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Mrs Kush’s Men Empowerment Series: Okro Soup & Eba

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• Are you a single bachelor spending half your salary on Instagram food vendors?

• Have you ever gone to bed hungry because you had a fight with your wife? Either because she refused to cook or you decided to ‘punish her’ by starving yourself?

• Or did you just breakup with your girlfriend from hell, but are considering taking her back because hunger is killing you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any or all of the above (trust me, there are some single married bachelors who have just recently broken up with a girlfriend from hell #NigerianDemon) then, the Men Empowerment Series is for you.

These step-by-step simple recipes will help you take back control of your stomach and ultimately your life. This is the real definition of Pepper Dem Gang.

Let’s start with the basics.
• To boil, you need water
• To fry, you need oil
• To have something to boil or fry you need money.

Today’s recipe is Okro Soup and Eba.

Instructions

Go to the Market and buy Okro: Emphasis is on market because if you buy from a supermarket or any kind of store they will not chop or grate for you. The market women are very useful in this regard. They even sell already grated Okro, which is not only helpful, but time saving. Caution if you have a sensitive stomach you might want to skip this, and chop/grate yourself after rinsing thoroughly.

While you’re at the market ask for the following:

a. Pepper: A little or a lot… you decide. If you don’t know how to gauge pepper, apply the ‘less is more’ principle. This could be a lifesaving decision.

b. Fish: Stick to fish; dried fish is even better. The hassle of preparing meat will break your resolve and have you crawling back to the women. If you don’t like fish, or you’re allergic to seafood, just skip this step.

c. Seasoning: I’ll assume you have salt at home. Iru/ogiri/dawadawa is traditional. Ask the Okro lady, she’d probably have some.

If you are making for just yourself, one small seasoning cube is good. If you would like to go for the ‘shock and awe’ approach, to make enough for your wife/girlfriend.. plus leftovers for the freezer, maybe two cubes.
Seasoning cubes have salt, sometimes a lot. Apply the ‘less is more” principle to this one, too.

d. Oil: This is not essential, especially if you are fitfam, but it will add a nice colour to your soup.
No, it’s not the same oil used to fry plantain, this one is the reddish-orange looking one; Palm oil.

e. Garri: You will be shocked how expensive little old Garri has become. Maybe the Mrs wasn’t lying after all. Anyway, if you find the cost too annoying, or you know after all the wahala of making soup you’d be exhausted (and rightly so), you can just ask for ready-made fufu instead.
This is another reason why you should go to the market over a store.

Switch on your cooker or ask an adult a woman to do it for you. Place your pot on the fire, pour in your oil and let it heat up. Add the pepper, grated Okro, a little water, iru and seasoning. Let it cook on medium heat for a few minutes.

Add your dried fish (rinsed) to the pot, taste and add some salt… if needed.

Stir, and your soup is ready. Remember to turn off the cooker.

To make Eba you need to boil water. Pour the boiling water into a bowl (careful, boiling water is hot).

Add Garri to the hot water and stir with the back of a large spoon or wooden spatula, till it becomes well combined.

In terms of quantities try 3 parts water to 1 part Garri for hard Eba: 4 parts water to 1 part Garri for soft Eba.

Bonus tip: If your Eba looks like it would go better with cold pure water and groundnut rather than soup, it’s probably not well done.
Don’t toss it out; just pop it in the microwave for a few minutes and stir again. It’ll be fine.

Well done!

You did it, you are now a mini chef! Serve your food and eat with pride. Once you’ve finished consuming you’d be tempted to take a well-deserved nap. Normally, you should, but I’m assuming the kitchen is a huge mess. To complete this Pepper Dem Gang process, proceed to the kitchen with your plates and wash them.
Wash the pot and bowls. Clean the cooker. Clean the spilled Okro on the floor and wipe the Garri off the kitchen counter.

Sweep the kitchen floor. Mop the kitchen floor. Depending on the amount of damage, lay new tiles on the kitchen floor (just kidding).
Even if you are a bachelor and you live alone you might still want to do this, because if you don’t, you will soon begin sharing your home with rats and other unwanted “roommates”.

Let me know how your cooking adventure went!

Love,
Mrs Kush

Photo Credit: Lead image – Dreamstime | Ocusfocus

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27 Comments

  1. Vanessa

    May 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    OMG. I actually laughed all through reading this.

  2. Mr Toks

    May 12, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Hahaha Mrs Kush won’t kee me. But this will come in handy when this my wife starts to do her shakara.

  3. Cocolette

    May 12, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Nice!!! BN has brought us a gem in Mrs Kush

  4. Pink

    May 12, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Mrs Kush is simply hilarious!

  5. Chief

    May 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    About to read,unfortunately you lost me at “Either because she refused to cook”.Sorry!!

    • Adunnie

      May 12, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Chief of FOOLS!

  6. Halima

    May 12, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I’m going to cook okro right now!

  7. Exotique

    May 12, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I love you Mrs Kush….

  8. Engoz

    May 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Never understood how one’s basic nutritional needs will be dependent on another person unless you are a child, hospitalized, or in prison. Just like Teebillz trying to slight a superstar Tiwa for not cooking, thinking we will support his rants. When we no dey craze. I shame for him that day, ehn. I endorse this message. Men should be empowered— in the kitchen. If your parents didn’t teach you how to cook and be a well rounded, civilized human being, we will teach you here, tehehe. Me I can provide for myself and family, cook, clean, nobody can do shakara for me.

    • OJ

      May 12, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Na wa for you sef…..must you rant anyhow becos of cooking matter again? already bringing up celebrity gist we’ve buried under the earth again..Tufiakwa for you. FYI, a lot of men cook for themselves, their families and in case you’ve not realized it, the biggest and best chefs in the world are men. So calm down madam

    • Engoz

      May 12, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      ” FYI, a lot of men cook for themselves, their families and in case you’ve not realized it, the biggest and best chefs in the world are men. So calm down madam”

      Lmao. You think I will fall for this “Pseudo-progressive” nonsense you wrote. I dare you to cook and serve your family members when they are visiting while your wife is balances in the sitting room. Then I will take you seriously. Awon ‘cookers’ in secret, ‘we cook for our families’, lmao.

  9. nene

    May 12, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    one of the best articles i’ve read here in a loong time! go Mr Kush!

  10. Jide

    May 12, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Sexist Post…. Generalizing Men

  11. northern princess

    May 12, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    ‘be careful, boiled water is hot’! that killed me. hilarious and helpful. go girl!

  12. emerald

    May 12, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Maka y…how did u know it’s my dinner…..oo….I’m making with titus fish boiled togther,ponmo diced into small piece…u know that can level of one bolus one ponmo…..perwinkle ,smoked fish and turkey to go with Eba (i turned on fire like semo)….I heard its better dan d hot water pour garri…JESU SWEET DREAMS….

    I’M ALLERGIC TO SEA FOODS

  13. Lliki

    May 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Nice article Mrs. Kush!
    Easy steps for preparing okro soup with eba to those guys who don’t know how to cook, lol.
    I laughed reading this.

  14. Tosin

    May 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Too funny. Really great resource sha. Everybody start sharing…

  15. Moyo

    May 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Mrs Kush deserves an award

  16. Papacy

    May 12, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Can I throw the entire dry fish into the mix? That doesn’t look like how my mum does it o. Or did she? Oh! I guess the heat sort of softens and breaks the dry fish up abi?

  17. Olubunmi

    May 12, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Nice one Mrs Kush,this got me lol.Easy recipe.

  18. Onyie

    May 12, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Nice article. I laughed all through.

    We need daily articles like this from Mrs Kush BN!

  19. Nice

    May 12, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Funny enough this post is still for the ladies, you doubt me? Read the comments above.

  20. Ephi

    May 12, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Great sense of humor, def makes for easy reading.

  21. Ethio

    May 12, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    ?? Mrs kush for president!. on the other hand, my type of man will not make out time for all this.. I will simply *tear the noodle pack
    *put in boiling water
    * wait for 5 minutes
    *grab fork and consume

  22. Ethio

    May 12, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    ?? Mrs kush for president!. on the other hand, my type of man will not make out time for all this.. I will simply
    *tear the noodle pack and seasoning sachet
    *put in boiling water
    * wait for 5 minutes
    *grab fork and consume

  23. Idomagirl

    May 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    “Switch on your cooker or ask an adult a woman to do it for you. ”
    ????????
    I love you Mrs Kush.

  24. "changing moniker"

    May 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    I love you Mrs. Kush. Please write everyday. We need a break from Nkem’ s articles.

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