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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 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 love to dictate the meals I make (super busy momma!).

I’m happiest when I’m investing time in what matters most to me – family, health, career, personal growth, friends, and adventures, engaging in great conversation over a meal I just prepared, crossing something off my bucket list – like learning to ride a scooter! and being the reason behind the priceless look of joy on someone’s face. But I remind myself to choose happiness on laundry day, too!

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A little bit of background …

I was born and raised in Nigeria, and this has greatly influenced what and how I cook. 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 found at your local grocer.

I use a global approach to cooking, which helps expand the palate. While I cook indigenous African recipes, a lot of my dishes appeal to a broader audience. I have a wide range of recipes that will please seafood, chicken, or beef lovers, vegetarians, and the pickiest eater at your table.

My passion for cooking started at a very early age. My dad thinks I was about six, but I cannot remember a time before I started cooking. The passion and love I had for food in my childhood days have not yet changed; in fact, it continues to grow.

I’m a self-taught baker. Though both my late grandmother and my aunt were bakers, I did not learn any skills from them. I guess it runs in the blood!

I got my first job as a restaurant manager before moving to the States to join my husband. When I got to the States, I knew I wanted to pursue my passions. I had to choose between cooking and sewing (yes, I sew!). I chose cooking, and blogging has become my outlet to share my recipes.

Other things to know about me …

  • I cooked a meal for a crowd of about 20 people at the age of 8 – a traditional Nigerian meal called Amala, made by stirring yam flour into hot water until a doughy lump is formed.
  • My love for sewing remains, and I still sew when I can. I love making dresses for my little princess and myself. However, I’m not so good at sewing for boys and men. But I recently challenged myself and made a shirt for my son for the first time. I was proud of my results and so happy I made it.
  • I studied Geology and Mineral Science in college but have never worked in that field (by choice).
  • I’m quite shy, but if you’ve only known me recently, you may not notice because I’m getting better.
  • I have a weakness for freshly baked goods – I think I got that from my grandma! So you will find a lot of baking recipes on this platform like my Super Soft Bread Rolls, No-knead Bread Rolls, Sweet Milk Bread, Meat Pies, and much more.

What you will find on this blog:

Press Inquiries

If you are a member of the media and want to write a story about Chef Lola’s Kitchen or are looking for an expert source for a column, please email me at lola (at) cheflolaskitchen (dot) com.

All Members of the Media are permitted to use a photo provided that credit will be given to the page where the photo was taken at cheflolaskitchen.com.

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

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

I made a list of my top favorite products that I use in my kitchen. They are now available for you to shop.

I do hope you enjoy your stay here in my kitchen. xoxo

Didi

Saturday 6th of August 2022

Wow! Chef Lola ❤. My favourite memories!

Watching your videos has been part of my growing years (that was when I was excited to learn new things). My phone then was filled with #cheflola’s video (I could still remember how low the graphic was because I was using a smaller phone at that time, but I don’t care at all, I just want to watch you doing your magic😂)

Your videos are well explained and so fun to watch. It is time I bring those back again You just inspired me again, ma.

God Bless you always❤❤ You are beautiful too❤😘

Angela

Wednesday 20th of July 2022

I will like to follow, I do really want to learn

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Monday 25th of July 2022

Thank you, Angela. Welcome on board. Kindly subscribe to my newsletter to get direct updates in your mailbox. You can also follow my social media pages on Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook @cheflolaskitchen.

Peace

Saturday 16th of July 2022

Hi miss lola i love all ur cooking skills and i followed ur recipes , thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us.❤

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Monday 25th of July 2022

Peace, I am glad you can relate to the recipes. You're welcome.

Titilayomi Johnson Lawal

Sunday 10th of July 2022

I love your cooking's and how well detailed u are when explaining. Thanks for always impacting.

Mariselle

Friday 8th of July 2022

Hi LOLA I loved reading your choice on south african recipies, well put together and a great choice. Will follow you to find other recipies. Be Blessed

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Sunday 10th of July 2022

Thank you Mariselle. Please subscribe to get the latest recipe in your mail.