Ibidun is One ….

It was a beautiful drizzling Sunday morning, the weather was very cool, if there was suitable weather for delivery, that was it. We couldn’t wait to see our most anticipated cute baby girl.

Sagay sang everything Olamide and Lil-kesh…he was super excited and obviously couldn’t wait to see his princess.( little wonder she dances to sound of any music).

Her dad was right there when she was being delivered, I am sure he must have been overwhelmed with so much emotions seeing his cute baby girl for the first time.

Our cute Ibidun is one already,she changed our status and brought meaning into our lives. In case you haven’t met her, she’s everything like Sagay. She’s in fact his “mini me”.. (Female version though). I would never have believed if anyone had told me that my own Ayinde would love someone else this much and I would be cool with it.  Sagay is super protective of Sisi. 

To my our darling Ibidun, Adunni , Isabelle, Fareedah, Morenikeji, Ayomide, Iretioluwa, Mofiyinfoluwa, Chinemerem, Oluwadumininu, Motunrayo, Ewaoluwa, Temitope, Omoselewa, Oluwajuwonlo, Atinuke, Oluwajomiloju, Nihinlolawa, Abisola, Adesewa, Abolade, Irede….AGBALAYA. We love you so dearly, grow in grace, the favor and mercies of God would never depart from you. You are a blessing to your generation, you would make enviable and noticeable impact in your generation. You would love God and everyone around you. Mummy and daddy love you to the moon and back…..***kisses***….

A very big thanks you to God, our parents, aunties & uncles, GICC family and friends for the love you guys show her constantly. We appreciate every effort. 


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WE STILL DO…..

Wow, it’s three lovely years already with my Prince Charming. Being married to Your Lord Yumminess for 3 years has been a blend of everything. In these past 3 years, God has been faithful to us. It’s been 3 years of lots of love, kisses, tears, achievements, promotion and God’s grace.

 Let me introduce to you guys our Cute Miss Sagay, Ibidun Agbalaya. She has stolen our hearts, bed, finances and every part of our home. I still can’t get over the fact that she looks so much like Sagay. What was she thinking….after carrying her for 9 months ( a little more than that sef) and she came out looking like her dad. Who does that….!!!!. And the way Sagay loves this babe eehhnnn…I can’t fit to explain. I sometimes feel some percentage of the love you have for me escape into the love you have for her…Yes I am jealous ( what’s your own…izzit your jealousy )…*moju*

So, enough aroye, my darling Ayinde, Asumo mi owon
Omo oya, omo agan o bi dudu o fi gbogbo omo bi pupa……

You have been a wonderful husband, friend, father, soulmate, financial adviser, prayer partner, aproko mate, shayo mate, dance mate, comedian…i can go on and on. These past 3 years have been filled with ups and downs, you have seen me in my up, down and crazy moments, but you still love me anyways. Not minding my Ijebu/Asaba/Abia craze, you stood by me and you are still standing firm.

You put our needs before yours. You put so much effort in making me a better wife, mother and chef. Thanks for your investments and those sacrifices you make for us. I also love the way you steal my fried dodo, chicken and fish (its super sexy when you do that), keep doing that till we are 120 years old (Shebi we go don fix eyin onike). I can’t but hope Sisi won’t think it’s normal to do afowora with mummy’s dodo ( I sure won’t find that sexy).

May this new year bring train loads (truck is too small for us) of goodies for us and since you still want ibeji (twins), oya twins, enviable & noticeable success in all ramifications of our lives.

A big thank you to everyone that has been a part of this journey, especially our parents and siblings. We love you guys scatter. You mean a lot to us.

And to @sagaysagay ‘s fans, biko abeg, e joo, wekobiro, ayam not the reason Sagay aff not kom and be writing stories. Even me aff been begging him to write story even if na one paragraph since that was how he used his juju marry me in the first place and my eye still never clear. ( I no sure say I want make e clear self). Sagay is claiming retiree, I still do not know what that means.

Happy Anniversary to us my Chocolaty Cinnamon Caramel Blueberry Tart…. You are yummy like that. I love you daku and bajebajely.

EBIRIPO WITH EGUSI IJEBU

E wee so ooo, omo alare…

So, this is my anniversary month, I would be sharing some recipes of my  husband’s favorite dishes.

In these past three (3) years I  aff totori my Sugar bunny’s taste bud.

I hail my Ijebu and non-Ijebu fans too, I no fit forget una….*wink*

There are days you crave some very local dishes that brings back some precious childhood memories.

Ebiripo with Egusi is one dish that gives me such feeling. My maternal grandma sure left a lasting impression of Egusi Ijebu. I used to love her Egusi Ijebu with her designer Eba or kibbo/Ebiripo. This dish is also a way to my Hubby’s heart.

Any day I decide to make Ebiripo or Ikokore for dinner, I tend to speak Ijebu almost through out the day. The most interesting thing about speaking Ijebu around the house is that I get to hear hubby speak his Egba version of Ijebu dialect….You do not want to imagine what that sounds like…sounds sexy to me though (apologies to all the Ijebu gods)…***wink***.

**Please note that there are two kinds/flavours of Ebiripo. The Remos cook their Ebiripo with salt, while some Ijebus (Ago-iwoye) add no or very little salt. But the method/prep is the same. 

Let’s take a trip to the kitchen to prepare Ebiripo with Egusi Ijebu.

(Ken baa maa je  Ebiripo pelu Egusi, e pale kaa lo ule udaana).My Ijebu way of simply inviting you into my kitchen.

INGREDIENTS FOR EBIRIPO (Cocoyam Pudding)

Cocoyam

Moin-moin leaves

Palm oil

Salt to taste

Local grate

Prep

Grate the cocoyam and add salt to taste . Add a cup of of water. Mix with wooden spoon till it’s soft and fluffy (I used my hands though).

Wash and dry the leaves, rub a little Palm-Oil on the leaves and pour some cocoyam paste in the leaf.

Carefully arrange the wrapped cocoyam paste in a pot and add 2 cups of water.

Cook for 40 minutes.

* You can add water from time to time.

INGREDIENT FOR EGUSI IJEBU

2 cups of Melon (Egusi)

1 onion bulb

7 Scotch Bonnet Pepper(Rodo)

Palm oil

Stock cubes/Ogiri

Salt to taste

Blended crayfish

Panla Fish

Prep

Empty your blended Egusi, Scotch bonnet pepper and Onions in the pot.

*Add enough water, it should be runny, you don’t want your Egusi Ijebu to have lumps….(you sure do not want to mess up our sacred Egusi Ijebu)

Let it boil for 2 minutes.

Add Palm oil to taste.

Add Salt and Seasoning cubes/ogiri.

**The secret to having a lump free Egusi Ijebu is giving it a good stir from time to time so as to dissolve the lumps and avoid the Egusi sticking to the pot.

Let it cook for another 5 minutes.

When you notice the soup has thickened, introduce your washed Panla Fish and then 1/2 tablespoon of blended Crayfish.

Let it boil for another 10 minute, the soup is done when you see some patches of palm oil floating on the soup.

Your Egusi soup should have a sexy-mustard yellow color by now and the aroma should be….yeparipa…

At this point, all the gods in Ijebu land are super excited…..***wink***. And this is how I make my super daper chocolaty caramel’s evening with my IJEBU touch.

Watch out for Ewa Agoyin served with spicy designer dodo. This is one of my Husband’s favorite.

THE CHEF AND HER “RETIRED” WRITER HUSBY

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Yiiiippeeeee, it’s 2 years already. Happy Anniversary to us.
  You have been a wonderful lover, friend, husband, partner, aproko mate, comedian, confidant and most especially, prayer partner.
  My super duper hubby is a more like a plate of chocolate mud cake covered with whipped cream, drizzled with salted caramel with strawberry and grapes toppings.
Anyways, this is to testify to the gods n goddesses of igbeyawo that the jazz he used on me is still very potent. Check out https://chefapella.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/dm-to-darlings/ DM to DARLINGS on how we met and how he jazzed me up. Don’t be deceived by his innocent looks, you won’t believe he jazzed my mum too, my Darling mum can bet her precious omorogun, adogan and coolers that I am the naughty one and Sagay is an Angel.
Meanwhile, Sagay is like a plate of Starch and Banga, Banga soup is super delicious…chai….but it takes expertise to cut the starch.
  Ayinde mi owon, I appreciate your love, support, prayers and craziness. This past 2 years has been a lot of fun; we have been through a lot, but you have never for one minute failed to be my Ejika (shoulder). Thanks for showing me that we’ve got each other no matter what life throws at us.
  I appreciate your support, emotional, financial and even in my business. Those little things you do when I am extremely busy, even when I forget to attend to your needs.Your kind gestures when I am busy such as helping me whisk eggs, mix cake batter like a pro, helping get cake out of the oven and making my fried fish/chicken and dodo vanish.
  Thanks for teaching me ijinle Yoruba, I can almost pass for an Ifa Priestess….don’t try me ooo…I can chant incantations now sef. I am rest assured little Miss Sagay and Mini Sagay would be a perfect blend of cream, butter and ibile.
   To my Darling Abiodun Agbbalaya….Your Atupa -Palour loves you bajebaje….oya chop kiss.
   Happy Anniversary my dark chocolate.

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COCONUT RICE

COCONUT RICE

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Coconut Rice is a sumptuous meal with a nice aroma of coconut. You can remix and mirix coconut rice as you wish. But I had to make it as simple and colorful as possible because I do not want to ruin the savory taste of my coconut milk.

The beautiful thing about Coconut rice is that you can add any ingredient of your choice, be it shrimps, vegetables or chicken.

Coconuts are highly nutritious, they are rich in fiber, vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, C & E and minerals including Iron, Sodium and Calcium.

Coconut milk is super nutritious; coconut milk is a good skin moisturizer and it also protects the body from infections. Coconut milk is Lactose free; it can be used as a milk substitute for those with Lactose Intolerance. It is a great base for smoothies and milkshakes.

Coconut oil on the other hand is as well useful, it moisturizes the body, burns fat, and it also aids hair growth.

Both kids and hubby would find it yummily irresistable…….*wink*

INGREDIENT FOR COCONUT RICE

2 ½ Cup of Rice

3 Cups of Water

1 ½ Cup of Coconut Milk

1 Medium Size Bulb Onion (sliced)

3 Scotch Bonnet Pepper (sliced)

¼ Cup of Sweet corn

1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil

Leak Onions

2 Stock Cubes

1 ½ Tablespoon of Chicken stock

PREP

• Wash and soak rice for 15 minutes

• In a pot on a gas stove, add 2 cups of water and coconut milk.

• Add in the sliced leak onions, onions and scotch bonnet pepper.wpid-img_20150715_071353.jpg

• Add in the chicken stock, stock cube, coconut oil and salt to taste.

• When it’s boiled, add the rice and allow it to cook for 20 minuteswpid-img_20150715_071517.jpg• Add the sweet corn when the rice is almost done.

• Add the remaining water; allow the rice to cook for another 5 minute.

• Bring down the rice when its soft enough

*DISH & ENJOY YOUR COCONUT RICE AND GARNISH WITH SPRING ONIONS

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YAMARITA WITH MUSHROOM STIR FRY

YAMARITA WITH MUSHROOM STIR FRY

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I still do not understand how the name YAMARITA was coined. I wanted to make something different for dinner and I thought of YAMARITA. Yamarita is a meal made from yam dipped in eggs then fried. Lobatan, no plenty se ren ren. It is also called Dundu oni yeri.

I tasted mushrooms for the first time in 6 years, two Saturdays ago, and I decided to have my YAMARITA with MUSHROOM STIR FRY. This dish is fast, yet tasty and colorful. YAMARITA is a popular dish you can have with any kind of sauce or stew. But I would love you guys to try out Mushroom Stir Fry, simply because husby loved it….*wink*.

*YOU CAN GET MUSHROOMS IN ANY DEPARTMENTAL STORE, I GOT MINE FROM ZARTECH

YAMARITA

INGREDIENTS

1 MEDIUM SIZE TUBBER OF YAM (CUT DIAGONALLY)

1 CUP OF FLOUR

2 LARGE EGGS (BREAK IN A BOWL, WHISK LIGHTLY AND SET ASIDE)

½ TEASPOON MIXED SPICES

MUSHROOM STIR FRY

INGREDIENTS

7 LARGE FRESH MUSHROOMS (SLICED INTO SMALLER CHUNKS AND SLIGHTLY BOILED)

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6 RUNNER BEANS (FINELY CUT)

1 LARGE GREEN BELL (DIAGONALLY SLICED)

2 LARGE CARROTS (DIAGONALLY SLICED)

4 FRESH TOMATOES (FINELLY SLICED)

1 LARGE ONION BULB (FINELY SLICED)

4 FRESH BONNET PEPPER (SLIGHTLY BLENDED)

2 CUPS OF VEGETABLE OIL (FOR FRYING)

1 TEASPOON OF GARLIC AND GINGER PASTE

PREP FOR YAMARITA

• WASH THE YAM AND TRANFER INTO A POT (ADD SALT AND SUGAR TO TASTE)

• BOIL YAM FOR 25 MINUTES

• TRANSFER INTO A SIEVE TO DRAIN THE WATER

• ADD THE MIXED SPICE TO THE FLOUR AND SET ASIDE

• POUR 2 CUPS OF VEG OIL IN A NON-STICK FRY PAN (PLACE IT IN A GAS STOVE)

• TURN A LITTLE PORTION OF THE YAM IN THE FLOUR (THE YAM MUST BE COVERED WITH FLOUR)

• THEN TRANSFER THE YAM INTO YOUR WHISKED EGGS

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• FRY THE YAM

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• WHEN THE YAMARITA IS GOLDEN BROWN, TRANSFER TO A SIEVE.

PREP FOR MUSHROOM STIR FRY

• POUR1/2 CUP OF VEGETABLE OIL IN A NON-STICK PAN

• WHEN THE VEG OIL IS HOT, ADD ONIONS AND GARLIC & GINGER PASTE (STAIR FRY FOR 30 SECONDS) ADD ½ TEASPOON OF SALT TO IT

• INTRODUCE THE TOMATOES,BLENDED BONNET PEPPER,GREEN PEPPER,RUNNER BEANS AND CARROT (STAIR FRY FOR ABOUT 2 MINUTES) ADD ANY STOCK CUBE AND SPICE OF CHOICE

• NOW ADD THE MUSHROOM (TOSS AND STAIR THE SAUCE AT INTERVAL)

• MIX 1 TABLESPOON OF CORN FLOUR IN 4 TABLESPOONS OF WATER

• ADD IT INTO THE STAIR FRY( ALLOW IT TO COOK FOR SOME SECOND)

*I LOVE MY SAUCE A LITTLE JUICY*

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ENJOY YOUR YAMARITA AND MUSHROOM STIR FRY. *wink*

So sorry peeps, tried adding picture of how I made it, step by step, but I had trouble adding the pictures. So sorry *puppyface*

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MICROWAVE MUG CAKE

MICROWAVE MUG CAKE

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Hey peeps, thanks to everyone that wished us a “HAPPY ANNIVESSARY”. Thanks for the likes, comments and favorites. My hubby and I were overwhelmed by your love. I hope to see you guys often on my blog. I love you guys scatter…oya chop kiss…*wink*

I just got hitched on another cookery abi na baking obsession. I watched it on an Indian cooking show that I could make popcorn in a microwave, and then I got curious on what other snack or dessert I could make with my  microwave and low and behold, I discovered my beloved MUG CAKE.  It doesn’t take time and it’s all done in 5 minutes. Yeah, you heard me rightright. 5 minutes from prep to baking and of course you can satisfy your sweet cravings the moment they comes, with a bowl of ice cream, glass of smoothie or a glass of fresh juice.

ALL YOU NEED TO MAKE ONE MUG CAKE

MICROWAVE OVEN

A MICROWAVE SAFE MUG

3 TABLESPOONS OF FLOUR

2TABLE SPOONS OF SUGAR

1 ½ TABLESPOON OF COCOA POWDER (OPTIONAL)

1 LARGE EGG

3 TABLESPOONS OF VEGETABLE OIL

4 TABLESPOONS OF MILK (I USE MILK INSTEAD OF WATER)

1 TEASPOON OF BAKING POWDER

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PREP

IN A SMALL BOWL,

MIX ALL THE DRY INGREDIENTS TOGETHER

ADD THE MILK TO THE DRY INGREDIENTS (MIX WELL WITH A FORK AND CHECK FOR LUMPS)

ADD THE EGG AND THEN THE VEGETAGLE OIL (MIX WELL AND CHECK FOR LUMPS)

POUR INTO A GREASED MUG

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*At This Stage, Your Cake Batter Is Ready .Bake on High for 90 seconds.

*Please note that baking the cake more than 90 seconds would harden it up.wpid-mug-cakes-med.jpg

ENJOY YOUR MUG CAKE WITH ANY TOPPINGS OF YOUR CHOICE.

So the next time you’re craving something sweet and you are short on time, you know what to make!

DO HAVE A BLISSFUL WEEKEND AHEAD

I am @chefapella on Twitter

Contact me for your mouth watering dishes, cocktail drinks, small chops, cakes and chocolate fountain.

DM TO DARLINGS

When you fall in love with a writer.

I am not so much of a writer, well since I am married to one; I think I have been bitten by the writing bug. I am not complaining though.

This morning came for us to celebrate our first anniversary as married couple. His warm kisses that tell me “I will love you till eternity” woke me up. This time last year, I married the world’s best husband.

I never knew twitter was created for me until I met my darling Sagay. In actual fact, I became active on twitter because my “Ex” had something for twitter that I could not understand. The only excuse he gave for tweeting all day and night sef, was that there was something called “Auto-Tweet’’ i.e. His phone tweets for him automatically….chaii..!..See wash and na better university I go ooo…I die well.. Warri babe like me..!!!…na him me sef pretend to mumu…as he wan tell me story as how dog kill lion…

It all started with Sagay’s DIRECT MENTION, I can remember seeing the link to the story on @TundeLeye’s TL and like two other tweeps’ TL. I liked the story and then I couldn’t wait for DIRECT MENTION 2.

My DM Experience

On one of my trips from Sagamu to Asaba, I asked some writers I follow to please send me a link to their stories since my bus felt like an extension of an Igbo village meeting, and of course I was the only Yoruba babe in the bus. Every other person was speaking in Igbo and I was somehow on my own. I can remember @istalkwritters and @sagaysagay sending links to their stories. Just before I got to Ore, I got my first DM from Sagay asking about my trip. I still can’t remember how I switched from reading his stories to chatting with him via DM. We continued our DM chat until we moved the party to whatsapp. I still do not understand how that happened too. All I can remember is that there was an exchange of digits. Hmmmmm Sagay and jazz sha…

We could not do without chatting with each other every day (still a mystery too), to be honest he was so sweet, funny and all, plus the coolest friend ever. I could tell him everything from personal stuff to business; he would listen like he understands the difference between whipped cream and butter cream or turmeric and curry.

A face to the name

We finally decided to see during Ileya holiday on 25th October. We decided to see a movie together – BAGGAGE CLAIM. Seeing a movie with him was a lot of fun, plus the fact that he started tweeting his story “Basketball Trainning” while we were watching the movie. So unlike me though ,I kinda liked the fact that he had an idea and then started sharing effortlessly, and of course I contributed….*wink*. He later blogged about it.

Blog to lovers

We were very good friends and each time I came to see my parents, we always tried to meet and then I met @jaycax and @wyswon. These two wonderful people already thought we were dating. In the actual fact we sub-consciously started dating, though we wouldn’t admit to anyone we were dating maybe because we thought we were not dating until we started using the “L” word, baby, sweets and then “Ife MI”.

TWO HEARTS AS ONE    

I had the best valentine ever with him. At that point we were sure we were dating and maybe heading toward something serious.

By March we were sure of what we wanted, I felt like changing his name to TWITTERMUYIMA OR TWITTERSEYINFUNMI.

By May we fixed our low key intro and got married on 22nd of May.

Being married to Sagay has been so much fun, he isn’t perfect but he is the best thing I have ever had, he has been a father, brother, friend and most especially a wonderful husband. cute but strong shoulder is always there for me to cry on. Even in my imperfection he loves me. My life would have been so unexciting and boring if I didn’t marry you.

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I LOVE YOU SO DEARLY ABIODUN AGBALAYA, THANKS FOR LOVING ME ALWAYS.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US, IFE MI

FRIED LEMON N’ SHRIMP RICE

FRIED LEMON N’ SHRIMP RICE

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Most families have a few favorite lunch or dinner recipe that they often run on repeat like some boring old record. Rice is a major culprit of such meals. Rice dishes/recipes are popular and easy to combine with other ingredients for some great dishes.
Now back to business, lets give ourselves a treat with FRIED LEMON N’ SHRIMP RICE.
INGREDIENTS
3 CUPS OF RICE
4 LARGE CARROTS (finely diced)
12 RUNNER BEANS (finely sliced)
½ CUP OF GREEN PEAS
½ CUP OF SWEET CORN
2 LARGE GREEN PEPPER (finely cut)
3 FRESH BONNET PEPPER /ATA RODO (finely cut)
2 ONION BULBS (finely sliced)
LEAK/SPRING ONIONS (finely slices)
3 HOTDOG (finely sliced)
1 ½ CUP OF SHRIMP
2 SHOTS OF WHITE WINE OR WHITE WINE VINEGAR
I CUP OF CHICKEN STOCK
1 TEASPOON OF LEMON
4 CUBES CHICKEN OR SHRIMP FLAVOURED SEASONING
1 TABLESPOON OF SALT
I TABLE SPOON OF CURRY MASALA

DIRECTIONS
Wash the rice and set aside
STEP 1; Place a big pot on a stove or gas cooker, pour in 4 cups of water,2 cubes of seasoning , 1 tablespoon of salt, the chicken stock, curry masala and half lemon. Bring it to boil.

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STEP 2; Add the rice and then add ¼ of all the vegetables. Let it cook for 20 minutes.
STEP 3; Pour the cooked rice(it shouldn’t be too soft) in a colander (sieve) to drain d excess starch/water and set aside
STEP 4; Place a big pot or deep fry pan on your stove or gas cooker, pour in 1 cup of vegetable oil, stair fry the vegetables bit by bit with a wooden spoon, when its well-combined, add the remaining seasoning , white wine/white wine vinegar, shrimp and lemon juice. Stir well and make sure it’s to your taste. 
STEP 5; Divide the slightly fried vegetables into 2, set the other half aside. Add the rice into d the stair fried vegetables gradually and then add the remaining vegetables. Keep staring the rice and vegetables until well combined.

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STEP 6; Serve in a dish with chicken, mutton , beef or fish.

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