I’m back home in Nigeria and I have been eating so much food! This is evidenced by the instagram page.
I also recently went on a road trip to a state called Kogi. Of course, more food was consumed (Hello, ChubbyDija here! Khadija really loves food! I guess we already knew that.). Most of these dishes had palm oil in them which is probably not the best thing health wise but it is so good! 😀
One of the great things about travelling in Nigeria is the availability of road side food. I went to secondary school in Offa, Kwara State and one of our favourite things to buy was ‘Akara elepo’ (my mum’s favourite kind) which translates to ‘bean cake made with palm oil’. Unfortunately, the lady who we usually bought from had to stop using palm oil probably due to village rumours about using palm oil to fry the akara. Nonetheless, we bought the akara that was fried with vegetable oil. That was maybe about six years ago.
This time around, we were travelling from Ogun State to Kogi State by road and it took about 6 hours to and 5 hours from. It’s a very long journey but the beautiful clouds make it worthwhile.
On our way back, the idea to document all the roadside foods popped into my head. Akara is the ultimate favourite to buy. This time though, we bought akara, corn and asala.
I have to note that the corn had no salt. That’s what I’m used to, corn with very little or no salt; until I went outside Nigeria and noticed that people ate it with margarine.
Buying roadside akara is not complete without buying ‘Agege bread’. Agege bread is white bread that is locally made and is full of the unhealthy things that one shouldn’t eat! I ate akara with agege bread in Iyamoye (the village we went to in Kogi) but I managed to restrain myself during the journey. The bread is really good!
Anyway, here goes!
These are the snacks that were bought during the trip from Iyamoye:
The following are meals I ate in Iyamoye:
Moving on, these are just other meals I have had.
Hope you enjoyed feasting with your eyes as much as I enjoyed eating these foods!
By the way, here are some plantain posts for you Michelle.
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Urghhh u went to Ikoyi Club without me…u r d absolute worst
Ride on Dija, enjoy to d fulkest real food instead you have sorley missed instead of all those funny but beautiful to d eyes u have been managing. Am sure you cant compare. Never mind all d oil and kalories u are adding on. It will even out at d gymn or when u go back to ur veggies. U however fall my hand by not making those local delicasies look as inviting nd mouthwatering like those oyibo food. Pls add value to our dishes by arranging nd displaying them in a very exortic manner. Welcome home nd enjoy yourself.
I’ve been enjoying the food. Especially plantain! Will try to make the food more appealing next time.
Thank you ma! 🙂
I love this post and I’m gna show it to my boyfriend to torture him!he misses all this food from home! and it’s good to finally put an image to some of th food he always talks abt like eba! Also, I ddn know you cud fry yam! I must try that!and you have no idea what a relief it is to realise u guys actually have a variety of foods!if u stay here long enuf u start to think th only naija food ther is suji and egusi! 😀
Plus Now it makes sense why my boyfriend always complains if he can’t c oil in any food I make!all your foods are so oily! It’s a surprise many Nigerians don’t die young from heart diseases! It’s worrying!
I’m happy you’re happy! I have never eaten suji; I don’t even think it’s Nigerian. As for the oil, yes! Some of us eat too much but you should keep on cooking without too much, he’ll get used to it. Or he should.
Naija food is just awesome!:-) Especially Eba!!:-)
Yes, eba is good. Are you Nigerian?
I wish! I’m Kenyan:-)
I love your blog-great pictures, and interesting to read!:-):-)
Thank you! I’m trying to make it better. Keep coming back for more (or you can subscribe/follow so you know when I post new stuff)
Aunty Tonia has a point there.
You surely ate more than this, Chubby ‘Dija!
Per the oil, don’t worry, we are too near the equator for the sun not to be melting off the bad stuff on the plate and from our bodies after we’ve ingested.
If the sun burnt off all the oil I’d be skinny!
I would love to work on the presentation of the foods with you.