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Ideas For An Easy African Meal by prittigrrr(f): 1:57pm On Jun 15, 2009
My fiance's birthday is coming up in 2 weeks. I want to cook him a Nigerian meal. He has taught me how to make pepper soup but I would like to make him something else. Any ideas for an easy birthday meal for him?
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by ifyalways(f): 2:18pm On Jun 15, 2009
what part of 9ja is he from?u can make their local delicay for him.
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by prittigrrr(f): 3:29pm On Jun 15, 2009
He is Yoruba, from Akure.
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by ifyalways(f): 6:55pm On Jun 15, 2009
Pity i dont know nothing abt that side of Nigeria but hang on,somone might just come in and help. smiley
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by prittigrrr(f): 8:27pm On Jun 15, 2009
I know NLs won't let me down.
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by chaircover: 4:00pm On Jun 16, 2009
Pounded Yam & dog meat . . . . . . Just joking grin

Make him fried rice & roast chicken - you cant go wrong with that.

There is a fried recipie somewhere in the food section. As for Roast chicken very easy.
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by prittigrrr(f): 5:29pm On Jun 16, 2009
Thank you girl. I will try the fried rice, but he doesnt care much for chicken. He likes turkey. He is picky, picky, picky.
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by chaircover: 7:48pm On Jun 16, 2009
My hubby isnt a chicken person either

Does he like fish?

A quick partner for the rice is to buy a whole fish; eg salmon, tilapia or croaker. I prefer Salmon and you can get a whole salmon for about £10.00 in the supermarkets or fish mongers.

clean the fish and slice open the belly. Leave the head on the fish. score the fish skin with a knife into fancy diagonals.

Stuff with whatever you like. I put in ground red pepper, tarragon, knorr cubes, garlic butter, mushrooms, dill, chopped spinich and any other thing that comes to hand; any of these items I use can be substituted there is no hard and fast rule to what you stuff the fish with.

Place a dash of olive oil on a baking sheet and place the fish on the sheet. Cover fish with foil and bake. Dont let the foil touch the fish or it will peel off the fidh skin. Take off the foil towards the end to give the fish a golden colour.

The most important part of this dish is presentation. Make your man feel like a king by investing in one of those china dish servers.

I have a very long one just for fish. Its china with a gold pattern on it and it has a silver base which it sits on.

Place the whole fish on the china dish and surround the fish with sliced tomatoes, fancy cut cucumber or whatever you fancy just to make it look pretty.

Serve with the fried rice. Depending on the size of the fish you may have to start baking the fish before you start cooking the rice.

The next day You can use the left over fish especially if its salmon to make a lovely Naija style salad. Just fry some plantain, dish onto a nice plate and put some salad beside it as a snack for your other half to have the next day.

Good Luck wink
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by prittigrrr(f): 8:14pm On Jun 16, 2009
Thanks chaircover, this sounds like a real "doable" alternative. He loves fish and seafood. I am a pretty good cook and I grow my own herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers every summer. That would be great with salmon. I wanted to learn jollof rice for his birthday because I know he likes it a lot but does not know how to fix it himself. His favorite meal is egusi with wheat but I did not feel proficient enough to try that for the birthday. I wanted to cook something that would be good and easy. I know I would not want someone to half step on my birthday. It would be terrible to try to choke something down on that day. But, I dont get mad if folks don't like my food. Different strokes for different folks.

I also have a lot of very beautiful dishes and platters. I always change my place settings and table linens. i will go all out for this day. he does not drink but I am gonna have some sparkling cider for him. He is a very simple guy, but when I get through going through all the paces, anyone will feel like a king like you suggested.

If you think of anything else, please let me know. I am getting excited just thinking about it.
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by chaircover: 8:25pm On Jun 16, 2009
I wouldn't do the jollof rice because jollof rice has a habit of going wrong the one day you need it to behave.

Fried rice is easier to cook; in my opinion anyway.

You can make an impact by getting him a birthday cake made or baked if you have the time and confidence to do this. You can decorate the cake in his favourite football team colours or crest.

Put some balloons up the night before and make a big do of things.

I am into my decor so I do things like organza chair bows, candles on the table, confetti on the table, crisp white linen etc.

Are you inviting people over or is it just the 2 of you?
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by prittigrrr(f): 9:09pm On Jun 16, 2009
@ chaircover,

Girl, you are a lady after my own heart.  The things you are suggesting to me are the things I always tell my married friends.  They call me the black Martha Stewart.  LOL.  I bake and I cater too.  I did my best friend's wedding last year.  What I wanted to do was the same thing I did for her wedding, and that is to leave all sizes of wrapped boxes around the living room as decoration for his birthday and have flowers, ballons, and gift boxes/bags on the table for a centerpiece.  He is really a homebody.  He lives 3 hours from me so he doesnt really have contacts here.  I could invite my family over but since our time together is so short, I think  that it will just be us on the actual birthday.  We can meet friends or have them overy for dessert or a cocktail the next day.

He is not too big on sweets, but if I do something sweet, it will be for guests and it will either be individual cheesecakes or individual berry shortcakes.  I have a really good recipe that I bake in small heart shaped pans (in the case of the shortcakes).  I split the little cakes and fill them with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.  I top it with real whipped cream scented with mint from my garden.  I also have a killer cheesecake recipe that does well baked in small springform or tart pans.  Either way, I top each individual dessert with a large  chocolate covered strawberry.
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by chaircover: 9:40pm On Jun 16, 2009
Gosh your'e a pro. I am sure I can learn a few things from you. Do you mind giving me the berry shortcake recipie please.

Its hubbys birthday too next month and I will like to do something different this year. I am glad im not the only one who goes OTT when it comes to things like this. I just love pretty things.
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by Leilah(f): 10:12pm On Jun 16, 2009
Hey you could fry some ripe plantain and serve it as a side. Just make sure you put plenty of pepper/chilli powder in the rice! this is my special little recipe, the very first rice I made for my husband and he was delighted, he loved it. Try this one, its simple but kinda different. I'm not nigerian, but did this did the trick!

big beef chunks and/or hen or regular chicken.
one bunch spring onions
one red onion
one green pepper
one red or yellow pepper
4-6 maggi seasoning cubes
some frozen mixed vegetables (I use the tesco ones with the diced carrots etc)
curry powder
dry pepper powder
king prawns or shrimps
two cans of makerel
one tablespoon of tumeric
about 3/4 pack of easy cook long grain rice (has to be this one)
one tablespoon of thyme

Boil meat and season it with salt curry and about three maggi cubes
Set aside and reserve the stock

In a seperate pot boil rice with some water n salt and add the meat stock and the tumeric to it whilst boiling (plese do not over boil this rice, make sure there is some 'bite' in it and dont put too much water in it).

chop up all the other ingredients, (expept the makeral and prawns and meats and boil the frozen veg and drain)

heat about three tables spoons of oil in a wok or pan and fry the veg etc, (You could also add some fried beef kidney)
then add prawns and curry powder. When they are cooked and cooled a little mix them all up together with the rice and the canned makerel. Make sure you season this rice dish generously with maggi cubes, pepper or chilli power and thyme.

happy cooking!

So you can just bake your meats in oven or fry them and eat them with the rice.
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by prittigrrr(f): 2:44am On Jun 17, 2009
Thank you ladies! I appreciate the help. Chaircover I will be back later with the shortcake recipe.
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by prittigrrr(f): 4:09am On Jun 18, 2009
@chaircover: here's the recipe I promised you. I am typing it on my mobile so forgive any errors: Strawberry Shortcake - 2 Cups of flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 cup of sugar, 1 stick of butter, melted (8 tablespoons - REAL BUTTER AND NOT MARGARINE), 2 large eggs, 1 cup of milk, 2 teaspoons of real vanilla extract. Mix together the dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients. Mix until blended. Pour into prepared pan(s) and bake at 350 degrees until toothpick comes out clean. If u bake it in a 9 inch pan, it will take about 25-30 minutes. I bake it in small heart shaped pans and it takes about half the time. For the filling: use about 1 quart of strawberries with about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sugar. You can also use about a pint of strawberries plus 1 cup of raspberries and 1 cup of blueberries. Split the cake in half. Cover bottom layer with fruit. Top with remaining layer. Add more fruit. Top with whipped cream.
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by prittigrrr(f): 4:13am On Jun 18, 2009
Let the cut strawberries and sugar sit in the fridge for a few hours so the sugar will pull the juice out of the berries.
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by chaircover: 6:46am On Jun 18, 2009
Thanks a lot prit.

Will def try this soon. God bless you & all wishing you a fab day on your other halfd birthday  smiley
Re: Ideas For An Easy African Meal by prittigrrr(f): 12:39pm On Jun 19, 2009
Thanks again girl for all the help. I am really psyched about it!

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