The Importance of Telling Our Own Stories

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 12, 2018
Because people will say they want to tell them and use the opportunity to perpetuate a narrative of poverty rather than one of unity, of sameness, of similarities in spite of the glaring differences. One reason why Anthony Bourdain will be missed. Terribly. For the work he did to expand our thinking and our culinary […]

Round-up: The Nigerian Seasonal Produce Column, 2017

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 15, 2018
Welcome to 2018 – Happy New Year! Over the years, I’ve whittled down my lofty, lengthy list of goals and new years resolutions to a few things. In 2017, I have to say I did what I wanted, when I wanted. Mostly. Self-care was present..mostly… and that’s saying a lot. One of the things I’m […]

Why Do We [Nigerians] Call Snails Congo Meat?

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 10, 2017
I’ve always wondered why snails are called Congo meat. What did the Congolese do to for us to take on that name? Look, if you know Nigerians, we are not easy to award accolades just for the fun of it, or append labels just because. So for us to refer to this in many parts […]

Resources for the New, Growing & Confident Cook

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 27, 2016
A collection of links to help because ‘No better cook did dreaming alone make :)’ Thank me later Becoming a good cook is a cross between the creative and practical, with health & safety as the overarching theme. I’ve found a few resources which you might find useful: Culinary Arts Basics Everything you need to know, […]

Eight (8) Nigerian Foods that are Double Double

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 4, 2016
Puff Puff. Chinchin. Garau Garau. Fio Fio. Moyin Moyin. ChukChuk. Kuli Kuli. Goody Goody. Double double. Or reduplication if you want to be proper and all linguistic. Because duplicated words, repeated words carry weight. There are things you aren’t conscious of, till somehow you become conscious of them and the patterns emerge. It all began with Deepa, […]

The Soup(s) Called Federal Character

by Kitchen Butterflyon September 30, 2016
Four soups, One bowl, Supreme mash up = Federal Character. The first time M said ‘Federal Character’ I was behind my desk at work and I went ‘What? Why? How?’ He proceeded to talk about how the major tribes were represented, in the bowl – a new dimension to Geneen Roth and her belief – mine too, […]

Bitters & Life

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 16, 2016
It never ceases to amaze me the clear arguments for and against any particular issue.  This weekend past, I decided I wanted to make Bitters because I had a lot of Agbalumo skins which would have gone to waste. Because a few friends who were with me at the time suggested it – yep, I […]

Chicken Course,….Because Nigeria

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 30, 2015
Because Nigerians are obsessed with meat, in very specific fashion. Because small chunks of meat, except in designer stew with Ofada rice or in ‘Tseke Chinese – Banga soup with an assortment of meat – are not acceptable. Even to a hungry man. Woman. Who has little choice. Or should I say who should have […]

Nigerian Law on Copyright Infringement

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 22, 2015
This week, I’ve dealt with a number of infringements on my copyright.  I have observed a number of things, some surprising: People do speak up when they see an infringement There is unrealistic justification of the ‘theft’/ misuse’ of content by some (surprise, surprise) Copyright infringement is perpetuated by many people I’ve decided to delve into […]