OTV Cuisine: My favourite dishes of 2016 – Amaka

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Looking back over all the recipes that I’ve written about this past year, I thought it would be good to reflect and think back on some of my favourites.

One of my all-time favourite recipes is Spicy Curried Goat as it evokes lots of childhood memories. One of my best friends growing up was Caribbean and I remember staying many weekends at her house being fed various delicious dishes by her mum, including Curried Goat.

Another dish that evokes lots of childhood memories is Apple Crumble, a trusted dish often cooked by my mum. I love the fact that it is warming and comforting and that you can vary the fruit (plums, peaches, apricots, pineapple and rhubarb all work brilliantly). It is my ultimate Sunday dish, when I want to curl up on the sofa with a film and a side of ice cream.

The Coconut Fish recipe was loved by my dad – as soon as I first made it for him, he couldn’t get enough – and I don’t blame him. It’s a tasty and different way to eat fish, enhanced by the addition of a rich sauce and a welcome change from everyday fried fish.

Sticky Chicken and Coconut Rice is something that I will knock up during the week or if I have friends coming over for a casual dinner. It is impressive enough to taste as if you have been slaving over it for hours, yet actually it is incredibly easy to prepare.

The Spiced Chicken Kebabs are great for entertaining or for an alternative healthier option at home. With this recipe you can ditch the take-away and have something far more delicious at home! They are so easy to make, and ultimately far more economical and that’s why it had to make it on to my favourite list.

The Manhattan Cheesecake is a dish I made for my mum on Mother’s Day. It is incredibly rich and certainly not for everyday consumption. Although it is quite plain and simple in lots of ways, this is actually what appeals to me the most. Sometimes it is nice to get rid of all the additional fluff and just get back to basics. It is indulgent enough that you don’t need anything else with it and it sure to satisfy any sweet tooth around.

I hope you have enjoyed my favourite dishes of 2016 – I wonder if yours are any different?

Have a wonderful Christmas and although you should definitely enjoy lots of tasty dishes, remember not to overdo it too much!

Amaka de Vries

A self-proclaimed chocolate obsessed foodie passionate about all things gastronomic. Amaka loves reading and writing about food, cooking food and of course sampling food. She tries to travel as often as possible to discover new flavours and dishes and can usually be found in a kitchen somewhere between London or Lagos.

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