FACTS TO TAKE NOTE IN YOUR KITCHEN.

The Kitchen is an important outlet in the house because it serves a major daily function. However, in order to enjoy the service provided by your kitchen, you should observe the following:
(1)Remove all appliances and utensils that are out of use.
(2)Have a good mobbing stick and a long broom suitable for sweeping
(3)Have a well furnished cabinet suitable for keeping all kitchen utensils and tools.
(4)Do not make your kitchen curtain as long as the window lenght- make it an half length of the window.
(5)Ensure your kitchen has at least a very wide window if not, two.
(6)Ensure you have a store in your kitchen.
(7)Have enough air tight containers to store all your food stuffs
(8)There should be a door leading outside in case of emergency.
(9)Place your gas cylinder outside the kitchen to avoid fire outbreak when there is leakage of gas from it.
(10)Put your dustbin/ waste in outside the kitchen
(11)Have a functioning water system and sink.
A proper adherence to the aforementioned guarantee a safety and comfortable kitchen.

A more Nutritious way to cook your Noodles

There is no doubt that noodles has the heart of many Nigerians when it comes to fast foods, it has assumed such a position in which it is loved by many, both young and old. Cooking one sachet of noodles come in different sizes; the small, medium and the large and it takes a maximum of about ten (10) minutes of cooking irrespective of the size chosen.

Ingredients

Although most of the ingredients that can be used are not compulsory but I normally add them when cooking just to spice up the dish with additional nutrients.  Noodles come with a pre-packed sweetening and nutrition agent as it is really for the hungry human who wants to cook something fast. They are:

 

Onions

2 Noodles( any type)

Belle pepper

Crayfish

Sardines

Vegetables

Eggs (preferably boiled)

Sweet corn

Green peas

Utensils/Other needs

Pot

Cooker

Water

Steps

I have assumed the use of the smallest size noodles in my note and this can usually be bought at the rate of NGN 35 naira in any provisions store.

Put a cup of water in the pot place on the lighted cooker and allow to boil to about 80 to 100 degrees celcious

Put the noodles in the boiling water and ensure a low cooking rate by turning down the flame

Cover the pot for about five(5) minutes for better cooking but check at intervals to prevent the content from getting burnt

Add as many ingredient as you like and in whichever quantity you desire (In my own case, I will slice a small piece of onion and two(2) medium sized belle pepper, add a hand spray of crafish and turn in a Can of Sardines)

Turn off the flame

Pour in the green peas and sweet corn

Serve with boiled egg

Wow… This is yummy… Enjoy!

 

 

 

Why you should not microwave your food

Microwave as it is generally known is an electronic device that heats up your food. Many housewives got this particular machine in order to make their work easier in the kitchen. Here today, I will be pointing out some unknown facts about microwave and I do hope you take caution

Prevention is better than cure

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KULI KULI ALATA

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Today’s recipe takes us back to childhood days, we are preparing an ‘old snack’ called ‘kuli kuli alata’ (groundnut sticks). The snack got that English name from the fact that it is made from groundnut. Kulikuli also has a high protein content but rather less fatty because 90% of its oil has been extracted during processing(my opinion ).
Some are of the opinion that kuli kuli, originated from the Northern part of Nigeria and this could actually be as a result of the rate of consumption of the snack in that part of the country.
I enjoy eating this snack especially with ‘gari'(a nigerian meal from cassava); so, if you don’t mind, you can set aside some gari as a complement after we have finished preparing 🙂 . Your mouth is getting watered?

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of roasted groundnut
  • A teaspoon of grinded pepper
  • Groundnut oil (for frying)
  • A cup of Water
  • EQUIPMENTS

  • A medium size pot
  • A turning fork
  • A stainless sieve
  • A medium size bowl

  • COOKING PROCEDURE

  • Blend the roasted groundnut into powder form
  • Pour into a clean dry bowl
  • Add two pinch of grinded pepper
  • Mix together and mould into a ball
  • If it doesn’t form a ball, add a little water to form the ball
  • Start squeezing the ball to extract the oil in the dough
  • Roll out the dough on a flat surface and cut into your desired shapes
  • Fry in pre heated oil until it turns golden brown.
  • Turn into the drive and leave to cool
  • Keep in a air tight container to maintain its crunchiness
    Wow! Kuli kuli is ready. You can eat it alone as snack or with gari. Enjoy!

    Do you have any questions or comments?

    Using the Sun at Home

    The sun is a free gift from the creator of the universe,
    It supplies infinite amount of energy on a daily basis through (light and heat) which can be used to achieve energy-intensive goals.

    Heat is transferred to earth from the sun through radiation.

  • Locally, heat produced from the sun can be used for drying food ingredients, clothing materials and virtually anything that needs to be dried.
  • Technically, heat from the sun can be used for cooking, baking and clean fast-drying
  • How?

    Radiation from the sun is converted to heat on touching a blackbody (blackbody could be anything even you) on earth. The heat can then be used in drying, cooking, baking, etc. and the better the blackbody, the hotter its environment.

  • Technically, radiation from the sun can be used in the generation of power (electricity).
  • How?

    Light from the sun is converted directly to “charges” (using technology) and is used to charge batteries which can then be used to power home appliances, which includes electric bulbs.

    Any questions?

    RELEVANCE OF BREAKFAST

    Breakfast
    Just as the name implies, is meant to break the night fast. It is usually taken in the morning and according to some researchers, it is confirmed to be the most important of all food segments. Foods eaten as breakfast vary based on location, family setting, culture and individual differences. It often includes carbohydrates in form of grain and cereal, protein (eggs, fish, meat etc. for example) and beverage such as coffee, tea, milk etc.

    All classes of food can be combined to make your breakfast as many usually do to make a balanced diet and as earlier mentioned, experts in human nutrition and diet have referred to breakfast as the most essential meal of the day, with an argument towards the fact that people who skip their breakfast are likely to have problems with concentration at the day’s work and metabolism.

    LET US EXPLORE BREAKFAST IN SOME AFRICAN COUNTRIES!
    Starting from our own motherland ‘Nigeria’, There are over 250 ethnic groups with different kinds of foods. Though we know Nigeria is divided into three major cultural group viz: Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. Among the Hausa( Northern part of Nigeria), a popular breakfast dish could be any of the following:

  • kosai(cakes made from ground and fried beans)
  • Funkaso( Wheat flour soaked for a day,then fried and served with sugar.
  • which can be served with ‘koko’.

    For the southwestern Indigenes of Nigeria popularly called the ‘Yorubas’, one of the favourite is ‘Ogi’ which is either made from soaked and ground maize or millet and usually taken with ‘Akara’ or ‘moin-moin’ (both are made from ground beans paste and either vegetable or palm oil), crayfish, pepper and salt.
    However, ‘gari’, made from cassava, in some cases takes the place of ‘Ogi’ when soaked and sweetened with sugar.

    Another African country whose breakfast selection may interest you is Senegal where a breakfast dish is not complete without coffee with milk and a large quantity of sugar accompanied by Baguette. Baguette has its origin in France – a type of bread with flour, water, yeast and salt as its major ingredients. Sometimes the Baguette could be spread with Nutella.

    In Burma Asia, the traditional breakfast is ‘htamin jaw’ (fried rice with boiled peas and green tea) is very much common among the poor citizens of Burma and Glutinous rice, also another breakfast option for the people of Burma is an Asian rice that is usually sticky when cooked also called ‘mochi’ rice, steamed and wrapped in banana leaf. Other African countries have different cúsine made up in their breakfast.

    Having explored some of the breakfast in some African countries, the unique nature of breakfast cannot be over emphasised, skipping breakfast could lead to lack of concentration, hence breakfast should not be joked with. So, the next time you see your friend, ask: ‘HAVE YOU HAD YOUR BREAKFAST TODAY’?

    MUSIC AND EVENTS

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    Music is an important part of human life, its value in people’s everyday-life depends on the use they make of it and the degree to which they engage it, which are in turn dependent on the contexts in which they hear it.
    Although the focal context of this write up is events in general, it is good to know that Music plays a tangible role in any kind of event (christening, weddings, funeral and several others).

    The choice of Music for your event could range from classic type to pop or religious depending on your taste of Music and your choice can therefore be said to depend on your personal will and intuition which means that whatever music you are choosing must have a particular resonance for you and suit the style of the occasion. It will be very absurd to play lullaby in a wedding or funeral because Music is context dependent and if you must enjoy it and make it fulfill your aim at the event, then you need to what suits the occasion.

    Human interaction with sounds especially music cannot be underestimated, Music stimulates the mind, It is an emotional stirring tool that stirs up human feelings of either love, hatred, reconciliation, nostalgia, etc.

    NO EVENT NO MUSIC, NO MUSIC NO EVENT!

    NOURISHING SOYA MILK

    soya: picture culled from justasdelish.com

    There are several types of drinks tagged for kids but not all are nourishing. Today, I would like to share with us the making of a wonderful nourishing drink called soya milk.
    Soya milk is gotten from a cereal called Soya (from the bean family), it is very high in protein and used as vegetarian and lactose alternative for many foods. Like other beans, the Soya bean grows in pods enclosing edible seeds and are usually green but can be yellow, brown or black. The texture is so adaptable that soya beans are frequently processed into a variety of foods.

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    Soya has multiple nutritional importance both to adults and children hence several food recipe can be ripped from it some of which are “beske” ( Soya bean cake), Soya milk and also the cooked form of this beans which makes it edible like any other.

    As have been mentioned earlier, Soya milk will be the main focus for today, it is a nourishing drink for kids that is also good for adults but i think your adorable(s) deserve the priority.
    It is on this note that we move to Tkares Kitchen for the preparation process.

    INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of Soya beans
  • Sugar (to taste)
  • A bowl of clean water

  • Tools

  • A blender
  • A medium sized pot
  • A stirring spoon
  • A clean sieve
  • A medium plastic bowl.

  • PROCEDURE

  • Pick the dirts off the soya beans.(how)
  • Blend the soya beans in a powdered form
  • Pour a bowl of clean water into the pot and put on fire
  • Pour the powdered soya into a bowl and pour small quantity of water to make it a paste.
  • Gradually pour the paste into the water in pot and stir as you pour.
  • The soya is getting cooked now, so it will start bringing out foam, begin to stir so that it doesn’t over flow
  • Now, start picking out the foam with the stirring spoon. You do this until it brings out less foam.
  • Leave to cook for 1hour, 30 minutes. But stay close to watch it from overflowing as a result of the foam.
  • Time is up now, gently pour the mixture into the sieve. Remember to put a bowl under the sieve because the liquid content is the Soya milk we have been waiting for.

    Done? OK, good! Leave to cool and add some sugar to taste, serve as desired either chilled or not.

    It is important to note that this drink is to be prepared and exhausted in a day if necessary preservative measures are not in place, so enjoy your drink.

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    Relevance of an Event Planner to Your Event

    He who fails to plan is planning to fail goes the English proverb. This pin points the relevance of planning in every endeavour.

    Events as we all know, is an occurence that does not just occur; for an event to be successful, there would have been a PLAN. Just like before building a house, a surveyor draws the plan of what the layout will be which may make us therefore ask a great question – do we have event surveyors and architects?

    The plan for an event can either make or mar such event; if well planned the result reflects just that and vice-versa. As each day pass by, people get involved in one event or the other ranging from corporate to socials among others and the success or failure of whatever event you have in view is dependent on its PLANNING.

    Sometimes, owners or organisers of events claim to do the planning by themselves and although 2 out of 10 of this may work out if organisers possess the necessary skills but I do not think their performance can be as good as that of an expert and that is why we have the EVENT PLANNERS.

    Event planners can also be referred to as event strategists, this is because they know the strategies to employ to present a successful event. A minute mistake in an event plan may sometimes cause an event to flop. Join me on this train, as I unfold some event planning tips in my next post titled the DOs of an event. Catch you soon!

    How to Cook ILA ALASEPO

    Okro fruit. Source: http://southpawgroup.com/iqfoodplatter

    Online Nigeria gave a comprehensive list of the tribes in nigeria among which are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba tribes. The Yoruba tribe, in its richnes in culture has several types of soup one of which is Ila alasepo literally meaning “concocted Okro/Okra”. It is named so first because it is prepared mainly from the Okro fruit and also you don’t need to prepare stew (or soup) separately with the delicacy to enjoy eating with any of existing solid types of food; all the ingredients and condiments are added to the Okro and cooked together.

    Cooking in one pot makes the soup taste delicious as all the sweetness in all the ingredients comes out and mix together to become more tastier. It is a fast soup that takes little time to prepare and thereby giving a great addition to soup recipe for housewives, spinsters, bachelors and students. Not only that, Ila Alasepo can also be included in the soup menu for guests and in traditional events as appropriate.

    Welcome to tkares kitchen, my mouth is watering already, 🙂 put on your apron and cap and let us get started.

    INGREDIENTS

  • Okro 10 pieces
  • Grinded pepper 1 TBS (ata gigun)
  • 1 cube of maggi Salt to taste
  • Half cup of palm oil
  • Locust beans
  • Dried or smoked fish
  • Cray fish
  • Meat

  • PREPARATION PROCEDURE

  • Wash the Okro fruit properly and grate into a bowl.
  • Soak your smoked or dried fish into a salty warm water to soften it and remove any kind of dirt.
  • Place a medium size pot on fire and pour two cups of water and allow to boil
  • Pour the grated Okro into the boiling water
  • Begin to cook your meat on another part of the stove
  • Rinse the locust beans and add to what we have in the pot already.
  • The Okro begins to foam, start to stir with a cooking spoon to avoid overflowing.
  • Add the smoked fish ,crayfish and meat
  • Add salt and seasoning
  • Add palm (red) oil in appropriate quantity.
  • Allow to simmer.
  • At this point, the irresistible aroma should be all round your home just like mine. Hhhmmn… Can’t wait to serve this with Amala (another favourite Yoruba delicacy). Yea, you can serve yours too with Amala, EBA, pounded Yam, Semovita, and several others.

    Do not forget to send me a message to notify me of your comment if any. ENJOY YOUR MEAL!

    TBS means tablespoon. the size of the spoon you use to eat.

    10 Fast Cooking Hacks

    Cooking is such process that cannot be waved aside in our daily lives, most housewives get involved in the process of which involves making raw food ready for consumption. The ironical part of it is that not every one does this process rightly, not because they don’t know how to cook but because some important tips are unconsciously ignored while going through this process.
    Welcome aboard as I present to you ten quick cooking tips. I’m sure you will find these very useful.

  • Wash your utensils before and after use.
  • Clean your cooking surface area before and after use.
  • Clean all finger nail polish.
  • Put all your cooking ingredients in small bowls and put them closer to you. This is to maintain easier access to the ingredients.
  • While tasting your food from the pot, do not put on your palm, instead you take a small bowl and dish a small quantity in there too taste. Putting stew or soup on the palm to taste is an unhygienic habit.
  • Ensure you cover your hair properly either with a chef cap, hair net or a scarf.
  • Wash all used utensils immediately. This will lessen your stress of when you finish cooking.
  • Mop the floor immediately water pours on it to prevent you from being slippery.
  • Do not leave your cooking spoon in your stew or soup.
  • Cover your frying pan when frying. This is to prevent hot oil from splashing on you or disfiguring your kitchen wall.
  • An easily made snack

    Puff puff as it is generally called (in Nigeria) is a snack loved by old and young. As easy as it is, not everyone knows how well to prepare this snack. It is soft and tasty. It can be used as a finger food in any event.

    In order to make you prepare this yourself, I shall list out its ingredients. and procedure of preparation. Mind you, the ingredients are easy to get in the market and not too expensive. In fact, I can say puff puff is a very easy and cheap snack to prepare.

    Now, let’s get to the baking store to get our necessary ingredients. 🙂

      INGREDIENTS

    • Flour (2 cups)
    • Sugar (1 cup)
    • Yeast (1 tablespoon)
    • Warm water (1cup and half)
    • Nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
    • Grinded pepper 1/2teaspoon ( Optional)
    • Vegetable oil ( for deep frying)

    Now friends, I believe your ingredients are ready, let’s move to the kitchen!

      PROCEDURES

    • Mix flour and all dry ingredients in a clean dry bowl
    • Pour the sugar in warm water and allow it to dissolve
    • Pour the dissolved sugar into the dry ingredients and mix evenly
    • Put the mixture in an air tight container for 40minutes to rise well
    • After the required time, take out the covered mixture
    • Pour enough oil into a deep pot for your deep frying (give a gentle heating for gradual heating).
    • Cut the mixture in bits into the heated oil. (you can cut either with your hand or you use a cooking spoon)
    • Ensure you turn the balls in the oil and remove from the oil when it has turned golden brown.
    • Serve as desired.

    Did you get that? Hhmmn good! Perhaps you didn’t get it well? Practice makes perfect. I look forward to your questions and comments. Till then, keep cooking, keep eating healthy.
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    4 Reasons why your cake may not rise

    Sometimes, new bakers find it difficult to figure out why their cakes didn’t rise after all effort. Having been a victim too while I was still new to baking, I have come to discover some factors responsible for this frustrating outcome.
    Here are just 4 of them.

    #1 TOO MUCH FLOUR

    Sometime, new bakers add too much flour to the cake mixture. It is advise able that you put the appropriate measure of flour. Check out my previous post titled 10 Quick tips about baking to know how best to scoop your flour in order to measure appropriately.

    #2 ABSENCE OF ENOUGH RISING AGENT

    Inadequate rising agent in your mixture could contribute to why your flour has not risen well. Its possible you forgot to add your baking powder or you didn’t put enough. To prevent this, next time you are baking your cake, you are advised to add all dry ingredients in a mix; that is, add the baking powder to your flour before proceeding to ‘liquid mixing’.

    #3 INAPPROPRIATE BAKING TIN

    Every cake mixture has its own baking tin I.e a small amount of mixture requires a small baking tin and a large quantity should be put in a large pan. If a small mixture is placed in a large pan, the rising level will just not be fine.

    #4 INSUFFICIENT MIXING

    As a result of being in haste, its possible you didn’t mix your ingredients very well and this may cause your cake not to rise. This starts from the first stage to the final stage. Always try to be patient while mixing because its rising is dependent on your ability to mix well.

    For better results, buy a mixer if you can afford it, also go over the list again and again and try to avoid them next time you are baking. Your cake will rise like never before.

    As always, I would like to hear from you.