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Which Kitchen Rituals Did You Learn From Your Mother?

Various kitchen methodology are being passed from mothers to their children particularly their girls. Ranging from how to slice, peel, boil, cook, tidy the kitchen environment, e.t.c.

Please, I will like to know which particular kitchen ritual you have learnt from your mum and you are still using till date. For instance, my mum taught me to always boil rice thoroughly and not to parboil and also tidying the kitchen up immediately after use.

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Why do you appreciate it now?

Does it benefit you healthwise?

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I learned to boil meat or chicken with garlic and ginger. I hated it then but now I appreciate it. The worst one she did was blending pepper with ginger and garlic. Damn I had to cook different soup entirely.

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i learn from my dad dont talk while turning the food  or your mouth will fall in the pot

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I learn by sight. Mama never ate food cooked by her children neither by anyone else. She told me to simmer my meat and sauces not boil it to maintain flavor. To use cornstarch to marinate meat along with spices to keep it moist when cooked. Clean as you cook. How to make quick soup in 30 min or less. Remindin me that each soup is unique as the individual I have to come us with my style.

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Learnt to do ahh ahh to gizzard before cutting it.

Learnt not to talk while removing chicken feathers cos they tend to grow back while talking.

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hummm plenty, let me see the ones i can remember other than general cleanliness

washing dry fish with salt

when once okro is applied to the pot while cooking okro she tot me not to close the pot because it is believed that when the pot is closed it will not 'draw' well, but during youth service a friend of mine prooved her wrong cause we were preparing ogbono and whe we applied the okro she closed the pot, amidst all my arguements she left it that way and funny enuf it came out well.

when cooking dont chew anything from the pot, especially when we were cooking for ocassions with people around, she said it doesnt tell good, i always think its ok to pick a piece of meat and chew or something, well i cant afford to do it in front of her to avoid her tongue.

a must do is that i must wash my hand before i start doing anything in the kitchen as well as rinse the utensils before use.

am sure there are a lot of others i cant recall at the moment.

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Ofcourse, i cant visit at one visit.

But cant wait to visit them all.

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I think that you have to visit all the states on different visits--- Nigeria is pretty big place to visit all in one visit--- if you know what I mean

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oooh k---- i guess u don't know where Isi-Ewu hails from---- nor do you know if Jooda is a calabar name ?

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Is Jooda a calabar name ? Do you know ?  Isi-Ewu is a calabar dish--yea  ?

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Clean up after yourself

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Sooooooooooo many, I'll get back to this.

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okay I will---- are you in the US ? UK ? OR NIG ?

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^^^^^^^^ lol

ok then, pls post the recipe/ or directions on how to make it.

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okay, I mean like recipes----im also guessing that I should be able to google this.

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can u teach me how to make it.

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The match is over and Nija is in the Final, now let us have some nice food

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that makes me wanna puke . . . . hate onion

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recently learnt this one, when frying plaintain out onions in the oil to give it flavour, smell nice too

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^^^ We have a very rich and diverse menu when it comes to food in nigeria because of the various tribe and ethnic group. I wish we could face agriculture very well in that country.

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ummmmm . . . interesting

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We are not patient like the ladies

It is the leave used for cooking gbologi soup and it has lots of water in it so to make it thick you don't add extra water to it. Just the leave, oil, pepper and other stuffs.

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^^^ Men and their cooking.

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what is that one?

I will like to know how safe that is though.

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That is very correct. Charcoal has antiseptic properties. Any food that you drop a piece of charcoal into will not go sour.

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do not put water in ofe gborogi

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I am loving this thread, kinda turning to the thread of the clowns

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Do not twist oha leaves when shredding it, else the soup will have a bitter taste.

Do not eat ur meat/fish before you finish ur food, else u bkom a thief

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All that are gross.

Nasty and not clean at all.

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put a charcoal on ur grounded beans if u hv 2 leave it 4 a long prd or over9t so it dont get sour

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anoda one

put saliva inside d h2o u use 2 wash d beans b4 thrown it away so that it dont smell in ur surroundn(i wonder wht saliva has 2 do wt d smell)

put a stone inside d pot when ure boiling 1 egg

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@victorazy

Are you part of the kitchen rituals or what? Look for a wife or ask them to bring you one from the village. Kilode? And pls snap another photo, you look too kind in the one here like a real ezigbo nmadu.

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Mother said to dissolve ground achi in cold water before adding to stock for soup to avoid the achi forming lumps.

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Oh, I love you mamma!

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cos dem fit put Vitamins, so am always scared

But one of my sis as being taken me on cooking tutorials.with one cookery book like that.

hopefully someday i will be better than her./

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it is good to cook your stock fish a day or two and store in refrigerator b/c cooking stock fish the same day you are making soup will take thy kingdom come also pour away if there is any remaining water  from the stockfish it stinks.

The same thing as cow leg they take decade to cook. Don't try using (akanwu) it is not too healthy

for stew try and steam the fresh tomatoes very well to kill the acid before using it to make stew

When frying egg steam the sliced onions and tomatoes for few seconds to kill the acid before frying (great taste)

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u can cook ur bitter leaf wt out washing so long u did not talk 2 anyone it wl not b bitter

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@ Topic

Leave the cooking to the professionals.

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i have seen little kids doing that, so that means they aint learning oh

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u are welcome student!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Dont smell the food you or other people are going to eat.

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i am gonna try that out and will let you know.

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In making stew, plum tomatoes(oblong) are better than the vine ones(round)

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If you really want to make a killer ukazi soup,put some of the sliced leaves in a blender and add to the soup.

You will forget your mother's name.

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This is one of the best topics I've come across here. Very educative.

What I learnt is when frying red oil, put a few slices of onion before the oil gets hot. It reduces the fumes that hot red oil gives off which makes one cough. It actually works.

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Me and you in same boat, but i watch my woman cook and now i can cook

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She won't even allow me go close to that place.

With four sisters, i always dread that place call kitchen.

Now is really affecting me. cos i cant cook one nice meal.

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