Start by measuring flour into large bowl. Add cold, cubed butter.
Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour. (You also use your hands or food processor.
Once the butter is incorporated set aside.
In another bowl mix the milk, eggs, nutmeg, baking powder and sugar.
Create a well in the middle of the flour.
Pour all the wet ingredients into the well
Mix until it all comes together. Batter should be thick
Allow batter rest for 5 mins.
Place a medium deep saucepan over medium heat, adding to 3-4 cups of oil. Your oil should be hot enough now, use your hands or spoon to pick up the dough in the oil (You want the scoop to be a kind of round, but not perfect).
Frying the rolls itself requires some patience and technique, because you work with a thick dough, you want to make sure the rolls are cooked all the way through.
Turn the loaves often while he is in the oil, use a strong one to drill holes in while he is in the oil. Fry until golden brown; 2-3 minutes on each side.
This recipe of One-pot Baked Chicken and Jollof Rice start
on the stove and finishes cooking in the oven. This One-pot Baked Chicken and
Jollof Rice is also a combination of west African and Indians of terrific aromatic,
spices and flavors. The little thing that makes all the difference in this
recipe is the fried anise, allspice pepper, bay leaf, cinnamon and cloves
before adding the rice and well-seasoned chicken. This recipe of One-pot Baked
Chicken and Jollof Rice is outrageously delicious!
One-pot Baked Chicken and Jollof Rice Secret: “fried anise, allspice pepper, bay leaf, cinnamon and cloves”
This One-pot Baked Chicken and Jollof Rice starts on
the stove because frying the anise, allspice pepper, bay leaf, cinnamon and cloves
ensure the best flavors possible in the most effective way. If your oil begins
to smoke, it is too hot and should be either removed from the heat source or
the heat source should be turned down. Once they become aromatic, add the onion
and cook until the onion is softened. Then, continue to add your other
ingredients as desired. When frying spices, it is extremely important to pay
close attention to them. Even if a single spice burns, the whole batch will be
tainted with that bitter, burned flavor. Stir the spices frequently and mind
How to perfectly season the baked chicken?
For this recipe of One-pot Baked Chicken and Jollof
Rice, I use a whole chicken, but other part of the chicken can be used (like
the thigh, leg or wing). You can never go wrong with my combination of spices (1/2
teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1 tablespoon garlic, 1/2 teaspoon
ginger, 1/2 teaspoon curry, 1 teaspoon bouillon cube, Salt and pepper) because
you get maximum depth of flavor for minimum number of spices. Plus, I always
have these spices on hand.
How did I partially cook it on the stove?
By partially cooking the One-pot Baked Chicken and
Jollof Rice on the stove to first bring out the maximum flavor out of the spices
and also allows me to bring the liquid to a boil before putting it in the oven.
The flavor is so much better because of the fried onion.
Why add the chicken over the rice?
I added the perfectly seasoned chicken over the rice
because the dripping of the chicken add so much more flavor to the rice. The
result is a mouthwatering baked chicken coated in a beautiful rub, baked on top
of fluffy soft rice. Oven Baked Chicken and Rice all cooked together in one
dish is possibly one of the MOST loved family favorite dinners on the planet. I
know in my heart of hearts this will become your new favorite.
Season the chicken with teaspoon paprika, turmeric, garlic, ginger, curry, bouillon cube, Salt and pepper and set aside.
Heat a frying pan with the oil over medium heat and add the anise, allspice pepper, bay leaf, cinnamon and cloves. Cook for a minute
Add and fry the onion for about 7 mins until soft.
Stir in the tomato purred and the tomato paste, cook for 5 minutes.
Add the water, vegetables (1 eggplant, 1 zucchini, 1 Summer squash, 2 carrots) and bring to a boil.
Mixing in the rice and mix until well.
Add a layer of aluminum foil and make small incisions. Add the chicken and cover (Make sure the cover is over safe)
Transfer the Jollof rice mixture into the oven for about 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven stir and put back in the oven without the lid for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is soft and done.
When done take the rice out of the oven, fluff it and serve.
Tips to make perfect oven baked chicken and rice
For this recipe I recommend long jasmine rice. Basmati rice or Jasmine rice can be substituted with the same liquid ratio and cooking time. Please do not use short grain rice, medium grain rice, risotto, paella or minute rice.
If the rice cooks before the chicken, remove the rice from the oven, and transfer the chicken in an oven safe dish and put the chicken back in the oven.
For a better color on the chicken, it can be broiled for an extra 2-3 minutes just to get your chicken golden and browned with crisp edges, and an amazing buttery, crunchy crust on the top of your rice!
This milo cake is moist and tasty. Who does not love
milo? I grow up in Togo, even though most people drank hot coco made with milo,
I just enjoy eating milo right out of the can – I love it and My kids enjoy is
as well. Milo is crunchy, sweet, chocolate
and malt powder which is mixed with hot or cold milk to make a wonderful and
rich drink. Milo is made by Nestlé and here in the USA you can find it online
at Amazon.com or at your local Latin market (Extramarket, Supremo…)
Why did I used Milo?
I was making my chocolate cake and I realize that most people bake home will have a hard time putting their hands on coco powder and I thought of making a cake with a more common ingredient: Milo. I was surprise on how delicious it actually turned out! Unfortunately, I used mascarpone in the icing, which may also be hard to find in Togo. Since Them I realized I should have made a condensed milk icing.
For the cake
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups milk
1 cup oil (or melted butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 cup spoons of Milo
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup mascarpone
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
2 teaspoon sugar
How to make Milo Cake?
Beat the eggs and sugar in a deep bowl with a mixer until the powdered sugar is completely dissolved. The mixture will change from a bright yellow to a faded yellow.
Whisk in the oil, milk.
Add the sifted flour, milo and baking powder and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula.
To prevent the cake from sticking grease the bottom of the pan and add some flour. Tap out the excess flour. – I used a non sticking spray.
Pour the cake into the mold and smooth it with a spatula.
Bake the milo cake in a pre-heated 170 degree C or 350 degree F oven for 40 minutes. Let the cake cool.
Whisk together heavy cream, mascarpone, sugar and vanilla extract (Careful not to over whisk).
Once the cake completely cool down, add (1 cup milk and 2 teaspoon sugar), let the cake absorb it.Add the heavy cream and mascarpone and the sprinkles on top of the milo cake.
Share with your loved ones.
Tips on how to make the best milo cake
Beat 275g butter, softened until creamy then gradually add 625g icing sugar, sifted and 397g tin condensed milk. Once the cakes have cooled completely, add the icing at room temperature.
If you don’t have the sprinkles, you dust the iced cake with some milo. With time the Milo sprinkles on the outside of the cake will absorb moisture from the icing and become sticky so it’s best eaten on the day you make it.
In Togo, we serve a delicious sandwich made fish (Akpala or Mackerel)
baked, smoked with veggies and seasonings and served with small French
baguettes (The size of hot dog bun). For this recipe of Mackerel stuffed Buns,
I have decided to combine a bun and the fish mixture. For this recipe you can use
beef, chicken, pork, lamb, goat etc. as the filling.
The bread a versatile recipe that makes soft, delicious
bread rolls for hot dog buns, hamburger buns etc. So it’s perfect for these Mackerel
stuffed Buns as well. The dough is really soft here, so if it’s too sticky, you
will need to flour your hands to make it easier to handle it and shape it.
I prefer to let the dough rise overnight in the fridge,
because the chilled dough is easier to handle and less sticky. So it’ll be
easier to portion and shape the chilled dough the following day.
I use All Purpose flour for this Mackerel stuffed buns
recipe because I prefer really soft bread. But if you’d like to use bread
flour, that’s totally fine too. You may need to add extra water or milk to get
the right consistency again, so keep an eye on the dough to get that slightly
sticky, and shiny smooth ball of dough.
Using a stand mixer makes the whole process easier. If
you’re using your hands to knead the dough, make sure it lightly dust your work
surface and hands so that the dough doesn’t stick too much.
This recipe of Mackerel stuffed Buns take a lot of time but
it’s worth it. I do the whole process takes the whole day. First I clean and
smoke the Mackerel with some spices to remove the odor of the fish. While the Mackerel
is cooking I start with the bread. Once the Mackerel is cooked and cooled, I remove
all the fish bones and crumble fish. The next step is to cook the Mackerel with
vegetables and seasoning. Finally, stuff the buns with the Mackerel mixture.
This bread dough is soft and stretchy. Use your hands to
flatten out the bread dough to a circle, with the edge thinner than in the middle.
Next, cup the bread dough piece in your palm; add 2 teaspoons of the filling in
the center. Since the dough is stretchy, you can press the filling into the
middle. Your cupped palm will help keep the filling in place.
Next, stretch the dough over the filling and pinch it
together to seal. Since the dough is sticky, it should seal easily. If not,
then use a dab of water to help seal the dough. After the edges have been
pinched together, roll the bun around in your palm a little, to smoothen out
the seams/edges. Then place the filled buns in the prepared pan with the seam
As I mentioned before, you can substitute the beef with
pork, chicken, lamb or goat meat. The cooking time may vary according to the
pan that you’re using, since you’re cooking the meat filling until the liquid
has completely evaporated. So it’ll take longer to cook in a smaller pan.
5 Mackerel, whole
3 tablespoon Gallic
2 tablespoon Ginger
5 thyme branches
Salt and pepper
First, make sure your fish have been gutted and cleaned under cold water, then dried. Your fishmonger will do this for you.
Coat your cleaned fish inside and out with the Gallic, Ginger, Salt and pepper and let marinate in the fridge for about 45 minutes.
Place in the oven at 375F (190C) and cook for about 45 minutes.
5 smoked Mackerel
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup oil
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 bell pepper
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne
3 cup de frozen vegetable
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Remove the fishbones, and mash it with your fingers. Be Careful not to prick your fingers with the fishbone.
In a medium saucepan heat up the oil and cook the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Keep turning mixture with a spatula, until onion is softened and browned, about 10 minutes.
Add the fish and mix well to incorporate. (Add a little more fat in the pan if the mixture seems dry.)
Add ginger, turmeric, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper and fry for another 2 minutes.
Add the frozen vegetables.
Stir in the tomato paste. Simmer, stirring well for 10 mins.
1 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1 packet of baker’s yeast
4 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup oil
7 cups of All purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Mix the yeast, warm the milk and sugar in a bowl and let the yeast sit for 5 minutes to activate.
Add the oil, egg and wheat flour to the yeast mixture.
Be careful when adding flour. Add it slowly, do not go too far. Knead until you reach the consistency of your hands.
Take the dough in a bowl, pull the stretch film over and let it ferment for 45 minutes. At the end of the period, the dough should have doubled.
Knead the dough. Repeat and add the salt.
Knead the dough and divide the dough into 18 balls and add the fish mixture in the middle and close.
Brush the dough with the egg yolks on them and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Leave in a warm place for another 15 minutes by heating the oven to 180 C or 356 F.
Put the baked dough in the oven and cook for about 25 minutes until golden brown.
For this recipe of pork griot and Jollof rice, I combined my West African culture and Haitian experience. Pork griot is one of Haiti’s favorite’s dishes. To make the griot, big and fatty chunks of pork shoulder are marinated with limes juice, garlic, ginger, fresh thyme, onion, bouillon powder and salt, then boiled and finally fried until golden and crisp. Traditionally, the pork griot is served with Pikliz, which is a mixture of cabbage, carrot and chili pepper pickled. The acidity of Pikliz balances out the richness of the griot, but for this recipe I chose to serve it with some Jollof rice.
How to make the a tasty a crispy pork griot ?
Do you know that Pork is the world’s most
popular type of meat? Yes, it is. Though not exactly a health food, moderate
consumption of properly prepared pork can be an acceptable part of a healthy
diet. For the griot, I love to season the pork overnight to guarantee a tasty
and tangy taste. Once the pork has being marinated overnight, it is browned,
the chunk of pork should be separated from the broth and cooled. Lastly, the marinated
– browned – cooled pork is fried in hot oil to obtain the griot.
What is Jollof rice for the griot?
The jollof is a pot of rice loaded with tomatoes,
tomato paste, onions, scotch bonnet peppers, salt, spices and vegetable oil and
more flavor than you’ll know what to do with. Furthermore, vegetables, meat or
meats and different types of local spices can be added to personalize it. The secret
to a good jollof rice is the flavor build in the tomato broth and oil coupled
with the perfect ratio of rice. As far as I can remember, jollof rice is served
at every west African party. The jollof
rice originated from Senegal and is a popular dish served in Nigeria, Cameroon,
Ghana, Senegal, Togo, and Sierra Leone. The recipe varies lightly from one
country to the next. The two main version are Ghanaian Jollof Vs Nigerian
Ingredients for Griot
1.5 kg pork (shoulder Cut in bite size)
1-3 limes (juice) about 2 Tablespoons
5 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoon ginger
3 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 medium onion sliced
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder
2 Teaspoons salt or more
How to make the Haitian pork griot?
Marinate the pork with lime juice, salt, chicken bouillon, garlic, ginger, onions, thyme, scotch bonnet pepper (optional).
Let it rest in the fridge for about 2 hours or preferably overnight.
In a saucepan on medium heat, bring to a boil and simmer until tender for about an hour or more.
When pork is tender remove from liquid and any bits of spices, herbs of the pork. Set aside pork.
Fry the pork at 350F (180C) until the pork is crispy.
Using a sieve drain pork liquid, reserve the liquid and discard the rest of the herbs and spices. (I use ice to cool down the mixture and remove the excess oil)
Place pork liquid in a small saucepan on medium add 1 teaspoon tomato paste, 1 cup tomato, 1/4 cup oil, sliced onion and bring to a boil.
Add the rice (2 cups water for 1 cups jasmine rice). Salt to taste. Add the cut vegetables (carrots and bell pepper).
Stir in rice and boil over medium-high heat until the water evaporates
Be sure the lid fits tightly on the pot. Turn down the heat to its lowest setting. Let the rice simmer for about 18 minutes, then remove from heat and allow the rice to steam in the pot for another 5 minutes.
Serve the rice with the griot.
Cleaning the pork with vinegar or lemon juice is a test to see if the meat is still good. If the pork smells “off” even after its vinegar or lemon juice bath, chances are it’s not okay to cook.
The vinegar or lemon juice tenderizes the pork, cuts down on cooking time, and lets you store pork for a little longer in the fridge if you end up not cooking it the day you prep it.
The FDA currently does recommend against rinsing meat, however, in the African/Caribbean, there’s a common practice of rinsing off the meat and fish with a mild acid like lemon or lime juice or vinegar prior to cooking.
Before everyone owned a refrigerator, cooks would apply an acidic solution because they believed it killed any bacteria on the bird and to impart a little extra flavor. Currently, many folks use this same technique to get rid of any odors and add flavor to the meat.
Jollof Tagliatelle Pasta is Tagliatelle Pasta cooked in flavorful
tomato sauce and you will have a delightful lunch or dinner you and your family
or guests can hardly forget. This recipe originated from west Africa and is a little
different from the western recipes. The sauce is made of cooked tomato, spices
and the meat of your choice. If you like jollof rice or jollof couscous, you
will appreciate this recipe. This delicious
Jollof Spaghetti recipe is very easy. You can choose to add vegetables. I
already have some Jollof rice recipes, click on any link below to view the
recipes if you’re interested.
1 box thin spaghetti (pre-cooked) – I used Collezione Tagliatelle Pasta
2 cup shrimps
1 lb kg beef
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder
2 3/4 cups chicken stock
5 large about 2 lbs plum tomatoes
1 large onion
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt to taste
In a medium saucepan heat the oil and add the shrimp , garlic, ginger, chilli powder, curry powder, ground allspice, paprika and chicken bouillon powder. cook for 5 mins (until the shrimp turns pink).
Remove the shrimp and add 1 lb beef. Cook for 5 mins.
Add the chopped onion, tomato paste, blended tomato Add the chicken stock and cook until the beef is tender (sauce is about half the amount, and has thickened significantly to look like a paste). This takes about 15-20 minutes, depending on your beef.
Be sure to stir the sauce occasionally to prevent it from burning.
Once the sauce is reduced, taste the sauce and adjust for salt.
Add in the spaghetti and the shrimp. Cover and allow to cook for 3 minutes on low-medium heat.
How to cook the Tagliatelle Pasta?
To make a good Jollof Tagliatelle Pasta, the Tagliatelle Pasta need to be cooked to perfection. The first step is to boil a big pot of water and add a generous amount of salt (about 1 or 2 tablespoon). It should taste like the sea. Please remember to use a lot of water to avoid that the pasta sticks together. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta. As the pasta starts to cook, stir it well with the tongs so the noodles don’t stick to each other or to the pot. Cook the pasta 4 mins less that the cooking time on the package, but always taste pasta before draining to make sure the texture is right. Pasta will be cooked in the sauce for 4~7 mins to rewarm the pasta, get “al dente”—a little chewy. Drain cooked pasta well in a colander. I add a little bit of oil to help the pasta not stick together.
live off of this Shrimp Avocado Salad. I love avocado, I love shrimp and this
recipe is the perfect refreshing marriage of shrimp and avocado. This Shrimp
Avocado Salad is light, delicious and refreshing and top it all it does not
required any cooking time.
version of Shrimp Avocado Salad is made with fresh shrimp, avocado, red onion,
bell pepper and corn. I used canned corn because it was the winter time, but
roasted corn can also be used during the summer. I tossed my salad in virgin
olive oil, garlic powder, parsley, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
2 cup shrimp peeled and deveined (1 teaspoon garlic and salt)
2 avocados cut into large pieces
2 tablespoons diced red onion
1 cup red bell pepper
1 cup sweet corn
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon parsley chopped
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
How to make Shrimp Avocado Salad?
Boiled the shrimp with the garlic and the salt. Let cool down.
Add shrimp, corn, bell pepper, avocado, and onion to a large bowl.
In a 2-cup measuring cup, mix together ingredients for the dressing. Whisk until well-combined.
Add dressing to shrimp avocado salad until it has the amount you desire. Serve additional dressing on the side.
Boiled yam is often served with egg stew. Yam are delicious superfoods is found largely in tropical region like Africa, Jamaican and Caribbean and very different from the “Yam” found in most leading grocery store. The US’s yam is a variation of sweet potato. The African Yam has a dark brown peelable skin and the inside is white or yellow. We have a variety of recipes made with Yam: pound yam or Fufu, Fried yam and baked Yam.
1 smoked mackerel
1 cup shrimp
2 garlic chopped
1 teaspoon ginger
2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1-2 scotch bonnet, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup Vegetable oil
Salt and Seasoning cube (to taste)
How to make boiled yam?
Peel and Wash yams, then cut into bite-size cubes into 1 inch size.
Rinse in clean water till water runs clear and no residue in water.
Choose a saucepan that will be large enough to hold the yams without crowding them. Put yam in a saucepan, add enough water to cover it, add salt and Bring to a boil.
Cover the saucepan and cook yams for 10 to 12 minutes or until just tender on the outside but resistant in the center when pierced with a knife or fork. For soft, tender yams, cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
Remove from the stove and drain; And voila, you have yourself boiled Yam
To make egg sauce…
I usually served my boiled yam with sardines, egg stew, green pepper, tomato stew… Today, I am going to serve my boiled yam with a delicious and easy egg stew. I wanted to change thing up a little bit therefore I added shrimp and smoked fish to the egg stew. This recipe is made with fresh tomatoes, onion and spices which goes heavenly with my boiled yam.
Remove all the fishbones from the fish and set aside.
Place frying pan on a medium/low heat, add about 1/2 cup cooking oil.
Add the garlic, ginger, shrimps and salt to taste. Cook until the shrimps are pink, remove and set aside.
Add the tomato, the tomato paste and onion. Cook until the water evaporate.
Add smoked mackerel, shrimp, chopped peppers salt and cube to taste. Cook for about 4-5 minutes or till oil floats on the sauce.Stir in the egg then stir to form a scramble.
Boil the pork belly with the garlic, ginger and cube for 30 mins. Fry carefully and set aside.
Beat the eggs with 1/2 tsp. sesame oil. Heat up a non-stick frying pan and add 1 tablespoon. of oil. Pour in the eggs and swirl around to coat the bottom of the pan. When set, flip over onto a chopping board and cut into small pieces.
Heat up a wok and add 2 tablespoon of oil. Add the chopped onion and bell pepper and fry for 3 minutes.
Add the rice, and frozen vegetable and soy sauce. Fry on high heat for about 5 minutes or until the rice is hot and fragrant.
Add the eggs and fried porc. Stir for a minute then turn the heat off. This is now ready to serve.