5.27.2010

Thinking Outside The Box: A Dress for The Banquet…

Soo….
May 3rd, marked my first event as ISA president; The annual ISA (member appreciation) Banquet. the occasion called for semi-formal so of course No Jeans, Plain tees or Hoodies. In my case this meant No Flats, Hats or Pants (not even the dressy kind). I have never had a problem with this but this time I was in a pickle...

I tried on many dresses and asked for many opinions...here's how it went in pictures..

Dress 1....(mix btw club dress and potato sack) NEXT!!!


Dress 2: same style... same response.

Dress 3: smh...STella called this a Grandma dress...

Her Advice: THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Soo I tried Again...

Dress 4: 2 disapproving texts later....

I needed a laugh so....

Dress 5: Talk about not having a figure..this dress made me look like a board...

Stella cracks up. she's thinking (though she didn't text me): This girl is hopeless

3 snagged nails, 2 texts and 1 Bathroom break (Thanks to a Mega Sized Greentea) later...

This is what I came up with (Picture taken at the Banquet)....


One event down and more than a dozen to go....

Wish me luck...

Deuces!!


5.01.2010

Cooking Skills: IT'S AKARA pt 2 (results)

Soo...
I finally finished making the Akara and I must say I Impressed myself...
Just to put it out there, I havent made Akara in almost 4years....
Here is the process in pictures...

Blending was a drag...

The recipe originally calls for the use of palm oil for frying but I dont like the smoke associated with it so i used half Palm oil (for taste and color) and half vegetable oil....
...The first batch took on a funnel cake shape..I blame that on hesitation and the wrong spoon...

...but the second and third batch...*muah* Mo Se Da Da (I cooked it very well)....lol

Cooking Skills: IT'S AKARA pt 1

Soo...
Yesterday I hung out with a friend from high school (Nigerian Boarding School) and we started reminiscing about the good old days. We went on for about 2hrs straight; with soo many memories I'm surprised it wasn't longer. Topics ranged from "Mr. Afolabi and his caning skills" to "Champions of the Inter-house Sport Competitions". (Not to Toot my own horn but I was Female Star of Purple/St. Phillip house). Later that evening I came home and still had boarding school on the brain... not the activities but the food.

Like most Boarding schools back home (Nigeria), the School menu consisted of mostly CARB'S and PROTEIN (Namely beans). Breakfast was mainly Bread or Yam. Lunch and dinner consisted of either eba/fufu, rice or some form of beans. We had beans almost everyday, either as Rice and Beans(Monday), Bean Porridge(Sunday and Friday), Moin-Moin(Thursdays) or AKARA (bean cake) (Wednesdays). Beans were also used as filler if our kitchen staff couldn't buy rice or yam during the times the Market women chose to strike.

Out of our three meals a day, I think I enjoyed breakfast the most. No matter where you go (country, state or town) its kind of hard to make a terrible breakfast...that is of course if your a terrible cook. (I mean who messes up Breakfast, it's easy) My favorite, hands down, had to be Wednesday mornings. AKARA and Ogi (or Pap) was the specialty. The ogi was always sharp and sweetm but the AKARA....that was nirvana...

I can remember when I first got to school in JSS3 (9th grade). At the time, I'd never really eaten it but when I did... *Big Smile*

The AKARA smelt so good...the outside, fried to a soft brown was crisp, but the inside, if blended right was light and fluffy.....*slight salivation*
It was best Hot and Spicy...

Well anyway...
the memory not only made me homesick...it made me hungry. From there I thought to myself.."Mikki I think you owe yourself a treat" and there I was pouring beans into a bowl filled with water (you have to wash the skin off the beans)... I'm going to eat Akara...wow... well...its another day and I still haven't eaten it...

Apparently, I forgot how much preparation goes into making it. I started washing the beans but had a hard time getting the skin off so I let it soak overnight... 20hrs later I washed/peeled the beans but it still took me 45mins to get them absolutely clean; not a single black spot or skin in the bunch. (I can be anal sometimes)...

Have I eaten the Akara you ask?...Nope not yet...took a break to Blog :-)
But I will... here's a pic of my Bean Cleaning skills....



A pic of the finished Product will come later.....

I've also linked (below) a video on how to make it, if your interested...(don't worry about the accent) lol

IT'S AKARA