From the Northern parts of Nigeria, to the rainy UK, Hauwa has certainly seen a lot in her life.
Growing up in Nigeria, her dad - being a fan of a diverse set of cuisines - exposed her to a lot of international foods, while her mom liked to keep it more local. And so she grew up appreciating both the amazing local food as well as the highlights from all around the world. American Cinnamon Rolls, Italian Pasta or Sloppy Joes are just a few of the things she enjoyed very much (plus Danish food she can’t remember, but says it was good too). And on occasion, she would sneak out… to get some local street food. That’s the kind of Foodie she already was back then :)
Today, she loves going back to the dishes of her childhood, and giving them another go. Or making Cinnamon Rolls, because… you know… they’re the best thing in the world.
- Zobo (Hibiscus Drink) - can use hibiscus or roselle plant leaves)
- Kunun Gyada (groundnuts/peanuts)
- Kunun Aya (tiger nut)
- Chapman grenadine, Fanta, sprite, lemon, then watermelon, orange to garnish
Breakfast - can be heavy:
Lunch - soups usually accompanied with Tuwo (like a dense mash but made from either yam, skin of yams, unripe plantain, rice, maize, guinea corn, wholewheat, semolina or acha):
- North/North - Miyan Taushe (pumpkin stew) Kaduna/Kano/Sokoto/Katsina
- North/East - Miyan Kuka (baobab leaves)
- Middlebelt - Miyan Gyda Groundnut stew
- East - Nkowbi soup (cow foot)
- South/West - Efo Riro (rich vegetable soup, green amaranth)
- Edikang Ikong Soup (vegetable soup, water leaves and ugu)
Dinner tends to be light:
- Moi Moi
- Chips (potato/sweet potato)
- Pepper soup (goat, assorted meat and tripe, offal)
- Jollof Rice
- Fried Rice
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Intro music: “Child’s Play” by Alex Nekita (alexnekita)