JILL MOMENTS (2) – ABACHA 

I need Vivian’s attention here please! Thank you.
Since 5 people died in Lagos of cholera caused by eating abacha, I haven’t wanted to eat it outside. But sometimes the craving got so bad. Lucky for me, without me asking, one of my aunts came over and she brought 3 huge bags of abacha for the house.  

And I was all happy.

The truth is, making abacha is incredibly simple. I’ll explain it to you in 7 easy steps. 

Total time for prepping and “cooking” is 20 minutes.

But first; What you’ll need– 

  • Abacha (buy the N100 in the market if it’s only for you)
  • Ground Crayfish (optional)
  • Pepper.
  • Ehuru (calabash nutmeg); ground
  • Onions, sliced.
  • Ugba/ukpaka
  • 1 stock cube
  • Sliced ugu/anara/waterleaf/tete. Most people think only anara leaves go with abacha. Wrong. Any green leaf goes with it.(optional)
  • Fish/Kpomo/Meat (optional)
  • Potash/akaun
  • A bowl of hot water
  • Palm oil.

The How-to

Step 1: Wash your abacha. Wash it very well to get rid of the dirt etc. Then soak it in the bowl of hot water.This will soften it and bring out that abacha smell. If you’re using ugba, just wash it properly. Ugba is oil bean seed and shouldn’t be in hot water for too long.

Step 2: While your abacha is soaking, it’s time to make your “ncha” (the palm oil sauce used for abacha). First, break off a small piece of potash. It’s commonly sold in a small, rock-like form.
Step 3: Grind that small piece of potash into fine powder. Then melt it. Use 3 tablespoonfuls of water to melt. The water does not need to be hot.

Step 4: Add in the palm oil to the potash and water mix. You don’t want to have too much palm oil. For a small bowl of abacha, 2 teaspoons of palm oil should be more than enough. It will begin to change color from palm oil red to yellow. Mix thoroughly.
Step 5: Add in your crayfish, ground ehuru, stock cube. Many don’t add in their onions and pepper to the abacha until the very end but I like to add it in here. Adjust for taste. Mix thoroughly.
Step 6: Sieve your abacha until all the water is gone. You don’t want watery abacha now, do you?

Best to pour the ncha over the abacha as it’s smaller in size

Step 7: Pour the ncha over the abacha. Mix thoroughly until every grain of abacha is coated with palm oil. Add in your sliced vegetables, mix again, then top it with your fish or meat.

Enjoy!

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JILL MOMENTS(1)- 🍌 bread

I am not yet a master of any trade (I think) but I am a Jill of some. And it occurred to me a while ago, why don’t I show you about some of my Jill moments?

Today, I’ll show you how to make a low carb version of banana bread using @9jafoodie’s recipe.

Banana bread is one of my favorite snack/sweet indulgences of all time. I made it myself at age 18 and 19 and you get the point. 

And while I can make it without using anyone’s recipe, I’ve always hated taking someone’s ideas and using them without giving credit where it is due. Even in a field as saturated as recipes, a field where all recipes are basically the same, but with a few tweaks, those few tweaks deserve to be mentioned.
I made this on Monday for my aunt who was staying over and who celebrated her birthday on that day. I fudged a bit on the recipe but she and another aunt liked it so much.

What you’ll need:

Dry Ingredients

1/4 cup of granulated sugar (brown or white. I’ve only ever used white and I didn’t use sugar in this recipe.)

A pinch of salt.

1.5 cups of flour.

A teaspoon of baking soda (read here on the difference)

A teaspoon of baking powder. (Tip: Depends on whether the baking powder you use is very active or not. The primary function of baking powder is to lift your batter. If you know that the brand you use doesn’t lift it properly, add in about 3 more tablespoons, not teaspoons.)

1/2 Chopped pistachio nuts (optional – 9jafoodie’s tweak)

Wet Ingredients

3 overripe bananas. (I used 5)

1/4 cup of coconut oil. (Tip: Or canola. Don’t use olive oil though. I find that olive oil goes lots better with pasta dishes and not so great with baked stuff

1/2 a tin of condensed/evaporated milk

1/2 a cup of melted butter (use a measuring cup. If you can’t find a measuring cup, use the same sized cup for all your measurements)

2 eggs

How to:

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Sieve and mix all the dry ingredients with each other, except for the chopped nuts. Set aside.
  3. Mash your bananas. All the little bits of banana, mash it up until it makes a smooth paste with no lumps.
  4. Add in the eggs (Tip: break the eggs in another bowl and beat the eggs so they capture more air).
  5. Add in the milk and melted butter.
  6. Mix all wet ingredients with each other in a bowl.Stir.

6. Now, mix all the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, making sure not to overmix your batter.

7. Pour batter into a greased cake/loaf tin. Add in the chopped nuts.

8. Bake for about 1 hour, 15 minutes or you can do the toothpick test instead (when you think your banana bread is done, insert a toothpick in it. If it comes out clean, your banana bread is ready to be taken out of the oven. If it comes out with some batter on it, leave it in)

9. Enjoy!

NB- I did not add sugar, chopped nuts or melted butter to mine. Bananas are extremely sweet on their own and I used 5 instead of 3. So I figured it evened out. The melted butter was to keep the banana bread moist but I figured the milk and the coconut oil did that adequately. And I was right. 

This is a basic template for banana bread. If you want, add in chocolate chips, peanut butter, raisins.. You can do whatever you want. Just know what each ingredient is supposed to do in a recipe and play around with it.

My mom used to pour in so much baking powder. Now I know why. It didn’t rise very much.

If you make banana bread soon using this recipe, tag me on Twitter or Instagram @hrhobj.