Monday, May 28, 2007

‘Carrot- Pineapple- Coconut’ Cake

Last night, for the first time in my life, I made a cake.

See I could’ve gone the easy route and made a vanilla cake… or a chocolate cake… or a strawberry cake.

But I didn’t

I made a Carrot- Pineapple- Coconut Cake

(ok… I’ll be honest. I didn’t quite have the ingredients for a chocolate cake…)

I combined three different recipes because… well… just because.

I don’t quite remember in what order, but I mixed:

2 cups of all-purpose flour and one cup of sugar and 1 stick of butter and I cup of sweetened shredded coconut and 5 grated medium carrots and 1 can of drained pineapple chunks and ¾ cup of vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 5 eggs and 1 teaspoon of baking soda(I felt like such a dumb blonde when I realized after an extensive search in my cupboards that the baking soda was the box in the corner of my fridge…lol… and please don’t get on my case about the blonde stuff… na my money buy am jare)

My sister almost had a fit when she saw me pouring oil into the baking tray to grease it(apparently I’m supposed to just spray it with the can ‘baking oil spray’ thingie… lol… another blonde moment)

I lightly floured the tray and then poured in the batter

And I set the oven to bake at 350F

… and 45 minutes later

Voila… dark brown perfection!

My very first Carrot- Pineapple- Coconut Cake!!

And it wasn’t salty or ‘peppery’… or dry or burnt

It was just right!!!

This just has to go into some record book…

“People of the world… a feat unheard of, something so grand, so marvellous, so unexpected…

Overwhelmed Naija Babe made a cake… and it was actually good”

I have to add this to the looong list of foods that I can actually make:

1. Jollof Rice

2.Jollof Pasta

3.Jollof Potatoes

4.Eggs… and now

5. Carrot- Pineapple- Coconut Cake


This makes me incredibly happy cos I believe my future is settled:

  • I’m almost certain that in the next 6- 10 years, I will be able to find a handsome educated Nigerian man who will marry and cherish me, and not send me home after the first 2 months because of my lack of culinary talents. I mean a girl who can cook 5 meals or more is definitely an asset in any man’s home.

Note to Future 'Overwhelmed Naija Bobo': Please don't delude yourself into expecting egusi and okra soup daily because I will stop buying restaurant soups and passing them off as my own exactly two weeks after the wedding(cos all those ones na ‘before-the-marriage-runs’… lol

  • My children will not grow up with skinny legs and protruding stomachs due to excessive consumption of 'outside food’...afterall children with a mother who can make 5 meals are luckier than most… I mean not only can their mother make breakfast(eggs) and lunch(any jollof of their choice or whatever shows up on the ‘rotating-jollof-menu’), she can also make dessert(Carrot- Pineapple- Coconut Cake).

Note to future children: Dinner is for poor and uncivilized people(well that’s what I’ll be telling you until you grow up and learn better… so in the meantime it’s prayers and bedtime stories… except you want some ‘reheated jollof’)

  • My inlaws will not be causing too many problems in my matrimonial home. When they eat jollof rice 3 times a day for one week straight, I’m pretty sure they won’t like to make too many visits to my home to enquire about ‘male children’ or to find out how their brothers money is being spent.

ps(showing off papi): However, because I do want to be called a fantastic sister/daughter in-law, I will go out of my way to post the numbers of the best restaurants in town on my fridge for easier access. I will also make my driver Lazarus available for these trips for anyone who is allergic to my jollof. (drivers with names other than Lazarus or Taofeek need not apply)

  • In order to make sure that the smell from another woman’s kitchen won’t tempt my husband’s nostrils, every other weekend, I will make microwave popcorn
  • I will also make sure that I don’t invite too many of my homebody friends to my house… any friend who can cook more than 10 things at any given time will have restricted access to my home because I know that if my husband and his family members meet my friends who come to my house and make elaborate concoctions of ‘goat meat stew with barbecued celery and parboiled carrot sticks dipped in omikomi sauce and grilled oysters with parmesan potatoes’, or 'grilled teriyaki isi-ewu set at 45 degree temperature with yam a-la-mode, tatashe'd and sundried lekki beach crabs, spicy prawns and chilled Tinubu Brulee with home-made palm wine margaritas', my tenure in my matrimonial home might be shaky.

On the other hand: I will invite lots of my party friends… and even my close friend Ayo aka Dark Chocolate. She doesn’t even know if the tomatoes or the oil comes first in the stew… so she will be very close to my family. Anytime my husband starts complaining about his need for fatty acids and palm nut soup, I will refer him to my friend Ayo… who will remind him how lucky he is to have me.

  • I don’t want a housegirl in the first few years of my marriage… or at least until I receive spiritual clearance and 10 days fire prayer. I watched ‘the evil that housegirls do’ parts 1, 2 and 3… and… no thanks!
Ahhh... Life will never be the same after my Carrot- Pineapple- Coconut cake.
(Don't you just want a piece?)

44 comments:

toy said...

lol...girl u are too funny. am i first?incredible!!

Idemili said...

Hehehehe! Hai! Nwaaaa kne aaa! You are mad. Excellent post, well thought out. I bet you have spent some nights thinking about it.

Favoured Girl said...

Hoorah for your first experiment with baking! So I am to believe that you turned out a perfect Carrot-Pineapple-Coconut Cake. Hmmm, you know I would have loved to taste it but as I live far away I'll have to decline your offer. :wink:

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@toy: thanks toy… yeah you are first… and that is especially incredible because today’s prize is a slice of this fantastic carrot-pineapple-coconut cake… seeing as your name is toy and I’m not quite sure if you’re legal so as to booze up with me… I’ll get you a cold glass of milk to go with it… go into the world and multiply(lol… I don’t mean procreate though)

@Idemili: Hey nwanne nkem… I know you are craving a piece of this my fantastic cake… I wish I’d taken a picture of it… I’m not home to… but if my sister hasn’t consumed it all by the time I get home, I will put it up. I just made the cake last night and wrote abourrit today oh… na as e sweet me today I dey write(cos I brought some of it to my moms workplace… helping her write some kini-kon kini-kons) and it’s quite a coincidence that I’m actually on your blog right now reading some dark man x tales while you left this comment

@Favoured Girl: lol… I have a feeling that the reason you doubt my world-renowned cooking skills is because the last time it was ‘british pancake day’… I expressed surprise at finding out that pancakes were fried(but you can’t blame me oh cos I only ever hear people say they’re making pancakes… I never heard fry… and I never watch when my sisters making em… lol) but yes oh… the cake tastes divine… in fact I’m going to mail you a piece… but the way it’s even smelling so delicious, the postal officer might end up eating it and not sending it off…

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! OMG I'm falling out laughing!

Ugo Daniels said...

Wonderfully delicious...keep doing ya thang gal. no long thing!

Bubbles said...

Damn girl, that was funny. Any man should be happy to have a wife that can cook 5 dishes. Hopefully he can cook 5 other types of food so if both of u combine, that would be 10 whole dishes.

LOL........ no be small thing.

Patrice said...

I just know you put the cake in the freezer until after 6 in 6 mission is over. This is your celebratory see-if-I-can-lose-the-6-pack-faster-than-I-found-it cake?

Naija Vixen said...

This babe!!! Is it carrot-pineapple-coconut cake u want to be Remember all them 9ja films were the dude carts his wife back to her parents cos she cant make "Akpu"? I shudder just thinking bout it!!!

Mad Soul said...

u know u're nuts, right?
congratulations. oh, u forgot to ass "boiled water" and "hot oil" to the list of stuff u can make

foxynaija26 said...

lol, you are too crazy,here i am thinking of cooking some efo riro, spaghetti in corned beef, some concussion indomie, frying plantain, boiling some corn, making scotch egg, and i just made some hot dog croissants and i stop because there is no one to cook for, i guess im one of the chics that cant come to your house.
or
i could teach you how to cook. call me

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Anonymous: i'm not sure that 'falling out laughing' is a good thing.. but if thats what you wanna do... why not...

@Ugo Daniels: lol@wonderfully delicious.. i hope you're not 'thesaurusin' before you leave comments on my blog cos the next one will be happily delightful... lol

@Bubbles: see i get confused sometimes cos i'm not sure if you're the bubbles i used to know... but i'll check out your link... cos i thought she closed her blog or something. My dear thanks for supporting me.. for what you just said.. you're going to be one of my blogsville bridesmaids for that special day...

@Patrice: lol... you're the voice of reason on my blog... um.. i didn't quite freeze it... but umm... it's the last cake i'll make till the 6 weeks is over cos i have to look sesxcy this summer... lol...how you doing love?

@Naija Vixen: lmao... akpu ke?! the man never hollla...he will collapse with hunger if he expects me to come and pound akpu for him... then he better invite his younger sister to come and live with us so she can be taking care of that responsibility.. come to think of it... i might have to draw up a contract outlining exactly what i will be doing in the marriage... any request for anything outside that contract will require serious negotiation with diamond necklaces and foot massages

@Mad Soul: I'm nut for your love baby(Lol.. couldn't resist using the very igbotic line.. man i can't wait to go to naija this xmas and see some 'omo nna' boys... ) thanks my angel... i made the damn cake all by myself... i dedicate it to all the people who thought i couldn't make it this far..

come crazy soul or whatever youcall yourself.. take time!! boiled water and hot oil.. which one come be those ones now?! if that's the case then i can make 10 things self... cereal, toast with butter, toast with cream cheese, toast with peanut butter and boiled rice(well this one's sort of a fluke cos somedays it might burn... and other days it might be a little salty.. but shebi salt contains minerals which revitalize your skin).

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@foxynaija26: my only hip hop fire... dang all these menus you are making eh.. if you weren't tied to 'skinny' and i had a brother.. i swear i would do anything to hook you up with my brother so that at least by style by style i can be visiting you people's matrimonial home and be eating something other than jollof... but then again i want a 6pack in 5 weeks... so i bind you foxynaija!!! hot dog croissants ke?! i think you have spent too much time overseas... and when i get married i think i will limit your access to my matrimonial home because by the time you come in and start speaking that scotch egg and croissant stuff... my husband might think twice about our union .. and me i don't want that.. except you choose to teach me how to make 2 new meals(nothing more than 2 sha... i don't want to overwhelm my delicate brain... lol)so you have to choose the foods you're going to teach me.. and then we'll do the recipes here... and if i make it good... then we'll put it up.. and i will issue you a certificate and recognize you as a cooking therapist.. what do you say babygirl?!

nameless.poetical. said...

wow...carrot-coconut gini-kini!!! u try...i see dat in ur 10 dishes or more restriction you effectively banned hip hop fire from ur crib...better for me sha...before i have to do some testicular hommie-cide on some dude cos he likes wifeys cooking...hehehehe...

Nilla said...

Girl you're too funny!

Only you...jollof potatoes...never even heard of that before.

catwalq said...

u are so silly
abeg clap 4 urself joo.
My roommate called her mother for instructions on how to boil an egg

9jamommy said...

Lol..lol..lol....jollof potatoes, jollof pasta.....you're something else...

LittleGirlLost said...

You have conquered!
Today carrot/Pineapple/Coconut cake tomorrow the world.

You are too funny!

Tayo said...

Overwhelmed, you don kolo. LOL. The Overwhelmed Naija kids will be going out to eat too? Abi na only jollof you go dey give them? Jollof go grow for their head o.

laspapi said...

Storm, so when we give you out, we have to pay the man a dowry to accept your lack of culinary skills? Hehe. I'll start saving.

The Last King Of Scotland said...

carrot cake is dope, i must admit. the pineapple-coconut is something i would like to experiment with,yummy!

KemiMamaLopes said...

If I was sure Calabargal won't fire me as her diet buddy, I would have asked for a piece. Well done, I had a good laugh. Not bad as I am not looking forward to my exercise class in an hour :(

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@nameless poetical: lol... i can make an exception and allow her to come to my matrimonial home if she can pretend when she's there that she's not a good cook.
i know she's a great friend so she won't want my husband to wheelbarrow me back to my mothers house. lol... how you dey enjoy the summer now?

@Nilla: lol... oh then i have to invite you the next time i make this jollof potato to come and experience the wonder of my cooking... just make sure you have something else to eat at home... cos it might not be your taste sha.. lol. babe e don tey oh... where you dey appear and dissapear go self?

@catwalq: lmao... see i'm fantastic.. not only can i cook eggs, i can fry them self... this your roomate funny oh.. but come are you sure you self you can cook... cos for you to be there and she's calling her mom for instructions.. it shows that you yourself you didn't know the right way to boil the egg.. confess oh!

@9ja mommy: lol... i can't contemplate my world without 'jollof'.. how you doing mami

@little girl lost: my dear you understand me completely... are you sure you're not my sister living in saudi arabia?

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Tayo: my dear it's not kolo oh.. i'm proud of my accomplishment... and please if you want a piece.. feel free to ask. i'm very generous to fine boys... lol. science research shows that children who eat a lot of jollof are good in the computer field... so bill gates go come out from my compound.. AMEN!!!

@laspapi: lol... my dear you might have to save a lot of money because if the man considers all the jollofs to be only one meal... that means i only know 3... lol...

@The last king of scotland: very very yummy especially the one i made.. in fact i go give you small...

@kemimamalopes: you're hilarious... i know calabargalwill understand oh... i wish i could come with you to that exercise class cos i don chop this 'fatty cake' tire man... i need to burn some calories sha... thanks for stopping by my blog.. i'll check u out soon..

butterfliesandstars said...

carrot-pineapple-coconut - WTF!!! Whats the combination? i think overwhelmed bobo and lil' overwhelmed would rather jollof and eggs - but u'r the lady of the house, so what choice do they have?
But congrats on the sucessful baking experiment!

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@butterfliesandstars: babe i'm dissapointed with this your comment oh... are you trying to cast some dark light over my fantastic cake... it tasted fantastic... imagine now.. i didn't make carrot cake or pineaple cake or coconut cake.. i mixed them all... that shows i'm a triple threat in the kitchen... so please you have to withdraw your last statement or else i will also ban you from my matrimonial home cos you're even sounding like someone who knows how to cook too much self... lol. i can tell you're a fan of my jollof so i will forgive you... how you doing angel?

LurLar said...

lol Overwhelmed.....dnt worry ur husband ,kids adjust.Ur inlaws? I no sabi dat one oh,maybe u will tell the gateman,or lazarus to always tell dem u pple have travelled or else.......lol

Waffarian said...

Onb, I see your strong "skill" here is mixing. May I suggest you start adding pasta dishes, a lot of mixing to be done there.

Make pasta, add stew, mix all in pan, granish with basillica, persilja or parmesan cheese and viola, you have a dish.

Make pasta, buy ready made cheese sauce, mix all, granish with whatever.

To impress, don't forget you can buy meatballs, (ehhhh, ready made).

Oh, another good mixing dish: Boil potatoes, slice, spread in an oven form, slice onions, salami, cooked egges, paprika (anything you want), strew over with grated cheese, put in oven, till brown.(you can have creme fraiche or cream in it so its not so dry, does not matter, as far as you mix it all up!)


Ill be back to give more "mixing" dishes, as you can see, I am the master of "mixing".

I am Unwritten said...

lmao!! hilarious! i absolutely love your blog. i even added you to my blogroll. hope you don't mind??

Kafo said...

i love this
seriously
i can't bake worth a lick becuz i NEVER follow the recipe. i always think i can substitute and cut corners.

u r no joke tho. u didn't even start easy like with only carrot or pineapple. no you went all out for the big three.

big ups

Pink-satin said...

tew fuuny! carrotn pineapple cake?like seriously

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Lurlar: lol… the inlaws self will adjust oh… if them no fit… I sabi plenty hotels around when them fit lodge(lol… I’m just joking… they can stay at the ‘boys quarters’… lol. But this one when you dey give me wicked suggestions for my inlaws…are you sure you don’t have experience in these kind of issues ehn lurlar?! I don start to dey suspect you oh babe!

@Waffarian: the only waffy person I know(and love) kilonshele? lol@mixing… yes oh I have some strong hands so I can ‘mix’ well well… lol. Baby girl I am enjoying these your suggestions and since you’re proving to be quite a chef(you and foxynaija will make a ‘housewife’ out of me soon… I am beginning to think that in spite of my love for you… you might also have restricted access to my matrimonial… because I mean I will be trying to impress my husband with curry and magggi spices and you will now come yarning ‘basilica’… chineke… you want make them commot my loads for outside? Lol… crème fraiche ke? Mogbe… I need cooking thesaurus to understand all this… but I promise when I settle down and want to start improving my culinary skills… I will call on you(cos I don’t want papi to grow gray hairs fast trying to save up for the dowry which he will use to compensate the man who takes my hand in marriage)

@I am unwritten: awww.. thanks mami. I don’t think I’ve ever been on your blog before.. guess you’re new… I’ll definitely check you out soon. Ahh.. there’s no problem mami… I love the love… have a great evening… I just finished some tae bo oh… body dey sweat small… I dey go baff jare

@Kafo: oh baby girl you have to come and let me teach you oh cos I’m a fantastic cake baker… as in serious chop and quench… lol(look at me boosting just because I made one cake oh… 21 years of living and nothing to show for it as my younger sister would say… lol) we go learn together sha… we have waffarian, foxynaija 26 and some other master chefs in this blogsville… we will learn this culinary art by fire by force… how you doing mami? It’s been a while

@pink-satin: yes oh… mo wa talented… yes mo wa gifted… in fact very soon I will start giving lessons for the less talented.. because it’s not easy…

The Pseudo-Independent said...

Great post. The only bad thing is it makes me quite hungry. See you in a bit.

Uzo said...

LOOL....How about you plan to learn to cook a few more things...I mean 5 items right now..Maybe you will have 10 in another 2 years...LOL

יושה (Yosh) said...

roflol @ "rotating jollof menu"...I beg no mind them o! Meanwhile, Okro & stew is sooo basic, so try and get on that bandwagon and up your menu! :)

I sure would want me some Carrot-Pineapple-Coconut cake! :)

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

don't mind if I do have piece of your cake. What a rendition. I think knowing 5 dishes is definately an asset tour future husband. i.e. 5 days of different food - all jollof of course, and then the eat out. Like it.

Elle Woods said...

carrot/coconut/pineapple? na to proceed to ti idi bo po be dat.

dolly said...

Hilarious!!!

you want make them get kwashiokwor

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@The pseudo-independent: lol… the cake don finish long time so I can’t even help you… but next time I will save a special slice for you… afterall it takes special guts to have a name like pseudo-independent… no be joke

@uzo: lol… amen for that prayer… the more I can learn(that will actually taste good… the better… cos I want my children to grow up strong…

@yosh: that Arabic when dey appear in front of your name self… wetin e mean? Okro and stew? You wan post recipe? I haven’t made any kind of soup since I came to Canada… I tried okra last year and I couldn’t even eat it… so I need all the help I can get. You know you’re always my blog backbone… so next time I will reserve you a piece

@The life of a stranger: nne kedu? Lmao… baby girl ima wassup!

@Elle woods: lol… cowerciate oh… I loss

@dolly: lol… I bind that in jesus name… they will be healthy… remember I will always add assorted meat to the menu… turkey, grilled chicken, suya, eggs… enough proteins now cos meat no hard to make(shebi na spice and grill am… that one I fit)

יושה (Yosh) said...

That writing that precedes my name is actually Yosh spelled in Hebrew! :)

As for Okro recipe http://www.motherlandnigeria.com/recipes.html#ila

It's so simple u can do it even this noon if u get some okro. Make the stew however u know how to do that one, it'd fit. Make eba or whatever other solid u prefer...there u have a dish.

That's my survival whenever d folks aren't around to help with meals...and the good thing is I sooooo love it.

Wow, feeling so on top of d world being d "Blog Backbone"...Lol! I'd remind u in case u forget o! :)

Mona said...

hahah u r funnt....na wa o lol,shd we call u martha stewart now?

menn im cool :o) howru?

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Yosh: oh i like that... can you please write overwhelmednaijababe in hebrew for me make i see?! lol... i think say you even sabi cook.. you dey give me recipe.. ok i'll check it out later and if it's easy i'll do it. but i think the way igbo and yoruba people cook okro is different. igbo people cook it as part of the soup while yoruba people make stew and just boil okra and put em both on the plate and eat em together. i can make stew but it's always a fluke. i mean it could taste good this time and horrendous the next.. so i dont think i have that one perfect yet like my fantastic jollof.lol... my dear keep on keeping on with your okra but since you seem to eat this meal quite a bit, one would expect that you would know it off-heart by now.. abeg impress me yosh. lol.. yes oh.. you are my blog backbone... you just have to constantly remember to 'hold me up'...

@Mona: lol yes the NIgerian martha stewart... i got it like that baby... in fact i got one on her cos i'm pretty sure that martha can't make jollof rice at all.. them want try?! i'm alright oh my dear enjoyin the good weather although i'm geting blacker by the day

יש (Yosh) said...

lmao! ONB in Hebrew? That's like a huge BRB. But I'll give it a shot!

I know the okra recipe by heart, I was just too lazy to start giving u from memory! But surely, I sabi am o!

And btw, I know about the Igbo style. I just like d Yoruba style, too...actually that's d way I know how to do it better cos I grew up in Lag, so yeah...

Keep trying, u'd make something less of a fluke in no time! With the whole theory on Jolof at your fingertips, I can't see why this one should be so tough?

Maybe one of your posts, soon, will talk about how u did it ;) I'll be around to 'hold u up', for sure!

Vickii said...

Honestly, you are very funny overwhelmed!!! Your carrot, pineapply and coconut cake sounds great ... just because I would have sent you a piece doesn't mean you should feel guilty for not sending me one, no honestly, please don't feel guilty!

This was very funny though ... you know what, despite what you say, I imagine you as the kind of girl who can cook, or will at least become that fabulous cook that other lesser cooks won't invite to their homes!