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Plantain pies, Grains of paradise & Christmas 

Food is as much for nourishment as it is for pleasure. I must have written this line in several other food memoirs, but it truly is the key to a lot of my happiness.When I am feeling down there are several foods that really warm me up; a range of simple yet decadent and wholesome, or even fast foods can make a substantial difference in my mood, making me feel happy and whole again. You must have your own favourites that make you feel happy and whole. Think about that feeling of warmth and happiness from a mouthful of lovely  pie with flaky pastry falling all over. In my case, my childhood weekend breakfast is one I keep going back to. It was a typical English fry up, with sausages, bacon, baked beans with a selection of toast and the addition of fied plantain or boiled yam and corned beef sauce. This is the quintessential Nigerians-British breakfast and I ate all of it with lots of ketchup on the side. Now I seem to combine all my memories of happiness in the most interesting dishes, like my plantain pie …