Zanzibar Curry

Chicken Zanzibar

  Curries, casseroles, tagines, stews, what have they got in common?… flavours kicking and screaming from one pot!   This weekend I’ve enjoyed chicken curry with Zanzibar Curry Powder from Seasoned Pioneers, the aroma in the house was heaven!     The smell seduced my son away from his laptop to find out what was […]

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Monkey Business

Before I go away to Ghana on holiday, I find myself dreaming of all the tasty treats I’ve missed, so …wait for this …I list all the things I look forward to eating! (don’t laugh I’m serious). A popular street food I love and a childhood favourite has to be boiled monkey nuts, sold by […]

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Anthurium Lily

It’s a wrap

    I’ve always loved wrapping, no matter how small the gift. I enjoy disguising them so you can’t guess what it is. When my sons were younger, wrapping Christmas gifts was an absolute delight. I would spend hours late into the night, coming up with ingenious ways of hiding their presents, using boxes, tubes, […]

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Caramelised rice pudding

From Rice-water to Caramelised rice pudding!

  Rice-water may sound humble but believe me, when it ends up as a delicious rice pudding you will want second and third helpings! In Ghana rice-water is a breakfast porridge. It is simply rice with water, simmered until the rice disintegrates and served with sugar and evaporated milk. My mum made rice water as […]

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Takoradi Market Circle

Takoradi Market Circle

Have you ever experienced a market in Africa? Join me on a journey to my favourite – Takoradi Market Circle  Here’s an extract from my African fusion cook book “A Plate in the Sun“   I grew up in Takoradi, a beautiful city along the Atlantic coast and twinned with its neighbour, Sekondi. Daily food shopping […]

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Pattis Jollof Rice

CNN enjoys African Superfoods

This is exciting news – African food is gaining momentum. Soon after sharing news from the British Medical Journal the Lancet, that Ghanaian food was in the top ten healthiest diets in the world, I see CNN is also talking about African superfoods. Some of these superfood dishes, and many others, are in my book A Plate […]

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Patti's curried chicken liver pie

National pie week with Patti’s pies

Hi Everyone, as it’s National Pie Week, I thought I’d share a couple of delicious pie recipes with you, especially as I come from a country which is big on meat pie snacking. Every shape, every size and every filling.  In Ghana I’ve even found cooked pasta finding its way into a pie! When it […]

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Fruits, fruits, fruits

Ghanaian foods ranked the 6th best in the world

We all knew it, but guess what,  – Ghana is in the world top 10 for healthiest diets. Britain’s Mail Online’s health pages summarises an article in “The Lancet” that identifies Ghana has the 6th best diet in the world. Not just Africa, but the world!! Viasat 1 Ghana gives a similar write-up I met a lovely guest, Nicola Neal, […]

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Valentine cheesy beef and lamb meatballs with pasta

  Here’s my quick, easy and special treat for that special Valentine person – Cheesy beef and lamb meatballs with pasta.           I’ve used chopped baby spinach instead of fresh herbs and the colourful red peppers are sweet and juicy, just like your loved one!             Sweet and juicy […]

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Chocolate and Berry Porridge

Patti’s Winter Warming Chocolate and Berry Porridge

If I had to choose my favourite breakfast for a cold winter’s day it has to be warming chocolate and berry porridge! Delicious and easy and one everyone, especially children will fall in love with.     Simply follow the instructions on a packet of oats. Once the porridge begins to bubble is when it […]

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