It is now a couple of weeks into the New Year and if you are anything like me you are already planning on what you’re going to eat on your cheat day or maybe you’ve already cheated. No matter your situation I’m sure you like good food that is nutritional or at least tasty, insert my recipes from my African Christmas. I actually wasn’t planning on doing anything for Christmas but bring a bottle of sparkling grape to a Christmas brunch I was invited to. I was kind of worn out from Thanksgiving and was looking forward to enjoying the fruits of other people’s labor, but my mom had other plans. She wanted to kill a goat and invite family over, so me being who I am I had to make it a whole theme and the #AfricanChristmas was birthed.
I love hosting and I love theme dinners and parties. I think it makes the whole party planning much easier and far more enjoyable. Does anyone else get lost in a Pintrest wormhole, just me? Last year I decided to have an Italian or Italian-American (depends on who you ask) themed Christmas with my Nigerian family and we celebrated with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. It was great! Maybe I’ll make a post about it later, but I wanted to share some of the recipes I used. They are not original recipes so you can go to Immaculate Bites to check out the unedited original recipes. I wanted to share some of my faves from what was a very delicious Christmas that I am now working off. I know Christmas has passed but there are other occasions where these dishes would be great, like Valentine’s Day, the premiere of the Black Panther movie, the first day of Spring, or Tuesday. Enjoy!
Jellof Rice (Oven baked)
- 1medium onion chopped
- 1 14ounce Can tomatoes sauce
- ½cup cooking oil
- 3cups rice I used Basmati
- 2teaspoon Chicken bouillon
- 2teaspoon salt
- 1tablespoon paprika
- 1tablespoon garlic powder
- 4cups chicken broth or water
- 1teaspoon white pepper
- ½teaspoon dried thyme optional
- 1scotch bonnet pepper or ¾ teaspoon hot pepper omit if cooking for kids
- 1pound vegetables
- 1pound beef chicken , shrimp(optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse rice through water. In a half sheet baking pan
- In a half sheet pan (12-13/16″ l. x 10-7/16″ w. x 2-1/2”) combine all ingredients and stir so that everything is fully combined
- Cover tightly with aluminum foil paper.
- Gently place in oven and let it cook for about an hour.
- Remove carefully from oven and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Then carefully remove aluminum paper. Fluff rice with a fork and mix evenly. Serve warm
South African Vetkoek
Vetkoek Recipe (You can use gluten free flour or Pilsbury crescent rolls)
- 5 ½cups cake flour plus more
- 2teaspoons of Salt
- 2-3tablespoons sugar
- 1packet yeast 2 1/4 teaspoon or .25 ounce
- 2cups lukewarm water
Minced curry recipe
- 1pound minced meat (I used ground Bison)
- 2tablespoons canola oil
- 1whole onion sliced
- 1-teaspoon ground ginger
- 11/2teaspoon minced garlic
- 2-teaspoon curry powder
- 2 -3 tomatoes chopped
- ½teaspoon paprika
- 2cups diced potatoes
- 1-cup peas and carrots
- ½teaspoon white pepper
- ½teaspoon hot sauce or cayenne pepper optional
- 2-3tablespoons parsley or cilantro
- Salt to taste
Minced curry instructions
- In a medium-large skillet, add oil, onions, garlic, ginger, curry, paprika and sauté, for about 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent any burns. Followed by tomatoes continue cooking for about 3 minutes then add potatoes and minced meat, cayenne pepper, white pepper, mix until ingredients have been thoroughly combined. Cook for about 15 minutes or more until potatoes are tender.
- Finally throw in peas, cook for another minute or two, add parsley, and adjust the seasoning, to taste. Remove from the heat and let it cool. You may prepare this a day in advance.
- In a large bowl, mix salt, sugar, water, and yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes. Add flour then mix dough until everything has come together.
- Covers loosely with a clean clothe and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 to 2 hours or until doubled.
- Turn dough on a floured surface, flatten to knock out air bubbles and knead to make firm, you may add flour as needed
- Roll out dough in to 1 inch thick, cut into desired shapes or use 3 inch or larger cookie cutter to cut dough.
- In a large, sauce pan pour vegetable oil, until it is at least 3 inches (or about 5 centimeters) high (too little will result in flatter vetkoeks and place on medium heat until oil is 350 degrees.
- Fry until golden brown about 3-5 minutes depending on size. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper napkin. Let it cool
- Split in half and fill with mince meat. Serve warm
Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Cake
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together except for the butter.
once mixed …slowly pour in the butter.
Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. (Using half or even three-quarters of this mix is fine and makes the cake a little less sweet)
Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
While the cake is warm ~ drizzle the glaze over the cake
Cranberry Punch- Not really African themed but hey it was tasty
- 1 (12 oz.) frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1 (12 oz.) frozen limeade concentrate or lemonade concentrate if you want it to be sweeter
- 4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
- 12 ounces vodka
- 1 (2 Liters) 7UP®
- ice cubes
- cranberries, optional
STEP 1: In a large bowl, over ice combine all of the liquid ingredients.
STEP 2: Top with cranberries, for garnish and serve.