Ofe Nsala

Hey guys, first thing I want to do is apologize for being MIA. When you get married, your whole life changes! I went from going to school and working (thinking about myself) to now a full-time wife who has think about what her husband will eat Lol. I am so thankful for this new chapter in my life, because of my husband it has given me new recipe ideas and inspiration.

Ofe Nsala (white soup) is One of my all-time favorites Nigerian soup. It’s a white based soup made with fresh fish and uziza leaf. Many tribes in Nigeria make this soup in different versions. As you know I’m front the Igbo tribe, we make this soup with the native leaf Uziza or utazi leaf.

I consulted my sister in-law for some tips on how to make ofe-Nsala, the traditional way. She came all the way through, Thanks Vi-Vi.

I hope you enjoy this authentic recipe, it will surely bring home to your taste buds.

Ingredients

1 large catfish (skin on, chopped into 6-8 pieces)

1/4 c of crayfish

2 Tbsp of pepe soup mix

1/4 cup of uZiza leaf

2-3 pieces of cut yam

2 Tbsp of red pepper

3 Maggi cubes

1 tbsp of ogiri

1 small onion

Stock fish ( I uses a small amount )

1 small dry fish

2 pepe

Prep

Boil yam and stock fish until tender. Mash yam in mortar or blend with small water in blender.

Soak dry fish in warm water

Blend 2 pepe (habanero or scotch bonnet) with small water

Begin

Take the cat fish and place into a large pot. Cover the catfish with water. Begin to season with 1 Maggi cube, onion powder , salt and pepper. Add in 1 small chopped onions. Bring to a boil, cook only for 6-10 minutes. You want to parboil the fish, to make a fish broth. Remove fish from the broth. (your fish should be half way cooked)

Next Add into the broth, the crayfish, ogiri , pepper, Maggie cubes, pepper soup mix, and uziza leaves. Also add in your dry fish and stock fish. Bring to a boil while stirring.

Next add your pounded yam paste, table spoon by table spoon. Continue to cook on medium- high heat while stirring . The pounded yam will melt into the soup. Continue to add more pounded yam to your preference, depending on how thick you want your soup.

Lastly add your catfish back into the soup . Continue to cook on low for about 5-10 minutes making sure your catfish is done.

Enjoy with Pounded yam.

Please drop your questions below.

Peppered Fish

This recipe has been requested by so many of my followers. I finally have time to share the secret recipe . This is my quick version of how to make peppered Fish. Its a yummy low carb, keto-diet approved meal. Give this easy recipe a try, enjoy the ride back to the motherland .

Ingredients

2-3 Medium whole Tilapia (descaled and fins removed )

6 small cubes of knoor

2 red bell peppers

1 tomato

2-3 scotch bonnet

1 tbsp. of thyme

1 tbsp. of paprika

1 tbsp.  garlic powder

1 tbsp. of ginger

1 tbsp. of brown sugar

2 tsp of salt (1 for sauce, 1 for fish)

1 red onion

thumb size fresh ginger

Pre heat oven to 400F

Prep

In a bowl combine spices, 4 knoor cubes, and sugar. Set aside

Blend the red bell pepper, 1/2 red onion, 3 garlic cloves (or 4 tbsp. of mince garlic), thumb size of ginger, tomato, and scotch bonnet. Set aside

Meanwhile, add 1/4 cup of oil in a pan with 1/2 chopped onions. Allow to fry for 1-2 minutes on medium high heat. Next add in the pepper blend with the 2 remaining knoor cube, and allow to fry for the next 10 minutes. Set Aside

Method

Wash fish and pat dry. Begin to score the fish ( make 3 diagonal slices in the skin ). Using a brush, begin to baste the fish with oil, on both sides.  Begin to sprinkle your spice blend on top of fish , making sure to insert into the score lines of the fish. Use your hand to massage spices into the fish.  This may seem odd, but make love to the fish :0)

Place fish on baking rack that’s on top of a baking sheet.

Begin to bake, each side for 20 minutes. (flip over after the first 20 minutes and re-baste with oil. This helps with the cooking process ).

After baking , apply a cooking spoon of your pepper sauce on top of the fish. Spread out evenly. Broil (500 F) for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, garnish with chopped parsley and onions. Oya Enjoy!!

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Indomie 

img_6460Indomie is a brand name to a popular type of noodles in Nigeria. You can make it with many different type of additives. Below is my version:

2 packages of indomie noodles

1/2 yellow onion

1-2 habanero pepper

1 small tomatoe

1/2 cup of corn beef

1 package of sardine

2 eggs

1/2 cup of oil

Boil eggs, peel and set aside.

Begin to prep by chopping up onions, tomatoes and habanero.

Begin to boil water in a pot add in the indomie noodles. Allow to boil for only 3 minutes. (You don’t want it too soft ) Drain and set aside.

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In a pan pour in some oil, begin to sauté onions, tomatoes,corn beef, and habanero for about 3- 5 minutes. Add in drained noodles. Next add in the seasoning packets and 3 tbsps of oil.

Begin to mix/fry for 2-3 minutes.

Place on plate, add sardine on top with boiled eggs.

Enjoy

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