l was in Abuja when I started writing this recipe doing omugwo for my sister who just had a baby and have learnt so many recipes, Kunun G’eda, yoghurt, Afang Soup and got me some local Hausa pepper mix called yaji, all of which I will be sharing with us in the days to come.
Today though, we’ll take a look at my version of Edikaikong. I add a few more ingredients which is why I call it my version. One tip I want to share with us is, for those of us who live in Lagos, as much as possible, buy things in bulk. l shop monthly in Oyingbo market and this makes my life easier. I decide what two soups we’ll eat for the month then go ahead and buy the ingredients.
I hardly buy things in my area except for fruits and vegetables, things that can’t keep long such as carrots, cabbage – thanks to PHCN.
Now, let’s dig into the soup!
2 medium bunches of Pumpkin leaf (ugu)
4 medium bunches of waterleaf
1 medium bunch of uziza leaf
5 large snails
A cup of periwinkles (Isam)
A cup of water snails (mgbi)
A cup of crayfish
20 pieces of assorted meat
2 cups of fresh Pomo
2 medium pieces of dry fish
4 cooking spoons of palm oil
2 small wraps of ogiri *Optional
2 small Okpei
3 bulbs of yellow pepper
3 bulbs of red pepper
1 teaspoon Cameroon pepper
2 Maggi crayfish Cubes
2 Maggi cubes
Salt to taste
Wash the meat thoroughly with salt and put on fire seasoning it with 1/2 teaspoon of Cameroon pepper, 2 Maggi cubes, 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Here’s what I do to roundabout so I don’t risk eating the debris in it.
With my kitchen shears (Scissors) I cut it open completely -Yeah it alters its shape but it’s clean and totally safe- I’d choose that over shape of meat. 🙂
Wash the pomo thoroughly with salt and fry until dry. (this only applies if you are using fresh pomo like the one in the previous picture)
Add the fried pomo to the boiling meat.
While the meat is boiling set about blending the crayfish, peppers, Ogiri and opei. Blend with 3/4 cup of water until its a smooth paste then set aside.
In a big bowl wash the water leaf with salt once, then several times with just water until you no longer see sand at the bottom of the bowl. Wash the Ugu and Uziza leaves same way then cut all three vegetables into small slices separately and set aside.
Keep an eye on the water content of the meat, add a cup every 15 minutes depending on how quickly it dries up. Once the pomo is soft enough, remove and cut into tiny bits and put it back into the pot of soup.
After about 40 minutes on the fire, wash and add the stock fish, snails, dry fish, periwinkles, water snails, crayfish blend, the 4 spoons of palm oil and 2 Maggi crayfish cubes to the meat. Let it all boil till the water dries up completely.
Add the water leaf and let it boil for 10 minutes. (depending on how soft you want the meat, you can remove it for this process and add it back once the Ugu leaf goes in)
By now the water leaf would have released water into the soup. I like my soup with a bit of water so I don’t let it dry out before adding the Uziza leaf and Ugu leaf. But if you don’t want water at all let the water dry out.
Add 1 Maggi crayfish cube, then add the Ugu and Uziza leaves, stir and taste for salt. Allow it boil for 5 minutes, then bring it down from the fire.
Serve with fufu, Eba or Semo. l ate mine with fufu. 😀