Friday, October 4, 2013

Ats)m) (Chin chin)

Ats)m) is the Ga name for these. I will find out the twi name for it (that is if there is one). The Nigerians call this chin chin. It can be crunchy or soft. I have both ingredients here so you can choose which ever one you prefer. :-)

Ingredients: Soft ats)m)
  • 4 cups of flour 
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of butter(2 sticks)
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
Crunchy ats)m)
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
Method:
  1. Mix the sugar & milk and set aside 
  2. Mix the flour,nutmeg, add in the butter and mix well till there are no lumps in the mixture(breadcrumb like texture).
  3. Add in your milk mixture, mix well until dough is formed. 
  4. Knead on a flour surface till dough is smooth
  5. Roll with pin and cut into desired sizes
  6. Fry on medium heat till its golden brown(with constant stirring it)




These are the soft chin chin(just like I like it)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Beef sauce

1 of my favorite accompaniment to go with fried rice. But it can also go well with white rice, yellow rice and even mashed potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs beef chucks or whole
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch or flour
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce 
  • Spices: (lawry's,maggi,black pepper,or any seasoning of your choice)
Method:
  1. If you have a whole beef, cut it into beef chunks, wash and season your beef and
  2. On medium heat, add the tablespoon of oil , "fry" the beef and allow it to cook for about 30 - 40minutes(When the meat is softened and no longer reddish/pinkish looking then its ready)
  3. Cut the carrots, green pepper and onions into medium chunks as shown below. 
  4. Add the tablespoon spoon of flour to1 or 1/2 a cup of water(depending on how much water there was to season the beef from the start) and pour it on your beef, allow it to cook for another 15mins, then add in the oyster sauce, when the sauce begins to thicken up adjust with spices for taste and add vegetables. 
PS: Don't add the vegetables too early otherwise they would get really soft & you might not even see them in the sauce

Onions and green pepper as requested
Seasoned beef ready to steamed
Flour and water mixture

Green pepper and carrots (This person didn't want onions.)
Ready for the veggies and other ingredients
Almost ready :-) 





Ready :-D

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Buns(Nigerians) or Sweet Bud(Ghanaians)

A not so oily (even though it's fried). Ps: if you want it sweeter you add more sugar to it.
Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup  of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 warm water
  • Oil for frying
Method:
  1. Sieve flour, add in sugar,salt, nutmeg and baking powder. Mix well
  2. Add in your milk, slowly add in water till dough forms and becomes sticky
  3. Make small balls out of the dough, set them aside, heat up your oil, then put in the balls
  4. Fry for 10-15mins or till when its light brown/deep yellow.
Ps: Keep stirring until the buns come to the top of the oil. If there's a crack in your buns no worries because that's the classic crack that comes with it






Larger batch
This was rough and sweet lol.