aftrad village kitchen 10 spice blend

Discovering The Aftrad Village Kitchen 10 Spice Blend for Jollof Rice

I received this Aftrad Village Kitchen 10 Spice Blend as a competition prize via Instagram. I entered the competition without thinking but received a lovely alert and it was in celebration of world jollof rice day so that was a nice touch. It is a special blend of 10 traditional spices used in Ghanaian cooking and generally in West African cooking and is recommended for use in making jollof rice but can be used for other dishes too including stews & soups or to season chicken, fish, meat or vegetables. It is basically an all-purpose seasoning and it’s good to know that it made by an independent business in the UK.

The spices in the blend include: Nkitinkiti (aniseed), Ginger, Rosemary, Pepre(Cloves), Black Pepper, Curry Powder, Onion, White Pepper, Salt and Garlic. The blend has a great rich flavour and not only smells great but smells fresh – some spice blends don’t have that fresh smell as they have been stored for a long time but this blend smells and tasted fresh which is great. These spices have been blended in special proportions to give a good taste when used in cooking. It contains no preservatives, no MSG or additives but contains all natural ingredients.

This item was gifted to me but you can buy some aftrad village kitchen spices here here: I can’t wait to start cooking with the blend!

The Puff Puff Ministry - Who's For Dinner Review

The Puff Puff Ministry Puff Puff Box

Freshly made puff puff delivered straight to your door. FINALLY! Such a great idea that I wondered why someone hadn’t thought of it sooner – afterall you can get cookies, doughnuts and even cupcakes delivered to your home so it makes perfect sense to get puff puff too. I suppose many of us from West & Central African households are used to making them from scratch or eating them at our parties or for special occasions. But one thing 2020 has taught me is that every day of life is a special occasion and should be celebrated. I received these delicious puff puff with Plain, cinnamon sugar and oreo chocolate toppings as a gift to review for the site from The Puff Puff Ministry.

These are really good; thick and moist without being oily or greasy. The toppings are great, I’ve only ever really tried puff puff plain but these are such a great way to try them. I like my puff puff slightly warm because I usually eat mine before they’ve had a chance to cool down but that’s because I’m an over enthusiastic eater when I cook them from scratch, you won’t get these warm.

The Puff puff boxes are available to order via their Instagram page only, which I’m not usually a fan of, but the process was super quick for me (keep in mind as this was a gift I did not have to make a payment) and hopefully soon they’ll have a website which I think will widen their reach. Deliveries are to specific London locations only for now (remember at the time of writing this and filming the short video that it’s a start up food business so they will expand). But for now this is a great start! I’m wishing the Puff Puff Ministry well for the future and recommend that you try their service!

Updated August 24th: Puff Puff Ministry now has a website: