Saturday, 1 June 2019

Hello June

So my lovely husband came home bearing gifts for me on  recent trip away.  He brought me African Coconut Chin Chin which are West African crunchy pastry snacks that originated in Nigeria.  Next to it is a rather large tin of Ghanian Palm Nut Soup with Herbs known as Abemudro .   If any one has had it before, please let me know, otherwise I will wait until I eat it. 
I know there is so much controversy around Palm oil, but have been told that Carotino Palm Oil is a good one to purchase; and isn't good that he came back with it.  I am looking forward to making a Ghanian Black Eyed Bean dish called Red Red again, when I made it a few years back, I never too a picture of it and therefore did not get round to sharing it.  I need to find that recipe first!   
Next we have is a box of Instant Plantain Fufu. I am guessing its like instant mash, which is not something I eat at all, but it will be interesting to try this Plantain Fufu.  I've had Plantain chips before and they have also featured on my blog in the past, so some of you will know that I am quite partial to them, they also make a nice change from potato chips or crisps.
Talking about crisps, we have Tyrrell's Vegetable Crips: parsnips, beetroot and carrot.  I do like these, but when you open the bag, the crisps are really shrivelled!
In our efforts to reduce plastic, we are trying to buy our oils in glass bottles, but its not that easy as most are in plastic bottles.  We did however find some extra virgin olive oil in a canister tin that will be decanted into a glass bottle at home.
Someone else other than my husband likes me, as I was gifted a bag full of presents from Greece including Sesame Pistachio Halva, Greek Delight and some Greek ingredients from my nephew.  It was very thoughtful .  Bless You and Thank you.  I will be tucking into these sooner than  you think.  
I also have some herbal and fruity Teapigs tea bags: Lemon and Ginger and Super Fruit.  I don't usually buy this product as its expensive for me, but as it was more than half price so how could I not. 
While D was away, I bought some blueberries from M&S and enjoyed  most of the with Greek Yogurt and a drizzle of runny honey.  It was good, though I must admit I am looking forward to homegrown blueberries.
Finally, we were both tempted by this Scottish Tablet Dairy Ice-Cream, hoping it would transport us back to our times in Scotland.  It was okay as an ice-cream, but tasted nothing like it promised, so that disappointed a tad.
For those of you who may have missed my In My Kitchen blog post from last month, for those of you who may have missed it, but today I am sharing this blog post with Sherry's Picking for the In My Kitchen series.  If you would like to join in, send your post to Sherry by the 13th of the month.  

14 comments:

  1. Your African foods are very fascinating! I have only read about most of these, never tasted them.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae, I am looking forward to trying the Ghanian Palm Nut Soup with Herbs - Abemudro .

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  2. I love a good foerign snack. I think we all delight in trying something new and exotic. Sometimes we love them and sometimes not. Cococonut Chin Chin looks pretty tasty. Great work on the olive oil front. There's constant mental somersaults involved, when it comes to reducing plastic. Meanwhile, I'd sell my soul for some Scottish Tablet.

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    1. Thanks Fiona. I have had chin chin before, but not coconut variation so look forward to snacking on that one evening curled in front of the TV. You so right about the mental somersaults involved around recycling, but we try as we mean to go on.

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  3. Nice things and presents. Those African products are fascinating. The red red dish sounds great, I'm looking forward to seeing it here.

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    1. Thanks VegHog, yes - I just need to find the red red recipe I made....can't seem to locate it :(

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  4. What a shame about the tablet ice cream but you have halva and crisps. I have seen plantain a few times on tv and blogs lately so maybe fates is calling me towards it. I hope you enjoy the soup and I am curious about the palm oil - when you made the red red, I would love to see a picture of the palm oil - it is the orange colour on the jar or is that just the packaging - it is great to raise awareness that it is not just as simple as avoiding all palm oil. And roll on your home grown blueberries!

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    1. Thanks Johanna, yeah we were disappointed with the tablet icecream. I am looking forward to trying the soup and may bulk it up with some tofu to make more of a meal of it, but will share when I do so. The palm oil is red, I will show it properly when I make the red red dish in the very near future.

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  5. that's a heap of fabulous foodie stuff Shaheen! tablet ice cream sounds a bit weird i must admit. we had easter hot cross bun ice cream in the shops this year - weird indeed! how lovely to grow your own blueberries. they are a fab fruit. thankfully you can buy lots of oils in glass still, but the cheaper ones like safflower etc have come in plastic for years, more's the pity. it is very hard to avoid palm oil as it is in so many food items, but at least we can try to get sustainable foods. that is very hard too as the labels are not always honest! thanks so much for joining in again. cheers sherry

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    1. Thanks Sherry. HotCross bun ice-cream intrigues me, but I am not into soggy bread, so think I would give it miss.

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  6. What a treasure your husband brought you!
    I love when someone brings me food from abroad!

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    1. Thank you Ephee. It is rather wonderful getting gifts from abroad, not only because someone has thought of you whilst on holiday, but also that its a gift you can eat!

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  7. I would have also scooped up the teapigs bags on special. And I would have eaten the halva in one sitting. Our local Vegetable Crips are amazing.

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    1. Thanks Tandy. I think I want to try your local vegetable crisps!

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