Author: Lerato Umah-Shaylor

Cooking at GTBANK Food & Drink Fair

It was a spectacular feast in Lagos, Nigeria, where I was invited by GTBank to host a masterclass. This was a special event in its second year, where sme’s and wonderful African and Nigerian made food and drink is celebrated.  What an honour it was to share my recipes with everyone, especially over five hundred of whom sat in the theatre for my masterclass. It was the perfect season for fresh fruits especially mangoes which starred in my recipe and will star in my menus all summer, as I do love cooking with such wonderful and seasonal fruits.   A host of wonderful Nigerian and international chefs and food personalities like Brian Malarkey, Jehan Powell, Raphael Oduntoye of La Petite Maison on Mayfair, Chef Eros and others hosted masterclasses to the delight of those who got those hot seats! I cooked steamed fish in green leaves, my African inspired poisson en papillote, with a sweet and spicy mango purée and my ‘skinny’ spinach. I’ll be sharing the complete recipes soon. You will love it especially …

Quinoa Jollof for The Guardian

Nutty & sumptuous, this recipe using wonderful quinoa instead of rice as commonly used in Jollof Rice is a true delight. This is one of my absolute favourites, eaten as a salad with mixed leaves, with a roast or as a vegetable stuffing. A great substitute is couscous or fonio, but couscous is much lighter and absorbs liquids in a different way. Whatever you can do or eat with rice, you certainly can with quinoa. You just might prefer it! See the recipe in my Guardian ng column and do share how you get on. https://guardian.ng/features/food-and-drinks/leratos-jollof-quinoa-for-easter/ I also shared this recipe with spiced broccoli, cod baked with grains of paradise in an interview with the BBC. Listen here:  

Happy International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange 2017

I love Women! Incredible women like my mother who nurtures me, still, who teaches me to be wise, delicate yet powerful, empowers me to be ambitious…the wonderful women I meet on my journey, from the mango tree market in Kodo village, in Northern Nigeria, to the Shea butter co-operatives I discover and the hardworking women farming and creating foods that inspire and nourish my body, mind & soul! She’s an icon! The woman selling mangoes by the bushes, pounding away to feed her children, to secure their future.  #BeBoldForChange  # IWD2017  I pray for us all to reach within for the incredible strength we were created with to inspire, to teach, to lead and to nurture. This year the campaign theme for International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange Be the change that you want, by being fair, ambitious, supportive and inspiring. Be bold, be brave and be the strong woman you were born to be! 💓Happy International Women’s Day to all women of the world!