2014 has been a very good year for Nigerian Cooking. New recipes, new exciting things to try, beautiful pictures, fantastic plating, and most of all the use of technology in the kitchen. History will record 2014 as the year, the Nigerian Kitchen Revolution kicked into full gear. I hope you have been convinced now, and will go into 2015 more determined to continue using technology for everyday mundane cooking tasks. I thought to do a quick post on how a food processor is the next best thing in a Nigerian Kitchen. See, why you need to follow the blog on Instagram. I posted these videos sometime ago. I have two food processors – a Kenwood, what I call my first love, but it quite big and I only use it when I have large volumes to prepare. My second baby is a Chef Tony Tmix – hand-held food processor. It is a much smaller device, and I use it when I have smaller quantities and need to do something quickly, rather than lugging out the Kenwood from the kitchen cupboard. Here are my 10 uses of a food processor in a Nigerian Kitchen:
1. Make Pounded Yam. See video below
See post HERE
2. Pound Ede (cocoyam) to be used as a thickener – see picture below
Top of the morning to you Insta family. You may have seen my list of things to cook this weekend. Now imagine if I didn't have the best kitchen assistant – technology. This is for the Igbos. Ofe Owerri loading and I didn't have to pound the Ede (cocoyam), who has time for that. Straight from the pan (skin peeled of course) into my mini processor. 1 minute, it was puréed to smooth perfection to be used as a thickener. #okbye. Anambra people, stay tuned for a 2014 Nigerian cooking tip that will save your palms on Monday ? #dooneyskitchen #dooneyskitchentips #2014Nigeriancooking
3. Still hand chopping okro – tsk, tsk, tsk. Use a food processor – see video below
Are you still spending ages chopping Okro by hand or catching your fingers on a grater. Come, let me give you a hug. Lol. Use a food processor, attach the knife blade. Or in my case, the chopper bowl attachment of my hand blender. It gives you that hand cut effect in no time, no "blood" flavour. I can cook okro for Nigeria using this thing. #dooneyskitchen #dooneyskitchencheats #modernNigeriancooking. Buy yourself a food processor this Christmas, you will never regret it. Or simply start singing it in Le Hubs's ears. You will spend less time in the kitchen
4. I have a post coming up soon, in time for Christmas, to make the perfect Coleslaw, my mother’s Coleslaw. No need to manually grate, please use a food processor. See videos below
To grate Carrots
Are you still making Coleslaw by hand. Oh dear. One more reason to buy a food processor. I just grated all these carrots in 2 minutes. Next video – cabbage. Coleslaw ready in under 10 minutes. That is how the 2014 Nigerian cook does it. #dooneyskitchen #dooneyskitchencheats #deathtomanualgrating #NomorebloodflavouredColeslaw
To grate Cabbage
5. Crayfish harbours a lot of dirt. Many a time, I have been burned by the signature grit, crayfish can bring with it. Here is my tip below, and a picture of the result.
This is the reason why I always soak crayfish in water. I give it a couple of swirls and leave it for a short while in water before blending. The dirt and crap that you find at the bottom of the bowl will surprise you. I have seen stones, fish nets, threads, ropes, you name it. Your gorgeous dish will turn gritty and unpleasant. #thosecrayfishaintloyal. Give it a soaking first #dooneyskitchen #dooneyskitchentips #nigerianfood #nigerianfoodblogget
Scoop the crayfish out of the water, add to your chopper bowl and pulse for a few minutes to achieve a rough texture before adding to your soup. You can add a little water if you wish, but if you are cooking a dish like edikang ikong where you have to be very careful with how much water goes into the soup, don't blend the crayfish with water. #dooneyskitchen #dooneyskitchentips #nigerianfood #nigerianfoodblogger
6. You want to grate water yam for Ekpang, Ikokore, Oto or Ojojo this Christmas? Use a food processor
See post HERE
7. You need to roughly chop onions and ata rodo (scotch bonnet/habanero pepper this Christmas, for something like Asun for example. Leave your chopping board in the cupboard, and use a food processor
See post HERE for Asun
8. You need to make a large batch of Moin Moin for Christmas, don’t bother with manual peeling, use a food processor.
See post HERE
9. Washing bitter leaves in a food processor. See video below
My Christmas gift to the people of Anambra, all the Igbos, the Deltans and everyone else from anywhere who cooks with bitter leaf. I don't know about you guys but this was punishment as a teenager. I wish my grandmothers were alive to see this. Wash your bitter leaf in a food processor biko. It does is super well in a fraction of the time, no sore palms, no standing for ages decanting, washing and re washing. Ain't nobody got time for that. Stay tuned for Part 2 and more details to be posted on the blog this night. Ofe something loading, no it isn't Onugbu. Tag your friends, spread the news, share the video. Go tell it on the mountains, over the hills and everywhere, go tell it on the mountains, that you don't need to wash bitter leAves with your hands anymore ???
See post HERE
10. Still mashing Ewa aganyin with a wooden spoon, errrrr. Use a food processor – see the video below
A food processor wasn't designed with Nigerian cooking in mind, but it soooooo handy for the Modern Nigerian cook. Are you still spending ages plus serious arm cardio with a wooden stick, trying to mash beans for Ewa Aganyin. Unless the plan is to end up with Michelle Obama arms, ditch the stick, pour the beans into a food processor and whizz. It takes all of 45 seconds. The Kitchen is the only place you are allowed to cheat. One of the reasons I enjoy cooking is because I do most stressful tasks in a fraction of the time. The food processor also makes gorgeous Pounded Yam. Just attach the Knife blade. #dooneysKitchenCheats #dooneyskitchen #ModernNigerianCooking #Nigerianfood
See post HERE
I hope you enjoyed my 2014, a year in review. I will also be posting the many uses of a hand mixer in a Nigerian Kitchen. Let us keep slaying in the kitchen in 2015. Stress free.
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