It has been forever and a minute since I posted on this blog, and I am truly sorry for my absence, but my life has sorta spiraled out of control in the last 2 weeks, and I am barely managing to keep it together just to maintain above average sanity. I know my problems are not the worst there could be, butwatching something I worked soooo hard to get, dangle dangerously in front of me is not easy. I truly do hope that I am able to resume blogging regularly soonest, because I have come to realize that I really enjoy it, and I have a faithful crowd of people who do come here regularly to try out new recipes. Even if not for me, I do owe it to you all who come here daily, weekly and end even monthly to look for updates to keep going, and I will try my best to do that.

So February came and went, and although I didn’t do everything I planned to do, I still made the best of it. As the days go by, it becomes painfully clear that this life is short, and not guaranteed so you have to make the best of it while you still can. Like my dad said this morning, its like a lottery system, and when your number gets picked, there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. So, instead of living in fear and/or panic waiting for your number to get picked, live everyday fully and meaningfully. Enough of the somber and morbid stuff.

I got to attend the Harvard Business School Africa Business Conference, HBSABC, last weekend in Boston, and I am going to go ahead and confess already that I am sapiosexual. There is something about a room full of educated, driven, and smart men that makes me giddy. HBSABC did not disappoint! And I say this, even though I only attended a few sessions given that my suitcase only got to Boston at 2pm, while the conference began at 8am, smh. The suitcase story is one I will save for a later post about my life as a non-rev traveler. I networked with some cool people, and I definitely know that all things being equal, I will be headed back in 2013! If you are like me, and you read a lot about every and anything, you must have read about the changes taking place in Africa right now and all the potential the continent has. Well, HBSABC provided an opportunity to meet those who succeeded on the continent, those who are still working on their success, and even those who have failed, but still managed to pick themselves back up. Amazing stuff. The optimism out there was contagious, and it definitely spawned a few ideas in yours truly’s mind. I also got to listen to Hakeem Belo-Osagie talk. If you don’t know who he is, biko, I beg, google him. I could go on for forever, but I will save you the trouble and end there while encouraging you to read more here. In a twisted irony of fate, the morning after I got back from HBSABC, I woke up to links to the Kony 2012 video all over my facebook feed, and twitter TL. I will be posting a separate post on my thoughts about that, because I have a little too much to say about that.

Totally random but I had to share, be careful of what you say and/or think, because sometimes God’s sense of humor is on another level. While waiting to board my flight last weekend, I noticed a lady with 2 little kids, both under the age of 3. At some point the baby started crying, while the older one was being naughty. Of course, I dont have any kids, so I said to myself: “why do they even let folks with kids fly? Their parents need to just drive whenever they have to travel.” I then proceeded to put my headphones in, and blast my music as loud as I could tolerate. Somehow, I managed to be one of the last ones to board the flight, and as I’m walking down the aisle I look at my boarding pass, and did a quick mental calculation, and realized that chances were high that I was around the lady with the kids. Even better! I was placed next to her. I couldn’t help but laugh at the irony. I ended up swapping seats, but I was sure to let God know that I got the message loud and clear!

Anyways, after 2 long weeks and intense weeks, I got to relax some this weekend, and I decided to invite some folks over for dinner. Initially it was meant to be lunch for two, then it became three, and then four, and then somehow it ended up being a really nice dinner with lots of great conversations and food. Only problem is I was in such a mad haste that I didnt get any pictures while I was cooking since I was in quite a hurry. I did manage to capture some shots of the finished products.

The spread....

Like I said, initially this was meant to be lunch for my friend and I, but seeing how therapeutic cooking is to me, I ended up with all this before I realized that I had gone slightly overboard.

Mushroom, spinach and shrimp Quiche

Normally I would make a Quiche Lorraine, which is sausage-based, but because it is Lent, it was a friday and my guest of honour and I are Catholic, I went with my version of a veggie quiche. I promise you, once you have MY quiche, you will never ever eat anyone else’s quiche. Promise!

Shrimp based veggies

It wouldn’t be me if there wasn’t any kind of mixed veggies so we had some. This one was more chunky and contained zucchini, red bell peppers, mushrooms and shrimp. My go to condiment for any shrimp dish I make is the Maggi® Crevette, which I did not have, and refused to drive an hour away to purchase. However, I was lucky enough to find a shrimp paste at the asian market which worked really well with this dish.

Couscous and shrimp chilling in the back ...

I love algerian couscous! I think I love it because it takes about five minutes to get ready, and so far, I have not screwed it up yet, unlike rice. Mhhhhhh. And it definitely goes well with any kind of mixed veggies.

Mbongo chobi with red snapper

I lived in the dorms all 4 years in undergrad, and I will never forget the day I cooked mbongo chobi in the communal kitchen, because someone stole took my dress from the laundry room. The thing smelled from the ground floor all the way to the fifth floor!!! Anyways, for those of you who dont know, mbongo chobi is a cameroonian dish made with a powdered tree bark. The black color may be a little weird, but tastes really good!

Dodo and cassava bites that some folks got to before I could get a picture

The dodo and cassava were meant to go with the mbongo chobi, but I think my guests had them as appetizers.

Partial shot of the table

There was no individual shot of the salad, but it was a spring mix, topped with dried cranberries and walnuts, and drizzled with a raspberry vinaigrette.

So, in a nutshell this is what I have been up to since my last blog post. Like I said, it took me about 3 hours to put this together, and so I didnt have time to get pics, or measurements, but if you do need a recipe, send me an email and I will gladly put one together for you. I am planning a St Patrick’s day party with the roomie and if you have any ideas, please leave a comment under this post, or send me an email. I am looking forward to all the green food that I intend to put together! Sorry this post is “a  little” long and out of format, but it’s been a while soooo.

Well, hope you all had a great weekend, and cheers to an awesome and blessed week!

Bisous, Bils

P.S. The booski from http://www.theninabelleshow.blogspot.com will be visiting this week. Fun times abound!

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