Blog Posts - Nigerian Fruits In Season



How to: Passion Fruit Juice

Travel. Broadens the mind. Teaches you so much that you might not have known. That’s the story of my learning to make good and proper passion fruit juice, all thanks to Nairobi. Read: Favourite Drinks in Nai I’ve been a passion fruit love...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Dec 2, 2016

Deconstructed: Tigernut Crumble with Mango Cream & Candied Zobo Flowers

I love to repurpose things in the kitchen – whether its turning zobo flowers into sauce after making an infusion or making a crumble with leftover tigernut chaff from making kunnu aya, the milk. It works. Rather beautifully too. Here’s wh...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Mar 21, 2016

Nigerian Fruit Salad 2.0 | The New Nigerian Kitchen

Desserts & Presentation – two ways in which we should progress Nigerian cuisine :). This week, I will focus on Nigerian desserts. And yes, I dare say we have a class of them, if budding. Truth is, dessert for a long time was fruit salad (wi...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Mar 14, 2016

‘Local Strawberry’ Liqueur

Because once you’ve slain vanilla extract, the world is your essence. Or extract. Because you can pop any old thing in vodka and in its colourless, tasteless way, it’ll absorb colours and flavours and scents. Because, when in doubt, pickl...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Jun 10, 2015

The Anatomy of Agbalumo

This study was taken on, to find out the best way to remove the flesh of the agbalumo for preservation and processing. Typically, after a thorough washing, I press the top sides of my agbalumo around the stalk in to ‘break the fruit’. Out...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Feb 18, 2015

Agbalumo, The New ‘Orange’

Down with a cold? The sort that most people get on the cusp of changing seasons, from harmattan to rainy? Don’t just reach for oranges, grab some agbalumo.  Agbalumo? Yes, agbalumo. Rich in ascorbic acid – hence the tartness (th...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Feb 15, 2015

Nigerian Agbalumo Puree

I have a dream, that one day, Nigerian cuisine will be spoken about, for its richness and diversity. That one day, the world will know that there’s more to our food than ‘pepper’ and ‘swallow’. I intend to play a small role in making that h...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Feb 11, 2015

Nigerian Agbalumo Drink

With the remains from the vinegar episode, I decided to make an ‘infusion’. This drink is a classic case of using up leftovers and doing something I’ve wanted to do for ages – make a drink of Agbalumo. The seeds and skin were tos...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Feb 11, 2015

Nigerian Agbalumo Vinegar, In Progress

Over the holidays, I got so many vinegars to add to my growing collection. I now have bottles of Mango, Lime, Palm, Cane Sugar, Champagne, Sherry and others…so much so I’m beginning to think of setting up a rack. The mango vinegar inspire...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Feb 10, 2015

In Season, In Season – Mangoes…

…are in season and I am stoked. Mangoes are in season across oceans and continents, from India to Pakistan, Australia to Nigeria. How fragrantly we’re joined. For me, the first fruits of the season are always eaten out of hand. We spend t...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Feb 9, 2015

Dessert in Nigeria: Mangoes & Lime with Cardamom Yogurt

As much as I love lemons, they have nothing on limes. Even Meyers. I’m sorry. So sorry. Limes transport me to a place. Sharp. Vibrant. Fragrant. All at once. Yes, harsh but with the feeling and willingness to be tempered. I think one of the mos...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Apr 6, 2014

Dessert in Nigeria: Mangoes & Lime with Cardamom Yogurt

As much as I love lemons, they have nothing on limes. Even Meyers. I’m sorry. So sorry. Limes transport me to a place. Sharp. Vibrant. Fragrant. All at once. Yes, harsh but with the feeling and willingness to be tempered. I think one of the mos...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Apr 6, 2014

Nigerian Fruits In Season: Herby Mango Salad

I never think of mangoes and think sweet recipes or bakes. Rarely do I even think of cooking with them. My bad, perhaps. It’s that the few times I’ve tried to….have been ‘just-there’ experiences. No earth-shattering mom...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Mar 7, 2014

Nigerian Fruits In Season: Herby Mango Salad

I never think of mangoes and think sweet recipes or bakes. Rarely do I even think of cooking with them. My bad, perhaps. It’s that the few times I’ve tried to….have been ‘just-there’ experiences. No earth-shattering mom...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Mar 7, 2014

Passion Fruit, Carrot, Ginger & Papaya Smoothie

For when you can’t eat. Two pains I cannot fathom or explain – heartbreak and toothache. Are they really necessary for life, growth, healing? I wonder. I had an impacted wisdom tooth extracted last Monday. It’s not something I’d like to r...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Feb 12, 2014

Nigeria’s ‘Harmattan’ Season Produce – December

So the Harmattan winds should be here. My mornings should be chilly, foggy  and with dust to boot. Its the season when nights should be cool and lips parched. The season of northern trade winds blowing from the Sahara. But ’tis only some of...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Dec 15, 2013

Nigeria’s Rainy Season Produce: October

Seasons come and seasons go, and fruits remain the same. They appear, fruits with multiple harvest seasons. The watermelons are the most vibrantly coloured. Wedges split open like rose petals. I find myself looking longingly for them as I make my way...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Oct 31, 2013

The Vibrant: Garden Eggs with Crushed Peanuts, Red Chilies & Cilantro

This recipe takes me back to where it all began – Nigeria. Where garden eggs are eaten as a snack, with a spicy peanut butter dip. In this recipe, the garden egg is sliced, and garnished with grilled spring onions and red chilies, for colour. I...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Oct 15, 2013

The Easy: Quick Pickled Garden Egg Slices

In this recipe, the spongy character of garden eggs are extolled. Its interesting that garden eggs take very well to pickling. The vinegar and spices add another dimension to a fruit that makes it suitable for a myriad of things – eating on its...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Oct 14, 2013

Nigeria’s Rainy Season Produce: September

In season, in season, garden eggs are in season. Truth be told they’ve been in season for a month or so now. Wheel-barrowed boys and men push these out-of-hand eggs around the city. Parking at office gates, awaiting the gong of closing time for...
by Kitchen Butterfly on Oct 11, 2013


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