Back home in Africa, Christmas is a time of great festivity of cooking and sharing meals with family, friends and neighbours. Everyone prepare their best dishes and share with loved ones, including neighbours and friends. They too in turn share theirs with you.
No family in Nigeria celebrates Christmas without rice and chicken/turkey/goat/beef/guinea fowl etc. Rice basically is the main dish for Christmas and can be prepared in any of the following ways
This super aromatic flavoured dish is the favourite of most Nigerians, no Nigerian party is complete without the jollof rice. Most Nigerian kids in diaspora call it the orange rice, funny indeed. This delicacy is gaining international recognition recently, with companies like Heinz trying to packaging a suppose ingredient for it. But like the saying goes, if it is not jollof rice, it can never be.
At Christmas, most families prepare this meals with huge big cooking pots because of families, friends and neighbours that food would be shared or who might come calling. It does not matter that every one cooks that day, meals prepare by others too. Back home, one is never tired of eating on Christmas because though it might be either the same jollof rice or any other type but each person’s dish has a unique flavour that sets it apart.
RICE AND STEW
Another special dish for Christmas is the Nigerian rice and stew, the stew can be prepared with Chicken/ turkey/fish/goat or beef. Depending on your choice. There is no Christmas in a Nigerian home without rice and stew. My mum when she was alive, loved to prepare her stew on the 24th of December. Then as early as 5.30am on 25th, she wakes up to prepare her rice and before others would start preparing to cook she has started dishing and sending to family and friends and everyone ends up eating her rice and stew as breakfast
To be continued.