I’ve confessed before that I can’t cook Nigerian dishes aside from a few staples. To me, the most important thing to master is various stews, from the basic obe ata (basic pepper stew) to the more complicated ogbono or egusi stew. My mother is not to blame (she tried, oh she tried, and for two decades I resisted her efforts and tactics, including the times she would get angry and tell me that since I didn’t help cook the food I could not have any). I was spoiled too because my father also cooks, so I really didn’t feel I had any reason to hang around the kitchen. Now that I’ve been living on my own for over a year, I think of the delicious foods I used to eat regularly and I’m sad that I can’t recreate them (is this what is referred to as “getting what I deserve”?). When bloggers like Ms. O whip up delectable delights I’m jealous and I have to confess that although I’ve requested recipes from her and others (and received them), I’ve never recreated the recipes in my own kitchen.
And I have a beautiful kitchen, one that practically begs me to use it.
(The cutie in the picture is my mom.)
Almost a year ago, I went to my parents’ place for a lesson on cooking obe ata. I think my mother probably made her first obe ata at the age of seven. I’m 31 and I still have not made my own pot of stew all by my self (my mom was directing me that last time). I thought by now I would have graduated to more complex stews but instead, I’m still working on stocking my kitchen to prepare Nigerian food. Winter is coming and I would like to be able to make some delicious stews. Last week I made a first step: I bought myself some Maggi cubes:
I just need a few
hundred other ingredients (see the comments on this entry for specifics) and next week I can start the cooking experiment in earnest: my goal is recreate the obe ata and have it taste good.
How do your cooking skills rate?