As Africans would say, the way to a man’s heart is food. Aside from the fact that food has to be interesting and appealing to the taste buds, the method used in cooking it matters a lot in bringing out the best out of it. Poor cooking habits encourage insipid meals that have little or no nutritional value. Although some people really do not care about how their food is prepared as long as it tastes nice at the end of the day. To that regard, we gathered some various funny cooking practices witnessed over the years; Let’s take a quick look at them.
Funny Nigerian Cooking Practices
1. Frying Eggs Using Deep Fry Method
First of all, too much oil is not healthy for the body as the fat from the oil clogs the veins and obstruct the free flow of blood. Too much oil could also lead to overweight. Secondly, eggs are not pancakes and do not need more than a teaspoonful of oil to fry depending on the quantity. But some people find pleasure in making whisked eggs swim in a pool of oil. It gets very tiring when you have to eat eggs that are dripping oil and it gives an awful sickly feeling.
2. Adding Salt To Garri
This does not taste nice at all and it starts as a habit in childhood that becomes difficult to abandon in adulthood. There have been several campaigns concerning the effect of consuming a high amount of sodium, and avoiding salt while eating soaked garri will certainly move this cause forward.
Most people think every combination of Protein and Carbohydrate will turn out well eventually. Well taking cooked beans with hot-water-made custard may not sound that bad, but cooking the beans together with custard, that is, pouring the powder into the cooking beans, is not a good way to be creative in the kitchen.
4. Adding Too Much Seasoning To Meals
Males most especially, use too many seasonings on small quantities of food. They would use eight cubes of seasoning for two cups of beans, all in the bid to make it taste better. These cubes contain Monosodium Glutamate which is not so healthy and does not add any significant nutritive value to the body. Instead of using too much of that, natural ingredients like crayfish, ginger, garlic and onions are better. Or if you must use synthetic seasonings, use it with limitations.
Using sugar for tea, pap and when soaking garri sounds normal, but adding it while cooking yam is not just ok. Most housewives add granulated sugar to yam to make it sweet. Yam already has enough calories in it, adding sugar only increases the calorie content, and your chase to become diabetic. Instead, try to prepare a tasteful stew or sauce that will make the yam more palatable.
Mixing Porridge Beans and Garri
Although this post focuses on funny Nigerian cooking practices, this next food which has more to do with the eating than the cooking will still be discussed. In Nigeria, there is a popular combination of beans and garri. However, the dish which is mostly served with two plates is mixed and dished in a single plate by some Nigerians. This is achieved by simply pouring raw garri on a plate of cooked porridge beans to make a dish. Quite unusual and weird but loved by some.
Note that eating healthy food and cooking healthy are keys to living a healthy and sickness free life. You don’t need to be a nutritionist to know what works best in your pot; read cookbooks, browse information online and you will be sure to come up with great cooking habits that you can also share with other people.
There is so much information that can be gotten online about cookery. The internet today, has become a pool of different food websites where one can learn about different ways of coming up with delicious dishes.