Food

Avocado Lime Cilantro Sauce

My sister posted a picture of her food the other day on the family Whatsapp group. She does this every so often just to make me jealous. According to her, it is payback for all the food pictures I post on Instagram. I think this is a fair trade-off. So anyway, she posts her plate of plantain, brisket, and a small green salad. I was really jealous. The plantain looked like Boli, a type of roasted or grilled plantain we eat in Nigeria. Boli is made on a charcoal grill. It is what many would call street food. The grilling process creates lovely charring and gives it a smoky flavor.

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honey garlic cilantro chicken in a white plate

Honey Garlic Cilantro Chicken

Seven years ago when I moved to the Boston area, I attended a program called the Startup Institute to try to break into the tech scene in Boston. I remember talking to a classmate on the last day of that program about my dreams. I envisioned one day having my own space where I could host friends and cook and have a lovely conversation. Recently, I had the pleasure of cooking this Honey Garlic Cilantro Chicken while hosting a friend at my new apartment.

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leek and corn risotto dusted with chopped chives

Leek and Corn Risotto

One of my favorite features of my apartment is my kitchen. Let me tell you…the kitchen is the thing that pushed me over the hill. Originally when I saw the listing for the apartment, I was on the fence about it. But I got a showing and I was desperate so I came reluctantly. Boy! When they say God will not let you miss what is yours…it is my kitchen. It is beautiful. It is spacious. When I made the leek and corn risotto for my friend F. the other day, I had a moment of gratitude. I looked at her sitting on the other side of the granite countertop, and I said a quick prayer of thanks to God.

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Slow Roasted Tomato

Yes, I know that Labor Day has gone by and the world seems to be abandoning summer for fall. But, now is the perfect time to make this slow-roasted tomato. At the end of summer, tomatoes reach their peak sweetness. The vines become heavy, the store shelves become full of vibrant tomatoes and the prices go down. So, now is the best time to buy a bunch of tomatoes and slow-roast them for the fall at least.

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nigerian jollof rice on a white plate

Mama Sunday’s Jollof Rice

I arrived at my godson’s mother’s hospital bedside carrying a bucket of steaming hot jollof rice, a few hours after he was born. Along with the fragrant rice, I made fried chicken and dodo (aka fried sweet plantain). In my Iro and Buba, made out of ankara fabric, I was there to welcome this child into his heritage as a Nigerian boy. He might have been born in America but as his godmother, I intend to keep him connected to his roots. One of the best things about being a Nigerian person is our connection to our foods. Jollof rice, with its long traveling roots, is certainly part of the Nigerian heritage.

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Frozen coconut mango yogurt in a glass cup with spoon sticking out

Frozen Mango Coconut Yogurt

I did not expect that frozen mango coconut yogurt would be the thing that would start me on a joyful path during quarantine. In fact, I did not expect that in July, I would be talking about making ice-cream. Like so many people, 2020 has been nothing like I planned for it to be. I have made peace with that fact. My home has now become a big part of my life. It is no longer the place that I am constantly passing through.

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mango salad with tomato and avocado served on white quinoa in a white plate

Mango Salad With Tomato and Avocado

This mango salad with tomato and avocado is one that I have tested time and time again. I am always tweaking my recipes. Sometimes by the time I am happy with them, the season has passed and I am left wondering why I have nothing to write. This mango salad came to life last summer because I just needed something different to eat. I have been tweaking and eating this so long, I am confident that you will love it. It is the best balance of sweet, savory, and umami.

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Sweet and Spicy Soy Glazed Beef Ribs

I wasn’t sure I was going to have an opportunity to make this sweet and spicy soy-glazed beef ribs. The Boston area recently just became hot. When I say hot, I should clarify that this is by the standards of a Boston area resident. The high 80s to low 90s seem hot now. Back in the days, when I lived in California, these same temps always felt so moderate. I guess I am truly a New Englander now. Luckily for me, yesterday, we had a temporary dip in temperature into the 70s and I felt like I could use the oven again. So, I quickly made this sweet and spicy soy glazed beef ribs.

Sweet and Spicy Soy Glazed Beef Ribs

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