Monday, June 22, 2015

My First Fully Cameroonian Party in the US

Last weekend was eventful for me. On Saturday we went to parry with a Cameroonian couple whose first son graduated from high school. Then on Sunday, we went to have dinner with a lovely Christian Indian family. As usual, my eyes were wide open, noticing all the noticables, questioning the questionables and laughing at the laughables. I'll start with the Camer party.

First, Africans have refused to divorce from African time. We take it with us everywhere we go! The occasion was scheduled to start at 6:00pm. We went there at about 8:00 pm. Tons of people came after us! That's the trend with every African gathering I go to. They never begin on time so I purposely go late so I don't go so early and feel bored. Yet, I always turn out early.

Then the food oh the food! There was authentic Cameroonian Jollof Rice, Koki Corn, Ndole, Poulet DJ, Fried Fish, puff-puff and more. In the typical Cameroonian tradition, we served ourselves off the table. For a moment I almost forgot that I was in the United States. It felt like home.

There was booze and more booze. I think it is safe to say it's not Cameroonian if there's no liquor. A lot of party guests brought wine as gifts for the hosts. There was so much to drink. A past middle-aged lady fidgeted with a bottle of wine and finally hid it by her leg. She then opened another bottle of wine and drank some then made sure she carried her loot as she left. One old lady who noticed her mischief complained to me saying: "Those Cameroonian women have brought their mischievous ways here." The hosts told my hubby and I that some people ended up sleeping at their residence because they had so much to drink and could not drive back home. Let me just ask this: What's in a bottle of wine/beer?

Another think I noticed was the outfits of several ladies. See, in America most of our country ladies don't have many occasions they can dress excessively for. That's why they seize every little opportunity to show off their gorgeous clothes. There were heels, dresses, hot and cold pants and elaborate jewelry all over the place. This got me wondering if they had other plans for the night or the graduation party was their final bus-stop.

In all, I had a great time. I heard people speak Cameroonian Pidgin English, discovered a lady who was my Mum's colleague and made a new friend! Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures. I'll make sure I do that next time. I'll save my Indian dinner story for another post so I don't load you with so much information at once. What about you? How did your weekend go?

Whatever you do, do it as serving the Lord and not men. Love you lots!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Cameroon Gateau Recipe

This is crazy! I was making something else and I else and I ended up with this. Well, they say some of the best recipes are results of accidents and that is what happened here.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Oven Grilled Fish

Grilled tilapia and bobolo
Yay! It's another blogging day for me. While busy with other things I was missing my computer. I couldn't wait to come here to connect with YOU.

When I was heavily pregnant with my last baby, I did bulk buying so we'll have enough food at home after delivery. One of the things I bought was a box of tilapia fish. That was a lifesaver. When I had no time for complicated meals, I will spice up some fish and throw into the oven and viola... there will be something on the table.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lessons for Singles from Ruth and Boaz

The Bible is filled with inspiring stories and one of them is the story of Ruth and Boaz. This man and woman are the definition of Mr. and Mrs. Right. Singles, here are things you can learn from them:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Baked Scotch Eggs!

Cameroon style scotch egg

I'm not a fan of boiled eggs but when it comes to eggs rolled in dough and served with 'sweet' pepper sauce then I'm a huge fan! There's just something about scotch eggs. They put the 'e' in the eggs. Lol

Dear Husband...

-Not every kissing and caressing must lead to sex. Sometimes I just want you to love my body and show some affection.

-Never expect me to think like you. You are a logical being, I am an emotional being.

-The fact that God's word asks me to submit to you doesn't turn me into your doormat. Remember that you are to love me as Christ loved the church.

-When you take decisions independent of me you are putting asunder what God has put together.

-How can you put your family before me? You are married to ME.

-Talk means a lot to me. That's the way I spell intimacy.

-Stop comparing me to other women. I am me, they are them.

-Stop using cheating on me as a threat. If you indulge in extra-marital affairs, you destroy yourself first before me.

-Work on your relationship with God. When you love God, then you can love me better.

...From a concerned wife

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Puff-puff and Beans/Achombo/Beignets Haricots

Puff-puff and beans
Hello beautiful people, today I bring to you one of my all-time favourite recipes; puff-puff and beans. The Francophones call it "Beignets Haricots" and it is also affectionately known as "Achombo".