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SKIN 101!

For the past couple of months, I have taken my skincare routine seriously, which I will say has brought me great results & satisfaction. I haven’t worn makeup for past 3 months as I tried this routine out, but I have started slowly easing into my makeup routine as well & see how it goes with this.

Simple facial cleansing wipes- first step is to clean your face with wipes. I use this particular one because it properly removes waterproof mascara, as well as gentle on the skin.
CeraVe foaming cleanser- I use this twice daily, every morning & evening on wet face & wash thoroughly.
Super Facials clay mask- once or twice a week is enough to see results. I started with twice weekly (Thursdays & Sundays) for first 2 months & now I’m doing it once a week on Wednesday nights.
Bio oil- I use few drops every evening all over my face concentrating on where blemishes as well. It helps eliminate scars, blemishes & uneven skin tone.
CeraVe facial moisturising lotion- I apply pea size amount to my face, concentrating on blemishes/spot prone area(s) more. Use pea size because thats all you need really & even a small amount is long lasting.

This isn’t in anyway a sponsored ad so there are no links to purchase or discount codes, but these products aren’t expensive at all. You will notice this about drugstore brands a lot.

After doing this consistently twice weekly for the past couple of months now & seeing results, which I am happy about I’m sharing this, as might help someone as well who knows.
Do note that we all have different skin types & react differently to products, as such this might have worked for me but might not work for next person.

PS: before trying any skincare products especially for your face, make sure to do extensive research & speak to a specialist as well.

Happy midweek guys. Stay safe xx

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2020 so far…

Well, who would have thought a global pandemic would come along & literally mess everyone up. Sigh!

Most of you who know me, know how much I enjoy travel & food photoblogging , but unfortunately thanks to one who must not be named, that aspect of my life has been on hold. Looks like every other aspect as well, maybe not with work, as that is the only thing going on as planned.

Started the year, with wonderful plans & all my holidays planned out to a T, but oops.

I also thought maybe, the love of my life would come along & sweep me off my feet but I’m still standing tall, so maybe not 😂😂

Work?… oh it’s great. Business as usual & it’s booming, money is being made & I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I guess, life isn’t so bad tho, things are easing up. I can go about my foodie shenanigans again & I’m looking at trying out domestic travelling. Which I’m looking forward to.

I’m becoming a year older in a couple of days. I have a job, my bills are paid, I’ve got a place to call mine, good health, clear skin & no man problems, so guess who wins at the end of the day, me & not you Covid 🙄

Anyways, lovely weekend guys & see you all soon. xx

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Homemade salad & scrambled eggs!

My quick fix homemade salad & scrambled eggs

You will need

Ingredients:

2 large eggs

Tomato

Bell pepper(yellow, red & green)

Onion

Lettuce

Mayo

Powdered pepper(optional)

Salt

Oil or butter

Procedure:

PART I

– Wash lettuce & cut as desired into brine solution (tip: cleans veggies well)

– Rinse & serve onto a plate

– Garnish with mayo

PART II

-Dice tomato, onion & bell peppers into a bowl

-Break eggs into the bowl

-Add salt & powdered pepper to the bowl & whisk away

-Grease frying pan with a little oil or butter & bring to fire

-Pour egg mixture into the pan & fry till golden

-All done, serve & Bon appetite!

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MASHED PLANTAIN “ETO”

Hey guys, it’s lunch o’ clock and we are having eto . First attempt at trying it & if I’m being honest it actually bangs.

INGREDIENTS:

Plantain

Palm oil

Fresh pepper

Fish powder

Salt

Onion

Groundnuts/peanuts

Egg

PROCEDURE:

Peel plantain & put in a saucepan with enough water, add salt & the egg & cook

Wash & set aside earthenware bowl

Wash onion & pepper & dice onion

Drain water from plantain & set aside

Pour palm oil into saucepan & bring to medium heat

Add a handful of diced onion & 2 tablespoonful of fish powder

Put diced onion & pepper into earthenware bowl & grind until smooth

Add groundnuts & grind as well, while adding palm oil to it & make sure to mix well

Now add cooked plantain to into the grounded paste in batches making sure it’s properly mashed

All done now, serve

Garnish as you desire

Bon appetit.

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EBA and OKRO!

My recipe for eba & okro stew. Can be eaten as lunch or even supper.

INGREDIENTS:

Palm oil

Okro

Onion

Tomato

Crabs

Smoked salmon

Beef

Salt

scotch bonnets (fresh pepper)

XO beef cube

Fish powder

Gari

Water

PROCEDURE:

-Wash salmon, beef, crabs & vegetables(tomato, onion, okro) & cut vegetables.

-Blend scotch bonnets (fresh pepper) & onions together then set aside.

-Boil cut okro for some minutes & set aside.

-Boil the crabs for some minutes, 20 should be fine.

– Pour water into a saucepan & add beef, a tablespoon of blended onion & pepper paste & crush XO cube into it & boil for 25 minutes.

-Pour palm oil into clean saucepan & bring to fire.

– Add blended onion & pepper paste, let simmer for sometime then add salt & fish powder.

– Add chopped tomatoes & let it cook.

– Add cooked okro let it simmer for a few minutes then add crabs & beef.

– Add smoked salmon & allow it to finally cook.

– Boil water in clean saucepan, once water start forming bubbles add gari to it & stir. The amount of gari & water needed for this step will depend on how hard or soft you prefer your eba & also number of servings.

– All done now, dish out & garnish if you desire with cut onion

Bon Appetit!

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AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS:
1 large size avocado 

Milk (evaporated, whole or full cream)
Honey 
Vanilla essence 
Cinnamon powder 
Ice 
PROCEDURE: 
Put ice in a blender 
Peel & cut avocado into the blender 
Pour 100g of milk into it
Add a tablespoon of honey 
Add half a teaspoon of vanilla essence 
Blend on full power 
Pour smoothie into a cup 
Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon powder & honey to garnish 

PS: I used evaporated milk because I like my smoothies very thick.

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Homemade eggy corned beef stew & boiled yam.

Hi guys,

Happy Sunday from me & my plate of happiness.

Here is a step by step guide to creating your own happiness as well.

You will need:

Yam

Salt

Cooking oil

Fresh pepper

Onions- 2

Fresh tomatoes- 6

Yellow bell pepper- 1

Carrots- 1

Eggs- 4

Corned beef

XO beef cube

PROCEDURE:

1.

Wash all vegetables with water (fresh pepper, bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, carrots) & cut them

Put fresh pepper & some of cut onion into a blender & blend into a paste

Pour oil into a saucepan & put on fire

Put rest of onions into the saucepan

Add the blended paste to it & let it simmer till golden with intermittent stirs

Add tomatoes, some salt to taste & allow it cook

Put rest of cut vegetables into the stew

Allow it to simmer for some minutes, break eggs into it but do not stir

After some minutes stir gently while breaking OX cube into it. Do not over stir

Add corned beef with slight stir, then allow it to simmer a bit

And it’s done

2.

Peel & cut yam into sizeable pieces

Wash thoroughly under running water

Put yam into clean saucepan, add water & salt & put on fire

After about 25 minutes, check yam for softness & drain water as it’s ready

Dish out some stew & yam onto a plate & serve

Bon Appetit!

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CRÊPEY FUN DAY!

Hi guys, so as promised my crêpe recipe is ready. Now let me add this is not your regular everyday plain crepe, these have a little fun twist. I tried two different flavours, baileys & cinnamon. Hope you like it.
INGREDIENTS: 
Pancake mix 
(If you don’t have mix no worries, you can use all purpose flour) 
Milk- 200g
Eggs- 4
Cinnamon powder 
Lemon juice
Butter 
Honey 
Baileys 
Vanilla essence
PROCEDURE 1:
Pour 1 cup of pancake mix into a blender 
Add 100g of milk 
Add a tablespoon full each of baileys, vanilla essence & lemon juice
Break 2 eggs into the blender with other ingredients & blend on full power
Pour the fine batter into a bowl
Put frying pan on fire & add a little butter about a teaspoon full
Fry batter in batches, using a deep ladle to scoop.
Repeat previous step till batter is finished
Garnish with honey

PROCEDURE 2:

Pour 1 cup of pancake mix into a blender

Add 100g of milk

Add a tablespoon full each of cinnamon powder & vanilla essence

Break 2 eggs into the blender with other ingredients & blend on full power

Pour the batter into a bowl

Put a frying pan on fire & add a little butter about a teaspoon full & fry batter in batches

Repeat previous step till batter is all done

Melt a tablespoon of butter & mix with 2 tablespoons of honey

Garnish with melted butter & honey & sprinkle a bit of cinnamon powder onto your crêpes.

All done now, enjoy

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Happy week guys 🥞

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I Do Hope…

I hope, errrmh…

I………..I hope you have the courage to take what is yours.

I hope you have strength to fight for yourself

I hope you are bold enough to walk away.

I hope you have enough zeal to start over.

I hope you are able to spread love & smiles all around even if you do not feel up to it.

I hope you do not lose your ability to touch lives.

I hope you have the power to let go.

And above all M, I do hope you choose yourself every time.

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Homemade bean stew & fried riped plantain!

Bean stew.

Ingredients:

Saucepan

Hot water

A cup of black eyed beans

Palm oil

Onions

Tomatoes

Salt

Powdered pepper

Fish powder

Tuna

STEPS.

1. Wash beans in a bowl with warm water

2. Boil water & add it to beans in saucepan

3. Bring saucepan to fire & boil for an hour or till it is soft & cooked. Then set aside

4. Dice tomatoes & onions

5. Pour palm oil into a clean saucepan & bring to fire

6. Put diced onion into pan with palm oil

7. Add a little powdered pepper to it & stir

8. Add diced tomatoes & stir

9. Let it boil for some minutes then add salt & fish powder

10. Allow it to cook for some time

11. Add the cooked beans to your tomato sauce & let it simmer for about 20 minutes

12. Add tuna, stir & allow it cook for about 10 minutes.

13. All done now. Serve a portion unto plate with plantain.

PS: Refer to my previous post for my fried ripe plantain recipe for the plantain to go with your bean stew. You can also try it with rice or yam.

Tip: boiling beans with hot water cooks it faster.

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Bon appetite 🍽

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