HOW TO PREPARE EGUSI SOUP.

So I have succeeded in publishing a food recipe for the first time, well except for this salvaged stew post…😅

Ok, so a number of people consider me a guru in this “Egusi Soup” thingy. Well they are mostly my close friends but I believe they have a point.

If I have one cooking skill to compete for, Egusi soup would be foremost on my mind.

I remember the first time I attempted to prepare Egusi Soup for my family. I was in my mid-teens then and very reluctant towards kitchen work (lazy, for short). And in the absence of adult supervision, I literally flopped..😭

Thank God for perseverance and grace…lol. Hitherto has he helped me.

Anyway, the credit goes primarily to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holyspirit. And secondarily to my Mom. She taught me well.
Anyway, shall we?

(PS: There’s a story behind the poem but I won’t go into the details here).

Total cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes (or less).

1. Prepare the beef (fresh fish or chicken can be used instead if desired) with seasoning cubes, salt, onion and set aside the meat stock. Cook on low to medium heat for about 1 hour or until tender.

2. Soak the dry fish, cow skin and stock fish in a bowl of warm water with a pinch of salt for at least 30 minutes.

3. Wash the green vegetables (spinach, callaloo, ugwu or bitter leaf) with cold water and cut into small shreds. Set aside.

4. Mix the blended Egusi with water in a bowl to make a paste. 

5. On low heat, put two cooking spoons of vegetable oil, diced onion and “iru” (locust beans), if desired into a clean pot.

6. Pour the Egusi paste into the pot and begin to stir for about 5-7 minutes or until a fine grain-like paste forms.

7. Add two table spoons of Palm (red) oil into the mixture and stir for another 5 minutes.

8. Add the blended fresh tomatoes (or tomato plums) and red hot pepper to the Egusi and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes. 

9. You can add the blended crayfish (2 teaspoons are enough) at this point, followed by the meat stock, and more seasoning cubes/salt as desired. Taste and adjust accordingly.

10. Add the already prepared beef, dry fish, cow skin and stock fish mixture into the pot. Cover and allow to cook for about 8-10 minutes.

11. Finally add the chopped vegetables and allow to cook for another 3-5 minutes. Don’t overcook.

PS: Overcooking diminishes the structural integrity and nutritional value of vegetables…blah, blah…😅

12. Your Egusi is done and ready to be served.

Egusi soup with pounded yam (Imagecredit: WEB)

Pls watch the video clip below for a step by step tutorial. I’ll address any questions in the comment section below.


(PS: You can read the Nutritional benefits of Egusi (melon seeds) here).

Enjoy!

Thank you for reading,

:::requ1ne:::

You Make Me Brave…

Hello July!

Thank you for coming so soon. I don’t know if anyone else thinks this year has been pretty fast, ‘cos it has for me. Some events from last year still feel like yesterday.

So this morning, yours sincerely didn’t feel like doing anything…for no particular reason. I was just like…

But I knew I needed to cook ‘cos I’ve been feeding on hotdogs and bread for the past couple of days *face-palm*

I’m usually not lazy about cooking, so today was an exception. Thankfully, by divine providence, there was a positive turn of events with an issue a couple of us have been trusting God about.

In no time, I was in a jolly cooking mood. 

And with some help from a friend, I came up with these yummy delicacies…all local Nigerian dishes.

Local Nigerian dishes…
So to the main post.

Since this is the 7th month of the year, here are 7 things  I’m especially thankful for:

  • I’m thankful for the gift of life. It’s a super privilege to be alive and kicking. To breathe in fresh air every single moment. Each new day is an opportunity to live right and serve God. I’m grateful for the amazing gift of righteousness too. The life of God in me makes all the difference. 
  • I’m thankful for God’s goodness and grace. His love is so amazing. His mercies are all encompassing. He is a father and a friend. No matter how many times I fail or fall, he is always ready to pick me up and give me a fresh start. He instructs. He directs. He guides. He cares. He provides. He protects. He defends. He corrects. He forgives. He listens. Psalm 23 captures all of these so perfectly:
The 23rd Psalm.
  • I’m thankful for my journey through medical school. The last 3.5 years of my life have been the most amazing. I had my struggles and fears, but I was victorious through all of them. It’s my childhood-dream come true. I’m now in a position to take care of other people’s health and it’s a huge responsibility. I’m so grateful for all I was able to learn, which is a whole LOT. I’ve shared some parts of the journey here.
CLASS OF 2016.
  • I’m thankful for sound health. Both Physical and Mental. There’s nothing as beautiful as being hale and hearty. As a newbie Doctor I understand what it means for patients to be on their sick beds. It’s quite disheartening. I’m so thankful for divine health and divine healing. 
  • I’m thankful for friends and family. I’m grateful to everyone that has contributed to my journey in life so far..my parents, siblings, extended family and my entire bunch of friends. It’s amazing to have such constant support over the years.
  • I’m thankful for all the challenges in 2016. It has been a year of many lessons and of personal growth- intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. I’m grateful for every single experience I’ve had, including my mistakes. I believe God is using all of these to mould me into the person he wants me to become.
  • I’m thankful for the FUTURE. I know it’s so bright and beautiful. Last month, I wrote about some of my concerns about the future hereI’m content in knowing that his promises for me are sure and steadfast. 

Two Saturdays ago, I went for a swim with a friend. It was the first time I stepped into the water. At first it was a little scary, I didn’t feel bold. But with my friend’s encouragement, I was able to step in, submerge and even float in the water.

Following that experience, I have the assurance that I can step into the future knowing that…He (God) makes me brave, he called me out beyond the shores into the waves and no fear can hinder the promises he made. 

I really love the song YOU MAKE ME BRAVE by AMANDA COOK.

PS: Lyrics to the song here.

Finally, 

Check-out my FABULOUS new look.

I put on the hair last Saturday (thanks to angel_debby).


The process was both physically and mentally exhausting, but I’m in a phase where God is using about everything I do to teach me PATIENCE. Here’s one bible verse that comes to mind- Hebrews 6:12.

I’m thankful I endured the process to obtain this amazing-gorgeous-look. 😀😅

Thank you for reading,

:::requ1ne:::