Hello folks, half way through the first month of the new year. Time is flying by again, I hope your 2015 has started really good. I must say, mine is rocking so far. What you can achieve when you get rid of your inhibitions and let your creative juices flow will amaze you. See me asking for a healthy/vegetarian contributor for the blog, and in two weeks, I have managed to do it by myself. Thank you Lord for inspiration, for guidance, for the gift of intuition and most of all, Grace to do what I do. The response so far has been very good, and you guys do cheer me on with your kind words and comments. Thank you, Thank you.
So, The New Nigerian Cookery has truly been in motion this year so far. It really has been embraced, more than I ever imagined, honestly. Sometimes I ponder about legacy. Coming from someone with my heritage, especially my maternal grandfather’s legacy which is still relevant today, decades after he passed on, I have always wondered what mine would be. What I will look back and say I did with my life. There may be so many things wrong with Nigeria at the moment, as someone said, “there is a collective wave of hopelessness that has swept through the nation for decades”. We may not be able to do something about the state of affairs, but guess what, we are the generation that did something with our food. Something our mothers didn’t teach us, something their mothers didn’t teach them. Something our counterparts in developed countries have taken for granted for years. My mother always said, “it is when you wake up, that it is morning”. It is sweeter to say in Yoruba, but cripes, my written Yoruba is terrible, don’t let me derail the post. We will be known as the generation that passed on “sense and sensibility” in the kitchen. Many of you reading this post would be between the ages of 18 – 45. I can almost imagine you teaching your daughters and sons (sons, please. very important), how to perform all these handy tricks in the kitchen, and it becoming their own reality. Sadly, if things don’t improve, these tips would be the sole domain of the rich and middle class, and it really does make me sad sometimes. Like I wish I can ship container loads of blenders, and mixers and food processors and microwaves to all parts of the country and teach how to use them in schools and markets, of course, provided that the government ensures stable electricity. Story for another day!!
I follow Jamie Oliver on Instagram and his work on creating awareness for healthy meals for kids in schools, is truly inspiring. He can sit down with his millions and make more, but he is using his celebrity star power to make a difference. Beyond the blog, beyond the success of Dooney’s Kitchen in the future, that is what I would really love to do, Lord willing.
I am bringing you something else that furthers the cause of The New Nigerian Cookery. As far back as Feb 28, 2014, almost a year now, I put up a post about how to make pounded yam in a blender (HERE). In that post, I also listed all the devices that can be used. A stand mixer was one of them, and I put up a picture given to me by Hannah D. Despite having a mixer for months now, which I haven’t used by the way, except to blend beans and pepper (long story), last night I decided to try it, especially as bakers have been writing to me asking me if pounded yam could be made using a mixer as they really were not fussed about buying a food processor. You know me, you tell me to try something, I will. Can’t help myself. Lol. So, thanks to my baker friend Feyi, who had also done this last year and told me what attachment to use. I just smile when people tell me, google searches of pounded yam in a food processor brings up Dooney’s Kitchen at the top, that is one of my legacies. Adding another one to the list for you guys at Google – a stand mixer. This is so simple, just like the food processor, and mega fast, just because stand mixers tend to have more powerful engines than food processors. Any baker worried about their device, might I remind you that bread dough, meat pie dough and fondant are much heavier than pounded yam? So, your device will be just fine. If you make fondant every day with the thing, pounded yam is actually giving it a rest. Hehehehehehe.
I posted this on Instagram last night and the Facebook Page – another reason to please follow @dooneyskitchen or Like Dooney’s Kitchen on Facebook. The interaction from your fellow readers and followers is sheer comedy. No drama, I promise you. Just people who love to cook and appreciate Nigerian food. My device is a Kenwood Chef Premier KMC570. It is quite a pretty tidy sum, but any stand mixer will do. If you have a food processor, unless you want to take up baking, don’t start/continue a kitchen addiction gadget this year. I should take my own advice. Looool. Let’s mix
Yam boiled at the ready
attach the beater to the stand mixer – picture of beater below
and here is the process live and recorded
Pounded yam in a stand mixer. Amazingly fast, first trial and yup, it works. For the bakers who have asked and don't want to buy a food processor. Not a single lump. Hot, stretchy pounded yam. I think because this is a very powerful stand mixer, it was definitely faster than the food processor and the food processor is fast ???. Pounded yam at 20.32pm. I will blame all of you, if I wake up with a big tummy ??. #thenewNigerianCookery
No lumps, no sweat, pour all the yams at once, just turn the dial and it happens literally in seconds
The Dooney's Kitchen experience provides you the full on meal package. This is pounded yam for a family visiting from Nigeria. Made with real yam. #deathtoPoundoFlour To be served with The Efo Riro, already cooked. I call it the #justEat package. You can order it by sending an email to: [email protected]
need more proof of how long it takes – see the video below
Scoop out your no stress pounded yam and enjoy life
Questions you may have
Which is better, stand mixer vs food processor – confidently tell you none is better than the other. I have been doing this for years now, no difference.
Did I add hot water – No. I used really good yam, and the yam cubes boiled soft enough, so it was fine. If you feel you need to add water, add a little and run the engine for a few more seconds
What attachment did I use – I used an attachment called the beater. Kenwood has a patented version called the ‘K beater”. Almost if not all stand mixers of any brand would have a beater attachment.
Where can you buy it – you don’t have to buy this particular model, other Kenwood models and other brans would still do the same thing. Most big electrical stores will sell a Stand mixer e.e.g where you bought your fridge, freezer or cooker. In Nigeria, online stores like konga.com, jumia.com and dealdey.com would have them for sale. Big shops like Cash and Carry in Lagos, Park and Shop and possibly Game and Shoprite may stock it. I don’t live in Nigeria, what I have written is to the best of my knowledge and wouldn’t be able to answer specific questions, like where can I get this in Damaturu, for example. If you live outside Nigeria, no, I really wouldn’t answer that question. Lol
Food Processor or Stand Mixer – I will say food processor. Way more versatile. Don’t go buying a stand mixer first because you watched the video. Use the money for a food processor instead. Depending on your financial circumstances, you may choose to buy a stand mixer too (hey, I did), but I will advice you get a cheap one, unless you are going to be using it and I mean really use it for baking, don’t buy one. I bought mine on ebay for almost 6 months and last night was the very first time I used the mixing bowl. I have used my food processor one hundred plus time since then. Case in point.
How do I attach the beater – watch the video again, you will see where I attached the beater. For all stand mixer, that is the same point for all attachments, or better still consult your manual, or watch an “assembling a stand mixer” video on YouTube
Can you do this using a hand mixer – yes you can, stay tuned for the video