Food ||Coconut Chips

Hi everyone!

I have been MIA blame it on school, I’m not back though but this post has been sitting in my journal for a while so it finally made it’s way here! Yay!

In today’s post I’d be sharing this sweet and easy coconut chips recipe that can serve as a snack.


Several months ago I heard a little cracking sound in the house. I was anxious. What could that be?

My mom ask that I check the coconuts and see if it’s broken/cracked. Oh I sure didn’t know coconuts needed watering after harvest. Now you do too. Thank me later.

In Nigeria coconut sellers always find time to sprinkle a little water on the coconuts which could be for cracks and colour.


Coconuts are drupes eaten worldwide and used in a wide variety of dishes, drinks and oils/ointments.

We have:

  • Coconut rice
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut drinks
  • Coconut chips.

Coconuts have been argued to get this origin from the Pacific Ocean because “HOW DID WATER GET INTO THE HARD FRUIT?”

I love the milky and creamy taste of it. I eat coconut raw too but attention Pls!!! Am I the only person who finds it hard to swallow the remains of the coconut?

I almost don’t like to eat coconut raw if I’m wearing a glossy lipstick. “I can’t mess with the fine girl”


HERE’S MY QUICK RECIPE

You will need:

  • Coconut
  • Sugar
  • Water or coconut water.

Prep:

Grate coconut into tiny pieces.

Method :

Place pan on fire, caramelize sugar in water. Add grated coconuts and stir till all brown.

(caution- do not touch with bare hands!)

Your chips are ready!!!!

Bon Appetit!


Recently someone tweeted this.

Now over to you.

Did you know you have to water coconuts on the ground?

Have you seen coconuts been harvested?

Are you familiar with this recipe and do you wish to try?

Do you have a special name for this dish?

Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

Xoxo

Fareedah.

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What’s In My Bag!

Bags are made for fashion, ease/comfort etc but to me (for now, student life) they are more functional than aesthetical which is why I carry a big/ tote bag/ backpack.

I am a bag person, I carry a bag everywhere or a purse as the case maybe. It saves me time, basically I throw everything inside and I’m good to go!

I have complied a list of my few must-be-in-my-bag when you catch me out and why I do keep them.

Pens

As a student & scribbler (read as blogger), inspirations don’t tell me “I’m on the way”. They just pop and I wouldn’t want to forget so I always take my pen with me. I write with a black pen, I just love the colour.

A pen needs no battery.

Notepad/Journal

I am a notepad collector. I love books! I always go around with a small notebook/ journal for scribbling and if my bag isn’t too big I see myself tearing a sheet of paper to fold in. It has helped me a lot and if there’s no paper, I just write the key word(s) on my palm (lol I need to grow up).

Phone

Considering how addictive I can be to this item, it was supposed to be the first on my list but some people have given me reasons to doubt if really this item should go out to certain places.

I press phone too much says my mom

I use my phone for a whole lot of things (typing, pictures, alarm, social media etc) which drains my battery faster.

Chapet/Lipgloss

I’m team fine girl so I always go out with these just in case I need a pat on my lips.

Pins

As a hijabi, I need to secure my turbans and these pins run faster than Usain Bolt. They also go bad easily so a good way to always keep your turban in check is keeping the pins close!

I.D Card/ATM Card

I have been warned severally on the importance of an ID card hence I’m sticking to rules.

Carrying an ATM card can be a blessing and a curse too. A blessing when you need vex money and a curse on impulse spending ( talking from my student account).

I must have at least my transport fare back home!

Passports

Dear Nigerian students attention please! Does your school ask for passports everytime?!?!

I don’t remember to bring them when needed so a safer way is to move around with it. It will save you a lot of time. Thank me later.

Rings

If you don’t always have to rush out to beat some obstacles before heading to class you wouldn’t know this struggle!

Somehow, I always forget them in my trolley but I have more in my purse so I just get back on track! I’m a ring lover!

I should add earrings to this list, lately I get to class then remember I left my earrings! So maybe an extra pair won’t be bad!

Earphones

This is a new member. I’m not much of an earphone person. I rarely listen to music in crowded places, I take my earphones when I have to see a movie, listen to a new favorite song or basically distract people’s attention from myself.

My purse houses most of the little items.

There are also papers, receipts, tellers, biscuits/gum wrappers, tissue paper, and sometimes a nail file.


Why do I feel like I’m betraying the ladies by not having powder, lipstick, perfume, hand sanitizer, body/hand cream, mirror,magazines,novels etc. in my bag?

This is a student version, I’d probably do another what’s in my bag post sometimes later so I can check the change. Perhaps I will have the above items in the bag. *winks*

How’s my flatlay? I need a tutor, check out my first flatlay here

Do you think I missed anything?

What do we have in common?

What’s in your bag?

Leave me a comment.

Xoxo,

Fareedah.

Self help || The Power Of Volunteering

Hi everyone, welcome back to the blog as you all know I’m Fareedah Abdul, a Food, Life & Style blogger. Today I’d be sharing some of those tips to help us get better. If you like this kind of post, please be sure to click the like button and follow / subscribe to the blog if you haven’t already. So let’s get into today’s post.

Lol, your girl has been seeing too much Youtube videos, I know it isn’t cool for my data bundle but we move.

If you are new to the blog you can check out my other self help post here. This is a section on the blog to help us grow.

Today’s post was initially titled “selling yourself ” (pun not intended) excuse the title, the actual meaning in my head is “shooting your shot, embracing and showcasing yourself ” but I changed my mind.


I was on twitter few days ago and a guy gave a story on how he got a very cool job with no connection and without even applying. I had to read the thread, people are struggling daily to have jobs you know.

It appeared the guy only volunteered to help and that gave him away.

He volunteered, was accepted, did the job, got praised and someone took interest and gave him a job.

Sounds like a fairytale but it’s REAL!

Here are the tips

Know your purpose : Ask yourself questions like, do I like this art. Is this what I feel for? Ok then I should get better at it.

Seize opportunities : Some opportunities to showcase our art/talent/passion sometimes comes in a masked form. The key word here is volunteer. Are you in a group and there’s something you are good /passionate about. Volunteer to help. Basically come up when needed (showcase)

Be good at it: Remember most people have a thing they are good at,

your friend is into media doesn’t mean media is your way out!

Jack of all trades ,master of none ( though times have changed and people are breaking rules)

Try to be better at what you do so your work speaks for you!

Don’t monetize everything : I know aside passion there’s money. Everyone loves money while that is okay, sometimes volunteering or interning for free/low pay is kind as you get the experience you may need.

In my country, most companies expect you to have some years of experience before hiring you. So who gets to employ you?

Live : This is very important. Remember to volunteer because you feel like or like what it is about so that when things don’t go as planned, your heart will still pace at normal.

Moderation is key, so as not to overwhelm yourself

Learn to enjoy everyday of your life (YOLO). Check that bucket list!

Life is not that serious FAM!

check out my cray bucket list post here


For someone like me, this message came as a huge inspiration. I hardly volunteer to do anything – reasons like the following have stopped me:

  • I can’t stress myself
  • No pay
  • Laziness
  • What am I to gain?
  • People would think I like oversabi

(oversabi is a Nigerian slang for a person who knows /does too much)

But right now, I want to open myself, maybe volunteer while living, remember it’s very important.

I really hope you do same.

Ps: Not an expert, just a reminder to myself.

Now over to you.

Do you often volunteer?

Have you interned for free/low pay before and has it opened any opportunities?

Do you hope to volunteer?

Xoxo,

Fareedah.

Scribble || The Royal Wedding

Hi everyone, I’m writing from a very low place as I tend to either lose words or not have enough courage to really write about things I’m very passionate about.

Ramadan Kareem to my Muslim brothers and sisters. I’m fasting away from home and it’s so hard. That and more has kept me away from the blog.

I started this blog because I wanted to show everyone what went through my journals. So forgive me that I’m bringing yet another scribble post, but honestly I think I’m good at it.

The internet broke the other day because Royal wedding.

Meghan Markle in wedding and reception gowns

Everyone was happy for Meghan Markle, for some she gave out inspiration and for others she gave them hope.

Meghan is said to come from a separated home and from an African American mother.

She went through schools, became an actress, owned a blog both from which she earned hugely.

She met Prince Harry on a blind date that was set by a mutual friend. They started dating in 2016.

Meghan is older than Prince Harry but she chose to be called his wife.

Meghan is a divorcee, can we all pause for a minute to scream wow! Yes she is! And in this part of the world women say in abusive relationships because “in their words : if I go out, men wouldn’t want to marry me”.

I believe there should be limits to the ill treatments you take under the umbrella of marriage.

She left her marriage in 2013.

Meghan is half white, half black and that which she bears with pride. The way Racism has become a thing in the outside world! Who would have known?! *wipes tears *

Meghan was an actress. Most people don’t go into the profession of their choices because they fear they won’t find a spouse but sometimes you need to live your life. I mean enjoy your life while waiting for someone to join in it.


Some twitter user was quick to say she gave up her career and blog. Let me add to that she deleted her social media accounts in 2017.

But her current role in the society really need none of that and I must say she chose wisely! So it’s her choice!

Another group are saying her makeup was subtle and that other persons would have to be beat their faces very well. Hello, as hard as I hate to be blunt, I would love to say her makeup, her day! Please if you want to wear all the colours on your face, please do if that makes you happy, there’s a reason it’s called “My big day “.

Some went ahead to judge her dress. Please “anything that works for you is true and right ” -did I just quote my philosophy lecturer!

To everyone out there desiring, seeking and praying for true love, may true love find you and when it does, don’t be ashamed to love the person right back. I mean look at these pictures! I must say all the odds were in her favour!

Meghan cut all rules and turned the tables! She’s the Duchess and deserved the media attention she got. Congratulations to her husband too!

Above age, race, class, relationships, and others. She can say love won! No wonder theres a saying :love is enough to conquer the world!

Don’t let shabby things stop you from finding true love and happiness!

Fact: Her roles includes Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dunbarton and Baroness of Kilkeel.

Pc: Instagram

Over to you guys

How do you feel about the royal wedding?

Leave me a comment. I’d like to hear from you.

Xoxo,

Fareedah.

Scribble || All About Lagos

Hi loves.

I have missed everyone here. One little ant entered my ear who’s up for that story? I’m fine now. I hope y’all are good.

I want to introduce a new section to the blog here I will just let my fingers type freely. I hope you like it. So let’s unveil Scribble. Yay!!

In today’s post I will be scribbling about Lagos!

Diving in…

So I have never been to Lagos, not even the shore the farthest I have been is Benin. Y’all know how Lagos is a country on its own with its own mind!

It seems like everyone has been to Lagos so if you want to sponsor your girl. *I’ll be waiting *

From the books, articles, movies and stuffs I have seen, I think I can tell a friend about Lagos.

Here’s the story :

• Yellow buses

This is the danfo and highlight of Lagos, the buzz and fuss arena, the place where you mentally have to be alert knowing when to be a polished Nigerian, a casual one or a crazy one.

Someone told me that you don’t answer calls in danfos, just listen!!

You be trying to recharge your phone and someone at your back already did fastest fingers.

The preachers that will sell manpower later!

The amebos that will tell you to scroll back to the 1st photo.

Oh the ojuelegbe conductors that will tell you to jump off a moving bus while handing your change off to you!

• Traffic

Lagos won’t be complete without the active ingredient traffic!

Banky W did a video shoot at a very awkward hour because that is when it seemed nobody was on the road.

I was once stuck in a 20 min traffic and someone inside the bus was cussing , a young Corp member just told him to be grateful. “this is nothing, I spent 6 hours in Lagos traffic last week”

The height of it is you can’t doze off else maybe you would walk home in panties.

Everyone is always in a hurry, people wake up at awkward hours to beat traffic. Nobody waits for nobody to cross the damn roads!

• Division

Lagos has somehow clearly distinguished the area for the haves and haves not!

You hear of mainland and island!

Banana island housing celebrities, Admiralty way : maybe that’s a business district!

• Theft

You have to see “last flight to Abuja ” the guy was in the car making a call while a guy just casually collected the phone from his ear and walked away!

Everyone is minding their business

Or you have to see “picture perfect ” Kunbi couldn’t leave her car for she feared she might just meet the frame work the next day!

It’s a business district and no one ever goes into a major market casually hanging a small bag on the shoulder. They would fix you in your place!

• Baby Boys /Girls

It seems most boys/girls living the baby boy/girl lifestyle seem to be in Lagos.

From “fifty , lekki wives, husbands of lagos”. All living the competitive life!

Oh there’s a party next weekend I need new designers stuff!

• Entertainment

I think I once saw a bill of a night club on social media, it was hilarious! Clubs are a major thing in Lagos!

They go to chill out after a stressful week! No dulling!

Bukas are also popular. Iyabasira stew ati ewedu!

There’s always food.

The gorgeous Eko suites! how every event looks fabulous in there!

Cinemas ☑ latest movies!

Think owanbe!

• Celebrities

Most celebrities have moved to Lagos while some complain about the busyness of Lagos, some are actually living the life of the city!

Most people have seen celebrities because Lagos!

• Business

Like you know, Lagos is located at the extreme of the Nigerian map. Most things are first shipped into Lagos before they are dispersed to other states.

Is your business BIG and you don’t have an outlet in Lagos? Check again!

• School

I feel like anyone who attended Unilag and the likes, usually have a mind of entrepreneurship. Like they already started something in school.

Most people are attending events and that may mean opportunity!

I think Lagos gives someone a business ground to stand on. Yes Admist all competitions.

Lagos is a city that never sleeps

Lagos is Beautiful, Active and Alive!

I hope to go there soon and maybe when I’m there my view might change!

Funfact: Lagos is the smallest but most populous state in Nigeria.

Lagos used to be the capital of Nigeria.

Now over to you

Do you like this section of the blog?

Have you been to Lagos?

How do you view Lagos?

Leave me a comment. I’d like to hear from you

Xoxo

Fareedah.

Book Review || Chicken Soup.

Hi loves.

Happy new May! I pray the month brings us blessings.

A friend borrowed me her borrowed book! Yes we do this a lot!

“Chicken Soup for the Mother and Daughter Soul

It’s a very inspiring / self help, emotional book.

Divided into 8 parts, I’d leave 3 quotes that caught my heart!

1. A Mother’s Love

  • A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie! – Tenneva Jordan
  • Life is what you make it, always has been, always will be – Grandma moses
  • Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. – Cicero

2. A Daughter’s Love

  • My Mother wanted me to be her wings, to fly as she never quite had the courage to do. I love her for that, I love the fact that she wanted to give birth to her wings – Erica Jong
  • When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself – Nancy Friday
  • Family faces are magic mirrors, looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future – Gail Buckley

3. Memories

  • All things are possible until they are proved impossible and even the impossible may only be so as of now. – Pearl S. Buck
  • It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis. – Margaret Bonano
  • The Mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom. – Henry ward Beeche

4. Challenges

  • Remember, we are stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand. – Emily Kimbrough
  • Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. -Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success. – Norman Vincent

5. Lessons

  • The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self respect springs. – Joan Didion
  • The proverbs warns that, “you should not bite the hand that feeds you. ” But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself. -Thomas Szasz
  • Fault finding without suggestions for improvement is a waste of time. – Ralph C.

6. Like Mother, Like Daughter

  • One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try. – Aristotle
  • We are together, my child and I. Mother and child, yes but sisters really, against whatever denies us all that we are. – Alice Walker
  • We can not do great things, we can only do small things with great love. – Mother Theresa

7. Loss and Healing

  • Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there. -old saying
  • A woman is like a tea bag, you never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. – Oprah Winfrey

8. Timeless Wisdom

  • Life is not an easy thing to embrace. It is like trying to hug an elephant. – Diane Wakoski
  • If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito. – Anita Roddick
  • How do you tell your mother that you feel you’re getting…..old ? If I’m old……then what is she? – Gail Parent.

These quotes can help one meditate!

This is the very first of this kind of book I have read. The book is a collection of beautiful /amazing stories from people, which talks on love and courage, loss and reunion, sacrifice and redemption and every day caring.

Most mothers tend to be disciplinarians making children distant themselves, but as we grow older we tend to realize all they ever did was out of love! PURE UNDILUTED LOVE!

I promise I didn’t shed a tear, reading this book. The ‘loss and healing part’ was so touching knowing what people went through in their time and how they healed. It makes me super grateful for everything! There were also parts which got me laughing uncontrollably!

In a mother : a daughter sees her foundation, her history and the lives of all those women who came before her. She sees herself and understands what it means to be a woman.

In her daughter : a mother sees her hopes and expectation, fulfillment, perhaps, of her dreams and a journey down the road not taken. From her first breath, a daughter opens new vistas for her mother to reach beyond herself.

In a nutshell, i’m glad I got to borrow this book!

It’s really chicken soup for the mother and daughter soul. “stories to warm your heart and honour the relationship “

If you have a not so good relationship with your family, please fix it.

If ever you come across this book, I promise it’s a very nice read. Get it.

I hope this post was helpful.

Ps: peep my first flatlay.

Now over to you.

Do you borrow books that were borrowed?

How’s my amateur flatlay photos?

Have you read any chicken soup books?

Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

Xoxo,

Fareedah.

Food || Okra

Hi loves!

I hope I don’t sound weird but I miss y’all. How y’all doing? Today is one of those hyper days, I have been twerking to “Lemon by N.E.R.D and Rihanna” (I’m terrible at it though) 😂

In today’s post I’d be sharing this quick, easy and mouthwatering recipe! I made okra!

Okra is one of the most easy and digestible meals eaten all over the world.

Most people make this meal

  • with palm oil / veg /ogbono
  • eat it with swallow / Rice.

I can’t eat okra with rice!

I love my okra oil-less, veg free, and with fresh pepper!

Here’s my quick recipe

You will need:

Okra, fresh pepper, crayfish, fish/meat, stock cubes, salt.

Prep:

  • Slice / grate okra
  • Grate pepper
  • Mill crayfish
  • Prep fish/meat

Method:

  • Place pot on fire, add water.
  • Boil fish with stock cubes and salt
  • Add pepper, crayfish and okra
  • Season to taste
  • Bring to boil while stirring

I don’t cover my okra while cooking, check my food myths post to know why.

I don’t add veg because there is already enough green in the pot!

I don’t add palm oil because I don’t feel the need here (personal choice) .

Okay, your soup is ready!

Okra soup

Bon appetit!

You can eat with any swallow of ur choice. I prefer Eba, amala or pounded yam in that order! Okra happens to be my fave!

I had this with wheat.

I digress,
Some time ago, I made wheat for my mom, it was terrible (so she said).
I felt very bad, I honestly didn’t know what went wrong!!!!

Nigerian mothers have sworn that their girls must be better cooks!
.
Since that day, I never made wheat again, I always shy away from it.
So today she asked for wheat again. Ghen – Ghen my heart raced and stopped and continued!
I was very conscious of every step, EVERY STEP!!!

The wheat I spent half of my life making….. CAME OUT WELL!!!😋
That feeling of accomplishment!
I’m gonna add wheatmaker to my cv!

Thanks for reading this far!

Over to you,

How do you make / enjoy ur okra?

What’s your okra companion?

Have you ever made any dish that almost dragged out your reps?

Leave me a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

Xoxo,

Fareedah.