By Folasade Opajobi
Christmas comes with lots of merry making synonymous with tasty and refreshing menus. Get ideas to introduce fresh menus this season as these mums share their all-time yuletide favourite.
Rice & Zimbabwean Green with Plantain & Rock Shandy
’Tidzo Ogunade (Clinical Administrator), mum to Jaden (10), Brianna (8) and Rylan (4)
Ours is a Nigerian/Zimbabwean family, so I decided to come up with a recipe that is a blend of both countries. My husband believes rice and plantain is suitable for Christmas and I added a blend of traditional Zimbabwe green and Rock Shandy drink.
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Our children are used to chicken, pizza, burger, and so on, and can have it all year round, so I thought of a traditional meal which infuses both cultures. I was initially worried about how they’d accept it but it turned out that they liked it and would always request for it. The ingredients are readily available and easy to make also.
Boil the rice and store in a cooler. Fry the plantain and also store in a dish.
Ingredients: 1 bunch collard greens, water, large chopped tomato, green onions & creamy peanut butter.
Preparation: Shred the greens and place in a pot with water. Stir occasionally while cooking just for about 4 minutes. Drain the greens and store it’s stock in a bowl. Add tomatoes and onions to the greens and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine tablespoons of peanut butter with half of the green’s and add this mixture to the vegetables. Keep stirring constantly until the greens are creamy. Add more stock if the mixture seems too thick and finally, add salt to taste.
Ingredients: Ice, 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice, 3 dashes Angostura bitters (can be found in any supermarket) and cold soda (sparkling water).
Preparation: Half fill a glass with ice, add the lemon or lime juice and Angostura bitters. Fill the glass with sparkling water and serve.
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Fries, Turkey & Cake
Yewande Adedipe (Learning Support Assistant), mum to Adiva (5), Asher (19 months old)
Turkey is traditional for Christmas here in the UK, so I just added fries and cake to make it more like a holiday recipe.
Preparation: Fry the already sliced potato chips and keep aside.
To make the stuffings, I combine breadcrumbs with onions in a large mixing bowl. I add a little boiling water and mix thoroughly. I work in sausage meat and egg and season with spices.
I pre heat the oven, stuff the turkey and apply a generous amount of butter on it. I place the turkey in the oven, on a pan laced with foil paper and roast. When the turkey is golden brown, I bring it out to add butter and more stuffing then wrap it in a foil paper and return into the oven. Continuous basting is necessary throughout. When the turkey is ready, it’s brought out to cool off and ready to eat.
Serve with the fries. For dessert, I offer cake & ice cream.
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White rice with vegetable sauce
*Oyeyemi Pitan (Banker), mum to ’Demilade (3), Iretomiwa (19 months)
We all love rice, so I had to look up another way of making a delicacy out of chicken to make it look more like a holiday recipe. It’s easy to prepare, healthy and yummy. My kids love it and don’t even mind having the vegetable sauce alone.
Whole Chicken, Vegetable Oil, Spring Onions, Fresh Plum Tomatoes, Medium Size Carrots, Cabbage, Irish Potatoes, Red Bell Pepper (optional), Green Bell Pepper, Salt and some seasoning.
De-seed the plum tomatoes, wash and cut the vegetables. Peel the Irish potatoes and blend into a thick paste and set aside. Scrape and dice the carrots.
Season the already cut chicken and place in a pot to cook. Once it is boiled, add the chopped tomatoes and vegetable oil and cover to cook for another 10 minutes. Add the already diced carrots and cook for 5 minutes. Add the potato paste (this will thicken the sauce), chopped bell peppers and cabbage. Stir and cover to cook for 5 minutes. Check if there’s need to add more salt and it’s ready to be served.
Hope these recipes give your family’s taste buds an exciting adventure this season.
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Now I am confused on which recipe to pick. Lool. Kudos mums, u guys rock.
oh! my God,mums am learning alot from dis house.God bless u all for me oo
Fantastic. I would suggest this special recipes uploading as a new heading for MIM. most times mothers are tired of the all year round dishes we prepare for our families. Take for example the NIGERIAN/ ZAMBIAN dish wud be great dish to try out dis season.
Sorry what are collard greens? Is there a Nigerian name or alternative for it?
Collard green is just like ugwu
I would really love to try the turkey recipe sha…
Nice recipes, I’ll love to try some of dem
My mouth is watering already
Thinking of which to pick….
Nawa see recipe don’t know which to use but I think rice with vegetable sauce will be nice already salivating
Nice ones..think i’ll try the first one,and the others will come later
i prefer the second recipe. Hmmmm yumcious!!! I will try it out
I like the third recipe, I ‘ll try it out this christmas.
Hmmmm yummy! I’ll definitely try these
wow sounds and look delicious.
Hmmm! Nice recipes.
this is great…
My mouth is watering already just reading how to prepare these.wl try out these b4 Christmas to know which one i might try out on Christmas. Thanks to all d ladies, u all have beautiful kids
I’ll like 2 try dem out especially d Rocky sandy, tnx guys
I ll definitely try the white rice and vegetable sauce. Thanks
Well done mommies… Will have to try one of dis
I will try them out. Thanks
I like the first one. It’s differnt
YaY i just got an ide………………………..a!
Yay! As a foodie, I’m officially trying all the recipes especially the Zimbabwean greens
Yummy yummy, I have learnt , tanks for sharing
I love trying new things esp in the kitchen! Dats y i’m always on food channel. Lol… thanks MISM
Yummylicious(in my own dictionary) lol. Thks for sharing. Will try one of these out for d holidays
Nice one there. Will definitely try it esp de vegetable sauce hnmmm yummy
All of them nice
I go try them all during Xmas nd new year. Thanks for sharing
Hmmmm, yummy yummy…. Abeg make una forward these via bluetooth..lol
All yummy yummy but now I’m seriously craving for Oyeyemi Pitan’s recipe.I’ll try it out. Thnks to u all.
Great i would love to try vegatable sauce
Wow….. Salivating. I will try one of these thiS xmas.
Hmmm. Thanks MIM. I was just discussing with my husband dat i’ll like to cook something totally different for Christmas.
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