Many people fill their time in with different interests. Sometimes, it could be baking. If it is, you will be excited to try one of my favourite recipes from a very sexy chef called Nigella Lawson. Who doesn’t love to watch her cook and taste her food? Here is your chance to try one of her lovely recipes, at Christmas no less. It is simple, quaint and decadent (yes, I tried it).
• 3 cups pitted prunes
• 1 ¾ cups raisins
• 1 cup currants
• 2 oz piece candied orange peel
• 1 ½ sticks soft unsalted butter
• 1 cup dark brown sugar
• ⅔ cup honey
• ½ cup coffee liqueur
• 2 – 3 oranges (juice and zest)
• 1 teaspoon mixed spice
• ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
• 3 large eggs (beaten)
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• ¾ cup almond meal
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
Preheat the oven to gas mark 2/150°C/300°F. Line the sides and bottom of a 20cm / 8-inch round, 9 cm / 3½ inch deep, loose-bottomed cake tin with a double layer of baking parchment. Put the fruit, butter, sugar, honey, coffee liqueur, orange juice and zests, spice and unsweetened cocoa into a large wide saucepan and bring to the boil gently, stirring as the butter melts. Simmer for 10 minutes, and then take off the heat and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes are up, it will have cooled a little (though you could leave it for longer if you wanted). Add the beaten eggs, flour, almond meal, baking powder and baking soda, and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula, however you like, to combine.
Pour the fruit cake mixture into the prepared cake tin. Place in the oven and bake for 1¾–2 hours, by which time the top of the cake should be firm but will have a shiny and sticky look. If you insert a cake tester or toothpick into the centre of the cake it will still be a little gooey in the middle. Put the cake on a cooling rack to cool.
Meet newly fortified Nollywood actresses
It’s said life begins at 40 and this is aptly so for some of our top actresses who reached that age recently. These beautiful ladies have made remarkable achievements in their journey as Nollywood thespians as most of them started acting when they were so young. ABIOLA ALABA PETERS brings to you top actresses who recently turned 40 with various movies, awards and endorsements to show for it
On February 15, 2018, busty screen diva, Foluke Daramola turned 40. She is still looking very sexy and exudes glamour anywhere she appears. She has used her poise to win several awards and endorsement deals with major brands in the country. The proud and beautiful mother recently shared lovely birthday photos and also celebrated with people with Down syndrome and the Blind People’s Home with a photo-documentary series. According to her, she will be using the series as a reposition on all forms of abuses and menace in the society through her non-governmental organisation, Passion Against Rape and Abuse Africa. “I feel so moved to tears, with my birthday celebration everywhere. I thank everyone that has been celebrating me and all my family and friends; thanks so very much for the celebration, may celebration never depart from your lives, God bless you all abundantly for the love, I feel really loved and special for all the show of love”. Foluke graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife with a degree in International Relations.
Funke Akindele Bello
Award winning actress, Funke Akindele Bello turned 40 on August 24, 2017. The ‘Jenifa’s Diary’ star was treated to a surprise birthday celebration by her husband, hip-hop singer and producer, Rasheed-Bello aka JJC skillz. It was a star-studded celebration, as family, friends, and colleagues stormed their Amen Estate home. Funke, who is one of the most sought after Nigerian actresses on Google, could not hide her joy as she took to her Instagram to thank everyone that made her day memorable. Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde Bello was born in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. In 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role. She was first noticed on screen after featuring in popular United Nations series on Aids/HIV, ‘I Need to Know’, which ran from 1998 to 2002. She played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. She rose to stardom, through her produced movies, ‘Return of Jenifa’. Funke Akindele has over a hundred movies to her credit as an actress, writer and producer.
Omotola Jalade Ekehinde
Popularly known as Omo Sexy. Omotola is not just another actress but a proud mother of four. Omotola got married to her husband who is a pilot at the age of 18 and ever since she has been a super actress and mum to her four children. The Ondo State-born multiple-award winning actress, who also doubles as singer got ‘fortified’ on February 7, 2018. She celebrated her special day with a five-day long list of events. The United Nations Ambassador was also rumoured to have spent a whopping sum of N15 million for her birthday celebration. Omotola is one of the very few entertainers who is quite an icon when it’s comes to fashion. Beyond her show business accomplishments, she is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. Omotola is one of the pioneers of the video film era of Nigerian cinema, becoming the most watched actress in Africa. In 2013, she was honoured on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Kate Middleton.
The Edo State-born actress surely knows how to make 40 look so sexy! Although there have been so many controversies around her; from a messy divorce with her husband of many years to the controversial red dress she wore to celebrate her 40th birthday, the newly ‘fortified’ damsel took to her social media page on her 40th birthday to reveal how happy and fulfilled she is, “Today I witness the unfolding of a new chapter in my life and I’m very grateful for this. For many years I have looked forward to the day I will turn 40 and now I am happy it has finally come”. Mercy Aigbe is a household name in Nollywood, especially in the Yoruba genre of the film industry. The Benin, actress has one of the sexiest bodies in the industry despite having two children. She graduated from the University of Lagos.
Iyabo Ojo is one sexy Nollywood actress who has successfully carved a niche for herself in the make-believe world. The proud mother of two is one of the few actresses who have tried to stay off controversies. Iyabo is a powerful lady who has been able to mesmerise men even at the ripe age of 40. Attractive and industrious, the single mother is as hot as ever. Iyabo Ojo is an actress who started her career as far back as 1998. She made her debut in a Nollywood movie but later crossed into the Yoruba genre. She is an A-list actress and producer and has featured in over 150 movies. Born in Lagos, Nigeria but hails from Itoko, a suburb of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, South-western Nigeria. She obtained her West Africa School Certificate at National College, Gbagada in Lagos before she proceeded to Lagos State Polytechnic where she received a Diploma certificate in Estate Management.
Deji Doherty lays father to rest in style
Engineer Deji Doherty is known to different people for various things. While the dude is cherished by some for his business acumen which has helped him succeed in whatever he puts his hands, the chubby and tiny voiced power dresser to others is a man who deserves to be held in high esteem in his constituency as a politician who stands for his people.
While it is an established fact that this handsome politician is highly concerned about the wellbeing of the people, the PDP Chieftain, it has been discovered is also passionate about his father. The father, at the ripe age of 84, after a brief illness passed on.
The former Lagos State governorship aspirant said he was so close to his father that he didn’t believe he had passed on until when he and his brother took the corpse to the morgue. After several weeks of planning and burial arrangement, the deceased was committed to mother earth penultimate weekend.
With the status of the deceased as well as that of his children who are all doing very well in their various fields of endeavour, Pa Doherty could not have asked for more if it was possible as the burial process which took place both in Ibadan and Lagos was nothing short of a befitting burial. Pa Julius Adetunji Doherty,
from popular Lagos family was a medical doctor and successful businessman.
Hot bespoke Asoebi styles
Have you noticed that the traditional ‘Asoebi’ styles of skirt and blouse has eventually fizzled out? Everyone wants something ‘bespoke”.
At weddings bride and guests have become even more tasteful in their choices. Everyone wants to stand out; they want their outfits to have that egoistic personality!
The bespoke ‘Asoebi’s’ have enchanting features that make them unique.
So come with detailed sleeves and freaky designs that set you apart even if the fabric is an ‘Asoebi’ for a party where every other person invited to the occasion is likely to come with the same fabric.
Bespoke outfits are clean with sophisticated appeal. Floral details, ruffles, feathers and embroidered outfits are some of the major highlights of Nigerian traditional weddings and we love as ladies slay in these hot ensembles.
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