Sunday, 24 March 2019

Vegan Nigerian Mukbang

London-based food company, I Go Chop, recently launched a home delivery app (I Go Chop Express) which allows hungry customers to order Nigerian street food straight to their door. To celebrate this launch, they sent me a brilliant box packed with vegan food and goodies, along with a discount code that I can share with you - vegannigerian - to get 15% off your order.

Download the app on iTunes or Google Play.

With all that glorious food suddenly at my disposal, I decided to film a mukbang video for this week's YouTube upload. A mukbang is a style of video where an individual eats a large amount of food in one sitting while speaking to an audience through the camera. A rather weird phenomenon that has taken over the internet in recent years.

This video is quite different from others I've shared previously, and I suppose it was fun trying something new. Aside from watching me eat, you'll get to find out a bit more about me as I answer some Nigerian-tag style questions. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Vegan in Utrecht, Netherlands

Veggieworld festival in Utrecht took place on the 9th and 10th of March this year, and I was invited to lead a cooking workshop by the festival organisers, ProVeg. So off I went with my little cabin bag and the ingredients I'd need to make two of my favourite recipes from my cookbook - choc chip plantain pancakes and sweetcorn/plantain fritters.

The video below captures some of the highlights from my trip. Give it a watch to get a glimpse of the festival, my workshop, and some delicious vegan food finds (particularly useful for anyone thinking of travelling to Utrecht and wondering where to find the best vegan food)!

Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more content, and stay tuned for this Sunday's video. It's going to be...different.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Vegan Pancake Party | Video

This stunning video by [IG: @dungubook] captures the highlights from last week's event. Enjoy!

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Pounded Yam Pancakes | Vegan and Gluten-Free

My blog has a decent number of pancake recipes, from banana oat pancakes, to hemp pancakes, to malted plantain pancakes, to sweet potato pancakes, to classic French crepes. Things are about to get more interesting with this recipe...

When it comes to sweet breakfasts, pancakes absolutely top the list for me and with pancake day just around the corner (as well as the collaborative pancake party I'm hosting on Tuesday), I've been experimenting with yet another variation that is not only vegan but gluten-free as well. Gluten-free pancakes can be tricky. You have the texture to consider (we only care for light, fluffy pancakes round these parts), and how well the pancakes hold shape, etc.

I had low expectations when I began experimenting with this particular recipe using Olu Olu's pounded yam (iyan) flour. Pounded yam is a classic Nigerian savoury dish eaten with a side of vegetable stew. Check out the recipe here. It's unheard of to use this flour in sweet dishes, but the result was an absolute revelation; a surprise on all levels. I'd even go so far as to say that this is currently my favourite vegan pancake recipe.

Check out the video below to see how it's made, and let me know if this is something you'll be trying for yourself!

(makes 6-8)
- 1/2 cup poundo flour (click here to buy)
- 1-2 tbsp sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups soya milk
- Sunflower oil

Place the flour, sugar, salt and soya milk in a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Leave to stand for 15-20 minutes.

Heat some sunflower oil in a large frying pan and fry the pancake batter for a couple of minutes on medium heat. Flip and brown on the other side.

Drain on some kitchen paper. Serve with your favourite toppings (berries, syrup, bananas, peanut butter, chocolate sauce, jam, lemon, cinnamon... etc.)

Sunday, 17 February 2019

My Vegan Valentine | Pop-Up Restaurant

It felt good to be back doing a pop-up, and what sweeter way to kick things off than a Valentine's Day event. My guests were wonderful, the venue beautiful and thanks to an amazing assistant, the whole thing went without a hitch.

The menu, for any curious cats, was:

- Trio of dips (sweet potato, beetroot, caramelised onions) with spiced cassava flatbread
- The Vegan Nigerian taste bowl (jollof rice, plantain, stewed beans, rainbow coleslaw & sauteed kale
- Chocolate mousse with hibiscus jelly and coconut sugar cookies

If you're ever in need of someone to brighten up your event, special occassion or retreat with some delicious food, don't hesitate to get in touch with me. This year, I'm embracing memorable, inspiring and down-right fun events.

And here are a few pictures from the night:

Vegan Pancake Party! | Event Details

Choc-Chip Plantain Pancakes from my Plantain Cookbook. Click here to grab a copy!

If the number of pancake recipes I have on this website is anything to go by, it's pretty obvious that I can't get enough of the stuff. If I could, I'd have it for breakfast every other day.

And so with pancake day coming up next month, I've teamed up with Olu Olu Foods, AngryBlackKitchen and UNDERLDN to host an all-out pancake party. As well as some classic pancake flavours and toppings, things are going to get super fun and experimental. You've probably noticed in recent posts that I've been using Olu Olu's cassava flour in a number of innovative ways. Well, that's not going to stop anytime soon. Aside from cassava flour, we'll also got plantain flour, yam flour and bean flour to play with.

Come alone or come with a friend, I'd love to see you there! Tuesday 5th March, 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Black Cat Cafe in Hackney. Tickets are only £10 and can be purchased from Eventbrite here. Hurry though, because with barely any promotion, tickets are already selling fast!

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Apple Pot Pies | Cassava Flour Pie Crust

More culinary experiments with Olu Olu's cassava flour. If you haven't already, check out the delicious cassava pasta I made a couple of weeks ago.

Apple pot pies are quicker to make than regular apple pies in that you only need a slab of pastry to cover the top. This recipe is therefore the way to a quick snack or dessert in just a few steps. No rolling pin required, no fancy pastry techniques.

The pastry turned out crispy around the edges, and had a bit of a chew to it - I guess that's what you get when you essentially make a fufu crust.

If you're feeling particularly playful, definitely give this recipe a try. I'm loving all the new and different ways I can use traditional West-african ingredients... Refreshing to break the mold once in a while!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Vegan Nights London - Worth the Hype?

I wandered down to Vegan Nights for the first time last Thursday. It's this huge, incredibly hyper night market (usually on the last Thursday of the month) that celebrates all things vegan. Food stalls as far as the eye can see, music blaring overhead and crowds of eager folk either eating, dancing or capturing their experience digitally.

On a cold January night, you'd think the crowd of revellers would be somewhat modest, but numbers were through the roof, definitely hitting the thousands, and it was a glorious sight to behold.

I'd heard from various people over the course of last year that it was worth the time and effort to visit but something always got in the way of me going. Now that I've seen it for myself, I fully understand the hype around it and it fills me with immense excitement to see how veganism is growing in leaps and bounds!

In this week's video, I've gathered some of the clips captured from the night - I hope it gives you a full sense of what to expect if you're ever tempted to wander down and see for yourself!

Thursday, 31 January 2019

My Vegan Valentine - Event Details

Love is in the air at The Vegan Nigerian HQ as I prepare to host a Valentine's Day three-course vegan dinner.

My very first pop-up event of the year!

I'm looking forward to welcoming couples and individuals who want to enjoy a delicious meal in a delightful setting. Whether you come as a couple, as best friends, or simply wanting to treat yourself (because why ever not!) I'm sure you'll have an amazing experience.

Book your spot and join me on Thursday 14th February at Paradise Plantbased. Doors open at 7pm and dinner will commence shortly afterwards.

Tickets can be bought here.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email or leave a comment below!

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Homemade Cassava Flour Pasta

This recipe goes out to all my gluten-free friends out there. It also goes out to any chef or home cook who loves to experiment with different ingredients.

Cassava flour is made from nutrient-rich cassava tubers that have been washed, sun-dried and milled into fine flour. It is a staple in many African countries, often used to make fufu. However, in this week's video I use it to make my very own gluten-free pasta. The recipe is easy, delicious and worth a try!

To make your own homemade pasta, you'll need cassava flour, ground flax seeds and water. That simple. Check out the video below to see all the steps I took:

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Guinea Corn Porridge | Red Ogi

Hello wonderful people,

I've officially switched my YouTube upload days to Sundays, so here I am with yet another recipe video. This time sharing how I prepared this nutritious bowl of guinea corn porridge. Back in 2014, I shared a recipe for ogi (also known as akamu or pap), which is a corn-based porridge made using white or yellow maize. This dish falls under the same family, except here we have a bowl of gorgeous coral pink.

Guinea corn is an ancient grain that is packed with a lot of goodness. It is a great source of calcium and iron, and it is high in fibre and protein. Nowadays, you can buy guinea corn flour online from your local African food store (if you're not based in Nigeria). Whipping it up into a porridge is easy as pie, as you'll see in the video below.

You can have it plain or sweetened. You can top it with fruits, seeds and nuts to add some texture and sneak in more nutrients. You can serve it with a side of moin moin or akara. Any which way, it is delicious and sure to hit the spot.

Have a great week, and see you next Sunday with another videooo :)

Monday, 7 January 2019

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