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Friday, 19 April 2019

How to Prepare Frejon - Good Friday Special !


It's Good Friday folks! A very symbolic day when Christians commemorate and celebrate the greatest LOVE STORY ever written and enacted. A love story that makes Romeo & Juliet or even the Titanic pale into insignificance.

It's a love story between the Creator and his prized creation - Mankind; between the King and his subjects.
 " God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die." 

Truly an amazing love story; that the King would swap places with his subjects and die for them! The Prince & the Pauper doesn't even come close.

One of the delicacies usually prepared to celebrate the Easter season especially Good Friday is Frejon! 

Wikipedia describes Frejon as "coconut milk and bean soup which is eaten especially during Holy Week by a selection of Christians, mostly Catholics, across the world."

Frejon - Coconut milk and beans soup pudding



 It is derived from Feijão, which is the Portuguese word for beans. It is native to South America especially Brazil and was brought to Nigeria by returning slaves at the abolition of the slave trade. These slaves brought back the food and culture of their former colonial masters.


 Ingredients to prepare Frejon for a family of six
(that is two parents and four children)

  1.  Black beans (aka Ewa ibeji)
  2.   Medium size coconuts (2) 
  3.  Cloves (aka Konafuru
  4.  Sugar 


Procedure

  •  Pick the beans to remove stones and any other foreign particles present. You then proceed to cook the black beans until tender and soft. 
  •  Whilst cooking the beans, cut, dice and grate the coconuts. After grating, proceed to sieve the coconut to separate the milk from the shaft. 
  •  By now the beans should have been well cooked. Blend the cooked beans into a fine dark coloured paste. 
  •  Finally, pour the coconut milk from (2) above into a pot on slow heat, add the cloves (konafuru) and sugar to taste. The quantity of each ingredient depends on the quantity of Frejon soup you want to prepare. Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes. 
  •  Pour the blended beans paste into the pot, stir continuously while cooking on the slow heat. Add sugar to suit your taste. Cook until it thickens, becoming an evenly constituted dark paste. 


Voila! There is your Good Friday special, all the way from native South America and Portugal.

Bon appétit !!!

Total Preparation Time: About two hours

Frejon is best eaten with fresh fish stew and/or with Garri to thicken.
A plate of Frejon served with Garri

As we rightly celebrate the Easter season, lets express gratitude to the One who died that we might live; who took our place of suffering and shame at the Cross.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends
Amazing Love indeed!

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