A Sunday favorite of many Nigerians for breakfast. Boiled yam with fried eggs and stew. We eat everything with stew it seems. Stew and goat meat.
I am currently back at home in Nigeria enjoying myself thoroughly. I arrived about a week ago. It was a long exhaustive trip. I had to take the train into Madrid, make my way over to the Madrid airport , hang around for a long while, then caught the flight to Lagos through Iberia airlines. I didn’t realize that there were still airlines who do not offer any sort of entertainment. No tv, no music..zilch. It was a long six hours :-( . These are some of my favorite Yoruba tribe (of which l belong) meals. The Yorubas are in the South. The two other major tribes are Ibo in the East, and Hausa in the North. They have their own different food and ingredients that l am not familiar with.
Dodo !!! The bestest food in the whole wide world… :-) . This is fried plantain..the stuff that looks like the big bananas. I love them best when it is very ripe and sweet. That was my nickname growing up. Apparently it was the only thing that could appease me then. Nothing has changed :-) .
My internet connection has been a bit erratic, so l am not going to attempt a long winded post. I am too busy stuffing my face and hanging out with my sisters, nieces, mummy and brothers. The following pictures will show you some of the meals l have been stuffing myself with. The last time l was home was exactly a year ago, and l have not had these foods since then.
This is Iyan (pounded yam) and Obe (stew) with Okra. Iyan is my favorite of the starchy group. It almost has a sweet taste, I really miss eating it.
This is what it looks like when mixed up. You eat it with your hands. There is nothing like getting a mound of iyan rolled up nice and scooping up the stew with it – down the hatch :-)
This is moin moin. It is made from beans . Lots of goodies like eggs, meat, pretty much anything you fancy can be added inside to give it a unique taste. It is usually a little spicy .
This is the moin moin unwrapped. The liquid mixture is wrapped in the leaves and steamed in a pot till it solidifies. It is so good. I accompanied this with yellow custard, but my favorite way is with gari, which is cassava ground up. You add cold water , a bit of sugar and some peanuts for an extra crunch. It is perfect with moin moin.
This is bread Ibeji, which means twins. You can see how it got its name. 2 delicious halves that make a whole heavenly piece. I don’t think there is a Nigerian who doesn’t pine for this . Soft, delicious..perfect with butter. It is like no other. Trust me! :-) . There is a similar Agege bread that is as good . I could eat the whole thing by myself.
Related: Favorite Nigerian Snacks
My favorite Nigerian food with bread, or yam..or anything for that matter. Fried eggs and corn beef, with a little stew so it’s not so dry.
My favorite snack. Meat pie. Usually it has a different shape, like the moon. I almost didn’t want to eat this because it seems flakier than the normal. It was good though. 8/10 instead of the full 10, but my brother refused to get me the traditional,one just because he would be stuck in traffic for hours! The twat!!! ;-) .
Classic food and probably most peoples favorite Nigerian meal. This is Amala, stew and okra of course. I hated it with a passion growing up..like terribly, but it is a favorite for my sisters and brothers . I decided to give it another go on this visit, and now l could kick myself. It is freaking delicious! I mean absofreakinglutely! The water is to wash your hands.
If l had to pick my ultimate favorite meal, like last meal on earth kind of thing. It would be simple jollof rice, plenty of plantain..and goat or chicken, or beef.. Jollof rice can be different colors as people experiment with additions, including little pieces of liver, peas, carrots etc…but l like simple. The original and the best :-) .
Who has been cooking all these delicious stuff for me you wonder? Here she is.. T. She is such a sweet girl.
Since we will be traveling a bit for the next few weeks, the postings might be spotty depending on our internet connection. We will be in India (New Dehli) any minute now, and then back to Nigeria for a couple of days before heading…back to Seville to start the second half of our trip. There are other things that l like to eat that are not on here of course, but this gives you a good idea, might require a second post. :-)
A favorite Sunday breakfast for Nigerians.
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What do you think of my favorite Nigerian meals? Does anything strike you as appetizing? If you have had a chance to sample any of the cuisine, l would love to hear your thoughts.