Category: West African Paradise Rub

Spiced Nigerian Rib Eye

Photo courtesy of Wall Street Journal, Kitty Greenwald Oct. 10, 2019 We were so excited to see this article in the Wall Street Journal about chef Kwame Onwauchi, who has West African roots (article by Kitty Greenwald, Oct 10, 2019.  Click HERE to see original article, subscription necessary).  Chef Onwuachi spent a couple years in Nigeria, where he learned about native cooking, particularly suya. “It’s a street food in Nigeria,” Mr. Onwuachi explained, consisting of thinly sliced grilled meat seasoned with a potent, peanutty spice mix. Chef Onwuachi serves his own take on African and Caribbean cuisines at his restaurant Kith/Kin in Washington DC. We've learned so much about West African cooking over the last years, so we're always excited to see new chefs, and new recipes, showing up in the media. We have our own take on suya, which can easily be done at home using the Serious Foodie West African spice blend (check it out HERE), and a bit of a commonly found ingredient: peanuts. Spiced Rib Eye with Charred-Tomato Sauce and Crisp Potatoes The peanutty Nigerian-style spice mix, using the Serious Foodie West African rub  as a base, gives a big umami boost to seared rib-eye. The [...]

Spice Rub Honey Roasted Snack Mix

There are so many things you can do with spice blends, besides grilling your favorite spice rubbed meats. How about snacks? As part of our own healthy eating trend at home, we wanted to do something quick and easy that would satisfy our craving for something sweet and salty, and maybe a bit spicy. And we knew we could come up with something better than what we could buy in the store, so we investigated a bunch of honey-roasted nut and snack mix recipes to find a great one to serve with your favorite summer time adult beverage. You can use this recipe with just about any combination of nuts, pretzels, chickpeas, etc. Print Recipe Spice Rub Honey Roasted Snack Mix Use a hefty amount of almonds to get the biggest healthy impact – lots of nutrients and protein in our version. Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 1 pound Mixed nuts, unsalted Low salt snack mixes also work well. We used almonds, cashews, pecans, Rice Chex, and gluten free pretzels3 tablespoons honey Maple syrup also works1 tablespoons unsalted butter Coconut oil can be substituted2 […]

Our Popcorn Obsession

Obsessed. With. Popcorn. And it’s probably a good thing. Along with many others, the Serious Foodie has resolved to put more healthy eating and a bit of weight loss on the menu for 2018. We started our plan first off looking for a snacking routine that was low calorie, satisfying, and delicious.  This is a tall order, but popcorn is literally made to fit the bill. Problem is, healthy delicious popcorn seemed to be an oxymoron (no, we’re not talking about politicians). We tried so many pre-made brands claiming to be healthy, but there was a still a lot of crap stuck to the bottom of the bag with most of them. Nothing deadly, but still not what we wanted.  And never tasting really fresh. Then we tried various “just popcorn” brands with low or no salt, low fat.  No thank you, I’ll just eat the bag – much more flavor, just as much fiber. How about microwaved popcorn?  Been there, done that – smells bad, tastes, and it has nasty stuff in the bag/on the bag. Then we went back to the old-fashioned, make it on your stove top version.  Turns out, once you have a few tricks down, […]

West African Paradise Shrimp

Grains of Paradise looks and tastes a little bit like a standard black peppercorn, except…. This wonderfully exotic spice come from a leafy plant West Africa, and is a closer relative to ginger than the black peppercorn. The name was given to this spice in the middle ages by some cleaver marketers who were trying to inflate its price.  Grains of Paradise are a bit spicier than black pepper, but has a whole lot more flavor: think sweet spices like cardamom & coriander, flowers, anise. The West African Paradise rub from Serious Foodie (click HERE to order, or find it at a store near you) combines lemon peel with Grains of Paradise and other spices to make one of the most unique versions of a lemon/pepper rub.  This rub works well with fish, chicken – but is especially delicious with shrimp. You’ll be amazed by recipe: crazy simple, fast, and packed full of flavor. West African Paradise Shrimp Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 15 mins Serves: serves 4 Stir fry some vegetables to go along with the shrimp, then use the West African Paradise rub as a seasoning salt. Ingredients 1 to 1.5 pounds large or […]