Plantains – available all day, every day
Plantain is a staple in Nigeria. Technically plantains are a banana variety, but most people refer to the dessert (sweet) bananas as ‘bananas’ and the starchy bananas as ‘plantains’. Bananas and plantains do not have seasons, like most other fruit, but are available all year round. As mentioned in my previous post, First Month in Lagos, Nigeria, plantains are more starchy than ordinary bananas and I am yet to see plantains served in desserts. They are normally served as a savoury snack.
The Pumpkin turns into a Prince
The combination of pumpkin and sun-dried tomato is really remarkable. The cream cheese brings in a creamy element, the rocket contributes to the freshness, earthiness, and peppery element of the salad. The toasted almonds adds a crunch, and the heat of the chilly flakes lifts the whole dish.
If you know you’ll be under a lot of pressure to prepare a salad for Friday night’s dinner party, this is a really basic deconstructed salad to prepare, but very compelling in flavour. A bonus is that you can start prepping the day before your dinner party. Adjust the recipe according to the number of guests, there really is no wrong or right when it comes to the ingredients.
I’ve been in Lagos for just over a month now and it has been quite an eye-opener. From the culture and weather to the food. There is so much to tell about this vibrant, energetic city, but let me begin with some of the things I have noticed in terms of food.