Category Archives: Cuisine

@AfropolitanChef Cookbook- African Inspired Meals

Yetunde Taiwo is the Afropolitan Chef , the spunky and talented beautiful Fashion and Entertainment Entrepreneur, born in Chicago, raised in Nigeria. Her influence is West African, but her perspective is global.  A self acclaimed Foodie, she is passionate about merging modern African cuisine with other cultures.

Photo: Hello foodies. So I have great news to share I am less than 30 days away from wrapping up my Indiegogo Campaign for my Afropolitan Chef cookbook. Thank you for all the shares, donations, commitment to donate on my phone and inbox. THANK YOU. Sooooo the AWESOME NEWS? on Friday, I had an amazing private donor make a $2,000 match promise. I NEED your support on this for the next 4 weeks. I need to raise $500 a week and my donor will match what I raise up to $2,000. So If I raise $500 this week, I get $500. So Image if 20 people gave $50 this week, I will be up $1,000 and my donor will match it. And remember 10% of all your donations go to the World Food Programme and No Kid Hungry to feed those in need. Please join me and click here to make a donation. http://bit.ly/AChefgogo THANK YOU for believing in me

Meals inspired by Africa, but infused with ingredients, techniques and flavors from around the world…

The Afropolitan Way!

Yetunde currently needs your support to publish The Afropolitan Chef’s cookbook which is all about – “Traditional African ways of cooking and eating and their meanings, plate presentations and decorations, rich but health conscious foods”, she says:

Hello, to every foodie out there who regularly pushes the boundaries of their food comfort zone. My name is Yetunde Taiwo and I love life and have a deep and passionate love affair with food, especially African food. So I’m creating the Afropolitan Chef Cookbook to share the techniques, flavors and spices of the world inspired by Africa. The concept is to share with you the eating habits of the modern day Cosmopolitan African. I have been cooking since I was 6 years old and my mother is my greatest influence in the kitchen. Afropolitan Chef dishes are tasty, save time and are visually enticing. I am calling your attention today because I need your support in making this delicious dream come true.  To teach you how to cook easily and quickly, African inspired meals. African Fusion. A cosmopolitan African perspective.

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You will learn and discover 3 main things in this book:

  • How to cook healthy delicious African inspired meals
  • How to save time in the kitchen and still eat 5 star style in your own home
  • How to present the food so that you enjoy the food experience from hunger to the last bite.

The Cookbook teaches you how to cook healthy, flavorful, colorful meals using techniques & spices from all over the world, but inspired by AFRICA. To know more and give go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/afropolitan-chef-cookbook-african-inspired-meals

Afropolitan Chef Cookbook- African Inspired Meals About the Book The Afropolitan Chef cookbook will have over 60 savory recipes in time for Thanksgiving 2014. The recipes are a fusion of meals I have learned over the years, influenced by West Africa, and includes something not usually shared in African fusion meals: A Calorie Count. Yes, delicious, exotic and still healthy! I have also done my best to include ingredients that you can get at any local grocery store. I have already written most of the recipes and shot the photos to go in the cookbook. In order to have foodies flipping through the pictures, salivating and yearning to satisfy their pallets in time for Thanksgiving; I need to raise $7,500 before summer’s end – Yetunde Taiwo, Afropolitan Chef

 

Connect with the Afropolitan Chef and support the campaign at  http://bit.ly/AChefgogo And remember 10% of all your donations go to the World Food Programme and No Kid Hungry to feed those in need.

 

Let’s make African Fusion meals a part of our kitchens all over the world – Yetunde Taiwo

Beautifully Dreaming…. Positively Doing..

xoxo

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Sharpen Your Creative Skills : Photography

I thought I should share this great info with fellow creatives or anyone reading this who knows someone who will benefit from this , so do not hesitate to share.

CreativeLive is a site that offers free art and design classes. CreativeLive was founded in 2010 by Chase Jarvis and Craig Swanson, who partnered to create an online space where they could connect the world’s top creatives LIVE with a global audience of aspiring creative professionals.

CreativeLive empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live. Featuring workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training; CreativeLive unlocks previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone.

Anyone can watch live online workshops — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. The future of education is interactive, free, and live now.

The photography class will be broadcast live and for free on June 5 9:00am – 12:00pm  Los Angeles Time zone. You have to RSVP here . If you miss the free class or want to watch at your own time, you’d have to pay.. check the site for more info

About the Photography class

Learn how to take the kind of photograph you’ll want to print and pass on to the next generation. In this three-hour course, you’ll learn the principles of good photography and get the skills necessary to create it.

Advanced cameras are available at modest price points, but learning how to use them takes an investment. In Photography Starter Kit you will learn the the most essential functions of your camera and get ready to confidently put them to work. You’ll get the swing of basic photographic terminology and totally feel prepared to move on to more advanced classes.

You will also gain a solid understanding of must-know lighting and composition techniques. John Greengo will guide you through the process of positioning yourself and your subject so you capture the best photo possible with the camera you have – no additional gear needed.

If you want to take more memorable and inspiring photographs of your travels, your friends and family, or the great outdoors this class is for you. You’ll learn how to make average pictures amazing photographs and gain the ground necessary to continue your photography education.

Instructor

John Greengo is an award-winning photographer specializing in outdoor and travel photography. Shooting for over 3 decades, John has developed an unrivaled understanding of the industry, tools, techniques and art of photography. When he’s not traveling for a new shoot, John teaches photography to students from all over the world. John’s unique blend of illustrations, animations and photographs make learning photography easy and fun.

Another class on Photography:

“Story on a plate” on Food Photography & Styling with Todd Porter and Diane Cu. This is for the foodie creatives out there 🙂

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Being naturally gifted is one thing. Honing the talent is another. Knowledge is power. Enjoy and thank me later..:)

Beautifully Dreaming.. Positively Doing..

xoxo

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Here’s Breakfast.. What’s for Lunch?

Good Morning…  What did you have for breakfast? 🙂

Breakfast is a meal that “breaks” the “fast” of a period of time (night time) where the body receives no food for fuel. As the period without food is usually during sleep. Therefore, the time when we generally “break” the “fast” is in the morning when we wake. Breakfast helps to jumpstart metabolism. Metabolism is the engine in your body that controls how your body uses energy through the day. It is especially important for the brain to have energy for thinking and learning.

Here’s what people around the world have for breakfast, well according to  BuzzFeedYellow



Eating breakfast has been significantly associated with better concentration and focus, as well as improved weight. ‘Feed your eyes’ with these photos of a popular African breakfast – Yam and Eggs. Pictures courtesy the Afropolitan Chef

and here’s the recipe for ‘Yam and Eggs’ with a twist added, tuna in the eggs.. Yum!

And for lunch, maybe you want to try  one of these, courtesy of Ndani Recipes

Start your day the healthy way – with the breakfast of champions! Are you a Champion? What’s your favorite breakfast? do share 🙂

Beautifully Dreaming… Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

 

SUREGIFTS – Redefining Gifting in Nigeria.

Hello Friends, hope the weekend started off well. I’m excited to hear about SureGifts, a gift card company that launched in my motherland of Nigeria.  Nigerians can now buy gift cards for loved ones with ease. Also, with me in the diaspora and family in Nigeria, it’s a great and secure way to send gifts to loved ones for the holiday season. How innovative! So this is how it works. It’s a one-stop shop. You ‘gift’ gift cards to loved ones and they redeem it directly from the merchant, e-copy or hard copy.

Sometimes, words are not enough to express just how much you celebrate, appreciate, regard or love someone. At Suregifts, they make the art of gifting simpler but richer.

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So “Let’s say you’re in VI and you need a replacement phone asap and out of cash? Check your email. I just sent you a Samsung gift card”

 “I’m getting married? I don’t want a thousand kettles. Buy me a generic Suregifts gift card and I can shop wherever I want”

“I am in the diaspora, it’s my mother’s birthday in Lagos. I buy her a Suregifts card online, send her the confirmation, she picks up her birthday gift from the vendor”

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You can buy a 50K Mothercare gift card for someone and send it to their email or have them send a printed version. They walk into Mothercare store and shop. Simple. It’s an online gifting hub, avoid the crowds, avoid the rush, give the right gifts.

Never expires!

Still not sure how SureGifts works? Watch the promo video:

In a nutshell:

For the sender, we offer the luxury of convenience. You don’t have to struggle to figure out the most ideal gift; neither do you have to go through the hassle of picking it up, wrapping and delivery. It’s all in a click of a button. For the recipient, get ready to free your storage room of un-preferred gifts. We know it’s the thought that counts, but it won’t hurt getting that thing you’ve always wanted instead!

Gift Cards from Suregifts are sent with love. They can be personalized with special messages and delivered just in time to ignite the widest smile. You can have it delivered to the recipients’ e-mail or physical addresses, and they can redeem at your selected vendor or anywhere Suregifts Cards are accepted. What’s more? Prices are usually cheaper on Suregifts than in-store, and Suregifts Gift Cards don’t expire!

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For more information and to be updated, check out their website at www.suregifts.com.ng Email at hello@suregifts.com.ng, Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/suregiftsNG Twitter at https://twitter.com/suregifts_ng

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Thank me later 🙂

Beautifully Dreaming…..Positively Doing…

xoxo

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Yay! My Photo Made It To The Essence Magazine Photo Challenge Favorite!

Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!!

Hope you all enjoyed your thanksgiving day ( Friends in the US Diaspora) So I did the Essence Photo Challenge for Tuesday’s “Someone you are Thankful for” and Thursday’s “ThanksGiving Dinner Table” on Instagram. Out of the overwhelming multiple entries, my  instagram photo made the 1 of 4 Essence fav picks for the ThanksGiving Dinner Table challenge. How cool is that?

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Here is the winning photo, menu list under the photo on my Instagram. While you are at it, follow if you will. 🙂

Thank you Essence Magazine!

In other random thoughts,  don’t make faces at other peeps’ dogs in parked cars

Ha! Ha!

Watch this

Be Safe,

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing..

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xoxo

LET ME HELP YOU SET YOUR DINNER TABLE

Hello Friends…

To those who live in the US, you know what time of the year is. Yep! It’s Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, goes without saying we all know everyday IS a day to be thankful; but here goes the history of Thanksgiving.  To everyone in general, well this may serve as a useful info for you especially  if  you like to be prim and proper in your hospitality/presentation.

Here’s a graphic on how that dinner table is really supposed to be set if you ever wondered what the correct way is. I am guilty of random placement in the past 🙂 . Click to enlarge.

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As for the  menu,  I almost always don’t really do (some things) as the Romans do when I’m in Rome, I tend to do things that the Romans will find intriguing and interesting enough to maybe, copy.  In that light, so as to be not much of a rebel, my thanksgiving menu this year will be about 85% a deviation from the norm, I will of course be cooking  the  proverbial turkey, dodo (fried plantain – my fav), Jollof Rice, sauteed vegetables, tossed salad, rolls, stuffing, pad Thai shrimp, sweet potato casserole, pan roasted brussels sprouts,  with sides of spring rolls, meatpies, fruits & pumpkin pie as dessert and/or cheesecake (my fav), and any other spontaneous item that pops up in my head tomorrow {self confessed Queen of Spontaneity } 🙂 . It’s really a simple and intimate one this year. So what’s on your menu?

Above all, I am thankful  for you, me & mine and  all of God’s blessings..

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Happy and Enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Cheers

toast

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…

xoxo

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