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Dear blog family 🙂

Hope you all had a restful weekend? Monday is here again, did I hear some of you sigh? Lol.



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So, Mr. O came back from “abroad” for good last week Thursday. On Thursday evening, I got home from work at about 8pm and, in anticipation of Mr. O’s arrival, hurriedly changed into comfortable clothes and got cooking. On the menu was white rice and ofada stew. I do not always use iru (locust beans) when making my ofada stew, but that day, I wanted a different taste so I opted to include it.

I whipped out my mortar and started pounding. It helped that I had boiled and fried my meat, and also boiled my pepper days before. By 9pm, food was ready. Yay! So when Mr. O came home, I greeted him with a plate of freshly made white rice and ofada stew. He ate this with boiled eggs and freshly squeezed orange juice (we always have a bottle in my fridge). He doesn’t really like fried plantain, otherwise I would have made some for him. Pictures or adonbilivit, right? Lmao! Maybe later on, I will start to post some original pictures *wink*



I use my mortar – a small wooden one we got when we got married – for everything. I use it to grind pepper sometimes, especially when making abacha or nkwobi. It gives the food a more earthy taste that I really like, and in my mind, I feel more connected to my ancestors when I use it. Hehehehehe! Most importantly though, I use it sometimes to make pounded yam for Mr. O. In short, my mortar is coming along with us to Canada. Case closed! Lol!

This got me thinking about the foodstuff I will carry with me when we are travelling. I have not really done much research on the allowed foods, but every time I mention some of the items on my list, my darling husband and friends laugh at me. Maybe it is just me being weird, but I want to carry some cooked food along. My thinking is that the first couple of days may be hectic and even tough, as we try to adjust to our new reality. So, I figured a few familiar foods would make us feel more settled and reduce any separation anxiety we may be feeling, having left our home country. Does this make sense at all?



Anyway, here are some of the things I want to carry (only if it is legal to do so BTW):

Cooked Foods

  1. 2 bowls of ofada stew
  2. 1 bowl of okra soup


Food ingredients

  1. Dry fish (is this allowed?)
  2. Black/Cameroun pepper
  3. Pepper soup spice (my mother-in-law makes a really nice blend)
  4. Ogbona (dry)
  5. Cray fish
  6. Maggi crayfish
  7. Maggi chicken
  8. Indomie Noodles (not a deal breaker, I am sure we can get used to any other noodles brand)
  9. Suya pepper
  10. Ehuru (calabash nutmeg)


Things I know I will miss if not available in Canada

  1. Fresh yellow pepper
  2. Iru
  3. Ogi (substitute with custard?)

Gosh! I am already missing Nigeria. Personally, I am fine eating foreign cuisine, but Mr. O……. He loves his Naija food. May God help us.

A cursory glance on this website says all the above items are permitted, however I have not done enough research to be comfortable with packing all the items in my lists above. In any case, we will declare ALL our food stuff before entering Canada.



Please share your thoughts on my list, and most importantly, please let me know what is illegal to bring into Canada. Don’t laugh at me oh! Lol! Also, I would love to hear your food stories, if any, when entering Canada the first time. I look forward to reading your comments.

Wishing you a blessed and memorable week ahead, filled with lots of Leaps.

Keep Marching!

Mrs. O

7 thoughts on “ME AND MY MORTAR

  1. I think they are all allowed. Just make sure they are dried and insect free.

    No meat products though.

    1. Thank you!

      When you say no meat products, do you mean that even the meat in my soups will not be allowed in? 🙁

  2. Please what did you take along? And was there a need to cargo anything? I am preparing for this trip in earnest and 4 boxes and 2 hand luggage between me and my husband is just not enough! LOL

    Thanks for sharing your story.

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