Hello there, my name is Valerie and welcome to my multicultural food blog. This may come as a shock but growing up, I hated cooking! I always believed I would never get married because I was so bad at relationships. I never bothered to learn how to cook or how to keep a home because I genuinely believed I would never be a wife.
That was, until I fell in love with a man who actually wanted to be my husband. Before I knew it, I was a wife and a mother with no skills, no training and absolutely no clue on how to feed or take care of them!
To say that the first year of our marriage was rough is an understatement, I didn’t know what I was doing! I remember giving my husband pasta and chicken stock for dinner, literally presenting him
with sticky, overcooked pasta and a dissolved maggi cube for dinner. I will never forget the sheer disbelief on his face.The day I decided to learn how to cook was when one of my husband’s family members made fun of him for being married to someone who can’t cook Nigerian food. I got so mad that I actually started crying. At that moment I just thought NO! I am NOT going to have my husband regret marrying me. I started researching all kinds of recipes and cooking techniques. The first Nigerian dish I made for my husband was pepper soup and pounded yam. He sat down for dinner and looked at me with that scared ‘uh-oh’ expression I was all too familiar with. I had to explain to him what it was because I hadn’t cooked it well, but he was so supportive and proud that I had made the effort – have I mentioned he’s my hero??
The first Nigerian dish I made for my husband was pepper soup and pounded yam. He sat down for dinner and looked at me with that scared ‘uh-oh’ expression I was all too familiar with.
As time went on, I did more research and learned more recipes. I started going to the market to buy crayfish, goat meat, egusi melon and all kinds of ingredients I had never even heard of before! The first proper meal I cooked for my husband was egusi soup and he loved it! To this day, egusi soup is my best Nigerian dish! It was the first dish (in my whole life) that I actually cooked well enough for other people to really, honestly enjoy it. That first time was the first time I had ever seen my husband so enthusiastically eat and eat and eat something I had made. I had never seen him so happy and satisfied. I even stopped eating and just watched him enjoy my food.
The more research I did, the more I realised how curious and passionate I was about food from all over the world. Some of my favourite recipes include Chinese seafood hot pot, Italian carbonara, Nigerian egusi soup, Japanese pancakes, Korean bibimbap, Korean kimchi and Jamaican curry goat. I still kind of hate cooking but I love exploring different cultures through food and that’s what motivates me to cook.
I’m the kind of person that if I’m presented with a dish I’ve eaten my entire life and a dish I have never heard of, I will always go for the one I’ve never heard of.
The world can be a beautiful place and for me, the best way to discover that beauty is through food. I created this blog to help me document all the various recipes I have actually mastered. This blog only contains recipes that are my absolute BEST and are a huge hit with the people around me. Having said that, please don’t come at me if I get one of your national dishes a little wrong, I’m still learning! Thanks for stopping by!