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Master Jayden

African Fried Liver
My little cute cousin, Jayden; he's is such a hunk of a kid, really I mean it, you should see the way he bites his tongue when smiling. I am begining to think he could be my son and I just don't know it(ok! am kidding about that) He has those cute bunny teeth that make him so adorable just like mine haha so anyway Jayden was once reason for family to get together. Ofcourse I can’t remember much except for the lovely cool Sunday afternoon weather and that there was lots of laughter, drinks, joking around and food that to this day I still reminisce over…all this happened more than 4 months ago.

Me and My cousine KJ

KJ is my cousin but she calls me aunt and I always remind her not to do that…well…calling me aunt kinda reminds me that am growing old of am already old and denying it J
And oh yeah  I  do recall promising myself rather than my cousin KJ; that I was going  buy her a tee-shirt that read,
"If you think am cute, you haven’t seen my Aunt Shehnaz”.

So anyway, everything was so much fun. My aunt Cindy (Jayden’s young and still hot mama so from here on I will mention her as Cindy and skip the part where she is my aunt), she made grilled chicken with Irish potatoes, Cindy’s best friend made an English Potato Salad in mayonaise and of course I say I made the really delicious liver but honestly, I had never known that liver made the way Cindy showed me would taste that great.

Since the day Jayden brought us together, I have always made my liver as a side dish or party meal accompaniment, the way Cindy made hers.
The Ingredients she bought were;
  • ½ kg of neatly cleaned and chopped liver (pieces tiny enough to pick up with a baby fork
  • 1 teaspoon of pounded garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of pounded ginger
  • Vegetable cooking oil just enough to sauté the onions and fry the liver
  • 2 finely chopped medium size onions
  • Tomato puree from 2 large tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon of Turmeric powder
  • Chilisand salt to taste
In Preparation
To Boil
  • In a boiling pan, place the liver in water
  • Add salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable cooking oil
  • Add ½ teaspoon of garlic and 1 tspn of ginger and bring to boil till the liver is tender
  • Remove from the heat and sieve the boiled liver
To fry
  • In a non stick frying pan, add the vegetable oil
  • Add the onions and sauté till golden brown
  • Add the tomato puree, turmeric powder, chili and salt to taste, remaining garlic and stir to make a think enough base
  • Add the liver and a little bit of water to avoid sticking as the liver cooks to mix together with the base
  • After 15 minutes of continious stirring and mixing, your african fried liver is ready to eat
We had this with potato salad, grilled chicken, bread and so many other delicacies and drinks.As Jayden was our reason to get together, he was the door to my chance to learn something new.

 I love you Jayden J even though am sure you don’t know my name since mummy does not talk about me often ;-)