I’m currently sitting in the saloon getting my hair done. Which means I’ve got some free time even if it is just a few hours. Anyway, a few things just occurred to me:
I’ll need a new saloon
I’m hungry – I’m gonna miss Nigerian food.
Things have gotten under control at work so I have a little spare time here and there to put into my preparation. I’m already finalizing my financing but I’m still on the apartment waitlist which is worrisome. A few apartments became available but the one within my price range was available almost a month before I plan to be at Chicago while the others that will be available around the time I plan to be in Chicago have been outside my price range. I’m beginning to wonder if there is any middle ground. If I don’t get anything from my preferred buildings in this coming week, I’ll start looking for apartments in south loop (I really do cos I’ve gotten used to the idea of living the building I chose).
I’ve also been wondering how I’m going to survive without Nigerian food. I’m not a foodie but the spiciness of Nigerian food is just right which is where the problem is. I may be able to find palm oil and rice and corn flour but where will I find spices whose english names I do not know? (Any ideas what ugba is in english?) In the event that I don’t want to cook -which will very likely be more common than cooking – where do I get ofada rice? Or banga and starch? Or ewa agoyin? Fura de nono?
Bellyaching done. Here’s my plan: Get as much naija as I can into my system before September. And here is my food wishlist (all of which I must eat at least once in the next 8 weeks)
1. Pounded yam and egusi with bitterleaf
2. Amala and ewedu with gbegiri
3. Ofada rice and sauce
4. Ukpo oka
5. Banga soup
6. Ofe nsala
8. Ogbono soup
9. Ofe onugbu
11. Akara and akamu
12. Party jollof rice 😀
15. Peppsoup (cowtail, goat meat)
16. Okro soup (the kind that we mix with stew)
17. Yam porridge
18. Ewa Agoyin
There are probably a few things I left out but this is just a guide. There’s nothing I can do about the saloon. 🙂
P.S: Nigerians in the states, is there any restrictions on the amount of ijebu garri and indomie I can carry into the US? Help a sister plan.