Makayabu is the Lingala word for Bacalhau (Portuguese) or Bacalao (Spanish) also known as dried and salted cod. Salting food is probably the world’s oldest known food preservation method, which is probably the reason why dried and salted cod has been over centuries one of the most used ingredients in almost every part of the globe.Continue reading
MBika cake with smoked shrimp or liboké ya Mbika na nkosi
Three years ago, I shared with you this recipe of mbika cakes made with egusi seed flour, a widely popular dish in central African countries. Usually in my family, we have them as appetizers, but you can have them as main dish as well. Back then, I told you how melon seeds were grounded into flour and used in various recipes either as thickener in soups or stews or simply as flour like in the recipe I’m sharing today.Continue reading
Ngai Ngai na basóló or roselle leaves with eggplant stew
In the past, we talked about hibiscus flowers were used to make a popular drink called Bissap. Today, I will share with you a popular recipe, from Congo, made with roselle leaves instead of hibiscus flowers.Continue reading
Happy New Year 2019!
It’s 2019 already! I want to wish everyone of you a prosperous and happy new year filled with joy, blessings and good health.
On a personal note, 2018 was a year of many challenges, reasons why I didn’t blog very much these past months. In fact, last may, I underwent a jaw surgery and, during the months that followed the surgery, I was still feeling the pain whenever I chewed or ate. But now I’m getting better and eat normally.
So in 2019, I won’t make big resolutions because from my past experiences I learned that making big resolution will leave you disappointed at the end of year if you weren’t able to fulfill your resolutions.
However, I will try to be a better blogger by posting as much posts as I can. I just need to manage my time more efficiently. Without trying to set myself up with big expectations but my goal will be to publish a new post, whether it’s a recipe or a review, at least once a week. Hopefully, I will be able to do better than in 2018 where I was mostly missing in action most of the time.
May 2019 be filled with happiness, prosperity, blessings, good health and more recipes to share and discover.
Happy New Year! 🎊🎉
Homemade smoked Chicken
Hi guys! I know it has been awhile since my last post, but a lot of things was going on with my life, so I didn’t have a lot of time in hands to come up with new contents for my blog. In fact, I had to focus on work, on family and most importantly on my health. As a matter of fact, I underwent a jaw surgery just few months ago, so I wasn’t really in the best condition to write or do anything demanding energy or concentration.
My Easter Lamb and Veal Shepherd Pie
Hi guys! I know it has been months since my last post, but for personal and medical reason I had to take a long break. As a matter of facts, I underwent recently a jaw surgery and I’m currently recovering. However, I decided to take a break from my recovery and post new recipe for Easter. First, Happy Easter to you and your family!
My baked Christmas garlic mashed potatoes
This year for Christmas, instead of posting a meat recipe, I decided to share with you one of my favorites side dishes for the holiday season. Honestly who doesn’t like mashed potatoes? It’s basically the staple side for big family celebration such as Thanksgiving and of course Christmas. As far I am concerned, mashed potatoes are the perfect binder between a delicious gravy and a well cooked and juicy piece of turkey. Continue reading
Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon
Many years ago, if someone had told me that I would be eating Brussels sprouts one day, I would have laughed at that person’s face. Growing up, I disliked almost every vegetables and Brussels sprouts were my least favorite among them. I probably hated their bitter aftertaste. And most people also don’t rave about their unappealing smell as well. However, just few years ago, after making a lot of changes in my eating habits, I found the perfect way to cook Brussels sprouts.
Rita’s Onion purée and Long hot chili paste
As I have told you on numerous occasions, seasoning is important in African cuisine. That’s why I always make in advance onion purée and chili paste to add to my dishes or to marinade meats.
Lamb and Beef Ya Jean (BBQ Meat)
While Irish might have Pub food, Congolese have NGanda food. Nganda is the Lingala term for rustic restaurants or taverns that is common to see in popular neighborhoods in Brazzaville. The food that you will usually find there are mostly grilled meat cooked on charcoal. Continue reading