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COOKING WITH IDA IN GAMBIA!!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Benachin - Gambian Jollof rice

Benachin - Gambian Jollof rice

 

Benachin - Jollof rice

Benachin - Jollof rice

Preparations and ingredients:

 

Benachin – Fish Jollof Rice
Cooking Ingredients:
300g  fresh fish preferably Seabass or Haddock as they seem to be firm fish when prepared.
100ml vegetable oil
800ml of water
4 medium fresh tomatoes
4 tbsp tomato paste
2 large onions, peeled and chopped
1 small cabbage, chopped
. 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut in two halves
. 2 bay leaves
4 cups of rice

1 large aubergine, cut into 4 pieces

1 Lemon cut in to four pieces

2 Maggie stock cubes

Salt and pepper to taste

1 Large bonny pepper

250gr pumpkin, peeled and cut in to 4 halves

 

Cooking Method:
Clean and cut fish in half and reserve. Meanwhile, heat oil and add onions, tomatoes and tomato paste and fry until brown. Add water and bring to boil, then add carrots, bay leaves, pumpkin, pepper, cabbage, lemon, and the stock cubes, reduce heat and simmer for 20mins. Remove vegetables and reserve. In the meanwhile, add the rice and fish stirring continuously. Reduce heat, cover saucepan and allow to simmer for another 10mins or until rice gets tender and fish is cooked. Stir well to blend. Serve in  a large dish, garnish with the cooked vegetables and the fish.This dish is eaten by hand in most cases, or alternatively, the dish is left on the table where guests help themselves.Voila!!Goodbye

PS: Happy Christmas to all my friends and for their support throughout the Year!

 

 

 

 

 

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PERSONAL : 1/12/11

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Cookery Demonstration at Blackheath

Cookery Demonstration at Blackheath

 

I’ve heard experience speakers say how nervous they were before any kind of speech. Well this happened to me, because the day before my demonstration, I passed the night sleepless, and when dawn broke, I heard birds singing and when I looked out of my window, I saw them flying into the sky and disappeared into the distance. How wonderful!!

I held my cookery demonstration at Blackheath Cookery schoool. I was enormously impressed by the ostentatious grandeur of the kitchen where I held the demonstration. It was well attended. I treated the assembled guests to my signature dish of blackeyed beans and sweet potato pie, which they thoroughly enjoyed. I explained in detail the many facets of my original dish and its pros and cons. And looking at the joyful expression on the faces of my guests, tells me that they were having a treat!! Thereafter, it was time for questions and answers : I tried my best to give detailed answers and assured the novices amongst us that cooking is a joy and not a chore.

 

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LITERARY LUNCH – 4/10/2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Hello, hello, hello, beautiful people how are you all? I hope my message meets everyone of you in good health. Please do forgive me for being somewhat elusive, but as you know, being a celeb?!!, (please don’t laugh), one takes their time to do things to accommodate others! So I thought am not going to rush, my friends understand, and they can wait. Of course, you don’t mind – do you?

Anyway here I am to tell you of some of the wonderful things that I have been up to:

I attended a literary lunch organised by the Daily Mail on 4th October 2011 at the Royal Lancaster Gate Hotel in the West End which was well attended. We travelled by train to Charing Cross and then by bus through the West End, passing through its theatres and cinemas. I must admit that I had found it difficult to tear myself away from looking at the fashionable shops – all very tempting.

On arrival, there was a champagne reception and then it was time to make your acquaintance with guests who will be at your table before lunch. And to my surprise the guest next to me was the Chair of Champneys Spa clubs.She was there with a friend from the same industry. Guest speakers were Countess of Carnarvon, Robert Hardman (who has just published a book about our present Queen) and Bel Mooney ( writing about her life). The reason for them being there was that they had books to sell and my husband and I (I sound like the Queen!!!) were there in some kind of supporting role (hahaha). Here was I rubbing one’s  shoulder with the ‘hoi polloi’ of society. The atmosphere was very convivial and there were hilarity all round when the speeches were made. Food was good, drinks flowed, networked and what more can one ask for.

Thereafter it was book signing session, books sold, comments made, will they read it or won’t they and so on and so forth…………

Then like life, all good things must come to an end. It was time to head home to my palace in Kent, having had such a wonderful time and meeting lovely people from different spheres in the business world.

Do you know what friends, I must go now, it’s past my bed time. I’ll definitely meet up with you next week and this time it’ll be all about foooooooood!!!!!

So long everyone!!

Nina G

PS: here is a picture of me with Bel Mooney at the lunch – don’t I look pretty?

Bell Mooney & Nina at the Book Launch

Bell Mooney & Nina at the Book Launch

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