My food dreams are not that many.
Write a cookbook.
Cook on TV.
Open The Culinary Institute of Nigeria.
And so on and so forth.
Just a handful.
I have to say that quite a few are coming true and I’m grateful for that.
Back in February, I went to Calabar in the south of Nigeria as a guest of Ebony Life TV on a lifestyle program, The Spot.
I have to confess that it was the up there, right up there with TedXPortHarcourt.
First up, the set is beautiful – very contemporary African decor. The crew and presenters were so ‘normal’ and nice. There was lots of teasing and ribbing and friendly banter – I had this shell-shocked look on my face for a pretty long time.
I don’t know what I expected but it wasn’t what I experienced.
Yes, I was nervous but I needn’t have been. Though it wasn’t my first time on TV, it was my first time in a studio.
The hours between arriving at the studio before the filming began were spent prepping the ingredients and having my make-up done.
On the first episode, I made my lovely scent leaf curry, first serving it raw as a dip with plantain chips and later…
…as a curry with rice and at the same time carry on a conversation with Lamide, Zainab and Ebuka about music and what not.
To accompany the meal, I rustled up some Zobo.
The best part though was watching everyone eat with relish, and go for seconds. People, I felt gratified and validated and fulfilled.
Truth is told.
Watch me in action 🙂