Nigerian Jollof Rice and Southern Cajun Jambalaya Fusion

Note to self: The other day I was having major Moudi withdrawals because he had been working so much. He works at an army base at Fort Gordon and has the dreaded night shift. 😥 It’s kinda hard for me to get used to. Every time I think I’m getting the hang of it there…

Authentic Nigerian Sakwara (Hausa Yam balls)

Note to self: This is one of the recipe’s my sister in law, Zainab, taught me before she left back to Maryland. It’s a traditional hausa side dish that’s usually eaten with Miyan Kubewa…which is a dried okra soup. It’s basically a mashed yam ball if you think about it…You peel and boil the yam…

Authentic Nigerian Jollof Rice

Note to self: Jollof rice is the equivalent to Biryani in Pakistani culture…It’s the one dish where everyone claims their mama does it better and *insert region here* is where it originated from and is the most authentic and best version. Just hearing that made me want to make it and I’ve been meaning to for…

Authentic Nigerian Moin Moin/A la la (Steamed bean cake)

Note to self: The other day Zainab, Moudi and I went on a mission to find an African Market so we could get ingredients for Moin Moin. (Also known as A la la) According to google maps there was only one in the area and when we got there it said it was a hair…

Authentic Nigerian Miyan Kuka (Hausa baobab leaf soup)

Note to self: I’m amazed at how I’ve spent my entire life in a little bubble. There’s so many foods and flavors out there that I’ve never had or even come across! I’m so happy I married into a different culture. It’s opening my mind to a whole new world of possibilities and flavors. It’s…

Authentic Nigerian Miyan Kubewa (Hausa Okra Soup)

Note to self: For the past week Zainab, my sister in law, has been teaching me traditional Nigerian Hausa foods and I’ve been so excited to learn how to recreate some of my husbands favorite meals. This is one of them, miyan kubewa (I still haven’t gotten the pronunciation quite right it’s a little difficult…

Tuwo Farina

Note to self: I’ve made tuwo before but this is a different way to make tuwo that Zainab (my sister in law) taught me. She used farina (which I found out through my snapchat followers that it’s actually called sooji in urdu! Though we use it for a dessert called halwa) Farina is like a…

Authentic Nigerian Deep Fried Yam Balls

Note to self: I’m so excited!! Guess what?! My sister in law Zainab came to visit for a week and she brought so many Nigerian spices and powders and tools! We’re going to have a cooking feast! My other sister in law, Maryam, went to Nigeria recently and brought back this really yummy spice called…

Masa/Waina (Nigerian Rice Cake)

Note to self: Masa, or Waina is a rice cake that’s from the northern part of Nigeria and is traditionally eaten by the Hausa tribe. It’s made from rice that’s soaked overnight and then blended and proofed with yeast and sugar and salt.  It’s my first time making it and trying it and while it…

Tuwo Shinkafa (Nigerian Hausa Rice Balls)

Note to self: This is probably the most interesting way to eat rice. It’s the first time I’ve had it this way, and it totally breaks all the rules if you compare it to Pakistani rice protocols. There’s a Pakistani saying (Or maybe my mom’s saying?…i have no idea tbh) where to make the perfect…

Miyan Taushe (Nigerian Pumpkin Soup)

Note to self: Last month Moudi and I went to Virginia and Maryland to spend Eid-ul-Fitr with his family and the highlight of the trip was having authentic Nigerian Hausa food….we had Miyan Taushe, Kosai and puff puffs! Trying food from my husbands side of the family was such an eye opening experience and I…