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How To Make Yummy Coconut Candy With 3 Ingredients



How To Make Coconut Candy With 3 Ingredients |

In Nigeria, coconut candy isn’t just a sweet treat; it’s a cultural touchstone that bridges generations. For grandparents and grandchildren alike, the taste of coconut candy can spark a wave of nostalgia. It’s a flavour that cuts across age, instantly taking many Nigerians back to happy childhood experiences.

Perhaps it was a reward after finishing chores, a special treat shared with friends, or a simple pleasure enjoyed at a local market. The memories come flooding back with every delicious bite.

The beauty of this candy lies in its surprising textures. One bite might be a soft and chewy delight, bursting with sweetness, depending on how it’s made. Another bite could offer a fun contrast, with a delightful crunch that keeps it delicious. It’s a textural adventure in every piece.

One thing unites all these delicious variations: the taste of coconut. This flavour is the heart and soul of the candy—the constant that makes it such a beloved Nigerian classic. Whether you get a chewy or crunchy bite, that coconut is what keeps you coming back for more.

Raphiat’s Lifestyle features a recipe that requires just 3 ingredients: coconut, sugar, and salt. That’s right, only 3 basic ingredients are needed to create this delightful treat. But don’t be fooled by the short ingredient list.

Raphiat’s Lifestyle goes the extra mile by providing a clear breakdown of each step in the process. So, you can follow along with confidence and whip up a batch of this delicious candy, even if you’re a beginner in the kitchen.

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Here Are 3 Foods You Should Eat During Travel



Road Trip: These Are 3 Foods You Should Eat |

Ditch the greasy gas station food and avoid feeling sluggish on your next road trip or travel. Avoid greasy and heavy meals like fast food and potato chips. These unhealthy fats are slow to digest and can leave you feeling tired and weighed down.

Instead, focus on lighter options that are easier on your stomach and provide sustained energy. Fresh fruits and vegetables, like apples, grapes, carrots, and celery, are perfect. They’re full of water to keep you hydrated and natural sugars for a quick pick-me-up.

While stopping for local food can be fun, it can also disrupt your trip and be expensive.

Prepping your own snacks in reusable containers like Tupperware is a lifesaver. Portion them out beforehand to avoid overindulging, and you’ll have healthy options readily available when hunger strikes.

A major benefit of packing your own snacks is knowing exactly what you’re putting in your body. Pre-packaged snacks and gas station treats are often loaded with hidden sugars, unhealthy fats, and excessive sodium, which can lead to jitters, crashes, and dehydration.

By preparing your own food, you control the quality of the ingredients and choose whole, unprocessed options that will keep you energised for the miles ahead. Check out these three super meals below; they are perfect meals to eat during travel.

1. Overnight oats

Road Trip: Overnight Oats |

This is a versatile base recipe that can be enjoyed in different ways! It’s healthy and delicious, and it can be easily prepped and stored in the fridge for a quick and convenient meal. Here’s the beauty of it:

You can customise it with your favourite protein source, like grilled chicken, tofu, or even hard-boiled eggs. Add a dollop of nut butter, like peanut butter or almond butter, for a creamy and protein-packed boost.

Feeling like something sweet? Top it off with fresh berries, chopped fruits, or even a sprinkle of dried fruit for a burst of flavour and vitamins. If you prefer a sweeter taste, drizzle on some honey or maple syrup for a touch of natural sweetness.

2. Hard-boiled eggs

Road trip food: Hard Boiled Eggs |

Forget searching for fancy superfoods—eggs might be the champion you’ve been missing. Eggs are a complete protein source, meaning they contain all the essential amino acids your body needs. This makes them perfect for building and repairing muscles and keeping you feeling satisfied.

Eggs are packed with healthy fats that keep you energised and help your body absorb important vitamins. They are a great source of vitamins B2 and B12, which are essential for energy production, brain function, and keeping your nervous system healthy.

String cheese adds another protein punch to your meal. Each stick packs about 7 grammes of protein, making it a delicious and convenient way to boost your daily intake.

Don’t be afraid to add some sweetness! Throwing in some berries, chopped fruits, or even a sprinkle of dried fruit can add a delicious twist and extra vitamins to your meal.

All these make eggs the perfect food to eat during travel.

3. Grilled chicken meals

Road Trip food: Grilled chicken |

Short on time to cook chicken for your road trip? No worries! You can always grab a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the store. It’s a delicious and convenient option.

Healthy road trip essentials

Packing healthy snacks and meals for your road trip is a great way to avoid unhealthy temptations at gas stations and fast food stops. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Plan ahead: Think about the meals and snacks you’ll need for your trip and pack them accordingly.
  • Freeze and pack: Frozen water bottles will double as ice packs to keep your food cold. Pack them in a cooler along with your prepped snacks and meals.
  • Packing smart: Bring reusable containers for your food to avoid waste. Don’t forget reusable cutlery and napkins for easy eating on the go.
Most importantly, have fun!

With a little planning, you can enjoy healthy and delicious food throughout your road trip. Now that you’re prepped, the most important thing is to relax, have fun, and enjoy the adventure!

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How To Cook Ofe Ugba (Shredded Oil Bean Soup)



How To Cook Ofe Ugba (Oil Bean Soup) |

Have you ever heard of Ofe Ugba? It’s a delicious soup originating from Imo and Abia states in Nigeria. If you’re a fan of okra soup, you’ll love this twist! Ofe Ugba is made by combining the familiar taste of okra soup with a unique ingredient – shredded oil beans. These oil beans add a savoury and nutty flavour to the dish.

Don’t be surprised if you hear someone call it Ofe Ukpaka instead. This literally translates to “Shredded Oil Bean Soup” and describes the dish perfectly. So the next thing we’d do is to get in deep on how to make this delicious Ofe Ugba.

Ingredients for Ofe Ugba

Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients you’ll need to make Ofe Ugba for 4 people:

  • Vegetables:
    • 20 okra fingers (sliced or chopped depending on your preference)
    • 1 cup of ugba (shelled oil beans)
    • 1 onion (chopped)
    • 1 handful of crayfish
    • 1 bunch of garden egg leaves (or spinach if you can’t find garden egg leaves)
  • Protein:
    • 2 pieces of dry fish (like catfish or mangala fish)
    • 2 pieces of stockfish (dried cod fish)
    • 1 smoked mackerel (smoked titus fish)
  • Flavorings:
    • 2 tablespoons of palm oil
    • Habanero pepper (amount depends on how spicy you like it)
    • 1 piece of ogiri okpei (also called dawa dawa or iru, a fermented bean paste for added depth)
  • Seasoning:
    • Salt to taste

Ofe Ugba: How To Cook Ofe Ugba (Oil Bean Soup) |

Some tips for using the ingredients

  • Feel free to adjust the recipe to your taste: Don’t worry about following the exact amount of every ingredient. This recipe is a guide, not a rule.
  • Make the ugba the star: No matter what else you add, be sure the flavour of the ugba comes through.
  • Choose your protein: we used only fish, but you can add any kind of meat you like (except chicken).
  • Pick your spice level: Add as much habanero pepper (or cayenne pepper) as you can handle for a spicy kick.
  • Leaf it to you: Use the amount of leafy greens you prefer. In Nigeria, garden egg leaves are common, but spinach works well too.
  • Oil is optional: Adjust the palm oil based on how rich you want the soup to be.

What you need to do before cooking Ofe Ugba:

  1. Give everything a good wash: Make sure to rinse all the vegetables and fish carefully. Especially the dry fish and stockfish, since they might have dust or sand on them from being out in the market.
  2. Soften the stockfish: Soak the stockfish in water for a few minutes, then scrub it with a brush to remove any dirt.
  3. Prep the dry fish: Soak the dry fish in cool or warm water until it softens. Then take the time to clean it, remove any bones, and break it into pieces.
  4. Shred the smoked fish: Break the smoked fish into small pieces, take out any bones, and rinse it clean.
  5. Grind the crayfish and ogiri okpei: Use a mortar and pestle (or a food processor) to grind the crayfish and ogiri okpei together.
  6. Prepare the okra: Cut the okra into pieces. For the best texture, it’s recommended to hand-cut the okra instead of blending it. Grating is an option, but chopping by hand is ideal.
  7. Chop the aromatics: Simply slice the onion and pepper into small pieces. You can also grind the pepper if you prefer a smoother texture.
  8. Chop the greens: Cut the garden egg leaves (or spinach) into bite-sized pieces.

Ofe Ugba: How To Cook Ofe Ugba (Oil Bean Soup) |

Step-by-step guide on how to cook Ofe Ugba

  1. Simmer the stockfish: Put the stockfish in a pot with a small amount of water. Add more water only as needed because you want the final soup to have as little water as possible. You can use a pressure cooker to speed up this step and soften the stockfish quickly.
  2. Flake the stockfish: Once the stockfish is soft, use a spoon to break it into small pieces.
  3. Add flavour: Put in the dry fish, Ugba, crayfish, pepper, onions, ogiri okpei, smoked fish, and palm oil. Cover the pot and cook over high heat, stirring often to prevent burning.
  4. Incorporate vegetables: After about 5 minutes, add the leafy greens and okra. Stir everything together and add more salt if needed. Remember, you want minimal water in the pot before adding the vegetables.
  5. Finish cooking and preserve colour: Once the vegetables are cooked through, take the pot off the heat immediately and transfer the soup to another container. This helps keep the green vegetables bright and fresh.

Ofe Ugba is delicious on its own, but it’s traditionally served with a “swallow.” Different kinds of swallow you can use for this soup are eba, fufu, semo, pounded yam, and wheat.

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How To Cook Nigerian Goat Meat Pepper Soup



Goat Meat Pepper Soup: Learn The Nigerian Version |

Nigerian pepper soup is a spicy soup traditionally made in West Africa. It has various meats or fish, vegetables, and strong spices. Today, we’ll learn a favourite version: Nigerian goat meat pepper soup with white yam!

This recipe adds a twist by including yam chunks directly in the soup for a complete, hearty meal. You can also boil the yam separately and serve it on the side.

Pepper soup is known for its powerful kick—it’s very spicy. But it’s also incredibly flavorful, and it uses healthy spices and herbs. These spices are perfect for cold weather. Some even have natural cold- and flu-fighting properties.

Unlike thicker soups like okra or egusi, pepper soup is meant to be enjoyed on its own. You can also eat it with simple sides, like boiled white yam.

If you’ve never tried Nigerian pepper soup, get ready for an unforgettable experience! This goat meat and yam combo is packed with flavour and will transport you straight to Nigeria with every delicious bite.

What is Nigerian pepper soup spice made of?

This recipe uses a special spice mix that gives Nigerian pepper soup its authentic flavour. The mix includes African calabash nutmeg (Ehuru in Igbo), grains of Selim (Uda in Igbo), and alligator pepper. You can find this spice mix already made at most African stores or online. It’s usually gluten-free and sodium-free, but always check the label to be sure.

The spice mix is very spicy, so be careful when adding it to your soup. Start with a small amount, like a tablespoon, and taste as you go. You can always add more later if you need it.

Ultimately, you control how spicy your pepper soup is. On top of the spice mix, this recipe also uses scotch bonnet peppers, which are another source of heat in the soup.

Goat Meat yam Pepper Soup |

Ingredients for goat meat yam pepper soup

For this Nigerian pepper soup, you’ll need:

  • Protein: Goat meat (or your preferred protein)
  • Vegetables: African Yam (Nigerian yam tuber, recommended for freshness and available at African stores)
  • Spices and flavourings:
    • Natural, sodium-free Nigerian pepper soup spice mix
    • Fresh scotch bonnet peppers (be careful, they’re spicy!)
    • Red bell peppers
    • Chopped onions
    • Knorr Bouillon Chicken seasoning
    • Dry crawfish (optional, for a seafood flavour)
    • Utazi leaves (use sparingly; they’re bitter)
    • Basil leaves (optional; adds freshness)
    • Fresh ginger (optional, recommended)
    • Extra virgin olive oil (optional, for sautéing vegetables)
  • Salt: To taste

How to prepare Nigerian goat meat pepper soup

To begin, gather the essential ingredients, including the ultimate Nigerian pepper soup spice, which is crucial for an authentic flavour. You’ll also need vegetables like onions, bell peppers, and fresh bonnet peppers.

When selecting bonnet peppers, keep in mind that they are very hot and spicy. If you prefer a milder flavour, you can substitute them with other spicy peppers, like jalapenos.

Goat Meat yam Pepper Soup |

These ingredients will add depth and heat to your pepper soup, creating a delicious and satisfying dish that’s perfect for any occasion.

1. Gather your ingredients

Before you start cooking, you must ensure you have all the necessary ingredients on hand. For this recipe, you’ll need goat meat, bell peppers, onions, scotch bonnet peppers, dry crawfish, salt, Knorr Bouillon Chicken seasoning, African yam tuber, fresh ginger, Nigerian spice (pepper soup spice), olive oil (optional), and basil leaves.

2. Wash, cut, and blend the vegetables

Start by washing the bell peppers and onions thoroughly. Then, cut them into chunks and add them to a blender. Similarly, wash the scotch bonnet peppers and remove the seeds if desired for a milder flavour.

Add them to the blender along with the dry crawfish. Blend everything with some water until you achieve a smooth consistency.

3. Wash and clean the goat meat

Properly wash and clean the goat meat under cold, running water. You must ensure that the meat is free from any impurities. If the meat is frozen, thaw it completely before washing. Once washed, pat it dry with paper towels and place it in a clean pot.

4. Starting with the meat, cook your Nigerian goat meat pepper soup

Pour the blended vegetable mixture over the goat meat in the pot. Season the meat with salt and Knorr Bouillon Chicken seasoning according to your taste preferences.

Cover the pot and let the meat cook on medium heat. Stir occasionally to ensure that all the ingredients are well combined.

Allow it to cook for about 30 minutes until the meat is partially tender.

5. Prepare the yam

While the meat is cooking, wash, peel, and cut the African yam tuber into sizeable chunks. Keep the yam pieces in cold water to prevent them from turning brown.

If you have sensitive skin, you should wear gloves while handling and cutting the yam to avoid discomfort or itching.

6. Add pepper soup spice and water

After the meat has cooked for 30 minutes, grate fresh ginger into the pot for added flavour. Then, add water and the Nigerian spice (pepper soup spice) to the pot. If desired, you can also add a tablespoon of olive or vegetable oil for richness.

Stir everything well to ensure that the flavours are evenly distributed. Cover the pot and let it simmer for another 35–45 minutes to allow the flavours to meld together.

7. Add the yam to finish up cooking

Once the meat is tender and infused with the flavours of the spices, drain the water from the yam chunks and add them to the pot. Stir gently to combine the yam with the soup. Cover the pot and let the yam cook for about 10–20 minutes until it becomes tender.

Finally, add sliced or chopped basil leaves to the soup for a fresh burst of flavour. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

By following these detailed steps, you’ll be able to prepare a delicious and authentic Nigerian goat meat pepper soup that’s bursting with flavour and perfect for any occasion.

Some important tips to keep in mind when making this pepper soup

  • The cooking time for your pepper soup may vary depending on the size of the meat chunks you cut. Larger pieces will take longer to cook than smaller ones.
  • Pepper soup spice is known for its heat, so add it according to your taste preference. You can adjust the amount to make your soup more or less spicy.
  • If you’re planning to meal-prep your pepper soup, you may want to skip adding yam directly to the soup. Instead, boil the African yam tuber separately. Once cooked, you can add the boiled yam and pepper soup to separate freezer-friendly containers before freezing for easy storage.
  • Ensure you use a high-quality, all-natural Nigerian pepper soup spice for the best flavour. Look for options that are gluten-free and sodium-free, especially if you have dietary restrictions.

How to serve Nigerian goat meat pepper soup

  1. Combining goat meat pepper soup with African yam tubers creates a delicious pairing that many consider heavenly. Yam pepper soup is especially beloved and can elevate your next pepper soup experience.
  2. In Nigerian culture, pepper soup is commonly served as an appetiser in restaurants and homes. It’s a favourite among enthusiasts like myself, and while it’s often enjoyed during colder weather, it’s actually a year-round delight.
  3. Pepper soup can be served on its own or paired with other dishes like Nigerian Agidi (corn flour jelly), offering versatility in serving options to suit different preferences.
  4. For the best flavour and experience, it’s recommended to enjoy pepper soup while it’s still warm or slightly hot. Reheating it before serving ensures you get the full richness of the spices and ingredients.

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