Category: Appetizers & Snacks

Dutty Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Dutty Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Leftovers make for the best snacks…or in this case, a perfect lunch-time meal.  My Dutty Grilled Cheese Sandwich deserves all the rave and accolades 😂 I had some leftover ground cajun sausages from my previous Dutty Pizza recipe and I turned it into this delicious […]

Dutty Pizza

Dutty Pizza

This pizza recipe was inspired by Cajun Dirty Rice. This is one recipe I would love to share on this blog sometime in the future.  You know that simple, inexpensive, and fast recipe that is your go-to; you know it, Bangs! every time you make it, […]

Beef Suya, Fried Plantain & Capers Pizza

Beef Suya, Fried Plantain & Capers Pizza

It’s World Pizza Day! 

To celebrate, I am bringing you 2 pizza recipes that will knock your socks off. No matter what kinda pizza person you are, you are guaranteed lots of belly rubs with any pizza topping recipe you choose. 

It’s a weekday and I know we are still trying to get through the week with as much work you can get done before the weekend. Same here! Its Wednesday and I can feel the week coming down on me, can the weekend come any sooner?  With not much time on my hands and wanting to participate on Pizza Day at the same time, is why I opted out of not making my pizza dough and sauce and just focusing on the toppings of choice. 

I know what some of you might be thinking, I used to side-eye people in grocery stores who use store-bought pizza sauces specifically lol.  As a part-time chef and self-proclaimed food connoisseur, I believe there are specific foods that should be made from scratch, but honestly store-bought pizza dough and sauce work just fine, with a delicious result. Can we all take this moment to celebrate my growth? While I still believe in making my sauces, broths, etc. there are still some really good brands you can use with really good results. 

For this recipe, I used Panache’s Stone Baked Original Pizza Crust from Sobeys grocery store & Primo’s Traditional Pizza Sauce in the squeeze bottle. I find that the Pizza Sauce isn’t as tangy with the additional cooking time on the pizza plus your toppings give it the extra flavor kick it needs. And for the pizza dough, it has a fluffy and light interior and if you want very crisp ends, you can bake directly on a baking pan for 12-14 mins on 375 F. You can literally have amazing pizza you can be proud of, on your hands in 30 mins. 

If I am being honest, when pressed for time, I always use store-bought pizza dough and sauce when hosting friends, and when I have private catering events and I always get positive feedback.

 I believe what makes a great pizza is all in the toppings you use. 

Today, I will be sharing my Dutty Pizza recipe & my Beef Suya, Fried Plantain & Capers Pizza recipe.  

What I love about this fusion pizza are the different textures and flavor profiles. The well seasoned slightly spicy beef steaks, the sweetness from the fried plantains, and the crispy, slightly salty capers marry very well together. I used grated Mozzarella and Swiss cheese for this recipe, I find that the sweet & nutty taste of the Swiss cheese, pairs beautifully with the Suya spice in the beef; I recommend grating your cheese as it is of better quality. You can get Suya Spice in any West African/Caribbean grocery store. 

This fusion pizza without showing any preference is the way to go today. 

For how to make the Dutty Pizza, click here for the recipe

Now let’s get to it! 

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RECIPE CARD

Beef Suya, Fried Plantain & Capers Pizza

February 9, 2022
: 6
: 20 min
: 10 min
: 30 min
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • Baked Pizza Dough (store-bought)
  • 1/2 Cup Pizza Sauce 
  • 1/4 Cup of Fried Plantains (diced) 
  • 0.5 oz Fried Capers
  • 0.5-1 lbs Beef Steak.
  • 4 tbsp Suya Powder Spice
  • 1 Seasoning cube
  • Kosher Salt (add to preference)
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1 Cup Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Swiss Cheese
Directions
  • Step 1 Wash, clean & slice beef steak, use part of beef that is quick to cook.  Season with Suya spice, salt, 2 tbsp olive oil & seasoning cube. Allow to marinate. Dice and fry plantain, fry capers and set aside.
  • Step 2 Preheat oven to 375 F. In a non-stick pan, add 2 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat. Sauté beef slices for 4-6 mins or until cooked, reserve oil drips from pan.
  • Step 3 Line pan with parchment paper and assemble the pizza. Top Pizza dough with sauce, half mozzarella & swiss cheese, beef steaks, plantain, capers, and fresh basil leaves. Top basil leaves with reserved oil drippings from the beef steaks. Top with remaining cheese and bake for 10- 11 mins and for crispy ends for 12-14 mins.

Yam Gnocchi served w/Oxtail Pepper soup

Yam Gnocchi served w/Oxtail Pepper soup

I’m proud to collaborate with more than 30 Black recipe developers as we celebrate Black History Month 2022. This Virtual Potluck explores Black food through the lens of Afrofuturism. Our collaboration of recipes explores the intersection of the Black diaspora via culture, future, geopolitics, imagination, […]

Oxtail Pepper Soup

Oxtail Pepper Soup

Peppersoup is probably the easiest go-to meal I make, I have pepper soup at least once every other week. Other than the fact that it tastes amazing, it requires minimal effort, has great medicinal benefits, and is wonderful for weight loss/management.  If you are not […]

Buckwheat Banana Bread

Buckwheat Banana Bread

Made this beauty a while ago, still enjoying this deliciousness 😋 1 or maybe 2 a day wont hurt nobody 😁

I have a lot of ways I make my banana bread, my love for banana bread is unending, beyond explanation 😍
This recipe produces a very rich, fluffy and delicious result, almost cake-like. I think this recipe might just be one of my favorites yet.. The texture is 👌💯 you gotta try it and see for urself.


The ingredients used are gluten-free and vegetarian friendly. I honestly make my bread with buckwheat flour, I dont know why but I just prefer it that way, you can definitely switch your flour and milk and use regular sugar if you want.
I added Golden Raisins and Chocolate chips 😍🤤 of cos! You can use whatever topping your heart desires

Its really easy, quick and fun to make. You can refrigerate for a week or freeze for months. My go to snack..Dont judge.

Let’s get Bakin’

Ingredients

  • 3 Ripe Bananas
  • 3 Eggs (separate the yolks from the whites)
  • 1/3 Cup of Honey
  • 2 tbsp of Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup of Buckwheat Flour
  • 1 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp of Cream of Tartar (whip with eggs)
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup of Almond Milk
  • Golden Raisins
  • Chocolate Chips

Method

Patatas Bravas

Patatas Bravas

Hello Everyone! Patatas Bravas is one dish I believe everyone should try, and  it is just absolutely tasty. Patatas Bravas is a native Spanish dish that is usually enjoyed as an appetizer in most bars. I used to work at a Mexican restaurant and I cannot […]

Akara (Beans Fritters)

Akara (Beans Fritters)

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to September! We are already getting to the end of what has been a beautiful and eventful year so far. I am honestly looking forward to Christmas! I think I am ready to see what 2018 holds for me😊. Today’s recipe is one that is so dear to my heart, this is literally my childhood😍💖. I had this for breakfast almost every other Saturday in my home with Freshly baked Agege Bread (local bread). Agege bread is super delicious and verrrryyy soft, and it is definitely not healthy for your waist line; this is one of the many reasons why I was a chubby child growing up (I say chubby to be nice to myself 😀). When I say every other Saturday is because my Mom made it her mission to incorporate beans into my diet once every week, and this fell on Saturdays. So I and my brother were forced to have beans porridge instead of Akara some Saturdays. The beauty of this Akara starts with taking a long 15-20 minutes walk to the Akara seller (she was the best Akara seller I have ever had) down my street and purchasing Akara for the entire family and then stopping by the bakery on my way back home to purchase freshly baked Agege bread; literally the bread is usually still piping hot because I purchased it as it gets out of the oven. We enjoyed this with hot chocolate ☕(shout out to Bournvita tea) and some of my family members will also enjoy the Akara with custard (Pap) (I do not like custard at all); oh the memories☺ Akara is very delicious, soft and fluffy and definitely worth the effort. You can serve for breakfast with bread or as an appetizer with sweet chili sauce, literally whatever your heart desires.

PS: I advise getting step 1 and 2 done the day before or more. Beans can last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Now let’s get to it.

Enjoy!

Akara (Bean Fritters)

September 5, 2017
: 4
: 20 min
: 15 min
: 35 min
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 Cups of Beans (brown beans preferable)
  • 1 Bell Pepper or Red Sheppard Pepper
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • 1 small Red Onion
  • 1 Seasoning Cube
  • Salt
  • ¼ Cup of Water
  • 2-3 Cups of Vegetable Oil for Deep Frying
  • Equipment:
  • Blender
  • Stand Mixer/ Hand Mixer
  • Ice cream Scoop
  • Spatula
Directions
  • Step 1 To get your beans ready, soak beans in cold water for 6 mins, and then drain water.
  • Step 2 In a blender, add 2 cooking spoons of beans and water enough to cover beans. Hit the pulse button only about 3-5 times so the skins can pull off the beans. Do not over do this step so you do not completely crush the beans, be very careful and us your eyes so you do not pulse more than needed. Also do not press the pulse button at a go, press the button for 2 seconds at a time.
  • Step 3 Transfer beans in blender to the other bowl and repeat the same process with the rest of the beans. When you are done with the pulsing, rub beans between your palms to get the skins off the beans that did not get off in the blender. Pour the skins into a sieve so you do not block your drain. Repeat this process until you have clean skinless beans. I recommend using actual beans instead of bean flour because it tastes so much better and it has a better texture.
  • Step 4 Add half of your cleaned skinless beans in your blender, add half of ¼ cup of water. Blend with your pulse button and then switch to smooth because you want your batter as smooth as possible. Add the other half of your beans and repeat process. The whole purpose of this batter is blending all ingredients with as little water as possible. Now this is where you use your eyes and sort of gauge what is going on in the blending. After adding your second half of the beans, if you are not able to get it all moving in the blender, add the second half cup of water as slowly as possible to make sure your beans blends freely and smoothly. You want to achieve a thick slightly loose batter.
  • Step 5 Now add your onion, scotch bonnet and red bell pepper/red sheppard, seasoning cube and salt. Add salt according to preference and blend until you have a smooth batter. Transfer batter to your stand mixer and whisk for 5-7 minutes. Whisk continuously using a mixer or wooden spoon if you do not have any. Whisking your batter incorporates air which will make your batter fluffy and light.
  • Step 6 Heat oil in your pan on medium heat until it is hot and ready for deep frying. To know when your oil is ready, use your ice cream scoop and add a little batter in your oil. If your batter shoots to the top immediately and it bubbles all around it, making the frying sound we all know and love, your batter is ready.
  • Step 7 Scoop your batter into your oil and fry your Akara. You do not want your oil too hot as it will cook the outside faster than the inside. Fry for 5-7 minutes on both sides or until all sides are golden brown and properly cooked on the inside.
  • Step 8 Your food is ready!!
  • Step 9 Enjoy with Oats, Bread etc. or serve on its own as an appetizer.

 

Akara served with pan toasted Agege Bread, Eggs, Sausage and Hot Chocolate.

Extra Moist Chocolate Banana Bread topped with Coconut glaze & Toasted Shredded Coconut

Extra Moist Chocolate Banana Bread topped with Coconut glaze & Toasted Shredded Coconut

Hello Everyone! Banana Bread is one of my favorite snacks that I make often. In my home, nothing goes to waste and all my soft, mushy bananas all go in making banana bread. The key to a good banana bread is using the softest banana […]