One aspect of African culture that is suffering today due to globalization is her food. Nigeria in general and EBIRA Land in particular have varieties of food that should be included in our wedding menu. It is important to note that our local delicacies are becoming extinct. Therefore, measures must be put in place to checkmate this.
I believe that when these local delicacies are included in wedding menu especially during occasions like Traditional weddings, wedding receptions and corporate functions. It will go a long way in keeping our traditional foods and its variants in existent.
Traditional wedding in EBIRA Land is not complete without entertaining guests with food. To make this occasion special, Ebira delicacies must be included in the menu. Therefore, adequate preparation must be put in place to ensure that catering for your ceremonies are at its best.
In this article we will take a look at four food to serve guests in a typical Ebira traditional wedding ceremony that you rarely take note of.
Epeiza is one of the four food to serve guest in a typical ebira traditional wedding ceremony. This food is celebrated among the Ebira people especially during traditional weddings. It is also known as beans soup.
Ingredients required to prepare Epeiza are; beans, meat or fish, seasoning, salt, pepper, onion and locust beans, palm oil. In preparing this soup:
The beans are crushed with it coat into flour. Pot is set on fire, water is added and allow to boil for 15 minutes then meat or fish, seasoning, onion, pepper is added consecutively.
The mixture is allowed to boil for about 20minutes, then the beans flour is added to the boiling stock and allow to cook properly together. Epeiza is served along with pounded yam, fofo (cassava ball), eba.
2. Another wedding menu to serve guest in a typical ebira traditional wedding ceremony is the EBATU (garden-egg soup). Ebatu soup is made from Garden-egg also called the Eggplant.
To prepare Ebatu, you need garden-egg, seasoning, salt, pepper, fish or meat and water. Ebatu soup is consumed with pounded yam, eba and fofo (cassava ball), amala.
Akpakpa is another meal we should be include in any Ebira wedding menu to serve guests in a typical ebira wedding. To my observations Akpakpa is served in receptions or any other occasion. Akpakpa is like the regular moi-moi, the only difference is that the coat of the beans is not removed when milling.
Ingredients added are palm oil, pepper, onion, potash for softening and salt. Others are crayfish, meat, egg and fish
Gorigo (beniseed) is eaten as snacks by the Ebira people, these snacks can be served to guests at traditional marriage, wedding receptions, naming ceremonies etc, as appetizers.
Gorigo can be grounded into solution to produce local drinks known as kunu aya, this drink is served chilled to wedding guest.
Gorigo is also grounded into powdered form, mixed with corn and cassava floor to make food ball to eat soup like egusi etc,
So friends why not take your time to enjoy any of this delicious wedding menu, when ever you are a guests at any ebira traditional wedding ceremony.