It’s been far too long since the last time I blogged, I’ve been slightly preoccupied and to be really frank, blogging became a chore and so I really couldn’t be bothered.
But now I’m back and eager to document my Nigerian food journey. Shout out to Chef Afrik, for giving me the nudge I needed.
Over the past few months I’ve been introduced to a whole world of Nigerian food (who knew we had so many dishes) the country is a melting pot of languages and cultures, but most importantly it’s bursting with food and luckily for me I love food. I’ve already experienced culinary delights that I never knew existed and I want to explore more.
So first things first where to buy Nigerian food? When I first landed I was intent on going to the market and buying food as authentically as possible. After a few attempts I’ve decided that supermarkets and expat friendly ‘outdoor markets’ are the way for me. I’m just not up to the challenge, visiting the market is an experience in itself, coupled with my inexperience, the heat and my British accent it’s way more wahala (aka as Yoruba for trouble) than it’s worth. So instead I opt for over priced supermarkets selling imported goods (oh yeah, expat living!).
But today I did something a different, rather than pay over the odds for my fruit and veg in the supermarkets, my friend Oneka suggested we try the farmers market. Situated in Maitama (an affluent area in Abuja, our driver gave us a little in prompt tour, think Melrose but in Nigeria) the farmers market is a cross between the normal market (but without the chaos) and the supermarket. So in laymans terms it’s not as hectic as say Utako market (popular market in Abuja) but offers the same level of ease as the supermarket but without the hefty price. And I must say I was pretty impressed, Oneka found her usual guy (forgot his name, oops) and he preceded to give us the low down on Nigerian accents and Nigerian president, not entirely sure why he felt we needed to know about those particular topics, but hey if it means cheaper veg keep talking.
After what felt like a very long time (the guy could sure talk) I managed to buy a whole host of veg for around £4. Which is pretty good, especially considering that in the supermarkets 3 apples cost around £4 (I kid you not). Needless to say I think the farmers market will be a gentle introduction to buying groceries in Nigeria. I’ll give it a little time, get some experience under my belt and the venture into the madness that is the local market.