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HOW TO COOK NOODLES FOR BABIES

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The reason most parents are cautious about giving kids noodles is because of the coating, once that is parboiled and removed, you baby is free to enjoy the carbs with some added nutrition. From six months, babies are being gradually introduced to solid food. Some parents are not sure about feeding noodles to little babies but many are doing it without problems because they know the right methods to make noodles for kids. Cooking for babies is different, the food has to really cook soft or be mashed to enable the cute little humans digest them properly. Some ingredients have to be added or omitted

HOW TO COOK GOOD AFANG SOUP WITHOUT WATER LEAF, WITHOUT SPINACH

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Very soft Afang soup can be cooked without water leaf and without spinach. 
This tasty, soft, mouthwatering afang soup just cooked with no water leaf and no softener yet the soup is as soft as afang soup can be. The people on the dining table are eating, and chatting away, pouring praises on the one that cooked this sumptuous soup and no one can tell that there is no vegetable softener (waterleaf) in there. I waited, no one could tell, had to say it myself that 'there is no softener in this pot of afang soup you all are licking' and they won't even believe me. My cousin making matters worse for all by telling them that no one can cook afang this soft and yummy without waterleaf, ok na. Yes, we know waterleaf is great and I always thought that

fun read: NIGERIAN CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS DESCRIBED BY A 'VILLAGE KID'

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NIGERIAN VILLAGE CHRISTMAS IN THE EYES OF A KID:

If you grew up in a village like yours truly, you will laugh and laugh at the honesty of this sweet Social Media Story told by Nigerian lady Ella Umeh. She described her Christmas preparations growing up. You will sure relate to so much and know that the kids today are Living The Life even though they do not know it. Back in the day, kids got new clothes and shoes only during Christmas. Find ways to show off new outfits to friends and desperately countdown to Christmas Day, lol.

Enjoy her story..
By this time many years ago, Veronica my mother would just be starting her Christmas shopping....all our Christmas clothes that will be over size enough to last us the next 5 years....

It is a top secret mission. Her choice. Your opinion does not matter. Our color choice is immaterial. She is oblivious to the style of the season and the fact that beautiful gowns will enter the market in november, is none of her business.

No, she doesnt need our mea…

20 WAYS A HUSBAND CAN USE EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL ON WIFEY

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He rejects your cooked meals, even when the hunger is squeezing and churning his stomach. Why? To make you say "sorry|" sometimes over nothing and sometimes over no wrong of yours.He withholds praise and withholds acknowledgement when you do well.Wears a long face and avoids eye contact.Keeps late nights to make you jealous even if it means hiding somewhere close to the house or just parking and sitting lonely in the car till late night.He falls pretend sick and tries to look really miserable such that

HOW TO BAKE SIMPLE BIRTHDAY CAKE AT HOME

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BAKING AND DECORATING MY FIRST BIRTHDAY CAKE EVER:
No one in my family is celebrating their birthday today. The balloons were lying down there doing nothing in the drawers so I put them to good use, lol. Well, after enjoying this cake, I just received Good News; my kids have asked that I start baking SOME OF their birthday cakes. And, to think that I never thought they'd rate my homemade birthday cakes this high. 

They all like the texture and are now telling us that the ones we order always come like sponge cake and they want something like the texture and taste of my pound cake, hehehe. Honestly, they are the ones who always requested those fluffy yummy sponge cakes each time we did order birthday cakes

Today the story is different because mummy agreed to decorate . Trust kids to forget easily. I'm feeling so good with

50 NIGERIAN KITCHEN TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE HOME

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Do not soften female cow head with paracetamol tablets. Don't do it please. That drug abuse can destroy you and those eating the paracetamol meats in the long run. Imagine how many more times you are going to do this and overload your system before retiring from cooking. Not good for you, your family nor customers if you are a food vendor/caterer. Paracetamol is a painkiller that stays longer in your system, stays longer there more than some medications sef. There are ways to soften or tenderize tough meats like that female cow head with ease, read along to see how. There are tricks, tips and hacks to make life easier, save some coins and reduce time spent in the kitchen cooking, especially when it comes to some Nigerian dishes like beans, cow leg and other time consuming food stuff. Most of these tips and tricks have always been there but for some who do not know that cooking Nigerian food doesn't have to be that intense, we'll share these tips. Starting with palm oil bec…

MUST READ: A LITTLE LEAVEN AND THE JOB IS GONE

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I woke up this morning to a phone call from a very big shot in corporate Nigeria. They are hiring. The usual case of having only one or two advertised positions, 5000 or more applicants. They'd taken the applicants to hell and back in the usual Nigerian ways of weeding - endless exams, aptitude tests, etc. Were it possible, Nigerian employers would also organize 100-metre sprint competitions for potential hires just to weed.

Anyway, they are now down to two and the big Oga wanted to talk to me about one of them. I was surprised that somebody at his level of seniority in the corporate ladder should be the one calling about an entry level position designed for EMPLOYABLE University graduates in the millennial generation. I thought that a manager or a

30 WEEKEND BREAKFAST IDEAS

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There are lots of weekend breakfast worthy foods one can enjoy on Saturday but in most Nigerian cities and in my family, akara and pap has carried first position. I used to wonder why in my family we take pap and akara like most Saturday mornings of every year. We go jogging with some coins hidden in the trouser pocket just in case the akara woman is there. The process of Jogging or walking back home is completed with  a small bag in one hand, open that bag and the only thing you see inside is akara and raw akamu. The queue for akara in some Nigerian towns  on Saturdays make you

MINCED MEAT STEW

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This delicious minced meat stew is made from very few ingredients you already have in the kitchen, just some minced meat, peppers, onion, salt, soya oil, seasoning cube and water. I cannot come and be using all my minced meats for only meat pie, something different and  delicious has to come out of this. We made this minced meat stew to serve with boiled rice and when cooking was

BENEFITS OF GIVING BIRTH THROUGH CESAREAN SECTION (CS)

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Hmmm! Ignorance is a bad bad bad! There is an urgent need to post this because of the way that some Nigerian women still feel bad about Cesarean Delivery in 2018. Many Nigerian women, especially in some cultures, would rather suffer prolonged delivery, sweating and yelling in the labour room, shit and pee in pain than accept Delivery by Cesarean. Some look down on those who give birth by this method and others are too shy to admit it when they do. Thinking other women will see them as weak, they keep it to themselves. Words like 'Natural Birth' are used to describe delivery whereby a baby is pushed out through the birth canal, as if CS is unnatural birth. Shuo! Delivering your baby through Cesarean or

THANKSGIVING FOR ELO OGIDI AFTER MIRACULOUS RETURN TO FAMILY

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From Lagos to Benin to The Orphanage and back to family in Lagos. Thank you Almighty God for answered prayer. You have worked for them and us while we held our peace Oh God. How you maneuvered this car, how you reversed, how you made the U-turn, how you led them to that orphanage, we do not know but we know that our desire has been granted. You will never allow your name to be

"NO BUSH, NO LAWN, NO FOREST" HUSBAND RESPONDS TO SM QUESTION

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SEE HOW YOUR HUSBAND RESPONDED TO A SIMPLE QUESTION?At the end of this short walk if you are still not convinced that a tarred road is better than a shrub, bush or a forest, then you are on your own. Some wives are too busy in our Businesses, offices, kitchen and aso-ebi area to tend to the forest growing all around the compound. Do you know that forests can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, snakes and other reptiles? Some women like forests growing around their beautifully structured architectures but it's not all about you dear sis. Have you bothered to know what daddy likes? Reading the comments below, you'll see that most men prefer driving their exotic cars on well tarred roads without bumps caused by tree stumps and all that. 

Imagine boarding an aircraft headed to Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos, and the pilot ends up landing in a bush just around the Airport, how would you describe that? It's a crash!. Perfect landing is experienced on a smooth tarmac in an air…

HOW TO MIX EGG AND MILK FOR DRINKING

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Double Protein Egg and Milk Drink is a favourite for bodybuilders. I want to take it not necessarily trying to build but to see if I can get more toned at least. Even as a child growing up, we have heard of people drinking raw eggs or mixing them with evaporated milk and grudgingly swallowing. I will not take this without sharing my feelings about eating or drinking raw eggs. Eggs consumed raw are not safe sometimes. The best way to eat eggs and get all the benefits is not by taking them raw. Yoiu could get infected with Salmonella (Google it). You don't want to expose yourself to infections while trying to boost protein levels. Aside

NIGERIAN CONCOCTION RICE (LOW COST RECIPES)

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This yummy pot of  Nigerian yellow rice cooked with palm oil and proteins, without tomatoes is very tasty and filling. With just 8 ingredients, your delicious rice is cooked. Great when you crave rice on a tight budget. Some call it MTN rice because of the bright yellow colour. It can be cooked very peppery with assorted fresh peppers or just moderately spicy. The more the proteins used the better it tastes. With just ground crayfish or dried prawns alone, this delicacy can be cooked and served with pride. This is another way

THE GOD IS NOT TO BLAME; ARGUE WITH YOUR HUSBAND

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Truly, we have ourselves to blame for all that is happening to us in our different families, this country and the whole of Africa. We need to change some things about the way that we think and act daily. Read the post below by First Baba Isa and tell me if you still think what is happening to us is God's will for us or you still think that God himself will send another Jesus to come, get crucified again to change things for us?...
THE GOD IS NOT TO BLAME.When I went to South Korea for a short course in 2016, the deplorable condition of my country hit me hard in the face.

We are teaching our children to

NIGERIAN STYLE CAKE BREAD

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This cake bread happened without plan. I wanted to bake some bread rolls for my kids on holiday because they asked that they'll prefer mine to the ones we bought earlier and while those were beginning to get bad with no one interested in finishing them, I said "ok, let me bake some rolls for you girls" but after mixing, the dough looks really soft like batter. One quick look suggested that the soft dough might not be able to stand on a baking tray without

RAISING OUR SONS TO BE HUSBAND MATERIAL

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We have read, and heard so many things said about how we women, should keep our husbands happy, so that our marriages will last. So, many write-ups have gone on how to have a successful marriage and sadly, these write-ups have always laid the greater responsibility of a happy home on the wives/women folk! Sadly, yours truly has equally made her own contributions in that directions.

These have all contributed in making the man look like he totally does not have a part in making his marriage work! Our parents raised up men who had little or no instruction on how to keep their homes, how to make

their wives happy etc.! While I do not deny that its important to make the head of the home happy, its most important if the two work together to seek each other’s happiness.

So, this “patrachial” society end up raising men who can almost not function in a home/marriage, men that think that making money alone can keep/make a home, men who put the sole responsibility of raising children on the wife …

HOW TO RECOGNIZE MY DEPRESSION AND TIPS TO HELP ME

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When you feel sad for a long period of time,  you fall deep into that pit of sadness that seem unending. You feel so tired and uninterested in activities and things that used to be fun. Depression is a mental disorder that can be helped if you recognize it fast and visit a hospital. There are medications (drugs) for depression and taking them doesn't mean that you are a mad woman. It means that you recognize that just as the eyes and other body parts fall sick and get treated, mentally too, we can break down and fall sick and will need some medications to help just the way we need paracetamol for body aches and pains.

Depression, if left untreated, unattended to. If ignored may not necessarily kill you or someone but can lead you

IRISH POTATO FUFU RECIPE

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Irish potato fufu is very smooth and it's texture I can say is more on the semo side than pounded yam. Easy and very fast. In no time my fufu swallow is ready and served. If you live where pounded yam is hard to come by, you can easily make this and swallow to quench that our African craving for fufu swallows. 
I wanted some fufu this afternoon and did not want my garri because my palates craves something smoother, and there's no yam available right now so I looked straight at the bag of potatoes standing in the store room, and dismissed the thought because Irish

HOW TO WASH BED PILLOWS

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Bed pillows gather so much sweat, oil from our hair and bodies, moisture from saliva and tears  that drip down while sleeping, dust that gathers while sweeping the floors and dusting the furniture and even extra dust that gathers during harmattan when the family is

BABY SKIN-BLEACHING IN NIGERIA; WHAT TO DO

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With so many Google searches on how to make baby's skin fairer in Nigeria; What to use to make my baby fair; How do I maintain my baby's fair skin? Can Funbact-A bleach baby skin? Can I mix shea butter and Funbact-A to lighten my baby's skin? What cream can I use in Nigeria to make my baby skin fair and smooth?
So many searches I can't even type everything here. As a mom and Nigerian mom at that, I would say that this recent trend is growing fast among young moms. The blog post on 'baby skin care products' is one of the most read right now because searches land there as a

HOW TO USE BABY DIAPERS AS SANITARY PAD

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The importance of  disposable baby diapers to our generation cannot be overemphasized. Aside taking care of baby's poop and pee and all that kind of stuff, baby diapers have saved lives since the day women discovered ways to do more with these pads aside wrapping on baby's cute little bum. There are also adult disposable diapers in the market, for those who need them at night, sick on hospital beds or just for comfort. Apart from the pampers baby diapers and Huggies that are common with Nigerian families, there

CHEVON (GOAT MEAT) COCONUT RICE

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In some cultures, goat's meat is referred to as muton just like lamb's, while in others it's called chevon. 

CHEVON COCONUT RICE INGREDIENTS.
4 cups rice
1 kg Chevon (goat meat) 
3 cups Goat meat stock obtained from boiling the meat
2 sachets coconut milk powder OR grate 2 large coconuts and filter
2 seasoning cubes
1 teaspoon MSG (New research approves it for consumption)
1 teaspoon curry powder (very optional)
2 teaspoons thyme leaves
2 large Red bell peppers
2 tomatoes
2 fresh peppers or 1 tablespoon ground fresh peppers  
1 medium sized Green pepper
1 large Spring onion
1 large red onion
Salt to taste
1 cup vegetable oil (I used soya oil)

Before you cook this chevon coconut rice;
Wash the meat with clean water, dice and chop the vegetables to desired sizes, set aside. Grate or blend the coconut pieces, add some warm water and strain out the milk, set aside. If you are using coconut milk powder, mix with a glass of water water, stir and set aside. 

INGREDIENTS FOR THE MEAT STIR FRY
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THE SCIENCE AND HISTORY BEHIND WHITE MAGGIE (MSG) STOP THE MYTH!

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White maggie as some Nigerians call MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) seasoning is a form of seasoning that used to be popular in the past before negative reviews started from what source oh? No one knows.  In Nigeria, we still have a few brands being sold in the market; The Ajino moto, Vedan and others. Many Nigerians won't touch any food cooked with MSG as seasoning ingredient (Even me, before now). Not only Nigerians, a lot of people all over the world won't eat white maggie because of all the stories we have heard about this white ingredient that fortunately or fortunately is part of the ingredients used in making our seasoning cubes. Some people complaining of nausea after consuming MSG (Why won't you feel nauseous when you empty a whole small pack into a small pot of stew; Some complain of experiencing adverse effects after eating food cooked with white maggie.  others

CHICKEN WHITE SOUP

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Chicken white soup and fresh fish white soup are the easiest to cook of all Nigerian white soup varieties because they both taste really good without the addition of all other proteinous ingredients like crayfish, fish, stockfish Etc. The chicken alone in there is enough to give you a delicious pot of soup. Even a learner in the kitchen can cook Nigerian chicken white soup. We have a goat meat white soup recipe posted on the blog already and that too

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