DO PEOPLE STILL MAKE NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS?

DO PEOPLE STILL MAKE NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS?

Apparently, they still do. When it gets to the end of the year, everyone is trying to clean house and prepare for the New Year. People plan to drop old habits, ditch toxic relationships, get closer to God, start eating healthy, lose weight,  make more money, learn a trade, meet the love of their life, get married, have kids, travel the world, and so on and so forth. On social media, there were all sorts of hashtags like #Leaveitin2017 and the like and a lot of people were so excited and  forthcoming with information about issues and situations they would like to not go into the New Year with.

 

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It’s 2018 (Yaaaayyy!! We made it!!) and New Year resolutions have been made by some. I used to make them too, but I stopped and here’s why. I realised that I don’t need to wait for the New Year if I want to effect a particular change in my life. If I want to lose weight for example, why wait till the New Year? Why can’t I start NOW?   You want to wait till January 1st before you leave an abusive spouse or start a business, when you could just easily have started the process without waiting for your calendar to say, “January 1st”. And sadly too, most of those resolutions are abandoned even before January 31st so why take the pain of waiting for January 1st before you decide to make a big change in your life?

Well, that was how I decided to stop making New Year resolutions. As I go through life I have decided to take Nike’s (the brand, not the Yoruba name) advice and “JUST DO IT!”

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SO, HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR NOODLES? 2

SO, HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR NOODLES? 2

I realized that a great number of Nigerians eat instant noodles, and they eat it for various reasons. I remember when noodles started making waves in Nigeria plenty years ago; I was in school then I think. Most Nigerian guys looked down on it because they felt it was a cop out from cooking real food. Offering a guy noodles then immediately made the girl look like a lazy cook who was just looking for an easy way out. Then guys that liked eating noodles were teased for eating ‘bird food’. I remember a few guys that even didn’t want it to be public knowledge that they enjoyed eating noodles. It’s a different story these days though lol.

So back to the various reasons people eat noodles in Nigeria. Some people eat noodles because it’s easily prepared. They are in a rush and don’t have the time to start ‘cooking’ so they grab the nearest pack of instant noodles and in less than five minutes, food is ready! Others eat noodles as a last resort when there’s nothing else to eat. It’s like “there’s nothing to eat jare, let me just eat noodles”. Yet others eat noodles because they absolutely love it! It has nothing to do with whether they can cook or not (and most likely they are awesome cooks *wink wink*)

 

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Now, back to the question: how do you like your noodles? Some people like to stick to the instructions on the pack. They would never deviate from what the recipe on the pack says. They are very obedient people lol. Others like to add “sardine” and onions and that’s it. Still others like to break eggs over the almost done noodles. Personally, when I decide to eat noodles, I approach it as a full meal, not as a last resort. Initially when I started eating instant noodles, I found it difficult to pass it down my throat because it usually looked and tasted bland. In my bid to add more colour to my noodles, I started adding a bit of palm oil to it as well as onions (I LOVE onions!), curry powder, sliced fresh tomatoes and pepper. Sometimes I add green peas and carrots. Some of the “stranger” things I have added to my noodles (not all at once o! LOL) include: lime juice, soy sauce, peppersoup spice, banga spice, iru (locust beans), worchestshire sauce, scent leaves, olives…amongst others I can’t really recall now. And they have all come out really nice. See ehn, I just love to experiment with food. So back to you: HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR NOODLES?

SO, HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR NOODLES? (Part 1)

SO, HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR NOODLES? (Part 1)

WHERE ARE THEY FROM EVEN?

Many people all over the world love to eat noodles but a great percentage of those people do not know how this wonderful food came about, who started it and where it came from. I didn’t either. Well, come with me; let me take you on a brief journey of how it all started.

*insert dramatic piece of music* *clears throat* It all started on a warm, sunny morning, many centuries ago where one mother was preparing breakfast for her family…

Hahahahaha, no it didn’t start like that. I mean it could have, I don’t know. I wasn’t there.

Hilde G. Lee’s article on dailyprogress.com mentioned that by 100 BC, broad noodles called Lagan on were eaten regularly in Greece and Ancient Romans fried their wheat noodle strips. According to Jen Lin-Liu in her book, On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta, the oldest historical mention of noodles is in a dictionary from the 3rd century AD in China.they were “shaped into bits, formed from bread dough and thrown into a wok of boiling water”. Another early mention can be traced to Jerusalem Talmud dating all the way to the 5th century AD and was called Itrium. According to theatlantic.com, by the 6th century AD, noodles had become common in China, but for the lower class only. Noodle sellers also were peddling noodles on the streets of Japan.

 

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The Magyars came from Asia and invaded Eastern Europe in the ninth century, and brought tarhonya, a dried wheat paste broken into small pieces. They added these to whatever stews they were cooking. These dried pastes could be stored indefinitely and were found in Greece and Persia also. However, food historians are not sure if these came from the Magyar influence, which spread south, or if this was a natural development from the Italians. Even though obviously, documented mentions came much later than when noodles first developed, it is hard to know exactly when and where noodles came from. However both the Italians and Chinese lay claim to the invention of the noodles.

Noodles have really come a long way; surviving world wars, plagues, famines, earthquakes, travelling across countries and continents…I mean I just have more respect for the noodle. So the next time you’re about to lift a forkful (or chopsticks full) of noodles into your mouth, remember how it all started: on a warm, sunny morning, many centuries ago where one mother was preparing breakfast for her family…

Oh well.

HAVE YOU GIVEN UP ON YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS…YET?

HAVE YOU GIVEN UP ON YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS…YET?

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