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Xmas Dinner 2022

I know I’m composing this post a few days late, on the morning of New Year’s Eve, 31st December 2022, but for my reference I do want a record of the food I cooked for this year’s Christmas dinner.

Most years I cook Christmas dinner around a specific theme (often a nationality) or from a particular (often new) cookery book. This year our meal was based on Afro Vegan: Family recipes from a British-Nigerian kitchen by Zoe Alakija.

Cover of cookery book titled Afro Vegan

Starters were

  • Lebanese-Nigerian Roast Chickpea Shawarma
  • Smoky Cashew and Beetroot Dip
Dining table with small plates of food

and mains

  • Classic Jollof Rice
  • Groundnut Stew with Sweet Potato
  • Efo Riro (Stewed Greens)
  • Suya-Battered Vegetable Kebabs
  • Eba
Dining table set for four filled with numerous plates and pots of food

The only slight disappointment was the eba - small starchy balls of dough made from garri flour (cassava). I’d never cooked with the flour before and think I got the consistency wrong - too soft and sticky.

Cooking all that was a lot of work for a relaxed family meal for just the four of us. We certainly didn’t eat everything - leftovers were contributed to a much larger Boxing Day family meal at my brother-in-law’s farm.

This was the first time I’d cooked from Afro Vegan - I will certainly be trying out more recipes from it.


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Posted on Dec 31, 2022

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