One of my absolute favourite songs is the monster hit Temptation by P-Square, it’s a song that always gets me in a certain mood, always. Once upon a time, I was a very serious P-Square fan. I was the kind of fan who bought three copies of each album, played their songs often enough to drive the people who lived with me crazy, knew the lyrics to all songs by heart… that sorta thing. Continue reading →
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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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 →
I saw it on SDK’s blog and decided to share it on facebook.
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Do you know meishai? In Uniben it refers to the indomie and fried eggs or bread and fried eggs combination that is sold in little kiosks. Meishai was sold everywhere, in school, the off campus towns like Osasogie, Ekosodin and BDPA.
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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 →
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
Then I chopped yellow peppers
Added chopped garlic and ginger to a slightly heated pot and allowed it dry a little before I added a spoon of oil
Chopped yellow peppers in the mix
Prawns in the mix
The green pepper part
I added green pepper, I don’t let my green pepper overcook so it doesn’t wilt or transform from sweet to bitter.
In addition, I included cayenne pepper, spice for fish and sweet basil
Guess who joined the party…
I love the pale pink colour
A spoonful of flour to thicken the sauce with soy sauce and oyster sauce condiments
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Once upon a time, this young woman went to culinary school, however she dropped out after the first stage. She’ll go back one day and complete it, God willing.
A few days ago I had a hankering for prawns and tomatoes, I love prawns but dislike tomatoes. However on that day I wanted tomatoes (No I’m not preggie… I think) so I decided to make prawn and tomato sauce.
I have a ship load of spices, thanks to the aforementioned culinary school, so I decided to make it with an Asian slant.
I like marinating my ingredients overnight in spices and that’s what I did.
First I marinated my prawns in spice for fish, soy sauce and cayenne pepper
Then I marinated my tomatoes, bell pepper, bonet pepper and onions in sweet basil, curry, oyster sauce and oregano
And popped both dishes in the freezer. I should have kept the tomatoes in the fridge to retain its texture, however I didn’t want to use any oil in the sauce and I know adding the tomatoes in the pot without oil would mean I’d have to cook it for a long time to extract the juice #aintgattimeforthat. So putting it in the freezer would extract the juice and thawing it will give me ready to use juice
The next morning I get my dishes from the freezer and thaw them. Putting the prawns in a saucepan, I stir fry for about 5 minutes, no oil! Just the prawn and soy sauce. Then I add my juice laden tomatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes, and no I didn’t add any salt to my sauce, soy sauce and oyster sauce can be very salty.
I had it with dodo (fried plantains) and Sangria flavoured fruit juice
I got a lot of mileage from my sauce, in the evening I added eggs and had it with rice and beans and a cold glass of Ribena.
The next morning, I added fresh pumpkin to the eggy sauce and had it with rice.
My next food post will be on Chinese fried rice… I think! Will try and do a food post weekly or at least biweekly. God help not to get bored with it.
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