Popping Tomato Stew


Popping tomato stew
Stew so good, it makes you pop!
Prep time: 10-15 mins
Cooking time: 60-70 minutes


  • Meat of choice cleaned, washed and ready to use(I used 6 medium-sized turkey wings)
  • 10-15 medium-sized plum tomatoes
    2 cans of chopped/whole plum tomatoes
  • Habanero peppers (ata todo) to taste. I used about 10-15 mild ones
  • 5 medium-sized Red Bell peppers (tatashe)
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 large red onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoons blended ginger/garlic paste (This can be substituted by mashing a finger of fresh ginger and 4 cloves of garlic together)
  • 2 Knorr chicken cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cooking spoons Vegetable oil
  • 2 sachets tomato purée (I used the 50 Naira Gino sachet)
  • 2 cups of water
  • Our secret ingredient: Cameroon Pepper to taste
    Quirky tip: You can save money by asking for mixture of tomatoes, pepper and tatashe mix at the market. I asked the seller to give me 300 Naira worth and that actually made more financial sense in the end.


  • Add cut up turkey wings/ meat of choice to a medium-sized pot, season with one Knorr chicken cube, salt to taste, Cameroon pepper, half a tablespoon of the ginger garlic paste and a teaspoon of chopped onions.
  • Add a cup of water to the pot, this will help in getting required stock for the stew.
  • Place pot on medium heat, cover with lid and cook for 15-20 minutes or until preferred softness is achieved. I like mine “almost coming off the bone” soft.
  • Remove the meat from pot, strain remaining stock and set aside.
  • Wash the tomatoes and peppers mix, chop tomatoes, tastashe and the onion roughly
  • Add mixture to blender and blend until smooth. You can add 1-2 cooking spoons of water to get the mixture going. I usually shake my blender a bit to loosen it up at this stage.

QuirkyFails: So I followed this process and everything was going on well, turned my back for less than 10 seconds and I heard a large thud! The blender had fallen off the countertop and my tomato goodness was all over the kitchen floor. So I had to go back and get fresh ingredients and resorted to blending it there to avoid any issues. I was so determined to cook this stew!

  • Pour blended mixture into a pan, cover with lid and set on medium heat to reduce for 20-25mins.
    This is to evaporate the water in the mixture, remove the “raw” tomato taste and also reduce overall cooking time. They are other methods used to achieve this(oven roasting, boiling the mix before blending etc.) but there’s just something soothing about watching my tomato mixture reduce. I know, I know, I have issues! (-_-)

QuirkyTip: This mix can serve as a base for stews, some soups, pasta, Jollof Rice etc.

  • Place medium-sized pot on medium heat, add oil to the pot, half of the remaining chopped red onion, thyme, curry and ginger/garlic paste
  • Allow to fry for a few seconds, 30mins max.
  • Add the cooked turkey wings and fry for 2-3mins on low heat. This just intensifies the “meaty” taste of the dish. I usually oven roast  any meat I use in cooking but I didn’t have one at my disposal so semi-fried meat it was this time.
  • Take out fried meat and set aside.  If like me you’re staring at burnt bits of onion in the pan  at this stage, you can sieve out the oil or just fish the burnt bits out with a large cooking spoon like I did.
  • Add the remaining chopped onions, pour in the reduced tomato mix and fry on medium heat for 5-7mins
  • Add in the tomato puree, fry for another 2-3 mins
  • Add the turkey/chicken/beef stock and cook for another 5-7 mins
  • Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly i.e curry, thyme and salt to taste, the remaining Knorr chicken cube if needed.
  • Add the semi-fried meat, our secret ingredient(Cameroon pepper)and you’re all done
  •  Your popping stew is ready when you can see the oil at the top of the pot.

The stew was served with pasta and tasted oh so delicious! P.S these are all photos from Monday.

Hello Quirkies!!!!! My sincere apologies for posting this late, this was as a result of internet issues, poor decision-making about my laptop and its usefulness, phone dying on me twice due to malfunctioning charger and an overall challenging day. Just as I was about to spellcheck and edit, I lost everything and went into full panic mode. Finally sorted it 20 mins later and I could breathe easily and just hit publish before something else happened.

Despite everything, we still made it just before 12am. So it’s still Wednesday and nother #WednesdayYumday is officially done and dusted. Phew!!! We have feedback from our first Yumday post from the delectable Omobolanle, I was humbled and overly excited. She’s our first #WednesdayYumday convert!!  Go Mrs B!

I have permission from her to share excerpts from our chat as well as the photo! Don’t forget to let me know when you make anything from our #WednesdayYumday and I’ll be happy to post your positive/negative feedbacks.

That’s it for today, I’m excited for Friday as we have our first #QuirkyFriday guest post from a good friend of mine.

Until then, keep on transforming lives with your beautiful smile.

Talk to y’all later xxx

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