HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017

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Okay! It’s getting stale already I suppose, because the year is slowly but gradually ticking away. What are your plans, goals and aspiration for this year?  before you tell me It took me almost nine days to write a happy new year post, don’t forget that it is never too late to begin the year with dreams, goals and plans for a better year. At least I got my a…s up and I’m writing something. Don’t judge. Lol. But more seriously, I always look forward to the New Year because it makes us aware of our past mistakes and helps us refocus our energies into making better decisions and recreating healthier memories. As we begin to make plans, write goals, about the changes we expect to happen in our lives this year we need to carry a mindset of they are achievable.

However, why it is important and great to do all these at the beginning of a new year, this year 2017, we need to be Deliberate about our dreams, plans, goals, and strategies for the coming year. We need to be willing to work and walk the talk, we need to be ready to overcome the challenges, or else all our planning will become a mere wish before our eyes. I haven’t been deliberate about a lot of things in my life, but I have made my decisions to be more deliberate this year. You too should make that decision, yes! You. Lol.

This year, expect a lot of random post; after all this blog is about self-discovery. I will put a reminder on all my devices about all I need to get done, don’t forget to set deadlines for your goals this year, be realistic with them, be patient with yourself, most importantly, this year love , live and let live( what’s that? Well help me out. Lol) like the coaches on a Facebook community I belong to will say be #phenomenal #toolatetobenobody. CIAO

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HAPPY NEW YEAR (2016)

HAPPY NEW YEAR

H-ear God’s word…………………Isaiah 55:3
A-nswer God’s call………………..Isaiah 6:8
P-ossess purity………………………Matthew 5:8
P-rioritise preaching the gospel…….2 Timothy 4:2
Y-ield to God…………………………Romans 6:13

N-ourish others with the word………Acts 20:28
E-nter into His rest……………….Hebrews 4:9,11
W-alk in Love………………………..Ephesians 5:2

Y-earn for Right use of Your Tongue…..Proverbs 15:4
E-mbrace Righteousness….1 Timothy 4:12
A-sk in Faith…………………….James 1:6
R-ejoice in the Lord always…….Philippians 4:4
( Excerpts from a sunday message by W.F Kumuyi;Deeper Life Christian Ministry)

Kind regards,
Damilola Ofoegbu
www.dammybalogun.wordpress.com
Ciao!

Love is blind

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Ever heard of the phrase “love is blind”? I bet you have. In recent times, people’s opinion of the said phrase has changed. When you mention that phrase in a conversation that discusses the affection between couples, one in every ten person will give you a quick retort; love maybe blind for some people, but for them, love wears prescription glasses. Lol. Should I be of the opinion that those who wear prescription glasses see better than those who do not? ( wondering).

Why is love bIind? I want to believe it’s because one person is so smitten by the other person in a relationship and often don’t realise when they are been used by that person. Have seen where someone who is definitely in a selfish relationship where they do all the caring and loving and yet do not see the lapses of their partner or are quick to defend when others point out unacceptable behaviors of their partners. In scenarios like this, people have been known to excuse this smitten partner by just say the phrase “love is blind”.

Is love really blind? And if it is, does it make one sided affection in a relationship acceptable? I want to believe love is not blind. We choose to love irrespective of whether it is reciprocated. It doesn’t excuse bad behaviour. We shouldn’t be carried away by our affection. If a love relationship is one sidded, then you have the right to walk away especially an unhealthy situation where all you get is shredding of of ur self esteem and worth. Don’t be fooled that love is blind, you can clearly outline what you want in your relationship don’t excuse unhealthy relationship with the phrase “love is blind”.

I know love could mean a lot of different things to everyone depending on their expectations in a relationship but true love should be sewn from mutual respect,care,affection and genuine concern for one another. Where love is shown it should be healthyliy reciprocated. In as much as we have our failings as humans, we should see love as a tool to shape,nurture,care,mould,motivate and inspire others. It is not also restrictive to our partners, Valentine’s day, family and friends alone but as many people as her opportune to cross our path. A little smile, a kitten extension of the arm of friendship, a little concern n care is all that matters.

It’s February, the month of LOVE, spread the good cheer,feed someone,cloth someone,give a hug, share words of encouragement , tend the sick, vist the orphans, extend the arm of help to the elderly, help your spouse with the house chores, go for a romantic date, be happy making others happy. cultivate the habit of sharing. Don’t wait for Valentine. Let everyday be a love day. Ciao

PANCAKES WITH CORNED BEEF SAUCE

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Ingredients

Pancake mixture:
1 Cup All purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup Milk
Sugar
1 Egg

Sauce:
1 Onion bulb chopped in rings
1 can of Corned beef
2 Fresh peppers
2 tomatoes

Preparation pancakes: Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg into milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
Heat a large non stick pan over medium heat, and coat with cooking oil or butter. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the pan, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

Preparation for beef sauce: pour a little cooking oil of choice into pan, add onions, stir, add tomatoes and pepper, go easy on salt or knorr cubes(seasoning of your choice) as corned beef are already salted. Stir for a few minutes and set down.
Servings: Serve with pancakes.

SMOKED FISH PUMPKIN SAUCE

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Hello,
I have been so out of touch lately and everyone has been clamouring for a new food post. so will be dropping more yummy meals for us to try.
Ingredients

Freshly rinsed Pumpkin leaf chopped
Smoked Atlantic mackerel fish popularly known as Titus fish in Nigeria (shredded beef or chicken optional)
Dried shrimps/ prawns
3 tomatoes chopped
3 red peppers chopped
Onion sliced in rings

Preparation: place sauce pan on fire, add cooking oil of choice(palm oil), add onion rings, add curry powder(if using vegetable oil), add tomatoes and red peppers and stir till water dries up, add smoked fish and shrimps, add seasoning(knorr cube), stir for a few minutes, add pumpkin leaf taste for salt, add a little and let simmer for 2 minutes and set sauce pan down.
Serving: serve with Rice or boiled yam.

Hope you get it right. would love to hear your feedback how it turned out.CIAO.

NOODLES MY FAVOURITE QUICK FIX MEAL

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I love noodles so much that, if i were to be hungry and needed to make something quickly, noodles would be my first choice. The particular brand I enjoy making, is the Indomie chicken brand that comes in small packs. I always feel it taste better than the bigger pack. (Never mind, my personal preference). sorry peeps, don’t mind the picture quality. It was done with my phone.

HOW I LOVE TO EAT MY INDOMIE  NOODLES

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Fig1: noodles with carrot,peas,onion,red pepper and shredded chicken

Fig2: noodles with tomatoe, onion,red peppers served with roasted chicken leftovers

Fig3: noodles with carrot,onion,red pepper served with fried egg

Fig4: noodles with tomatoe,onion,red pepper served with fried plantain and fried egg

Fig5: noodles with coleslaw leftovers,onion,red pepper and shredded beef

Fig6: noodles with tomatoe,onion,red pepper,shredded susage served with boiled egg

Ingredients

2 pack of indomie chicken noodles

1 fresh tomatoe

2 fresh  red pepper

1 small onion bulb

green peas

carrots

1 green bell pepper

shredded chicken, boiled or fried eggs, meat or fish

HOW TO PREPARE

Put pot/pan on fire

Add 1 ½ cup of water into pot

Allow to boil

Add  2 packs of noodles in water don’t break(love it long so I can roll with a fork while eating, more enjoyable. lol)

Allow to boil for 3 mins, taste to make sure is not over cooked or too hard( best when it’s not too hard or too soft)

Drain out water

Put pot/pan back on fire

Add 2 tsp cooking oil on fire

Add onion, pepper, tomatoes, green pepper, carrots, shredded beef or chicken

Stir, until almost cooked, so u don’t overcook veggies.

Add ½ of sachet indomie spice n stir

Add noodles and add the remaining sachet spice into it.

Serve hot with boiled egg or fried egg for added protein(winks)(optional though since you have chicken in it).

 

Note : you don’t have to use all the ingredients at once.but you must always have your tomatoes and fresh pepper. you can alternate adding carrots, peas, green pepper etc according to availability. preparation procedure remains the same.

There are lots and lots of way to eat your noodles, but this will do for now. ciao

I LOVE FOOD

 

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hmm! who here doesn’t love food? lol guess not as much as I do. I enjoy cooking as much as i love eating them. I have a friend and every time I visit her blog, i feel like eating up the site. I don’t eat everything I see, but I love to sample new foods and then try them out myself. sometimes when you follow food blogs, their recipes, sometimes consist of  ingredients that you sometimes find difficult to get, reason been that over here in Nigeria, we enjoy eating more of our traditional African food.

so finding the right supermarket to cater for your ingredient list might be difficult. I have heard people say we don’t have enough dishes to choose from, what else do we have? apart from yam, rice, beans, garri(cassava) or plantain. But I disagree. we have a lot of soups, veggies and variety of dishes to choose from. I always love to say “Food is Art”. Even if we have four types of dishes, there are many ways you can spice things up to make it different all the time.

I would be sharing with you very soon, some of our local foods prepared with ingredients that are easily accessible and affordable. I will also be introducing, the various ways you can eat your popular staple food rice and a host other food. I invite you to join me on this yummy journey.Ciao