Stella Dimoko Mrs Dee's Corner -Effective Cooking Plans


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Friday, September 11, 2020

Mrs Dee's Corner -Effective Cooking Plans

The Nigerian career woman and home carer/maker has devised means to maximize her time in effectively running the home and balancing her profession by ensuring that her family gets healthy meals...

This is vital for the growth and development of her children and also the refurbishing of lost energy for she and her hubby irrespective of the number of times she goes into the kitchen to cook up meals.

The stay at home mum is not exempted as she sometimes needs to take a breather and have some 'me time'.

She decides whether the meal preparation is at the close of the day, weekly or on a monthly basis and the means of preserving the food to avoid wastage and spoilage.

She may choose to prepare various soups like Oha, egusi, vegetable ,bitter leaf and stew on a given day and stock it in the freezer to last for a week or month depending on her plans and all she needs to do is to defrost and prepare 'swallow' or any other food to accompany the soup or stew.

At other times, she prepares easy meals like akara, bread and tea/akamu/oats or pastries that are less stressful and time consuming.

This is even made easier when the spouse is understanding and does not insist on freshly made food but eats whatever is presented to him with relish and gratitude.

She now has extra time to properly relax and rest after the close of work or on weekends instead of rushing into the kitchen to spend long hours cooking and cleaning.

The days of stressful cooking consistently are almost over for the homemaker, she now has so many options before her that does not in any way disrupt her career nor affect her family's healthy meals.


  1. I was just looking at meals plans the other day. Very useful for budgeting. Every one needs it.

  2. Nice one Mrs Dee, for me I always prepare "weekend meals" on Thursday that will last for a week.
    I don't like going to the market friday, Saturday and Monday because I feel foodstuff are always expensive especially on Saturday.
    I store my soup and stew in d freezer that would last for a week.. I don't like my soup staying more than one week in the freezer. Pple that store their soups in the refrigerator for one month una dey try.. Does it still taste fresh?

    1. Hi Lady G;for me it actually depends on the type of soup..

      There are some soup that gets more tasty(for me and mine)while it stays longer in the fridge..
      Example is Afang,edikang ikong and plain Ogbono(no mixing with okro)..

      Infact we don't even eat or enjoy it till after three days..

      Soup like Okro,Egwusi or Oha,a week and I'm done;so we cook it less..

      There is also this style of Egusi you cook with Ofor;don't know how to explain but I enjoy it more after a week..


    2. It does! As long as light is stable and it doesn't defrost and freeze continuously

    3. Martins I agree with u on that.. I eat my vegetable soup for the first time when it has stayed for 2 days.. It tastes great..

    4. Egusi with ofor?? For me, I don't use any thickner for my Egusi.. Sometimes I use "Nsu" to give it a brighter look like people always say.

    5. πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠYes ooo @Lady G,but it's not about the thickening but taste of the ofor(it might sound weirdπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ˜€)..

      We actually have three style of cooking our Egwusi..

      1) The Anambra style(it would have lump)

      2) Imo style(Everything is separated)

      3) Ofor styleπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜

      Na me give am all this category ooo before person use Google..πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Jisie ike😊


    6. Martins i get you, some part of
      Abia and Rivers state cook egusi and ofor with okazi. It is very delicious, i ate it for the first time at Ohafia.

      Gcn i too cook soup and stew that last for a week, i make two or three different soups to for a week, then plenty stew because my kids like stew eh, i hardly eat stew, i make vegetable with dry fish, enough onions and pepper, i fry the onions with ungrinded crayfish, too sweet!

    7. If your soup is in the fridge with uninterrupted light, it remains the same

  3. Coming up with what to cook is so stressful

    1. Yes o, πŸ˜‚

      When i got married newly eh, i was always confused about what to cook, if i ask my husband what he would like to eat, he will say whatever i cookπŸ˜‚.

      Kai, indomie noodles saved my life that year, i don't like noodles, prefer spaghetti or macaroni but ate it because if hubby.

      Now eh, no more noodles, i live on food blogs now, trying, trying tryingπŸ˜€.

  4. It is wrong to leave everything about meals to the woman.
    I teach all my kids (including the boys) to cook. My husband
    cooks, and with the boys go to market and malls to shop for the food items especially
    the bulky ones (yes, I choose not to have a steward that does that so that
    my kids will learn that as husbands, they should also help out in procuring
    meals for the family).
    You want proof?
    Read Acts 6 and see that when the widows (woman) disputed about matters concerning
    food, 7 MEN were appointed to see to that. Those were called deacons.
    Not even one woman was among them. See the answer to all of life issues are in the Bible.
    Take time to study it daily.

    1. My brothers cook well but whenever they see my sister or i at home, they will never cook,

      My husband cooks very well but hardly enters the kitchen to cook except to make one of his native delicacy, fish peppersoup(tilapia) with hot leaf and bitter leaf, this happens like once or twice a year, he hasn't even cooked it this yearπŸ˜€.

      My point is, some men know how to cook but once they get married, entering kitchen to cook is cancelled.🀣🀣

    2. @Gifty
      These are things to be discussed in courtship
      But sadly a lot of courtships is filled with fornication.
      Also check the level of mutual respect between you both.
      Some women do not respect their husbands once he begins to cook and
      shop for them. It shouldn't be so. 😘😘

  5. Yeah we use to do this meal plan and even draw up a meal timetable..These times are not for preparing fresh meals at all...Most times I use weekends to cook soup and stew and stock up the fridge/freezer no be everyday pound and cooking all the time..Damn too stressful abeg

  6. 'Easy meals like akara'. Mrs Dee there's nothing easy about akara o,stressful but sumptuous.
    I try to Cook for as long as it can take us,everyday cooking wahala is not for me abeg. Thank God we have at least 12-18hrs light so it helps

    1. Akara is very very simple to prepare and takes less than ten minutes after soaking to start frying.

      I soak the beans in water for 3 minutes or thereabout, then vigorously rub between my palms for 5 minutes and the all the peels come off. I drain in a sieve and while doing so, only the chaff goes into the sieve while the peeled beans remain in the bowl.

      Soak the peeled beans for 2 hours for easy blending with enough pepper and onions.

      Blend to form a slightly thick paste, mix with a wooden spattle add the right amount of salt and scoop into hot oil to fry.

      Mrs Dee

    2. Hello Omeh,how's your baby doing?
      Akara is quite simple nao.

    3. Mrs Dee so beans soaked for 2 hours before blending is easy? We are different sha.

    4. Mrs. Dee, any cooking process that takes over an hour is stressful o.

      So because I want to make akara in the morning by 7 am I should wake up by 5 a.m? Chai!


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