Local Content 2- Selling Us To The World.

I grew up in Nigeria, in a bustling suburb of Lagos in the 1990’s and 2000’s. It was a beautiful childhood and I spent a solid portion of it reading and watching movies- my younger brother loved them. I did not visit the US or Canada at any time, yet I was could identify many landmarks in those countries and tell you where they were located, I could list their important leaders, statesmen and heroes and I could describe pizza even down to its taste without having seen it before.
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Technology vs Pounded yam.

What do you think separates humans from other animals? What exactly elevates us and makes us top dog? It isn’t communication, other animals communicate with one another and their environment too. Some of them even use sophisticated mechanisms of communication including electronic signals used by aquatic animals and seismic communication by use of vibrational signals by certain species of frogs, bats and worms. It isn’t making our own shelter, even the birds do this. Neither is it taking care of our young, every mammal has maternal instinct. Continue reading →

Cupcakes

One of my favourite activities of last year was baking cakes and eating them, there was something about hot and fresh cake that I found hard to resist and that’s how I ended up gaining the twenty pounds I lost last year. However I haven’t baked a cake this year, the last time I baked was on my last birthday *31st December* Continue reading →

Out of a craving… Something to eat

   This month I’ve been having an intense craving for prawns. No! I’m not pregnant, at least not yet… Somehow I had no time to go and get prawns and I didn’t really have any idea on the prawn dish I wanted to make, so I kept mumbling about it to my friend and he kept offering to get me some even though he lives very faraway from me and he had no idea where to get them.

   Yesterday I met up with another friend at one of the Surulere malls and we had shawarma and coke and laughed all through, as we were leaving I decided to ask for the price of their prawn in green pepper dish and I was told two thousand five hundred naira. My first thought was “what the (rhymes with duck and starts with F”? It was a giant ripoff, with that money I could make prawn soup!

I decided to make my own version of “prawns in green pepper” and I’m sharing it with y’all whether you like it or not.

I started out with prawns

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Then I chopped yellow peppers

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Added chopped garlic and ginger to a slightly heated pot and allowed it dry a little before I added a spoon of oil

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Chopped yellow peppers in the mix

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Prawns in the mix

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The green pepper part

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Green peas

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I added green pepper, I don’t let my green pepper overcook so it doesn’t wilt or transform from sweet to bitter.

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In addition, I included cayenne pepper, spice for fish and sweet basil

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Guess who joined the party…

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I love the pale pink colour

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A spoonful of flour to thicken the sauce with soy sauce and oyster sauce condiments

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Yes my “photographer” wanted a plate but the ribena was all mine.

No fuss cooking,  just the way I like it.

Merry Christmas to everyone and may this season bring joy and peace.

Gizdodo according to Dooney

I love flitting from one food blog to another, from baking blogs to Nigerian food blogs. Along the way I’ve discovered a number of fantastic blogs along the way. However my runaway favourite is dooney’s kitchen, she makes cooking so simple and so much fun.

I decided to try one of her dishes, the popular gizdodo, I decided to try it with prawns first for the following reasons. One, I’m not very adaptable when it comes to new food. Two, I love prawns and would enjoy them under any circumstances. Three, I had prawns at home already. My friend Patrick bought them for me from shoprite Ikeja and I wasn’t in the frame of mind to make Chinese fried rice or prawn in dragon sauce which are my go-to prawn dishes.

The prawn-dodo was absolutely delicious, even my mom liked it and she’s even more unadaptable to new food than her only daughter. With that I had the boldness to make gizdodo.

My cousin was coming to Lagos on Friday and I decided to make gizdodo for her. On my way back from the bank and the market where I went to get ingredients, I was nearly robbed at gun point. This happened between 3pm and 3:30 pm, yes in broad daylight, in Aguda- Surulere. I’ll post the story here soon, as soon as I stop having “daymares” about it.I got home and started cooking, I’m really glad I had a culinary project. It helped me get over the initial trauma of having a gun pointed at me.

The recipe is available here, I’m not putting up the recipe here. I’m only going to share a few pictures from my kitchen.

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It was delicious but the prawn-dodo was better received by mummy and me. My dad and my cousin thought it was nice. I can positively call it a hit, abi beeko?

On Saturday all the females in the house trooped to Balogun market to buy things for my cousin and we were throughly drenched by ferocious rain that day.

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    Pre-market selfie

I’ve been having issues with my phone and tablet this month and I had to do data backup and retrieval a number of times. During one of the sessions I came across a picture I’d forgotten about, an awesome picture taken at a book reading in Surulere. A picture of me and one of my heroes *this is where Hero does the eye rolling thing*. None other than Okechukwu Ofili of http://www.ofilispeaks.com

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See how we complement each other 😉

I haven’t followed up on my favourite songs series, hopefully I’ll post something by tomorrow. In other news, I got invited by a blogger to contribute to a series she’d be running on her blog. I’m really excited about it, not because I think it’s a validation of my writing. I still have a long way to go on the writing thing but because it’s an opportunity for me work with a specified topic and with a deadline. I’m a free spirit when it comes to writing and would usually wait for inspiration to hit. I’m hoping this will help me adapt to a more disciplined schedule. Wish me luck, mi amigos.