Menu: Nigeria (& Giveaway)

Today we’re celebrating two things. Our Nigerian menu (we’re almost done with the “N”‘s can you believe it?) and our first weekly giveaway (scroll down to find out what it is). Yay!

First, as always, the beautiful food.

Our Nigerian menu is all about the grill – grilled plantains, savory peanut crusted kebabs, and a bubbly sparkly citrus drink, perfect to take the edge off summer.

Either that or you can impulsively jump in your child’s inflatable pool with your clothes on. That’s what I do.

Grilled Plantain spears with crushed peanuts | Boli Bopa [Recipe]
A simple way to taste Nigeria – brush plantains with red palm oil, sprinkle on spices, and grill until tender. Serve with crushed peanuts.

West African Peanut Kebabs | Suya [Recipe]
Pure, wonderful bites of happiness. Beef (or whatever you’d like) grilled with spiced peanut crust (think fresh ginger, garlic, paprika, and cayenne… onion powder and more). You’ll make this one again and again.

Nigerian Chapman Cocktail [Recipe]
Citrus, bubbles, and smiles. What more can a girl ask for? You’ll get all this and more when you make this easy Nigerian cocktail. P.S. You can booze it up if you’d like.

We’ll be serving up each of these recipes throughout the week, so stay tuned!

Now, for that giveaway I was talking about. This week we’re giving away a cool globe drink dispenser I happened upon on Pinterest. I immediately knew that you’d love it. The globe is made of acrylic and will add fun flair to your next Global Table dinner party. Just imagine your friend’s faces when you pour their Chapman from this beautiful globe.

To enter, simply leave a comment captioning the picture of Ava at the top of this post.

Caption Question: What is Ava thinking?

One winner will be chosen at random and announced in the Monday Meal Review. Contest closes Monday morning. There are no sponsors for this giveaway. I just wanted to share some love, from me to you.



*Winner from this week’s Nigerian Menu Giveaway was selected by Congratulations to Camilla (she captioned Ava’s photo”Red, orange, yellow…it’s only half a rainbow of food!” … Please email me (sasha@ to claim your globe drink dispenser.

Globe liquor dispenser. $24.95

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  1. Whas was Ava thinking? oh, that is a tough one. I’d say “I’m not sure I am going to like those plantain spears, they look a bit dangerous” ;-)

  2. “I love my mom, but this is pushing it.”

  3. “What, no dessert?”

  4. “I’m supposed to eat WHAT???”

  5. I dunno, Mom. They look like bananas to me.

  6. “I’m so glad that this drink tastes wonderful, but I’m not so sure about the grilled plantains.”

  7. “When are we going to get to a country that has hamburgers or pizza?”

  8. “I’m beautiful… like my momma…and rainbows… and bananas… and, and, and”

  9. “I know Mom worked hard on this meal, but all I want are those cherry tomatoes…”

  10. “If you don’t bite me, I’ll eat you!”

  11. Lindsay says:

    “Did you drop it on the ground, mom? It’s all dirty!”

  12. Kathryn says:

    Do you think anyone will notice if I steal some of those bananas?

  13. Red, orange, yellow…it’s only half a rainbow of food!

  14. Rachael says:

    Pshh…You’re not getting me to eat that!

  15. “I wonder how long Mommy will make me wait before I get to try this food? How many pictures can she take?”

  16. “Citrus juice? Child’s play. Ask me to eat borshch again and we may have an issue.”

  17. “I’m curious if anyone will notice if half the food goes missing…”

  18. MOM you did it again, another great dish.

  19. elisa Waller says:

    ” I’m thinking…that tastes good!” <3

  20. “Will mom mind if all I eat tonight are those bananas?”
    So cute!

  21. “Just a few. No one will notice if I just sneak a /few/…”

  22. “I can eat that, ALL of that, wonder what everyone else is going to eat.”

  23. “Hurry and take the picture, Mom – that smells really good…”

  24. annaclarice says:

    Oh no….what’s she making me eat now?

  25. I’m surprised to see that so many of you expect Ava not to like the cooking!

    I think she’s thinking “Jump into the pool with my clothes on? I’d rather be eating!”

  26. Paulina J! says:

    Man! I wonder how many more countries eat plantains?!?!?

  27. Is this whole plate for me?

  28. “All this blog photography is prepping me to become the next supermodel featured in Vogue”

  29. “Hmm, I may have to go back on my vow to eat nothing but scrambled-egg baguettes for the rest of my life…”

  30. Bridget says:

    Yum, the kebabs look good, but when do we get to eat alligator again?


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