Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Plantain Social Recap [VIDEO] - Vegan Pop-Up #10



First event of the year was an absolute blast. A "Plantain Social" - can you imagine? An evening of meeting fascinating, creative, inspiring people whilst chowing down on plantain cooked and garnished in different and, dare I say, magical ways.

As far as planning went for this event, Carine and I both agreed that it felt pretty stress-free. The concept was simple, but the dishes packed a punch. The event was laid-back; chatter and good music filled the air, the entire venue carried the gorgeous aroma of fried plantain. It was close to perfection.

Collaborating, I have discovered, does wonders for the psyche. It's having somewhere there to carry the burden of getting everything ready in time. It's having someone to go shopping with and split the risks (and costs!) with. It's having someone to think about tiny details that you may miss when trying to juggle a million things on your own - and vise versa. I'd like to say that the nerves were non-existent this time around because it's my tenth event (and darn it, I should be used to it by now!) But no, collaboration I tell ya. That's the way to go. The same feeling of peace that I had when I planned and executed the Vegan Christmas Feast with my friend Eli back in December is the same that I had this time. Carine and I were linked up through a platform called Tabl which we are both a part of -  Marie with her West-African-inspired (and vegan!) sauces. Me with my Vegan Nigerian cooking classes. The beautiful minds behind Tabl saw the potential of something great happening if we got the opportunity to put our minds and efforts together. Et voila!

Enjoy the little video I put together. It shows you a little behind the scenes shopping action, clips from the event, and feedback from guests. It's fab. And fun.

Thank you to everyone who came along. See you next time? :)

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Quick Quinoa Stir-Fry



Here's one for the lazy vegans who don't want to spend an age in the kitchen. I had the opportunity to try out a range of West-African-inspired sauces by Marie's Little Jar. Cue a week or so of quick meals put together in 10 minutes or less, but still bursting with tons of flavour. And don't be put off by my use of quinoa in this recipe (if you are so inclined to be put off by quinoa...?) because you can easily substitute it with rice, couscous, or any other leftover cooked grains you've got.

You know the drill. If you haven't already, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for these weekly videos!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Plantain & Mixed Vegetable Fritters

In anticipation of my next pop-up event, here's a quick and easy plantain recipe. A good one if you've got overripe plantains that need using up, or if you're after a fuss-free snack. 

Excuse the inelegant plating of this dish, but this is definitely a case of taste over looks.

Tickets are still available for the Plantain Social coming up on 22nd April. It's going to be a fun night of food and networking with other bloggers, vloggers and creators. See you there!



Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Madrid Travel Vlog Part 3 | Vegan Places to Eat



The absolute final part of the Madrid vlog. In this one, highlights of some of my favourite vegan food finds!

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Madrid Travel Vlog Part 2 | Random Dancing, Vegan Hotdogs & Green Juice

In this week's video, I mash up random clips from around the city of Madrid with a couple of highly recommended vegan spots to visit. If you think it ends after this, then think again because someone was camera-happy during this trip and has a ton of footage to sift through and edit. Part 3 (next week!) is going to be the final instalment though (promise!), so make sure you're subscribed to my YouTube channel and never miss an upload! :)

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Madrid Travel Vlog Part 1 | Doughnuts, Women's March & Vegan Octopus??

Escaped routine for a few days and took a trip to Madrid, Spain. Being the middle of March and all, I was not expecting scorching hot weather, but maybe I should have wished a little harder for it because it rained for the most part of the trip. That didn't stop it from being a fun-filled, food-filled, adventure-filled holiday though! And on my final day, when the sun was out in full force, I wasn't bitter at all...mostly ;)

I decided to vlog some parts of my trip, particularly when food was involved. Aside from the vegan doughnut, vegan octopus and vegan Chinese buffet discoveries of the first couple of days, I also found myself in the middle of the Madrid women's march on International Women's Day (inspiring as can be) and at Madrid's most famous indoor market.

Enjoy this week's video and stay tuned for part 2 next Tuesday!

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Red Red Stews | Review [VIDEO]













Another week, another video, and this time I'm coming at you with a review of this gorgeous brand that's fresh on the market: Red Red Stews.


Their tagline reads 'Inspired by Africa, Remixed by London' and I can't think of a better description. 
The flavours are familiar yet unique; the packaging is simply stunning and the convenience is a real bonus. It's all vegan too (woo!),  gluten-free and packed full of protein.

There are three flavours (all available on Amazon):


Check out my video for a review :)







Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Nigerian Friends Try Vegan Snacks | Part 2



The shenanigans continue in part two of my friends trying vegan snacks. The camera went caput before we were done filming, so sorry it's missing a proper conclusion. Kinda like most things in life though, right?

I got some great feedback on last week's video and as if that wasn't cool enough, we crossed the 2000 subscriber mark on YouTube (woo!).  If you want more of these candid, no-frills style of videos, be sure to subscribe to my channel, leave a comment and let me know! While you're there, you'll also find a bunch of recipe videos, travel vlogs and random stuff.

Until next time...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Nigerian Friends Try Vegan Snacks - Part 1



I got two of my oldest and brutally honest friends - Yinka and Nneoma - to try a bunch of vegan snacks that I picked out for them. We've got a bit of a hot mess vibe going on in this video (haha!) but it was such good fun. The video ended up being so long that I had to split it into two parts, so stay tuned for more. I think I'll definitely be roping my friends into these sorta taste test videos in the future ;)

If you haven't subscribed to my YouTube channel yet, what are you waiting for? I post videos every Tuesday, and gosh I've really been on that consistency grind so far this year! Cheers to that!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Vegan Nigerian Stories: Ema

1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Ema and I work as an advisor at a university. I enjoy relaxing, travelling and the gym (well I’m trying to).



















2. How long have you been vegan and what inspired the change?

I have been vegan since January 3rd 2016, i.e. this is my 3rd year. My most influential vegan inspiration was a girl who I met on a trip to China in summer 2015 and she was the first vegan I had actually met and chatted with and I asked her questions about veganism, which she answered. I am very open to trying out new things so when I returned home, I started to eat a more plant-based diet, and would eat meat on occasion and also at Christmas due to lack of planning. When the new year came, I decided to try veganism strictly  and see how long I would last, and well, here we are :). I also had several epiphanies whilst eating prior to this, where I would be eating a piece of  meat and think, ‘oh crap! that was once alive’ and would be really grossed out for a moment, but carry on eating anyway.


3. How did your family/friends react to you going vegan?

Well my parents thought I had joined a cult or something, and often  said that what I was doing wasn't right since God said we should eat meat. The ‘V’ word soon became some sort of taboo in our house  and I kid you not, we once had a family meeting where I was accused of rejecting the right upbringing I had been given, all because I went vegan. One would have thought I was a murderer or something.
They are slowly easing into it though, because 3 years in, I am still alive and healthy and strong. My siblings support me 100% and they are all very pro-vegan, though they are not vegan themselves.  

My friends have mostly been supportive, except the ones that become nutritionists when you talk about being vegan. Some made statements like, ‘I’m sure you will soon eat chicken’ and ‘but bacon…’ Quite frankly, such comments have kept me going, as well as the feeling that comes with being vegan  i.e. I feel good after I eat, I don't feel heavy, I have a lot more energy and have been inspired to get fitter. 

4. Thoughts on being vegan in Nigeria?

I haven’t been to Nigeria since going vegan and I slightly dread the trip because I know how animal products are incorporated into most foods.

5. Give us an idea of the kinds of meals you eat.











6. Any tips for fellow Nigerians/anyone who wants to go vegan?
a) Just do it!
b) Your body is a temple, not a graveyard, so treat it like one!
c) Be more open minded to trying out new foods and new experiences.
d) It's okay to not get it right straightaway.  Just try and try again.
e) Planning is the key to getting it right, especially when you first start.
f) Do a lot of research. There are a lot of Facebook and Instagram groups for support and inspiration. 
e) Just because it's vegan, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

5 Years, 5 Giveaways [CLOSED]



The Vegan Nigerian blog turns FIVE on February 15th! Half a decade! I can hardly believe it.

To say it's been a wonderful ride so far would be an understatement. Keeping it short and sweet as I often like to do, I'll just say that I am immensely grateful for every single person who has followed along, tried a recipe, attended an event, and offered support in one way or another through words and actions.

As I'm in a celebratory mood, this giveaway features FIVE vegan prezzies under the categories of food, knowledge, gadget, beauty and experience. You can enter right here on the blog by subscribing and leaving a comment below. Or you can enter via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging FIVE friends under the giveaway posts. Simple.

FIVE people will be selected randomly and notified on 27th February. Good luck!

#1 - FOOD - Varo Jollof Rice
12 packs of jollof rice in the original and mixed veg flavours. Lunch or dinner sorted for the next fortnight!


#2 - KNOWLEDGE - 'You Won't Believe It's Vegan' Cookbook
Learn a bunch of new recipes and hone your vegan cookery skills with this handy vegan cookbook.




#3 - GADGET - Tofu Press by Tofuture
A unique, stylish and efficient way to remove excess water from unpressed tofu. A must-have for lovers of tofu.




#4 - BEAUTY - Vegan Beauty Products by Bourne Beautiful Naturals
A selection of cruelty-free, handcrafted skincare products that smell like a dream and leave you all radiant and stuff. 



#5 - EXPERIENCE - Two free tickets to The Vegan Nigerian Pop-Up Restaurant
For London residents only. Bring a friend along and enjoy some of my cooking in real life. Hint: there's currently an event in the works. Coming soooooooon! ;)



Monday, 12 February 2018

Our Hen House Podcast


Hey guys,

If you're into podcasts (and you should be! :p) then check out my interview with Jasmin Singer on episode 422 of Our Hen House where she asks me questions about my vegan journey, recipes, animal rights, and lots more!

Really hope you give it a listen! Be sure to follow and subscribe to Our Hen House for brilliant content centred around the movement to end the exploitation of all animals.


EPISODE 422: THE OLD DOG WHO CHOSE TO LIVE AND THE VEGAN NIGERIAN



Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Hackney Downs Vegan Market



I paid a visit to the Hackney Downs Vegan Market for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It was a rainy, dreary day, but that didn't stop crowds of people from gathering to enjoy the delicious selection of vegan food and products on offer. In this short clip, I highlight a some of the vendors that were around on the day, most of them regulars at the market. If you've got some spare time over the weekend, pop over to East London and treat yourself. Open every Saturday between 11am and 5pm at Hackney Downs Studios ;)

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Vegan Beef Stew | VegMeat [VIDEO]



Hey!

This post's especially for readers and subscribers living in Nigeria.

A while back, I got my hands on a pack of 'Vegetarian Chunks' a.k.a. 'VegMeat', a product created by the individuals behind Nigeria's first vegan restaurant situated on Lagos Island - Veggie Victory. In spite of the name, it is in fact suitable for vegans. If you think going vegan is impossible because you absolutely looovvveee your meat, but there's a part of you that would totally go for it if a worthy alternative existed, then this product may be just perfect for you.

With no additives or preservatives, VegMeat is a healthy meat substitute that has the taste and likeness of beef. Bonus? It has none of the cholesterol that you find in meat, making it ideal for anyone who wants to avoid heart-related diseases in the long-run or is simply looking to watch their weight.

So, I'm sure you're just gagging to know what it's actually made of. You'll be pleased to hear that the ingredients are wholesome and chemical-free: soya protein, wheat, garlic, ginger, salt, vegetable oil, onion.

It's many uses include but are not limited to: stews, soups (like efo riro and egusi), and suya.

At N500 (98p) for a packet which serves about 4 people, it won't add too much of a dent to your budget.

If you're in the diaspora, I'm sure you already know which meat substitutes are out there. Soya chunks can be bought online from Amazon, or in stores like Holland & Barrett, and Planet Organic.

Ingredients

- 2 cups red stew mix (blended tomatoes, red peppers and onions)
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 150g vegetarian chunks
- vegetable stock cube
- salt to taste


In a large pan/pot, heat the sunflower oil and add the red stew mix. You can make this dish oil-free if you wish.Add the vegetable stock cube and season with salt.

Add the vegetarian chunks. Cover and simmer on medium-low heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until the vegetarian chunks have softened.

Serve on a bed of rice or other carb of choice.







Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Chocolate Almond Mousse [VIDEO]



Want a gorgeous, light, healthy vegan dessert that's ready in under 10-15 minutes? I've got you covered.

My OG readers will recall the first time I discovered chocolate mousse made using avocados. My mind was blown! Fast forward a few years and here I am revisiting the jaw-dropping phenomenon. This time with a slightly nutty twist.

Enjoy the recipe and video, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel for weekly content (Tuesdays = upload days!), try not to drool over your keyboard as you scroll through these pics, and well...have a fantabulous week!

Ingredients
(serves 2)
- 3 ripe avocados
- 1/3 cup Vita Coco coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 heap tablespoons brown sugar







- 1 heap tablespoon ground almonds
- flaked almonds, to garnish



In a food processor, blend all the ingredients (except the flaked almonds) together until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides of the food processor and blend at intervals.

Chill for a couple of hours before serving with a generous sprinkling of flaked almonds.



Saturday, 20 January 2018

Flyte Drinks | Clean Energy Drinks
























If you're like me then you probably tend to stay away from most energy drinks because of all the added nasties that ultimately do more harm than good. 

This is what makes a brand like Flyte so refreshing as they strive to introduce a superior range of 100% natural, non GMO, clean energy drinks to the market.  And if you're a big coffee drinker, their drinks are a great alternative as the caffeine used is sourced from organic green coffee and doesn't give you the caffeine slump/crash that you may get with a regular cup of coffee. Aside from purified water and fruit juices, each drink is also infused with antioxidants, B vitamins and colours from natural ingredients such as safflower and red radish.

I tried three flavours of Flyte - Citrus Lemon, Orange Clementine, and Red Berries - over the course of a week and I must admit that I was impressed. For one, each drink has a light, crisp flavour that is a far cry from the overwhelmingly sugary, synthetic taste that you get from other energy drinks. My favourite was by far the citrus lemon - tangy, refreshing...I could go on.

As for the energy boost, I felt it almost instantly. To give you a bit of an insight into my weekdays, work doesn't really stop when I'm back home from the office. With a million and one Vegan Nigerian tasks to follow up on, work mode continues for at least a couple more hours until I properly settle down for the night. The drinks helped provide sustained alertness as I powered through my to-do lists. On the days that I went to the gym, the extra kick from the drinks was a bonus and I can already imagine several health-conscious gym-goers switching to Flyte in the long run.

As you can see from the pictures, the branding is pretty elegant and contemporary. I like the simplicity of the design and the fact that the drinks come in glass bottles rather than environmentally unfriendly can or plastic. Rather than chucking them away, they can easily be re-used as water bottles.

If you lead a hectic, active life and currently rely on unhealthy energy drinks to get you through the day, you may want to consider switching to this healthier option. Flyte drinks can be purchased directly from their website, where you'll also find lots more information about their ethos, choice of ingredients and involvement with carbon reduction projects.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

High-Protein Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie [Video]



A breakfast or snack that tastes like a cool, creamy milkshake? Yes, please. The classic combo of peanut butter and banana, along with a generous addition of ground flaxseed makes for a highly nutritious, protein-packed drink that's ideal for post-workouts or whenever you feel like your diet could use a protein boost. Freezing the bananas overnight would be my top tip for taking this smoothie to another level because the consistency you get is - for want of a more sophisticated word - lush!















Ingredients
(serves 2)
- 2 cups Vita Coco coconut milk
- 3 bananas, peeled, chopped and frozen
- 1 heap tablespoon smooth, unsalted peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (optional)
- pinch mixed spice (optional)

In a blender, add all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Keeps in the fridge for up to two days.




Thursday, 11 January 2018

Vegan Nigerian Stories: Blessing

Hey folks, in this new blog series, I introduce you to other Nigerian vegans. Hear their stories and be inspired! If you would like to be featured in this series, drop a comment below or send me a message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Tell us about yourself.
Hey, my name is Blessing! I'm a Yoruba girl who moved to London at the age of 7, but I'm currently living in Spain. I'm into travelling, language learning, food and rock music. 






















Describe your vegan journey.
I went vegan in November 2016 and I can't believe how quickly it's gone. Like most Nigerians, my diet growing up was predominantly: rice, stew, and a rotation of meat, chicken, fish etc. And I loved it all! I was really into food and kinda prided myself on being up for eating anything, so long as it tasted good. I didn't care. 

I don't think I ever considered where the "protein" came from until I first went back to Nigeria after leaving at the age of 7 where I witnessed my grandad killing a live chicken. Up until earlier that day we had been chasing the chickens around the same way we did with my grandparents' dogs. I remember feeling a bit horrified and sickened. I've always been incredibly empathetic, and even though I didn't feel right about it, I initially chose to ignore it because everywhere you turn, we're basically told that animals are products to be consumed any which way we see fit. 

I went along with this line of thought for a long time, but the turning point for me was when I went to an art gallery with two friends. A piece showed a fish caught in a drinks can plastic holder and I suddenly became angered and appalled, going on a rant about our mistreatment of the planet and its creatures. The conversation ended with my friend saying: "wow, it sounds like you should be vegetarian or something". And up until that point I seriously would have laughed at the idea of becoming a vegetarian, but when she said it, it just made sense. I went home with the intention of eating less animal flesh, but after researching the animal industry, I could no longer see animal flesh in the same way. I went vegetarian literally overnight. Over the course of the month I researched more and more into the effects of animal products on our health, the planet, and other human beings, and by the end of November I was fully vegan. 

How did your family and friends react to you going vegan?

Rice, vegetable stew & plantain
Surprisingly, a lot of them were very supportive. I'm not sure they understand it (or want to), but I've found that even the most hard-core meat-eaters will go out of their way to make you a vegan plate if they're your friend or family and you make it clear to them that you are convicted in your decision. The only person who took it to heart was one of my grandmothers (ha!). She continuously offered me non-vegan items (What do you mean snail isn't vegan?? Yes it has meat stock inside but there's no actual meat. Dried fish counts as an animal??But I think most grandparents are like that when you turn down food in general!

A lot of my friends and family thought vegan food does not taste or look good, so as someone who loves cooking and eating out, I've enjoyed the challenge of proving them wrong and showing them that there is a delicious vegan alternative to the vast majority of foods. You can still eat at Nandos and your favourite pizza and Chinese restaurant. No, you don't have to order a salad. Yes, vegan ice cream is real and just as good as the real thing. It really is almost always possible to find tasty vegan food anywhere.  

Describe your experience of being vegan while on holiday in Nigeria.

Again, as someone who loves cooking, I already knew how to veganise all my favourite meals, so I didn't find it challenging. I researched the staples of each region before arriving and really enjoyed a lot of local produce. 
Indian restaurant in Lekki

With regard to eating out, I didn't go to many restaurants. The only two vegan-friendly restaurants I ate at were:
  • An Indian restaurant in Lekki. The staff were helpful and willing to modify many dishes and the food was really delicious. Make sure you remind them not to use Ghee in any of your dishes. 
  • A vegan restaurant in Freedom park, Lagos [called Veggie Victory]. I went back three times because it was that good. Seriously! 
If you go out to eat at Nigerian eateries, everything apart from freshly boiled yam, rice and beans will be seasoned with Knorr (which generally isn't vegan), so definitely eat before or/and bring a snack. The one and only time I found myself in a Nigerian eatery and hungry, I simply ordered plain rice and beans and asked them to drizzle some oil and salt over it for me (which was surprisingly tasty, but definitely not something I'd recommend eating regularly). 


Veggie Victory menu


Veggie suya
































Describe some of the meals you ate.
Akara (street food)
Breakfast: Oats with soy milk (loads of brands have dairy milk mixed in so check carefully) or water. Fresh fruit. Fruit smoothies. Yam or bread with tofu scramble or fried tomato stew with chopped garden egg (a.k.a. aubergine - super easy to find). 

Lunch/dinner: When cooking at home I would have things like fried and Jollof rice. Plain rice/potatoes/swallow (eba, iyan etc.) with fried tomato stew, leafy vegetable stew (sometimes okra or gbegiri). I would sometimes add things like mushrooms. 
When out and about in the city, i could have chips and ketchup or cheese-less pizza with all the vegetable toppings. 

Snacks : Fresh fruit, plantain chips, roasted plantain, kokoro (a maize snack), akara, roasted or boiled corn on the cob. All of these are relatively easy to find on the corner of most main streets. I also discovered a bunch of accidentally vegan biscuits sold on every street corner.


Share some tips for anyone who wants to go vegan in Nigeria or those travelling to Nigeria as a vegan tourist.
Fried buns
  • If you're staying with people who you know will want to cook for you, give them a heads up and send them a list of things you can eat. Don't spring it on them at the last minute. 
  • Again, Knorr generally isn't vegan, so unless you want bland food, buy curry seasoning or your favourite spices and use it to season your meals when at home. 
  • Take a snack with you when going out, just in case. 
  • Shoprite has a lot of the less traditional food items. It's a bit pricier but if you want more international food ingredients, go there. 
  • Eat yam, plantain, corn and leafy green stew. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables (there's nothing quite like a fresh mango straight from someone's garden). 
  • Most importantly, just enjoy the beauty, variety and vibrancy that Nigeria has to offer. 
Sunset in Ibadan

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

DIY: Coconut and Hibiscus Lip Balm



I stand by what I said in the video - life without lip balm is a dry and crusty existence. Aside from my phone and wallet, it is the one constant thing I have to have with me whenever I'm out and about. Hands up if you can relate.

In this fun little video and post, I show you how to make your very own coconut, shea butter and hibiscus-infused lip balm. Goodbye crust, hello nourishment.

If you're stuck on where to find soy wax, click here to get 500g of the stuff for £3.50 on Amazon. Similarly, you can get dried hibiscus flowers for £2.20 here.

Ingredients 
(Makes 1 small pot)

- 1 heap tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp shea butter
- 1 tsp soy wax
- 1 tsp hibiscus syrup

For homemade hibiscus syrup:
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp dried hibiscus flowers (sorrel)
- 1 level tsp brown sugar














If you're making your own hibiscus syrup, add the water, dried hibiscus flowers and brown sugar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil until it just starts to thicken.

Place the coconut oil, shea butter, soy wax and 1 tsp of the hibiscus syrup in a small microwavable bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Heat for another 10-20 seconds if necessary and stir again until the oils and wax have melted.

Pour into a small lip balm container (you can reuse an empty one) and leave to set completely. If you're impatient, pop it in the fridge to set in half the time.
















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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Vegan Bounty Chocolate Bars | Vita Coco [Video]



The holidays may be over, but the fun doesn't have to stop. I know we've probably all promised (whether out loud on social media or just in our heads) to dive straight into healthy eating this new year, so you'll be pleased to know that these bounty bars are as guilt-free as they come. 

This recipe features a couple of Vita Coco products which I received as a gift from the company towards the end of last year. Aside from how beautiful and cheerful the brand is, the products themselves are of such high quality and can be used in a variety of creative ways. Look out for more coconut-inspired recipes this month as I experiment like the wind!


Ingredients
(makes 12 approx.)
- 2.5 cups desiccated coconut
- 1 cup Vita Coco coconut milk
- 5 tbsp maple/fruit/rice syrup
- 5 tbsp Vita Coco coconut oil (melted)
- 2-3 cups dark chocolate (melted)

In a mixing bowl, combine the desiccated coconut, coconut milk, syrup and coconut oil. 
SIDE NOTE: not in the video, but it helps if you warm up the mixture slightly so that the coconut oil does not solidify in clumps. 

Place the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Shape the mixture into bounty bar shapes and place on a lined tray. Freeze for up to an hour (this allows the filling to hold its form when you dip it in the chocolate).


Using a fork to lift each coconut bar, dip in the melted chocolate to coat entirely and place each one back on the lined tray.

Freeze for another 30 minutes or until the chocolate hardens. Enjoy!


Based in London? Look out for my cookery demo at Vegan Life Live on February 10th. I'll be using Vita Coco products to whip up a delicious plantain recipe. Click here for more info.


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2017 Recap | Happy New Year!

2017 was exciting in a lot of ways. The Vegan Nigerian popped up a couple of times for a dinner party and a Christmas feast.

I also had the opportunity to cater at a music festival, exhibit at Maidstone Vegan Festival for the second year in a row, and finally take the bold step to exhibit at London VegFest for the first time, bringing the deliciousness of Nigerian snacks to a wider audience on one day and showcasing some of my favourite yam recipes at a cookery demo on another day (more demos to come this year - check the 'Events' page for listings).

My private Airbnb dinners were steady through the year, allowing me to meet and cater to travellers from as far and wide as Canada, Sweden, China, India and the United States!

It was also a good year for travelling as I got to explore the vegan food scenes in Copenhagen and Zurich.

From stuffed plantain cups to vegan bbqs, it was also an amazing year for experimenting with food and further showcasing that this vegan life ain't so bad :)

I want to use this opportunity to thank every single person that has shown and offered their support and kindness along this journey. I wish you all a happy and prosperous new year, and look forward to what 2018 brings!

Love, Tomi x

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