Saturday 14 October 2017

Kitchen Hack: What to do with leftover lemons

There is a new video up on the YouTube channel....


Herby Tomatoes

When the garden gives you tons of tomatoes, you come up with different ways to enjoy them. My yellow pear tomato plants have finally stopped producing deliciously sweet fruit. Until the next season. We enjoyed popping them like candy but with the other lovely herbs growing in the garden, we also enjoyed them cooked gently.

In a hot pan, some olive oil. Chopped garlic. The tomatoes. Salt or a seasoning cube. Some pepper. Fresh herbs at the end. Cooked for just long enough for the tomatoes to blister. I especially like the flavor of fresh thyme and tomatoes. That's it. Simple and delicious. You can definitely use any kind of cherry or grape tomato for this and adjust the quantities of the ingredients to taste.


Wednesday 11 October 2017

Garden Chronicles - Tomato Harvest

Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Brandywine Pink Tomatoes

Coconut Greens

It's amazing how a bad food experience can taint an ingredient in your mind and make you unwilling to give it a try again. This used to be the case with my relationship with greens. When I was younger, greens were typically served in soups and if my mother did not make that dish, the vegetables would be soggy and just mushy. I have issues with mushy super smooth textures so this invariably made me dislike greens. Intensely. 

Now that I am older and more conscious of eating a balanced diet, and the fact that I grow a lot of greens in my garden, I have had to find ways to make greens more appealing to eat.

This super easy recipe is delicious and quick so the greens retain their form and crunch. The addition of coconut milk adds a whole different flavor profile that is really really out of this world.

To make enough for 2 side dishes or 1 very generous portion, you will need:

  • Olive oil (any oil of your choice will work)
  • 1 small chopped red onion
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 1/2 chopped habanero or scotch bonnet pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 seasoning cube
  • 2 cups mixed greens - fluted pumpkin leaves (ugwu), kale, swiss chard, amaranth (tete), spinach etc
  • 1 can coconut milk
In a large pot, add enough olive oil to cover the base of the pot. Add onions, garlic and chilies and fry for about 2 minutes. Add the seasoning cube and mix well. Add the greens and stir well to combine all the ingredients. Cook for about 3 minutes and add the coconut milk. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes and take off the heat.

Serve on its own or as an accompaniment to rice, potatoes, chicken, fish or steak.


Monday 9 October 2017

Garden Series - Starting with the right soil

I am really excited to finally have garden videos on the channel. I hope these videos answer a lot of the frequently asked questions that come my way. 

This is the first video and its about the foundation of every successful garden - Soil.

Happy Gardening!!!

Tasty Coconut Greens

In the first video in the new series on YouTube, I show how to make greens totally moreish.


Sunday 1 October 2017

YouTube Channel Relaunch

Powered by Maggi, Uzo's Food Labs is back with a bang!

Uzo Orimalade is making a YouTube comeback after a two-year hiatus with the relaunch of her YouTube Channel. Join her as she shares her garden tips, home and kitchen life hacks and cooking videos with ingredients provided by Konga Daily with new episodes on Mondays. Subscribe to her channel on  Also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter on @uzofoodlabs, Maggi Nigeria @maggi_nigeria and @Kongadaily

Welcome to her world!!!

Appearance on CNN's African Voices

I had the honor of being featured on an episode of CNN's African Voices in April 2017.

You can watch the segment here: CNN Segment

Happy viewing!!!