Friday, March 06, 2015

Cinnamon Pancakes & Puff Puff

Pancakes - I love pancakes! I'm sure I could make them in my sleep (while I'm snoring away) if I tried.  I have fond memories (while growing up) of everyone being in the kitchen when pancakes were being prepared in my house.  You could not chase anyone away or get them to go and do another errand while those pancakes were frying.  Oh no - we all had to keep vigil over the frying pan and the pancakes so one person would not have more pancakes than the other.  The pancake vigilante was that serious because they were so delicious.

I was at my pal's place over the weekend and she had put in a request for some pancakes.  I made a mistake in the first couple of batches which came out hard because I forgot to put in eggs.  Yes, I admit it - we all are prone to errors even on good days. :)

Anyway, halfway through after tasting the pancakes we had fried so far (they were a little bit on the hard side) we talked ourselves through the steps and discovered that we had forgotten to put eggs in our mix. We got the eggs and included in the batter and the end result was a little bit closer to her expectations.  Here is a little run down of how we went about it.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Afang Soup

Those of you at home in Calabar know how fresh your Afang is.  I shiver just thinking of extra fresh Afang soup we throw down back home.  The fresher the Afang, the nicer the soup turns out.  You had better thank the lord for his mercies because ‘fresh from the backyard’ is an option not available to us.  The ones we buy from the shops are always too dry (Packaging and Processing factors) which results in us having to devise means of manipulating the ingredients so we can arrive at the same destination.  I was at my pal's place over the weekend and while I was there she made a sumptuous Afang.  I got in her way and on her nerves a couple of times being snap happy as she was somehow an unwilling participant but hey - what are friends for?  Shout out to you my darling for tolerating my shenanigans in your kitchen.  *kiss, kiss*

Here is a breakdown of how she makes her Afang - diaspora stylḗe (pronounced styley as in Ras Kimono).

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Happy New Month!

Happy New Month!! I can hear you say “4 days late na now your day dey break”?  You know what they say - better late than never huh?  Suddenly, there does not seem to be enough hours in a day.  At last, today I feel normal again.  I have only just recovered from a fun filled and jam packed weekend.  Phewww!!  Been dragging  myself about like a zombie since Monday and it took me till Wednesday to recover.  My blog has suffered a dearth of posts as a result.  Well, not anymore as thankfully, that phase is over and I’m blazing full speed ahead.   How was your weekend?

Monday, March 02, 2015

Thy Will Be Done - Nollywood Movie Review

I think I received an email from Iroko TV about the upcoming London premiere of  'Thy Will Be Done'.  I made a mental note to try and attend the premiere as it featured all my favourite people - Ramsey Nouah, Mercy Johnson Okojie, Marry Remmy Njoku, Jide Kosoko amongst others. Disclaimer:  This review may not be as punchy as Joy Isi Bewaji's review of Being Mrs Elliot but I'll try my best.  Read at your own peril.

The movie is about Pastor Pius who got married to his first wife - Mary Remmy Njoku's character.  On their wedding day, something happened and she was abducted.  As the circumstances surrounding her abduction unfolded, she was eventually ordered to change from her wedding gown into another outfit and somehow set free and asked to run for her life without looking back.  She ran through the bushes but into the path of an oncoming car driven by a retired army general and ended up in hospital.  None of her relatives could be traced - it did not help that she had lost her memory completely.  When she got better and was due to be discharged from hospital, she was released into the care of the general who made her his maid.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Thy Will Be Done - Pictures From The London Premiere - 2

I seem to have gazillion pictures so I'm sharing.......

Euphemia Chukwu and Scolly George

DJ Abass

HRH Theodora Ibekwe-Oyebade


Tony Yang

Theodora Ibekwe-Oyebade

18 Carat Mama - Helen Gold Osabutey

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Thy Will Be Done - Pictures from the London Premiere - 1

The star studded London premiere of Thy Will be done held at the BFI IMAX Cinema at Waterloo.  Here are some more pictures from the event.  Shout out to the crew at Iroko TV - you guys rock!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Thy Will Be Done - Nollywood Movie Premiere in London

Yesterday was the movie premiere for Thy Will Be Done - A Nollywood Factory Film in conjunction with Roks Studio.  The premiere was a first in Nollywood.  The first Nollywood moovie to premiere at the BFI IMAX Cinema at Waterloo.
Mercy Okojie & Obi Emenloye
Mary Remmy Njoku
Ramsey Nouah
Jason Njoku

 I was really looking forward to this movie - it featured all my favourite people - Ramsey Nouah, Mercy Johnson Okojie, Mary Remmy Njoku, Jide Kosoko and loads more.  Missing this premiere was not an option.  Thankfully I got there on time and met other pressmen (paparazzi to you) still setting up their equipment.  I joined them.  (Even if all I did was bring my camera out of my handbag, I still had to make sure the battery was ok and the SD card intact.  That was my own prep.  I shall not be left behind.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thy Will Be Done!

Ramsey Nouah - A man after my own heart.  I grew up with Ramsey Nouah.  That did not come out the way I intended - I'll rephrase that.  I grew up watching Ramsey Nouah.  Ah!! Fine boy no pimples.  I digress.  Back to the crux of the matter - His acting skills are a delight.

Mercy Johnson Okojie - a versatile and delightful actress.  Always ready to display her skills - be it as a posh lady or an agbero.  Mercy will deliver - never found wanting.

Mary Remmy Njoku - a sight for sore eyes.  I remember when she started her acting career and my attention was drawn to her performance.  Her performance in BB babes - pure joy!  But that is most likely because I love her anyways.    Give me Mary Remmy anyday - I will happily spend the entire weekend watching her. (Pun intended)

My favourite actor and actresses have the premiere of their latest movie - THY WILL BE DONE taking tomorrow - Thursday 26th February 2015.  The movie is produced and directed by award winning director Obi Emelonye (of Last Flight to Abuja and The Mirror Boy  fame) and Roks Studios.  The premiere is scheduled to take place at BFI Imax Waterloo in Central London.  The red carpet starts at 6pm and the screening starts at 7pm.  Ye all take note - no African time!

I cant wait to see this movie - the trailer has tantalised and gotten me extremely curious.  The movie is about a Pastor who is torn between standing with his first wife who had an accident and was supposedly buried but turns up at his home a couple of years after the burial  or staying with his current wife whom he married after the 'death' of his first wife.  The decisions a man has to make!  Both women vie for his attention and affection and who wins in the end will be revealed at the end of the plot!! To find out how it all ends, all you have to do is turn up at the movie premiere.  The effects of the car hitting Mary had my mouth open in an extremely wide 'O'.  Get your tickets now from Event Brite.  They are going fast!  See you at the premiere tomorrow?

Watch the movie trailer below.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Berrilicious Smoothies

New Years are synonymous with new year resolutions.  I did not make any this year and I do not think I have made any resolutions for a couple of years now - just a strong and silent determination to try and eat right and healthy.  Delving into smoothies is my way of achieving that goal.

Today, I decided to experiment some more.  I looked into the fridge and saw that I had some strawberries, blueberries and bananas.  I decided to throw them together and make a quick smoothie.  While I was at it, I remembered that I had some leftover oats in the cupboard and got those out too.  Did I mention I love roughage in my smoothies?  The oats would see to that.  Out came my processor and we are good to go.

Banana - washed and chopped.  Blueberries - washed, strawberries - washed.  Oats - check. Ice cubes - check and we are good to go.  I dump  all my ingredients into the processor, pour a cup of cold water and whizz away.  I love making my smoothies with good old still or sparkling water.  You can try substituting yoghurt, coconut milk, milk etcetera, etcetera in place of water when making your smoothie.

Voila!! A lovely fruity summery smoothie!! It might not yet be summer but permit me to borrow the term.

I had some fruit leftover and so I decided to make another variant of my fruity smoothie by substituting oats with kale - good old kale.  A step in the right direction of focusing on a healthy new me,

Banana - check, Strawberries - check, Ice cubes - check, Kale - check, blueberries - check and again, I whizz away after adding a cup of water.

Voila!! This is greener than my first smoothie but it is just the way I love it!! Cold, healthy and full of green goodness.

P.S:  It tasted yummy to me but if you feel your smoothie is not sweet enough, you can add a few spoons of honey to yours for an extra zing!!

                                                       My berrilicious smoothies!!