JILL MOMENTS (2) – ABACHA 

I need Vivian’s attention here please! Thank you.
Since 5 people died in Lagos of cholera caused by eating abacha, I haven’t wanted to eat it outside. But sometimes the craving got so bad. Lucky for me, without me asking, one of my aunts came over and she brought 3 huge bags of abacha for the house.  

And I was all happy.

The truth is, making abacha is incredibly simple. I’ll explain it to you in 7 easy steps. 

Total time for prepping and “cooking” is 20 minutes.

But first; What you’ll need– 

  • Abacha (buy the N100 in the market if it’s only for you)
  • Ground Crayfish (optional)
  • Pepper.
  • Ehuru (calabash nutmeg); ground
  • Onions, sliced.
  • Ugba/ukpaka
  • 1 stock cube
  • Sliced ugu/anara/waterleaf/tete. Most people think only anara leaves go with abacha. Wrong. Any green leaf goes with it.(optional)
  • Fish/Kpomo/Meat (optional)
  • Potash/akaun
  • A bowl of hot water
  • Palm oil.

The How-to

Step 1: Wash your abacha. Wash it very well to get rid of the dirt etc. Then soak it in the bowl of hot water.This will soften it and bring out that abacha smell. If you’re using ugba, just wash it properly. Ugba is oil bean seed and shouldn’t be in hot water for too long.

Step 2: While your abacha is soaking, it’s time to make your “ncha” (the palm oil sauce used for abacha). First, break off a small piece of potash. It’s commonly sold in a small, rock-like form.
Step 3: Grind that small piece of potash into fine powder. Then melt it. Use 3 tablespoonfuls of water to melt. The water does not need to be hot.

Step 4: Add in the palm oil to the potash and water mix. You don’t want to have too much palm oil. For a small bowl of abacha, 2 teaspoons of palm oil should be more than enough. It will begin to change color from palm oil red to yellow. Mix thoroughly.
Step 5: Add in your crayfish, ground ehuru, stock cube. Many don’t add in their onions and pepper to the abacha until the very end but I like to add it in here. Adjust for taste. Mix thoroughly.
Step 6: Sieve your abacha until all the water is gone. You don’t want watery abacha now, do you?

Best to pour the ncha over the abacha as it’s smaller in size

Step 7: Pour the ncha over the abacha. Mix thoroughly until every grain of abacha is coated with palm oil. Add in your sliced vegetables, mix again, then top it with your fish or meat.

Enjoy!

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WATTPAD RECOMMENDATIONS

Fraternizing with the Enemy- hyrule. What can I say, I love the stereotyped angry teenage characters. This was super nice. The A/Ns were quite awesome as well. 

Bridesmaid Lotto- Rachelastor. “McMaster the Disaster”. Awesome story.

Lyrically Speaking…

One of my all time favourite songs of ever and ever is Stand up for the Champions by Right Said Fred.

    Whenever I hear any line, I start singing along to it. I’ve been consumed with compiling Wedding Playlist Suggestions lately and while it’s not a song you’d typically hear at weddings, I might choose to have it in mine. 

    But it makes it on the list of my all time favorite songs mostly for the lyrics and the fact that it affirms that awesome sense of self satisfaction (most) people get when they’ve achieved their goals.

    Today is Saturday. Set a goal for yourself, something that scares you, something you don’t think you’ll be able to achieve. And do it. Achieve it. Then play this song as a reward. 

    Pat yourself on the back. Also, go to the doctor if you sprain your hand trying to pat yourself on the back. :).

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    I was built to be the best
    Number one and nothing less
    Leave me to my destiny
    I have waited patiently
    I have vision’, oh I believe
    I know I can count on me

    [Chorus:]
    So stand up for the champions
    For the champions, stand up
    Stand up, stand up
    For the champions, for the champions
    Stand up for the champions
    For the champions, stand up
    Stand up, stand up
    For the champions for the champions
    Stand up

    Here we go, it’s getting close
    Now it’s just who wants it most
    It’s just life that’s how it is
    Cause we have our strengths and weaknesses

    Oh I have vision’ oh can’t you see
    I’m on the move, make way for me

    [Chorus]

    [4x]
    And when I fall down
    I have to pick myself back up

    So stand up stand up for the champions
    For the champions, stand up
    Stand up, stand up
    For the champions, for the champions
    Stand up

    [4x]
    Stand up stand up
    For the champions for the champions
    Stand up

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    Thanks go to http://www.azlyrics.com for the lyrics. 

    Edited by Obianuju J. Ayalogu.

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    Wedding Playlist Suggestions 3

    I fell madly in love with this song the first time I heard it. It’s dancy (yes, that’s a word. Made up, but still a word) but it is still such an awesome song.

    I’ve posted it on here before actually. Scroll down to Bunmi’s wedding ceremony ( And Now, Ebube).

    But once again, here we are: 

    I Do- Drew Seeley

    I see the world for you and me
    I hear a perfect harmony
    Where you are is where I’m gonna be
    I’m gonna be…

    Forever, could never be enough
    Together, it’s all I need for us
    When the rain is pouring down
    And there’s no else around
    I’ll be your shelter now

    And I’ll be the one 
    You can run to 
    I’ll be the one
    Who’s meant to love you now…
    And always till our days are through

    You know I do
    You know I do
    Time to say the words
    Never been so sure
    Wanna spend my life with you

    Hmm hmm hmm yeah…

    There’s a match for every heart
    There’s a light for every dark
    With you I found my counter part
    My counter part

    Forever, could never be enough
    Together, it’s all I need for us
    When the rain is pouring down
    And there’s no else around
    I’ll be your shelter now
    Ohh

    And I’ll be the one 
    You can run to 
    I’ll be the one
    Who’s meant to love you now…
    And always till our days are through

    You know I do
    You know I do
    Time to say the words
    Never been so sure
    Wanna spend my life with you [2x]

    Forever, could never be enough
    Together, it’s all I need for us
    When the rain is pouring down
    And there’s no else around
    I’ll be your shelter now

    And I’ll be the one 
    You can run to 
    I’ll be the one
    Who’s meant to love you now…
    And always till our days are through

    You know I do
    You know I do
    Time to say the words
    Never been so sure
    Wanna spend my life with you [2x]
    (You know I do)

    It’s a fantastic song. I can’t recommend it enough.

    Vote of thanks:

    http://www.azlyrics.com for the lyrics.

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    I CAN KILL MYSELF

    Did the title shock you?
    I meant it to. ;-). Sorry about that. I’m about to get real with you for a minute.

    Almost every law student can tell you that at some point or the other, when the caseload and the volume of the materials they were called to read got heavier, they asked themselves; “Why am I studying Law?” Why did I choose this course?
    I had the “privilege” of listening to just such a rant in Year 3. And at the end of it, the speaker concluded by saying- “I cannot kill myself”.
    When she was done, I patted her on the back and went on to continue my own reading.

    I, on the other hand, believe that if at first you don’t succeed, find new books and read them. And so it went on, for years. But I wasn’t getting the results I was expecting. So I read even more. I created study groups, I prayed seemingly so much at those times.

    That’s just background information. This is the story :-
    Burnout can be a terrible thing. A hopeless thing. And I crashed and  burned out last year. The burnout was explosive… and very noisy too.
    When I ‘d burned out almost fully, a friend of mine (Baby Girl Number 2) wrote two pages of confessions out for me. And since  becoming a relatively recent, frequent reader of this blog, I now fully understand the power of daily, positive confession. And its importance too.

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    I don’t want you to squint but I did want to share the confessions with you. It is quite great and I believe it will help with any battles and challenges you might be facing.
    Here goes-

    THESE ARE MY DECLARATIONS BECAUSE GOD LOVES ME

    I DECLARE THAT I HAVE A SOUND MIND FILLED WITH GOOD THOUGHTS,  NOT THOUGHTS OF DEFEAT BY FAITH. I AM WELL ABLE, I AM ANOINTED, I AM EQUIPPED. MY THOUGHTS ARE GUIDED BY GOD’S WORD EVERYDAY. NO OBSTACLE CAN DEFEAT ME BECAUSE MY MIND IS PROGRAMMED FOR VICTORY.

    I DECLARE THAT BREAKTHROUGHS ARE COMING IN MY LIFE, SUDDEN BURSTS OF GOD’S GOODNESS, NOT A TRICKLE, NOT A STREAM, BUT A FLOOD OF GOD’S POWER. A FLOOD OF HEALING. A FLOOD OF WISDOM, A FLOOD OF FAVOUR. I AM A BREAKTHROUGH PERSON. GOD IS OVERWHELMING ME WITH HIS GOODNESS AND AMAZING ME WITH HIS FAVOUR.

    I DECLARE THAT THERE IS AN ANOINTING OF EASE UPON MY LIFE. GOD IS GOING BEFORE ME MAKING THE CROOKED PLACES STRAIGHT. HIS YOKE IS EASY AND HIS BURDEN IS LIGHT. I WILL NOT CONTINUALLY STRUGGLE. WHAT USED TO BE DIFFICULT WILL NOT BE DIFFICULT ANYMORE. GOD’S FAVOUR AND BLESSINGS ON MY LIFE IS LIGHTENING THE LOAD AND TAKING THE PRESSURE OFF.

    I DECLARE THAT I AM CALM AND PEACEFUL. I WILL NOT LET PEOPLE OR CIRCUMSTANCES UPSET ME. I WILL RISE ABOVE EVERY DIFFICULTY KNOWING THAT GOD HAS GIVEN ME THE POWER TO REMAIN CALM. I CHOOSE TO LIVE MY LIFE HAPPY, BLOOM WHEREVER I AM PLANTED AND LET GOD FIGHT MY BATTLES.

    THIS IS MY DECLARATION BECAUSE HE LOVES ME!

    By the way, here is Baby Girl Number 2. She’s an amazing person and a phenomenal friend. I’m so proud of the woman she is  becoming.

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    P. S- The Freedom series is not yet over. I’ve just been extremely lazy about it. I’ll post something within the week.

    As always, thanks for reading! And commenting ;-).