Lopè Ariyo melds Nige­rian and English in­flu­ences in her cook­book Hi­bis­cus

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Lopè Ariyo’s de­but cook­book com­bines the best as­pects of her Nige­rian and English roots us­ing in­gre­di­ents and spices from West Africa, and cook­ing them in time-ef­fec­tive Euro­pean ways. Her larder is stocked with yam, clove basil, plan­tain, and hi­bis­cus – “a pur­plish red flower with a cranberry flavour”, which she adds to poached pears, prawns and puff puffs – a kind of deep-fried dough­nut. There are new takes on fa­mil­iar dishes – La­gos mess, Nige­rian roasted veg­eta­bles, peanut pop­corn; and meals des­tined to be­come favourites: bell pep­per soup, bar­be­cued sticky tamarind pork ribs and Agege bread – neatly plaited like a soft, sweet brioche. ( Harper­Collins)

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