COOK-RECIPE BOOK-AFRICAN FOOD

nigerian beef stew

 

Good day to all. Today, upon blogger Cami’s suggestion/request, we will be exploring African foods. Nigerian recipes especially, and mostly that of the Yoruba’s the tribe to which I Obara Meji belong. I must say the first time I went to Africa and ate their food, it reminded me of Jamaican food. My first dish was Fish cooked with onions and pepper (pepe) as they call it and some dry yellow yam, along with something which reminded me of calaloo called Bitter leaf, delicious! Today I will give you some recipes of foods I have grown familiar with and quite fond of. 

Any blogger who wants to know where to but African palm oil or Eba/Garri in Jamaica, please contact me, I know Africans/Nigerians living in Kingston who sell these items.

Ingredient for the Stew

1 -1/2 cup of Palm oil

4-5 Plum tomatoes

1 large Onion (preferably red onion, Yoruba word is Alubosa))

2 cups of water

salt

curry

3 small cubes of maggi (chicken bullion, or cubes)

Dry Thyme

Three scotch bonnet pepper (Ata), de-seeded (If the pepper are rude, use one, if they are not still de-seed)

Grinding

In African cooking (Nigerian) we grind our vegetables, onion, pepper and tomatoes up into a paste. In the markets or in the front of peoples homes, there are people who offer grinding the vegetable as a paid service, using a grinding machine for a small cost. This service is used by those who have no blenders at home. In a Blender you will have already washed and diced the tomatoes, add them to the blender, no water as the tomatoes are already very watery, then the same for the pepper, and diced up onions, please note that in Africa, you use the pepe according to how much heat you like, but the tomato must outnumber the pepe, because the tomato is what will cool the heat of the pepe. Blend these together until smooth. Use your judgement to see if it is too thick, if it is you add just a small amount of water you have from the 2 cups, do not add all, you do not want it to be too thin. There are some red pepper which we use in Nigeria which looks like scotch Bonnet but are not as hot, I use up tp seven or eight of these, but do not play like that with Scotchie, it bad like we Jamaicans, ah just suh we tan

Cooking The Stew 

Cooking stew for meat is very different from cooking stew for rice. this recipe is for cooking stew for meat.

In a pot, not a saucepan, a pot, heat the palm oil, this oil has a low smoking point (and it is very healthy for you) so you should not heat in on high, it should be done on medium heat and you should not step away from the pot. After the palm oil has heated up just a bit, you may see a small amount of smoke or a small color change, (it should not turn black, or you have burnt it and this will not taste good), you will now add your grinded vegetables which look like a thick paste and stir gently. Again you will use your judgement to see if after you have stirred it, if it looks too thick, if it does, then add some more from your remaining 2 cups of water and cover, and let it cook for three minutes, bare in mind that it should never look watery, nor too thick.

After the three minutes has passed, remove the lid and stir, if the thickness of the stew satisfies you in looks, and coats nicely the back of the spoon, then you will add salt to taste, begin with a half of teaspoon or so. Add your three small cube of Maggi, crush the cubes as you add them (if you use maggai, you do not have to use curry, but I still put a pinch of curry however), add a three quarters of a teaspoon of curry powder, and a half of teaspoon of dry thyme, stir and taste, (not from the same stirring spoon, please never do that), adjust to taste and continue to cook for about three additional minutes. After which, you will add your already cooked meat, if you do not eat meat, then add your vegetable, Calaloo, Spinach, cabbage, Bitter Leaf or even Arugula. You could also add meat and vegetable to the stew.

Meat

In Nigerian cooking what ever meat  you will add to the stew would be made first, and set aside.

If you are using chicken, then clean the chicken very well, wash it with vinegar or limes (I like Vinegar, it cleans meat very well and also remove any smell), in Africa, I do not see where they wash the meats like we do in Jamaica, but as a cook, I believe we should wash our meats very well and clean it thoroughly, spend time doing this. In Africa the chicken is Organic, killed and given to you right there in the market, nothing goes on ice, the cows, pigs, goats are killed daily and sold in the markets. There are places which sell frozen chickens and fish however, But the meat are not easy to become tender as what we are use to, you will find them very tough and has to be cooked tender, although Africans like to fight with their meats, dem love tuff meat, its a wrestling match fi si dem nyam, lol. I guess why den teeth trong suh!

We cook our meats by seasoning the water with a onion chopped up, some curry, a cube or two of maggi a little salt, some dried thyme. The meat is cook tender for me, not so for them (dem love tuff meant, me cannot sey it enough) and set aside to be added to the stew when done. After the stew is cooked, then the meat is added, stirred in and after an additional 3-4 minutes the food is ready. The Stew that is. Let us now eat it with Eba or Garri, which is grounded white cassava, I love it the best.

Eba/Garri

Put a pot of water on to boil. After the water comes to a boil, have a container ready and a wooden spoon (wooden is best, I find), and also have ready reynolds plastic wrap. Measure out about three or four cups of the water add to the container, then add the Eba/Garri to the water, you should not be able to see water after you have added the Eba/Graai,begin to stir, combining the very hot water and Eba together forming something of a soft, not watery but thick consistency, try to get rid of any lumps, work you arm well as you do this. Add more water or Eba depending on the consistency of the Eba which should look well put together and pliable, it is to be eaten with your right hand. When you are satisfied with the looks, begin to portion out spoonfuls onto the plastic wraps and fold the ends together and twist, set aside and do the rest, or you could measure it out onto small bowls.

As time goes by I will introduce you to other recipes, which I have grown to love, and I have a very good palate, so if I say its good, it is good, plus I am a hell of a cook, no shame for me to say this as it is the honest to God truth!

Eba is Cassava grounded, it taste like our Jamaican Bammi, this is why I love it., below is Eba with stew cooked with meat and vegetable.

This is the stew and meat

This is stew with multiple meats, any amount of cooked meat and or vegetable can be added to the stew

Eating Eba with hands

Ojú tó máa báni kalẹ́, kò ní ti àárọ̀ ṣe ipin. /
The eyes that will serve one until old age won’t be rheumy in one’s youthful years….Yoruba Proverb! 

[Whatever will stand the test of time will be known soon enough]

 

All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…..Obara Meji!

There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned…..Obara Meji

175 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:04:57

    Teach, I would love to know where in Jamaica I can get Palm Oil…(Gone dun read yah now)…

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  2. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:09:39

    I will email the number of the Nigerian woman MTH her name is Tijani, she lives off Cross roads

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  3. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:10:11

    Teach you can also consider doing a cookbook…

    Teach, since you are on the topic of cooking, just a reminder to the readers that when they are cooking, they are to ensure that they do not go to the bathroom. (No bathroom activity while cooking).

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  4. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:11:17

    She sells everything Nigerian, also did you all know that we have a very good size nigerian community living in Jamaica? They even keep their festivals there. Tijani’s children attend Wolmers High school

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  5. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:14:18

    Thanks for the info Teach…

    Also Teach, give us some more info on traditional African eating eg. What time they normally eat dinner. Do they eat heavy lunch like us in Jamaica? Do they make juices to be consumed with their dinner (like how we have our Carrot Juice, Passion, Sour Sop etc).

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  6. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:15:17

    MTH, mi an you can parrr…ah how yuh know sey ah suh mi tan??????

    NO BAAACHUUM ACTIVITY WHILE COOKING, ESPECIALLY IF THE NUMBER GONE PASS ONE…..hI WOULD RADDA, NON AH DE NUMBA DEM, BUT IF MR I INSISTS DEN HANDS MUST BE PROPERLY WASHED WITH SOAP AND DRIED, NO HANDS DRIPPING IN POT. SOME PEOPLE WHILE COOKING, WILL WASH HANDS AND GO STIR POT WITH DRIPPING HANDS RUNNING DUNG ARMS AND INTO POT..SASS CRISSEEEEEE!!…LAWD AH GOD!….DOE DWEET PLEASE!, NO SNEEZING, FARTING OR COUGHING IN THE KITCHEN AND DO NOT SPEAK OVER THE POT DURING COOKING AND SHARING, SPIT FLIES!

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:01:33

      lol, who #2 and cook? dwln…..that should be after eating whey cook,lol I don’t cook in kitchens without paper towels or clean hand towels and a mug to put me stirring spoon.

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  7. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:15:56

    MTH I JUST POSTED A VIDEO ON THE EATING

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  8. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:16:12

    When my daughter was at St. Peter & Paul Prep, I used to see some African children there. I also know that there are a few African doctors.

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  9. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:18:52

    Africans drink water at every meal. It is not common for them to drink anything other than water, if they drink juice it is rare, it is Africans who are no longer living in Africa and has adapted something else

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  10. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:19:34

    Teach in one of your earlier blog, you mentioned that in your household, when the food is cooked, you are the only one allowed to serve from the pot…Every household is different, but I would like to know why do you do this in your household when I sense that the children are ‘big enough’ and wont burn themselves etc…Do you care to share?

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  11. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:21:50

    Oh Teach, I do not know that. In Jamaica when we have a heavy meal or ‘nice’ meal, we insist on having a good juice to go with it…Who ever eats Oxtail & beans and their rice & peas then have water…Oxtail require good juice…A lie mi a tell?

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  12. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:24:47

    Yes Mth, I am the only one to share the food, because I am funny with food and very cleany cleany to the point of obsession. Although my children know to always wash their hands and dry it before sharing, I am not always satisfied that they will always do so, maybe just my mind, but for my satisfaction and mental health, I prefer to share. If i come to anybody’s house and see people going into pot and sharing for themselves, I will not eat. No one can come straight from the bathroom and enter my kitchen regardless of what they just did in there

    Ah just suh mi tan, it is tiring but mi cannot help it, and I find that most people who has Orisha Osun is the same way, perhaps I am a little extreme but never the less!

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  13. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:26:09

    This is why I find Africans to be a healthy set of people, they do not even like sweets. dem have pretty teeth and strong also. Water to dem ting always.

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  14. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:27:38

    Teach, mi naah lie, yu mek mi sey yuck when yu a describe no farting, coughing and water dripping from your hands when you cooking…

    Mi naah lie, when I am cooking my little one likes to be there watching asking to help and I talk to her. She likes to help cut up the seasoning….Note to self: Cut out the bag a unnecessary chatting when cooking aldoe a just me and the chilvren mi a cook fah)

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  15. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:34:15

    MTH, himagine de farting hin de kitchen while meking spinners hor while de de hoxtail pot hopen, wid de tinkin fart scent going in de pot hor on de spinnaz pon purpose????…sasse crisse, MTH, sass crisse!!!

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  16. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:35:29

    sass crisseeeeeeeeeeee, MTH sasss crisseeee!!!!!!!!!

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  17. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:37:55

    Teach stop nuh man, yu a mek mi stomach turn…

    Teach, another thought came to me. People that live in studio apartments or people whose toilets are near to the kitchen, when you are cooking and if someone else has to take a #2, ensure that the door is closed…Teach, if my big nephew ever tek a #2 inna yu house, mi can guarantee you all next week yu nuh recover…Luckily him always a play ball when mi sister a cook on a Sunday…Yu can sey sick tumuck

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:08:43

      MTH, him need washout! and fi know sey dinner ago cook at certain time so none a dem things de at dat time…go a him friend yard LOLOLOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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  18. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:39:22

    hor de ugly sneeze whey some people do, hachoooooooooooooo!!!..and de nose wata dem flying choo de air inna de pot dem like Jet Li…sassssss crissseeeee!

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  19. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:39:40

    Teach tell mi if mi a push it now, but should be ensure that when we are cooking, we are not wearing sleeveless tops?

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  20. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:40:57

    TEACH STOPPPPPP!!!! But mi naah lie, these are things many people might do and are not even aware…Dang, Teach, you be teaching stuff like it is nobody’s business.

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  21. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:41:33

    Hall him cudden come ah my yawd, at leat mi nuh allow nobody fi do dem tings dere in mi house, and need me, hi do not GO in people homes, no no me, my bottom has a lot of principle!

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  22. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:42:31

    Him fi top nyam meat. dem sey de pale people dem choo dem eat raw meat, dem badda dan yuh nephew mi hear, lawd ah God!

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  23. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:43:59

    lolol, Mth, i deev wear nails or polish, cawsen sey dirt will hitch up unda nails and yuh ah cook wid duttie hand, sasssss crisseeeee!

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  24. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:45:15

    Teach yu know sey yu right bout the meat ting. Mi sister nuh ramp fi ram uphim plate a meat (plus him is a good boy)…Lawks….

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  25. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:48:49

    A little off topic (not really)…However, it is MY belief that’s why you have some top man that even though they are flashy and say in the dancehall/fast lane. They will date and have one bag a hot girls, but their main woman, woman that dem put inna dem house look like the girl next door (dem mother)…Some of these men, their woman cant even polish har nails, but the woman dem par wid can have up long nails…

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  26. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:50:01

    dem sey scawnful dawg nyam duttie pudding, but dem also sey prevention better dan cure!…me is a extra clean cook, mi careful who mi nyam from, an mi nuh nyammy nyammy, yuh cyaan ketch mi wid food, mi gut nuh rull me, and i can bare hunger! some times fi days mi nuh nyam, and when mi start eat mi easy fi turn off. if mi come ah yuh yawn an si plate inna yuh sink and yuh cook and offa mi, mi not eating. Kitchen fi ALL WAYS CLEAN, ITAN BAACHUUM!

    MI GO ROUND AND SPRAY OFF DOOR HANDLES ALL DAY EVERY DAY, AND ME BATHE WID DETTOL EVERY DAY, TIP LICKLE PON MI RAG AND BATHE, ME, MI LOVE, MI IS A VERY COWARD GAL WHEN IT COME TO GERMS

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:10:25

      O, Me addicted to dettol (bless de maker of that product).

      Two Dettol tips:

      1. Pour it into the bathroom hand soaps..,that antibacterial soap is crap

      2. You can soap up, rinse off and then do a dettol rinse

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  27. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:52:30

    ah nuff top man i know when dem ooman fava madda Theresa and dem bag ah gal ah road fava Kim K, probably gal ah yawd remind dem ah dem madda! Like Splen and Jackie

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  28. toy7318
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:53:34

    Morning Obara and Mth! Obara you have ocd, lol but I understand. I an going to be a little busy. I will come back and in read in the night. Everyone have a blessed day love and light

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  29. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:53:48

    Teach yu extra bra, bout spray off door every day.Hehehehhe That is why certain sickness will not reach you.

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  30. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:55:04

    My baby fadda was eediat, caws mi could cook, wash and clean and mi also *KNOW BOUT* so mi neva boring, plus mi was very easy on the eyes and cudda dress, still can, and is ah duttie gal whey cyaan do like me, probably the alkaline business she did inna, who know, but me was a package an him still cheat wid a dranco, and me was and still is a *ookubit*

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    • Yw
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:23:13

      Sometime people nuh value what dem have. Dem get caught up…

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    • Yazzy
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 09:58:28

      A come me jus a come. Phone back inna bizniz! Mi get da ting deh… Dem outta luck now!!!! Lolol.

      Mawnin Obara Meji.. Aka.. Di raaaee raaee hottaz weh KNOW BOUT!! Backside ole, a tun ova when a reading… Raeee yuh know mi nable tring cut anyweh di slackness de! **Covers face** LOL 😀

      Mawnin all mi other sweeties. Unuh mek sure unuh set good like ice inna freeza inna di tursday ya! 😀

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  31. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:55:13

    Howdy Toy…Teach you is a smart woman…Yu mek the Splen & Jackie connection quick, quick eeehh.

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  32. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:57:27

    Teach a from mi yeye dey a mi knee mi know sey yu caan study man…Yu will have a man wey have up him good-up, good-up woman an if yu si who him stray wid…Wife have 1 pickney and know di bed wuk an him tek up woman wid 8 pickney fi 10 man (jacket involved to)…

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  33. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:59:40

    Teach, since wi on the topic of food preparation, now is a good time fi remind some of the readers dat dem muss prisps one day and watch wey wifey a cook gi dem. Memba how Donnette mada, sheg up yu fada. Dats why some man have belly problem and dont even know sey a dem beloved wife.

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  34. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:01:38

    My baby fadda love duttie gal, me did too goody goody feem, me could read and write and spell, me did know who was big bird, and Oscar de grouch and bert and ernie and Polly Darton and forgetful Jones and mi good fren de count, mi did know who Dr. Suess was and Clifford de big ugly dog or red dog, one ah dem, mi could complete me ABC and 1 2 3 and could pronounce and write big words. dem deh gal deh did bawn big, dat was hit, juss ah big bawn gal! Him cudden manij me, mi did too brite, plus mi did bawn, come outta ah mi madda inna mi bootie and hat and ave on me good good pampers, ah suh de docta tek mi out, all ah dem did frighten, is ah big duttie dunce bat him did want, as mi sey probably ah she buss de Alkaline trend before it became popular, if ah did dat fi hold dat dranco, no not Hi!

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  35. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:02:45

    Another thing I see people do is when food fall they pick it up quickly and ‘apply’ the 3 second rule that is, if the food fell to the ground for less than 3 sec you can still eat it.

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  36. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:02:50

    Yes Toy, people sey mi OCD, lawd God!

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  37. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:04:51

    MtH, NUH SEY SUHHHHHH, SASS CRISSEEEEEE!

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  38. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:05:22

    Teach a suh Prof. Carl Stone did love dirty girls mi hear. Him get a dose a AIDS long before AIDS did become so popular.

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  39. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:08:28

    Teach mi a guh pop out fi a little while…Lata…

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  40. NuNu
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:14:22

    Lolol unoo funny bad!

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  41. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:18:25

    mTH DE GAL WAS DRANCO, HAVE FOUR OR TREE PPICKNEY AND GI DEM WHEY LIKE PUSS KITTEN, ALL LEFF ONE AH DEM PON PEOPLE DOOR STEP, DE OLE GERMZ CUDDEN TEK ME, ME WAS GODDAZZZZZZZ! WHY LOOK GOD INNA MI CLOTHES, ASKARDENN TO CAPLETON,

    MI LOOK GOOD INNA MI CLOTHES, AND CYANN TEK DE MAN DEM WHEY AH SLEEP AN AH DOZE

    MI NAY HINNA NUTTE WID NO FUNKY POSE,
    MI NEVA INNA NUTTE WID NUH SUCKING AH NO TOES, CAN YOU HIMAGINE HIM BIG CRUSTY TOES DEM, AH DE GAL FI NYAM DEM DEH, LOLOLOL!!!

    HEY NUNU!!

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  42. NuNu
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:25:36

    They have the box eba in the African store I believe not sure I’ll have to look next time I go

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  43. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:29:03

    NUNU YUH WATCH DE OLE CROW BAIT VIDOE? WID DE OLE GERMZ DEM?

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  44. TY
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:47:08

    Afternoon everyone,

    The food looks yummy and I will try it…I will have to search for an African store…I got palm oil at a brazilian store and got something that maybe eba…

    I wish everyone a wonderful day…

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  45. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:49:11

    My favorite is egusi soup, hey TY!

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  46. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:54:13

    The thing is Ty, their soup do not look like ours or what we know as soup, it looks like a thick stew, but Egusi dried melon seeds, it delicious!

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  47. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:55:41

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  48. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 13:58:57

    Ty, if ME Obara Meji, cook porridge fi yuh, yuh change yuh mine, if mi cook yuh hand gi yuh yuh ask fi seconds!

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  49. Yw
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:18:46

    Greetings Teach, the whole board, and all peepers!!! Large up Mth, Nunu, Toy, and Ty.. Teach, why many people stop eat meat as they say they become more spiritual? Sorry if you cover this before but most still eat fish, so I assume is not a taking life thing….

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  50. Yw
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:20:43

    The eba and the tomato based stewed dem look yumsters. Do they ever use coconut milk?

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  51. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:25:05

    Yw as yuh bring up coconut milk, mi si sey yuh anuh cook, yuh ah Cheffff, lolol…no de Africans dem do not use Coconut milk, but as a gourmet cheff myself, I could see how the coconut milk could amp it up a lot.Trust us Jamaicans to make something our own.

    Me alo Yw, I have been turned off of meat foe a while now, spiritual people says it weighs the spirit down.

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    • Yw
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:39:29

      Yu mek mi laugh, Teach. We trying the minimal (mi nuh reach none yet) meat ting and just weekend wi do some curry pitatah and chick peas wid of course garlic, onion, pepper, and nuff green onion (no got nuh eskellion). Mi ah guh try fi ketch how fi mek roti

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  52. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:26:50

    Yw, mi glad yuh sey sey MTH, did change and is slowly returning,mek we nuh tawk too soon. Plus 19 tell mi sey him like har she have vibes, not de Kartel kind, lol

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    • Yw
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:36:51

      Sometime we go thru wi tings and wi tun ah certain way – trus’ mi, me guilty of dat nuff (inconsistent – not incontinent) – but mi jus’ glad if she ok and come back said way wi love har…

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  53. Cami
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:37:49

    A see yu LOVE FOOD!

    Good afternoon Obara, THANKS!

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  54. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:38:42

    Hey Cami!

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  55. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:40:40

    YW, yuh show off eeh, hall ha describe de food, lolol

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    • Yw
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:44:26

      Mi want some more ideas from yu man. Not only di Nigerian ones but YOUR flavour ideas.. Di one dem mi know yu have stashed away

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  56. AMH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:42:56

    Good afternoon everyone. I am SO HUNGRY!!!

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  57. Yw
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:45:31

    Hailings Amh. Have to touch di road fambily…ketch unno soon

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  58. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 14:47:48

    ok Yw, I will come with two dishe a very delicious veggie balls with dippy sauce, vreated by me, and also a butter fly chicken in a very green marinade

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    • NuNu
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:31:13

      Mi mumma warra it lolol!!!!! chick peas and pitatah fi Ty and Yw mi nuh too certain wha name pitatah! And veggie balls and butter fly chicken from Teach, while mi ova yah deh nyam dumplin’ an brown strew chassy lol no sah

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  59. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:30:24

    YW mi parrie, bless up mi fam. Cami sweetie, what’s popping? Nunu, TY, Toy, AMH every baddy, large up…Teach a warra name butterfly chicken?

    TY how yufi nuh like parrige as Nunu ask before? Mi love parrige and soup bad bad..Only Cow Cod soup mi caan bring miself fi drink. Once mi know what exactly is cow cod, nope, no sireee mi caan drink it..

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    • NuNu
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:32:40

      Mi drink it mi nuh cyaa, if it’s soup I’ll drink it!

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    • NuNu
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:33:40

      Big ups to you madam M!

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:53:03

      lol, MTH! if yu have man grievance then drinking cow cod should settle it, lolol That’s the closest yu gonna get to doing that body part damage! lolol

      Ty, my babes don’t drink porridge…him say if and when him sick then he’ll drink it, other than that no way. I LOVE it anytime of the day, but I rather to make it for myself. I am anal about that what goes into it, consistency and I will not drink it if the cream on top is mixed into it.

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  60. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:35:01

    When I am roasting beef or pork…I just blend up the onion, sweet pepper, pepper, escellion & thyme, pimento seeds and garlic along with a pinch of salt and black pepper…I make some small holes in the meat and pour the seasoning over it and let it soak for a while. When you are finished, the meat nice…

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:49:10

      Same here, except I stab the meat through, For a whole chicken I stuff under the skin.

      Obara, big and serious I wouldn’t mind getting the fowl the way you get it. Years ago my mum use to buy that type of chicken at a place on Pitkin Ave, Ny. We long run whey from Brooklyn, lol.

      But no doubt when I’m in J.A. I get yard raise fowl…ole fowl (colored hens) taste far better than those white chickens.

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  61. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:38:36

    Hey Lady Nunu…

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  62. Cami
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:54:04

    Hey NuNu and everyone- Peepers ALWAYS included.

    Obara, do the Africans do curry dishes like us?

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  63. Cami
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:56:46

    I will display my cooking by now and next Thursday. I cook when the spirit calls.

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  64. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 15:59:25

    No Cami,

    MTH me and you, mi use to like Cow Cod until Major Mackerel sing de song whey sey’
    from yuh drink Cow Buddy, yuh gi de Cow ah blow Job,

    me laugh and ask who cudda drink cow buddy, while chewing on de flesh of a Cow cod soup me did just buy, mi fren sey Cow cod ah Cow Buddy, mi fling de soup so far ah mussi heaven it lan

    Nuff Blow Job me gi cow, ah use to love de ole duttie soup, oonuh doe laugh or mi wi vex!

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  65. AMH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:02:52

    We are moving soon into a home with a REAL kitchen, what should my first meal be?

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  66. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:03:04

    Teach said ting reach mi…LOL…

    Cami come wid yu 3 course meal…

    Teach does the average African brakfast consist of?

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  67. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:05:45

    dem nuh really concern bout breakfast, at least de one dem whey me deh rouns, wha leff from yesterday dem nyam,all rice dem eat hearly ah mawning, but to be honest, dem will drink milo, or ovaltine, and bread and hegg, but what evea lef from last nigh ha hit hat hup ha mawning!

    not for me, Hidoe heat ova night food

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  68. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:08:25

    Teach the blow job decsription….lol, lol…A weak…

    AMH cook Oxtail & Butter Beans with gungo & rice, toss salad, toss salad, potato salad, fried plaintain and carrot juice sweetened with milk, guiness, nut meg, suppligen and a dash of rum…Real Jamaican dinner….

    If that’s too much, curried goat, fried chicken, rice & peas and veg…

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    • AMH
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:13:34

      Not too much but you are making us so hungry!!
      We’ve been drooling over fried plantains for WEEKS!
      Now to find it all…

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      • Cami
        Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:19:43

        Weekend ROAD TRIP! I cannot live for certain foods and don’t go find it. AMH, when you have time a road trip and go and stock up on the foods you can’t find where you live. Get a cooler and zip lock bags and go shopping. If you find the plan tines take them home slice them up and freeze them.

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      • AMH
        Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:21:36

        There is an organic farm here that sells goat and oxtail and said if I call ahead I can get cow foot too.

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      • Cami
        Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:28:01

        Yu in business then…break out de pressure cooker fi de cow foot doe, lol.

        Cow foot can be first brown and then boil down or curried and then boil down. That is the one Jamaican dish I don’t cook. I eat it only from my mums and step dad.

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      • AMH
        Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:28:51

        its C’s favorite

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    • Yw
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:56:19

      Dat sound goooodddd!!! If yu see one strange, hungry looking man ah walk pon yuh road when yu cook, jus’ shout “YW” and see if im look…

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  69. Courtney
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:09:18

    Good afternoon everyone
    Hope everyone is doing well! Can’t wait to try this recipe but no palm oil in the Bahamas 😦

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:14:00

      Afternoon, Courtney. The Africans (maybe the money ones) are there so somebody knows somebody, who knows somebody,who know somebody which will lead you to the palm oil.

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  70. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:11:43

    Teach well both the Africans & the Jamaicans heat hova night food den…

    Jamaican eating habits are so funny…What ever we eat for dinner we eat for breakfast. Fish, chicken, liver, salt-fish, mackerel etc. One of my favourite is over night dumpling. I cut it in two and then fry it…

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  71. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:12:55

    AMH, COOK STEW CHICKEN AND RICE, I WILL TEACH YUH

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  72. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:16:07

    Teach a doe know if is becaw mi did a wait fi dis blog but last night mi dream sey mi former co-worker and on and off again friend came to my house and we both started seasoning up liver and she would watch what I was doing and did the same thing. Then the last thing I added was green sweet pepper and she did and then started cooking for both of us…I am sure as heaven (lol) that I did not eat any…

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  73. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:18:30

    NO AMH, IT DOESN’T, BUT YOU CAN PUT SOME SPINNERS IF YOU WANT, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO MAKE FOOD YOUR OWN, DE DUMPLINS IS DE LOVELY STEW PEAS AND RICE, OMG!!

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  74. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:21:14

    Cami you is a slack girl…LOL mi juss a si yu comment…

    Nunu yu nuh cyaa nuh a gwan drink yu cow buddy soup….A you sey cow buddy…Girl, I aint mad at you…The bible says its not what you eat that defiles you is what comes out….(Nunu that is a form of beastiality?) Hehehehehhe, a joke mi fren nuh badda rush mi, memba how far wi a come from.

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  75. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:24:35

    Teach memba sey AMH other half is Jamaican enno. So celebrating a new home, calls for big splashment. A wey sey guh hard an dun…

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  76. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:28:44

    Cami wey yu sey, yu want mi nephew? him look like Chris Brown…Him nice otherwise…Him young doe enno (him ova 18 suh him can gi account fi himself)….

    Cami dat bwoy wi kill wid turkey neck…Bwoy love a turkney neck yah…Neva si one smaddy love turkey neck so. No one else iin the family likes it…Nuh wanda him can bamb up di place suh…Tek Cami an move him up from turkey neck to swims and labsta. (Oh gosh a need a depends)…

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:33:30

      lolol, Me we lock him outside mek him go find a bathroom during me cooking hours! lol If is de smoke meat him may need fi chill fi a while. Me parro bout the bathroom and kitchen like O…toothpaste, almost done soap, Hair, wet up sink, shower curtain not drawn correctly and smelly bathrooms DRIVE ME BALLISTIC. Kitchen sink, counters, drain and all…drive me nuts too.

      Dem say me a mad woman and I accept it and done, lol

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  77. Cami
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:37:11

    GRUNG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SECOND TIME FI DE DAY! STOP!!

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  78. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:37:51

    Hi do not keep tooth brush hand paste hin baachuum, Dem sey when PEOPLE one de bachhhuuum han flush uugh fical matta spray hall bout pon tooth brush, and paste, nobody keep tooth brush inna baachuum inna my house, ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, sass crisseeeeeee!!!

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  79. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 16:47:21

    Lawd Geez, Teach a little fun mi a mek wid yu…OMG I am sorry if it didnt come acroos as a joke….

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  80. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:14:05

    Teach, wey u gone..Mi have a likke time more before mi leff fi di day…

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  81. nyaha1
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:15:48

    Good afternoon good people. This conversation on food has me hungry. Can’t wait to read more recipes

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    • NuNu
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:20:41

      Afternoon Nyaha
      M nuh talk bout dat cause mi nuh too long read fi tomorrow class and nuh bodda guh spwile di likkle soup fi mi eewww!

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  82. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:16:58

    Hey Nhyah

    MTH, I am here

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  83. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:17:22

    Nyaha, give us a Kenyan dish nuh man

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  84. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:21:28

    Cami just seeing why you told AMH that she can cut up and freeze plaintains. Maybe becaws I am from the country where we had dem wagga wagga, we never did that.

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:38:46

      Mi love a States we dey and that is the only way we can preserve certain foods when and if we can get them. You know if she buy them green or ripe she’ll have to use them in time…freezing is the best option.

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  85. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:23:03

    Teach what do you normally have for dinner on a Sunday, since you cant have coconut milk hence no rice and peas…

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  86. nyaha1
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:26:19

    Kenyan food is very similar to Jamaican food meaning curry dishes and flavor.

    I will come up with one that is different. We cook with a lot of veggies, compared to West African food. And we also use coconut and do not use palm oil at all. I didn’t even know about palm oil until I meet my West African friends lol. I thought it was disgusting LOL I ate it now and LOVE it.

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  87. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:26:57

    When I am in America MTH, I still cook rice and peas for my children, they do not think it is Sunday if they doe get rice and peas for dinner, when I am there I eat vegetables or potatoes or other things, I am a very creative chef, so I am good. InAfrica, I eat Eba, Fufu, Semo, pounded yam and so

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  88. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:27:45

    Amala and stew

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:41:19

      Hi, hello, lol please to translate the names so I can understand. What is the this one? I know that the Jellof (sp?) rice is tomato rice basically.

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  89. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:27:57

    Nunu a suh mi did start read fi class. Mi know sey nutten can stap yu from drinking yu cow buddy soup…Dem sey it good fi man.. Yu nuh hear wey Cami sey…

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  90. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:30:45

    ah do not believe, ah coo him know him ah guh ah prison him ah try pull ah fast one, him ah try a 911

    ole teef, oonuh watch yah!
    de plan was for a two story building, him guh put up six

    http://saharareporters.com/2014/09/14/cctv-footage-synagogue-building-collapse-and-%E2%80%98strange-airplane%E2%80%99-tb-joshua-claimed-was

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:48:56

      Nonsense! absolutely, truly, pure NONSENSE! Tb Joshua a wicked! And the female voice is a wicked (lol) this is added images you can tell by the clouds formation or lack of…that man fi go a prison.

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  91. MTH
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:34:08

    Teach, it was in the Star last week that Natty King (Rasta DJ) wife had some pork in the freezer, Natty King realized and beat out har claat. They have the case in court…Mi kinda tink shi shouldnt have no dam pork inna di fridge. She know sey di man against pork. If shi feel fi pork she can guh restaurant…

    Teach yu si like how we eat up di cow cod an neva know and once mi know wi caan gi nuh cow nuh blow job, a suh Natty King mussi did feel violated.

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  92. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:34:35

    Nunu gawn practice pon de Cow, lololololololol

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  93. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:41:26

    MTH, Natty King deh deh ah beat har fi pork inna fridge, and when night come him probably deh deh ah nyam Porky, kmt,de Natty part nuh fritten me, caws when yuh guh fi hear gal chat bout when dread pawt den natty, lolol

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    • NuNu
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:48:06

      Him wicked fi beat har! Ole dranco

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      • Cami
        Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:56:03

        She violate de man fridge, NuNu, lol.

        She lucky because I heard about one that took the pot and beat de empress because she thought he was gone and began cooking pork in de house, dwln

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:52:30

      lol, I slept with a fire bunna ONE TIME…lol. I wanted chinese food so I ordered me house fried rice…the dread order a house special lo mein….all who know chinese food know that PORK INCLUDED! lololollllllllllll

      The encounter was sweaty but it was the deception of the house special lo mein that broke the “camel’s back”, lol

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  94. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:51:31

    Cami, de Nigerian people sey since TB JOshua sey him can raise de dead, mek him nuh guh raise de dead people dem whey dead inna hin building suh de germz buckit nuh go ah Cow prison!

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  95. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 17:56:59

    Cami one duttie bald head bout him nuh eat Pork, but was a hunda cova nyama of ah nedda kind, him ooman dem bawl hit howt mi love, henny ways, when him fine howt sey ha years she ha roast breadfruit and gi him pork meat fi steak, him beat har narly kill har ha Jamaica, ha suh heverybody get fi know sey him did ha fi years heat de meat whey uncooked but have hair han tongue han lips and love hide hinna baggy, all men pleas to cawk oonuh eraz!

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 18:00:07

      lol, pork hil, baggy meat rasta! lololol did that woman survive dat de beating? lolol

      That’s why people must not align themselves with rules they cannot abide by.

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 18:04:47

      O, me a idiot yu know, lol PERCEPTION. So stuck on the way ward rasta I miss that this deceiver was a bald head. You can always spot them…majority the first ones fi bun all things sexual.

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  96. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 18:03:11

    him was a bald head

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 18:07:57

      O, him never did a eat beef growing up? Cause that meat cannot be disguised. Dat dude wasn’t use to much meat at all.

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  97. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 18:06:52

    de ooman sey him cravenah dan bredda hannancy, lol, fi di baggy flesh

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  98. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 18:12:48

    Cami, Hi was a lickle girl when dis appen inna Jamaica, ah lie de man ha tell, him did well han know ah choo smaddy bawl it howt han him shame

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    • Cami
      Sep 17, 2014 @ 18:29:55

      Ooooo, another ole evil.

      Me ago road, be back…I may just reach de palm oil store while I’m at it and rain don’t start fall.

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  99. Obara Meji
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 18:21:46

    @Yw, i understand, but is wha kind ah ppl dem deh

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  100. NuNu
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 18:56:58

    Wow, got through the first 6 mins yuck, the way the chubby guy was leering at Joey….

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  101. Cami
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 10:13:17

    MORNING Bloggers, Peepers and All. Morning O, hope you feel much better tonight.

    I went in search of my recipes and I saw all kind of flour! I say:

    Oat Fufu, Plantine flour, cocoyam flour, rice flour, semolina, farina, pounded yam and the one that we need Cassava…but it’s in a 5 lb bag.

    I saw Palm oil, dry thyme (lions brand) then me go fass and saw a rack with all kind of dry things in bags. Dem have:

    Egusu (sp?), Dry pumpkin leaves, Giant crayfish (dry), Bitter leaves and all kind of West African stuff…I going to cook, lol…Not today though, lol.

    BTW, I saw Stew in a jar! the tomato base ingredients as listed by Teach.

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  102. Cami
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 04:34:15

    Obara, say I wanted to use goat meat for my stew. I would season it and brown it…do I get to cook it down till it’s soft and then add it to the stew?

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  103. Miss Dinie
    Nov 14, 2015 @ 00:06:04

    A Jamaican cooking Naijja food.. Cool! I am of Jamaican descent and cook Naijja and Ghanaian food. Most of the foods are healthy,and very filling.. Not far off from Caribbean dishes as well.

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