MatseCooks’ Designer Eba

Eba (swallow) has evolved from just being rounded and placed on a plate into beautiful food art. I decided to do my own take on swallows…something nice and modern. Something very unique.

I was busy cleaning up and arranging my kitchen when I spied my biscuit maker/ cake decorator and I said to myself. Hey! You could do something extra-ordinary with this. I have always been gifted with my hands and made amazing cake decorations, so I decided to use Eba as my raw material for designing.

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Stir Fried Concoction Basmati Rice

Concoction rice has been on the Nigerian food scene for ages but it was a meal I didn’t really care about because I saw so many versions of it that I didn’t really like nor enjoyed. Some where just made up of palm oil and pepper with a little crayfish and seasoning. I just didn’t get it so it was not on my list of favorite meals until I told myself to look into it and modify it.

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I decided to go for basmati rice, swapped the palm oil for vegetable oil and instead of making it a one pot meal, I made it a stir fry. πŸ™‚ You know where I am going right? I brought in the Asian way of cooking, using an African recipe. God bless Asians and their techniques. Boy it was so good! It tasted like nothing I had tasted before and had more depth than the usual concoction rice. You should try this. Damnnn! You should!!! πŸ˜€

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Nigerian Fiery Toast

Since I got married and became a mother, I started enjoying breakfast a lot. Unlike my single days when I could easily skip breakkie, now mouths have to be fed and that meant I needed to eat too. By eating with my family, I started learning new ways of presenting breakfast. Adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that, tweaking etc.

That was how I decided to add some fire to my toast. πŸ™‚

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Asaro (Yam Porridge)

This is a very easy meal to prepare and extremely versatile. You can tweak it as you want and it goes with a variety of side dishes like stewed meats, fish, eggs, vegetables etc.

My Mum makes it with lots of smoked fish and dried shrimps. The type of fish you would find in the southern part of Nigeria. Gigantic, dark, freshly smoked and quite expensive. She would throw in chunks, bits and pieces of fish…every mouthful was special. πŸ™‚

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Urhobo “Oil Less” Egusi Soup

How I learnt how to prepare this soup takes me back to my university days. A young man by the name Avwerosuo Okwuagbe taught me how to cook this soup. I remember the first time I had it, I took the first lump of eba, then another, and then another. It was simply lovely and a brand new way of experiencing Egusi soup.

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It was just exotic to me, earthy and comforting. I was so used to eating the regular palm oil made Egusi soup and to learn from “Suo” as we called him that this recipe is so easy to prepare, blew my mind away. One thing I can tell about the Urhobos is that they can use a handful of ingredients to make great tasting meals.

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Crepe with Savory Dambu Nama Sauce

Remember I told you, my M-Fam that I have a retinue of recipes. Uhuh! This is another one of them and I tell you, it is damn just delicious. Too many ideas are just dancing in my head, they are so real that I can literally touch them. Yes, touch them! I actually brought it to life and really did touch this deliciousness.

A combo of sweet and savory with meaty strands filling up your mouth. You can serve it as breakfast, lunch or dinner…how versatile! πŸ™‚ This is a melange of the western world and Africa and it is simply beautiful.

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As usual my recipes are very easy to make and the technique to making crepe in a frying pan is very easy. Just follow my instructions and you will get it perfectly.

Let me take you into the MatseCooks world of sumptuous pleasures and show you how to make these lovelies.

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