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Corn with Green beans, Peas, Kale & Roasted Garlic Butter for The Guardian

I lived for my summer holiday, when we would travel with family and friends. Upon our return, those few months would be relived time and time again, sufficiently filling my childhood happiness quota for the rest of the year. These days I Iive for delightful food that the season blesses us with. Fresh greens, bright and beautiful fruits, glowing like jewels across the country. Avocado, corn, orange, mango and more. If believe if we all open ourselves to endless possibilities with food you will revel in all the inspiration that will come flooding. A few months a ago, as I drove past a farmer’s market in Lagos, Nigeria; I was enchanted by the enveloping aroma of boiled corn cooking away at a roadside food stall. This evoked feelings of warmth and happiness and I found myself fantasising about eating corn. The next day I cooked corn and made a delightful salad accompanying it with green beans, green peas, roasted garlic and butter for a friends birthday party. My sunny salad was enjoyed by all and …

Forget Jollof! Go for Lerato’s Green Fried Rice for The Guardian

As I said in yesterday’s live tweetchat hosted by The Guardian, my cooking is inspired by family, the season and my environment. Mr. Tomato (my husband) inspired this recipe as I sought to make white rice healthier after watching him gobble up freshly cooked rice straight from the pot. I knew that despite our pantry filled with a variety of brown and wild rice, white rice would be a tough one to let go of.   I hope this recipe for Green Fried Rice will encourage us to eat more greens and for Nigerians suffering the high price of tomatoes, this could be the next best thing, leaving Jollof rice for special occasions now that tomato is the new truffle! Although this recipe was created in my home in England, for my family in Nigeria, it has become a great substitute for Jollof rice which is a popular West African dish similar to the Spanish Paella, cooked in tomato sauce. Nigerians are currently suffering the tremendous hike in price of tomatoes as well as other …