This video has been made in 2012 when I just started to learn Yoruba. I couldn't have imagined that it will reach 15 000 views one day. This is not a great video at all ; I just woke up when my husband started to film. I was busy writing my book at the time. Then I switched to this blog. When my book is going to be ready ? I have no idea. One thing is for sure : White Naija Girl is becoming international. :)
I adore my husband for his passion for his country.
This is what I found on his social site and I thought I would like to share it with you.
"I love Nigeria and Nigerians, that is why I want to remind you (voters) that today is a day to remember that the Republic of Nigeria, the Nigerian flag and our love for our fellow Nigerians must be at the heart of our decisions. I understand that some people must have receive yams and bags of rice. That must not stop you from doing the right thing today. I live in the UK and we here understand how no politician can be greater than the citizens. You have power, vote wisely, vote for someone you can trust to curb corruption which is the number 1 problem of Nigeria. Nigeria is wealthy but your money is in the hands of thieving politicians. Vote for someone who can stand up against them. Don't vote for some who is playing politics with your life. I am not going to mention any names but you know who you must vote for. The decision is yours, but remember your country and vote for rightly for the love of Nigeria. Again you must remember that no politician is greater than Nigeria, Nigerians and the flag of Nigeria"
Egusi is the seed of one species Citrullus Lanatus, a type of watermelon. The soup made from egusi seed is quite popular all over Nigeria.
Normally it's eaten with pounded yam and I have to tell you that it is really delicious. We have nothing like this in Hungary and when I first tried it I've eaten two full plates from it.
Today I wouldn't like to write about how delicious egusi soup is but what we can get from eating it.
First of egusi is quite high in fat content that makes it high in calories. Talk less of my Yoruba husband that love adding lots of palm oil to our egusi soup.Look at the chart below!
The basic Egusi Soup enriched with few chunks of stockfish and two pieces of meat contains a total of roughly 470 calories per serving without pounded yam!
But probably you also noticed that egusi is rich in vitamin A,Vitamin C, Calcium and iron.
Vitamin A is commonly known as the vitamin needed for good eyesight. Along with promoting vision, vitamin A is also vital for maintaining healthy skin, and supporting the immune system.
Vitamin C protects against heart attacks and strokes. In general, this nutritional element promotes better vascular health and vitamin C may even be important in preventing things like Alzheimer’s disease.
Calcium is needed for good teeth and strong bones and for the proper function of nerves, muscles, kidneys, and the heart.
Iron is very important because it helps your body to make haemoglobin. Haemoglobin, or ‘Hb’, is the protein found in red blood cells that carries oxygen around your body and gives blood its red colour.
What can happen if you have low iron levels?
If the level of iron in your body falls, your red blood cells may not contain enough haemoglobin. At first you may not notice any difference, however, if the amount of haemoglobin falls further, you can start to feel tired. If the shortage of iron is more severe, you can feel unusually weak or breathless. This is called anaemia.
I created a list of food that traditional Nigerian people eat. Please help me complete the list and don't forget to tell me what your favorite Nigerian foods are?
My husband and I eat most of these foods regularly and I personally love Egusi soup the most. I have to admit I don't really like things like stomach of a cow or snail but I try and taste at least once.
I can cook some of these foods however it always turn out to be a bit different to the original version. No question why?
My Jollof rice wasn't approved for two years when I finally learnt how to make it properly. Poor husband.
Check out my post on Jollof rice.
Adalu (beans mixed with corn)
Asaro (yam porridge)
Chinchin (sweets-fried pastries in strips)
Dodo (Fried Plantains)
Dundu (fried yam)
Fried bean cakes
Fried yam chips
Fruits like oranges, melons, grapefruits, limes, mangoes, bananas, and pineapples