We often faced with a plethora of “right” choices for almost everything, so I understand the difficulty with choosing the right conditioner. When I started this blog in 2014, I raved about DIY natural mixtures for my hair and skin care. For my skin, I still use plant oils and black soap, and black soap is still my shampoo. DIY is great but it involves a lot of research and work. Also, DIY doesn’t always mean safe or natural or organic.
It is mostly safer to post about a food everyone can relate to but I’m going back to my roots with an achicha ede recipe. Achicha, also called Echicha is my favourite food from my paternal side Nsukka. Nsukka is a town in Enugu state of Nigeria. The town that nurtured Nigeria’s literary giants like Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chika Unigwe and others.
Like most Nsukka (Igbo) food, the preparation of the cocoyam starts long before you cook it, that is why it is not popular. There are different types of achicha, this achicha is simply a beautiful blend of dried and smoked cocoyam (ede) and pigeon peas (fio fio).
Oat cakes/muffins are my new found love. Yummy, filling and healthy, you definitely can’t go wrong with this gem. The best part about it, is it being – sugar-free, oil-free or butter-free, while it is not a bad thing, I already have enough of it in my diet so it feels good to create recipes with no oil or butter.
Buying local rice made me decide to prepare native jollof rice (or palm oil rice). While the amount of palm oil required takes it from healthy to healthish, it still worth making.
What is native jollof rice? The difference between Nigerian native jollof rice (also called iwuk edesi) and the conventional jollof rice is the local/village inspired flavour. Rather than tomatoes, thyme, etc, this recipe will come alive with palm oil, ugu, smoked panla and more.
Since the lockdown, we have seen different self-made life coaches telling people how best to live through these times. While these may be helpful as guides, placing ultimatums and perpetuating the idea that not doing these “productive things” equates laziness or lack of ambition is destructive. We are not on a holiday, we are currently in a forced lockdown because the world is experiencing a pandemic that has affected millions of people in every part of the world.
I am writing this post with faith, believing there is an end to the current pandemic and people will want to go out after it is all over. For my second dine out of the year, before social distancing was required in Nigeria, I decided to go to Zolene Restaurant in Ikoyi. I got invited to their menu tasting. Unlike Eko Hotel, I’ve eaten in Zolene before and the experience was great but I notice they totally took off old options from their new menu and that broke my heart.
I recently went on a mixed pepper stir fry craze and I’m dragging you into it. I made it with baked chicken paired with grilled yam, rice and beans, rice and plantain. The focus will be on the stir fry with short notes on each of the accompaniment.
Fun Fact – Bell peppers have more vitamin C than oranges, so this recipe is bursting with loads of vitamin C.
A society like ours make seeing households with 7 children and above as the norm. Especially if the family in question wanted a particular gender which in most cases are male children, the number of children gotten in their quest is excused because they finally got their dream. I mostly don’t have an issue with that. What I find problematic is that doing this while in poverty with the excuse that the children will become rich or that God will take care of them, so the parents drop children like raindrops on a rainy day waiting for the children to grow up and lift them out of poverty. However, we see thousands of these children every day, prancing the streets, missing the fundamental requirements of a child.
I love how the beginning of the year gives you the idea of a fresh start, the opportunity to re-strategize and reach your goals. I adore beginnings, birthdays more than new years because of how personal it is but it’s hard not to get caught up in the new year bubble. This post is to share my insights on how to have a rewarding year, so we don’t end up feeling lost when it’s time to reflect on the year.