Month: December 2012

Baking, Nigerian Cuisine, Recipes, Travel & Exploration

Preparing for Christmas: Nigerian ‘Stir-Fried’ Jollof Rice

Here’s an update on a Nigerian classic: Stir-fried Jollof rice. And this isn’t to buck tradition – this is about how travel shapes who we are, opens up our eyes to new possibilities and redefines our boundaries. For Nigerian Jollof is typically ‘stewed’, not stir-fried or oven-baked. Right now, Nigerians the world over are planning […]

Recipes, Travel & Exploration

Feasting at Norma’s Table

At Norma’s Mesa, there is love and friendship and absolutely gorgeous food at Norma’s table. At Norma’s table, the lights of Manhattan twinkle and twinkle, stunning guests, at Norma’s table. At Norma’s table, there’s laughter, lots and lots of it. There’s wit too, the reason for the laughter, at Norma’s Mesa. —–00000—– I burst out laughing, […]

Travel & Exploration

Lunch At Kalustyan’s

I am on the train to Grand Central, refreshed by winter’s air and shine. Heading to Kalustyan’s for Lunch. Its amazing how I’m loving the cold. When we moved away from The Netherlands, my husband and I agreed there would be no more winter holidays, no snow, no ice….no freezing cold. At least for the next […]

Nigerian Cuisine, Recipes

Cucumber Fried Eggs

Meet Cucumber, the fruit and the vegetable. At least in Nigeria, it is. On the right fork where Old Aba road meets the Aba expressway in my city of Port Harcourt, women sit on wooden stools and chairs, selling wares. These squat seats, close to the ground keeps them close to their planks full of cucumber […]


December 2012: Thrifty in My Kitchen

It took me many years to understand the meaning of ‘Thrift’. For some reason, I always thought it was positively linked to ‘Spendthrift’. Not negatively. Alas, I was wrong. thrifty |ˈθriftē| adjective ( thriftier , thriftiest ) 1 (of a person or their behavior) using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully. See note […]