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Local rice my way

Rice is a staple in my Country Nigeria, this should encourage versatility in preparing it . One of the tasty recipes I try when im tired of Jollof, fried,coconut rice ,thai Local Rice.
I guess what makes it local is the use of palm oil,locust beans,dry fish, crayfish,basil (Efirin),ewa oloyin(Honey beans). It really does have different versions.

I make use of any local fresh ingredient I have at home.

Uncooked RicePalm oilIru (locust bean)Ewa Oloyin(honey beans) or black eyed beansDry Fish (washed and de-boned)Onions(sliced)Freshly ground pepper (boiled)-you can do without it if you have dry pepperBasil leaves (Efirin)Beef Stockstock/bouillon cubes
Soak the already washed dry fish in hot water, rinse the basil leaves and shred, set aside.I often start off with cooking the beans in one pot. I parboil the rice in another pot. Wash the excess starch off the rice and put some water and return it to the cooker. Add the palm oil, you want to make sure it cooks properly, …

Easy Apple Pie

My first attempt at making an apple pie was on my Wedding Anniversary. I made up my mind that the day's menu would wind up with a home made dessert. Well, After work that day, I started building my dessert
Its not difficult as some would expect. in fact the ingredients are home friendly and you don't need to run around to exotic stores looking for them. My Ingredients.                                                        

2 cups flour(1/2 cup for dusting your board during kneading)1/2 cup cold butter(divided in 2)1/4 cup sugar (divided in 2)5 medium sized sweet apples, peeled ,cored and sliced or diced.2 tablespoons cinnamon, if you are using cinnamon sugar, you can eliminate the sugar from the recipe.3 tablespoons cold water1/2 teaspoon nutmeg1 tablespoon melted butter for brushing1 tablespoon lemon juice

Toss the lemon juice and apples together and set aside, this prevents browning of the apples while you make the pastry.Combine the butter and flour and mix till the mixture…

Puff puff

Puff puff is an all time favorite Nigerian Snack. Different countries have a recipe with some sort of fried dough, the names are just different, some of them taste just like puffpuff so its like a global recipe in my opinion.
 Funny enough ,in the midst of all my cooking escapades, I never went out of my way to make it myself till this year when some of my friends sent me puffpuff pictures,they know themselves,lol.
I looked up different ways of doing it as people have different versions, my conclusion is that you become a pro at doing it each time you try. that's my story,with each attempt,I became better at it.
my tip is to be observant with each trial and you'll be a puff puff pro soon.
2.5 cups of all purpose flour (US measuring cups)2 teaspoons of yeast1/4 cup of sugar1'5 cups of warm waterpinch of saltPut the yeast in water and allow to stand for 10 minutes, add the sugar to the yeast also.
in another bowl,mix the flour,pinch of salt together, add the yeast mixt…