Best to use a video
Top of the morning to you Tribe. Beautiful morning. Some of us are just waking up. Don't judge me, I didn't get home until 3am delivering food. Long story….. I made a humongous batch of Moin Moin yesterday and if you've read the story of how my big Aunties taught me how to wrap these leaves, yesterday's cooking was funny as heck. It is easier wrapping with two leaves, because you have more stability. Wrapping with just one on the other hand, phew!!!! Not so much, especially when you are adding lots of filling. The hot weather is ruining a lot of produce, so my regulars are not stocking up on imported fresh produce as much anymore. The brief was for Moin Moin in leaves and I didn't have enough to go round. So I had to use one. When you start talking to yourself and calling the names of your Aunty and Grandma who have passed on, you know that Houston we have a problem ???. Crawling back over 10 year memories. I managed to figure it out ??????. When the sleepy cobwebs clear, I will bring you the video showing how to wrap with one leaf. Until then, here's a quick, easy tutorial showing how to wrap with two leaves. Off to bake Agege Bread and make a wicked jam to go with it ??
No #theNewNigerianCookery this time. Going old school. My mum and grandma tried repeatedly to teach me how to wrap, but my #stronghead refused to learn. You see, my staring back in the face of doing things the old way started a loooooong time ago. In a bid not to delay breakfast or dinner, they let it slide. Not until right about 19, I think. At a family party in Iperu, all the women were called to assist the Iya Alase's (commercial cooks) too wrap Moin Moin and I said, sorry folks, I don't know how to. The look my senior Aunties gave me, could melt steel ???. Then they descended on my mother. Ladunni ???, how did you let that happen, a Yoruba woman that can't wrap Moin Moin. There was no point in telling them at that point that I was only half Yoruba ??. They went on and on like I committed a crime, ah, you want your husband's people to say we didn't train you well. Insert eye roll. My Mum did try to defend herself, saying she taught me and my Grandma is her witness, they both tried to, I refused to learn. They said ah well, it is not too late, I will learn today. That is how they sat me down, and what Big Oladunni and Iye Gbuyi couldn't teach me for years, I learnt in one day. My Snr Aunties don't play. Like not at all, and if I could grumble with my Mum, nah, don't even try it with her big sisters. I must have tried it like 50 times, they just sat there staring me down and correcting me till I got it right. I must say, I was proud of myself that day. Years later, I haven't forgotten how to. Here's to my big Aunties. One of them is dead now, gone but never forgotten. I am the poster child for doing things #theNewNigerianCookery style, but for this one, just because it has added flavour, I am #TeamOldSchool.