Once in a while, I think it’s necessary to take a step back from my little world of Tatashey and appreciate everyone else from those who have been in the game for a while, to those just starting out and everyone else in the middle. There are so many creative minds out there and everyone has a specialty – something that is unique to them. We aren’t competing, instead we are learning from each other and supporting one another (cc: that time twitter went haywire on the way Nigerian chefs plate traditional food). I am still not sure why some people were angry that we present food beautifully today. Did we force them to look at the food? Or eat it? No. But the rage was real oh!
So today, I have set aside my skillet and chef knife to appreciate a few of my colleagues in the blogosphere. In no way is this list exhaustive – it’s actually just the beginning – so I’ll let you all leave comments and include other bloggers you love.
How do I even start? To be honest I’m not 100% sure she’s Nigerian (awkward because of the title you know…) But even if she isn’t, I still love her blog and she’s on the list regardless. I stumbled on her blog once time when I trying to perfect my puff puff, and I have been hooked ever since. From her simple-to-follow recipes, plating style and food photography… Sometimes the line is blurred between simply admiring her and wanting to be her. Some of my favorite recipes on her blog are her banana, coconut and chocolate flavoured puff puff.
My sister from another mister (it sounded awkward to say sister from another mother because that doesn’t rhyme so…yeah). Her blog has taken the art of African Fine Dining to another level. It was one of the first African food blogs that opened many people’s eyes to show that our food can be made appealing to those outside our culture. One of the unique things she did recently was a pop-up restaurant. Check it out here
When I think of the founding fathers (or mothers?) of Nigerian food blogs, I think of 9ja Foodie. It is a go-to blog for those who have no idea what Nigerian food is and want to learn. Recipes aside, I most admire her passion for advancing Nigerian food because the blog breaks down cultural barriers and makes it easy for non-Nigerians to connect. Also I love that she’s somewhat outspoken (correct me if I am wrong) because some of her discussions on twitter pretty much say “COME AT ME BRO!”
4. Atim of Afrolems:
Tips on tips on tips! And by that I mean cooking and kitchen tips. Not just about recipes, Afrolems has a knack for giving great kitchen advice. Each time I happen on a new tip, my reaction is always along the lines of “Seriously??,” “I can do that?,” “It’s that easy?,” “Adonbelivit!” (Translation: I don’t believe it). For example, no. 9 on “10 kitchen tips and tricks”
All I have to say is: please, adopt me!!! I won’t cause
too much trouble. I won’t break many things. And I will sometimes do the right thing. On a serious note, her recipes are so unique – she takes various cultures in Nigeria and infuses them into one another. And on top of that, she makes healthy versions. What’s not to love?
The queen of kitchen machines – that was corny, I know. I love this blogger because she is all about capitalizing on technology to make the cooking process easier. Who would have thought (take note, it is not “who would OF thought” *side eye* to people who say that) that you could use a food processor to make pounded yam? That the dish that took our ancestors hours to prepare now only takes us a few minutes? All without compromising on taste?? Go ‘head girl! More grease to your elbow
My girl has taken the art of food to a whole new level. She literally makes artwork/drawings from food! Like. Seriously. The first time I scrolled through her Instagram feed, I had to wipe my jaw off the floor afterwards. I am not sure how she started or when she first decided to merge her love of food with art, but damn – I’m forever impressed.
8. Wonu of Eko Café:
This new blogger has a promising future with her colorful meals and fantastic plating. I love the bright and cheerful nature of her website, but most of all, I love that she also loves plantain! Because seriously, plantain makes it all better!
I admire this blogger because of his use of videos to teach people how to make Nigerian food. It makes his blog unique in its own way as he fills in the gap and caters very well to the audience that prefer visuals. Plus, his photos are so mouth-watering!! And those large chunks of meat in his food…Whoosh! He is truly my brother in the kitchen.
First of all, I really like the animation/avatar (whatever it is called) on this website – the African woman with her 5 separate puffs of hair. If you drew this, you’re awesome (you’re still awesome even if you didn’t…). And I also love that throughout this website, there’s a really fun/energetic vibe going on with educational and interesting facts thrown in. A lot of times, I feel as if I am experiencing Nigerian culture through a fresh pair of eyes cc: her NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) food experience. She made me want to get on a flight to Nigeria and start NYSC. Sort of.
11. Chef Dudu
I know the title says 10, but hey it’s my blog so I’ll do what I want. That and 11 was kind of an odd number. I had to add one of my instagram favorites – Chef Dudu (uncle please wetin be your first name?)! I literally lust after his food on a daily basis. The colors. The textures. The combinations. *wipes saliva*. I love his fusion of cultures and the way he still keeps each one authentic (if that makes sense). He really lives up to his title of being an “unorthodox food explorer”.
Like I said, this list is not exhaustive so feel free to tag all your favorite food bloggers (including non-Nigerians). But I figured it was time to show some love to the people who encourage me to do better every day!