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African Fish Roll (Fish pie)

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About the African Fish Roll

Over the years I have tried several times to make fish pie or Fish roll, as is commonly called in Cameroon, but was extremely disappointed at the results. Then, one of my aunts said casually,  “Well, it is just puff- puff mixture with butter , and  sardines” and it hit me “Duh! That’s it! I decided to try my hand again at this recipe and after several disastrous results I came up with one am proud to share.

An African fish pie is a popular West African streetfood – specifically in Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana that is made with some sort of shortcut pastry  fill with sardines and spices.   In Cameroon, it is rolled up, while in other countries it is made in the shape of meat pie (empanadas).

These tasty snacks are deep fried not baked; however for a healthy version you can bake them. The baked version would taste slightly different from the deep fried version. To be honest…  there is no comparison ,  fried fish pie is  crunchy, slightly sweet , spicy and oh so good.

It is a really all the rage  for adults and  kids, who would hurriedly leave school, in an attempt to get a piece from the ladies selling it, at the entrance of the school. It is  more convenient to buy from the street vendors than make it at home in Africa.

Maybe because  it is looked down as “poor man’s” snack.  Meat pies are the “rich man‘s version. Africans leaving abroad would classify it as a” MUST EAT” at parties- It flies off the table.

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 can sardines in chili tomato sauce 15oz or 425gram
  • ½ medium onion chopped
  • ½ teaspoon parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder

Dough

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoon water
  •  teaspoon yeast
  • 2 ½ tablespoons or 30grams sugar
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 4 cups or 500grams of All Purpose Flour
  • 5 oz or 142g unsalted butter margarine

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RECIPE OF THE DAY: Kokoro

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Kokoro is a popular crunchy snack with Western Nigerian origins. It is not unusual to find street hawkers carrying this tasty snack around in trays placed on their heads. There are two types of Kokoro sold in local markets with the difference being only in shape as well as a distinction on whether this African snack is spicy vs non-spicy.

Category, DifficultyIntermediate

Yields10 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time45 mins

 250 g coarse cornmeal
 130150 g (cassava flakes)
 34 tbsp sugar (substitute with honey or sweetener)
 1 tsp cayenne pepper
 1 tsp powdered ginger (optional)
 Vegetable oil
  Hot boiling water

Ingredients

 250 g coarse cornmeal
 130150 g (cassava flakes)
 34 tbsp sugar (substitute with honey or sweetener)
 1 tsp cayenne pepper
 1 tsp powdered ginger (optional)
 Vegetable oil
  Hot boiling water

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Kokoro

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RECIPE OF THE DAY: Moroccan Lamb Tangine With Asian Pears

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There’s a lot happening with each bite of this Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Asian Pears! Lamb shoulder is rubbed with a spicy, herbaceous, garlic marinade and accompanied by figs, dates, Asian pears, red onions, and honey. Let’s start with the obvious; What the heck is a Tagine and why should you cook with it? A tagine is an earthenware cooking vessel with a history dating back to 9th century North Africa. Tagine also the word used to describe the food as we would say a stew or a curry.

Category, , , DifficultyIntermediate

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time30 minsCook Time2 hrs 30 minsTotal Time3 hrs

For The Marinade
 3 cloves garlic
 3 red chilis
 2 tsp salt
 3 tsp cumin
 3 tsp paprika
 2 tsp olive oil
 Juice of 1 lemon
 Cilantro
 Parsley
For The Lamb
 2 lbs boneless lamb shoulder
 2 tbsp olive oil for tagine
 2 tbsp vegetable oil to sear lamb
 6 oz pitted prunes
 6 oz dried figs
 2 asian pears, quartered and cored
 3 tbsp orange blossom honey Finely chopped Parsley and Cilantro for garnish.
 2 medium red onions quartered

Ingredients

For The Marinade
 3 cloves garlic
 3 red chilis
 2 tsp salt
 3 tsp cumin
 3 tsp paprika
 2 tsp olive oil
 Juice of 1 lemon
 Cilantro
 Parsley
For The Lamb
 2 lbs boneless lamb shoulder
 2 tbsp olive oil for tagine
 2 tbsp vegetable oil to sear lamb
 6 oz pitted prunes
 6 oz dried figs
 2 asian pears, quartered and cored
 3 tbsp orange blossom honey Finely chopped Parsley and Cilantro for garnish.
 2 medium red onions quartered

Directions

Moroccan Lamb Tangine With Asian Pears

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RECIPE OF THE DAY: Ogbono Soup

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Ogbono or Apon comes from the seeds from the African Mango, also called Wild or bush Mango, which is then ground into the powder used in making Ogbono Soup. The African mango seed is said to have an impressive amount of healthy fats and fiber as well as other great nutritional benefits that would make you want to eat Ogbono Soup more often than you currently do…. 🙂 I tend to use a lot of dry fish in my cooking primarily because Mum makes it and its always readily available but any meat or fish will do…. We also had fresh water leaves which mum brought from her farm (bless her!) so I used water leaves in these but you can use any green vegetables from Ugu (fluted pumpkin leaves) to spinach, kale, bitter leaves, Scent leaves or Uziza.

Category, , , DifficultyIntermediate

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time50 mins

 115 g ground Ogbono/African Mango Seeds
 250 ml Palm Oil
 2 l Water
 2 tsp Salt
 4 stock Cubes (4 grams each)
 1 ½ tsp ground dry Pepper
 5 tbsp ground Crayfish
 Dry Fish, Fish or cooked Meat
 250 g Water Leaves, Spinach or Fluted Pumpkin Leaves (Washed and Chopped)

Ingredients

 115 g ground Ogbono/African Mango Seeds
 250 ml Palm Oil
 2 l Water
 2 tsp Salt
 4 stock Cubes (4 grams each)
 1 ½ tsp ground dry Pepper
 5 tbsp ground Crayfish
 Dry Fish, Fish or cooked Meat
 250 g Water Leaves, Spinach or Fluted Pumpkin Leaves (Washed and Chopped)

Directions

Ogbono Soup

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