Getting our kids to eat african traditional foods???
Lyndal - posted on 10/03/2009
Yams, I agree with. They are great and very versatile. Even more than potatoes I reckon. Boiled is better than fried though I think. Yams can be very tough on the outside when fried, especially in small pieces.
Has anyone come across Kenkey or Banku outside West Africa? Not sure what they call it in Nigeria.
Lauren - posted on 10/01/2009
my daughter loves pounded yams..she eats it with the stew broth. she won't eat the meat but right now she won't eat anything but chicken! my husband also makes cow stomach and feet and has even cooked an entire goat head. that was really unattractive. I am no good with spicy food so mostly i don't eat it..my daughter will eat when her daddy eats it..actually anything that is on his plate she wants so that makes it easier to expose her to the traditional food. i learned how to make these meat pies from my mother in law so they both will eat that. i can't stand the okra slimey snot soup though..it's too much like mucus and i can't look at it!
Sarah - posted on 08/21/2009
I started my kids on Nigerian food right from the time we brought them home from the hospital. We would put some of the sauce on our finger and let them suck it off. It really helped them with being used to the heat. I remember one time when my oldest was eating with my husband and the food was so spicy that she would cry after every bite, but she loved the food so much that she ate everything on her plate LOL The youngest has been a little more spoiled and won't eat the "weird" stuff in the stew, but the oldest loves, and I mean LOVES cow stomach ( we call it tripe here) I won't eat anything but the pork, beef, and chicken but really enjoy the food otherwise. My husband has also learned not too cook the food with too much pepper, but add it to his own food as I am a big suck and don't like spicy food LOL
Debby - posted on 08/21/2009
My husband is Ijaw he lived in Lagos, We can not wait to travel there!!! and eat the real stews, some of them look weird and slimy! hahaha,...if there are gizard's in the stew that he make's i will pick them out and only eat the chcken..haha
Lyndal - posted on 08/21/2009
Half a Yellow Sun was written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Plantain, if you can get it, is also good fried, roasted or boiled. Gari is also yummy and fills you up. My friend makes it as a carbohydrate in salad by just running light water through it and not making it into the 'cake' type. Or you can have it for breakfast with milk and sugar - hot or cold.
Stews are good, especially tomato and fish without too much chilli/pepper.
Sharon - posted on 07/09/2009
Make everything as norman as possible. Don't stress the "traditional food" concept. Food is food. All kids have foods they like and don't like. Just prepare the meals, put them on the table and don't make a big deal about anything. Eventually they will try what has become normal on their dinner table. Some thing they will like & some they will not.
Carrie - posted on 07/06/2009
i've tried cow's intestine before, and cows foot, but my husband freeked me out, we had some old boiler chickens so we could kill aND EAT THEM, MAINLY FOR HIM, I WENT TO GET MY DINNER AND THE HEAD WAS IN THERE, IT REALLY PUT ME OFF. OH MY AND MY HOUSE IS FOREVER STINKING OF STOCK FISH, I WON'T EAT ANY SOUPS WITH THAT IN BUT MY SON DOES. ANS I AGEE GARI IS NOT NICE
Kayla - posted on 07/06/2009
hello solveig how was your weekend? mine was great! so your living in norway! what's it like over there? how is the weather? it's freezin here! i hate winter. so how old are you? me i'm 24yrs old! thanks for the complement about my girls! yes they are very active and keep in on my toes 24/7. i would love to keep in contact with you an dyour family! if you have any questions i'm always here! take care till i hera from you xoxoxoxo
Solveig - posted on 07/05/2009
My husband is yoruba.
He has only made cowstomack once. He got it from a friend that smuglet in to the country. It's not allowed too sell her in Norway.
Have you read the book 'A half yellow sun'? I don't remember the name of the writer, but she's a young nigerian. The book tells the story about igbos that got tired of being treated like second rank, and wanted too built their own State, Biafra and the war that stoped the plant after the englishmen left. My mum has the book now so I can't check the name. It's a nice book, with some interesting facts like how Nigeria got it name..
I love the picture of your daughter. She looks so cool! Adoreble!!!!
Kayla - posted on 07/05/2009
oh my GOD cowstomack?????????? my husband has never cooked that! just recently my husband cooked gari and the girls loved it! we eat all of the soups which i love and so do the girls but it has to have no chilli but i want them to get use to it as eventually we may move to nigeria and live! i love the nigerian culture and love all there foods so far! is your husband igbo???????? if he is show him my last name its a popular name in nigeria! well thank yoou very much for your post and love to hear from you again, take care xoxoxo your kiddies are so cute!
Solveig - posted on 07/05/2009
My son loves gari, and he eats it with his father. I don't like it. He also eat the soup and meat his father makes, but he hardly eat spicy food any longer. I'm not that found of nigerian food, but I can eat certain things.
The worst thing I've seen him make at home is cowstomack. It looked not good.
Kayla - posted on 06/28/2009
yeah cuase i always tell them to eat it slowly cause it's chilli, yeah maybe next time a wont say anything an dsee how i go, even though my first one knows everything and i cant fool her! hahah! so do you know which part of nigeria your husband is from? is he igbo???????
Debby - posted on 06/28/2009
don't make it too spicy and start them young! some of our friend's kid's eat food way spiceyer then i can handle, it's all in them being uesd to it, Just keep introducing it. Just put it on her plate every dinner with other thing's that is, she will try to taste it, just put it on the plate and don't say anything about it, and she will try it :)
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