Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Chin-chin is a traditional Nigerian snack, ubiquitous at Christmas time. It us usually produced in large quantities and kept on hand for visitors and children throughout the season, and sometimes makes an appearance at weddings, baby-naming ceremonies, and so on. It keeps for weeks without refrigeration as long as it is stored dry and cool (Christmas time being the only time of year in West Africa that would qualify).

Follow this link: http://www.africanchop.com/chinchin.htm This recipe is Americanized in measurements, i.e. it uses cups rather than grams; and in Nigeria margarine is generally used instead of butter (due to lack of refrigeration), but butter surely tastes better. Also, nutmeg is commonly added. You can use a pinch up to a 1/2 teaspoon, depending on your taste.

You can roll the fried balls in sugar and/or cinnamon to make them extra special. This is definitely not health food, although it is highly satisfying and a few is no overindulgence. Chin chin with a cup of black tea with powdered milk and sugar is the height of Christmas hospitality.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Orange Lassi

If you like yogurt, this is a great way to take it without added sugar.
If you don't like yogurt, you probably will after trying this.

Oranges in Nigeria tend to have a fibrous core, so I cut the centers before squeezing.

Mix about equal parts yogurt and orange juice. I take it in a bowl with a sprinkling of granola, but you can also drink it from a glass if you prefer-- that makes it more like a smoothie.

This can also be made with mangoes, when they are in season. Yum!