Abula & Braised Short Ribs

It’s been too long! These days, I’m still cooking, but it takes a lot more effort to balance everything. The Nigerian food cravings haven’t stopped though; this time I needed something more than Jollof Rice. Abula is a Yoruba stew– actually, it’s three stews that you serve together. It’s a little labor intensive, but the…

Gastropub Sirloin | Roasted Brussels | Sweet Potato Purée

Picture this: my dad has been fighting COVID in Nigeria all year (once personally) and between treating patients, and navigating shifting travel restrictions, I haven’t seen him in more than a year. We finally got to show him the new house, and talk through all the awesome news this year (did I mention we’re having…

Red Curry Beef & Lentils

We’re in the home stretch of 2020– the wildest year of my life… and probably yours too. I’ve been pretty distracted with all sorts of stuff for a few weeks, but I was determined to get a post out today. It’s hilarious how much a few changes can disrupt your flow; I’m settled into the…

Oxtails & Rice

There are certain recipes that are untouchable– this is definitely one of them. I grew up eating oxtails whenever my mom felt like spoiling me. It takes a lot of time and preparation to get them just right, so once I saw those packets emerge from the freezer, I knew not to hold my breath….

Bison Chili

I did a survey last week,  and got some good insight into you guys: most of you have been around for more than a year (aww), you actually try some of the things you see here (even though I want to boost that number) and you prefer poultry and seafood. Same! But,  I don’t want…

Lahmacun: Turkish Flatbread

What’s my favorite street food? DÖNER KEBAB! What’s my second favorite street food? LAHMACUN! Yeah, I definitely have a type… Lahmacun (pronounced: Lah-Mah-Joon) is an awesome Turkish flatbread. I’m not fully aware of it’s origin story, but it’s another quick bite that you can grab at most Turkish restaurants, and stalls–especially in big cities like New York,…

Braised Lamb | Zucchini, Leek & Black Garlic Ragú

This week, I give you a fully-executed…experiment. I’ve had this idea chilling somewhere in my brain for a few months, but this was the first time that expectations met reality. I really need my own test kitchen to run multiple attempts at once– but that’s a story for another day. I wanted to make a…

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…

Cranberry Bison Burger (The 100th Post)

It’s the 100th post, and honestly, I’ve been waiting for it for a few weeks. The blog is nearly two years old, and you guys are still coming back every week to see what’s “next up”. We’re now comfortably over 500 followers on IG too, so life’s good! Since I have 100 of these posts…