Happy Independence Day Nigeria 🇳🇬 October 1 marks 57 years of Independence. I thought this would be a perfect time to share some of my favorite African dishes with you guys. Growing up in a Nigerian household these dishes were always in the fridge, and sometimes in a not so clear container( butter container filled with rice or stew lol). I’m a little bias obviously, but I think my mom makes the best Jollof rice around.Every time I visit home, she always has it on deck for me and sends me home with containers full of it. She still wants to make sure I’m well fed and have enough to share with others.
It’s time for Sunday dinner, and today I made one of my favorite dinner dishes which is Lasagna!
Aside from macaroni and cheese, this is my all time favorite pasta dish. My mom would also cook lasagna for my family on Sundays. I remember she would allow me to assist her in the kitchen. As her little helper, I would place the layers of mozzarella cheese on as she layered the sauce, and for a job well done I got to eat the remaining cheese:) Part of this “adulting” thing is creating my own versions of Sunday Dinners. Since I do not yet have a family of my own, I am fortunate enough to have incredible friends who are now family here in Harlem. So when I told my friends I wanted to host Sunday dinner at my place, everyone responded with what time is dinner and what can I bring. I wanted to challenge myself, and enhance the lasagna dish that I am used to eating. I still love my momma’s lasagna, but I wanted to see what else can be done to enhance her recipe.
I LOVE cooking but hate spending hours upon hours in the kitchen. Whenever I am able to make quick meals that have loads of flavor, and minimal dishes I get too excited! This recipe uses ingredients that are simple to find if you don’t already own them. Since I am such a lover of 1 pan dishes my Pinterest board usually has a few of these 1 pan dishes that gives me inspiration to the meals I create.
The Tri- State area was in a frenzy Monday night preparing for Blizzard Stella. I already knew the grocery store was going to be pure mayhem. Luckily I was able to order all my groceries off food kick. Which is a great delivery service for groceries, you get 30 days free and then after your 30 days you just pay $3.99 for your delivery. This is very convenient in situations where you want nothing to do with the grocery store. Since I had a strong feeling that I would be snowed in the next day. I knew there was nothing better than some comforting food.
Whoever said Sunday’s are for relaxing must not meal prep.
My Sunday’s mostly consist of Church, Trader Joe’s, and cooking for the week. Before I blink it’s time to get ready for work. I’m just waiting for the time we have 3 day weekends all the time. What keeps me in check when it comes to eating healthy is my meal prepping.
You know what they say? Summer bodies are made in the winter. With that being said I have been trying my best to eat healthier(with a cheat meal every now and then), drink more water, and workout more constantly. It’s almost the end of the month and I think this is a great check point to see how those goals are doing. So day 27 have you made any progress towards your goal? How’s your new year, new me working out for you? Hoping you have made some progress I can certainly say I have been improving. One of my goals for the year was to eat healthier and workout at least 4 times per week. It’s been hard and it’s only been 3 weeks in.
With the holiday season just behind us, I hope everyone enjoyed their time with their loved ones, and Santa brought you everything your heart desires (He’s still, a little lost and owes me a couple of gifts 😂). Christmas at my house is pretty small, it’s just my parents, and my siblings. I think we are all getting too old for our Christmas traditions, but neither the less I still love spending time with my Family.
This Christmas I had the opportunity of getting to plan our whole dinner! This was a first for me which I was really excited about. It all started with a simple text of me sending my mom a picture of amazing Cornish Hens I saw on Pinterest and was on board. I honestly think my mom was still worn out by our Thanksgiving Feast.
As the temperature starts to drop, nothing warms me up more than some good comfort food. This week I decided to dive into my spice cabinet and pull up some of the spices I picked up in Thailand. Last May me and a few of my girlfriends (9 to be exact) made our way to Thailand for a 9-day trip! Just to give you guys a quick recap if you’re thinking about going to Thailand, you definitely should. I didn’t expect to fall in LOVE with the food, but I did. I wanted mango and sticky rice at the end of every meal, and I’m very sad I can’t start my day with a Thai Iced Coffee(if you haven’t ever had it you can recreate it; coffee + condensed milk–that simple).
Thailand is so beautiful and has so much culture for you to see. It is also a very affordable vacation, and I was able to get a great price on my ticket. (I believe it was around 800 which is a steal) If you know the exact dates you would like to travel I would track your flights with the mobile app called Hopper. This app has changed the way I travel and saved me tons of money! It tells you the best time to travel and alerts you when prices drop for your trips.
When you arrive in Thailand expect to get some meals for $10 or less, and do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a SPA! Make sure you splurge on this too. I must admit I took the cheap way the first time around and got a 65 minute massage for about 20 bucks, and let me just say that was an interesting experience. Spend the $150 and really treat yourself you won’t regret it.