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I just had to make some delicious pepper sauce to go with it (recipe for the pepper sauce coming soon).
Give all of that a good mix.
Take some of the mixture and make flat to coat your hard-boiled eggs.
Place egg on it.
Coat it nicely making sure the egg is completely covered.
Repeat process with all the eggs you are using.
Now roll in bread crumbs.
At this stage, you could bake these babies if you want but I went with frying. Deep fry in pre-heated vegetable oil.
When it is a nice brown colour remove and place on paper towel to soak excess oil.
Repeat process with all of your eggs.
Which scotch eggs do you like best? The ones coated with flour, meat, fish or sausage? Please let me know below. I truly appreciate each one of your comments.
“Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
1. Talk about it
2. Allow yourself to grief
3. Do something you love
4. Cherish those who are still alive
Think of some of the greatest people we read about in the Bible:
- Abraham and Sarah!
- Isaac and Rebekah!
- Elizabeth and Zachariah!
2 large tomatoes – diced
1 medium onion- chopped
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon ground ginger and garlic
2 Maggi cubes
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 hot pepper (optional)
1 – 2 cups of mixed vegetables (carrots, green beans, green pepper plus sweet corn and peas (if so desired)
Throw in your long grain rice just the way it is. If your rice is the kind that needs to be washed, wash it and strain before throwing it in.
Let that fry in the tomatoes and onions for a while as you stir from time to time. I do this because it gives a nice texture to the rice. It also makes it marry the flavours of the other ingredients. Add in your white pepper, ginger/garlic, hot pepper (if using) and season properly with salt and maggi.
Now throw in two cups of water.
Let that simmer until the rice absorbs the water. I had some chicken stock so I threw it right in. You don’t have to do this but if you by some weird unlikely stroke of luck have some meat/chicken stock lying somewhere in your kitchen, add it in, my dear.
When it boils and absorbs that, add in one cup of water. As you can see, the rice is getting softer.
Now this is where the trick is. Your rice will absorb the water but it will still look very wet. It will also taste slightly raw. This is what leads many to keep adding water hoping the rice will get cooked and be dry. Sorry, that doesn’t happen in one-pot Jollof Rice village. Turn off the fire at this point.
I spelled Jollof with a small “j” then I had to go back and correct myself because I read somewhere that,
Spelling jollof with small letter “j” is disrespectful. Jollof is not just food, it’s a feeling, a sign of hope, a way of life.
Ha! I had to go back and correct myself.
Now cover your pot and let that sit for at least ten minutes. When you come back to check, do a happy dance because the rice will be dry and cooked to perfection. Tada!
Turn your flames back on and set on medium heat. Throw in your diced mixed vegetables.
Give that a good mix and taste to adjust seasonings. Jollof is ready!
Notes: Feel free to tweak the recipe as you like. For example, you could use tomato paste/sauce instead of fresh diced one. You could also blend your fresh tomatoes too instead of chopping them.
For best results, use parboiled rice.
Here are other rice recipes:
- Jollof Rice the way Mama taught me
- Coconut Jollof Rice
- Njanga (crayfish) Rice!
- Coconut Fried Rice – a crowd pleaser.
I can not wait to show you how to make this!
MINT AND KEY LIME ICE CREAM RECIPE
Prep: 20 mins
Inactive time: 6 hours
Yield: a quart of ice cream
8 egg yolks
2 cups of half and half (half cream and half milk)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups of 2 % milk (or whole liquid milk)
1 and a third cups of sugar
20 mint leaves
20 key limes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
That’s really all you need! Directions:
As it heats up, put in your fresh mint leaves. Oh la la!
Now while keeping an eye on the above mixture, in a bowl put in all 8 egg yolks. Some of my egg yolks mixed together so you can only see 4 distinct ones here.
I don’t know why this picture is repeating itself. Ha.
Okay now pour your heated milk and cream mixture into a blender. Note that it should get hot but it shouldn’t boil. Blend the hell out of it so the mint leaves can be broken and all that minty goodness can be in the milk.
Strain the mixture back into the pot.
Now cut all your cute little limes in twos.
Squeeze them into a strainer by hand or with the help of a squeezer. As you do this, put your milk mixture on medium heat and stir every now and then. Note that it shouldn’t boil over.
Now pour that eggy goodness into the milky goodness. Stir continuously.
Add in your freshly squeezed lime juice and vanilla extract (optional). Oh boy, this is where the tasting begins.
Keep stirring until the mixture thickens up. This is the custard that will later become ice cream. It is ready when it coats the back of a wooden spoon.
Pour all that goodness into a bowl.
Cover it with plastic paper. The plastic should touch the custard so it doesn’t form skin when cold.
Put all that goodness in a fridge and let it cool down completely. I left mine overnight but you don’t have to. When it is completely cold, take off the plastic. The mixture will look really thick.
Give it a good mix. It will lighten up but don’t worry it will get really thick as you freeze.
When it gets to this consistency, stop stirring. Ice cream is ready!
Our first stop was at this place where we saw flower-like sea creatures. We were required to rinse our hands before touching them. The creatures felt soft and sticky.My girls were too scared to touch. They just looked.
Baby girl did some looking too.
They were so excited to see sea horses.
We saw LOTS of fish. We walked in a tunnel that had water with different sea creatures of different sizes in it. We also viewed a tropical rain forest. This is just a sneak peek.
Here they are with girl number one’s school mates and teacher.
It was a lot of fun.
In church, we looked at the topic, “What would Jesus say to racism in America!” We were taught to stop building walls and rather build tables.