Hello trenndians, how are you doing today? I am so excited to bring to you another webisode of our kitchen food & talk show. How has it been with the 2ups and the great wave 1up is making? Come spend some time here and have some food. 😛😜😝💃💃💃
New faces in the kitchen? Wow, welcome friends. This is our uptrennd kitchen. Here we cook, share recipes and bring a guest to come "taste" our cooking and chat with us about his/her food story. Are you ready to meet Marianne West in the kitchen? Woohooo. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
Together, let us welcome this erudite, amiable, hardworking and beautiful personality. Mum Marianne West.
DID YOU KNOW?
Marianne West is the CEO free write contest on uptrennd? She is also the Dean of faculty, Uptrennd University. So if you have been participating in free write, or have made the dean's list of UU task, here's the personality behind the scene. Woow. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
Adore: Welcome! welcome ma'am. I am so glad to have you in our kitchen.
I am so honoured to be here. Thank you so much - I hope some day we can do this in person and actually eat together. 😀😁
Adore: Hahaha, sure, there will be a way for trenndians to taste my cooking. So now, I just introduced you, but can you tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in Germany at a time when people did not eat out very often. Our family in particular had pretty much all our meals at home since we were 5 children - most Germans had 2 children.
My mom had grown up in a very formal household and continued that tradition with us. We had different table settings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Lunch is the main meal in Germany - and we had a salad plate with at least 5 different kinds of salads for each meal - just to show you how much work she put into preparing meals.
My mom had one hired help - but so much had to be done by hand that we all had to help in the kitchen from little on.
But where I am living now, families never eat a meal together like going to the market for fresh food and cooking meals at home, eating together as a family and such.
Adore: Wow, here in Nigeria, many families cook their meals and sit together on a table and eat. That's what we do here
I like that a lot. And we always had meals together in my family with my children. and I am happy that they are doing the same with theirs.
Adore: Good to know you cook
Yes, I gave birth to my kids at home and home schooled them, we used cooking for home schooling. 😀😁
When my oldest was 8 years old, he really liked to eat meat and i wasn't cooking with meat at the time.
So, we did a few things - one was to raise chickens feeling that you have to be able to kill your own food if you want to eat meat. But we really bring a friend to do that for us.😁
Adore: This visit to the kitchen must have brought fond memories back to you, I see.
Please ma'am, I like to ask, at what age did you start cooking?
I was a dedicated baker and baked cakes and such by myself when I was around 10
Adore: 😌😌😰😰😰, What? You not only started cooking early, you became a baker at 10? Wow
And as a teen, I subscribed to cooking magazines and tried all kinds of things. Baking became a passion of mine for a while.
When I was still in Germany, I did an apprenticeship in Hotel managment and worked in the hotel kitchen - then, I was all into fancy kind of cooking
Adore: Wow, I commend your upbringing. I should allow my girl bake too and expose her more to my culinary skills quite early.
Marianne West: I can tell you that my grandkids learned knife handling skills very early and helped cutting easy things when 3 and 4 - with supervision.
Adore: Wow, amazing. 3 or 4? They learnt well and quite early from grandma. Please what is the best meal you ever made?
I loved fondues - very easy - and making also taditional foods like Spaetzle (a kind of pasta) Kloesse (potato dumplings - every city has their own recipe). Then, when I came to the States I was exposed to a completely different kind of eating. My Best meal when my kids were little was - maybe a Holiday feast with Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, pumpkin pie, brusselsprouts, fresh rolls, more veggies and salad.
Adore: Wow. I like the sounds of those meals. You have really been exposed to great meals.
Now, my favorite meals are very basic. Like a good pot of beans and rice, with Avocados, fresh Salsa. I love Indian food but don't make elaborate dishes anymore.
I love and eat a lot of salads with all kinds of things thrown into it. Greens, and roasted veggies, and maybe rice, and a cooked egg.... and a yummy dressing. I could eat that all day long - funny fact - I hate to fix salads - but love to eat them
Adore: Wow. 😌😌😛😜😝. I see all my favourite fruits packed in here. I wish I could come live with you for just a week. So much fruits to munch. Woo.
Hahaha. These kind of fruit platters are more my speed now than doing a complicated cooked dish 😁😂. Let me show you more. These are edible flowers
All, let's stand up for mum and give respect to whom respect is due. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏. In short let's give mummy seven gboza. 💪💪💪💪💪💪💪🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌😱😱😱😱😱
Stand up, stand up, for the champion, stand up.
OMG, I am speechless. Is this food?
Yes, Hahaha. This is another one. 👇👇👇 I did some lactofermenting in the ferment pot, just transferring the pickles, you also see some canned juice from somthing in the garden and some harvest
Adore: Wow, I love how you eat. So if I am to present you with food, what would it be?
If you cook for me, make it more African
I do grow the African Spinach in my yard - Amaranth - and love it. But I don't know how to use your spices.
Adore: Wow. ( Turning the the audience):
Africans clap for your foods,👏👏👏 haha, Oyibo Mummy says she wants our food o. Meanwhile, we are chasing American dishes eh "like say tomorrow no dey". Hahaha
(Back to Marianne West)
Mum, I am going to teach more of different delicacies using our African spices. That way, you will be able to try them. Hahaha.
OK. I used to cater for African friends from Eritria. They had injera which I love but don't know how to make. And such good greens and lentils - and a spice paste that was so good - and spicy 😁😀
Adore: I will make posts on some of our African spices/dishes and direct your attention to them as they come. For now, let me serve you one soup that is popular in Nigeria.
This 👆👆👆is never missing in Nigerian celebrations. Haha.
There is another common one too. It can be made with pumpkin leaf and water leaf, or with the amaranth you grow. ( spinach)👇👇👇
I look at all the dishes and my mouth waters.
(Audience clapping, woow👏👏👏👏👏👏)
Adore: Hahaha, I am glad you love my mouth watering dishes and our African foods.
I love them all. At this point in my life, I like the food someone else cooks the best. 😁😀My cooking too is pretty healthy. I like to use whole ingredients, use a lot of herbs and spices, not much meat - no pork at all - and when I buy meat, I make sure it is grassfed and not factory farmed.
And we do eat our own chickens. i still can't kill them - but I do everything else.
Adore: Have you made any mistake in the kitchen?
Marianne West: Oh yes!!! Mistakes are part of life 😀😀
Like throwing in more of an ingredient just to get rid of it and it ruins either the texture or the taste or both.
I think when I am not inspired to cook and try to force myself to make something, it doesn't always turn out. But for the most part, I am pretty good at looking what is there and making something tasty from it...
Adore: About that on measurement, it happened to me recently while making banana read. The flour was little compared to the bananas and in the end and the bread was hell too tasty of the bananas, haha
Marianne West: Hahaha. Banana bread can stay moist so easily.
Adore: That is true. Wow, it has been a long interview with you mum. Thank you so much for giving it all your time, for sharing those lovely meals and advices when we chatted. I appreciate them all.
Marianne West: It has been my pleasure. Thanks for having me over. I am honoured.
Adore: I adore you mum. Friends give a round of applause for Mum👏👏👏👏
Marianne West leaves
Friends, how do I thank you for staying up till the end? It has been fun all the way, wouldn't you say? Thank you for coming to dine with our own Marianne West. I hope you a grabbed your bite from her fruit kitchen? Hahaha. I haven't seen that much fruit in one kitchen, in recent times. That's why she looks younger in every video she makes. 😁😀
Friends, let's do this again next week. This time we are going to have a male guardian come to pound yam in the kitchen. Haha. He is prepared and promised to pound for us. Haha .
Special thanks to Marianne West, the guardians, fans of our Uptrennd kitchen, Jeff, my teachers at Uptrennd University, fellow students and every trenndian who pays visit and makes up building comments. You all mean so much to me. Thank you so much.
I ADORE YOU ALL
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