Over the years Nigerians have perfected their cuisines; using different herbs and spices to produce deeply flavoured soups and stews (sauces). These normally include tomatoes, spinach and chilli and are eaten with yam, corn, millet and other dough. Groundnut also features in lots of Nigerian food, the oil is used for frying food like plantain, potato, meat. Jollof rice is a speciality.
Some foods grown in Nigeria include:
Sweet potatoes, potatoes, Cassava, Cocoyam, Yams
Black eyed beans
Plantain and bananas
Corn and maize
Vegetables include: spinach, bitter leaf, okra, ewedu, water leaf. Pumpkin , etc.
Fruit: mangoes, Pineapple, lemon, berries, oranges and grapes.
In addition to growing their own food, Nigerians raise cattle, pigs, goats, sheep and poultry. The indigenous people hunt for games in the forest, which they sell in the local markets or by road side. Any game not sold on the day of the catch is dried and sold at a later date.
The rivers Niger and Benue; along with the Atlantic Ocean provide rich sources of sea food e.g. fish, Cray fish, crabs and shrimps. These are occasionally used in very aromatic and flavoured pepper soups.
Activity: Hold an international day and ask the Nigerian parents to donate food.
· 1 cup of self raising flour
· 2 teaspoon caster sugar
· 1 teaspoon margarine
· 1 egg to bind
· 2 tablespoon water
What to do
1. Mix the flour and sugar
2. Rub in the margarine
3. Add the egg and knead
4. Add the water and knead to make a thick dough
5. Roll out the dough to about 5cm thickness
6. Use a sharp knife to cut out small squares about 5x5cm.
7. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown.
Tip: Use chin-chin as nibbles in a party.
Take care not to eat too much, chin-chin is very filling.
Use these ingredients to prepare a meal:
4. Stock fish
Tip: you could substitute rice for yam and use any other fish in season if it is difficult to find the above types.