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How To Add Spices and Herbs Part 2

(1). Herbs may be added near the end of cooking for more distinct flavor, or at the beginning for more blended flavors. Ground spices and herbs release their flavors readily. In long-cooking dishes, such as stews, add these near the end of the cooking time to minimise the “cooking off” of its flavors.⁣

(2). Whole spices and bay leaves to release flavor more slowly than ground or leaf form and are ideal for use in dishes with longer cooking times. For easy removal after cooking, tie in cheesecloth or place in tea ball before adding to foods.⁣

(3). For uncooked foods, such as salad dressings, fruits or fruit juices, add spices and herbs several hours before serving to allow flavors to develop and “marry” or blend. Alternatively, the liquid with the seasonings may be heated briefly to release the flavor, then allowed to cool. For salad dressings, add the spices to the vinegar and allow to stand before adding the oil. To add character to regular ketchup, add the spices and herbs and allow to stand for hours to infuse flavours.


How To Add Spices & Herbs Part 1

Do you know how to add spices and herbs to your dishes?

Here are a list of things to do to enjoy natural cooking if you are making your own mix or using the SMD NAFDAC approved ready to use mix!

How to Add Part 1

(1)Spices and herbs should be used to enhance the natural flavor of food’s not disguise or obscure it. Many herbs and spices can complement a dish and each other; however, be selective in their combinations.

(2). Avoid using too many at one time. When making your spice mixture,use whole seeds that you can pound yourself. Before use, roast the seeds in a dry stainless steel pot on medium stove heat. Roast for two minutes or so or until you perceive the aroma from the spices.

When you roast, it releases the natural oil in the spices which increases the aroma and flavour. Roasting also makes it easy to pound the spices, especially for spices with outer coating of skin like coriander. With our spice mix, these has been taken care of for you.

(3). If cardamon is part of your mix and you wonder how to remove the cardamon from its pods easily, just put in a pounder and pound gently. The seeds will come off the pods, sieve or pick pods away.

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Today we will be talking about effective ⌚ management in the kitchen. For most of us, a quick meal turns out to be at least an hour in the kitchen, except we are cooking noodles(which you should be careful about consuming due to the high msg content and a whole sort of artificial additives there in+)!
From opening the fridge to take out something, we notice all sorts of things instead of going to cooking straight away!

From seeing something spoilt, we take it to the bin, they have to take out the trash, wash the dishes, kids start bickering… Our quick meal flies right out of the window! So how do we manage kitchen time especially on work/school days?
Let me break things down.

1. First thing first, you need to have a menu table that helps you prepare for the next day.
In having a menu table, you should have all your needed ingredients at hand.
We have 3 menu table that can help you prep. We have an e copy menu table, hard copy, and also an eCopy 7 days menu and recipe plan that helps you cook delicious meals with beautiful looking recipes.

2. Keeping ingredients within reach in a non clustered working area. This will help you get things quickly and without the delays of searching.

3. For those who have older kids, make a roster for each day of the week, or the day of the week you are most harried for a child to assist you. The child will be your errand hand, get you things from the fridge (and you won’t notice the spoilt whatever ;)!).

4. Get everything you will need for your meal before the time you start cooking, wash as you go, and remember that your kitchen hand can do the easy jobs, so give her some chores!

5. Since we use natural spices and not artificial seasoning cubes, make sure you have available your regular spice mix flavours that will allow you to cook any meal of choice!

6. Don’t be tempted to start other things. If you are cooking school Lunch at breakfast, get food flask ready and preheated the and finish that before moving to another chore…

7. Stock your freezer with half-done meals eg beans, Fried sauce for Jollof and for efo etc. Wrap your already plucked leafy vegetables in brown paper and keep in the fridge.

8. Have fun in the kitchen and don’t stress out! I will love to read your special kitchen management tips.
Over to you all.

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What you Need Yo Know About Measurements.

Do you need measuring cups and spoons for cooking/ baking?

Chefs& cooks undergo training, difficulties and challenges trying to make a perfect recipe. Measuring cups and spoons are one of the magical equipment in the kitchen, especially for baking!

You might be wondering, “Is it so important that I measure accurately when cooking? ”
It might not be so necessary to measure for cooking, except a recipe specifically calls for measurements! For natural cooking and because you are just starting, I will recommend you follow the spice mix measurement you find in our recipes (recipe cards and the eCopy recipes.).

Baking, however, is an entirely different kettle of fish! Precise measurement is the secret to perfect & delicious bakings! Baking is a science, you need to measure the very least of ingredients in order to get perfect results. Even the world best chefs measures when it comes to baking. You cannot afford to assume based on your own thinking, please. You cannot eyeball, every little gram or mills is important, you cannot add more or less!

When it comes to cooking, you may be allowed to do justice as preferred, especially when you are a seasoned cook! You will still need to measure your major ingredients, however, and might just need to eyeball other ingredients. For new cooks, I recommend strict following of measurements to get perfect delicious tastes.

Following the step by step instruction and measuring ingredient when you’re baking at home isn’t difficult. What makes it difficult is when you don’t have the required measuring instrument to measure accurately. Or when you don’t understand the conversation of your measuring equipment. When you get to understand measurements, you just might be able to use available tools in your kitchen to make perfect bakings. The recommendation, however, is to strictly get measuring cups and spoons.

Check this table to get familiar with regular baking cups and spoons, its conversions and for better understanding.
Enjoy cooking and baking!


What I Have Learnt In Running A Food Business (works for all Businesses..)⁣

Let Me Share Some Open Secret With You.⁣⁣⁣⁣

Aside from asking God’s help with your worldly affairs(business), do you know there are other things that work greatly(tie your camel and put your trust in Him)?⁣⁣
If you use these, I am sure by Allah’s mercy you will see jumps in sales and your bank balance biidhinallah.⁣⁣
1. Having a great product that fulfils the needs of people, so create answer(s) to needs around you.⁣⁣

2. Have attractive packaging that stands out unique. Your labelling and its contents are parts of the packaging.⁣⁣
3. Reading and researching on sales &marketing, making sure you put what you learn into practice immediately.⁣⁣

4. Learning how to take and edit crips photos of your product, writing good catchy captions and relatable contents that call to immediate action too!⁣⁣
5. This is maybe the most important: Pay to learn how to do good business! When you pay, start working on it IMMEDIATELY⁣
6. I think this should actually be number two. Learn how to calculate and determine product cost and how to determine a profitable selling price. Also find a way to save(either via an account you don’t have access to easy withdrawal, via aajo or both ).⁣⁣
Bonus Point⁣
Remember that like all things, consistency is what wins you with your anticipated clients and gives you returning clients as long as your product and customer services are not only good but always creating rooms for improvement.⁣⁣

Baarakallahu fiikum.⁣⁣
Shariifah Yunus of SMD.

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5 Fun Facts About Shariifah Yunus

5 Fun Facts About Shariifah Yunus – CEO Sherry’s Mama’s Delight-SMD.

1. Something weird about me.
I love cooking baking and love to feed people! I, however, dislike eating so I am really underweight!

2. Something embarrassing:
I am sort of lactose intolerant, I cannot take milk more than once a day! If I take it twice…hmmm let’s just say the loo and I become BFF #coversface(my digestive system needs to make up her mind!). I also must take tea every single day.

3. I dislike intensely threw types of characters, two-faced, cowards and the worst those who have both characters.

4. I love being a work at home mum. I am the last face the kids see when they leave home and the first face to see when they get back home. My kids bug the c*** out of me, I am happy when they go to school and I am free to do my thing, yet hates when the holiday is over and they go to school again…sigh

5. Bucket list… Before I die, I want to go to Mecca and then visit several countries to learn how to cook local cuisines, desserts& sweets.


SMD Spice Mix Is On It’s Way To Canada!

Are you in Canada?

Will you like to order for our 100% naturally made & NAFDAC approved spice mix for yourself, family or friends?

Contact our customer service representative on WhatsApp by Clicking Here now

The cargo leaves on Wednesday, which means you have between now and Tuesday night to order for your spice mix.

Cargo flight with your spice mix gets delivered to Canada this weekend or latest next weekend.

Please tag your friends and family in Canada who needs to see this (you may also get our hang on your kitchen wall recipe cards).
Cargo fee is very friendly!

PS Just look at some of the delicious meals you can cook with the SMD SMD spice mix!


This Is A Slice of Divine Rich Taste!

This is a slice of divine rich taste! Rich soft butter,c ream,chocolate and no artificial flavour!

I know this isn’t picture perfect, but i need to tell you about this cake. I started baking over 20 years ago as an amateur, but in the last 12 years i have learnt so much taking my cake game to octaves of delight. My customers are returning, our cakes are always a treat!
Here are some reviews from last week’s order…

So let me ask you, aside yearly anniversaries what other occasions would you love to be gifted cake?

Mention 3 and you might just be in for a surprise…

Will You Spell Love With A Cake?

When last have you given your loved one a treat outside birthdays?
Should you wait for once a year event to tell a loved one how much you care?

Seriously,if you were to pick from a loved one sending you cake gifts on random days, to say how much you are loved or you get a cake just on your birthdays,which would you prefer?

So will you spell love with a cake, not because its a birthday but because you care?

SMD cakes are not only free from artificial flavours,they are baked with love and extra rich butter(not just margarine!). Send us a WhatsApp message by clicking here and lets introduce your palate to a taste of rich,delicate cakes…


In the last eleven years,we have celebrated eid with hundreds of families. Our delectable delights free from artficial flavours,preservatives and enriched with the best of real butter, fine natural vanilla,quality chocolates and baked with love!

Every Ramdhaan we give the SMD delights to familes to celebrate and grace their eid menu. Celebrating eid in joy,dhikr and with delicious treats.
Due to the pandemic this year,eid might be low key but surely it will still be enjoyed with our family!

Let’s add delectable treats to your eid.
Book your cakes &cookies now.
We will have available only 3 flavours of cakes this eid (chocolate,buttermilk and vanilla), and ofcourse our sandwhich cakes of 3 flavours too. Two flavours of cookies will also be available, (rich butter cookies & chocolate chips cookies) .

Unfortunately,we will be taking very minimal orders this eid. Once we reach the limit,we sadly have to stop taking orders. This is because we are still working under staff due to the pandemic. Booking formally ends Ramadhaan 23rd.

For your booking, please WhatsApp 08064422278