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7 Links: The Most Beautiful, Helpful and ‘Downright’ Controversial!

by on September 29, 2011

The first ‘7 links’ I read was Lyndsey’s of The Tiny Skillet a few weeks ago and I loved it. It made so much sense to trawl through the blog archives and select 7 posts for 7 different reasons. And so when Steve, the ‘Oui Chef’ tagged me I was thrilled – finally it gave me a chance to share ‘my post’ which didn’t get the attention it deserved…but you’ll have to wait for it.

According to Tripbase who’ve kicked this off,

The goal is

To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

The rules

1) Blogger is nominated to take part

2) Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.

Here it goes…..

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My most beautiful post

I love the way the chilies in my Thai Sriracha sauce are colourful and contort themselves to make a wonderful still life. Not to mention the complex sweet and hot flavours in the resulting sauce!


My most popular post

By Google analytics (almost 10% of searches/visits to my blog) and by comment count (with 68 comments) its is my poffertjes post!


My most helpful post

As a former Nigerian in diaspora, most of my Nigerian posts have garnered a lot of comments and emails of thanks from Nigerians at home and abroad.

I would say my Nigerian pepper soup post


and Chapman drink (which also rank 2nd and 3rd in popularity) fit the bill.


I particularly like that in the posts I do a lot of research and learn an immense amount about the various ingredients, substitutes, flavours and a whole world of new uses!

My most controversial post

For most of my life I’ve been a pacifist, call it ‘middle child syndrome’. I used to hate controversy, so I shut up a lot….and often kept my thoughts to myself, rarely airing my true feelings for fear of alienation and retribution. A few years ago, I realised that was RUBBISH – utter nonsense and though I’m not permanently on the war path, I’m no longer afraid to stand up and say ‘NO’. Thank you Lord.

My chocolate waffles post, made with no sugar and wholegrain wheat had a reader comment as follows:

LWJ said

‘Not win. They smell pretty good but the taste is bitter and the texture is coarse.

Yes, they’ve got no sugar in them, but to stifle the taste you have to add a sugary topping, so there’s not a huge point to that.’

My response

‘LWJ, they do smell pretty good but bitter, I would argue. I guess that’s why I say they remind me of brownies!!!!! As for the texture, it is soft and open, I wouldn’t say coarse! The reason I don’t put any sugar in is that I end up putting sugar on them any which way and I invariably use less…… but that’s just me. Thanks!

Some might say this is hardly controversial….but it was the only one I could remember off the top of my head!

Snow covered chocolate waffles

And it made me realise that comments are not always criticisms and that everyone has their point of view. I say that I refuse to be judged for who I am, the choices I’ve made and the decisions I’ve taken. In return, I will do my best not to judge.

A post whose success surprised you

A summary of my holiday to Barbados! I guess photos of the azure waters and sunshine are enough to warm hearts.


A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

After what felt like a hundred thousand photos and as many videos on learning to make sushi at a fantastic Japanese restaurant, and documenting it all step by step, the post garnered nary a nod. It is still one of my favourites though!

Inside-out sushi

The post that you are most proud of

For the length of time it took to achieve perfection, for the depth of learning, the stunning components, it has to be hands down ‘The Noodle Diaries’ aka Momofuku’s Ramen!


Thank you Steve for giving me good reason to walk down memory lane.




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