As I begin to write this story, I can’t help but think how much better it would be with pictures! Perhaps I might be able to get some from Mrs. Iyabo Ladipo of Double Portion Ltd, the woman to whom most of my experience is due. I say most of it because really I can’t begin telling this story without thanking my parents for putting down the requisite N30,000 to send me to cooking school.

Yes, cooking school is what this is all about. I was taught to cook for a few hours a day, three times a week, for 3 weeks, and in that time I learnt to make moi-moi, egusi, stew, sausage rolls, and a host of other basic Nigerian meals. Well, I know they’re basic now, but before I ever set foot in Mrs. Ladipo’s kitchen I thought otherwise.

But this story is not just about cooking. It is about an experience. A brief one, but an enchanting one nonetheless. So sit back, relax, and let me tell you all about how I learnt to cook.

Damola Mabogunje

Software Engineer by day, Blogger, Poet and Author, by night, I spend my days writing everything from the convex comma, to highly complex code.

8 thoughts on “Prelude

  1. Damola you had set the pace and I was ready to read and enjoy the story on how you learnt to cook but the ‘contin reading’ button refused to respond! I wa wondering however, can you really cook Egusi soup and moi-moi?

    1. I sure can! 😀
      Sorry about that. Someone pointed it out to me yesterday and I haven’t had the time to change it. But please don’t let that stop you. Simply click here, and read the entries in the order they are presented.

  2. The part about the dead animal carcasses in the market had me rolling. I think this cooking school is a great idea. I vote to give it as a gift to guys leaving the nest especially those about to take the marriage leap so they realize cooking ain’t easy.
    BTW, should I be expecting these delicacies next time I’m in your zones?

    1. Great idea! It will definitely be a great experience and eye opener for any Bachelor who doesn’t know any better. As for the food, only if I have the ingredients on hand or you’re around long enough that I can purchase them and cook for you 😀

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