Not Everyday Amala, Ogbono, Jollof Rice or Dodo

Happy workers day to the people that are workers or aspiring to be workers. If you run a business, you too are a worker – a worker for yourself. So after getting tired of swallowing amala, and all the other things, i borrowed myself a brain sometime this week. I cooked mede-mede. The oyinbo side of me came to life. My husband likes “continental” food.  Kindly note the way we use the word continental for cuisine in Nigeria is wrong, we use it in reference to foreign food, meanwhile continental is food from the continent you are on. At least from a cuisine standpoint.

I made macaroni and cheese with fried chicken.. if you are on a diet, do not attempt this meal. If you are lactose intolerant – i wouldn’t really recommend it, unless you are a glutton like me. I rarely ever measure stuff when I am cooking, i literally tend to fling the stuff in the pot, its just my style. All that neat cooking on the food channel isn’t my speed, but my meals are compliment worthy. Please make sure your oven works before you make the food oh, because you cant boil this recipe.

So ingredients are as follows

Chicken & seasoning – whatever you like; Maggi, seasoning salt, plain old salt, onions etc

I boiled my seasoned chicken and then put it in the air fryer. If you aren’t too fancy, bake the chicken or fry it in groundnut oil if you need the extra calories. About 10 minutes at about 400F in the oven is fine.

For Mac & Cheese

Black Pepper – if you like plenty pepper add chopped small red peppers – Jamaican Peppers aka rodo.

One egg

About half cup of milk – You can use powdered milk and mix it with water to make the half cup.

About 1 tablespoon of vinegar

Garlic Salt – gone are the days of cutting garlic. just do you. I add garlic past about 1 teaspoon.

Butter – about 1/2 cup

Cheese – the more cheeses you use, the merrier. In this case i used Gouda, real cheddar, parmasean, ruscello italian (its a herbish cheese) and Landana chilli. All the cheese came from park and shop. You don’t need more than 50 grams of each – Just pick cheese with different flavours (note park and shop will tell you they sell a minimum of 100grams only though). You can use less cheese if you want a less creamier taste.

Macaroni – I used golden penny, Half of the bigger bag

Caserole dish or baking pan would do fine. Even cupcake pan would be fine to bake it in.

Cooking instructions

Boil water – add a teaspoon of oil and some salt. When the water is boiling, add macaroni (half the bag). When cooked, take off and use a sieve to take off water and rinse off excess starch.

Melt butter, grease the baking pan.

Melt remaining butter (make sure it is not boiling hot oh), beat the single egg, mix the milk & vinegar together if you haven’t already done so.

Grater the cheese and mix them together as evenly as possible.

Put the macaroni is a large bowl, add the egg, butter, milk, salt, black pepper.  Gradually add in the cheese, mix it into the macaroni, but only use 3/4 of your cheese mixture. Pour the mixture into the baking pan, then spread the remaining cheese over the macaroni mixture and bam fling it in a 400F preheated oven for about 30 minutes. That baby should boil and the cheese on top crisp.

My mom is begging me for some, she doesn’t know it has finished. lol.

After that, sit down and eat. You can thank me later. I took some pictures below.

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In honor of this “great” recipe, i have decided to give a N3,000 previously unclaimed Spar (park and Shop) gift certificate out today. Kindly post a quick, cheap and cheerful recipe (please nothing with Indomie – i am probably the only Nigerian that cant stand that stuff ) to stand a chance at winning the certificate. I will close entries for this post 08 May 2015 at midnight – Friday. Good luck. I Hope you win.





12 Comments on Not Everyday Amala, Ogbono, Jollof Rice or Dodo

  1. Yummy but to prepare this great recipe, I need to know the amount of calories I’m going to gulp down,until then I will just watch from the side line 🙂


  2. Talikhi // May 1, 2015 at 17:25 // Reply

    This is not for people like me trying to lose weight


  3. Errr… all these “continental dishes” is soo not for me. My dad is still surprised I eat pizza. Loool. So imagine his shock when I cook up somfn like this… he’ll be like… I think you’re trying to poison somebody. I’m such a “bush” gal I know. Lol

    Even though i’m tired of the usual.. rice, Amala(swallows in general), yam porridge, yam, beans, eba,noodles, pasta, bread. I just starve for a while and then that makes me feel like eating or at least I can keep the food down.


  4. Looks absolutely yummy but I won’t be having this anytime soon…. unfortunately.
    Striving to eat clean and lose my belly flab, my DS is 5months old- that’s enough time to get back in shape but, like you, I’ve been quite the glutton only, I can bet I’m grubbier than yourself, lol.


  5. Looks yummy I must say. I’ve been getting some nice recipes from your blog e.g. sweet mango chicken. I even went further to check online for variations. Would be nice if you could have a section for recipes e.g beef/ chicken pattie(so I can channel my inner ‘jamo’) cause I see you’ve upgraded the blog. Nice work Miss Pynk.


    • Tumi, i am flattered. Half the time i am done eating before i remember i should have taken pictures. Irony is i cook every evening so there is no reason not to take pictures and post it.


  6. Hey ma’am, followed your blog from TTB.

    While I’m not much of a mac n cheese fan, I do have a recipe you could try.

    Meal: Chinese sauce and rice (if you can afford it, Basmati)

    Shredded beef
    Green pepper
    Green beans
    Shenzhen sauce (one packet)
    Veg Oil
    Corn flour

    Coat the shredded beef in corn flour and chopped garlic. allow to marinade for a few mins

    Add oil to a pan and then add onions and the marinated beef, allow to cook for a few mins ,
    then add the vegetables and garlic and stir fry for 2mins.

    Empty contents of Shenzhen sauce pack into a pot of boiling water and stir till it dissolves and starts to thicken. (To achieve more thickening, add corn flour)

    Add the contents of the pan (the beef and vegetables)

    Mix it all together and allow to cook together for a few mins

    Serve with boiled rice.

    There you go! Your own Chinese Restaurant in your kitchen.


  7. Ikoya adewale // May 6, 2015 at 18:29 // Reply

    Hmmmm…. I don dey H o. Lol

    Here’s what I got from mama and it was very delicious and easy to prepare unlike our local diets :
    Ingredients :
    500g lean topside or round steak, cut in strips ,
    2 tablespoons Continental Essentials,
    Red Curry Paste ,
    1 Continental Stock Pot Beef Salt Reduced,
    1 cup coconut cream ,
    2 tablespoons brown sugar ,
    1 tablespoons fish sauce ,
    1 cup green beans, sliced ,
    1 cup mushrooms, sliced
    1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a fry pan over a medium
    heat. Pan -fry beef in batches, until golden brown.
    Remove to a plate.
    2. Lower heat, add curry paste and fry for 1-2 minutes, or
    until fragrant. Return beef to fry pan with Continental
    Stock Pot, one cup of water, coconut cream, sugar,
    fish sauce and vegetables. Simmer gently for 5-10
    minutes or until cooked. Shikena!!! And it is ready to be served with rice

    It’s worth trying I tell you


  8. I can’t indomie too, as for recipes the only one i can think of is the one am yet to try out which i saw on another blog, looked easy and tasty.
    Get one sweet potato and one plantain, cut and dice it, break your eggs(3) using just the yolk, mix with whatever ingredients you usually fry your eggs with. Put a little oil in the pan, like two teaspoons, fry your sweet potato and plantain for 5mins(i suggest you add salt first), when slightly brown, add your eggs and fry till its cooked, then you have your sweet potato frittata in my mind am a top chef, will whoever trys it should let me know how it came out. 😀


    • Finally someone else. Chioma, I thought of allowing my housekeeper to cook indomie in my kitchen and I lost my mind just at the thought of it.


  9. *stand


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