About me

                                
Me at a dinner party
 Who I am  
My name is Helen Nneka Okpala (nee Eke), and I love cooking food as much as I enjoy eating. I am Ibo by tribe, and fell in love with cooking when I was in my teens, but never had the opportunity to cook much because my elder sister loved colonizing the kitchen. lol. She is a good cook, really. My mum is a super cook and I learnt a lot from her cooking style. She told us she was a home economics student during her secondary school days and she had many cookbooks from which she got some recipes. Back then in the 90’s, she set up a business of buns making, and soya bean drinks which we supplied to shops. Then she was a secondary school teacher, but by God’s grace she is now a Deputy Registrar at University of Nigeria, Nsukka. We joined hands in preparing buns, soya-milk and other stuff. She would usually prepare lemonade and ginger drinks which she taught us as well.
Preparing breakfast with my mum in Swaziland

I must also praise her goat meat sauce (Isi Ewu), omelette and scrambled egg. I could go on and on because she really helped my cookingskills.

My Favourite Food
My favourite food is beans and plantain (dodo) with tomatoe sauce. Oh…how I love tomatoe sauce, especially when it is prepared with large derica red tomatotes and cut with knife rather than blended. To cut the story short, I love preparing these dishes:

  1. White rice and Sauce
  2. Beans and plantain (very ripe dodo)
  3. Edikaikong soup with a lot of periwinkles, canda and meat
  4. Egusi soup
  5. Goat meat pepper soup
  6. Fried rice
In my kitchen
My Inspiration
Like I said earlier, my mother is my number one inspiration and model in cooking. I also love learning from other talented cooks. I visit cooking sites a lot and have learnt some cooking tips from MasterChef Australia Seasons (Thanks to Engineer Victor Donwa, my husband’s colleague who is always ready to dish them out to me and also share recipes). I also belong to cooking groups on Facebook and WhatsApp Food Hack Club. I have invested in cookbooks and cake-making books. I once purchased a book from Amazon entitled: All Nigerian Recipes. I learnt about the wonderfully written cookbook from the All Nigerian Recipes  website .
Ready to serve breakfast

Why this food blog?
First, I would want to say that I cook for necessity and fun. At some point, after struggling with finding recipes for local Nigerian dishes and found a few, I decided to create a blog where I can share some of these found recipes and a few Nsukka recipes. I know there are a lot of people out there just like me, who might need to prepare our Nigerian local dishes but do not know what steps to take. Even among the Nigerian food sites I saw, there are some native dishes not yet covered. Most importantly, this is a platform where I intend sharing my personal recipes to the world, right from my kitchen.  Just as I search out other people's recipes, I also want mine to be searched out by others. If I don't know how to prepare a meal, I GOOGLE it and this has really solved my problems. You know what? Anytime I GOOGLE for some cooking steps or some ingredients, it would always lead me to people's cooking blogs, websites or even Facebook pages or posts. In the same vein, I would want search engines to direct people to my blog for helpful cooking tips. I also believe this is a way of preserving my recipes for future purposes. Please comment on my posts, share your ideas and share the posts to the various platforms provided. I love  you all. Thanks for stopping by.

My goal
I would want to engage in a large cooking competition just to test my skills and nothing more. I want to someday, become a certified cook.

My Food Turn-On
YES! Food turns me on and my turn on is a well garnished food with mild smell and taste of garlic fresh. I love garnishing my food to make it look appetizing. In fact, I'm in love with Food Art. I can garnish the simplest of food and make it look wow!
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My advice for food lovers and cooks
Please do not allow your recipe to waste; a lot of people out there need it. If you used other people's recipe (s), let others use yours.