Friday, November 1, 2013

Jollof Rice According To My Husband

So I'd confess, not only do Mr. Punch and I compete when it comes to Parallel Parking, we also do when it comes to the Kitchen Life. Sometimes it's a blessing to have a man that knows his way around the kitchen and sometimes its a lesser blessing :)

Even though this post is titled Jollof Rice "according to My husband", I worked this food all by myself (see how I take pride in that? Yeah that's the inner competitive wife talking). It is only "according to him" because it's his style I used - Mr. Punch DOES NOT BLEND TOMATOES! So for this I used canned diced tomatoes.

Not to sound like I still think this not-blending-tomatoes is weird but in the early days of Mr. Punch and I, I could never wrap my head around that. I mean, I grew up knowing that except tomatoes in burgers, suya or eggs, tomatoes should be blended. So eventually I decided to give his style a shot, that was almost 4 years ago and since then Mr. Punch and I have never blended tomatoes.

The No-Blending-Tomatoes life is the new way of life in this my Long distance marriage life.

So here is what Jollof Rice according to Mr. Punch looks like;

Steps:
  • Wash the rice, parboil it and keep it aside. 
  • Cut your Onions, Hot Peppers and Red Bell Peppers. 
  • Heat up groundnut oil for a bit then put in your onions and hot peppers. 
  • Add salt, maggi and garlic to the oil with onions and peppers already in the fire. 
  • Add in your diced tomatoes. 
  • Taste to see if the spices are okay according to your tongue. Put more if needed. 
  • Turn fire down to medium and let it fry for about 25 mins. 

  • Wash the beef and boil with spices. 
  • After the beef is boiled, take a few and chop them into bit. Add the chopped meat into the frying tomatoes. Put the rest meat in the oven and bake/broil with Onions, Peppers and very tiny oil. 
  • Boil the rice on low heat in the meat stock (the water from boiling the meat). Do this for a bit and set aside till the tomatoes are ready - we do not want the rice fully cooked before the fried tomatoes are added. 

  • When tomatoes are ready (taste it and let your tongue judge), pour into the not-fully-cooked-rice and mix. 
  • Then put in the oven and bake on 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. 
  • Keep checking and mixing if need be while it bakes. 




  • Chop your plantains in any shape you like. 
  • Put oil in frying pan for about 5 minuets, till oil is hot. 
  • Add your cut plantains and fry till brownish red but NOT BLACK! 
  • Keep a close eye on this and flip sides of the plantains while on fire to fry the un-fried side. 

Be dramatic like me, use highly unrelated sticks and add steamed vegetables on the side.

According to how fast this Jollof rice finished in the house, I think Mr. Punch and I can agree I nailed this one. We have not had Jollof rice regularly for a long time an now having this food back on our menu is all sorts of exciting. We keep tweaking a lot of things and trying different styles. Sometimes we adopt the hit or miss strategy and if it's a miss, the person that cooked it get's LAUGHED at hysterically. And if the other party decides to be a little bit mean, we never drop the subject.

Happy new month!! To my darling 4 followers (and those that just randomly stop by) I pray November brings you goodies from God. I pray your greatest testimonies of the 2013 would be packaged in these last 2 months!

xx

10 comments:

  1. bake the jollof?? that's a new twist!! I'd try it to see how it works. But from where am standing, that dish sure looks yummy!! lol

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    1. hehhehe! Yes o, apparently baking is "common" for Jollof rice, I kinda knew that but never really got into it till lately. I like it better than on stove because it doesnt burn as much, sometimes it never burns.

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  2. I like! Yea, in many West African countries, they make it very different from the way we do in Nigeria.

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  3. I can hear the Love in your voice! I am SO going to try Mr Punch's way; it looks absolutely delish. You know what would top this? If you actually made a vlog showing how to cook it.

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    1. Haba! Vlog? I am just getting my feet wet in this blogging you are already asking for Vlog. Lol...maybe some day!

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  4. Ah, baking jollof rice is very common. We do it and it tastes nice. But this Mr. Punch's jollof is on a different level, lol. You guys sure have a lot of fun. Glory be to God o. :)

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  5. Love this. I agree with Inth tho, A vlog Yaaay! Im gonna try this. I'm coming back with my pen and paper to write recipies

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  6. It's really nice that you and your husband cook together and have fun doing it! The jollof rice looks nice and I will be hopefully trying out the recipe!

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