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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.

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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 you as soon as I can.

I do hope you enjoy your stay here. xoxo

FRANCIS IDAH

Monday 19th of October 2020

I LOVE YOUR RECIPES,THEY ARE VERY USEFUL TO ME WHEN I NEED THEM...KEEP THE GOOD WORK

Lola Osinkolu

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Thanks for your kind words Francis 😃

Claudia Heyman

Saturday 17th of October 2020

Hi Lola! I just found you, and I am so happy that I did. I made the Sandwich Bread today and I think it is already gone, and the Garlic Knots are on tomorrow's menu. Thank you so much!!

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Thank you for coming back to share your experience, Claudia. I can't wait to hear your feedback on the garlic knots! :)

Yvonne Gordon

Sunday 11th of October 2020

You cook with joy and it gives me joy to watch. Thank you!

Lola Osinkolu

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Thanks for your nice words, Yvonne :)

Julite Nwachukwu

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

Am so happy to be here

Lola Osinkolu

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Glad to have you here :)

Somoye Zuliat

Sunday 27th of September 2020

I love what you do.

Lola Osinkolu

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Thank you Zuliat!