Monday, 30 January 2017

'Come Chop Show' .....In plain English 😁



This is an invitation to become an active member of The Food Hut Family. This is irrespective of what African country or Caribbean island you come from.

We shall be starting a series called the  'Come Chop Show'.

In it, participants would be showing us celebrated or innovative dishes from their part of the world or such as they are familiar with from other African or Caribbean destinations.

Participants and voters alike would need to be followers of this blog.

Prizes would be given based on the voter's evaluation of
- their display or presentation
- content shared
- the probable taste of the dish. This could be supported by having a selection of guests to do actual sampling afterwards.

We would have the support of established grocery sellers and restaurateurs gift wise too.

 It is bound to be fun.

To be part of this competition, you need to be a subscriber to this blog and it would therefore help your chances to share the blogs with your own friends and family as they would then be able to vote for you too.

So start thinking of what you would like to present and get in touch with me at fallyvltd@gmail.com.

Entries will be received and shortlisted in February and by the start of March we shall publish the list of participants and their chosen dishes and presentation date.

Be on the lookout.

Thanks for visiting this page and for following and sharing this blog on your various platforms.

Comments, questions can be left in the comment box below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Fally Jay, for The Food Hut.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Food Hut Family Meeting πŸŽ€πŸ”Š

Excuse me today as I may be going into some Lingo briefly, pidgin English to be precise.

Oya o, make una ready for our meeting o. We go dey do many fun things together. 

Which one be your country or your town sef? Eh hen make una ready as we go dey do competition, interviews in form of 


'Come Chop' shows

where you go get chance take show people say better dey for your country, abi ya village sef.

That na only de start of the 'tory, prizes go dey 

-for your display,
- wetin you teach us 
-and how yummy we feel say e go be (unless true true you invite us come chop). 
-Our brother and sister dem wen get restaurant and shop go show their hand too.

To follow do these competition dem, you go need to put your name down here say you be part of The Food Hut Family.
 I hope say una go make am fun. 
Na una go compete, na una family go still vote too.

So go tell your all your friends (by sharing this post). Begin dey think the kind thing you fit take show your country or any other African or Caribbean food wen you sabi cook or you wan introduce us to. You sef, no forget to put your name down by following this page too. If not, how you go fit prove say you be part of the family πŸ˜‘?

Oya o..... begin follow/ suscribe now. Na so the party go take start. ( I go give more details about the rules later)

(😡😢confused, ask a friend or else wait up, translation coming nextπŸ˜‰)

Una stay well till anoda time.

Your sister Fally Jay for The Food Hut.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Shitto and Spice pepper jellyπŸ˜₯


No, I don't know what it is with us all and pepper.
My daughter was asking me just the other day to make sure my jollof rice was very spicy and to add enough scotch bonnet peppers. 😟

These two recipes have in common the fact that they are cooked to last for long periods of time even outside of a fridge.

Shitto, 
I have mentioned before when I wrote the blog on Manna Superstores, Woolwich (02/12/16)
A roommate at University from Ghana introduced me to it. It was one of those packages received with love from 'Mum' on the way into school. It served as a staple support for white rice, yam, bread etc long after pocket money had taken it's exit. I fell in love with it since then.
Here's a recipe from Abena's Kitchen. The heat is in the scotch bonnet pepper.

Spicy pepper jelly
This intrigues me because it comes from The Caribbean  and it's nice to see how we sometimes have similar diet types at times. As the name implies, it is made as kind of peppery jelly. One could say like Cranberry sauce with a kick!!! I shall definitely be giving it a go too. 
This recipe is from Trini Cooking with Natasha


So which pepper mix is more up your street, Shito or Spicy Pepper Jelly? Maybe, even both depending on the season?

Cast your vote..�😁

Fally Jay for The Food Hut.
fallysfoodhut.com• fallyvltd@gmail.com



Saturday, 21 January 2017

Online African and Caribbean grocery shopping for UK delivery.

Hi there!

As promised in the last post, here are links to two companies supplying UK wide

1. ijeshop can supply groceries as well as precooked and packed meals of your choice.




2. olumofoods supply a good variety of African groceries on request.


Hope these are of help to some of you. Share like or leave comments about this post. If you have used any of these services too, let others know how it went.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

Fally Jay for The Food Hut. 

Friday, 20 January 2017

African Pepper soup πŸ˜…πŸ˜‹♨

Good afternoon everyone.
Where have I been? I was somewhat under the weather with abdominal pains that affected my appetite and even my ability to eat for a while. Not good, I know but thank God I am better now.

I had to resort to the Old faithful Pepper soup to kick in the appetite again. With the prevalent cold weather, at least here in UK, as well as me being better now(πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘), I thought I would share.

I have also discovered a number of variants from the continent too. Happy family we all are in Africa πŸ˜….

Here goes.
1. From Cameroon.
2. From Nigeria
3. From Sierra Leone.  This seems to be of a different category made with tomatoes.
4. From Ghana, otherwise known as 'light soup'.

Check your local African grocer for any unique spices required to make the version you require.

I will look into online suppliers of these spices for those living far from such shops and fill you in later.

It is good to be well.πŸ˜ƒ
Thanks for visiting.

Later!

Fally Jay for The Food Hut. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

πŸ˜΅πŸ“‹ Menu translation: K Spice restaurant revisited

Howdy everyone.

And the weather down your end? Well, we had a bit of snow here last night and a journey of thirty minutes became an hour and a half, but we are all in one piece still.

I decided to revisit the K Spice restaurant post because I realised that most of the items were described in a Nigerian dialect probably unfamiliar to some. The idea is for all and sundry to be able to 'enjoy' these meals with us so I will try to explain the names of the food items we had.

1. Puff puff : simply fried dough with a bit of yeast to help it rise. Puff_Puff is nice when eaten hot, just like doughnuts but without the jam etc.

2. Nkwobi: this is 'cow foot' cooked tender and mixed with aromatic spices, palm oil & pepper ♨. Yes, spicy Hot! https://youtu.be/D60yhEoiZTY

3. Isi Ewu: literally translates as 'the head of a goat' and that's what it is, all spiced up as Nkwobi. It is a celebrated delicacy in Nigeria, definitely very tasty. If you are brave enough, get some friends and go try this dish. Mentally challenging for the 'faint hearted' and very spicy.
Check out this link but be warned, what you see may upset you  https://youtu.be/r3abgyFRcAQ. Still want to try it? 

4. Suya : this is meat which has been sliced thinly and covered in a specialised spice mix whose prominent components are cloves, dried pepper and peanut cake. (If you have allergic reactions to peanuts you can do without the peanut cake.) It is then roasted or baked till cooked with an extra smattering of the spice mix for 'effects' afterwards.😁

5. Yam porridge and plantain: no lingo there, just yam cooked soft enough to begin to crumble, in water with ground crayfish, palm oil, pepper etc. This can be cooked to taste when done at home and plantain was simply peeled, sliced and fried. Follow link for a recipe for yam-porridge.

6. Afang soup: it is so called because of local name for the leaves used to cook the soup. It involves a lot of the vegetable also known as 'Okazi' and it can be found in Peckham, Deptford, Woolwich high streets or any reputable African grocer's shop.

7. Ayamase served with rice: another very very ♨♨ hot and spicy sauce made largely with green  bell and scotch bonnet peppers, crayfish, fried in bleached palm oil. For some the 'heat' is the lure, some may say it could send a cold packing.
See how it's done here.

As with everything in life, moderation is the key to enjoying these foods. A treat now and then isn't bad. Just don't make excessive spice and palm oil a habit or else adjust how you prepare it at home if you can do so.

Then again, you could take your mates down to K Spice for a 'spice challenge'; ask them to make it as hot as possible... ....(disclaimer comes in here πŸ˜…) or just go in and find what all the rave is about.

Later,

Fally Jay for The Food Hut.
Fallysfoodhut.com - the click stop for your African and Caribbean delights.

Get your business or interests on our directory by emailing us at fallyvltd@gmail.com and we'll help you spread the word.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Making Fried Rice with DeJuTT.....

Yes o......another day with Jumoke, CEO of DeJuTT catering services. ☺
I happen to live near enough to her and she kindly called me to watch her making Fried Rice!

For the non Africans or at least non Nigerians, after 'Jollof Rice, the Great' comes 'Fried Rice'. Those two on their own, with meat and drink, can settle a party for us.

 Young ones; you may also learn a thing or two and release your mum from doing this for you and your friends when you have those 'short notice' gatherings. So come along on this discovery journey with us.

I must say before we proceed that this set up was for party catering without strict measuring as my friend is well used to her routine. I just photographed and videoed the process. Next time I would probably do a live Facebook video or at least a full on video, that would be so much easier to pass on.
Anyway, let's make the most of it.

Ingredients:




1. Basmati Rice 5kg, pre washed before cooking
2. 2 large white onions chopped
3. Sunflower oil, some chicken broth with as little water as possible,
4. 2 large Scotch Bonnet peppers
5. Salt to taste
6. Hot Curry powder, knorr chicken powder, dried thyme.
7. Frozen Mixed vegetables
8. Frozen cooked and peeled prawns.


Method of preparation:


From the top left corner, 
1. After heating up the oil and chicken broth, the onions and scotch bonnet peppers are added in to fry lightly.
2. The washed rice is added in to the pot.
3. Next, seasonings.
4. The rice and seasonings are then fully stirred together in the heating oil with a large wooden ladle and left to simmer at low heat with the cover on for about twenty minutes. The rice would then have softened to a reasonable extent.
5. Add in the mixed vegetables and prawns, again stirring in fully. Leave at low heat and cover till vegetables and rice are cooked.


video


6. Be careful not to let it burn, adding hot water in small amounts only if necessary to keep the rice steaming till cooked.

7. The finished product; tasty and nice πŸ˜ƒ. It will not go 'off' quickly because it was literally fried till cooked and not par boiled.



Thank you
                              07939141850

From Fally Jay for The Food Hut. 

(Fallysfoodhut.com)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Dinner with friends at K- Spice Erith πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

Address: 13 Pier Rd, London, Erith DA8 1TA
http://www.kspiceafrorestaurant.com/

It was a Friday evening and relatively quiet. We phoned ahead the day before to confirm our order to ensure its availability on the day.

Here are some pictures from the outing:

 puff puff

nkwobi

 Isi ewu

suya
yam porridge and plantain

 afang soup and pounded yam


white rice, ayamase, moin moin and plantain (πŸ˜ƒ couldn't wait for the picture..?)
take away menu

K-spice loyalty scheme
     
All in all a very good day, all the meals went down well. If you like hot and spicy, you can definitely get it there.
Good sized portions served so you need to be hungry. Especially...for the isi-ewu. Extra Grande size!

Ambience is clean, nice and friendly. 
If you find yourself in the area, give it a try. It is good value for good food. You may even want to start their loyalty scheme too.

Oki Doki, that's all for now. 
Let us know if you would like us to review your restaurant or if you can cook up a storm,  serve a crowd with ease or you are just too good at what you do making African and Caribbean dishes. 
(See email address below)

Fally Jay for The Food Hut.      

Monday, 9 January 2017

😳😳😳😳

Hello folks, apologies for the break in transmission.


New post coming shortlyπŸ‘

Thanks

Fally Jay for The Food Hut

'Fallysfoodhut.com'  coming soon.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

New Year Greetings from Fally's Food Hut....πŸ΄πŸ—πŸ·πŸœ



"You are wondering why your business or African/Caribbean food enterprise is not up there yet....? I am wondering the same too. The door's open, come on board".

Here's praying that your business breaks past records this year and that we get play a part in that too...

πŸŽ‰Happy New YearπŸŽ‰

From Fally Jay for The Food Hut.



























Fallysfoodhut.com 
- your 'click stop' for African & Caribbean delights.