Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fish "balls" via Mukasechic

As usual I was on a hunt for new recipes to keep me busy & I stumbled on my fellow Ghanaian lady's blog called Mukasechic(Mukase means Kitchen for those wondering)....I saw this recipe & decided to try it out.....I found another appetizer option! Thanks to Ms. Jay....check out her blog ---> Mukasechic

Ingredients:


  • 1 whole fish ( cut into 3 pieces) or you can buy fillet fish if you don't want the whole fish shenanigans (lol)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2-3 potatoes 
  • 2 teaspoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoning salt (as always I used lawry's seasoning salt)
  • 1/3 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper/black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs (you might need more when you start coating the balls)
  • 1 small onion
Ps: if you are not a spicy food person you can decrease the amount of pepper.


Method:
  1. Soak your fish in the milk for 5 minutes, then steam it, when its steamed, flake it with a fork and set it aside. Peel and wash your potatoes, boil it for about 20 minutes
  2. The milk that you soaked your fish in, use that and 1 teaspoon of butter to mash your boiled potatoes, when the potatoes are all mashed, set it aside
  3. Chop the onions, and sauté  with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of butter
  4. In one big bowl, mix your flaked fish,mashed potatoes,sautéed onions, seasoning salt and pepper, when completed mixed, take a tablespoon full and roll into an shape of your choice, I chose to go with balls hence the name "fish balls"......after the balls are made roll in in some flour, the eggs and finally coat with breadcrumbs
  5. Fry until its golden brown, ENJOY!!

The ingredients

Soaked the fish in milk, then steamed and flaked it

Sauteed onions, mixing the potatoes with milk from fish, mashed potatoes, and before making the balls

Making the fish balls

All ready...Yummy!

Ot) or 3tor

Growing up in Ghana for almost everyone's birthday in our household we made the traditional "ot)" (the Gas call it that i believe & the Asantes call it 3tor I believe) which was eaten before the "celebratory" meals. Very simple food to make, made with either yam or ripe plantain

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 yam or 1 whole yam (if your prefer the plantain 1 riped/yellow plantain)
  • 1/2 cup of red oil
  • 1 small onion 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • Eggs (depends on the number of people you are cooking for).
Method:

  1. Peel yam(or plantain) and slice it into whatever size you want, the smaller the better ,makes it easier for you to mash it
  2. Wash and boil yams with salt for about 30mins until yam is soft(for the plantains its usually takes a shorter time to get ready)
  3. Pour out the water and set aside
  4. Slice onions
  5. In a cooking pot, pour the red oil in with the onions, let it simmer until red oil is completely dissolved. 
  6. Begin to mash the yams in the asanka(black), add some red oil to it and continue mashing/mix it together(add more red oil as you go to get the yellowness of the food) 
  7. Repeat step 6 until there is no more yams left. The picture below shows you how it show turn out. 



Ingredients for the 3tor with riped plantain
Asanka, what I used for mashing
Mashing it, the peanuts were requested by my friend who wanted it

Ot) made with yams(this was made for my family during my mom's birthday)




Riped plantain 3tor with peanuts andavocado 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ghanaian salad( African)

If you have ever been to any Ghanaian or African event & happened to see salad with a lot of dressing,cucumber to garnish or baked beans then this is the one lol. Not your typical "healthy" salad, but I looveeeee it! (Haha)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 medium sized onions
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 carrorts
  • 1 iceberg lettuce(or leaf lettuce)
  • 1 tin of tuna
  • 1 small tin of baked beans(I prefer the heinz one,usually found in African markets)
  • 4(or less) eggs
  • Heinz salad dressing or any mayonnaise of your choice

Method:

  1. Wash all your vegetables very well, make sure you dry the lettuce well before mixing with the other veggies (you don't want watery salad)
  2. Boil your eggs
  3. Start by cutting your onions,tomatoes and carrots (I sometimes grate my carrots....but that's just me), mix in a large bowl, chop your lettuce add it to it. 
  4. By now your eggs should be hardboiled and ready, remove the shell, slice it with knife or egg cutter, mix some in the salad and set aside some of it for garnishing
  5. Stir in your tuna and baked beans, add your salad dressing or mayonnaise (this part is by preference, some people like theirs very creamy and some don't, so do it how you like it)
  6. Garnish the salad with the rest of the eggs, spread some salad dressing on top(put in fridge till ready to be served)




  7. The ingredients
    Egg cutter (you can use a knife if you don't have this)
With leaf lettuce
Tuna and baked beans

Yummy yummy yummy! lol
Yummy salad :-D 
Added cucumber to garnish






Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Wings (Sorta Kinda LOL)

I came home from being away for soooo long and found some left over chicken wings in the freezer(YAY!!!).....so what does a foodie like me do?.....try something new of course lol.....There were roughly 22 chicken wings left so I used all lol.
 PS: the chicken wings shrink :( they become so tiny when they are ready!!! lol

Ingredients:

  • 22 chicken wings
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/2 garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
Method:
  1. Wash and dry out your chicken wings on a paper towel(because you don't want them to be soggy when you coat them)
  2. In a baking sheet, spread out some foil, and grease it (set it aside)
  3. In a large bowl,mix your flour and spices, then add your chicken wings in at least 4 at a time, make sure the wings are evenly coated. Put the wings in the greased baking sheet and put it in your fridge for about 45mins- 1hr (marinating) 
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  5. Melt your butter, mix it with the hot sauce and coat the wings making sure that they are evenly coated. Put them back on the greased sheet that they were on (you can make a new clean greased pan, if you want)
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until its golden brown. (See pictures below)
PS: The more chicken wings you have, the more ingredients you should use. If you want it to be really spicy increase the amount of hot sauce and cayenne pepper. ENJOY. :-D 

Ingredients (Look at the chicken wings though before baking)

After it came out the fridge,the coating with the sauce, then baking 

All ready! See how small they came out loll!