Afrokitchen: Cooking Egusi Soup

Mhen, I love food no be small, I aint denying my love for african dishes too. So this new week, I have a guest, my mum. Yes, she’s a graduate of catering and hotel management from Laspotech and she put me through some egusi stuffs, hehehe.

The Nigerian Egusi soup, prepared with melon seeds, is native to the southern part of Nigeria
Igbos and Yorubas (Yes us yorubas).
Nigerian Egusi Soup Recipe [Video]
Egusi soup is also one of the most popular
soups for all Nigerians and non-Nigerians that
like Nigerian fufu recipes. It is known as Miyan
Gushi in Hausa.
Egusi (Melon) seeds – 3 cigar cups | 600g
Red Palm Oil – 2 cooking spoons
Beef – Best cut and Shaki (cow tripe)
Fish – Dry Fish and Stock Fish
Pepper and Salt to taste
Vegetable – Pumpkin leaves or Bitter leaf
Seasoning – 3 Knorr cubes
Traditional Seasoning – 1 Okpei (optional)
Important tool

Before you cook Egusi Soup
1. Before preparing the soup, soak the dry fish for
about half an hour. If you are using the very
tough stockfish, boil it for 20 minutes and leave
in the pot with the hot water to soak for about
an hour. If using the softer stockfish, you can
just soak them in cool water till you can break
them apart with your hands.
2. When the fish and stockfish are soft, debone
and break them into sizeable chunks.
3. Much closer to your cooking time, grind the
egusi with a dry mill. Grind the crayfish and the
dry pepper separately and set aside. Wash the
vegetable to be used. Cut into tiny pieces.
4. Boil the shaki, stock fish and dry fish in 1 litre of
water with the 3 Knorr cubes till they are well
done. First sign of a done shaki is that the cuts
will start curling on itself.
5. Wash the beef to be used for the soup, add it
to the pot and cook on medium heat till done.
Cooking Directions
There are two main methods of cooking egusi
soup. These we will call oil before egusi and
egusi before oil. Confusing? Not. 🙂
Oil Before Egusi
1. Put 2 cooking spoons of red palm oil into a dry
pot and set on the stove to heat. As soon as
the oil is clearer, add the ground egusi and
start frying. This should be done on low heat to
avoid burning. Keep frying till you see the egusi
getting drier. One sign of this is that it will start
sticking to the bottom of the pot.
2. Now, start adding the shaki/fish stock little by
little while still stirring the egusi. When the stock
is exhausted and you feel that the soup is still
too thick, you can add more water. If your choice
of vegetable is bitterleaf, it should be added
now as well.
3. Cover the pot and cook for 30 minutes. The
egusi is done when you notice that the oil has
risen to the surface of the mix and separated
from the mix. If this is the case, add the fish,
shaki and meat you boiled earlier. Also add
pepper and salt to taste. If pumpkin leaves (or
any other soft vegetable) is your choice, please
add it now.
4. Cover the pot and once it gets a good boil, it is
The egusi soup is ready to be served with
amala, Eba (garri), pounded yam or
cassava fufu.
Egusi Before Oil
This method produces a healthier egusi soup.
This is because there is no frying involved.
1. In this method, as soon as the shaki, fish and
meat are done, remove them from the stock
(water used in cooking the meat and fish) and
place in a different pot or plate.
2. Add the ground egusi to the stock and stir. If
the stock from cooking your meat and fish is not
enough to give you a medium consistency, add
some water to the same level as the egusi.
3. Cover and cook till the egusi cakes. Stir and add
a little bit more water. watch it closely so that
it does not burn.
4. Repeat step 3, adding only a small quantity of
water at a time. After about 25 minutes, you will
notice the clear egusi oil coming to the surface
of the soup.
5. Add 2 cooking spoons of red palm oil and bitter
leaves (if it is your choice of vegetable), pepper
and salt to taste and cook for about 7 minutes.
6. Add the the meat and fish. If using pumpkin
leaves or any other soft vegetable, add it at
this time, stir the soup and leave to simmer for
2 minutes maximum.
7. Turn off the heat. Leave to stand for 2 minutes
before serving.
The egusi soup is ready to be served with Eba
(Garri), Agidi, Amala, Semolina, Tuwo Shinkafa,
Pounded Yam or Cassava Fufu.

Note: Egusi is believed to be a jealous soup, so after cooking, ensure that the cook serves all. If stirred too much, it gets spoilt faster. (No be myth, na fact)

Why men find it hard to get marrried!!!

if you find such a beauty like this, and she still loves to do the good old things, thank your stars

if you find such a beauty like this, and she still loves to do the good old things, thank your stars

40 years ago – My Dad married my mum, 40 years now – Its hard to marry a woman.
That’s what goes on in the mind of every Nigerian male in the age category of marriage. Even though it sounds funny, its the truth. If they say, “he who finds a wife has found a good thing” is true, its not going to ever be given more importance in its lifespan than now.
I would sit in patience as my retired Dad would tell me of the “tales of Aladdin” he went on just to marry my mum. According to him, “Your mum was very stubborn.” Ha yes, that’s the keyword, stubborn. He never meant she was strong headed, he meant she give him a tough time before considering him. Now, in the 21st century, the reverse is the case, we now say, “She cheap die”
Back in those days, there were more than one reason to be married, one which was most important was to have children, but also to become a supporting pillar to the man. Yoruba traditions stipulate that a woman must respect her husband all the time, no wonder there’s a popular pet name among Yoruba couples, “Olowo ori mi” (the one that paid my bride price). My Retired papa would continue his story, and started telling me of how soft and sumptuous mums Pounded yam always tasted, using the wooden pestle and mortar she got as a gift from her mum. Of how she helped to was his clothes whenever he was busy and couldn’t do it himself and so on. He also said vice versa of him helping her, especially been a cook for about 2 months before the birth of their first son.

40 years on, the story has changed.
Most Nigerian women who are now seen as ‘girls of nowadays’ have become a lover to career than marriage. Ask a 22-Year old lady what characteristics she want in her man, she would say, “tall, handsome, sweet voice, a nice job, owns a house and maybe a car” did my mum or grand mum ask for that? If I Hear! That’s probably the reason for unmarried men at 33 or 35. When I met a female pal too, I asked her if she would go into marriage immediately after her first degree, immediately, she said, “Job first, get a house to stay, be self dependant then I can now think of marriage” I nodded my head in dramatic Irony, like, “when menopause has set in, don’t call me”
When ladies want a man to get well rooted in financial rivers before marriage, it does no one good except the man. If after 9 years of marriage and 3 kids, he sends you out because of a little argument, don’t argue or blame him, at least, you didn’t build the house together, why do you now want to live in it together. Its like a woman who hasn’t planted a seed but wants to harvest 90 bags of grain.
Many ladies, if not all, now pursue career than having a family. If they don’t have a nice job, they want a man with a nice job. No wonder we see most men getting married at age 30’s and above and most women who can’t find a man because of their wide selection criterias end up single mothers with their toy boys, after all, they now have the career they wanted but no man to make a family.
In conclusion, I respect the decisions of our ladies, but it would favour you and I if you can review those decisions to one which is more flexible. At least, by then we men can get married at the right age, not building an empire before seeing a queen.

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Celebrity Check: Understanding Mr Denrele Edun

Denrele Edun and his Eccentric hair

Denrele Edun and his Eccentric hair

If you are a Nigerian youth and you don’t know Master Adenrenle Edun popularly known as Denrele, then you need to go and buy a TV, because its only if you don’t own one, that you can claim you’ve never seen nor do you know Denrele.

Born Adenrele Olufemi Edun, but popularly known mononymously as Denrele (born 13 June 1983 [30 Years Old] ), is a Nigerian TV presenter for Channel O.
Denrele was born in Hamburg, Germany, to a Yoruba father and an Indian-Mauritius mother (I like the combination :-D). He is the only son and has two sisters. He grew up in Germany and came to Nigeria when he was five where he attended St Gregory’s College, Ikoyi and the University of Lagos.

What has made him different from his colleagues in his field, his is ‘special’, ‘personal’, ‘funky’ and ‘punk’ idea of fashion. He rocks big high heel shoes 😯 Makes his hair-do, a crazy hair-do to be precise, talks very fast like a woman and sometimes mixes his clothes when choosing what to wear.
As I child, I first knew Denrele when he was hosting red carpets for Soundcity at musical events and my mum described him then as “a man from another planet”

He’s style is an inspiration personally to me, as an aspiring entertainment personality, I love his way of putting questions to guest, he’s quick wit of understanding and so much more adds a special spice to his presenting. (I don’t do the high heels and hairdo sha)

Now, If you want to try and phantom why mr Denrele Edun is so different from the rational Nigerian, don’t get too deep in the thought as it might be harmful. Lol. Firstly,

He lives his life to the fullest: Denrele Edun is a bro that doesn’t look on others when he’s about to do something, so he does his things naturally, if he wears a cloth, checks his mirror, see’s he looks nice, you can say no, because he loves who he his and tries to live his life without minding external notions.

He’s Tripple-Nationalized: as I said earlier, Denrele was born to a Nigerian and Indian-Mauritius Couple, wait, that’s 3 countries now? Yes, 3. So imagine such a person, 3 different continents made one man, he’s got to be different from me and you.

And Lastly,

Growing up amongest females: I also think the fact master Denrele grew up among 2 sisters, (who might have been funky and fashion freaks too) he got the affection for quality and personal taste.

Denrele Edun at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice awards recently in South Africa

Denrele Edun at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice awards recently in South Africa

At some point in his life, Denrele was was expelled from his church because the congregation was against his style of choosing clothes to wear. If you don’t know, Denrele has interviewed the likes of Akon,
Beyoncé Knowles, Tyler Perry, Lil’ Kim, Snoop
Dogg, Cuba Gooding, Amerie, and LLoyd
. Edun
hosted the movie premier of Hoodrush. Denrele
has been credited for being behind the success of
Big Brother Amplified Winner Karen Igho.

Denrele has won 21 awards and over 34 nominations
in his career. He has previously worked with
SoundCity before he was forced out and he moved
on to become one of Channel O’s VJs. To add to his cabinet of Success, he is a cast of one of Nigerias fast rising movie, Finding Love, which was released recently.

So the Big Question is, even thous he’s got that vibe and flavour in him, I don’t know how he can wear heavy wedged shoes, I mean it stops hiss running now 🙂 My people, do you give him a thumbs up or down for his personal style?

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Denrele is 2nd from right.

Denrele is 2nd from right.

Case Study: The Nigerian Mentality of Sons of Land (Omo Oni-ile)

When you are like 28 and your are married, living in a rented apartment, what comes next to your mind is buying yourself a land and building a shelter of yours, Its great getting a full plot of land or two if the case be, but its not great when you remember the “hooligans of the land” popularly known as “Omo Oni-Ile” (son of the land) in Yoruba.
It would be unwise and foolish for someone to sit down and expect people to bring you money because they want to build on the land which you believe your forefathers first settled on, won’t those land get fully built on one day? There two categories of this ‘menace’ citizens, firstly,

the ‘Fake’ ones: These are those area boys, they don’t have any land nor does there family lineage, but they tend to cause fear and anxiety on people because of there strong faces. They roam the area thatched and weary in search of the latest house under construction where they can walk in, seize working equipment’s and request for money 😡

The ‘Original’ ones: Yes, these ones have got one or two ancestral lineage with a place, most of them are in there 50’s to 70’s but not 20’s!!! The only bad thing is they are technical thieves and fraudsters.

Imagine buying a piece of land, and after building you structure up-to 60% done, another set of group of people come and tell you that you’ve bought the land from the wrong person??? 😕 Yes, they do it. Its a simple plan, they are just sons of the brother of the person that sold the land in the first place and so as to prevent sharing the money he (first seller) had collected :-x.
Although they keep proving stubborn, they know their fathers :-D. They don’t joke with lands owned by Army officers, Mopols,Air fore, Policemen, Lawyers and Navy officials as they know these ones can either kill them with a battalion or finish them in court.
You are wondering, what is the Nigerian government doing then? Do they even know these things exist??? When lands are a free gifts of nature to political holders. Not even the C/O that we’ve bought from government, entitling the land to the buyer for 99 years can change things.
Government should try and look into this and create a law or two against this insolent and catastrophic menace and abuse on the Nigerian commons.
The only advice I can give is, if you wanna buy a land, erect something on it as quick as possible then, either make friends with a lot of soldiers or with a lot of area boys, (especially the Oshodi ones in Lagos, they’ve got broad chests :-D). You would need them to make you get revered in the community or else, your land might even be resold for another helpless nigerian.
So friends, ever experienced such? Or know a story that’s close? Please let us know in the comment box below.

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