VLISCO ME ALL DAY

VLISCO ME ALL DAY

Imagine having a bad day and reading an email that changes your mood for the better. What bad day? Please ‘bad day’ my appointment with you is over, I’m busy filling my head with good thoughts ooh!

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The email acknowledged and praised my sense of creativity including my style and an offer to visit Ghana briefly for a campaign shoot. Did I read ‘billboards in over 6 African countries, magazines etc…’ Mama where are you? I’ll surprise her instead.

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My last visit to Ghana was to bury my little brother hence this email was a welcome distraction from my grief.

The realisation of seeing Mum again made me happy as I impatiently counted the days to immerse myself into this incredible experience.

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Vlisco Group was founded in Helmond, The Netherlands in 1846 and produces fashion forward African Wax prints. Vlisco fabrics are an integral part in most African homes particularly in the Central and Western part of Africa. I grew up knowing about Vlisco from my Mum as it was her favourite in terms of design and quality.

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Mums vintage African fabric pieces are from Vlisco and they still look new (I  rummage through her wardrobe and wear them whenever I’m in Ghana).

Vlisco Group’s brand portfolio consists of four brands: Vlisco, Woodin, Uniwax and GTP..

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INTRODUCING OUR CAMPAIGN STARS |

Fafa Gilbert @ndudu_by_fafa puts Ghanaian cuisine on the world map via social media. Coming from the Volta region in Ghana but living in London, she skillfully interweaves both cultures in her recipes as well as in her unique fashion approach.

Fashion by @lumierewoman.

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The positive energy  on set was electric as each creative individual expressed themselves through the entire shoot. I’ll talk more about this later in another post; including the two amazing ladies I worked with during this campaign.

The theme for the campaign was ‘NEW BOLD ROMANTICS’ and they certainly made me feel like a ‘Queen’.

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Link below to purchase the fabrics directly from their website.

https://shop.vlisco.com/en/all-fabrics?collection_code=760

The designers chosen for my outfits were Lumiere Woman and Sadia Sanusi, Hair by Kush Taylor, Jewellery by Chyba Jewellery, Make up by Woena Makeup Artistry, Photographs  by Matthew Miziolek with Creative Directors Grietje Schepers and Sanne Huijsmans.

To be continued……

All photos and videos are by the Vlisco.

 

 

 

 

 

GOAT & CHOCOLATE MINT TURNOVER (PIE)

GOAT & CHOCOLATE MINT TURNOVER (PIE)

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INGREDIENTS

PIE

500g of Plain flour

1 levelled tablespoon of baking powder

(Alternatively use self raising flour)

1 teaspoonful of dried Rosemary

250g of cold butter

1 Egg yolk

1 teaspoonful of Salt to taste

60ml of cold water

 

GOAT MEAT

500g of diced Goat Meat without the bones

20g of Ginger

1 large Onion

1 teaspoonful of Aniseed

3 Cloves of Garlic

Salt to taste

 

FILLING

500g of diced steamed and tender Goat Meat

2 large chopped Ramiro Peppers

1 medium sized and roughly chopped White Onion

1 medium sized and roughly chopped Red Onion

1 tablespoonful of Coconut oil

2 tablespoonful of natural Yoghurt

20g of Chocolate mint leaves or Mint

Salt and Pepper to taste

METHOD

Watch how to make this flavour packed Goat Meat recipe and more on my YouTube channel, ‘Ndudu by Fafa’ below;

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SCENTED GHANAIAN PINEAPPLE WITH WAGASHI (GHANAIAN CHEESE)

SCENTED GHANAIAN PINEAPPLE WITH WAGASHI (GHANAIAN CHEESE)
The Fulani’s (from the Northern part of Ghana) first introduced Wagashi (The only Ghanaian Cheese) into Ghana.
The Cheese is made from Cows milk and it’s naturally delicate in taste or salty depending on the amount of salt used.
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Milk is mixed with the pounded bark of a Sodom Plant tree, Salted, drained and boiled till it solidifies to make Wagashi.
The Salt acts as a preservative and in some cases the cheese is soaked into a Millet leaf brine for a pinkish colour.
Unlike most Cheeses, Wagashi does not melt at high temperatures, however when fried it has a soft and fluffy texture.
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Wagashi is readily available to purchase in Nima (a suburb of Accra) which is inhabited my most Northerners of Ghana.
Wagashi can be fried or grilled and added to Stews, Soups , Jollof rice etc
I decided to experiment with flavours by combining a sweet and salty taste together. With that in mind I opted for the ever green and intensely sweet Fanti Pineapple (as Mum calls it) and topped it up with a scented Ghanaian Basil leaves and Olive oil.
For that added play on textures and temperatures, the Pineapple is chilled with the Wagashi served warm.
This simple and tasty recipe plays on ones sensory taste buds with an enhanced sweet and salty flavour;

 

INGREDIENTS

1 medium sized, peeled and sliced Fanti Pineapple (slice it length ways)

3 tablespoonful of Extra Virgin Oil

10g of scented Ghanaian Basil leaves (Koklo Gbe~) (Akoko Mesa)
3 tablespoonful of Coconut oil
200g of Wagashi Cheese
2 fresh finely diced Green chillies
Salt to taste
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METHOD
Place a sliced Pineapple to a bowl and refrigerate
Slice the Wagashi lengthways and set aside
Add the Coconut oil to a frying pan and place on a medium heat.
After 1 minute add the Wagashi and fry for about 2 minutes on each side.
Whilst the Wagashi is frying, add the chopped Ghanaian Basil to a bowl with the green Chillies, Olive oil and salt to taste.
Tip
Be mindful of the amount of Salt you use, as Wagashi can be very salty
To serve
Take the Pineapple out of the fridge and place the warm Wagashi on top of the cold Pineapple.
Drizzle it with your slightly spiced Ghanaian Basil dressing and serve immediately.
This works as a perfect starter for any occasion, event, restaurant or better still a perfect way to treat yourself.
This is a must try recipe and I’ll love to hear your feedback. Watch how to incorporate new flavours to your dish and how to match the types of flavours.

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BLACKBERRY LASSI RECIPE

BLACKBERRY LASSI RECIPE

Blackberries are nutrient packed berries, including Vitamin C, K, A, Manganese (which is vital for a good brain function), high in antioxidants, fights against skin ageing , great anti inflammatory capabilities and an Immune booster to mention but a few.

Lassi is a yoghurt based drink from the Indian subcontinent. It can be enjoyed just by adding salt , Mint or your preferred fruit.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BUTTER

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BUTTER

No! You don’t need to milk the Cow , just go to the shops and grab some double cream to churn out your own butter.

The best thing about making your own butter is, it’s free from any additives and you can flavour it to match your taste buds.

This recipe is easy to follow and I’m sure you’ll be inspired to make your own butter.

Ingredients

600ml of Double cream

100ml of ice cold water

1 teaspoonful of Sea salt (Optional)

METHOD

Watch how to make you own butter.