10 Minutes With Deyemi Okanlawon.

When you talk about Nollywood bad boys, I almost always add Deyemi to my list. I first saw him on the show Desperate House girls on Iroko Tv. Then I saw him in the movies “In our trap,” “taxi,” “diary of a crazy Nigerian woman” and “dreams.” After which I fell in love with his style of acting.

It took me a while to reach out to Deyemi because I had this idea that he was this guy who would totally brush me off if I asked him for an interview. After following him closely in our group “VentVille” on Facebook, my idea of him changed. I realized that he is a very approachable person. Every week he makes motivational posts encouraging us to believe in ourselves and he generally posts positive messages to give us something to smile about. He’s all about self worth and being true to whom you are.

One thing I like about Deyemi is his dedication to putting his family first. In his world, family is everything 🙂

To me, Deyemi is effortlessly stylish. He reminds me of the old Victorian men, with their hats, bow ties and fitted jackets. I admire the fact that when it comes to fashion, he can float comfortably between old and modern. It’s just like art 🙂 Apart from RMD, Deyemi is the only one I can forgive for wearing skinny flooded(ankle length/cropped) trousers with no socks. Funny enough, he has been said to be compared to RMD(Richard Mofe Damijo). Even when it comes to the infamous “beard gang” I am NOT a fan. But you see, Deyemi’s beard, it’s a Super Hero. In fact, it’s the real Black Panther 🙂

 

I remember seeing him in a movie and he was actually eating. I thought “this ajebutter!” Little did I know that his favorite food is Amala with Gbegiri, Ewedu and Ogufe(goat meat). I would really like to see a picture or a video of Deyemi with his fingers stained with Nigerian red stew mixed with some silky yellow bean soup(Gbegiri). That would be a million dollar sight 🙂

Amala, Ogufe(goat meat), ewedu(jute leaves)     and gbegiri(silky bean soup). Image by     Chioma Bethel…Pintrest

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10 Minutes With Vivian Irondi…Happy Mothers Day!

There are people who you meet and they forever leave you wanting for more. One of those people is Vivian Irondi. I always celebrate my mother every mothers day, but this time; since we already know mommy, I decided to celebrate Lady V.

I met Mrs. Vivian on a food group on Facebook and I deeply liked and enjoyed her posts. I always wondered who in the world she was. Her talents in cooking and her passion shone through her posts. You could tell she had a story to tell and she still does it through food.

Vivian is a mother and a wife who would go to war for her family. And her loyalty to her family and her husband whom she calls her friend knows no bounds.

Her friends call her a loyal friend, a woman who loves her family and one who never minces her words when it comes to being truthful.

Vivian, the beautiful; as she is known to me, is a woman well travelled with a great sense of humor. She is one who fights for women, and one who celebrates the African culture not only through her cooking, but through her impeccable sense of style.

As one with strong principles of hard and smart work ethics, Vivian not only works her 9-5 job. She also caters organic Nigerian food to many distinguished customers. Like the photo of Afang soup below. I remember when she posted this image, my mouth watered, I got instantly hungry.

 

She is one who would tell you, “don’t just come on social media to slay. Do something tangible with your life.” As blunt as she sounds, I have begun to take her words seriously. I have learnt that people like Vivian will correct you on one hand and on the other, she pulls you into a tight embrace with love.” She is one who was difficult for me to understand, but once I did, it was bliss onwards.

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Green Bean…

Walking into the heart of Union square in down town New Bedford, Massachusetts; you would definitely run into a small coffee shop knows as “Green bean.” I found the green bean during my walk down town. It looked green like Starbucks so I went in to see what they were about. On walking in, I was greeted by a lovely young lady whom I later learnt was their manager. She made me an Americana coffee with a shot of espresso. Her reception and service were as warm as the coffee she made me.

After my first visit, I decided to go by there during another visit. The Green bean, so cozy a place, one visit is never enough. I didn’t meet the beautiful brunette lady this time but the other servers plus the owner were there and they were very sweet people.

I know you would ask “was the coffee that good?” No folks, it was their reception, their service, the conversation and the melt in your mouth chocolate chip blondes. I had my first blonde at the Green Bean. Blondes are simply brownie looking things that are melt in your mouth delicious. I am not aware of how they make theirs at the Green bean, but boy oh boy! It’s one of those things you eat and never forget. It was so good, I brought some home for my ajebutters. Eating a blonde from the Green Bean is an experience every human being deserves to have.

New Bedford is a tiny village with their main trade as fishing but with the treasures they posses, it’s not a town to be forgotten in a hurry.

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10 Minutes With Elsie…Oya Start Blogging!

Once in a while, I like to interview foodies who inspire us; who inspire me. And today, I have Elsie Godwin on the beat 🙂

I met Elsie on Facebook. We had a lot of mutual friends so we decided to become social media friends. Elsie runs a Lifestyle and relationship blog with a show ‘Crux of the matter with Elsie’ to boot. As a young lady, she has achieved a lot for herself and has maintained a thriving career as a blogger, a writer and a radio and TV girl. Her blog is among the top ten blogs I follow. It’s not only because she does have great content, but the passion there in.

Let me talk about my friendship with Elsie. I am not sure how we became friends out side of social media, but our friendship is one with mutual respect and love for each other. We discuss our stand on social issues, we talk about boys, our career, goals and we fight like friends do. The good thing about our friendship is that mutual respect we have for each other. I started as a contributor on her blog until the “lazy” Chef gene possessed me. I remember when she reached out to me and wanted me to write for her blog. As usual, I asked what she was paying. She was honest with her stand and said “I just want to share your stories.” Nothing about her looked dishonest and I just fell in love with her personality and honesty.

Elsie remains very dear to me and I lack words to even describe the person that she is in so many words. We have the sort of friendship that just works and her love for food is undeniable. I remember when she told me she wanted a recipe for Okazi soup. Never in my wildest dreams did I think “this oyibo pepper” could cook. Forget all that fitfam serenren she is doing on Instagram; just put Okazi soup in front of her and she will shove that fitfam to the side in a heart beat.

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Whole Wheat Mini Meat Pies…

Life in general is a huge learning curve. Have you ever suffered the loss of someone dear to you, a family member, someone you thought you could never give up or live without. A friend or family maybe? How did it feel? How did you move on from it? Even with death, I’m usually cold. Not that I’m a cold person, I just never really know how to deal with good byes; even when initiated by me. Generally, I may seem like I am emotional, but I’m not an overly emotional person. I show my emotion usually with people I’m close to. I wear my heart on my sleeve, I bear my soul. I speak my truth, I never hide anything, but the moment I perceive that I am being taken for granted, I gradually lock everything away. Because strength and vulnerability are friends. In leaving people be, I rather protect my innocence than have one who ought to nourish it rubbish it. It’s hard for me to accept being taken for a fool.

You may love someone deeply, someone who knows your Achilles heels and they may die a literal death or an imaginary one. Sometimes, you may have to make decisions that will help you deal as a person because sometimes, the people who mean the most to you could cost you the most; especially when you have expressed your concern and you’re not being listened to. I think I’m becoming a motivational speaker…I got jokes 🙂

I already have had a few of these moments of letting go and it’s only March. One with a family member…I tell people and I don’t know if this is a Taurus thing, but the same way I love, it’s the same way I dislike/hate…intensely. I don’t know, but it has to be that way. Once I shut out, I shut out…I give myself the closure I need and keep it moving.

I follow Jay Shetty on Instagram. Through my tough decisions, I found answers on his page. I had always thought myself a failure in relationships, work and some things in my life. But after listening to him and watching a video he posted of Will Smith talking about failure, I embraced my failures and all my pain. I looked at it as something positive. Sometimes, you have to fail or feel pain for good things to materialize in your life. You have to understand that sometimes, getting to a bigger goal requires leaving certain people behind( be it family or friends) and do the most unfathomable thing of walking away. Tenderness is not weakness…

I have bore my thoughts, now let’s talk about being unable to walk away from meat pies. Baked dough, filled with meat and vegetables.

 

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10 minutes With Eketi…The Last Afang Bender

After a crazy, whacky, quiet week filled with different range of emotions, I got up to some writing. It’s the international day of women and it’s so refreshing to write about someone as lovely as Eketi. Eketi, with a full head of hair like a pin up doll has this timeless beauty that makes me want to be a man and tell her “babe I love you, talk your own.”

When it comes to the amazing world of Nigerian writers, you can’t tell me nothing. Eketi is like on the list of my top 10 writers. She has an interesting way of writing that keeps you going back for more. Not only is her style of writing simple, it’s humorous. I remember when she started writing her Cinderella series, who would have thought Cinderella was a Nigerian girl who probably speaks Ibibio. Eketi writes just like her infectious and beautiful smile.

When I think of Eketi, I remember Afang. Not in a bad way, but in such a way that it makes me smile from beneath my soul. She talks about making Afang so much that all I see is a bowl of Afang when I see her pictures. You think of Eketi, you think of Afang 🙂 In fact we know her as “the last afang bender.” There should be a show with her name on it with her as the main character.

I remember when I wanted to make some Edikang Ikong soup, she was the one I ran to for a recipe. Since I had one for Afang, I knew she was going to give me a heart warming recipe; which I cannot deny is one of my favorite Efik recipes.

One of the things that endears me to Eketi are her stories about her parents. The way she talks about their love makes you want to fall in love and stay in love forever. Her stories give you an insight on how it was to love decades ago. I don’t think we know how to love anymore. Love is very difficult, it isn’t all roses but when you truly love, you never stop loving; even when the person no longer is in your life…except you never meant it :)…When it comes to love, I give it my soul. I put in my all, I am never half way, I stay loyal and it’s never easy for me to let go. But when I do…there’s a strong reason.

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they are not.”  And that’s it about that old kind of love 🙂

With Eketi, she’s very much an old soul; every bit of her. She fights for abused girls and women. She campaigns for women to stay chaste and her love for children is in everyway beautiful.

Her impeccable flare for writing speaks for itself through her writing classes. Yes she offers writing classes for people who want to learn how to write or fine tune their skills. What better teacher can one have?

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Top Walmart Cakes to Order for Your Birthday

Walmart cakes are an easy way to make a birthday special. Different flavors and designs are available to make it so easy to throw a surprise birthday party or to plan your own celebration. Flavors like chocolate, white, rainbow blast and tres leche will tempt any taste. Choose sheet cakes or round cakes with whipped or buttercream icing options. Hershey’s chocolate or strawberry whipped filling is light, fluffy and delicious. If something more decadent is in order, then premium fillings like lemon, Bavarian cream, caramel or raspberry will delight the birthday girl or boy. Icing colors in 15 vivid shades can match up with any decor or party theme.

1. Personalized Photo Cake
A personalized photo cake makes a great birthday cake. Take with you a favorite photo to the Walmart Bakery when you go to place your order. The photo can be transferred onto most Walmart cakes for an additional fee. The photo cake is a wonderful way to celebrate the big event. The picture can be transferred onto the cake alone, or it can be part of a decoration like a race car (with the birthday boy as the driver). This option is great for 16-year-olds who just took their driver’s license. Walmart cakes prices vary by the designs and options you choose.

2. Two-tiered Princess Cake
Is this the big birthday for the birthday girl? A two-tiered princess cake is perfect for a princess. The bottom tier is quilted pink with tiny pearl accents. The top layer is a lighter pink with a sparkling crown on top. Ruffled layers surround the bottom and second layer in two-tone pink. There is also a ‘diamond’ wand for the belle of the ball. This cake serves 64 people, enough for a birthday celebration with friends and family. If that will not be enough, the 3-tiered cake serves 134 people – great for events where extended celebrations.

3. Tiered Chocolate Cake or Whipped Chocolate Cake
People who would rather see their favorite animals or candy sprinkles on the cake can have their cake and eat it too. Kitty cats, candy sprinkles or even sayings can be made onto sheet cakes or tiered cakes. Choose a tiered cake with no sayings or pictures – just chocolate sprinkles and plenty of whipped chocolate icing, all wrapped up with a bow (your choice of colors). Select an edible name tag and place it in the name area. For an extra fee, choose fondant stripes, dots, or photo image strips in leopard prints, bicycles or chevron patterns. Edible image designer prints in gold or silver are a wonderful option for a 50th birthday cake.

4. “Happy Birthday” Cake
A simple ‘Happy Birthday’ cake with yellow frosting, red piping and plastic picks that say ‘Celebrate’ is enough to make an ordinary day into a special birthday. Add party pick balloons, cupcakes, and party hats to further dress up your sheet cake for the birthday girl or boy. The 1/4 sheet cake will serve 24 people. Or choose a party combo that includes a cake and cupcakes for those who love both. The combo comes with a small center cake and 12 cupcakes. It serves 16 people – great for a small family celebration.

Probably the most popular of the Walmart cakes is the 1/4 sheet cake that serves 24. This versatile cake can be marbled to suit two different flavors in one cake. It can be decorated with photos, words, plastic ‘Happy Birthday’ picks, flowers or fondant decorations. Names and messages can be spelled out on the wide surface. Add in some whipped topping and the cake is delicious birthday perfection. Celebrate your big day with a custom cake made your way by the Walmart bakery.

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WaterMelon Martini…

Last year, I did a poll about aphrodisiacs on my Facebook page and someone mentioned water melons. The way he described water melons and how they set your body on fire did my brain in until I gave it a try. One thing about water melons is that it makes you happy. The description of how the blended seeds of a water melon works is something I cannot even comprehend. It’s the holy grail of sexual fulfilment. It’s like drinking coffee or a shot of espresso. It leaves a  wonderful tingle deep within you. In fact as I write this, I have had a martini glass full and I’m sitting here feeling like I’m flying without wings.

How does water melon work as an aphrodisiac? It’s a fruit high in citruline which is a phytonutrient; which increases the amount of nitric acid in the body; there by increasing blood flow, relaxing the blood vessels and encouraging sexual arousal. A glass of water melon juice will help you fulfil your aphrodisiac fantasies. Keeping it PG 🙂

It’s Valentine and a lot of people say “I love everyday, I don’t do valentine.” Like I told a friend “if your boo gives you chocolate or flowers, I’ll hunt you in your dreams and take it from you.” When it comes to Valentine, I like simplicity. I know we all celebrate love everyday, but ladies and gentle men, try to relish on this day…Even with your kids…

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Red Curry Stew…My Funny Valentine…

Every year, I write and take photos of food or drinks to celebrate each season or holiday and Valentine always makes the cut. Not only must I have a post honoring the not so holiday, but I must celebrate it because yes Nigerianlazychef was birthed on Valentine’s day…Hmm, may be I should declare it a holiday then.

The last few years have been tough but worth it. I am focused on what I want this blog to be. There were days I just wanted to give up, but like my mother says “Nothing good comes easy.”

I am happy for those who know me and have stood by me. I am happy for the opening of my catering services and my online school. It has been a slow start but I know it will get better and better.

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10 minutes With Lotachukwu

When you hear the name Kiki who do you think of? I remember Jenifa’s diary. The hilarious show produced by Funke Akindele. After watching the movies, I had to get in on the series and my favorite character apart from Jenifa of course is Kiki.

Kiki reminds me of my friend Damilola who happens to be the voice of reason. Her character on the show was very refreshing until she got upset at Jenifa for preventing her from having an abortion. Funny enough, she’s the one who always tries to keep Jenifa out of trouble.

Lota is a refreshing face in the Nollywood movie industry. She makes watching Nollywood movies easy. The way she plays her role in the movies she stars in is exhilarating!

Another movie Kiki(Lota) played in that was so enlivening to watch is “Displaced.” The romance scenes were very steamy, I had to send her a message to “stop kissing that boy.”

I love Lota for a lot of reasons, but my favorite reason is for her cooking.

When Lota first started posting food pictures on her Instagram’s page, I said to myself “Another celebrity wanting to be a Chef sha.” But I was proved wrong. Lota stays close to her Nigerian roots when it comes to cooking, she takes her craft quite seriously, she is dedicated and just pushes herself to cook right. And I really love the simplicity of her pictures. All these qualities endeared me to Lota.

Abacha….

grilled fish, plantain, chicken wings, tiger prawns and corn….

Another thing I love about Lota is her show “Lota Takes.” She does this thing where she visits the houses of celebrities and cooks whatever they have in their pantry. How creative is that?

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