean(iru) To cook,place a pot on the burner, add the palm oil,and let it heat up and melt, add the onions and fry them till translucent, fry th…