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Reader Spotlight: Ugo O. makes Asaro

December 6, 2011 | 6 Comments

Ugo, who previously sent in her photos from making meat pies, has done it again! This time, she made Asaro! A day or so prior to Thanksgiving, Ugo had asked me if she could use sweet potatoes to make Asaro as she didn’t really like yam.

I told her I’d never tried it with sweet potatoes, but since sweet potatoes and yam have a similar consistency, I didn’t see why not. She also asked if she could bake it and I mentioned that it would be best to do so towards the tail end of the cooking process. After all said and done, she still got the yam! Read her back story below for more!

Reader Spotlight is a series of posts geared towards dishes you‘ve made following recipes from AvartsyCooking. I appreciate all of you and in an effort to give you some shine, not just in the comments where you share how you made such and such, you get to also share with me and everyone else, the photo of your finished dish!

To participate, all you need do is send clear photos of your finished dish, name of the AvartsyCooking recipe you followed and a little back story behind your making the dish to submit@avartsycooking.com

 The Asaro she made is in the image above. Below is more info!

Name: Ugo O.

Recipe Made: Asaro

Back Story: “I actually finally bought the yam. Geez yam here is expensive oh. Never again. Lol. I will mix it with the sweet potatoes. Will let you know how it turns out. Fingers crossed. I wasn’t going to use yam initially but I was afraid it would be too sweet so I caved. lol.

But I am pleased to report that the combo was great. I used half of the yam and substituted the half with two large sweet potatoes. I also cooked the smoked turkey with the yam which helped the flavor a lot. It was gone in hours and I plan on making another one this week. I will send the one picture I have though I don’t think it does it justice. I had to bake it towards the end as the thing was burning. Thanks again for another great recipe.”

My comments~ You said it! Your photo does your dish absolutely no justice! I had to enlarge it when I first got it to really examine it! But you know what, I love the creativity! I love that you used both regular yam and sweet potatoes, plus the smoked turkey! Just awesome! I can just imagine how it must have tasted, with the smokey, salty flavor of the turkey and the mild sweetness from the sweet potatoes, I’m so clapping for you on this one.

If you’ve been reading the site for a while now, you’re probably familiar with me always saying that recipes here are totally customizable. You can either follow it exactly and to the letter or take out what you don’t like and add what you like! Ugo typifies what I’ve always said and I just love it.

I do wish it was a better photo though. Asaro has a mushy look/consistency to it, but you can still see chunks of sweet potato/yam and small bits of the smoked turkey. I can see how it was gone in hours. Good job lady! I might just have to try this!

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6 Responses to "Reader Spotlight: Ugo O. makes Asaro"

  1. This looks more like ikokore than asaro, but I was surprised at the twist – sweet potatoes? Whoa! I did not even think that was possible. But I guess since it has the same consistency as yam, it worked. Very different … I like!

    • Yetunde says:

      Really? Ikokore? Looks like Asaro to me, maybe because I tend to make my Ikokore have bigger lumps. Yes o! She did good with the sweet potatoes!

  2. UGo says:

    Thanks dear. Yeah. It tastes better than it looks. Lol. I made it again with the gizzard and dodo on the side. And the combo was great. Though I was concerned at first. Lol. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures. I guess I need to get into the habit of taking pictures of food. Btw I also substituted the kpanla with crayfish. Used Maggi instead of knorr and curry. thanks again for ur cooking inspiration

    • Yetunde says:

      Oooh wee! Gizdo on the side?! Girrl, you are doing it!! All your substitutions work, no wahala there!

      You’re most welcome!

  3. Mrs. Mbazor Amara says:

    I REALLY LIKE YOUR WEBSITE A LOT. THE STEP BY STEP TECHNIQUES YOU USE ARE GOOD. GOOD JOB OKAY. BUT I ALSO HAVE ONE THING I ALSO SPOTTED OUT IS THAT. THE PERSON EXHIBITING THE SAMOSA FIXED NAIL. ONE OF THE ETHICS OF CATERING IS THAT YOU DON’T FIX NAIL AT LEAST WHILE HANDLING FOOD, AND ALSO NOT TO LEAVE HAIR OPEN.

    I WILL RECOMMEND YOU ANY TIME, ANY DAY.

    THANKS
    Mbazor A.S.

    • Yetunde says:

      Hey!

      Thanks for the compliment! Those are my fingers that you see in photos and I don’t use nail extensions, as I grow my nails. I also don’t cater :)

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