Dambu Nama

With over 400 spoken languages, Nigeria is a country filled with people from different walks of life. Currently, Nigeria is going through a lot; the whole country seems to be in total chaos.
In the northern region, there is the group known as Boko haram slaughtering the citizens of Nigeria with reckless abandon. But through it all, struggles in continuing to find unity.
In the north and as well as in other regions of Nigeria, there are recipes that seem to have been extinct, but these days I see them being resurrected and even made better by different bloggers and chefs.
I wish for a day when the Nigerian people will live in tranquility. A day when we would bond all regions through food.
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The Solution To Nigerian Food Wastage: A Webb App

Back in 2014, a Nigerian software engineer visited a local supermarket and realised that vendors and retailers were throwing away cans of food that were close to their expiry date. He even asked a shopkeeper the reason for throwing cans that were still a week away from their expiry date. This inspired, Oscar Ekponimo, the engineer to start his website that connects wholesalers with retailers, which has discounts on food all year round. The food that is closer to its expiry date has the highest discount of up to 75 percent.

Now, while you might love playing online games with https://www.betway.com.ng/ , we are sure you would want to contribute your own part when it comes to reducing the Nigerian food wastage. Wondering how do you do it? It’s exactly what Ekponimo was looking for as well.

These foods are mostly bought by organizations including restaurants, hotels, and non-profit organizations. When they check the product on the website, they receive a code, which they show when they visit the store and get food at a discount. The website and app are called Chowberry and is a one great approach to global hunger.

Even though billions of people around the world are starving everyday, 33 percent of food is destroyed after harvest, in stores before it reaches expiry, or while transportation. According to World Food Program, 182 million people in Nigeria live below the poverty line, a total of 60 percent, which is the highest in Africa. They earn less than $1 a day.

When Ekponimo was 11-years old, his father who worked as a construction worker suffered from a partial stroke that left one side of his body paralysed. He was unable to work, which forced his mother, a nurse by profession, to fend for herself and her four children. She had no choice but work and take care of her husband and growing children, all at the same time. Ekponimo revealed that they were only able to eat one wholesome, low protein meal, once in two days and depended heavily on relatives for food.
His vow to help those in need.
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The Sweet Sweet Elixir That Is Palm Wine…

I remember being sick with measles and my dad gaggling with palm wine and spitting it all over my body while I squirmed in pain. Apart from it being deliciously sweet, palm wine also has healing properties; like helping women lactate during breast feeding.

I remember being in my father’s country home and eating Abacha; Aka African salad while chasing it with sweet palm wine. The combination of palm wine and Abacha is beautifully inexplicable. It’s a combination of flavors that resonates with your consciousness that would make you start betting with Yanga.

When you hear palm wine, what do you think of? A palm oil and wine combination? Because that was what I thought when I first heard the “palm wine.” Though they look like they are gotten from the same trees, palm wine is actually a naturally alcoholic drink made from the sap of different species of palm trees. I also found out that palm wine is known by different names; depending on the country or continent where it is harvested. While the Cameroonians call it “Tombo,” most Nigerians call it “palmy.” To us ajebutters, it’s simply known as “palm wine.”

My cousin recently told me that there are two species of palm wine. There is Ngwo and Nkwu Enu. Nkwu Enu which is gotten from the taller palm trees is most popular and I think much sweeter like the Orlu women of Nigeria.

I remember traveling with my family to my dad’s country home and my dad having the village palm wine tapper bring palm wine. Daddy always had to make sure the wine was sweet. Some times, he would get Ngwo but it was almost always Nkwu Enu.

Palm wine is used for prayers to the ancestors before any village or family meeting. The combination of palm wine with Okwo Oji (spicy peanut paste) is everything and a bag of chips.

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The Beauty Of The Nigerian Left Over…

The beauty of the Nigerian left over. Okra soup from the night before, warmed up with slightly cold eba; eaten right before it’s time for school. It was either you stayed home from school to hit the snooze button or you went to school to take a long nap. And if you went to school; thinking you’d beat the sleep, I can bet365 online that you would even drool on your desk while napping 🙂

Some days ago I had some left over Egusi soup and eba. There was something about that meal that had me speaking in different languages. If not for the various dialects of Igbo that I was speaking, I’m sure Hungarian would have made the list of languages that I spoke on that day. After my meal, it got me thinking if Nigerians liked left overs and what their favorite leftovers are.


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Navigating Wine On A Date

When embarking on a first date, it’s only natural that you want to impress. Many men go through the trouble of consulting their date on their tastes and choosing a great restaurant, only to let themselves down when it comes to selecting a wine. On the Russian dating scene, wine is an important part of an evening and can make or break a date. Most restaurants offer a baffling selection of wines at varying prices and navigating the options can be tricky for the uninitiated. Whether you’re dating an English lady, an American gal or one of the many beautiful Russian women out there, nothing sours a date faster than picking a bad wine. Nobody is expecting you to become a connoisseur overnight – and the idea of the evening is to get to know your date, not to show off – and so the following simple guide will help you to avoid embarrassment and net you that all-important second date.

Choosing Your Wine
First and foremost, don’t forget to ask your date about her preferences – if she’s a fan of a full-bodied red, she won’t thank you for selecting a sparkling white without consulting with her. If your date does not have a preference, don’t be afraid to ask the sommelier for a recommendation – it is, after all, what he’s there for. A good sommelier will recommend a wine to suit your tastes and to complement the food that you are ordering. Continue reading →

Up And Coming…New Ways To Thrill Your Taste Buds In 2018.


There are a handful of spices that are used today in pretty much every part of the world. There are salt and pepper, the basics of seasoning, and spices like oregano, basil, curry leaves, bay leaves, and such, that can be used to round out the taste of dishes and give them an exotic spin. But these are all pretty standard today – you’ll find them in stores all over the world, and not even specialty stores but supermarkets and groceries on the corner, too. But new spices and aromas are always emerging from various parts of the world. This year, we can expect quite a few of these – sometimes a bit strange and thrilling – to emerge into the spotlight. So, let’s take a look at what new aromas will spin the food roulette and thrill your taste buds in 2018.

Floral flavors

The only (relatively) widely known flower-based spice in the world is saffron. But high-profile chefs routinely use other flowers as spices – and these are expected to become much more widespread this year. Edible petals will be all over the place this year, with dishes and drinks ranging from lavender lattés to elderflower drinks, but don’t be surprised if more interesting petals – like violets – start showing up in salads all over the world.

Dish to try: deep fried elderflower fritters (Austria).

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Are You In? Ramadan Kareem…

Every year, the Muslims do the yearly Ramadan fast. It’s a month of fasting done on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The fast begins everyday at dawn and ends at sunset. During this time, every Muslim is to abstain from anything considered sinful. But we are not here to talk about what is considered sinful or areas where they are to show restraints. We are here to talk about the yummy foods and ways in which you can stay nutritionally sustained during the period of Ramadan.
During this fast, you are required to wake up before dawn to feed your body and this meal must last until the sun sets. This means you must eat foods rich in protein and plenty of fruits that are nourishing to your body; also drink plenty of water. What I’m trying to say is, as much as fasting helps in improving your health, during the times you’re allowed to eat, your meals must be nutritious; they must make up for the hours in which you don’t eat. This helps to keep your body and organs from breaking down.

Making your foods from fresh ingredients, staying away from foods and juices with artificial flavoring, sodium filled foods and keeping a balanced diet can seem farfetched, but planning your meals daily and weekly or using a meal time table such as this one from My active kitchen can help you stay on track. Keeping a healthy life style like working out, staying well away from coffee and sugary foods is also paramount to have a successful fast.
There is a tendency to over eat at dawn and especially during sunset. During these times, it’s best to always start with water and fruits; while making sure that whatever spread you have contains all the classes of food and are halal friendly. Eating healthy grains and lean meats while staying away from fried foods and foods high in starch goes a long way during Ramadan. You cannot tell me that 30 days of fasting and healthy eating won’t restructure your digestive system for the better and give you a glowing skin.

If you are a food traveler, this is one of the times for you to travel and eat. Many travel to Mecca or even Dubai. These are Islamic friendly countries where you know everything is halal. You can go from Lagos to Dubai with cheap flights to Dubai and you know your meals at these countries will be top notch; considering, Ramadan, fast, halal etc 😊

Ramadan Mubarak…

5 Traits You Must Have To Cook The Perfect Nigerian Jollof Rice.

They say Jollof rice is for the Senegalese…Did you hear that? Mba! all I hear is crickets!…Abeg, since when?! Then you have to see the Ghanaians and how they now want to join body like gummy gummy jollof rice and say they invented it too. The most annoying thing is when Liberians want to now talk inside…People are talking, una sef wan join mouth. How many pots of gummy gummy jollof do you have to make to understand that you should stick to your light soup? abeg no vex. Na question I ask. You don’t have to answer it sha 😛


*To cook the perfect Jollof, you have to be a Nigerian:

1)You have to be like Linda Ikeji. The color of your rice has to be screaming “look at me, see how red I am…notice me o; or I die!” The color of your rice must carry designer bag and nack designer shoe. It must be the reddest and show itself on a leaf or in a Gucci bowl like Linda Ikeji shows herself in a mansion in banana island.


2)Cooking Jollof rice entails steaming with a little water. And to get that perfect water content, you must posses the spirit of wickedness. You must be wicked like the Nigerian economy. Be stingy with your water like Oga Buhari is stingy with oil money…Sai Baba! That kind of wickedness that makes you let your enemies rot in hell instead of sharing your water if asked. This makes the rice stand apart like the Nigerian Naira. it has to stand one one in the pot(it’s a must!!!!)…Don’t come and cook Llojof abi Jolomi for us to eat.

3) To cook the perfect Jollof, your spices must be sweet like them Apc lies. Have you heard Lai Mohammed speak before? Unemployed youths, remember your 5k? That’s all I have to say 🙂

4)When frying your tomatoes, you must remember how fried your edges were with relaxer before you now joined natural hair gang. Those days when your mother took you to get a perm and your hair came out looking like fried oyel? You must let that tomato done! Cook it like your hair cooks with the relaxer. The tomato must die and resurrect! Natural fire!

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10 Minutes With RMD(Richard Mofe Damijo). Your Favorite MCM

When I was a growing girl Richard Mofe Damijo was every young girl’s dream and prince charming. These days he seems to even swoon more grown women without even knowing it. Richard Mofe Damijo AKA RMD never seems to age. In fact he ages backwards. The more grey his beard grows in, the better he looks. In fact, if Deyemi’s beard is the real Black Panther, RMD’s salt and pepper beard is the entire Marvel team. He is the only Nigerian actor with a very popular and recognized initials(RMD). He has played in a lot of classics like “Violated,” “out of bounds” and “diamond ring.” He always played the handsome love interest who would almost die for love.  These days my favorite of his movies is “The wedding party.” He also plays Mr. X on his family series.

I remember telling myself when I was a growing girl that I would marry RMD 😀 Please don’t roll your eyes at me because a lot of you still have such fantasies and still post his pictures as your future baby daddy 😛 These days, RMD is more like an uncle to me. He is easy to talk to, he recognizes hard work, he encourages where it’s needed. Talking to him felt like talking to the real Hercules; a demi god. It was so surreal and I literally had to stop myself from screaming when he agreed to interview with me.

When it comes to RMD’s dress sense, he is a very versatile dresser. He can go from casual to dressy to traditional and very dressed down all in one day. Your favorite #MCM is also your favorite #zaddy 😛

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Einstein Bros…The Real Einstein.

Adjacent to the Imax theatre in Lawrenceville; Duluth highway to be precise, is the coffee and bagel house Einstein Bros. I found this little gold mine in 2017 while I was searching for a Star bucks. Prior to that time, I had never been in an Einstein Bros before. I even thought the place was owned by Albert Einstein the scientist. Yes laugh at me, I know I sound silly 🙂

Finding the perfect bagel shop is like looking for a needle in a hay stack. So if you have ever had a freshly made bagel sandwich from Einstein bros, you would understand why it is called the home of the Bagel. You would understand why little things matter when it comes to bagel making.

On walking into the Coffee shop, the left wall is plastered with an illustration of the different types of Bagels they make; and as much as I want to pick fit fam over bagels, bagels always win. Good thing they have a “fit fam” friendly menu to choose from.

I had a late morning appointment of which I had forgotten the time that I had to be there, so I went a little early, popped into my favorite coffee shop in the area and grabbed a small cup of tea. While I waited, I could smell the bagel goodness and all my fit fam fighting went out the window. I immediately walked up to the front counter and ordered a Southwest egg white sandwich on a cinnamon raisin bun to go with my mango tea. At first I told myself, “na you sabi. Be eating what you don’t know.” Oh well, my sandwich arrived promptly. They even had someone bring it to my table and it looked and smelled so delicious. This sandwich was actually dripping in finesse. I took a bite and I had to stop myself from walking up to the counter and getting another. This was not the first time I had been here; but honestly, this was my first time having this sandwich and I really don’t think I have ever had an egg white sandwich this good. There was the freshness and sweetness of the bagel, the fluffiness of the egg, the spicy cheese, tomatillo salsa and the sweetness of the cream cheese to tie it together. My sandwich was made with such precision that one ingredient did not over power the other. And for those who count calories, this sandwich is only 360 calories 🙂

southwest egg white sandwich and a good read 🙂

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