This blog is based on observations. Precisely, things are viewed from personal angles.It’s More of an interactive blog concerning Africans

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GIVE YOURSELF ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY

People go through a lot of disappointment and failure practically everyday and this sometimes leads to depression or inferiority complex.

Failure should not be a reason for you to stop believing in yourself, it shouldn’t be a reason for you to give up living.

Worrying can never solve any problem, no matter how much you worry and not act, the problem will never be solved.

No matter how many times you have failed or have been disappointed, keep trying, DONT STOP because the moment you stop, you remain “a failure”.

GIVE yourself ANOTHER opportunity to make it work and if you fail again, try again and again till you get it done. 

Life can’t really be as smooth and easy going as we always want BUT QUITTING IS LETTING LIFE BEAT YOU WITHOUT A FIGHT.

Day 3: recipe for BANANA ICE CREAM

Am sorry for taking so much time to continue this class.. Thank you for your patience
 Banana Ice Cream. This is actually the simplest of ice creams
Ingredients
2 ripe but firm bananas

1 tin of Peak Milk

½ small disposable cup of whole milk

3 drops of vanilla extract

For best results,the bananas must but very ripe but still firm. 
Peak Milk is what makes this ice cream super creamy. It also add its unique flavour to this ice cream.

Whole milk is 100 percent full fat milk. If you do not have whole milk, use soya milk. The exact quantity of whole milk you will need depends on the size of your bananas.  
Vanilla extract can be purchased from any shop that sells bakery ingredients.

 Peel, cut up the bananas and put in a blender.

Add the Peak Milk. 

Add the vanilla extract. Add the whole milk. 

Start the blender. 

When the mix is well blender, continue to run the blender for 2 minutes more.

This is to ensure that everything is well churned and creamy! 

Pour the mix into popsicle molds. 

If you do not have a popsicle mold, pour into a bowl. 

Place the poscicle mold or bowl in the freezer and leave it there overnight. The next day, remove the ice cream from the molds and enjoy!

If you used a bowl, bring it out from the freezer and leave the bowl on a table for 5 minutes, then scoop the ice cream into cups and enjoy.
TRY IT OUT!!!

Day 2, of our free training on snacks and drinks

Soya milk!!!

Soya milk 

Soya Milk is a refreshing rich drink. Drink a glass every morning to start your day on a good note. Use it to wash down your meals, when eating snacks: cookies, Nigerian Puff Puff and many more.

It is plant protein (milk from a plant) hence a great alternative to cow milk for those have lactose intolerance.
Ingredients for making Soya Milk

soya beans

To make soya milk, you need just 4 ingredients:

1 De Rica cup soya beans (650g or 1.4 lbs)

4 litres (1 gallon) cold water

15 dates (dabino, dátil, datte)

1 vanilla pod or 1 cap vanilla flavour

 

Notes on the ingredients

Soya beans are sold in Nigerian markets by those who sell other staple food like rice, beans etc. Vanilla pod or vanilla flavour is sold in bakery ingredients shops.

The quantity of water listed above is what gives me the consistency of soya milk that I like. You can add more or less water if you wish.

Dates (known as dabino in Hausa, dátil in Spanish and datte in French) is a natural sweetener for the soy milk. If you do not have it, add sugar to your taste. You can buy dates from any supermarket in the world. In Nigeria, Mallams that see coconut and tiger nuts (aki awusa, ofio, aya) sell dates. Just ask them for dabino.

Vanilla give the soya milk its unique flavour. If you want your soya milk to taste like the one sold in 30cl glass bottles in Nigeria, vanilla flavour is essential. If you do not have natural vanilla pods like I used in the video below, use 1 cap of vanilla flavour for the quantity of soya beans stated above.

There are other flavours and ingredients you can add when making soya milk: milk flavour, powdered milk etc but I prefer mine basic and tasting like pure soya milk.
Tools

To blend it, you’ll need a kitchen blender. My blender has 600W power and it does a great job of blending soaked soya beans.

To strain it you’ll need a sieve and a chiffon cloth 

You’ll also need bowls and pots.
Directions for making Soya Milk

Rinse and soak the soya beans overnight or for at least 10 hours. Use a generous amount of water. Do not soak it for longer that this time because it will start having a fermented smell and taste.

After almost 10 hours, rinse and remove the seeds from the dates. Then cut into pieces.

Cut the vanilla along the pod and set aside. Cutting the pod exposes the vanilla beans where all the flavour is.

After 10 hours, you will notice that the soya beans are swollen, softer and the skin comes off easily.

Rub the soaked soya beans between your palms to separate the skin from the beans.

Pour more water and watch the skin come to the surface.

Decant the skin using the method of decanting the skin when peeling beans for Nigerian Moi Moi.

When there is no more skin, blend the soya beans and dates in a blender till smooth. To do this, put some beans in the blender, add some dates and pour water to cover the beans then blend.

Strain the blend using a sieve.

Pour the resulting soya milk into a big pot and start cooking on medium heat. Stir it often so it does not stick to the bottom of the pot.

When it is about to boil, scoop out the foam so it does not over-flow.

Add the vanilla pods. Keep stirring and keep cooking for another 5 minutes, stirring all the time.

Turn off the heat and leave to cool down completely.

Then strain again using a chiffon cloth, cheese cloth or lady’s stocking to remove the finest particles.

Pour into a bottle, cover and keep in your fridge. Drink within 2 or 3 days. If you want to keep it for much longer, keep it in the freezer.

Enjoy soya milk with cookies, Puff Puff or any other pastry.

Special recipe week (day1) DRINKS AND SNACKS

Been a while,  and I decided to use this week as my special recipe week for drinks and snacks.

This evening I will start with a drink(CHAPMAN). read and learn..love you all!!
Chapman
This makes 4 Tall glasses

– 33 cl(330ml) Fanta (chilled)

– 33cl (330ml) Sprite (chilled)

– 4 to 5 tablespoonful Ribena or Blackcurrant or Grenadine syrup(enough to give the Chapman its unique ”reddish-pink” color)

– 12 to 15 Ice cubes( Or more)

– 1 Lemon (or to taste)

– 1 Orange (or to taste)

– 1 small Cucumber (or to taste)

– Tall glasses, tumblers or cocktail glasses for serving
Preparation: 

1a. Before you make Chapman, make sure you have all the ingredients ready.
– First, prepare the ice cubes or ice block.

– Slice your lemon, orange and cucumber into rounds or quarters and set aside.
1b. In a glass jug or bowl, pour in the ice cubes then add the Fanta and Sprite and mix together.
2. Add a tablespoonful of Grenadine syrup or Ribena or blackcurrant (this is what gives the Nigerian Chapman its reddish-pink color).
3. Finally add the lemon, cucumber and orange slices and serve in a tumbler or cocktail glass with a straw.

LOW EDUCATIONAL STANDARD IN NIGERIA (1); modes/ methods applied

When we talk about “low educational standard” people often think we are referring to the higher secondary school level and the university level. 

Looking at it closely,  you will realise that it all started from the nursery claases before the upper section.

you will probably be thinking,  how did the low educational standard in the country start frim the nursery classes… just as little as making the children cram the spelling of things alone without really understanding what it means, affects the quality of education they get.

what really is the hurry?

why not take time to teach them the phonetics and how to spell using it, with this, I can comfortably say a child can spell anything,  or nearly everything with just understanding the principle of applying phonetic in spelling aspect and speaking too and reading,  not jusr reciting!!!.

The use of instructional materials, practicals, and the practical lab. is 100% necessary and has proven to be 100% effective in every level of education because it broadens the mind and enhances understanding from a very early age.

you may probably think am exaggerating,  but there is an obvious difference between children who started very early practising all this than those who cram and recite.

On personal view,  low educational standard in nigeria is caused mainly by NO PRACTICAL

what do I mean by NO PRACTICAL?

1. No practical at all

2. Practical with inadequate equipments

3. Practical based only on observations not participation by the students

4. Practical with inexperienced personnel

Theoretical teaching/lecturing is no enough

Hobby? What really is a HOBBY?

According to researchers,  every one has a hobby, but honestly thats not true 

Hobby and be said to be what a person does at spare often to keep or make one happy. 

Personally, I look at the word hobby as a foreign language here in nigeria(africa). Over here, permit me to say that hobby is a waste of time and parents here try to discourage their kid from it, they consider it as a waste of time.

A guy can say 

My hobby is football(soccer)

And all the parents do is try to discourage him, giving him reasons why “he shouldnt waste his time”

I wonder, how can you stop someone from doing what he calls a “hobby”. And I realised this is africa, things are done different.

personally,  I dont have a bobby, and I wonder an I different? Are there people like me somewhere??​

Hobby? What really is a HOBBY?

According to researchers,  every one has a hobby, but honestly thats not true 

Hobby and be said to be what a person does at spare often to keep or make one happy. 

Personally, I look at the word hobby as a foreign language here in nigeria(africa). Over here, permit me to say that hobby is a waste of time and parents here try to discourage their kid from it, they consider it as a waste of time.

A guy can say 

My hobby is football(soccer)

And all the parents do is try to discourage him, giving him reasons why “he shouldnt waste his time”

I wonder, how can you stop someone from doing what he calls a “hobby”. And I realised this is africa, things are done different.

personally,  I dont have a bobby, and I wonder an I different? Are there people like me somewhere??