Archive | December 2013

Mission Aborted

It’s Christmas Eve.
In a typical Nigerian home, there’ll be lots of cooking, cleaning and frying taking place.

So, as part of my plans to have a very bright Christmas, I decided to actually do stuff around the house to give me that Christmas feeling too.

Of all things to do, my novice self decided I was going to make chin-chin, a typical pastry around Christmas time in Nigeria. When I was a kid, my mom or aunties were charged with the task of making the chin-chin, mine was just to standby for when they needed help doing minor chores around. That means I never really got the opportunity to make chin-chin and frankly, at the time, I never forced myself to learn.

Boys and girls, I made up my mind to make chin-chin with no concrete knowledge on how to go about it. I decided I couldn’t trust Youtube alone so, I sent my aunty a message, asking for recipe and steps to making chin-chin.

Now, this is the aunty to impress. She’s the stylish one, the big time chef, the culinary whiz. She sent me the list of items i’ll need and how to make this famous chin chin. I felt so good and optimistic.

Well, I decided this morning to make my house festive. I think I followed all the rules in making the dough. i poured my chin-chin in the hot oil to fry and my people, with all the shame in the world, Im sad to report that the thing looked like pancakes…

As it is right now, everything has been put on hold, with my kitchen counter looking a hot mess. I don’t think I’m brave enough yet to call my aunty and tell her I failed at making the chin-chin she makes so well.

Right now, I’m not doing well on the wife-material stack. Well, I can make mean stew, some vegetable soup, I’m not too great on he egusi soup making corner either. 

So, my dear Nigerian husband, if you’re looking to have chin-chin at your home during Christmas, you may have to think of other options like having a pro make it or even scrap the whole idea off your mind.

Who will marry me? I can’t make chin-chin? lol My life is over!

People, I’m going back to sleep!

Have a good Christmas.

Candle Light Dinner

It’s going down right now as I type. (How rude of me to be blogging while dinner is taking place)

Guys, Christmas hasn’t been my thing for years now. Things took a turn for the worst a couple of years ago when after having my hopes high for more than two months, an ex sort-of ditched me on Christmas eve. (Please, I know you’re reading this, but blame it on the wine… but then, who really cares?)

Since then, Christmas and I haven’t been on good terms. A few days before Christmas, I begin to get moody and blue. This year though, I’m grabbing the bull by the horn.

This evening, I decided I wasn’t going to have the normal gloomy, dreamy Christmas. 
I had almost half a bottle of wine in the fridge, some yogurt and crackers. 

I got dressed in some nice comfy pants, a nice stay-home top, turned off all the lights, turned on some old school Motown classics, and lit a candle.

I’m wining and dining myself. Have a problem with that???? … I thought so too!

I’m sure this post will make no sense, but ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I’m having a good time up in here. The volume is as high as a Rastaman about to meditate, the wine is doing exactly what it’s meant to do and I’ll want to think I’m dancing.
I mean with songs from legends like Marvin Gaye, Temptations, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson and The Miracles playing, do I have a choice? (And by the way, those old time folks really did play music. Don’t even get me started on the matching suits and Jerry curled hair styles. If I was young in the days of Smokey Robinson, I’m sure my dad would have thrown me out the house… That old man was one fine creature…)

Yooow, life is too short to be blogging while having dinner with one’s self

I’m out of here! (Blame this craziness of a post the half glass of wine in front of me.)

Liebster Award

Look, I don’t even know how to start of this post. If I start by apologizing for being away from close to a month, I’m sure there’s someone willing to throw water balloons at me for using that excuse way too much.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, by all means, please do with me whatever you wish, I am sorry for not being a consistent blogger. (I actually might have a New Year resolution along the lines of having regular posts… But hey, we all know how those resolutions go right?)

The past few weeks have been uber busy for me. Plus I’ve been stressed both physically and emotionally that posting anything here would mean saying things that might hurt some people, so I sort- of decided to stay away.

I’m here now. For the next two to three weeks, work won’t be as demanding, so I’ll have ample time to blog.

Let me first of all apologize to one of the natural hair bloggers I follow- The Kink And I –  http://thekinkandi.wordpress.com/

About a couple of months ago, she nominated my young blog for the Liebster Award. Usually, only blogs with 200 or more followers are nominated for this award. People, I don’t have even quarter of that, but she nominated me. Thanks girl!

And as part of the nominations, I was required to answer some fun questions and in turn nominate a few other bloggers. I never got to do it when the nomination came. So, here we are… I’m going to answer the questions and in turn, nominate a few blogs. 🙂

1. What do you do for a living?
I’m a reporter in the Caribbean, a poet, a budding photographer, lover of nature,  Christ and people.

2. What do you like to do for fun?
I’m an introvert (Yes, I am! Some people hardly believe it.) so, it doesn’t take much for me to have fun. Fun for me involves being home with a book in hand, some peace and quiet. And for a little outdoor fun, I love being behind a camera, capturing the little things in life.

3. Are you a glass half empty or half full type of person?
I’m more a “half full” person, but there are times I go the other route.

4. Cook or take out/eat out?
Wheew! I love to cook, but I’ve got to really be in the mood to cook a storm. And I’m not a picky eater and not too much of an out eater…. I’m a mixture of both…

5. What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about photography, writing and poetry (Well, I guess I can just say I’m passionate about the Arts right?) I’ve also got a soft spot for Domestic Violence. (Violence on a whole is a no-no for me… but worse of all, violence in relationships make my blood boil be it against men or women)

6. Favorite season/time of year?
I don’t really have a favorite season. I love the weather around Christmas, but for the past few years, I’ve not been to excited about Christmas. All the commercial hype makes me sick ( I smell a grinch…lol). I love summer though…(Wait, it’s summer all year round in the Caribbean.. but oh well…)

7. Do you collect anything? If so, what?
Nah, I don’t collect anything per se… The things come and go. I remember this time, I was into wooden bangles, another time, I was into scarfs. Lately, I’ve been into photography gear… I wish I had all the money in the world to collect more photo gear.

8. City life or country living? Why?
Oh goodness, country life any day! I love nature, I love me some peace, quiet and serenity. As strange as this sound with me being a reporter and all, I hate crowds. Crowds drain all my energy. There’s so much going on in the city.

9. Favourite comfort food?
If sushi counts as comfort food, then yes! but if it doesn’t, then I don’t know any other food that comforts me.

10. Favorite quote?
My favorite quote is a Bible verse. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23.

 

Here we have it people.
I’ll like to nominate the following lovelies… but please, if for any reason you’re not mention, feel free to answer these questions and share with others.

Art Becomes Youwww.artbecomesyou.com 

Sandeey –  www.hairoflife.wordpress.com 

Snowball Mindswww.snowballminds.wordpress.com