February 9th is National Bagel and Lox Day! / #BagelandLoxDay

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Here are today’s food finds about bagels and lox:

 The word Bagel is often thought to have derived from the ‘buckle‘ shape it has, but actually it is from a Yiddish word ‘beygl‘ meaning ring or hole.


Bagels are one of the few breads that are boiled then baked. creating the soft inside while retaining a crisp exterior.


Over a billion dollars a year are spent on bagels in the US alone.


What is lox? Lox is thinly sliced smoked salmon.


Bagel & Lox are typically bagels with cream cheese, onions,  and smoked salmon.


Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1870 The creation of the U.S. Weather Service (National Weather Service) was authorized by Congress
  • 1889 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was established as a Cabinet level agency.
  • 1899 Minnesota’s all time record low temperature: 59 degrees F below zero at Leech Lake Dam.
  • 1894 Hershey’s Chocolate Company was…

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Drool worthy BBQ wings

Picture by Enjoy.ng

Where: The Village Grille

Ikoyi, Lagos

Best eaten on it’s own with BBQ sauce to dip into and lots of serviette close by.

Careful not to bite your fingers or tongue eating these awesome wings


Antioxidant Berry Smoothie

This is a very simple way to up the intake of fruits. Fresh fruits are great for smoothies but sometimes not always available when you need it most. This is where frozen fruits are handy as most times there is a pack or two hanging around.

Whip this up any time of the week and especially on weekends with family.


  • 1/2 cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 cup frozen Blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen Raspberries
  • 2 large Apples, peeled, cored and chopped

Place all fruit and juice in your blender.
Blend until fully smooth. Loosen if to thick with a little more juice or water.
Pour into a cup and enjoy!


February 2nd is National Tater Tot Day! / #NationalTaterTotDay

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Here are today’s five food finds about tater tots: 

Tater Tots literally mean “baby potatoes”; tatter for potato & tots “meaning little one.”


Americans consume over 70 million pounds or Tots per year.


Tater Tots were first invented in 1953 at the Ore-Ida Labs


Tater is slang for potato (origin: 1750–60; America; by Apheresis, tato, and substitution of -er for final -o, tater).


In Australia, tater tots are known as “potato gems.”


Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1795 The French government offers a prize of 12,000 francs for a method of preserving food for transport to the French army. It was eventually won by Nicholas Appert who invented a successful method to can food.
  • 1820 Jean Etienne Bore, died. Inventor of the sugar granulating process, founder of the sugar industry in Louisiana.
  • 1869 The removable steel plow blade is invented by James Oliver.
  • 1887 The first Groundhog day…

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By the Stove with Chef Dumebi

Always excited when it comes to making Okra of any kind. This was one of my favourite after school meals and now my kids absolutely love it too.

Enjoy the recipe!


Prawn Pasta


  • 350g spaghetti
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 2 green or yellow chillies
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 300g raw king prawns
  • Half a small bunch of fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Drain with a colander then return to the pan.
  2. Heat a pan over a high heat, pour in olive oil. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Add garlic, chillies and vinegar. Season with salt and white pepper then simmer for 8 minutes or until the sauce thickens and reduces.
  3. Add the prawns to the tomato sauce and cook until they are just pink. Add the cooked pasta and chopped parsley to the pan and toss to combine, then serve.

Do more of what you love..

Doing more of what you love and being passionate about it, whether in business or in your personal life.

Always do what you feel is right!

Always do what makes you happy even though it may initially give you some displeasure.

Always smile!


Adventure in Jozi

What an amazing Christmas spent in such a beautiful city, making new friends, eating off course and exploring.

Carols on the square reminded of my younger days spent singing christmas carols and just enjoying the christmas cheer.


Mami Camilla, Sorrento

A morning spent making battered Zucchini flowers. Absolutely yummy!

The trick is to remove any moisture from the flowers with a kitchen towel and then gently stuffing each one with a ricotta cheese filling and then coating in batter.


Adventure time

17 days to a new adventure, exploring a new culture, tucking into delicious food and enjoy beautiful scenery.

Travel destinations for 2019

Malta, Naples again as the first time simply wasn’t enough, Cote d’Ivoire, Singapore, Jordan, Indonesia, São Tomé & Príncipe


Meatball Sundays

Meatballs of any kind are extremely popular in my household. Our top three favourites: Meatball pasta, Meatball pizza and a super creamy casserole meatball with parsley and Parmesan.

Absolutely delicious


Enjoy the Samantha’s experience

With gratitude in my heart and a big smile. It’s such a delight when clients and foodies express their appreciation for new menu additions and are curious to try what we offer especially when they get the opportunity to see us photographing our new additions.

It’s magical!


Tartiflette Pizza, Bacon Wrapped potatoes, Seafood rice, Fritto Misto, Cream of Chicken soup, Lamb, Avocado and bacon baguette (The Trio), Roast chicken and potato burger

Drinks: Sam’s Passion, Raspberry & Mint Squash


Taste of Africa

A sunny Saturday afternoon spent experiencing, tasting and talking about the vast array of food from Africa and just how similar our food is around the world.

The menu featured chapati/flatbread,ndole, Tanzanian seafood curry, jollof rice, rice and beans, vegetarian/vegan curry, red pepper stew semolina, kelewele bitter leaf soup, boiled plantains and moyo sauce with grilled and fried fish. Washed down with a refreshing Lemongrass cooler, Zobo or Zobolo and strawberry iced tea.

Where: BBQ Bistro, Accra


Breakfast for dinner

If you haven’t tried breakfast for dinner, then you must. It’s utterly delicious, unusual and just that much more enjoyable.

I will be featuring all my favourite breakfast recipes influenced by the cuisine that always steals my heart, French.


Chef Dumebi’s Breakfast Club

Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s what breaks the fast of the night.

Experience the part of the day I cherish the most, bring your family, friends and have a delightful Saturday breakfast with me.



Caramel chocolatey latte

December 1st, my born day and a day spent performing, dancing live on stage with a host of talented artists and chefs at a brilliant event hosted by Food bay tv.

Post event and birthday celebration, I indulged in one of my favourite treats, bread and butter pudding, ice cream and let’s not forget a nice dollop of ice cream.

See more action here and follow my treats @dumebiagbakoba #CoffeeFoodMusic


Women in Wonderland

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Celebrating women from all walks of life doing amazing things. From photography to marketing communications, radio show host to chef. A toast to women who rock and who are doing the things they love.

Follow @sideviewmagazine




Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward



There have been moments where I have experienced a deep gratitude for everything – the super high moments to the low points. Expressing gratitude for the simplest moments is the most uplifting feeling for the soul.




Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.


Some of the most successful entrepreneurs can attest to this. If we never fall, or go through tough times, we won’t be have the opportunity to learn from those tough times and rise. We all fall at some point in our lives and as challenging as it may be, it passes. The victory is always in rising.



Breakfast – the most exciting meal of the day


I love a great breakfast. Even though I think chefs have a difficult relationship with it. I like breakfast to be functional on weekdays and more grand at weekends. Bowl of cereal, fruit salad, hot chocolate on the go (I never skimp on the cream). That gets me going even though sometimes breakfast is more an 11am affair.



#Worlddiabetesdayng Poached croaker fish with a tomato & caper base


Poaching fish is a very simple technique to ensure a full flavoured and wholesome fish.

For the fish
1 medium sized croaker, cleaned and gutted, cut into pieces
Fish stock or bouillon cube
1, bay leaf
1 clove of garlic, minced
Teaspoon, dried thyme
Slice of lemon
Black peppercorns

For the tomato caper base
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 fresh tomatoes
1 small purple onion,  diced
1 tablespoon of capers
Pinch of paprika
Salt to taste


In a pan,  combine the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat so the water is just simmering. Add the fish and poach until it is cooked through, about 6 – 8 minutes.

When cooked,  transfer to a plate. Brown the skin of the fish lightly in a hot pan with a little olive oil.

For the tomato and caper base,  in a hot pan on medium heat, cook the minced garlic for less than a minute. Add the tomatoes and onions, soften slightly but not over cook. Now add the capers and paprika. Salt to taste.

Serve with steamed sweet potatoes and enjoy.





1 Night in with Afrolems

Last month, Atim of Afrolems joined me in the kitchen for the ‘1 Night in’ series at Due by Chef Dish. This time, not only did we talk about food but we got to cook one of Atim’s favourite and go to recipes Poulet Director General.

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Follow @theviewlifestyle. Next up, 1 Night in with Alex of XO Bakery.


Oat apple crumble

20160602_180850Oat apple crumble is my all time go to comfort dessert. It ticks all the right boxes; warm, sweet and tangy.

For this recipe, I use 200g green apples,  a little zest of a yellow lemon with about a teaspoon of its juice and 50g sugar to soften and caramelise the apples ever so lightly.

The crumble is the best part of this dessert and making it is even more heavenly.

Combine 100g flour,  50g rolled oats, 100g butter and 50g brown sugar.

In a bowl, bring all the ingredients together and rub with your fingers to create a crumbly texture. Pour the caramelised apples into a baking dish, now put the crumble on top and bake for 10 minutes.


Just a dash of optimism


One of the things keeps me going is definitely this. Staying in a can-do, go-getter, be the best mindset makes a difference to my business and everyone within it.

It says ‘Yes I can’.


Your favourite brands at the Chef Dish food festival


It was a hot Sunday afternoon; we had just left the church. Surprisingly, the weeklong almost-daily rain and the dreaded Lagos traffic decided to take a break. So it was a really short ride and in less than an hour I was at the great outdoors for the Chef Dish Food Fest. When you love food as much as I do, you do not let an opportunity like this pass you by. My face lit up thinking about my favorite food vendors I would get to meet again. Additionally, the thought of trying out new dishes would surely bring a smile to the face of any adventurer. I set out a bit early and ended up getting there before the event started. It did not bother me, as I had the chance to watch vendors set up. If you were stuck at home once again, here is what you missed.

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What’s next for the Chef Dish Food Festival?


If you missed the Chef Dish food festival, do recap with us on instagram @chefdishfoodfest.

The fun and the eating sure isn’t over, the burger contest is still on. Think you got a cool name, share it with us and you and 5 friends could win a burger feast courtesy of Chef Dish at one of our restaurants.

More exciting news we simply can’t keep quiet about. Chef Dish Food festival is back for 3 days of festive fun. The dates are December 22nd to 24th at the same space but we will be mixing things up a little this time.

If you are interested do register here. Registration closes December 5th.

Enjoy the great outdoors again as we share our love of good food, drinks and entertainment from our local community of chefs, restaurants, mixologists and foodpreneurs.


Because Jollof rice is….


What does Jollof rice mean to you?

A good plate of Jollof rice sends me down memory lane to the road trips through Benin with my family. We always had to stop for a plate of smoked Jollof rice with all the extras. Plantain off course.

For this recipe, I used Jamie Oliver’s version and tailored the recipe to suit my taste. My addition was a little paprika and cayenne pepper. Very little goes a long way.

March 6th is National Oreo Day! / #NationalOreoDay

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Five Food Facts about Oreos

In 1912, Nabisco had a new idea for a cookie – two chocolate disks with a creme filling in between.


The first Oreo cookie looked very similar to the Oreo cookie of today, with only a slight difference in the design on the chocolate disks.


Little did they know that the Oreo cookie would become the largest selling cookie of all time.

5 Generic chocolate sandwich cookies. Image shot 2005. Exact date unknown.

The origin of the name Oreo is unknown, but there are many theories. ‘Or’ means golden in French or the Greek word ‘Oreo’, meaning beautiful, nice or well done.

Lawsuit Seeks To Ban Oreo Cookies In California

Starting in January 2006, Oreo cookies replaced the trans fat in the cookie with non-hydrogenated vegetable oil.

On This Day in Food History…

  • 1899 Aspirin was patented by Felix Hoffman of the German company, Bayer. Aspirin was originally developed by Charles Frederic Gerhardt in 1853, but he never thought it important enough to patent.
  • 1912

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