Hello There!!!! Welcome to the home of Nigerian centric food, detailed recipes and sharing personal real life stories. Dooney’s Kitchen started out as a blog to document my recipes and it has grown from not just a blog to the premier Nigerian food site. Everything you need to know about Nigerian food, either as a newbie or a seasoned pro, you will find here.
Dooney’s Kitchen is about redefining and promoting Nigerian food. It aims to give Nigerian food the identity that it deserves. For too long, Nigerian food has hidden under the umbrella term “African food”, and it is a term we at Dooney’s Kitchen strongly disagree with. Although similarities abound with, like you will find in countries across Europe and Asia, but distinct cuisines also exist on those continents, like French, Italian, Spanish, Thai, Indian, etc and that is what we are striving to do with Nigerian food. Decades from now, Nigerian cuisine will stand proudly, recognised as a unique entity of its own.
If we are to describe Nigerian food, we would say it is a bold, multi faceted, rich, colourful, spicy, with varied nuances. Similarities exist based on tribal alliances, and as you move from West to East, to South to North, you also start to notice varying differences. Nigeria has 6 major food cultures, and a page has been dedicated for Recipes by Culture. For a detailed view of all the Recipes on this site, persue to your heart contents on Recipeadia. Because there isn’t one collective language, the names of ingredients also differ, which can be quite confusing at times, but we at Dooney’s Kitchen have provided a solution to that through the Ingredientspaedia page. There you will find a truly comprehensive Encylopaedia of Nigerian ingredients, one of the first, if not the first of its kind. There, ingredients are carefully catalogued according to preset categories.
If we are to describe Nigerian cooking, we would say it is fiercely traditional and somewhat dogmatic, but at Dooney’s Kitchen we aim to simplify methods and steps that have been passed from generation to generation and to also challenge and simplify some of these methods using Kitchen technology. As beautiful as Nigerian food is, the steps to transform it from market to table can be quite strenuous and tedious, so Dooney’s Kitchen has sought to ease the burden of cooking, by using handy kitchen gadgets, to do the most mundane of tasks, thereby creating a better kitchen experience, which we have aptly termed The New Nigerian Cookery.
The New Nigerian Cookery isn’t just about creating a New Nigerian Kitchen, or should we say a more technology aware Nigerian cooking experience, but it encompasses recipes too. Recipe development is something quite recent with Nigerian food and Dooney’s Kitchen is leading the pack to reveal New Nigerian recipes, that will stand the test of time. Decades from now, dishes like The Moin Moinlette, Akara Waffles, DodoKara wrap, Yoodles Egusi and Peppersoup, Candied Egusi, and so much more, will be staples in Nigerian homes around the world. Dooney’s Kitchen seeks to introduce new and exciting dishes to the Nigerian food repertoire, using the same ingredients and recipes, but redefining and re-inventing the wheel. Redefined Nigerian food is a term that has come to be associated with Dooney’s Kitchen, and it is a badge we wear with pride and honour. We are also grateful to our extensive, and dedicated readers who try out our redefined recipes to much success. They have been the biggest influences, supporters and promoters of the ethos of Dooney’s Kitchen.
As a Nigerian food blog, Dooney’s Kitchen has the pulse and attention of the Nigerian food community, both home and abroad. We have a very strong online presence on social media sites, and publications on entertainment and lifestyle websites. Our Social Media accounts are @dooneyskitchen on Instagram and Twitter and Dooney’s Kitchen on Facebook. Dooney’s Kitchen has also grown to be quite influential with people who love to cook Nigerian food, and it has championed the purchase of many kitchen gadgets such as the food processor, the hand mixer, the spiraliser, and so much more by scores of people. Our readers have switched brand loyalties due to recommendations made on the site, and we have managed to grow a large and dedicated following, who welcome en masse any product mentioned on the site or any of our social media pages.
In a nutshell, Dooney’s Kitchen is one of the best resources for the Nigerian home cook, serving as the guide to churning out delicious home cooked meals, utilising technology to the fullest in your kitchen, and surprising your family and friends, with new inventive dishes, that will keep them talking. Creating lasting food memories is what we do.
Welcome to the New Nigerian food revolution!!!!!
Dunni Obata – Recipe Developer and Creative lead