About The Blog

Update: I decided to make this post a sticky since it is my landing page. Nothing else has changed, the fruitful recipes are still below.

IMG_1889Hi, my name is Chidinma. I’ve been happily married for 4+ years (actually almost 6 years now), and my husband and I have been trying to have our own children for almost all the time we’ve been married, with no success…yet. We haven’t lost hope (far from it), and we believe it will happen very soon.

Due to the number of emails I’ve been getting regarding my journey, I’ve finally decided to share this openly. Some of my readers will know this about me-the problem isn’t getting pregnant, the problem is staying pregnant. I’ve had a series of unexplained miscarriages, but the doctors are confident that the last time will be the last. We pray so!

When 2 or more people are gathered in a Nigerian kitchen, good food isn’t the only thing that is showcased. There’s an absolute warmth and camaraderie in the air, because we only let people we trust absolutely into our kitchens; this is the same effect I hope to produce with this blog.

Fruitful Kitchen is about bringing different people in to enjoy good, healthier food, while giving them the chance to feel free to talk about their experiences in life. I have found great solace in talking about my journey with other people, and I hope my readers find the same solace in me. I also hope to be able to give my readers some cause to smile through my journey and the journeys of others who will be so kind as to share here.

Most of my recipes are catered towards women with fertility issues, especially fibroids, PCOS, and Endometriosis. Sometimes, however, my sweet tooth will get the better part of me, and I’ll share the recipes with you as well. Please, enjoy them, and let me know what you think.

All emails (apart from food posts) will be published anonymously with the consent of the sender ALWAYS.

Hugs and Kisses,

Chidinma

Maltreated Husband

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Hiii guys, I told you I would start including real life issues here after getting permission from people who have sent me emails in the past. Well, this email was sent directly to me after the Abuja Marriage post, and he has asked me to publish it. My brothers and sisters, please help a brother out. He needs your unbiased opinions. After reading the email, you’ll understand the Post Title.

Hello Mrs Chidinma, I came across your blog from a comment on Linda’s blog and I decided to send you this message to get a reaction from your members. My case is special because we always hear about men treating women bad. I will try to be very honest in remembering all that has happened so far. Continue reading

Pork(or Chicken, Beef) in Oyster Sauce

 

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I’m sure some of you will start to wonder about my seemingly recent love of pork. Some of you who are on my BBM have already asked me that. Truth is, ko recent rara (it’s not recent at all). I’ve loved pork almost all my life, but before now, it’s been difficult for me to get it here in Abuja. It’s not really sold in the open markets I visit frequently, and doling out N1,700 per kg of pork at Grand Square didn’t really appeal to the alaroro (cheapskate) in me. Continue reading

Oven Baked Gizzard Rice

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Oven baked and fluffy

I should really add a top 10 feature on the blog. This recipe would easily fit. In fact, I make bold to say if you only make ONE recipe from this blog, let it be this one. With that, I guarantee you’ll come back looking for more to make.

I got the concept of oven baking rice from Kitchen Butterfly. I loved the concept and the resulting party looking jollof rice and will try it exactly her way soon.

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Beef and Potato Kebabs

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Hiiiii. Are you guys feeling this heat?! Abuja is hottttttt right now, is it the same in other parts of Nigeria? Everyday, I dread leaving the house-it’s as though the sun is trying to prove a point. The car ac is really struggling to keep up, and this fuel scarcity isn’t helping matters at all. Haba!

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Pork and Plantains…A Play on Gizdodo

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One thing that always points out a good dish is the number of adaptations that are made from the recipe. Gizdodo is one of such recipes for me. The stuff is sooo good that, even when I don’t feel like eating gizzards, I can adapt the spices and the overall dish to fit in pork (in this instance), or goat, fish, and even revamp the whole dish to include yams and goat (stay tuned, that recipe is the bomb! Listed in my top 3 now, for sure). Continue reading

Smothered Catfish

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Whenever I see the word ‘smothered’ in a recipe, I tend to visualize oodles of lovely, gooey melted cheese on top of whatever protein, vegetable or fruit in the recipe. This is different. The catfish here is smothered by veggies. Continue reading