With Ebun Babalola
Seyi Allen is an entertainment promoter who has been using his ideas to promote the Nigerian Music Industry. He is the son of the first editor of the Nigerian Tribune Newspaper and our guest on this edition of Celebrity Tummy Talk. The Lagos State born music promoter says his favourite soup is owo, one of Delta State’s indigenous soups. Enjoy!
What’s your feeding habit like?
I eat twice a day and it must not come later than 8pm.
Why do you prefer eating twice daily?
I simply want to avoid protruded tummy at all cost
Do you have preference to a particular food?
Yes, I love eating beans with plantain ,eba and okro or owo soup
Is owo soup your native soup?
Owo soup is from Delta State.
Why did you develop interest in this Delta State soup?
I like sampling native delicacies from all over Nigeria.
Do you know how to prepare it?
Don’t cook, but I enjoy eating local foods.
Have you ever played any pranks to get your favourite meal?
No. I’ll rather go on hunger strike, because I’m not a food freak.
What’s your favorite kind of drink?
Water goes with my meal.
Do you exercise?
I love hiking a lot
Special Easter Treats
Food is an important part of the Easter celebration, and these foods vary not only within Nigeria but throughout the world.
Plantain and Gizzard
Plantains and Gizzards are a Nigerian dish made primarily from plantains and chicken gizzards tossed in stew. The plantains are usually diced and deep fried while the gizzards are boiled and also deep fried. It is a dish that is typically served at parties or get-togethers, but that doesn’t negate the fact that you can also make it at home for yourself.
Red bell pepper
Two scotch bonnet peppers
One to two Knorr cubes
One fresh lemon or half cup real lemon juice
Six cups groundnut oil
Half cup Palm oil
Half tablespoon salt
Remove gizzards from packaging, add to bowl. Rinse with cold water
Drain water, squeeze and add lemon juice to gizzards. Using hands, clean gizzards in a washing motion
Drain lemon juice, rinse gizzards 2-3 times with cold water
Transfer gizzards to pot. Cut 1 clove garlic, few slices of onions & some ginger into it. Add enough water to cover gizzards, let boil for 30 minutes over medium heat
While that’s boiling, start cutting up your pepper to blend
Pour the cut pepper in a blender, along with 1 of cup water
Blend till smooth
Add half cup of groundnut oil and half cup palm oil to a pot. Turn heat on to medium, let oils get hot
Add blended peppers to hot oil, along with 1 knorr cube. Let boil for 20 minutes over medium heat
Add remaining groundnut oil to a deep fryer, let it heat up
Wash and rinse your plantain
Cut off top and bottom ends of plantain
With a knife, make a slit in the back of the curve of the plantain
Peel the skin off
Divide each plantain into two (down the center of the plantain), should yield 4 pieces
Cut each half down the center again (should yield 8 pieces)
Gather 4 pieces at a time and dice it all up
Transfer diced plantains to a bowl; sprinkle 1/2 a tsp of salt
Add half a tablespoon water and toss the plantains
Add diced plantains to hot oil
Deep fry till golden brown, 5-7 minutes; transfer fried plantains to paper towel to drain excess oil. Set aside in a warm place (don’t turn off heat yet)
Return to boiling gizzards, they should be soft at this point. Discard stock
Turn heat off, using a slotted spoon, remove gizzards from pot onto a plate or wax paper
Add gizzards to hot oil
Deep fry till dark brown, 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towel to drain excess oil, set aside. Turn deep fryer off.
The peppers should also be boiled at this point, turn off heat. Let stand 5 minutes
Add fried plantains and fried gizzards to a large bowl (use one that has a cover)
Using a ladle or a large serving spoon, scoop two spoonfuls of stew add to the fried plantains/fried gizzards
Cover the bowl and shake it up vigorously till fried pieces are thoroughly coated with stew
Transfer to a plate and serve. (It’s a wrap at this point)
To rinse the gizzards, I recommend using fresh lemon or fresh limes (or both). I forgot to pick some up when I went to the store, but I did have some ‘real lemon’ juice in a bottle, which is what I used. It works just as well, but I still prefer fresh over bottled.
It can be eaten by itself, or with a big piece of meat, add some chicken drumsticks/legs to the mix… or with rice.