Chizy Amadi in 10 seconds
When and why did you start cooking?
I started cooking properly in 2008 after leaving boarding school in Nigeria when I had to cook for myself at university. I started with Nigerian staples and eventually got comfortable enough to experiment by altering some recipes, especially when specific ingredients were not available. For the most part it worked but sometimes not so well because some ingredients are just not replaceable!
Why did you choose to cook these seven dishes?
I chose the dishes to display some typical Nigerian staples at different meal times. I wanted to show off some highly nutritional meals like Okra soup and fufu. I think one of the reasons people shy away from African cuisine is accessibility, but with Food From Home, you can order African, Caribbean and South-American ingredients are accessible at the click of a button and have them delivered to your door, hassle free. My videos show how easy these meals can be to make.
Sounds like you really enjoy what you do
Absolutely! For the longest time I have enjoyed cooking but it took on a new meaning when I had to cook for my young family. Preparing nutritious meals that are also very tasty, is one of the best things I do, I think.
Do you have a favourite dish?
It really is hard to choose one favourite dish, but one meal I can have whatever my mood or
whatever the season would have to be Nigerian pepper soup.
I am new to African cooking. Can you tell me;
1. What meal can I cook with Yam?
With Yam there are several things you can do. You could fry, roast or boil it. Boiling till
its soft and enjoying with palm oil or any sauce of choice will be the simplest way to enjoy it.
2. What can I use gari for?
With Gari we tend to have primarily with a soup. So prepare the gari by mixing well in some boiled water. Gari can also be eaten as a cereal with cold water, peanuts and milk.
OK. Is it Nigerian or Ghanaian Jollof for you?
I mean, it has to be Naija jollof!
Where can I find Chizy?
Pona Yam 1 tuber
Gari (White) 500g, 1.5kg, 5Kg
Blackeye Beans (400g)
Green Banana (3 fingers) 200g
Zomi Palm Oil (500g)
Okra (Okro / Ochro / Ladies' fingers) 500g
Ugu (Ugwu) FROZEN Pumpkin leaves x 200g
Peeled Beans (200g, 500g)
Palm Nut Soup (400g, 800g)
Corn Dough (Windblow Traditional Food) 1Kg
Onions (White) 3 pack
Beef (Fresh) x 1kg
Chicken (Whole Fresh) x 1
Tripe (Fresh) x 1kg