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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.

Lola Osinkolu-Chef-Lola

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

Private (I'm not comfortable with sharing my name)

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Nice recipe! Also sounds yummy! I'll try it out this weekend!

Amy Tresize

Saturday 14th of November 2020

Hi Lola! I found your website today! I have been with my Nigerian partner and cooking stews, egusi, fried rice, stewed beans, pounded yam and yam pottage for about 20yrs now. I'm going to use your recipes to increase my repertoire! I know Nigerian women tend to guard their culinary secrets so I'm truly grateful to you for sharing yours! I look forward to trying your recipes very soon! xx

Eric Glover

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Hello Chef Lola, I love your recipes. I have cooked several in fact today I fixed the okra stew again, so GOOD. Chef, I would love absolutely honored if you viewed and commented on my video. It is about African Americans reconnecting with Africa.

https://youtu.be/4HMtrY6zJlM

oriyomi

Saturday 31st of October 2020

Am glad to be here

Lola Osinkolu

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

I'm also glad to have here Oriyomi. :)

Emmanuel IRAFASHA

Saturday 31st of October 2020

Congrants to you Chef Lola! i am Emmanuel. i studied Hospitality and Tourism in sub-sector of Culinary Arts. i am so great to meet you! with your recipes that you share we will know more! thank you very much! you stay safe!

Emmanuel.

Lola Osinkolu

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

So glad to have you here Emmanuel.