Out of a craving… Something to eat

   This month I’ve been having an intense craving for prawns. No! I’m not pregnant, at least not yet… Somehow I had no time to go and get prawns and I didn’t really have any idea on the prawn dish I wanted to make, so I kept mumbling about it to my friend and he kept offering to get me some even though he lives very faraway from me and he had no idea where to get them.

   Yesterday I met up with another friend at one of the Surulere malls and we had shawarma and coke and laughed all through, as we were leaving I decided to ask for the price of their prawn in green pepper dish and I was told two thousand five hundred naira. My first thought was “what the (rhymes with duck and starts with F”? It was a giant ripoff, with that money I could make prawn soup!

I decided to make my own version of “prawns in green pepper” and I’m sharing it with y’all whether you like it or not.

I started out with prawns

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Then I chopped yellow peppers

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Added chopped garlic and ginger to a slightly heated pot and allowed it dry a little before I added a spoon of oil

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Chopped yellow peppers in the mix

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Prawns in the mix

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The green pepper part

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Green peas

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I added green pepper, I don’t let my green pepper overcook so it doesn’t wilt or transform from sweet to bitter.

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In addition, I included cayenne pepper, spice for fish and sweet basil

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Guess who joined the party…

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I love the pale pink colour

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A spoonful of flour to thicken the sauce with soy sauce and oyster sauce condiments

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Yes my “photographer” wanted a plate but the ribena was all mine.

No fuss cooking,  just the way I like it.

Merry Christmas to everyone and may this season bring joy and peace.

Christmas Carols – Zion’s daughter

For at least two years my favourite carol has been zion’s daughter by Boney M, it’s a revved up version of Handel’s tocher zion. I love the reverence and joy in the song and the description of Mary’s joy as well the redemption of mankind

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“Zion’s Daughter”
Zion’s daughter, now your heart is full of joy
In a cradle in the manger lies the Holy Boy

Zion’s daughter, with your sweet angelic smile
Holding in your arms the Christ Child, resting for a while

Now the world is waiting, People want to hear
what in Bethlehem had happened, that have brought the Saviour near
Now high hope starts rising for another day
With eternal love and justice finally on the way

Zion’s daughter, now your heart is full of joy
In a cradle in the manger lies the Holy Boy

Zion’s daughter, with your sweet angelic smile
Holding in your arms the Christ Child, resting for a while

Zion’s daughter, now your heart is full of joy
In a cradle in the manger lies the Holy Boy

Zion’s daughter, with your sweet angelic smile
Holding in your arms the Christ Child, resting for a while

That’s the way it happened many years ago,
with the sky above the shining in a wonderous stroll

Now the world is waiting, People want to hear
what in Bethlehem had happened, that all will say you’re near

Zion’s daughter, now your heart is full of joy
In a cradle in the manger lies the Holy Boy

Zion’s daughter, with your sweet angelic smile
Holding in your arms the Christ Child, resting for a while
Zion’s daughter…

Boney M’s Christmas carols are a big part of Christmas here in Nigeria, I just realised that all the songs I featured on the Boney M’s Christmas album. I’ll definitely do a none Boney M song next.

Christmas Carols – O holy night

I’m writing this post with tears stinging my eyes, why? I’m listening to the carol that always grips my heart. It’s not my favorite carol- that’s been “zion’s daughter” for two years running but this song always makes me want to fall down and worship God for the awesome gift he gave to this miserable sinner. His only begotten son!!!
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