Ọbẹ Ẹ̀fọ́ Elegusi: Egusi Stew

Five attempts…it took me five attempts over about four years to finally get it right. Egusi stew is my favorite Nigerian meal, and maybe one of my favorite foods in general. The problem is that I’ve always had to get it from a restaurant or caterer, so it’s usually a rare delicacy reserved for big…

Collard Green “Tamales”

When I restarted this blog (geez, almost two years ago) I did my best to emphasize that I get inspiration from everywhere. I’m just as happy to eat my mom’s curry goat, my grandmother’s okra stew, or a multi-course meal in an expensive restaurant. In fact, I’m always trying to blend all of those influences together–…

Salt-Crusted Duck | Sweet Potato Gnocchi|Chocolate Gastrique

I learned something this winter: duck breasts come in packs of four (at least when you buy them at the farmer’s market). Whenever I’ve seen them at places like Whole Foods, they’re in two packs…for about $30. Now, I was resigned to pay that much at the market because I thought it was the norm,…

16-Hour Ramen

Put all the packaged pre-boxed stuff back into the pantry –we’re making this one the “hard” way. I posted a “beginner’s” ramen recipe last year,  but couldn’t leave it there! I wanted to come back for a second pass to try to do it justice. I still have a lot to learn, but I think…

“Black” Salmon |Orange-Cardamom Rissoto

It was our 1-year wedding anniversary, and just days after our 8-year anniversary (whoa, eight?!). I had a few crazy ideas throughout the year,  and knew that it the right time to dust them off.  Dani joined me in the kitchen this time,  and the results were awesome. I’ve been playing around with cardamom all…

Herb Roasted Game Hen | Red Hominy Succotash| “Wild” Green Sauté

We got really into kayaking over the summer, and started to look at the Chattahoochee River from a new angle.  The river’s always been there– and I don’t mean just in our lifetime, but for countless centuries.  It got us thinking about what the river would’ve been like before the golf courses,  highways,  or even…

Sweet Potato Gnocchi |Confit Tomato| Cardamom Butter

Full disclosure: I’ve only made pasta once before, and I assumed that gnocchi would be simpler/quicker to make since they are smaller–WRONG. It somehow ended up taking two hours to finish everything. The first challenge was my chosen main ingredient: sweet potatoes. I had two extra baked ones (we’ve been eating a lot of sweet…

Prawn Suya | Jollof Rice

Nigeria is a massive country with hundreds of distinct languages, cultures, and constantly shifting plot lines. I fell in love with my father’s home country long before I had the chance to visit, but after several trips home, and the particularly deep dive into my Yorùbá culture through our traditional engagement last summer, I am…

Mulsum-Braised Lamb | Polenta Cake

I’m no historian, but I can imagine that many of the world’s greatest ideas, alliances, and solutions were all encouraged with a “little” wine. Similarly, the idea for this dish came from the surplus of wine left in our apartment after our rehearsal dinner last year. We couldn’t finish a bottle one night, and decided…