Tag: jollof rice


5 SECRETS ABOUT GHANA JOLLOF THAT NIGERIANS DON’T KNOW : By Chef Elijah A. Addo

Future of Ghana Alumni Chef Elijah A. Addo recently revealed 5 “secrets” about Jollof…here they are:

1. Ghana Jollof is made with love : Ghanaians prepare their jollof with ingredients and spices drawn from the streams of love and that reflects in the aroma and taste of our jollof,days after it is cooked.

2. Ghana Jollof is the “Aliko Dangote” of African foods : In as much as jollof originally originated from SenegalGambian empire of Jolof, Ghanaians took the prototype and built upon it to become what the world knows it. Ghana jollof is entrepreneurial.

3.Ghana jollof is scalable : The tricks of preparing different versions of Ghanaian jollof makes it easy to be prepared from any part of the world. Nigeria jollof is a one way method making it difficult to be prepared in regions like China, Russia, North Korea, London,etc.

4. Ghana Jollof is a balanced diet recommended to fight child malnutrition across the continent. Nigerians must come to Ghana to learn how we are using Jollof to overcome hunger and malnutrition. Former President Rawlings donated jollof to our Somalian brothers.

5. Ghana Jollof is celebrated as festival : Ghana Tourism Authority celebrates a National jollof festival because our jollof has balls.Ghana jollof is eaten with confidence across the globe due to it’s high nutritional content. You don’t have leftover for our jollof. Ghana jollof is bae.

NB: This article is satirical piece by Chef Elijah A. Addo, 2017 Queens Young Leader and founder of Food for All Africa in recognition of the Ghana Jollof Festival scheduled for 26th August, 2017 is being organised to promote Ghanaian cuisine, and is in connection with the “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, Feel Ghana campaign initiated by the Ghana Tourism Authority.

Jason’s Little Kitchen – Ghana Independence & Mother’s Day Dinner

 

94Join Jason’s Little Kitchen as they celebrate Ghana’s 59th independence and also Mother’s day!

Treat your mum, grandma, auntie, sister, cousin or anyone who acts as a mother figure to you to a lovely West African meal that’s sure to put a smile on their face, and lets them know you’re grateful for all the things she does for you.

Also as it is Ghana independence the people at Jason’s Little Kitchen have chosen to go back to the classic meal of kelewele for the starters and jollof rice and chicken for the mains.

For dessert they have beautiful roasted pineapple accompanied by sorbet to end your meal nicely.

Your glass of wine will be  provide by Edgmond Wines, and will be a special white wine called Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc, which has a faint hint of spice and white peach – something that will surely go down a treat with your meal for the evening.

Date: Sunday March 6th

Address: The Chancery Restaurant, 9 Cursitor St, London EC4A 1LL

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Price: £35

MENU

Starters:

– Kelewele & Hot Pepper Sauce –

Fried plantain cut into small cubes, marinated in a variety of spices and then cooked until caramelised and served with a special hot pepper sauce.

Mains:

– Jollof Rice with Grass Fed Chicken –

Basmati rice slowly cooked through a tomato stew mixed with red & yellow peppers, bay leaves and onions.

Dessert:

– Roasted Pineapple & Sorbet –

Slowy baked to bring out the sweet flavours of the pineapple, served with a sorbet to add a soothing taste 

Wine:

– Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc –

supplied by independent wine merchant Edgmond Wines.

This Lovely white wine with a faint hint of spice and white peach, will complement the meal wonderfully.

Tickets are available from www.jasonslittlekitchen.co.uk

GHANA VS NIGERIA: What’s the beef stew

For years and years, well for as long as I can remember in my 25 years of living the unspoken feud between Ghanaians and Nigerians has been in existence. But why? When We’re practically next door neighbours.

Apart from the difference in language, our preference for the sweet smell of Basmati as oppose to bullet rice… I mean long grain is there actually any significant distinction between us. There are many myths that have caused segregation between the two nations and whilst we are so similar, I can’t help but notice some of the same points being raised when it comes to this apparent dislike we supposedly have for one another.

Some of the reoccurring statements I hear are Nigerian boys are better looking, why do Nigerian men prefer Ghanaian women, who are the better sports stars? Who produces better afro beats and most importantly WHO INVENTED JOLLOF RICE ? It has been profoundly stated by many that in fact Jollof rice comes from Sierra Leone yet us Ghanaians and Nigerians still continue to bicker over the much loved rice dish even though we quite clearly had nothing to with it. Our egos have taken control because both countries are desperate to score one point over the other. Why do we get offended if we get mistaken for one or the other and why do we continuously feel the need to argue over who has had independence first.

There are aspects of our brothers and sisters from across the ponds culture we will indeed never understand like what is the Nigerian obsession with having boys, why do most Ghanaians names begin with the letter K, Kwesi, Kwabena, Kojo then randomly Nana is thrown into the mix. The reason I decided to pose this question is because in a few weeks Ghana vs Nigeria will be taking place at Watford and already tension is building up. I have many Nigerian friends and although this unspoken beef stew is simply fun and light hearted I can’t help but feel that whoever wins this game will feel like instead of winning a friendly football match will instead feel like they’ve won the championship for best African country in the world competition. I’m here to say it doesn’t really matter because in the eyes of everyone else African is African.

Let us know what you think about this so called feud @ www.mefirighana.com or facebook and Twitter.

Audrey Indome