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No Ketchup, Just Sauce

I still remember the incident over four years ago. It was at a KFC eatery in Lagos and I was playing Big Uncle to a cousin (then 6). The lunch was going well until the waitress asked if she wanted ketchup to go with her food. I had no opportunity to say no (on her behalf) before she said yes....

SOON, WE WILL EAT JUST GRASS

I grew up in the era of deprivation, where for "moral" reasons kids were not allowed access to many things. I was patient and accepted our fate.They said we should not be given a full egg at a tender age so that we will not be greedy; they said our meat should be moderate so that we may not steal;...

Cocktail, Cock-tale

(let me seize the moment to say a quick bon voyage to someone whose absence has brought back crazy food ideas, Ezra Samuel and today it made me make smoothies) My brother Bassey Samuel was a smart kid. He was smallish and adventurous. Of course I was smaller by virtue of age, but he wanted to do everything and apparently knew everything, at...

Cut Your Plate According To Your Pocket

I arrived Lagos ‘single and searching’, but not in the sense of what you know. I was a young person pursuing a dream, searching for greener pastures in the brown cluster of life, garbage and opportunities called Lagos, a place almost devoid of literal pastures. My first two weeks of work was not easy, ‘food-wise’. I come from a place...

you can eat your cake…ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE IT

"yesterday was Pastry Day!" It was not declared by the UN but by me. The excitement of the public holidays had made me think that a day was also included in the list of public holidays for pastry. I had a delay where I went to work and missed pastry lessons, resulting in my being so sad." I wrote the...