Thursday, 15 November 2018

Afro Lifestyle Giveaway

We're getting into gift season and I am so excited to share this giveaway featuring 5 black-owned home decor brands.

We all know African art is beautiful. And with retail brands catching onto its appeal in the
marketplace, it's so important to shine the spotlight on some amazing African artisans
and makers by giving you the chance to grab some of their incredible creations. For free!

The Prizes

Ayok’a is giving away a framed art print and the winner can choose from over 200 different designs.

Onua will be giving away one of their African print lampshades with a matching set of coasters. 

Djilene Creations will be offering the 'Tuuti Tank' chair.

Opouko will be giving away a kita cloth cushion 

Puzzle of Nature will be offering a set of handmade saggar fired tealight holders and a jewellery box.

How to Enter

For your chance to win all these beautiful items, simply follow this link and enter your email address: 

The giveaway ends on Friday 23 November 2018.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Rice and Vegan Chicken Stew | My Brother Reacts

Yes, you read the title right - vegan chicken stew!

My brother came to visit me a couple of weeks ago, and like the good little sister that I am, I shoved a camera in his face and asked him what he thought of the Fry's chicken-style pieces that I'd so generously added to our lunch. He's not vegan, you see, and once in a while I try to overly impress him with scarily similar versions of the food he's used to, just to show that being vegan doesn't mean missing out on anything - chicken included.

If you ask me what I think, I adore the Fry's range. I've written reviews about their products in the past and they are largely my go-to for the times I want to use meat substitutes. It's the fact that they are non-GM and contain no artificial preservatives or colours - all the stuff you should watch out for when indulging in mock meats.

The dish itself is simple: fluffy golden basmati rice; stew made from a seasoned blend of tomatoes, red pepper and onions; served with some fried plantain. It doesn't get more Nigerian-classic than that, whipped up in under 30 minutes.

If you like this post, you'll probably also like my recipes for Vegan Beef StewVeggie Buka Stew and Caramelised Onion Stew. So many stews, so little time, or something like that...

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Cooking for Gina Yashere / London VegFest 2018

October somehow always ends up being the busiest month of the year for me, and it was no different this time around. Between a 9-5 job and a million personal projects related to 'The Vegan Nigerian', I had to remind myself to breathe and take each day as it came. Don't get me wrong, everything I had to do was either fun, exciting or wonderfully challenging, but as someone who isn't much of a planner, seeing my calendar packed out a month in advance made me feel queasy at times. The anticipation builds and builds, but then the satisfaction of getting through each event is unlike anything I can adequately describe, so I suppose it's always worth it!

Aside from the launch of my Plantain Cookbook (have you bought your copy yet?) I also had to prepare for another stint on the London VegFest cooking demo stage. This year's concept was simple: to showcase a couple of recipes from the cookbook. It was an absolute blast. From feeding off the energy of an engaged audience to getting to talk about something I'm passionate about to sharing recipes that I'm proud of, it was simply great to be there again. So much so that I'm now sniffing out more opportunities to organise or participate in workshops and presentations - watch this space.

The day after the buzz of VegFest, I hosted a dinner for comedian extraordinaire Gina Yashere and her amazing friends. If you've been living under a rock and haven't watched any of her stand-up specials or seen her killing it on the likes of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, then you need to get it together! Browse through her tour dates and grab yourself a ticket to one of her shows - you won't regret it. The few clips in this week's video really don't do the experience justice, and in many ways it was far better to enjoy the fun moments in real time rather than worrying about capturing every single detail of it on camera. Gina and her friends were lovely, welcoming and encouraging in so many ways. At the end of that whole weekend, I was on complete and absolute cloud nine.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Plantain Cookbook - Out Now!

The day has finally come!
After weeks of recipe-dreaming, recipe-writing and recipe-testing, I am proud to announce the official release of my Plantain Cookbook.
It's been an absolute labour of love and I've enjoyed every minute of bringing this book to life. 
It's bold, bright, beautiful and packed with just over 40 plantain-infused recipes. Breakfast, lunch and main meals are covered. But so are surprising dessert recipes such as chocolate fudge cake (yes!), pastries, cupcakes, and more. 
Each recipe is accompanied by a glossy image, and when I tell you that the recipes are delicious and accessible, I really mean it.
If you love plantain as much as I do and think it deserves the extreme attention that I have given it in this book (ha!), then it would mean the world to me if you supported this project. You can do so in a number of ways: by downloading or buying a copy for yourself; by sharing this news with someone who would appreciate it; by leaving a review; or even just sending me a virtual pat on the back (that counts too!). 

  • For fans of ebooks, you can download a PDF directly from the Books page on my website here, or download it straight onto your Kindle via Amazon here
  • For those who enjoy flipping through the pages of a cookbook, you can buy a glossy copy from here or a paperback copy from here
  • For anyone who wants to share the book on social media, feel free to tag me @VeganNigerian on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag #plantaincookbook so that I can thank you personally and send you a million heart emojis! 

Thank you as always for reading, watching and supporting. I appreciate it greatly and wish you the best week imaginable! 

Love, Tomi (a.k.a. the plantain enthusiast) x

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

PLANTAIN COOKBOOK: Release Date Announcement

It's perhaps the cookbook you never knew you needed - ha! But if you love plantain as much as I do, then you should be excited to grab a copy of my latest publication. It's going to be released next week, Tuesday 30th October and I cannot WAIT for you to see it!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

4 Easy Ways to Make Any Meal Healthier

This week's video is slightly different from the usual recipe or vlog format. I share four key ways to instantly transform a meal from unhealthy to healthy. The principles are pretty basic, and you'll probably have heard them a million times before, but it's always good to get a reminder. Perhaps you're keen to commit to healthier cooking habits, or you're looking for simple, no-fuss ways to hit certain health goals, I hope these reminders give you that much-needed boost.

Have a great week!