Monday, September 22, 2008
I just love cooking!
Ever since I was little, I have loved cooking. I still remember being 7 years old in the kitchen with my mother learning how to chop onions the right way.
By the time I was a teenager, I had learned how to cook quite a few Nigerian meals like Jollof (Jellof, keeping it Naija) rice, Fish Stew, Egusi Soup, Banga Soup, and I even attempted to make pounded yam from scratch. I had also attempted a few dishes from my mother's British cookbooks.
At 17, I went to college and that was when I really started to experiment with food. I love food from all over the world, and once I taste a dish, and I love it, I am desperate to learn how to cook it myself.
Once I accomplish making a meal the traditional way, I like to put a little bit of 'me' into it the next time I cook that meal. 'Me' is learning about or experimenting with substitute ingredients that taste just as good; such as ground turkey when you don't have beef, using brown rice in Jellof rice, or adding spices I love and grew up with - like curry, thyme and cayenne pepper to create a fusion of sorts.
I love cooking that is simple but delicious, so at times, I go for a semi-homemade approach, especially when it comes to pastries and baking. I get bored of eating the same thing, so, I am at the stove quite often.
Anyway, above is a picture of some food (meat pies, mini pizzas, spring rolls with beef samosa filling, Singaporean noodles, and shrimp spring rolls - also made a Sangria) that I made for my sister's birthday almost two months ago. Many thanks and love to you sis, for encouraging me to do this xoxo.