– Nadia Kamara, Addis Ababa
In school, I offered a subject known as Home Economics and we did both cooking and baking and so many other things related to the subject. That was then I started baking.
During this difficult time, we’ve been going to the supermarket and will come back home with no sweet bread which is my favourite, and I had also been having cravings for it.
One time after our trip to the supermarket, my little cousin had the same feeling as I did and he became moody because we had no bread especially the sweet bread. But luckily for us the last time we were at the supermarket my aunt bought two different baking flours. One had all the ingredients in it and the only thing that was expected to be added by us was yeast and water which I did but after all the hard work the end product of the bread was bad because we had no idea that the flour we had bought was full of sand in it.
I slept on it thinking about what my cousin would eat when he woke up in the morning, knowing I had made a promise to bake some bread for him in the morning, and since our first attempt was a miss.
The next day I decided to try the other flour, and this time I had to put all the ingredients myself, not depending on a ready-made flour. This time around it was different and adding all the ingredients myself made it more fun for me to do.
It took me 3 and a half hours to get it all done.
At the end of the day, I was glad because my cousin was happy. We had our sweet yummy bread.
Making the young boy smile was what inspired me from the onset and I’m glad it worked! The next task on my baking bucket list is to bake the Nigerian Agege bread.
Nadia Ndaneh Kamara is a Sierra Leonian who lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She’s an environmentalist. Her hobbies include cooking, swimming, playing lawn tennis, and exploring.