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Nigerian Jollof Rice and Fried Plantains Inspired by the Novel 'Butter Honey Pig Bread'
Nigerian Jollof Rice and Fried Plantains Inspired by the Novel 'Butter Honey Pig Bread'
Jollof rice is a delicious staple of Nigerian cuisine. Seasoned with tomatoes, red pepper, and chiles, it's simultaneously spicy, sweet, complex, and comforting — much like the heroines of 'Butter Honey Pig Bread.'
13 Instagrammers That Showcase the Food, Fashion, Fun, and Culture of Nigeria
13 Instagrammers That Showcase the Food, Fashion, Fun, and Culture of Nigeria
The energy of Nigeria is infectious and undeniable. It's a long way to travel IRL, but you can take a virtual trip to its street markets, fashion shows, and book clubs in Lagos and beyond via these stunning photos.
Dark Hedges, Flash Fiction, Victorian Slang, Bookshop Love & More: Endnotes 20 November
Dark Hedges, Flash Fiction, Victorian Slang, Bookshop Love & More: Endnotes 20 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a touching graphic novel, Peruvian soul food, classic cocktails, Irish libraries, posh locations from 'The Crown,' and more.
Visit 1899 NYC for an Unusual & Tender Immigrant Story in 'The Golem and the Jinni'
Visit 1899 NYC for an Unusual & Tender Immigrant Story in 'The Golem and the Jinni'
This weekend, escape to turn-of-the-century New York and meet two unlikely new friends: a Jewish golem from Poland and an Arab jin from Egypt. Their history divides them; their adventures will bring them together.
Nigerian Suya Inspired by the Memoir 'Looking for Transwonderland'
Nigerian Suya Inspired by the Memoir 'Looking for Transwonderland'
Fact: Meat-on-a-stick is always the best meat. In Nigeria, skewered meat is called suya. Seasoned with garlic, ginger, smoked paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and peanuts, it's street food you can make at home.
Two Lyrical and Moving Poems From Nigerian Poets That Will Change Your Outlook
Two Lyrical and Moving Poems From Nigerian Poets That Will Change Your Outlook
Poetry can cut to the heart of an issue like no other art form. It's both personal and universal, a way to shine a light on issues and how we relate to each other. Here are two works from Nigerian poets that we love.
SSoP Podcast Ep. 19 — Nigeria: Jollof Rice, Nigerian Pidgin, and So Much Hustle
SSoP Podcast Ep. 19 — Nigeria: Jollof Rice, Nigerian Pidgin, and So Much Hustle
Nigeria embodies contrasts: colorful tribal culture and the tragedy of slavery, stunning natural beauty and the megacity of Lagos, Christianity and Islam, sweet puff puffs and habanero peppers. One constant: hustle.
Australian Library, Street Cats, Literary Translators & More: Endnotes 13 November
Australian Library, Street Cats, Literary Translators & More: Endnotes 13 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Rebecca filming spots, the Staunch Book Prize, surprising travel facts, the art of noticing, romance novels panel, and more.
Walk the Cobbled Streets and Possibly Haunted Hallways of Brussels in 'Villette'
Walk the Cobbled Streets and Possibly Haunted Hallways of Brussels in 'Villette'
This is a challenging and odd Victorian novel by Charlotte Brontë. But if you invest in it a bit, it will pay you back in spades with atmosphere, vivid descriptions of Brussels, and an ending you'll never forget.
Persian Jeweled Rice Inspired by the Memoir 'Searching for Hassan'
Persian Jeweled Rice Inspired by the Memoir 'Searching for Hassan'
This traditional rice dish is a feast for the eyes, glistening with spice-infused butter and gem-colored fruits. It's a celebration of hope and life and family, a delicious way to bring a taste of Persia to your table.
The Beautiful Words and Rebellious Spirit of Iranian Poet Forugh Farrokhzad
The Beautiful Words and Rebellious Spirit of Iranian Poet Forugh Farrokhzad
Burning with an intelligence and a rebelliousness that couldn't be contained, Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad poured her passion into words that have inspired readers for decades. Fierce, feminist, and gone too soon.
11 Instagrammers That Showcase the Natural Beauty, Architecture, and Culture of Iran
11 Instagrammers That Showcase the Natural Beauty, Architecture, and Culture of Iran
These Instagrammers are busting up stereotypes the rest of the world might have about Iran. City spires, colorful deserts, vibrant food, and striking fashion, these Instagram accounts showcase everyday life in Iran.
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