My Dear Nigerian Husband,
I noticed you’ve not been in contact with me as much lately. I hope you’re not transferring your anger over Jamie Oliver’s jollof rice recipe on me.
I guess like many other West Africans, you too never noticed that the widely criticized chef posted that his disgrace of a jollof rice recipe since June. Me too, I didn’t notice. Just imagine how many innocent Jamie Oliver followers have been mislead. Cheeeiiiii.
It only occurred to me this evening when I was on Instagram and I came across rants over British Chef, Jamie Oliver’s “interpretation” of the sacred jollof rice.
Dear Nigerian Husband, apparently, this famous chef saw it fit to- like many chefs- have a twist to the very sacred jollof rice.
As you and I know, jollof rice has caused and continues to cause tension between West Africans for many years. More so between Nigerians and Ghanaians. Each West African country claims to have the best jollof rice.
Dear future husband of mine, as we both have learned from out fore parents, when two or more elephants are fighting, ants dare not show their faces. Jamie Oliver clearly never heard about that proverb, he decided to knowingly or unknowingly jump into the fight about Jollof Rice.
Whether you’re from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia or Togo, we all know that you follow the basics of making jollof rice religiously. How dare you talk about Jollof Rice without talking about blended tomatoes, bell peppers, scotch bonnet and onions? Oh dear, this big time chef decided his own recipe will be different, he thought it wise to tell his viewers/readers that they can include whole vegetables, lemon wedge and even- you can’t believe it- whole cherry tomatoes on the vine.
My dear Nigerian Husband, it’s a known fact- between my siblings, family members and very few close friends at least- that I’m not the best cook in the world, but I can never ever include whole vegetables and lemon in jollof rice. I joined in the chorus of many pissed-off West Africans on the internet. The thing pain me… When I glanced at the photo, i barely noticed rice in it and sincerely thought it was salad of some sort. How could he?
Mr. Oliver needs to focus on making better chips and fish rather than finding ways to desecrate a meal that has been passed on from generation to generation. Jollof rice is a meal of kings and queens.
Dear husband of mine. You need to do something about that chef’s recipe. I know even you can make better jollof rice.
Just as the Spanish regard paella highly, the mexicans regard burritos, Jamaicans respect and honor Red Stripe and Jerk chicken, we West Africans honor jollof rice!