About – Food, Family, Passion 4

Hi, I’m Immaculate Ruemu, welcome to my food and lifestyle blog. Where I express my love of food and its art.

About me:

When I was nine years old I developed a love for baking, so I started baking cakes for friends and family.  I got the opportunity to bake for school events and church occasions. When I turned thirteen, I sold my first batch of cupcakes in a corner store right next to my house in Nigeria. When I moved to London, I had more freedom and resources to practice baking and I learnt the art of cake decorating. Just like my nine years old self, I began baking cakes for my friends. After my studies at the Chef Academy, where I learnt a lot about the Italian Cuisine. I spend a lot of time practicing and preparing dishes for small events and gatherings.

I have since then, also traveled to my hometown in Warri Nigeria, where I acquired more knowledge of the diverse traditional cuisines. Learning from other cultures has opened my eyes to great possibilities and has giving me a creative insight into cooking. Along the way I have developed the confidence to try new things and offer my services.

The birth of my passion:

I watched my mum spend most of her time outside of her profession cooking and I have always admired her passion. Everyday after work she would collect I and my brother from school and on our way home we would stop by the market, I watched how she communicated with the sellers, she always got the freshest fruits and vegetables at the best prices and she knew the best butchers to go to.

At home my mum would spend the next few hours cooking but not before she gives us lunch, which she had prepared earlier. I could say “I don’t know how she does it“, but I do; She does it with Love. Just like everything else she did, Love is the main force behind it; I could see it in her eyes.

That same love drove me to prepare my first meal and on few occasions I almost burnt down the kitchen. I just wanted to cook like my mama.

My best days are the ones I spend cooking and baking. Growing up in Nigeria, my passion for cake lead me to bake for my friends, family, teachers and basically any and/or everyone. My effort and passion drew more people to me which led to somewhat of a high demand, so I started baking more cakes to distribute to my local shops. I remember the excitement and fulfillment in my heart when I sold my first batch of cupcakes;  I was thirteen and baking the cakes was all I wanted to do.

My mum was the one who also gave me the fundamentals of baking; she would always tell the stories about how she and my aunties supported my grandparents by baking and selling cakes and other pastries. This helped them to pay their way through school and live a comfortable lifestyle. I have and will always admire my mum’s tenacity and passion.

I am not the most traditional cook or recipe writer but I with every meal comes authenticity and passion.

A digest it all:

One of the best ways to bring joy to someone is to offer a home cooked meal. That joy is also what I feel when making a delicious meal, with the hopes of satisfaction when served. It is a wonderful feeling that everyone deserves to experience, that was my inspiration for creating this blog

I like to think there’s a power of life that goes into cooking, serving and sharing a meal. It’s the joy of picking out your groceries, the dreamy moment when you lay it all down on your kitchen table and it’s when you envision the beauty that is the outcome. Sizzling and Simmering dishes laid out ready to eat, drawing people in with smiles on their faces. Laying their worries aside, digging in, taking the first bite and going for seconds. The effect of a meal made with love is a strong force that you cannot denied.

My recipes are shared after much trials and errors that lead to epic delicacies. I enjoy every moment and share the stories behind each recipe because I know that’s one more smile on someones face.

I am not the most traditional cook or recipe writer but I always like to dig into the culture of every meal.

Immaculate. xo



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