Oh, how I love playing with my food. I even love it more when something I visualise in my head, shows up live and direct in front of my eyes. You really don’t want to know what goes on in my head most times. Now that I have now started making conscious efforts to gather recipes and ideas for my cookbook, my imagination is through the roof. I have decided not to wait until the resources and opportunity fall in my lap, but continue on as if it is already here. So, if you are in any position to provide assistance with the cookbook, publishers, publicists, agents, etc. Hit me up and lets do this. I came across a book called The Secret a couple of years ago, and learning how to use the power of my thoughts to attract what I want, backed by Faith in The Almighty has been a winning combination. It has given me everything I have. Particularly when I have been blessed to be raised by parents whose philosophy has always been don’t just sit on your arms and wait for things to happen to you, you make things happen and let The Lord finish the rest. My father has a very apt statement which goes thus “While you are waiting for The Lord to open doors for you in the only way He can, you better make sure you are waiting at those those doors ready and prepared. Prayers without action is a waste of The Lord’s time and praying fervently, without doing anything will not make those doors open any faster. For all you know, the reason they haven’t opened yet, is because you wouldn’t know what to do with what is on the other side of the doors because you are not prepared” WORD!!!!!!!!
Which is why the state of the nation, just makes me mad when I keep hearing the same thing over and over again. Pray, pray, pray, pray. Seriously, the prayers that have been said since before the time of our grandparents, 60 years on, we are still doing the same thing. Not attacking anyone’s faith here, people have the right to practise it as they wish but you have to wonder if Einstein wasn’t unto something when he said “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results“. Have we become the generation of insane people, because you sure have to wonder with the news coming out day in, day out.
Anyways, back to food. After cooking Miyan Gyeda, of which you may have seen the recipe, I was considering making Tuwo Masara, and I said nah. I will make a Unity starchy solid. Something eaten all over Nigeria. What is more unifying than Garri. Remmy Tee created the Green and White Eba, click HERE, I decided to take it further by creating a seamless Green-White-Green Eba, to represent the Nigerian flag. This wasn’t easy I tell you. Many ideas to approach the problem came forward, a lot of wringing my hands and biting into the insides of my mouth (I do that when I am seriously concentrating), and finally it occurred to make to make it into a roll, like The Eba Roll (click HERE to learn how). When this Nigerian flag Eba finally took shape, I gave a loud whoop, whoop in my kitchen. Don’t worry, my neighbours are already used to me screaming and dancing. Looool. You can play with colours as you see fit. I already have The Orange Eba. Click HERE to see it. There is also The Pink Eba (click HERE) The flecks of green and white Oatmeal using chopped vegetables (click HERE) and finally, thanks to my friend Vivian O, we now have The Purple Eba. Go to my Instagram page @dooneyskitchen to see it. Remember to follow me on Instagram and also Like Dooney’s Kitchen on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @dooneyskitchen. All using natural ingredients (vegetables), no food colouring in sight.
You will need
Blended green vegetables – spinach, kale, ugu, collard greens etc
1. Boil water and make the standard Garri. This is for the white bit of it.
2. For the green bit, blend some leafy greens with water, and boil it
3. As with standard procedure, when the green water and veggie solution comes to a boil, use it to make Eba
Tah dah………..Green Eba
4. Roll out the white eba. You should expect the roll to be slim, roughly about the diameter of two fingers.
Do the same for the green eba
5. Now that you have two log like looking rolls of white and green eba cut the rolls into two equal lengths
To be playful, I used what’s left to make a two toned candy stick. This was actually where the idea to do this came from, of all the ideas i had to try, I saw a candy stick and BOOM, I knew what to do. Unfortunately, Eba is not as pliable as sugar or pastry. Lol
6. Back to The Nigerian flag Eba. Take two green mini rolls from the step above and place them on each side of the white roll. Squish them together, till the three rolls merge and become one unit. It is going to be quite messy at the start, but you will smoothen it out later.
7. Place on a piece of foil paper or white plastic bag. You may need to oil the foil paper a little bit. Not mandatory though.
8. Flip one end of the foil paper or plastic bag over the eba and roll with a rolling pin or glass bottle. This will smoothen it out nicely.
9. Told ya. See how smooth it is. Dooney’s Kitchen Tip: the demarcation between the white and green may be a little wonky, but you know what, the side you start rolling from will determine how many imperfections will show. It is expected to roll from the edge furthest away from you, but I knew that would not be pretty, so I flipped it over before I rolled.
10. See what I was saying in the step above. You can see that, as I am rolling, the demarcation between the white and green from the other side is cleaner and more straight. Not 100% though, but who cares. Looooool.
………….and that’s the edible Nigerian flag. Created with something that is oh so indigenously Nigerian. This is not fondant here, or icing, that is adopted from other cultures, this is our very own Garri and Green leafy Vegetables.
Tah dah……..green on both sides, white in the middle.
Edible Nigerian Flag Eba, served with Miyan Gyada. The North, The South, The East and West represented on a plate.
The recipe for Miyan Gyeda is currently on Bella Naija, if you want to have a peek. I will be posting it on the blog during the weekend.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend for those in the UK, and to everyone else, particularly those in Nigeria. Stay safe. Cheers!