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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! Or 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 flower 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:

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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 for information. I will reply as soon as I can.

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

JOAN SEVERINE

Saturday 10th of April 2021

I LOVE EVERYTHING YOU DO, Thank you soo much for sharing your talent..

Peace

Friday 9th of April 2021

Hi, I have learnt a lot from you on your channel(youtube). You doing an amazing job. Keep up the good work

Lanre Folami

Sunday 4th of April 2021

Thanks for your easy Sausage Rolls recipe, it's simply WOW! Have prepared it twice, now my wife and children wants me to keep making it weekly. On a separate note, any relation to Lolus Snack bar?

Christiana Adekunle

Thursday 18th of March 2021

Love your recipes!!. I'm a Nigerian-Irish (Born and raised in Ireland). I've visited this website numerous times for traditional nigerian recipes. They never fail. Thank you!!!!!

Margaret Babatola

Sunday 28th of February 2021

Thank you for sharing the recipe of this yummy bread. Going to try it right away. Hope to get more of your recipe on Africa food. Thanks.

Lola Osinkolu

Monday 1st of March 2021

You are welcome, Margaret. I have many more African foods already on the blog feel free to browse around...many more are still coming. Please stick around.