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They say you never know what you’ve got till it’s gone. One minute you’re soaking up as many episodes of House of Cards as you can, and the next, you’re already thinking ‘What do I have planned for the second week in March?’ Weekends are truly some of life’s little mercies. And then there’s food. For people who love good food, they’d testify that there’s a certain happiness that comes from saturating your taste buds in all sorts of delightful flavours. It’s that feeling that comes knowing that your body is well nourished because you have chosen to bestow all the yummy goodness on your palate.

Now, imagine a weekend filled with good food. Heavenly. Well, until you see the menu and you can’t identify with anything on it. My friend, Lois, went on a date with a guy she recently started seeing. It was a much anticipated one, as they hadn’t gone on their official first date and she couldn’t wait to see where he would take her to. They went to a Morrocan restaurant and my dear friend came back dissatisfied. She complained about everything on the menu, saying she was unable to eat anything. Why?
“You know I don’t really know how to experiment with food like that!There was nothing familiar on the menu”
I laughed and said “You mean there was no Indomie and Sardine?!”
“Laugh all you want but not everybody likes all this mede mede in the name of being refined and polished abeg.”

I wondered how her boyfriend felt about having made all that effort for her and finding out she was a picky eater. Growing up, I had some favourites and there were some things I wouldn’t go near with a ten-foot pole. I LOVED yam and fried stew – mostly because my grandma would dice it up in little cubes and then spread the brown pepper sauce all over it. On the other hand, I could not stand Ogi (pap or whatever name it is called). As a young child, my mother would decorate the Ogi with milk and sugar – it was to no avail. I hated it then, and I hate it now. My feelings for oats are probably transferred aggression from Ogi.
In secondary school, we had those ‘slum books’ where people fill in information about themselves. In the ‘worst food’ section, I had one constant entry – ‘Fufu’.

Looking back now, it’s weird for something to be your worst food if you’ve never eaten it before. However, I had a policy then that if it stank within an inch of my mouth, it wasn’t getting entry clearance. Fast forward to years later and I became an expert in Stock Fish and Da’dawa (locust beans/iru/agidi).

When I got on the healthy living train about a month ago, I had to do a complete re-evaluation and assessment of what I LOVE to eat and what I really should be eating. As a lover of all things with super hot pepper, I have always found it incredibly difficult to eat AND enjoy things like bread – or any of its derivatives like burgers and sandwiches. So it was extremely easy to cross out bread from the list of Don’ts. However, it became more difficult when I realized that things I really enjoyed like sweet potato pottage, Gizdodo. I am starting to like broccoli and cabbage – slightly ‘edited’ with Cameroon pepper to make it at least bearable.

Growing up in a somewhat bi-cultural house, Tuwo Masara and Miyan Kuka had as much prominence as Amala and Gbegiri. There was, however, very wiggle room for saying you didn’t want or like something. “When you start providing your own food, then you can dictate what gets served”. According to another friend, cold Fufu was a regular staple in their house, and they were even being mandated to eat. Refuse – at your own peril!

I went to visit a family recently and I was told their 6 year old daughter, Tomi, was a Vegan. I asked if she knew what it meant to be a Vegan? I was not just shocked because of her age, but because I’ve never met a Nigerian Vegan. Her mother said there was a cartoon on TV where one of the characters was a Vegan and the girl suddenly said that she wasn’t going to eat meat again, because of cruelty to animals. Children of nowadays are enjoying if you ask me.

I shall leave you here. Please share some of your most exciting food experiments with us. What are your favourite foods? What would you absolutely NOT eat? What foods have you grown to love over the years? Oh and share your most embarrassing food moments!

Have a fantastic week ahead. I’m so zing’d this week, feels like I can take over the world! I wish you the same too.

Peace, love & cupcakes.
Toodles!

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You probably wanna read a fancy bio? But first things first! Atoke published a book titled, +234 - An Awkward Guide to Being Nigerian. It's available on Amazon. ;)  Also available at Roving Heights bookstore. Okay, let's go on to the bio: With a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Swansea University, Atoke hopes to be known as more than just a retired foodie and a FitFam adherent. She can be reached for speechwriting, copywriting, letter writing, script writing, ghost writing  and book reviews by email – [email protected]. She tweets with the handle @atoke_ | Check out her Instagram page @atoke_ and visit her website atoke.com for more information.

119 Comments

  1. Bleed Blue

    March 10, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I could eat pancakes till the cows come home. My mum even used to put ata rodo in her own version, making my brothers run for their dear lives but who sigh? I will still wakk it well! Gimme pancakes in any shape or form and I’m a happy woman 🙂

    Now…Ewedu! I cannot understand the point behind it. I have tried to but I just cannot. No matter how you pimp it, I say I cannot.
    And same goes for cous cous.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

      I know those pancakes which are made with peppers and onions! My Port Harcourt people, help me out here – dat na wetin dem dey call “diet” abi? I used to make it all the time in Naija, with a cold glass of something to down it with… good times.

      And, lady, couscous is the bizness! You don’t know what you’re missing… try stirring up some chopped red chillis and delicious stock when you’re making it, e go be like naija rice 😀

    • Neo

      March 10, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Hahaha! Diet! yes. One man sold diet in the whole D/Line till he bought a car. If my Mother ever caught us eating that thing ehn, the whipping na die.

    • koko

      March 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      awwww now u make me wanna cry my mum use to make diet for us wen we goin picnicking with friends with onion and pepper oh God of Ohafia! …keep resting mummy!

    • Berry Dakara

      March 10, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Oh, is that what they were called? We made only banana or plain pancakes at home, but I didn’t mind the savory pancakes.

      That’s it… making pancakes when I get home!

    • birdieblue

      March 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      OH MY GOD!!! So my Ohafia mum wasn’t being weird?? I thought pepper and onions in pancakes was my mom’s way of trying to africanize pancakes!!! Now i find eating plain pancakes sooo boring. Thank you mummy!!

    • Bleed Blue

      March 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      LOL! That couscous matter…trust me I have tried many permutations as suggested and even as prepared by friends and well wishers…I say ehn…if you like spray it with gold dust and any other condiment in town…I no fit!

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Okay, for you I wil be posting a recipe for Traditional Moroccan Couscous. We cook it all wrong, I tell you. A trip to Marrakech last year opened my eyes to how it is supposed to be done and something I used to hate, I now seriously love. They steam their couscous using a broth filled with spices. Boiling couscous with water is a Moroccan no-no.

    • Bleed Blue

      March 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Dunni O. to the rescue. Love it!

      Oya nau, I’m waiting to be blown away by this Moroccan version of couscous oh. And please when you post it, my name must be in the title. God bless you as you comply 🙂

    • Sunshine

      March 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Dunni am holding you to this promise oh……..waiting pls…

  2. Vanessa

    March 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I love good food. I am a tester. I also love experimenting with food from different culture if I am in the neighborhood of that culture. Far be it from me to insist on eating African foods when I travel to let’s say Dubai. I would love to eat their own food. Of course, I would ask the ingredients in the food, make I no go chop snake all in the name of tasting a foreign food. I love eating plants(vegetables and fruits). I have slight phobia for meat. I don’t eat bush meat, until I am very sure of the type of bush and meat.

  3. Neo

    March 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I grew up eating with my Dad so his eating habits became mine, i dont eat beef, dont like soup that doesnt draw and i love anything from the sea! they can sell me with seafood. I remember going to buy sharwarma with my brother once and the way they were slicing the oily meat from the skewer put me off and i made up my mind never to taste sharwarma. Till my friend bought me one, outside Daystar one Sunday, i was working that Sunday and by the time hunger showed me 50 shades of famished i unwrapped that sharwarma oh. Been hooked since then, i almost changed my church sef. However! Even if i am dying and the half of my spirit that has come out brings me Quaker Oats i will never eat it. In the words of my sister, I rather died!

  4. mia

    March 10, 2014 at 10:21 am

    This food thingy is so spot on for me today. when i went to serve in the East, i took a look at abasha and i told my friend then that if i as much as taste that ‘thing” i’ll just die immediately. fast forward some more years after serving and getting retained, i started eating abasha o, but i stopped when i had typhoid. i can say now that i ate everything eatable in the East even though i’m a Yoruba girl and i can even prepare igbo soups. in fact, Ofe Owerri is one of my hubby’s favorite soups now.

    i can say that i’m generally adventurous with food, but now that i’m expecting, my adventure has greatly reduced. it’s almost like the baby looks into my intestine and says, “wetin this madam dey give me chop sef?” and stirs the whole place up till i throw up. so for now, my adventurous self is in the cooler till i drop.

  5. Beacon

    March 10, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Girl,I’m totally with you on that fufu thing,It even repels me when I see people eating it,the thing stinks bad…but then ofada rice too has a smell,so does stockfish,and iru…but I love those…dunno what it is sha but I absolutely detest fufu,it just amazes me when I see guys(Igbo guys esp) around eating it,cutting large-large mounds in that their typical way,and going at it with relish!…my childhood hatred for beans though suddenly turned to love when I left home for Uni and met this roommate who cooked the most amazing beans,my mom made us eat the worst tasting beans of all time(Not like she was a bad cook ooo..I think she was just mean with the beans thingy as she forced us to eat it,asking:You want to be short abi?….that woman!I’m still 5ft 1 with all of that torture,God bless Mamacee..as we call her.

  6. BN lover

    March 10, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Ohk! Nice piece. Am waiting for comments. My BN sisters n brothers pls come in,I ve finished cleaning!

  7. TOLU

    March 10, 2014 at 10:28 am

    i go with jollof rice any day, any time. Its my best and favorite food, and u wont get me eating Fufu, worst food.

    • Sunshine

      March 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

      I will never eat jellof rice except it was served with fried plantain or made with palm oil or corned beef.

  8. Taiwo says

    March 10, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I there with you toke I hate OGI PAP what ever you want to call it oats too men all baby food to me can’t stand eko too ! …. Slimy … Shudder Ah.

  9. Taiwo says

    March 10, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I’m there…

  10. Amym

    March 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

    First to comment.I love yam.yam with anything,just give me yam.But funny enough,I got married to a man that does not eat yam.So I indulge in it with my Kids.

    • Bleed Blue

      March 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      No darling…it was indeed I who had that particular honour 🙂

      Or in the words of THE AMAKA “Not quite”. I miss that chic’s wit though 🙁

  11. fairygodsister

    March 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

    My mom’s rule back in the day was, “there is no way I plan to poison you. If it is on your plate, I intend for you to eat it, and finish it”. Only wiggle room I had was I hated onions (still do) so she would either leave them out of something I was going to eat, or blend and then mask any smells with some other spices. I didn’t have a lot of wahala to be honest, I was a foodie as a child (still am).

    6 year old vegan? Wow.

  12. A 6 year old vegan? Are u sure she’s Nigerian? I will never understand why someone invented egusi soup, it just doesn’t make sense.

  13. fifi

    March 10, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I don’t eat goat,ram,mutton meat…the smell is just awful and it’s sooo fatty….also anything testicle related is a no no..indian food is another no go area…my best part of chicken and turkey is wings and feet yummmmmy…

  14. TA

    March 10, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Atoke of life. Finally, you talk about food!!! I mean we could talk about food every Monday and I will be totally cool with it. He he he! Yes ke,Nah so I love food reach o! 🙂
    If you want to know whether I have any shame at all,put
    me in front of a table laden with good food or give me chocolates,ice cream, (what I will give right now for a bowl of french vanilla Haagen Daz) I nor dey form
    to be bored or busy,my eyes light up and I smile like a cat
    that locked cream belleful. Ha! Choi! Me and food sha. I used to share your hatred for oats until I met Quaker Oats with their diff flavours, enter maple syrup and brown sugar,cinnamon and spice,fruit and cream,etc etc,just try a small packet and you will bless me everyday you wake up! I am not even exaggerating by half.
    And now a special ode to the foods I love: Ijebu garri,leaf moi moin (with egg and kidney therein),all sorts of vegetable soups,stir fry,chicken,ofada,basmati,jasmine,rice (not badly cooked rice o that you hope a pot of great Ofada or obedindin sauce will rescue) in short all things rice. Lol! :-),plantain, Akara (with shrimps therein), yam and potatoes porridge, the list is endless o,all things yummy and sweet. Count me in baby! Am that friend you call to ask directions on how to get to the pepper rice joint in one koro at Alagomeji,Yaba,Ikeja or to locate the best place to eat soup on the island,the best sharwama joint, the place where their asun tastes like a dream or where their pizza is ‘on point’. In any town or city I am in,I have a radar for picking up the best deli, restaurant, bakery… Lord help me and my love for good food. My friends know that I may not have a single drop of alcohol in my house but my kitchen and pantry? My oh my! My dates are always pleased with me,I always eat everything on my plate as long as it taste good. I am VERY adventurous with food. I like to tweak a bit here and there when am cooking. If it tastes good,am in. If it moves, count me out. Lol!
    NB: So its no surprise that I have a constant battle with my weight. Lol. Am currently a UK size 12 and hoping to slim down to a healthier version but ….so help me God.

    • TA

      March 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

      My embarrassing tales with food? As you can imagine,I have lots of tales to tell. What foodie doesn’t? But let me share this with you. One time a friend and I went on a weekend trip to shop in a town out of the city we were staying,so,we stayed with her married brother. Her oyibo sister in law left us a small bowl of fried rice with correct goat meat (made by their mom who left town the morning we arrived)showered came downstairs and saw my friend on the phone with her shiny lips,so I assumed she had eaten, I just reheated the food in the microwave,dished everything on a plate and wolfed it down in my usual fashion. I dont think I spent up to 5 minutes sef. Babe got off the phone and we started to look for her food. But I thought you had eaten’,my friend goes ‘ no o, I only had some of the goat meat. Turns out that her size 0’,oyibo sis in law who eats 2 sticks of carrots for dinner, had kept the jollof rice for both of us! My friend did not know whether to cry she just looked at me and said ‘ may God help you’. Poor girl had to order for pizza. I was truly ashamed of myself,thankfully my friend is not like me with food. So she forgave me. Though we laugh about it now, I was truly ashamed of myself that day.

    • whocares

      March 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

      LMAOOOOOOOO. My closest friend and I had the same problem. Whenever we shared a plate of food, before she finishes her forkful, I’m on number four. 5 years later, the poor girl has learnt to eat fast, and she is even faster than I am now. lool.

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      LMAO. I eat fast because I like my food piping hot. A standing joke amongst my family is that, by the time I am done, you can still see steam coming off the plate.

  15. Shona

    March 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Hmm hmm hmm…I loved bread as a child and adore it till now.Just like your friend,I can’t deal with all those “mede mede” abeg.I never liked avocado pear until late last year,I could’nt do without it.My fav food remains fufu and egusi soup.

  16. Ibukun

    March 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Yup! Fufu is my worst meal and I’ve never even eaten it before. I love well made thick red ogi without any koko (lumps) in it. Spicy food all the way. I don’t do burgers or hotdogs…i’m very picky with pastries,those chocolate croissants from Greggs are still my best. I hate those sandwiched cakes with jam in the middle ewwwh! I will probably end up embarrasing anyone who takes me on a date to a restaurant with really mede mede food on the menu…at least something must have hot jalapenos without cheese/mayo/anything sweet to compromise the pepper. Infact indomie and sardine with extra ata kiku is just the best.

    • Magz

      March 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Oh! I was hoping to see your comment and you did not disappoint me….LMAO

  17. Kimmy

    March 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I have not seen that food i won’t eat o! i can eat anything as long as i see pple eating it

    • Sunshine

      March 10, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      U re funny oh…..lolest

    • Stephanie

      March 11, 2014 at 10:19 am

      lol
      blogsvila.blogspot.com

  18. X- Factor

    March 10, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Atoke ooo….LOL @ your ogi experience, you are not alone ooo( although you may want to try the ogi made from millet sha, Its smoother)
    Swallow food and any soup that draws remain my worst nightmare, Growing up, I remember how I used to sneak to flush my semovita and ewedu down the kitchen wash sink….Give me my Dodo and fired eggs any day and me is good to go….
    Most embarrassing food moment….I went on desert safari tour (Dubai) recently , I didn’t eat anything all day because I didn’t want to upset my tummy, needless to say I dished my plate full of different delicacies (as pleasing to eyes) from the buffet table….As I pounced on my plate with vigour, I realized the first spoon of salad tasted so odd, I voiced this out to my friend only to learn that the food was Indian cuisine…..Indian kini????……..Blaaaaaaaaa( the remaining part of the night is better imagined….)

  19. Debee

    March 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Ahhh! Fufu and afang soup, ekpang nkukwo, edikang ikong! Pepper Chicken… Any tasty food is good for me . I hate bread no matter how good they say it is and I just can’t stand beans… I love good food sha and I can’t imagine life without MEAT 🙂

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Fufu & Afang soup! Ekpang nkukwo!!! This person, you wan kill me with longing here… “shallat” to all the wonderful calabar/akwa ibom ladies who introduced my mother to the mysterious goodness of your amazing recipes!!

  20. whocares

    March 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

    My name is “whocares”, and I am a massive foodie. Me and cooking experiments go a LONG way. I tried to fry baked beans once and almost singed my eyebrows.. My frying pan caught fire, and I remember running about the kitchen trying to put out the fire.. Now, I am an expert in baked beans frying (make sure the oil is not too hot)..
    I will eat anything except snakes, rabbit and other such games, but even those if they are properly cooked, and “yi in ata” and I am unaware, I might just wolf it down. Now
    cheese, except it is on pizza, or cooked into something, I don’t understand it.

  21. Berry Dakara

    March 10, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I’m really picky with food, especially if it smells undesirable to me: cheesy, creamy, oats, custard, akamu, banga and a bunch of Nigerian soups. I’d much rather try other international cuisine – I LOVE Asian food (Indian, Malaysian, Thai, Japanese, etc)

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      You are an Urhobo wife and you don’t like Banga Soup. If I hear. Loooool. We need to re-educate you o. Banga Soup rocks, especially with Starch.

    • whocares

      March 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      I am Yoruba, but I love, LOVE my banga and starch.. the best part for me is the periwinkle. I enjoy more food from Eastern part of Nigeria than anywhere else I have to admit.. the soups are usually so light, but filled with fish, meat and other orisirisis. I ted to eat the soups and ignore the “swallow” really. This discussion is making me home sick *sniffs*

  22. Jo!

    March 10, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I’m a foodie but i HATE anchovies, oh lawd the way I hate those things. The smell actually makes me throw up

  23. Mz Socially Awkward...

    March 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Atoks, wetin Fufu do you, na? I looooooove me some fufu, mehn!!! My parents dey use the thing yab me (according to my mother, na for village dem suppose born me) but I no send them. My mound of “swallow” needs to be as smooth and seamless as possible so it’s fufu as 1st choice, then pounded yam as the available 2nd choice in this jand but I no dey carry my money buy garri. For wetin, na? And you see that dawadawa (iru)? I no fit cook without am oh, it’s a necessary ingredient in my soup pot.

    I agree with @TA, let’s make Mondays a foodie day!!! 🙂 I’m hopelessly in love with food and will eat anything which tastes good, regardless of how foreign it is. I have cravings, does anyone else have those? Where you just crave something for a whole month and then suddenly you just go off it and aren’t interested in eating it for another 6 months? It’s wierd and makes me feel like I’m a constantly pregnant woman… Plus bread! I share your lack of interest there – it’s possibly the most boring food item I can think of (after rice, although I don’t mind the crusty rolls you get with soups in good restaurants). Saying that, though, oh, how I love cheese! And butter! On crackers!! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    And don’t particularly enjoy baked goods either (e.g. croissants, doughnuts, pies, cakes, tarts, etc.) because my sweet tooth has become more responsible as I’ve grown older but I do love baking cakes for people. It’s a great present to hand over and always well received…

    I think my foodie experiments are confined to savory food and thankfully, I’m also a lover of all green vegetables (raw or cooked, I’ll eat ’em) and fruits which really helps me control my weight; otherwise I’d have been a really round somebori especially after my high-speed metabolism decided to slow down. And I also love me some fish! I feel like my years of living amongst people from the Niger Delta shaped my love for all things seafood. Give me prawns, sea-bass, salmon and smoked eel (yep, this last one is another “pregnant woman” phase I’m currently experiencing) anytime instead of meat (unless it’s goat meat and then we can talk). Also, my love for unripe plantain pottage (cooked with shaki and turkey gizzard and a seperately prepared spinach stew) and for beans will always be enduring!

    Chei, I like food, sha….

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Oh and foodie experiments – I recently had two African friends of mine (one from Equatorial Guinea and the other from Cameroun) cook me groundnut stew at different times and I thought “mmm, this is different and nice!”. The one from EG made the sauce more sweet than savory but she boiled peppers seperately (i.e. ata rodo) and served the stew with the whole peppers immersed so when you took a bite of pepper, the heat cascaded into your mouth and was doused with a mouthful of the sweet stew. I really enjoyed it.

      The Camerounian made the groundnut stew more savory, with dried fish in it, which made it taste like a light kind of leafless soup but she served it with rice, which was a nice neutral balance (although I normally detest white rice). Both ladies introduced me to something I’d never had before and which I now hear is actually a very popular dish many African countries, including Nigeria.

      I’d like to visit Ghana, simply because I’ve been hearing of certain interesting dishes they make which I need to taste already….

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Here you go, that’s my recipe. Be ready to be surprised by the Agege bread, stretchy like texture as a bonus. Yes Efinrin bread will work with cheese, as long as it is not those very strong tasting types that will mask the flavour of the Efinrin. You can also flavour it with uziza leaves and/or uziza seeds, Ehuru or Uda. Just a hint of the flavour to make the bread Nigerian. Serve with peppersoup and your tummy will sing on the rooftops.
      http://www.dooneyskitchen.com/2014/02/27/the-9ja-pull-apart-dinner-rolls/

      You can also try this recipe: http://www.dooneyskitchen.com/2014/02/25/my-homemade-agege-style-bread/
      Baking bread will change your life, I tell you. Good luck

    • Jo!

      March 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      when you go to Ghana, go to NUJ compound to eat Plantain Fufu and light soup, believe me, YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER REMAIN THE SAME AGAIN.
      I kid you not! Ha, that fooooooood. Unfortunately, someone took me there so I don’t have the address, all I know is it’s in their NUJ office compound in Accra, on the same street as OMATEK, just further down.
      Omoh, that foooooood, the thought alone gets me salivating, like right now sef

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 10, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Chei, Dunni ohhh… I just watched clips of Sheyi-Shay’s “Ragga Ragga” video and I really want her abs but now I’ve clicked on the link to the pull-apart bread rolls you’ve pasted above and my eyes were also drawn to the bowl of stew being displayed on the left, courtsey of your instagram page. And how I now long to dip a hot roll into that stew…

      How can these contradictory intentions of mine meet in the middle? Na to make the bread, nibble on just 1 roll and prompltly “dash” the rest of the tray to willing recipients because I must have those Seyi’s abs come summer 2014! 😀

    • Atoke

      March 10, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      They can’t! Flee from ALL appearances of Dunni and the Calories she’s advertising! Thus Sayeth the Holy Book! Lolll

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      @Jo, I can’t forget this helpful tip you’ve given me. God bless thee. Now to actually decide when that trip is finally going to happen…

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Hahahahahahahaha @Atoke. Bread is good joor, especially bread you make yourself. No preservatives, just soft delicious goodness. Ms SA, as for those dinner rolls, you have to make them to believe it. As for those contradictions meeting in the middle, errrr, I am not in the best place to comment. Over active metabolism thingssssss. Heheheheheh

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      @Atoke, I’m fleeing with a roll in my hand… hahahaha! Chei, good food won’t put me in trouble, I’m already planning my dinner in my head…

    • whocares

      March 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      LMAOO. Dunni is the devil! I had my last pig out before the diet last week. but this sister is about to make me backslide. I am sliding fast, I have all these ingredients at home and come the weekend I may decide to bake for the family.. not for me o, the family. I might have a nibble just to taste my handwork, but nothing more; except, perhaps a bite to eat with my breakfast (we all know eggs and bread are brother and sister really, so that is justified)… and maybe a slice with afternoon tea…bread and tea na, that’s how we were brought up, so I am being true to my upbringing…

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Bread is not boring o. Haba. Try making your own and you will change your mind. As for those rolls served with soup, you just have to tweak it from restaurant boring to 9ja loaded. I made some a few weeks ago. I added dried Efinrin and freshly chopped basil to the dough and it was fantastic. While it was in the oven, you wanted to reach in and grab one. Try baking bread sometime, especially making your own Agege bread. Not a lover of fruits and veggies at all, much to my mothers chagrin. If I can’t cook it, why eat it raw. Even the sweet fruits bore the crap out of me. Edo people also have their version of Groundnut soup which is equally as nice.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Dunni, I actually have a bread maker just sitting on my kitchen counter and suffering from lack of effective use. You say I fit do wetin with efirin? Talk true? Chei, ignorance is a bastard… just wait, make I finish this my “waiting on the mountain” as I dey currently do, na to attack the baking aisle at ASDA with a vengeance.

      But… if I add weight, ehn na you oh! And that bread, flavored with efirin, it’ll taste just right with some cheese, abi?

    • TA

      March 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      My darling Mz SA, nor be only Atoke fufu offend o. There are very few foods I hate, fufu be topping the list.:-)

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 10, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      I know, it smells something powerful doesn’t it? But I honestly wouldn’t trade the smoothness of each swallow for the smell… 🙂

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      @whocares. hahahahahaha. Of course, that is how we were brought up. Top it up with homemade Zobo jam and you shall feel no guilt whatsoever.

  24. Oyinkasola

    March 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Finally, a food topic. I love love love food, I will eat anything no lie, as long it is tasty, has meat in it and it is spicy (blame my mama for my love of spicy food), however I can eat jollof rice die, infact bury me with jollof rice, i love pizza not frozen but freshly made. Also, I love burrito, it’s like everything to me, I have my own account and my own seat at my local Mexican restaurant. I also like stir fry, noodles (I can live on this till my last day on earth), suya, beans with sweet corns, plantain, nwkobi (is that how you spell it), egusi soup is heaven and so much more. However, you will never catch me eating tuna (blood of Jesus), I despise iru, fried egg with all these chopped onions, tomatoes – ewwww, I also have a love/hate relationship with ogi. Most embarrassing food moment is ordering a dish in Rome because I saw how good it looked on somebody’s plate,food came and the first thing I smelt was tuna, I hated myself that day. My plan is that when I’m done with uni and have a good job that pays well (God willing), at least once a week, I will treat myself to a meal at a very nice restaurant or pick a restaurant-type recipe, buy the ingredients, cook it and down it with a nice but not too expensive bottle of wine.

  25. Mariaah

    March 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Foooood??!!! Food??? Kai mehn I don’t know where to start but the only food(s) I don’t eat is that proper local beans that Idoma/Igala people eat.. OMG! I can’t deal with the smell when its cooking sef. Another food I am not always willing to try is lasagne.

    Every other food passes my throat apart from random “meats”. I will pass on some thank you.

  26. Annie

    March 10, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Ahhhh, i love plantain like there is no tomorrow, i get people tease me about my love for plantain, BF hates plantain and if we go the whole 9miles i will happily enjoy my plantain alone…I eat fufu, i pound fufu that’z all….i eat anything that doesn’t look like a baby poo, once upon a time i couldn’t do without bread in the house. Finall fell in love with oat meal ( 🙁 and started growing tummy), i do not eat little portions, i eat until i fill up and cannot even get up sometimes….now with google as my best friend i am always getting new recipes to try(Naija recipes oo, i no dey do oyinbo things). I love food by the kitchen isnt my best place in a house.

    • Que

      March 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Totally relate to your closing line…’…love food but kitchen isn’t my best place…..’ kitchen for me is very functional, not recreational…..I enter to prevent my family frm starving, when I don do them reach!

  27. Que

    March 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Aawww sad Atoke cos I loooooooove Ogi, and Oats, and broccoli etc that u mentioned hating- well except fufu…. On the other hand I never understood d rationale behind gbegiri….what d hell is dat about? #cantdeal! I can handle ewedu n absolutely can live in a pot of okro soup…. but can live without ogbono…
    I am super flexible with food from almost any culture especially if I understand d ingredients…so in culture-based restraunrs, I usually ask whats in d food, and ask suggestions, and that helps… I am also quite experimental, especially on holiday….on one of such, by d end of d holiday my food tasting/eating journal included experiencing strange things like snake, donkey, tortoise, goose, dog, pigeons, u name it, we did it!….it was only d dog I couldnt keep down…it just felt strange n I moved on. Tortoise won d day!

    If I had to pick just 2 food items to live with, they would be beans and chicken….in any form, I’m good. I’ve been known to hunt down chicken restaurants at midnite to satisfy cravings.. Kai……mmmmhmmmm!!

    • Que

      March 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      In related news, no child of mine, nor spouse is authorised to be a vegan! They can watch all d tv in d land, but without any express medical intervention stating so, you shall feed on meat nwa m….till u start paying ya dstv bill! I dont believe nature made meat part of our food groups, in error… n I dont believe in many supplements/substitutes proposed to serve d purpose of meat. The closer to nature ur foods, d better for me.

    • Jo!

      March 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      LOOOOL. you’re in the SPirit jare. Are you high? I will give you food and you will say no? You will know how it is doing you by the time I’m done with you

  28. pipi

    March 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Atoke my sister in pepper…. needless to say i cant eat food without pepper. bread is a no no for me (pap, akamu,ogi, custard) oya kill me first na let d hunger kill me. Ugwu (vegetable) just sends me to the toilet everytime and ogbono from mouth to anus. Mr Right that has just walked into my life loves vegetables and hates pepper … to that i say God help me … did i also add that he likes uncoventional food and i love traditonal food (banga rice, coconut rice, owo and starch, pounded yam and okoro, oil rice, oil stew, egusi pepper soup finish!). I was actually expecting a bobo to tantalize him with my cooking skills and God sends a boo dat wants what i dont even understand

    • Aibee

      March 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Lol! I feel your pain at bobo who likes food you can’t understand! Had a bobo who couldnt eat crayfish, prawns, fish or seafood of any kind. PRay tell, what is a pot of vegetable soup without crayfish, stockfish, dried fish etc? Or moimoi without fish?

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      My all time worst nightmare. Praying feverently that doesn’t happen to me, otherwise we would have to consider drawing up a food contract.

  29. koko

    March 10, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    awwww now u make me wanna cry my mum use to make diet for us wen we goin picnicking with friends with onion and pepper oh God of Ohafia! …keep resting mummy!

  30. Dunni Obata

    March 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Ogi used to be stuff of nightmares for me and my mother the proverbial Queen you will eat what you are given had to succumb to my 5 year old self showing her pepper. I had a peverse delight in watching the look of horror on her face after I threw up the Ogi back into my bowl. She gave up. I still hate Ogi but I found a way to make it into a dessert like Creme brulee (take out the cream and replace with Pap) and add chunks of Pineapple or any other sweet fruit, bake like a Creme Brulee, sprinkle with brown sugar once it is out of the oven and burn the sugar with a blow torch. Yum. It surprisingly works and that is the only way I can tolerate Pap.
    Another food I hate is Oats. Strange, because I loved it as a child, now I can’t stand the thing but when you mill it in a blender to a fine powder, stir it in hot water just like you would make Amala or Semovita. It works very well as “Oats Fufu”.
    I still probably hate cheese. Since I have started making my own, I find that I can tolerate it much better. Homemade Cream Cheese, Wara, Mozarella and Ricotta is amazing. When I go to restaurants, I tell them to leave out the Cheese. If a waiter is trying to play smart with me, I just tell him with a straight face that I am allergic to cheese and unless they are ready to call the amublance in 5 minutes, he had better take that plate away and bring me something else. It works everytime.
    Red wine in food. Ugh, someone shoot me now. I can’t stand the thing, no matter whether it is a Bordeaux from 185o that was drunk by the King of France itself. I find it gross.
    Ground Rice, whose idea was that and why in the name of all things holy is it considered food?
    Indian food and thats just because I hate cumin, tumeric, coriander seeds and garam masala. You can’t run away from these spices in Indian cooking, so it is a No No for me.
    Dates. I hate dates. HATE, HATE, HATE. Love Moroccan food but don’t put dates in it. Hate cranberries too. ugh.
    Hate any food with Gratin in the name. Same with Mac and Cheese. Ugh!!!!
    Why in the world do they put filling in Cakes. Like Why is it necessary. All thsoe jammy, creamy nonsense they put in baked cakes annoys the heck out of me. Give me a plain baked cake. Top it frosting max, but DON’T FILL IT WITH FROSTING.

  31. Wale

    March 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Anyone that marries me will have it easy- rice, fish stew and dodo. Nothing exotic here, thank God I can buy some by going through a drive thru here.

  32. Lolly

    March 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    i certainly love good food and oh boy my appetite is large ! yam and fried egg /veg/stew is one of my favourite. anytin with lumps is big no for me and that thing called quaker oats…tufiakwa!

  33. Sassy

    March 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I have tons and tons of “worst foods”…but seafood tops them all! I detest periwinkle, oysters, fish, snails(I remember last year, mum served me a plate of her favorite delicacy- peppered fried snails, she lovingly coaxed me to take a bite…I took a piece, held it close to my mouth, inhaled the delicious aroma and blurted out…”it looks like vulva”. Needless to say, mum never offered me snails again. Hehehehe). I tried to eat sushi once at a Japanese restaurant in America but no amount of forming could make me taste what I know to be raw fish sandwiched by rice! I guess, i ‘m just not a foodie or open to food exploration, give me my chips and eggs anyday and I’m perfectly content.

    • Que

      March 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Dead @ Vulva!!! Wattt?? Hhahahahahaahaaaa…… does that make me a vulva eater? O the tot…!

    • Sassy

      March 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Well…maybe…simply YES joor! Hahahaha! Meanwhile, you are a major foodie chair! I could feel the intense pleasure you get from eating just by reading your posts. I, on the other hand, eat to survive!

  34. Mz Socially Awkward...

    March 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    To all my ibo “peepu”, y’all know what ukwa is, right? Apparently the richest source of protein during the war… I grew up detesting it, would gag on the stuff but the weirdest change happened when I became an adult and now, I love it. The same principle applied to food like moin-moin, agidi (the tasty white ones), ugba (a.k.a native salad) & any Nigerian soup.

    My taste buds have done a complete 180 degree turn and I’m now a happy consumer of things like bitter-leaf soup, olives, anchovies (which someone stated above that they hate), gherkins, pickled anything, sour cream… You name it. I also love raw broccoli, our local “green”, celery, brussel sprouts, etc.

    And haggis!! I love well prepared haggis and oatmeal, how did I leave this out of my “experimenting with food” story? And chutney! Although I’ll never walk into a shop to consciously buy haggis or chutney, these oyibo people are expanding my taste buds more and more.

    And Asian, Mediterranean, Turkish and Lebanese food hits the spot for me, everytime. *sigh* I really can talk about food all day long…

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      March 11, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Haaaaa! the only food I eat in all conditions. fried, boiled, baked * I thought I would never hear that name

  35. Berry Dakara

    March 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Oh, is that what they were called? We made only banana or plain pancakes at home, but I didn’t mind the savory pancakes.

    That’s it… making pancakes when I get home!

  36. MoD

    March 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Beans, moin-moin and seafood… I could eat them forever. I also love Turkish and Moroccan food. I detest Eba/garri and i cannot eat refrigerated food but can eat frozen (freezer) food. If its been in the fridge, i wont touch it.

  37. mia

    March 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    and oh, fruits are also my salvation anytime. i remember when i visited Dubai and i could not stand the smell of the Indian cuisines everywhere, let alone tasting them. so i stuck to the very sweet Dubai water melon, apples and oh, their delicious mango juice(you just have to love mango juice)such a blessing.

    we have a mango tree in my house and my father once threatened to cut it down for a reason i cannot even remember again, when he saw my sad face, he changed his mind. i can live on fruits,any fruit, except coconuts.

  38. Tincan

    March 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Awwwww, food, food, food. My hates: Gbegiri – I just can’t understand why beans should be made into a soup. It’s wrong. Amala – arrrrgggggghhhhhhhhh. I hate the sight of it. I was given Amala when I was about 5, I promptly threw up and have not been able to stay in the same room with that thing since. Eba – It’s so tasteless. When we were young, for some reason mother insisted we had it at least once or twice a week. Yuck! We used to throw it over the fence to the uncompleted building next to our house. My mum was none-the-wiser. Funny enough my little son loves Eba, so much so, he’ll steal into the bowl and eat it without soup, yuck! He calls it Eh-be. Ha. Starch (which I assume is what you guys refer to as fufu) I find revolting. Love list: Well, we’ll be here all day but Naija food wise, nothing beats pounded yam and ogbono soup with fresh fish – ayayaaaaa. Preferably made by Ishan women in Ubiaja or Uromi (Edo state) in preparation for parties. That is happiness in a bowl. Next up, well made Edikaikong, uhmm life is good. You also can’t go wrong with well made yam porridge with fried plantain (yeah heart attack in a bowl but…) and moimoi as well. As for int’l foods, ehen, ‘fresh’ meaty pizza, lamb and doner kebab, yes, that’s me. Cheese – on everything, best of all fried plaintain with stew (straight face), anything Asian, I’m there. Carribbean? That’s my special assignment – goat curry and dumplings? They must have been in the room when I was being created.

    I regret that my knowledge of Nigerian foods is so limited. You guys be calling names that I have no idea of… Diet? Epang Nkukwo? Ofe owerri? And my Nan is igbo oh. All I know about northern food is Tuwo. What a shame? If I ever move back to Naij, I’ll have about 4 cooks to ensure that I get to try food from every region. Yup, that’s my plan.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      No, starch’s different from fufu (although, you might find people use the word “fufu” as an all encompassing nomenclature for every kind of swallow)

      And obono soup with fresh fish? Edikaikong?? Yam po, topped with giz-dodo (my preferred treatment of fried plantain)??? Let’s be friends already.

  39. Chu-Chu

    March 10, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I love food, Any tasty food is fine by me, I hate oats, semovita, amala and Eko(agidi) cos I think they are bland but I can eat them anyway.
    I have absolutely no issues with food and yea I love cooking and I cook well too…hehehehe…My God!!! cooking gives me life.
    My future hubby and kids are in trouble as they would be my “lab rats”…*evil grin*

  40. dami

    March 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I hate ogi but I absolutely love oats, oh dear. I think that’s about the only cereal I can eat, shreddies, cornflakes, fruit and fibre all tastes absolutely ridiculous to me. I hate broccoli, cauliflower, peas iyama! It just hard for me to eat anything that’s bland, I used to hate Chinese tho but that’s all changed. I actually crave Chinese these days. I love fish pies, cottage pies. Hmmmmm yummy and that groundnut soup ohhh lala.I also don’t like experimenting with food and I won’t eat anything with cheese except pizza

  41. wendy

    March 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I detest detest Ukwa, abacha, ugba, and ofe ujuju, amala and ewedu…. I have never eaten them. Just the look and smell..

    I have a very bad habbit.. i go by the small and appearance of food before trying it.
    I try to make food from different part of the world every sunday…

  42. Dunni Obata

    March 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Foods I tried in restaurants because they sound sexy and looked good on TV and will NEVER try again. Ceviche, Steak Tartare and Gazpacho

    • Tincan

      March 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Hahahaha Steak tatare, neverrrrrrrr! Infact, any meat tatare. Disgusting.

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Tell me about it. Add Carpaccio to the list too.

    • Bleed Blue

      March 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      French people can like to be known for torture devices. First the gullotine, then Steak Tartare. Had it in Paris once, and I thank God for the power of resurrection because I think I actually died that night.
      And my French pals were displaying one kind annoyance that I didn’t like their delicacy. Shuo! Oh dear Lord! Never again!

    • whocares

      March 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      LOL. My friend went out with his gf and ordered steak tartare. He told me he was going to, and I should have warned him, but this particular friend likes to feel all “Englishified”.. You tell him you hate black pudding, he tells you he loves it.. So I left him, infact I encouraged him. When he got back from the date after finishing his dish at the restaurant, you should have seen him puking. LMAO. That was the first time I took serious delight in watching another person regurgitate. I didn’t even try to hide my glee.

    • Atoke

      March 10, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Hahahaha. Our German friends call it Schadenfreude! Looollllll

    • TA

      March 10, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Babey, but how can you hate Gazpacho?! I love all things tomato based. Try it with hot fried yams darling. Ah! Innovation is the name of the game

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      I love tomato based dishes but cold and tomatoes just doesn’t seem to go on well together. Why would cold soup be a good idea. I have wondered if the stove of the person who came up with that dish broke on that day and to save face he/she tried to be smart and served it like that. Not a fan of Gazpacho at all

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      @whocares. Hahahahahaha. I had the same experience. Mine was a date and he was trying to feel all sophisticated. Ordered Beef ceviche as a Starter and I remember arching my eyebrow at him. Nigerian and raw meat is an Oxymoron of epic proportions. I ordered my griled Calamari and jejely watched with unabashed glee as he tried to swallow each bite. It was tooooooo funny. I would have laughed less if he took one bite and gave up but noooooooo, bros was feeling posh.

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      @Bleed Blue, at least you were lucky enough that your body expelled it. Mine didn’t. Short of inducing vomiting, the nasty thing refused to shift. Days after, I swear I could still smell and taste it. I love French food, respect thier cuisine, but that Steak tartare is an element of torture. Their cheeses too, most that I have tried jsut smell and taste like feet or Gym socks in old sneakers. Then they have the nerve to get angry when you express displeasure with the almighty french food.

  43. side eye

    March 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    If the food item is a cartoon and I met said cartoon before I met the meal, Lailai. I will not eat Bugs Bunny, Alvin and his buddies, Porky and their cronies. Unfortunately for Daffy, Sebastian, Flounder and Ursula, I enjoyed them long before I watched Disney.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!! I can say with no hint of regret that I’ve “wacked” them all, without thinking twice afterwards as I picked my teeth… And rabbit meat, grasscutter (known to oyibos as chipmunks), well seasoned duck, etc. rank up there as some of the tastiest for me. No vex. The food chain exists for a reason *evil grin*

  44. Esther

    March 10, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    All of you lovely people filing away fufu in the worst food department have clearly not tried it with affang soup. Nothing beats it. Absolutely nothing. Now I’m hungry*sigh*

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Try Yellow garri with Afang. The type that stretches when it is made, not the flat mushy Eba. That combo is the bees knees. The smell of that fufu, I jsut can’t get past it.

    • TA

      March 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      @ Dunni, you sure understand the language of food. There’s something about the resilience of yellow eba that speaks to the soul.

    • Bleed Blue

      March 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      ROTFLAMO @TA! Ahn ahn! Such poetic somtins? All for wakkis?

      Oh how I love my BN sistren! 🙂

    • Dunni Obata

      March 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Yup Yup. Same reason I enjoy Starch. That elastic spring to it. Don’t like making Starch though, too much arm cardio

  45. toyeen8

    March 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    well I guess I am weird then cos I love fufu but my stomach and vegetables don’t go. I am a local food eater I think twice about trying anything new except its a local food . I cant eat indomie cooked by someone else, I don’t like shawarma and co but I just started eating pizza.

    • pipi

      March 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      My sister in the food eating… my friends would swear i changed me name and wrote this

  46. eesha

    March 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Atoke, i totally agree with you on the ogi issue, i cannot bring my self to like it, is it the smell or the taste in fact all join. However, i am partial to millet (jero) but with plenty of ginger and all the accompanying spices before grinding.

  47. Bide

    March 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    This topic is so not for me.. I’m a terrible picky eater… I hate pizza so much I cant even stand it. My distaste for sushi is not from this world, But I guess all these mede,mede foods are just not for me.. Serve me some eba and okra and I’m yours…..

  48. ebony

    March 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    i eat anything but foods that irritates me e.g ogi, custard, bread, doughnut and non peppery foods.. However, i love what the maiduguri people call Fara(Roasted giant locust mixed with groundnut pepper) and what osun people call konko(fried peppered big frogs) and roasted esunsun i.e the insects that comes out after a very rainy day + any sea food eg fish, lobsters, crabs, snails,periwinkle and other edibles sha

  49. aen

    March 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I hate and detest anytin jollof; moimoi,ogborno soup,amala,ewedu and suchlike.give me fried plantain and flakes anyday n ur my love.den oha soup or afang wt plenty mende mende and you have me.off to try S\A’s crakers wt butter

  50. portable

    March 10, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    this food matter can be a matter o. seriously considering walking away from the young man I’m to marry in December untop this matter. lets just say I’m like PIPI and he’s like her Mr right. That all my cooking skills acquired through years of being shouted at by mumsi will go to waste is beyond my degree of ‘love inspired compromise’

    • pipi

      March 11, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Abeg abeg dont walk away oh ontop food matter… haba a compromise can always be reached. Aleast for me we do chinese thursday, local friday etc.. Food that would end up in toilet please oh

  51. Babytohcute

    March 10, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Two shinkafa da miya kuka! Wayo! I like solids(wheat, black amala, Eba and the rest) with good soup like egusi or beniseed (don’t know what its called). Also chicken coated in black beniseed (the Hausa calls it “ridi”). Beans is another one, ewa.. Well, thank God for food

  52. memoi

    March 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I will most definitely not be caught dead eating Lafu (White Amala), I cannot stand it. I do not eat fish but just because I’m allergic- this position has been tried and tested and endorsed by the Medical Profession. I love Plantain- fried, Boiled, Roasted any form it takes I will eat. Nice article for the start of the week, thanks for sharing.

  53. tammy

    March 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Oats and pap is a big no for me, hate anything pudding. yuck! Love ,love all sorts of seafood in my soup, can’t eat without my Ngolo, ngbe, esam, ofingor, smoked dry fish etc… will def make some this weekend.

  54. Radiant

    March 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I can’t have pap or oats made by anyone but me! Yuck! I love my Ma’s jollof rice with bay leaf hanging out with beef fried in tomatoe sauce. Love Ora soup, my Ora soup and my beans. Not experimental at all. I ate Lebanese food once and couldn’t understand what was going on. On the other hand, I once enjoyed a certain Indian sauce and I never got the name. It was peach in colour. Chinese food is cool anytime.

  55. DOO

    March 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    My worst meal – Eba. Time to share my worst experience with restaurants. I went to this expensive Mexican restaurant with my oyinbo friends. The menu wasn’t in English and I could not fall the hand of my continent, so I decided to use an old trick. One of my oyinbo friends ordered and when the waiter turned to me, I said “same” as my friend’s order. Let’s just say I had to form stomach pain as the reason for not proceeding to have more than one spoon of the food.

  56. Laide

    March 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Seriously when I hear people say they hate certain foods, I wonder if they had a proper version , I am tempted to take them to a badass restaurant and stuff them!
    Although having said that, I don’t eat lions, snakes, kangaroos and the likes.

  57. LohiO

    March 11, 2014 at 12:30 am

    FOOOOOD!!! lol! I do not eat eggs. you cant catch me eatign eggs. never ever. I do not eat apples. They smell too funny to me. Anything else I will try once. yes ANYTHING. I do not like people that would not try and just conclude they hate something though.. but if you have tried it and hate it, that is fair. 😀

  58. peyton

    March 11, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I looove food. Tell me about a joint I will be the first to go there. I don’t eat eba, fufu, or santana.I can’t really.pounded yam and black soup with snails now that’s a lifesaver.unripe plantain porridge, ukodo (yam peppersoup) honey am game. Egusi and bushmeat with pounded yam.fresh ugwu with kpomo, fresh scubian fish(mackerel I think is the correct name)and lots of shakie, roundabout, liver makes plenty sense. Try it with pasta, yam or rice.then I like pepper in my food.

  59. adelegirl

    March 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I am not a picky eater at all. I will eat anything I swear. Cannot understand people’s averson for ogi, fufu, beans, I lurve all three especially warm or hot fufu though i don’t mind it cold as long as the soup is hot. Ogi used to be my ultimate dessert meal topped with lots of milk and sugar. I still love ogi but not so much as expanding waistlines and health-consciousness won’t allow all that excessive milk and sugar business. I can eat beans in any form- gbegiri, cooked beans, baked beans, fried beans, beans cooked with palm oil, beans and corn- adalu, moi-moi, akara, just name it as long as it’s beans I go wack am. Also love non-Nigerian food though my least favourite is indian food- not a fan of their spices. Love ghanian food too- shito-which is a yummy pepper sauce that can be eaten with anything and can keep for months even in a jar, goes very well with yams, plantains, bread even, anything actually; kelewele which is fried plantains seasoned with ginger and spices; light soup and groundnut soup which they put whole scotch bonnet peppers in, plantain fufu, then they have a peculiar fufu which is boiled and pounded cassava I think- has a slight sweet taste and oh so light- love it. There is one koro near Tejuoso market in Lagos where they sell Ghanaian food. Kai! Then in Accra, in those seaside areas, they sell lovely seafood, fried shrimps and those little fishes. Salivating now at the memory. I am a pepper lover too though I recently noticed that my tolerance of peppery food is dropping 🙁 I think just about the only food I don’t like much and won’t eat is the major ingredient in African Salad- ugba- oil bean I think it is called in English. Do not like the taste at all and never been able to understand how that thing is a “delicacy”. Oh and my mum and sister used to do the extremely weird thing of drinking garri with salt and exclaiming at the wonders of the taste. Me, I cannot do that abeg! How can one drink garri with salt biko?!

  60. El patron medellin cartel

    March 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    @Dunni Obata can I know You! Such creativity with food..am in love!

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