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About

Hi, welcome to my virtual kitchen. 

My name is Lola, and this is the space where I share my fast, easy, family-friendly meals!

I’m the wife of one amazing man who, despite his busy schedule, takes his time to be the photographer and the tech guy behind this blog. Plus, he’s my number one fan. I’m also the mom to three adorable kids ten years and under who loves to dictate the meals I make (super busy momma!).

Chef Lola Osinkolu

A little bit of background

I was born and raised in Nigeria, and this has a great influence on what I cook and how I cook – I use a global approach to cooking, which helps to expand the palate.

I mainly cook from scratch using fresh and minimally processed produce and cost-effective everyday ingredients that are readily available in your pantry or can easily be sourced in your local grocery. However, some of my indigenous recipes will require shopping at the African/Caribbean stores.

My passion for cooking started at a very early age. My dad thinks it’s about six years, but I literally met myself cooking, so I can’t say the exact age I started. However, what I’m sure of is that the passion and love I have for food from my childhood days to date have not yet changed; in fact, it has continued to grow.

I’m a self-taught baker, though my late grandmother was a baker, and my aunt does the same for a living; however, I did not learn any of my skills from them, so I guess it runs in the blood!

I studied Geology and mineral Science for my first degree but never worked with it (by choice). I got my first job as a Company Restaurant manager before moving to the states to join my husband. When I got to the states, I knew I wanted to grow my passion, and I had to choose between cooking and sewing (Yes, I sew!). I chose cooking, and blogging has since become my outlet to share my recipes.

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Other things you might want to know about me.

  • I cooked my first meal for a crowd of about 20 people at the age of 8.
  • My love for sewing remains, and I still sew anytime I’m less busy.
  • I’m quite shy, but you may not notice it if you had not known me over ten years ago because I’m getting better.
  • I have a weakness for freshly baked goods – I think I got that from my Grandma, who worked as a baker throughout her lifetime. So you will find a whole lot of baking recipes on this platform like my super soft bread rollsno-knead bread rollsSweet milk breadMeat pies, and much more.

Join us on our Social media platforms

Nothing gives me more joy than seeing you recreate my recipes. If you do, I will love to see the pictures of your creations on Facebook or tag #cheflolaskitchen on Instagram.

Feel free to contact me here for your questions, suggestions, or information. I will try to reply as soon as I can.

I do hope you enjoy your stay here. xoxo

Chibuzor Ukwu

Friday 15th of January 2021

Hi Lola, I'm a guy and I have had to make my own food since I live alone. I am not very good with most Nigerian meals but I have been reading most recipes online. I made my first Egusi Soup from the internet and it came out great. I hope to learn a lot from you here. I read you Bio and I loved it. Thanks for the efforts you are putting into your works and more encouragements to you. Thanks to your wonderful husband who is also your photographer and tech guy. Kind regards,

Ngozi

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

I think I love you because we have one thing in common, I create my recipe too. More grace. Please keep me posted on your different dishes. From Nigeria.

Ngozi

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

I think I love because we have one thing in common. I create my recipe too. More grace. Please keep me posted on your different dishes.

Lola Osinkolu

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

So glad to have you here Ngozi ❤❤❤

Tricia

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Can you use gluten free flour make the lumpia wraps?

Lola Osinkolu

Friday 11th of December 2020

Hi Tricia, sorry I haven't tried this recipe with gluten-free flour so I can't say if it's going to work or not.

Ingrid Welch

Friday 4th of December 2020

Yay ! Love your sadza recipe. I am from Zim but live in Canada now. Love your ncooking site too. Thank you.

Lola Osinkolu

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Thank you for the high praise Ingrid. ❤❤❤