Miyan Taushe served with Tuwo Shinkafa

INGREDIENTS

1 small sized Pumpkin
1/2 cup of raw Groundnut – you can substitute with groundnut paste
Assorted Namaa
Goat meat and cow leg
Assorted Offals – saki, fuku, heart and kidney
1 piece of smoked fish
1/4 cup of Locust beans (Iru)
2 pieces of habanero pepper (ata rodo/atarugu)
100g of Yakuwa leaves (sorrel)
1 bunch of spinach
1 cooking spoon of palm oil – optional
1 piece of Tatashe (Red bell pepper/Jan Tatasei )
2 pieces of tomatoes
1 Albasa – onion
Knorr cube
Gishiri – Salt

PREPARATION METHOD

Cut the pumpkin into half then proceed to cut into chunks. Peel the hard outer layer, take out the seeds and the hairy pulp
Boil and season the pumpkin with the assorted meats and smoked fish.

Take out the meats and fry slightly (optional). Meanwhile, mash the cooked pumpkin to a pulp in the pot containing the beef stock. You can choose to mash all the pumpkin chunks to a pulp or mash some whilst leaving the others in tiny bite sized pieces. Once this is done, set aside.

Roast the groundnut with the skin on for 3 minutes in a pan. Peel the skin and grind the groundnut till it is smooth
Blend the ingredients for the pepper (tomatoes, onion, scotch bonnet/habanero pepper & bell pepper) and reduce it till most of the water content has evaporated.

Put the fried meat back into the pot containing beef stock and mashed pumpkin. Let it cook till the stock starts to bubble up. Lower the heat, add the groundnut paste, stir and let it also dissolve.
Add the Locust beans (or Iru) and 1 1/2 cooking spoons of the reduced pepper, and palm oil (if you are using). Stir and let it blend with the stock

This rich pumpkin soup will be watery at first. Let it simmer on low heat till it thickens, thereby intensifying the flavour. Taste for salt and seasoning. Wash and chop the spinach, then add to the pot.
Rinse the Yakuwa leaves, chop and add to the soup. Give it two minutes and serve with Tuwo Shinkafa

Courtesy: Knorr

Sights and Sounds of Ojude Oba

By Iyiola Pedro & Vezi Isike

Senate President Bukola Saraki was among dignitaries that braved the early morning rains to grace the annual Ojude-Oba festival in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2018 edition, celebrated on the third day after the Muslims’ Eid-Ul-Kabir festival, was held at the Oba Sikiru Adetona Golden Jubilee Centre.

The 100-year-old festival brings together sons and daughters of Ijebuland for an elaborate display of culture and heritage in honour of the town’s monarch.

Although originally, a small gathering of adherents of the Islamic religion every 3rd day after the Muslim festival, the Ojude Oba has transcended religious lines.

Prince Adekunle Babatunde, the General Secretary of the ‘Egbe Obabuwaji Okunrin of Ijebuland’ (the Club of men born between 1950 and 1952) told  NAN that the festival has been in existence for over 100 years.

“Ojude Oba, celebrated every third day after Ileya, is meant to pay homage to the Awujale by the indigenes, the Baloguns, the Regberegbes and the horse riders.

“To the people of Ijebuland, Ojude Oba is a cultural Day that attracts eminent sons and daughters of Ijebuland as well as people from foreign countries,’’ Babatunde told NAN.

Also, Aremo Adewale Abdul, the Giwa (Head) Jagunmolu Fehintade Akile Ijebuland age-group (1965-67) said the names of various age-group (Regberegbe) were coined out of events that occur in Ijebuland.

“The Regberegbe thing has been a yearly festival that most of us look up to in the last couple of years.

“Our own Egbe Fehintade, will be about 19 years now that we’ve been in existence, so we’re looking forward to doing our 20th anniversary.

“The various age groups’ names are coined out of events that are happening in Ijebuland. For example, the Bobagunte age-group commemorated  the year the Awujale became the Oba in 1960.

“Our own Fehintade age-group was coined out of our Iyalode, who happened to be Yeye Fehintade at Okun Owa,’’ Abdul said.

The event attracted people of all faiths and tourists, who came to witness the festival celebrated amidst pomp and pageantry.

Other side attractions were horse displays by various warlord families, who dress their horses and exhibit their horse-riding skill to the admiration of spectators.

During the dance competition, different age-groups, known as Regberegbe, displayed their dancing prowess.

The best-dressed Regberegbe and horse-riding family were rewarded with cash prizes. (NAN)

 

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