Lesson 2

This morning, while I was getting ready for my appointment at the bank, I watched episodes of The Big Bang Theory- Sheldon is a piece of work! One of the episodes really resonated with me. In that episode, Sheldon planned a surprise visit to his mother’s house while he and Howard visited Texas.
As he knocked on the door, he saw his mother, butt-naked engaging in coitus with a man he had never seen before. This was particularly hurtful to Sheldon after losing his father at 14, and because his mother had preached the gospel to him all the days of his life. She fit the description of a “perfect” Christian but there she was fornicating. He just couldn’t understand it. How was she doing something she’s spent her whole life preaching against?
A few days ago, on my bus trip home, I was thinking about how hard it is for me to take some Christians seriously when they talk about God when I know “what they did last summer.” To me, I just saw it as hypocrisy. Like how can you be in bed with a man that’s not your husband one day, and the next day, you’re preaching the gospel? I prayed that God would help me better understand, and open my eyes to a new way of thinking.
I always thought that only sinless Christians should preach the gospel. But news flash Adamara, there’s no such thing. Everyday we go against the will of God, but that doesn’t make us bad people, it makes us human. The most important thing is to acknowledge our wrongdoings, ask for forgiveness and DO BETTER. That doesn’t mean we can just go out, sin, and ask for forgiveness, and everything will be ice cream. We have to repent AND work to be better people, better Christians.
I’ve definitely had a hard time coming to terms with this and it’s beyond crazy how one episode of a show can change my perspective. It’s crazy how God can talk to us in the most uncanny ways.

Asparagus Recipe: Sweet and Spicy


What You’ll need:

  1. Asparagus
  2.  Seasonings:
    1. Salt
    2. Black pepper
    3. Ginger powder
    4. Garlic powder
    5. Thyme
    6. Dried pepper
    7. Bullion cubes (knorr)
  3. Honey (2 tablespoons)
  4. Cooking oil
  5. Lemon juice (2 teaspoons)


Wash the asparagus

In a bowl/ flat plate, mix the spices lemon juice, and honey together

Rub the mixture all over the asparagus

Rub the cooking oil on the baking pan– you can use cooking sprays or butter

Lay the asparagus on the pan and pour on some of the left over marinade.

Set the oven to 350 and bake for about 15 minutes. Pour on any left over marinade in the last 5 minutes.



Here are some ideas on how to pair asparagus with other dishes. I eat it with practically everything! It’s my 2nd favorite vegetable, next to carrots.




Salmon Recipes: Honey and Lemon Juice


You’ll need:

  1. Salmon
  2. Seasonings:
    1. Salt
    2. Bullion cubes
    3. Ginger powder
    4. Garlic powder
    5. Dried pepper (from Nigeria)
  3. Lemon juice (1 teaspoon)
  4. Honey


Mix the spices together, and dry rub it on the salmon.

Sprinkle the lemon juice on

Drizzle on the honey

Optional step: Let the salmon sit for a few minutes before putting it in the oven

Bake at 325 degree for about 25 minutes, flipping sides about half way through. Feel free to drizzle on more honey as desired.


Pasta Recipe: Creamy Pasta

You’ll need:

  1. Pasta
  2. Cheddar and Parmesan Cheese (mozzarella could work too)
  3. Seasonings:
    1. Salt
    2. Black pepper
    3. Ginger powder
    4. Garlic powder
    5. Thyme
    6. Dried pepper
    7. Bullion cubes (knorr)
  4. Spinach
  5. Mushrooms (feel free to substitute this with any protein of your choice)
  6. Cooking oil
  7. Butter
  8. Onions


Boil pasta, don’t forget to add salt and oil in the water before you pour in the pasta.

For the creamy sauce, use about a cup of cream, cheese, and 1/4 cup of fresh milk. Alternatively you can use a store-bought cheesy pasta sauce, or alfredo sauce.

To combine the two,

Melt butter in a frying pan, add in chopped onions, minced garlic, salt and chopped mushrooms.

Pour in the creamy sauce, and add spices to taste. I used black pepper, knorr cubes, dried pepper from Nigeria, ginger powder, garlic powder, and thyme. Adjust for taste.

Allow the sauce to cook for about 5-10 minutes.

Pour in 2-3 handfuls of spinach (chopped or whole, your call). Let this cook for another 7 mins.

Pour in the pasta ( al dente) and let the mixture cook for about 5-10 minutes on low heat.


Struggles of an International (Nigerian) Student: Part One- What to Pack


I know, I’m literally the worst blogger! I apologize for going MIA again, life has been quite busy over here… or maybe I just got lazy, who knows? lol

Anyway, I’m getting ready to move to school for my master’s program(me) and I compiled a list of essential things to pack from home.

Number One: Indomie Instant Noodles. YOU NEED THIS. For all those days/ nights when you don’t have time to make an elaborate meal or you’re too broke to buy food, this will be your savior. Trust me!


Number Two: Knorr Cubes. I don’t know about you, but I love flavor in my food so this is VERY essential. Adobo is a close substitute but doesn’t quite do the job for me.


Number Three: Dried Pepper. This is the easiest way to add a kick to your favorite meals.


Number Four. Yaji (Suya Pepper). Yaji+ Knorr+ Chicken= perfection. Try it!


Number Five: Shea Butter. Perfect for those dry winter days. Keeps your skin, and hair healthy and moisturized.


Number Six: Chin-chin. What better snack to pack?


Number Seven: Golden Morn/ Peak Milk. Feed the child in you. Comes in handy for those late nights, and early mornings.


Number Eight: Black Soap. My new-found love. Major key to healthy skin.


Number Nine: Sure Roll-on deodorant. Simply because I don’t like sprays and solid sticks.


Number Ten: Nigerian Art. Adds a touch of home to your dorm room/ apartment.


If you’re like me, and you over-pack, you might want to add things like crayfish (dried and blended), bean powder, and garri.

Best of luck in your new schools, make sure to meet people and make friends! It pays off!



Feeding the Fam

Figuring out what food to make when you’re hosting guests can be quite cumbersome. I spent most of Thursday trying to plan a menu for the get-together, my brother, Ray planned with the rest of our secondary school family.

I had to decide if I wanted to prepare a full 3-course meal, or appetizers, or desserts. Eventually, I decided to stick with proteins, and dessert.

On Saturday morning, after a late night out, I made peppered beef, oven-baked honey chili chicken, and oven-roasted (sole) fish.


Peppered Beef

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Kilogram of beef, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • Onions- 1 medium bulb
  • 5 large tomatoes, blended
  • Blended habanero peppers
  • Cooking oil- 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 of a medium sized green pepper
  • Spices
    • Adobo all purpose seasoning- 4 teaspoons
    • Knorr bullion cubes- 2 cubes
    • Salt- to taste
    • Thyme- 1 teaspoonful


In a pot, pour 1/4 cup of water, add the beef, 1/2 of the onion bulb, adobo (2 teaspoons), Knorr (2 cubes), thyme (1 teaspoon) and bring to a boil.

In the mean time, start frying the tomatoes and blended peppers with 2 tablespoons of oil in another pot/ saucepan.

Pour the rest of the cooking oil into a frying pan to heat up.

Once fully cooked transfer the beef (and onions) to the hot oil and fry until dark brown.

As the tomatoes dry up, add the rest of the spices and continue frying.

Optional Step: Remove the beef from the oils and keep on a plate covered with paper towels to remove excess oil. This is only necessary if the tomatoes aren’t fully cooked by the time the meat is brown.

Once excess water from the tomatoes have evaporated, and it’s like a paste, go ahead and add the meat. Stir.

Cut the green peppers in your desired shape, I prefer cubes. Add it to the mix and stir. Adjust spices. Allow to cook for 10 minutes on low heat.


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Oven-baked Honey Chili Chicken

What You’ll Need:

  • One whole Chicken, washed and cleaned
  • Honey- 2 cooking spoons
  • Blended habanero peppers- 1/4 cup
  • Aluminum foil
  • Spices
    • Adobo all purpose seasoning- 4 teaspoons
    • Knorr bullion cubes- 2 cubes
    • Salt- to taste
    • Thyme- 1 teaspoon


Cut out enough foil to cover the entire chicken. Place it on a tray or counter top. Spray the foil with cooking spray or rub oil/ butter.

Place the chicken on the foil.

Mix the spices, pepper, and honey in a bowl.

Using a cooking bush (or your hands), rub the mixture all over the chicken, even in the cut open abdomen.

Grab all four corners of the foil and twist. Be careful that that the legs don’t tear through the foil. Of they do, just cut a small piece of foil and cover it up.

Place in the oven at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes.

Poke the chicken with a fork to make sure it if fully cooked.

Once it is, open up the foil wrap and braise for 5 minutes to give the chicken a golden brown color.


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Oven-roasted (sole) fish.

What You’ll Need:

  • Sole fish (2 people can share one large fish)- I used 3 large
  • Onions- 1 medium bulb
  • 5 large tomatoes, blended
  • Habanero peppers, blended
  • Cooking oil- 1/2 cup
  • Irish potatoes (optional)
  • Spices
    • Adobo all purpose seasoning- 4 teaspoons
    • Knorr bullion cubes- 2 cubes
    • Salt- to taste
    • Thyme- 1 teaspoon


Similar to the tomatoes used for the peppered beef, fry the tomatoes and blended peppers with 2 tablespoons of oil in a pot/ saucepan.

As the tomatoes dry up, add the rest of the spices and continue frying.

Once excess water from the tomatoes have evaporated, and it’s like a paste, adjust spices for taste, and turn off the heat.

Cut out enough foil to cover the entire fish. Place it on a tray or counter top. Spray the foil with cooking spray or rub oil/ butter.

Place the fish on the foil.

Rub the bouillon cubes all over the fish and wrap with foil.

After about 7 minutes, remove the fish from the oven.

Using a tablespoon or a cooking spoon, pour the tomato mixture on both sides of the fish.

Rewrap and place back in the oven.

Place in the oven at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes.

Poke the fish with a fork to make sure it if fully cooked.

Optional Step

Peel and cut Irish potatoes into finger-like shapes.

Wash, strain, and add salt.

Heat up cooking oil.

Add in the potatoes and fry until golden brown.




Needless to say, my friends enjoyed everything… they only left the bones.



Top 10 Party Jams

I’m sitting at work anticipationg the weekend… so I decided to create a playlist that I’ll be jamming to this weekend!

10. Back to Back- DMW ft. Dremo, Mayorkun, Ichaba, Davido

9. Where- Tekno 

8.Kontrol- Maleek Berry

7. Ojere- Dremo

6. Hola Hola- Sugar boy

5. Kolework (remix)- Koker ft. Olamide

4. Pana- Tekno

3. Fada Fada- Phyno

2. Soft Work- Falz

1. No Kissing- Patoranking ft. Sarkodie


Bonus: Ready- Adekunle Gold, Ogene- Zoro ft. Flavour



The Goddess and The Bump

It’s been a while since I’ve done a photo shoot for anyone…

My beautiful cousin was attending a baby shower two Sundays ago and we decided to do a mini shoot before the event. Before you ask, no she’s not pregnant. It was part of the theme for all the women to dress like Greek goddesses and wear fake baby bumps. It’s crazy how realistic it looks!

One thing’s for sure, she will definitely be a hot pregnant lady! Look at those legs lol…






She’s always talking…




Model: Ola Njemanze

MUA: Ola Njemanze

Outfit by: Ola’s designer

Photographer: Adamara Okeke.


A Fruit Called Fruit

Growing up we had a huge tree outside our gate. During the harmattan, its leaves covered the grounds. Red, green, brown, everywhere. It reminded me of the American fall season. In the rainy season, the tree blossomed and bore fruit. In the initial stages, it’s green and bitter (don’t eat it before it ripens. I did, and my tummy suffered the consequences), then it grows bigger and turns yellow/ burgundy, depending on the tree.


The fruit has 4 layers; the first is the skin. Then the flesh which is followed by a large seed. Crack open the seed with a stone or a pestle and you’ll find a hidden treasure- a nut very similar to an almond, but better.

Terminalia_catappa_fruits_at_various_stages_of_ripeness-1 tropical almond

Every year, I looked forward to eating this fruit called fruit… Yes, I said fruit called fruit. That’s what I grew up calling it, we all did. But today, my curiousity lead me to carry out some research and I found out that this fruit I called fruit all my life is actually an Indian Almond also called tropical almond, and scientifically, Terminalia catappa. Eh! Fruit sounds better to me!


For more information on this fruit, please click here.


Disclaimer: All images are gotten from

Brunchin’ 9ja Style- Part 2

Happy New Month guys!

Have you ever seen a photo of food on instagram and tried to recreate it? Well, on Sunday, I did. I was scrolling through my timeline and I saw a photo of an English breakfast. I thought to myself “I have to make this for my mom!” So I planned this elaborate surprise brunch for my mom.

Here’s the photo that got me all excited



Baked beans

  • Heinz baked beans, warmed in a microwave

Plain omelette

  • Salt, black pepper


  • Fried in cooking oil


  • Fried in olive oil
    • Black pepper, salt

Tomato/ onion sauce 

  • Fried in a little olive oil
    • Tomatoes, onions, black pepper, salt



I’m looking forward to trying out more insta-inspired meals! Send me some you’d like me to try out…