• My tribute to Maya Angelou

    Today would have been Maya Angelou's 90th birthday! I would like to celebrate this incredible woman with a poem I have written in her honour. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!   MAYA ANGELOU - I NEVER MET HER YET I MISS HER         Sassy and sophisticated, elegant and eloquent, her voice had an energy, an instant clarity, an unmistakable fruity tone. Her entrance, majestic, at six foot, fantastic, her aura was all her own. Then came ...
  • Places to Eat

    A place I LOVE when it comes to African cuisine is - BUKA restaurant in Accra …  I love the ambience, the friendliness, the cleanliness…the top floor with its open air…and of course the African cuisine is excellent. Be sure to arrive hungry, because the portions are huge! I met the owner, Audrey, for the first time and what a charming lady! I ate there with friends twice in one week and look forward to going again. It’s really worth checking this place out if you haven’t ...
  • Beaches

    Off to check out the beaches… Africa beach and Vienna beach are just down the road from home, about six minutes by car. Both have tables very close to the shore, close enough to walk down and dip your feet in the water. At Africa beach if you get the table closest to the sea you will get sprayed when the tide is in, and lovely cool toes. Beyond Takoradi there are more glorious beaches  like Busua, Ezile Bay, Lou Moon and more... I've shared a few photos from last year and the previous ...
  • Ghana – Home Sweet Home

    The city lights flickering in the dark as we approach Accra's Kotoka International Airport is a wonderful sensation, we know we are just about to touch down...  after 6 and a half hours flying, flight BA0081 has landed… the doors open and the hot, tropical air blasts in to greet us… The airport staff greet us with warm smiles and "Akwaaba" - welcome, you're home now! The long queue in the arrival hall was a shock… quite a few flights had arrived at the same time, so you can ...
  • Curried Chicken Liver Pasties

    This is a perfect summer afternoon treat, when a few friends are coming round and you know they love liver and love anything wrapped in pastry!  So here are my mini curried chicken liver pasties. The star ingredient is Seasoned Pioneers South African curry powder with its delicious aroma making it extra tasty, one you will make and enjoy again and again. Shop-bought shortcrust pastry is perfectly fine. Keep leftovers in the fridge for a special snack - just don't tell anyone they're ...
  • Lamb Jollof Rice

    One of the best rice dishes – ever! Often a centrepiece at parties, I can’t imagine a celebration without Jollof. It is packed with flavour and is to West Africa what paella is to Spain, biryani to India and risotto to Italy. It’s delicious with just about any type of meat - lamb, mutton, beef or chicken - this dish speaks for itself.  Here is my interpretation of mum’s interpretation of a classic, using a combination of lamb cuts for their aroma and flavour. A recipe from "A Plate ...
  • Stem Ginger & Plantain Chutney

    This livens up just about everything from breakfast sausages to stew, curries and leftovers.  Great with cold cuts of meat, crackers & cheese. A recipe from "A Date with Plantain"
  • Patti’s Plantain Mince Pies

    A tropical alternative to traditional mince pies! A recipe from "A Date with Plantain"
  • Maa’s Tomato Sauce

    This is Mum’s version of an African classic and it’s often called gravy. Full-flavoured and adaptable, it forms the basis of almost all our sauces and stews. Simple to make, this spicy tomato sauce is an excellent base for seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. As it cooks, it breaks down and thickens to form a partial puree. If you want a smoother sauce just give it a quick whizz with a blender - a good way to conceal wholesome ingredients from fussy eaters. I often prepare a large ...
  • Hibiscus Cool-down

    This attractive and tasty drink is made by brewing dried hibiscus flowers as you would tea leaves. Sometimes known as bissap or sorrel it is enjoyed all over Africa and the Caribbean. This is how I enjoy it.  Chilled and served with ice – it’s a perfect drink for a sunny afternoon. Sip slowly for that lazy holiday feeling. Dried hibiscus flowers can be found in African-Caribbean shops. A recipe from "A Plate in the Sun"