Happy New Year!!

2016 has been an amazing year for me and I’m so grateful for what I had the privilege to experience over the last 12 months, from launching this blog to my writing aspirations. I have no resolution written down for 2017, but I have few projects I expect to get done. So my hope for 2017 is for this year to be filled with great opportunities and success for my family, my friends and myself.

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Lentils rice pilaf with fried onions

As part of my special Christmas celebration blogging, I will share with you some of my favorite dishes for this special occasion. And even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, some of the recipes I will be sharing can be made on different occasions, festive or not. I just hope that you will love them just as much as I enjoy them.

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Liboké Ya MBika or MBika cakes with shrimp and smoked fish (cakes with squash flour)

We are already in August and I decided for this month to introduce you to some of my favorite dishes, especially the African ones. And today, I’m making MBika cakes with Shrimp and smoked fish. MBika (the word used in Lingala) is commonly called Egusi in West Africa and Pistache in Cameroon. In West and Central Africa, Egusi seeds, protein-rich seeds of certain cucurbitaceous plants, like squash, melons or gourds, are ground into flour whose texture is similar to almond meal.

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