My 3year son is not a picky eater. He eats anything. But he is a finicky eater. He is very particular about taste. If he tastes food and it is not delicious, his nose scrunches up and you hear “I don’t like it.” Finito. The End!

His dad is a picky eater. And he is not an adventurous eater. He sticks to what he knows. But he also likes delicious food (Really, who doesn’t?!) Though no amount of deliciousness is going to make him taste sushi or any other raw, rare or medium rare food for that matter.

Anyway, lucky for both of them, they have me. I love cooking. And I’m a very good cook. And I love experimenting. I often never tell my husband what is inside a meal till after he has eaten it and declared it delicious. If not, he probably won’t even taste it before going “I don’t like it”

This is one of such meals. Yes, it’s corned beef sauce but there is something more inside. And I’m not talking about the onions and peppers. Who can forget the title and guess?

Drum roll..

It’s Garden Egg! (just go with it and act surprised. Tenkiu!)

Yep, you heard that right. Garden eggs, called ‘ikan’ in Yoruba, boiled and mashed.

So lets get started.


  • 5 big pieces of garden eggs or 8 small pieces
  • Tomatoes, cayenne pepper [shombo] and scotch bonnet pepper [rodo] (In your preferred proportions) It should come up to 1 cup after blending roughly
  • Green onion stalks, diced
  • 1 Green Pepper, diced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • Few basil leaves (effirin), thinly sliced
  • 1 knorr cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small ginger root, minced
  • 1 200gram tin of corned beef
  • 1 cooking spoon oil
  • 1/2 cup of water


Wash and cut the garden eggs into chunks
Add 1/3 of the sliced onions and the half teaspoon of salt. Add water to cover then boil till very soft and almost dry. Mash in the water with a wooden spoon. Set aside.

In a frying pan, add the vegetable oil
Add garlic and ginger, and the remaining onions. Stir fry till soft and fragrant

Add the blended pepper mix and stir fry till the raw taste is gone.
Add the curry, thyme, Maggi and stir. I didn’t add salt to mine because the corned beef has salt and I also boiled the garden eggs with salt. Any more salt and the sauce will be salty

Add the corned beef, and use your cooking spoon to break up the chunks

Add the green pepper and stir in

Stir fry for a minute then pour in the mashed garden egg. Stir and let cook for a couple of minutes

Pour in the chopped green onion stalks and scent leaves

At this point, if the sauce is thick, add water little by little. I ended up adding half cup of water to mine

Stir in and let cook for an extra minute.
And it’s all done!

You can serve it with rice, pasta, potato etc. We had ours with yam for breakfast.


  1. Looks and taste (yels i can taste it already) delicious….wow, who would’ve thought Garden eggs would ever agree to be mixed with corned beef…hehehehehe….anyways, imma try this AFTER the recession (because corned beef eyah cos well well..:-)


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