Goat Meat Stew.. 'Imoyo'

'Imoyo'.. is a stew mostly sold in bukka's, eat outs, eateries and events. It hails from the "Egun tribe" from Cotonou, Republic Du Benin (similar to the Yoruba Western Nigeria) and Ghana West Africa. It's best cooked with Goat Meat.

Goat meat is a type of beef you have to pay attention to while cooking. It's pepper combination has to be right. You need ingredients that would boost it's aroma, you need to boil the meat accurately to get it tender and not too soft.
You need to be careful whilst cutting, in other not to get rid of all the bones.

It's a good combination with, Gbegiri (Beans Soup), Ewedu(Cooked Mallow chopped leaves) and Ogbono/Apon (Grinded Cooked Dika Nuts).

It goes with meals like Amala (Yam flour), Eba (Cassava Flour), Pounded yam flour, Plantain, Bread and stew and could be a sauce for that Beef Burger, a dip for that beef samosa or fried shrimps. It's a dynamic stew. (In this article stew and sauce mean the same thing.)

The different goat meat parts are essential to the making of this stew.
Use Goat Head, Tail, Beef and Feet.

How to cook;
1) First boil your Goat meat till it's tender

The ingredient you need to boil this is a mix of Herb Spices such as:
Thyme, Mint leaves, Curry and White grinded pepper with Onions,Garlic,Ginger, Stork cube and Salt.

Add these seasonings and spices to your taste. If you want a measurement do not do more than a full table spoon of spices. Except for massive quantities.

It's preferable you boil in a pressure pot as this would take less time to cook. If you cook in a pressure pot leave the meat to boil for 45 minutes. If otherwise leave for 1hr:30 Minutes. Check from time to time to ensure you don't over cook.

Once that is done, bring meat out of water, set aside....do not pour meat stork away.

2) Blend Peppers till it's all smooth and without bits.( Blend the quantity of pepper that is just enough for your meat to swim in).
Use a combination of Bell Pepper, Chili Pepper,Fresh Tomatoes,Tomato puree. If you are a chili lover, ensure you have more quantity of the chili than the rest of the peppers.
After blending, leave to boil for some minutes till pepper is cooked and really thick.

3) Once the pepper is done, add the boiled beef into the pepper, pour your meat stork in it, add a hint of black pepper, add your tomato puree, leave to boil for 10 mins, add a half full serving spoon of vegetable oil and palm oil, leave to finish cooking for 10 minutes.

Food is ready.

For your shopping list to prepare this.....

  • Goat meat parts(Head, Tail, Feet and the Beef).
  • Peppers(Bell, Chili and Fresh Tomatoes)
  • Tomato puree
  • Spices and seasonings ( Thyme, Curry, White pepper, black pepper, Mint, Stork cube and Salt)
  • Onions, Garlic,Ginger.
  • Vegetable Oil and Palm Oil


The Chicken

If you really love food and you like to cook, most times you would want to know where certain meals are derived from. I decided to find out where Chicken meat came from. Off course from a Chicken, Hen, Cock, Bird etc....but yea..how do you get the meat out of the Chicken...more like who kills the Chicken?.....a better question..have you killed a chicken before..????

I tried to learn over the weekend....I was ready with my knife, all sharpened and all...then I went to the Bird...and it tilted its head..there and then emotions took over...Couldn't do it...lol. To make matters worse, out of being so sentimental i forgot to tie the chicken back and it let itself loose running all over the kitchen.....OH bouy!...I had to chase after the chicken with a very big basin so i could trap it underneath the basin. It was a lot of hard work, but when i remembered it was for a clients event, i got motivated more to get the chicken!

....Finally, Mum came to the rescue and killed the chicken...at that moment, mum was my super hero. She held the Chicken by it's feathers, placed a leg on the legs and that was it..lol........., she seemed like captain planet....though muttering the Lords prayer..lol the scenario was a whole lot of fun.......

However what does it take to kill a Chicken? Courage
What does it take to clean it up after killing?  Patience
What does it take to eat it? Having a mouth that loves food......
I am sure you are wondering why kill a Chicken when you can buy frozen already clean  ones...?

Here's my reason, "a fresh taste"
(Sometimes purchase fresh!! you don't have to kill it yourself, buy from a farm house or farm market an attendant would definitely do the job).

As simple as this reason might seem, its important. Freshness brings a lot of class and taste to your meals giving you the benefit of accessing 100% nutritional value. In this case of the Chicken, the Chicken juice, its natural oil and crunchy bone, gives you an allure that makes you forget your worries till the meal is over..hehehe!


The cleaning of a chicken is not such a hard work, Here are few patient tips.
  • After killing, wash away what is  left of its blood,
  • Soak the whole chicken in boiled water for 2 minutes making sure its all deepened in water,
  • Remove from hot water and pluck feathers using your hands, try and pluck as fast as possible.
  • When you are satisfied all the colored feathers are gone, light your cooker, hold the chicken above the cooker heat slightly turning it from side to side to get rid of the transparent white feathers that cant be plucked out. Do this for only a minute.

Once that's done,

  •  Cut open the chicken from its neck down just above its belly (middle). Open up the rest of the chicken using your hands.
  •  Gradually and gently pull out the intestine then dispose. You have to ensure the green fluid (Bile) hiding around the intestine doesn't burst , if not its going to spoil the taste of the whole chicken.

You can now cut your meat into any size you want.

  • Wash till it's thoroughly clean, per boil with a blend of herb spices, onions, garlic, ginger, salt and stork cube. 
  • Leave to boil for 30 minutes. You get an aroma that is divine and a taste so satisfying. Some cooks do a shallow frying of the chicken after it's boiled, some fry with vegetable oil.
If you want a taste so distinct i recommend you fry in butter, or better still deep boiled chicken in bread crumbs and fry with this, you will find a unique taste!.

There are some myths i would like to dispel...
  1. When pulling off the feathers of a chicken Don't talk or else the feathers would keep growing back. This made me laugh when my mother told me. I decided to practice. Called my little help to pluck some feathers on one, while i do the other. I engaged in a conversation whilst plucking the feathers, she didn't talk and she finished before me.....I was amazed...but I actually think the answer to this myth is do not get distracted so you can pluck out you chicken feathers as quickly as you can. They don't grow back lol.
  2. Some say you have to breath on the bile to avoid strange occurrences..lol...whatever!! just clean the chicken and ensure the bile doesn't bust open.

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