Fear held me back in 2014, and when my creativity gets stifled, it literally feels like a well drying up. So, this year, I said to myself, to hell with it. A kpe ko to je, o kin je ibaje – sorry my Yoruba to English translation is terrible, but I think it means, he who is late to the game, doesn’t eat the spoils. I remember complaining to my mum, about people using my recipes for profit and she said with each one of them that is used for profit, see it as they are paying a deposit for you into the Bank of The Almighty. Your savings account is filling up, and when He starts to roll out the cheques, it will be much more than the deposits. How about the multitude of women who pray for you every day. They must definitely out number the caterers and restaurants, so just keep doing what you love. You have been given a gift, and the one thing He asks, is you share it. I swear, if you are looking for a pat me on the back, cuddle me kind of advice, better cross to the next street, and look for someone else. Big Oladunni gives it to you straight, in a no nonsense way. Once you get the message, then you can get the cuddles. I appreciate it now, that I am older. I didn’t before. In a world where people tell you what you want to hear, knowing I can always count on my mum to give it to me un-sugar coated, is truly a blessing.
The Moin Moinlette came to me purely by accident. It seems as if my appliances ganged up on me in December. Vacuum cleaner, kettle and rice cooker went caput. So, I was “jejely” minding my own business and looking for boxing day deals on rice cookers and kettles, when I came across this device. Note, I had sworn not to buy anymore kitchen gadgets in 2014, but it wasn’t my fault these items broke, and I was forced to venture into the dangerous territory of shopping for kitchen items. I happened to come across this half price deal. To my friends reading this, I swear, I swear, I didn’t go looking for it. It just happened on my screen. My Ijebu brain saw 50% off, and I zoomed in. Lol. Knowing how weak I am, I sent the link asking if it was a good buy. Another confession, I bought a halogen oven from Costco months ago, which I also haven’t used. Sigh!!!!! Addiction Alert!!!!. You know how you don’t want to do something, and you ask your friends for affirmation. In this case it backfired. They all said No, don’t buy it. Unfortunately, No isn’t a word I like at all. I am still that child that is told No, and then suddenly I want to do it. So from casual interest in wanting one, it became I must have one when they all told me No. Till date, I have only confessed to one of them that I bought it, and she said Olaaaaaaaaduuuuuni. The rest will find out, as soon as I hit the publish button.
In my defence, the experience of buying this device gave me The Moin Moinlette. I was watching the video demo of the product, and when it got to the part where it was used to make an omelette, it suddenly occurred to me to try it with Moin Moin batter. Before I made this, I researched vegan omelettes, and smiled. I was working in not so new territory, but goodness me, none of the recipes I saw involved blended beans. Then I started doubting myself. Would it work, would it be fluffy, would it cook through. I shook off those doubts and went on to research how to make a fluffy omelette. I already knew would be using eggs, but research made me separate the yolks from the whites and beat the whites for a fluffy Moin Moinlette. That was the clincher for me. Despite being exhausted from running errands yesterday, coming home to do a workout with Sean T, I knew I had to make this for dinner.
When the batter started rising in the pan, exhaustion almost made me cry. Oh my goodness, it worked, it worked, it worked. It looks like an Omelette, texture in your mouth feels like an omelette, but tastes like moin moin. It will scatter your head I tell you. Visual-Taste confusion. SCORE!!!!!!!!!!! This is similar to my Akara Pancake, (recipe HERE), but a lighter bean paste, and of course the eggs and the toppings. We already put raw eggs into moin moin before steaming anyway, but hey I don’t think anyone has thought to make it in a flat wide based pan, like an Omelette. If you would like to make this recipe very often, which I hope you do because it will work for any mealtime of the day. Remember to click on the Save button, and let Big Oven do the rest. Also download the Big Oven app on your phone/tablet (android/IOS), that way you can have your favourite DK recipes with you on the go.
You asked for more Healthy Nigerian Recipes,well, here is one. I put it first on Instagram last night. See, why you have to follow @dooneyskitchen. All the juicy tidbits gets published there first. Let’s Cook.
- Peeled Beans
- Tatashe - red bell pepper
- Ata rodo - scotch bonnet/habanero pepper
- Vegetable Oil
- Ground crayfish - optional
- Seasoning cubes
- Chopped red chillies
- chopped green chillies
- chopped onions
- chopped tatashe
- chopped green pepper
- corned beef
- Blend your bean batter for moin moin as usual
- When the paste is smooth, break your eggs and separate the whites from the yolks. If you are 100% fit fam, you discard the egg yolks. I have no such compulsions, lol. So I added the egg yolks to the bean batter and blended again till well combined.
- Pour the contents of the blender into a bowl and season with salt, seasoning cubes and ground crayfish. You can also choose to add a little oil, so your Moin Moinlette doesn't taste dry. If you are 100% fit fam, I guess you will leave out the vegetable oil
- Mix with a spoon till well combined. Taste and be sure you are satisfied
- Now, to the egg whites. Whisk until they form soft peaks. I was in no physical shape to to this manually, so I used my hand mixer.
- Gently fold in the egg whites into the bean batter, till well combined. You have to carefully do this so as not to lose the air you have whipped into it. .
- Before you start folding in the egg whites, heat up your frying pan with a little oil or even butter, as you would before frying an Omelette. Or you can do this in a griddle pan too. Pour your batter, till it spreads out and fills the circumference of the pan, like you would an Omelette.
- Sprinkle on the toppings
- I started with a small amount of toppings, and later added the rest. You can add all your toppings at once, so they sink into the batter, and cook with the bean batter.
- I set the heat to medium and watched as the batter was rising, thanks to the egg whites.
- My device is the type that can close unto itself, so to keep the top moist, I covered it. Now, this is where I thought things might get a little tricky, especially as most of you reading this would only have frying pans. So, this morning, I used the remaining bean batter for a quick experimental breakfast using a frying pan. Last night, I was thinking, hmmmmn would it matter if the yolks are not separated from the whites? I mean, for someone in a hurry and wants a quick protein packed brekkie, who has time to whisk egg whites? So, I cracked one egg into the small bean paste, whizzed in a blender and whipped out the frying pan. I am happy to report that the Moin Moinlette was fine. Slightly less fluffy than last night's version, but only slightly. The spinning motion of the blender would also help to incorporate air into the beans. The best part, it also works great in a frying pan. Medium heat is all that is needed, just don't forget it there, while you go make your smoothie. I barely function in the mornings, not to talk of multi tasking, so pardon me, it is a little browner than I would have liked, but it proves that the frying pan works.
- See, I told you it works. If you are making this in a pan and you are having difficulties with flipping it. Simply cover the pan with foil so the top can steam, and that saves you the stress of flipping it, so you can choose to enjoy your Moin Moinlette like a Pizza slice or rolled up
For the toppings, use anything you wish. From corned beef, to sardine to fried meats, smoked fish, smoked or boiled mackerel. Anything that goes into your moin moin or your omelette, or even Pizza can serve as a topping.
If you are making this in a pan and you are having difficulties with flipping it. Simply cover the pan with foil so the top can steam, and that saves you the stress of flipping it
My ever so practical friend Ade would say, sooooooo Dunni, something you can make in a frying pan, you bought an entire gadget for?????? Errrr, but look at its other uses. I mean, it will help my fitfam diet too. It cooks straight from frozen. All my chicken, fish and steak lounging in the freezer because I mostly forget to defrost them, this solves the problem. Oh yeah, sure, would be her response. To think this Moin Moinlette almost didn’t happen. When the package arrived, I opened it and thought okay, something doesn’t look right. Sharply I contacted Amazon for a replacement. I checked on it again and found out oops, it isn’t defective, but the design. That is how I ended up with two. Returning one was free, but the hassle of printing a label, taking it to the post office. So I called on someone who is just as addicted to Kitchen Gadgets as I am. My friend Feyi. She is even more gangster than me. I am a Kenwood girl, sometimes Philips and other mid price products like Russell Hobbs. Feyi is a Kitchen Aid girl. I told her I want to be like her when I grow up. Feyi didn’t need that much convincing. She saw that it can be used for Pancakes, and she was sold. Poor thing has been using her waffle maker for Pancakes. Yes, we know Frying Pans exist. Hehehehehe. It happened to be that she was visiting me on New Year’s Eve, so I just packed it back in the box and handed it to her. I desperately need to return Deola’s Hand Mixer. Feyi is tempting me with a Kitchen Aid 9 speed Hand mixer because she ended up with two too, but yikes at that price, I am thinking, what am I hand mixing exactly? I won’t start this New Year with buying a kitchen gadget. I will stay strong!!!!! and the church say AMEN!!!! Insert my friends rolling their eyes. Hehehehe.
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Are you convinced/inspired to try it now. I hope so