adulting, Family, food, parenting, Pastry, Snack



To CC my big brother, thanks for inspiring me to cook and believing in me when I doubted myself.

Growing up in a large family has its advantages and disadvantages. Crepes aka pancakes were a favorite of ours! We looked forward to Sunday dinner as it was a staple. It was indeed a weekly treat that was cherished. I have fun memories of this meal.

The crepe making process was handled by one of my big brothers and egima ( I liked to call him my twin) CC. It started in the evening at about 4pm, he would begin to mix the batter with our white electric mixer (which I got to destroy later). The frying techniques were from the master himself, with three pans going at the same time, he would ensure that the crepes were thin and light as possible. The frying involved a special maneuver of the risk to spread the batter as evenly and thinly as possible Can still see him. Frying usually took hours as we would literally make a ton of crepes. I would work as his assistant so I could eat the first or second crepe while he worked.

Eating the crepes ahh that was a memory on its own. My immediate elder brother ( I have quite a few brothers) would guzzle the pancakes really fast. It was fascinating to watch as he would apply margarine, brown sugar or golden syrup roll up the pancake and put everything in his mouth in one go. He would be so fast we would have to ask him to ‘hit the pause button’ so we could all catch up.

Years later, I am working in a French bakery in Europe and I am given a list of ingredients for making the crepes. Now I learned to make them from my elder brother who didn’t have a recipe and would dump all the ingredients into a bowl except the egg whites. So, I naively began to pour all the ingredients into a bowl like big brother CC taught me, to the horror of the baker.

Anyways back to my recipe, I used whole milk here. Growing up we usually used powdered milk. I made the easier version of the crepes aka my brother’s recipe as its less demanding and less fattening as it only requires eggs, milk water, salt, and flour so you can go crazy with the toppings.

Ingredients required

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 cup milk ( you can substitute with water and some powdered milk.
  • 1 cup water
  • An egg separated
  • A pinch of salt


  1. In a mixing bowl, add the egg yolk, milk, and water. Beat till combined.E7AA0D0F-1DA3-4385-814C-82CE9B6CB484
  2. Add the flour and salt.  Whisk until smooth.


3. In a separate bowl whisk the egg white until stiff.


4. Gently fold in the egg whites with the batter till just combined.90BFD0C4-A0FC-4F3D-B7F5-FB8C1740F39D

5. Heat a non-stick pan over a medium-high heat, Until a drop of water placed in the pan evaporates immediately.


6. Using a paper towel, spread some oil all over the pan till properly coated. Start frying the crepes by spreading about a quarter cup all over the pan till the pan is completely covered.


7. Fry till the edges have turned brown, flip using a spatula and fry the underside for about 2-3 minutes. NB Sometimes the first crepe doesn’t turn out well. Fry till all the crepes are fried.


8. Top with your favorite toppings and serve.

This makes about 5 crepes.



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Hard to say goodbye!!







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I wrote in an earlier post that I lost someone close to me. Its been a bit rough. This is a tribute to him as I am unable to attend his funeral today.

Today is your funeral, I smile not because I am happy but for my kids. I have had a hard time accepting that you are gone for good. I watched the video of your service in Europe and I kept looking for you. Every day I go through your Facebook photos, still seems like a dream. I live in denial and wish I could talk with you.

Last year when I called you, the one thing you kept saying was that you didn’t want to die. Little did I know that I would be writing this tribute today. I called you during Christmas and you were holding up so I thought. when I called the week before you passed you still remembered that I was going to come with my kids to see you. I wish I had come to see you earlier. I miss you, bro. Can’t wait to see you.

Nwanne mmadu!!  Our Papa, Will it ever gett better?Will the pain ever go away? Life is a mystery. I never knew how much it hurt till you were referred to as a body! My ‘Popo’. When our father passed away you took the enormous task of being the head of the family with grace. You were someone we could all trust and count on.

I am unable to come to your funeral not because I don’t want to be there but due to circumstances.

Love your baby sister.

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So hard!

My brother today has been especially difficult for me, yes I know you are in a better place but it still hurts like crazy. The final ceremonies are going on, I am sorry I am not there. These past few days have been surreal ! Where do I start from?

You were not perfect but a perfect version of you. I still remember while in secondary school, you would record ‘The fresh prince of Bel-air’, and so many more series that we got to love. You took out the time to do this for your younger ones, we must have had hundreds of tapes. You were so trusted- worthy that anything entrusted to you was ALWAYS as was given to you.

You would always take me to go look at cake things even though you didn’t understand my fascination with pans and cutters. Your house was always the family embassy in Europe, it was always open to us. My only regret is that I didn’t get to spend more time with you. I love you bro!!

I may not make sense but it hurts that am not there to pay my final respects to you. You talked about coming to the USA, my kids keep talking about you and wanting to know you. I know you live on.


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Meat pie!


So this post was inspired by my sister-in-law. Recently I was talking with her about the things I miss in Nigeria. Yes, I only left a few years ago, but I have survived the cravings of 2 pregnancies ‘in the abroad’ so bear with me.

I had always relied on my younger sister to make the crust for meat pies at home as she had taken Food and nutrition in secondary school. I was being crazy as I felt that I was always compared to my elder sister and in rebelling, refused to take the classes she had done in secondary school ( the wisdom of the adolescent).

Anyways back to my post, you will need

For the dough

  • 1000g flour
  • 500g baking margarine
  • An egg

For the filling

  • 750g minced meat
  • 2 potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  •  2 carrots diced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 0.5 teaspoon thyme
  • 0.5 teaspoon curry


  1. In a bowl, pour the flour and the margarine. Using your fingers mix the two together until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the cold water in a teaspoon full and mix till it comes together
  3. In a frying pan, add the minced beef and brown. Add the diced onions, curry, thyme salt, and pepper.
  4. Add a cup of water and let the mincemeat to simmer until the water evaporates.
  5. add the diced potatoes and the carrots and cook until tender.
  6. Mix 2 tablespoons of flour with about a quarter cup of water, mix until smooth and add to the minced meat cook until the flour doesn’t taste raw any longer about 5 minutes.
  7. Set aside and allow to cool.
  8.  Preheat the oven to 350 F
  9. Roll the dough out till about 1/4 of an inch, using a round cutter or the cover of a small pot cut out circles in the dough. Re-rolling till you have used up the dough.
  10. Place some of the fillings in the center of the circle, and fold into a moon shape.
  11. Using the edges of a fork, press down to seal the pie.
  12. Using a brush, brush the top of the pie with a beaten egg.
  13. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes, keeping in mind that ovens differ.
  14. Enjoy!!!







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Breakfast on the go!


I am a student pharmacist, this means that I am always in a hurry. The mornings are especially busy for me. My day usually starts at 5am, I do my usual, get the kids ready so we can leave the house. I have 8am classes and so must beat traffic by leaving before 7am.

I would often forget to eat breakfast and would get a meal in school which was the usual breakfast sandwich, then the pounds began to pile on and I had constant heartburn (don’t forget the bank account wasn’t happy either). I looked for ideas to help me get breakfast. I needed something easy I could make the night before. I googled, found overnight oats that seemed interesting. I tried them but didn’t like the raw taste I got. I tried toasting the oats and I got a winner recipe, I could make this the night before, in the morning grab with a spoon and leave the house. It is versatile, you can literally put anything in it. I usually toast a lot of oats during the weekend, so I have enough for a week sometimes 2. I try to keep it as simple as possible but please feel free to be as fancy as you want. I had seen all the mason jars with overnight oats online. I have to be practical, the jars are made of glass and with a 3-year-old who is very active, it didn’t seem like a good idea.

You will need

  • 1/4 cup Yogurt, I use Greek yogurt
  • A dash of maple syrup, honey or sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • fruits (mango, berries etc)
  • A dash of Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Chia seeds
  • Container (mason jar)


  • Heat the oven to 350F.


  • Place the rolled oats on a baking tray and toast for about 5 minutes till fragrant. Allow to cool down.
  • Assemble your materials.
  • In your container, add the yogurt, oats, milk, cinnamon, maple syrup, chia seeds, fruits, and cinnamon, combine.4D4F4810-3EDB-46D9-81C8-8ADCF4611745
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.


  • I usually toast oats for the week then add the cinnamon and chia seeds, saves time.
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Who am I?



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Growing up, I had always known I wanted to be in the healthcare field, though my life took several turns. Some of these turns were caused by me (yep I was the student who didn’t study but managed to get decent grades). I still remember coming home all excited with my SSCE result, I had passed very well. My dad wanted a paper confirmation from my school!!! I had dreams of what I wanted to do, I worked towards the dreams night and day. Somehow I got distracted.

Today I am a grown woman with 2 kids back to school, it’s been different for me. I struggle to find out who I am today. Gone is the girl that laughed and baked goods for everyone. I seem to have lost a part of me. Perhaps it has to do with living very far away from home or simply part of being a mom.

I started this post feeling a bit down because things have not been going very well for me, however, I have decided to look at the positive side of things. I am alive.

Who are you today? Are you where you believed you would be? what dreams do you have?


Friday story time

Yea it was scary


Just because it is Friday, and I am happy. I’d like to share a story.
A little over 10 yrs ago, I spent a good 2 months plus in the hospital laying flat on my back (pretty hard to do for a busybody like me).. for the first few days, I stayed at the female orthopaedic ward, it was there I met/saw the subject of my story.
On my second day of admission, a young lady(let me call her Mrs A) was brought in, a primigravida (first time pregnant ) at about 8 months gone ( plus or minus, I no be her doctor ) with a pelvic (hip) fracture/dislocation (not 100% sure of the diagnosis before some doki’s will tell me how impossible my story is. But shaa the fact that she was in the ortho ward, all was definitely not ok). How did she get there? She was…

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