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September 07, 2018 Add Comment

Just A Taste
Episode 19
NADIA: would I call this guy my saviour or my terminator. What is he doing here? Of all the places he could be, he chose here, at this time.
I began to have conflicted thoughts. Do I run to him for help? Or just stay hidden?
“God I’m finished. What do I cook?”
He lamented
oops, it actually looked like he was in trouble too. I was trying to muster courage to announce my presence when the sole owner of kayode’s kitchen walked in.
My heart throbbed against my chest. I was seeing Mrs olutayo Titilayo in flesh and blood!!
My eyes went wide. What has Daniel gotten himself into. Or wait, how did Daniel become this close to this woman.?
“My boy, what will you prepare for me”
Jeez, they are really close. For her to even call him ‘my boy’. Thank God the kitchen was spacious. They would hardly notice me.
“Mum, you go and allow me prepare it. If you seat like this watching me. I might get confused you know”
His reply gained weight in my ears. Mum what? Daniel is the only son of Kayode’s kitchen.. The only son. Oh I should have know. His name is Daniel olutayo. But still, there are lots of people with that name. Jeez, I began to regret my hard attitude towards him. I didn’t even know if I could face him again.
“Ok, ok. Whatever you say. But I’ll be back in 30minutes. I have a meeting to attend so hasten up.”
She finally left..
I could see he needed help. Well, as a compensation and equally a way to help myself, I came out of my hiding place and questioned
“You need help? I can help you out”
He was startled to the point he threw the frying pan he held.
DANIEL: My whole dream world was about to crumble. Me? Cook?. I had never paid attention to any of what Brenda taught. My Job was to throw winks at both Brenda and Nadia. That’s it. I never imagined I would face this nightmare. Apart from the fact that I didn’t want to leave Nadia just yet, if I failed in this. My competency to shoulder the throne would be questioned.
And so, in my deepest doom, permit me to use these same words. Should I say a saviour or a terminator?
If my mother sees her. Am done for. Like finished. But hey! She can cook!
“What the?! Nadia?”
She smiled with her hands crossed at her back. There was no time to ask too much questions.
“We would talk about this later. Get over here quickly”
She hurried and got the pans ready.
“Is there any vegetable I can…”
I didn’t let her drop the word, I opened a cupboard stocked with all kinds of vegetables.
“What are you preparing?”
She looked back at me
“Honestly, I don’t know. Just trust me”
The way my eyes went wide explained that I wasn’t ready to put this on the line.
“Nadia, can you please cook something you at least know the name?”
NADIA: his question almost made me laugh, but I had to swallow it up. This was a serious issue, laughing is not really the best here.
“Daniel, just trust me”
For a moment there, calling him Daniel felt awkward. Especially now that I know his status.
I chopped carrots, cabbage, green pea, green pepper, sweet corn, with egg.
Added one cube of maggi and a pinch of salt.
“There are toasted chicken in the fridge”
He announced.
Ah, good news. I picked 5laps, place them in the oven for 3minutes to defrost and warm up.
I picked 3laps and shredded them Into the vegetables. Added oil to the palm and steamed up together.
While streaming I added thyme and a pinch of Benny stock.
The aroma was making him salivate. I could see that.
It was ready.
I had seen loaves of bread in the large fridge. I hurried and took a loaf. Heated it up in the oven.
I slit it open and shared the sauce I made Into two parts. I poured the first part into the bread.
There was no time to use a toaster. I poured oil into the frying pan and put the bread in it, using my big spoon to compress it.
When it was ready, I got juice from the fridge. Served the chicken salad sauce in a plate, served the toasted bread by the side.
“Taste it”
Like he had been waiting for the word. He hurried and tasted the chicken salad.
“God, i’ll Marry you”
I didn’t know when the words escaped my mouth. I can’t let this kind of woman pass me by. Never.
I could hear my mom’s footsteps. Thank God she was on heels.
“Quickly, hide”
The moment my mum entered the kitchen, she brimmed with smiles as she sniffed.
“Wow, am salivating Daniel. The Aroma is something else. What’s the name of the dish you prepared?”
I began to stammer, Nadia didn’t even have a name for it.
“I just made it mum? It just came to me”
“You mean you made your own dish? It takes a great cook to create his own dish”
She hugged me tight again, before she sat to eat. The woman self, she cleaned the plate without giving me access to even sip the juice.
“Mum come on”
I lamented. This is punishment. She was taking the last bit of bread.
However, despite all my strategic plea, she wiped the plate clean.
She sighed in satisfaction and attempted to stand but staggered a little.
“Daniel, I think I will need to sleep over this food, tell the cashier to refill your debit cards to a million each”
“NADIA: You can imagine this Daniel taking my glory. No wahala sha
The way she offered the 1million like Tom – Tom sweet, was something else. And not just one, she was using the word ‘each’
As soon as she stepped out I stood up.
” how do I get out of here?”
I questioned.
“Please give me your phone”
I didn’t let him reply
I needed to call Joyce. I am sure Wilson had taken my phone.
“Damn you Wilson”
He had been thanking me, and asking how I got there. But as soon as he heard Wilson he asked.
“Wait which Wilson? He brought you here?”
I was screwing thru his phone to check for Joyce’s contact. He had assured me he had the contact. How he got it still remained a mystery.
“It felt embarrassing talking about Wilson. He his part of my past.
” Its nothing “
“No no, describe this Wilson. He his tall? Broad? Carries skin cut”
The more I nodded, the more his tone increased. Until I was forced to ask.
“Why this questions?!”
“Because, Wilson is my uncle”
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Just A Taste
Episode 20
His words reverberated in my ears. You know that moment when you don’t even know what to think for the first 2minutes? Ever happened?
My head was not spinning any signal. What was he saying?
“And when I mean Uncle, I mean evil uncle. That’s after my life and my right to this company”
Ladies, please reason with me here, put yourself in my shoes. How would you sound when someone tells you the man who you dated for four years, and even got married too. A man that showered love on you, that appeared so simple and true. The same man is what someone is crucifying and painting him bad.
“Daniel, you dont know what you are talking about. Wilson is not like that”
I avoided his eyes so he wouldnt notice I had a thing for Wilson.
“He is what? Nadia I am telling you he is evil and you are… Wait who is he to you? He brought you here?”
God knows I was trying to keep calm. What is his problem self.
I replied with a dry tone. Gesticulating at the time.
“Joyce is not picking up. How do I get back to the Academy?”
I switched topic.
“You’ve not told me how…”
He didn’t drop the word those guys that were after me reappeared.
“Sir, The manager wants her”
I quickly withdrew to his back and held his waist like one scared kid.
At first he looked back at me, Into my eyes to understand my language. He soothed my hands on his waist and turned to the security.
“She is with me”
“But sir”
He didn’t talk much, the look he shot at them made them apologize till they were out of sight.
“Nadia spill.. What does my uncle want with you?”
His appearance changed. I gently removed my hands from his waist and tried to pace but remembered I wasn’t familiar with the environment.
“Nadia, you’ve been seeing my uncle?”
I was backing him, so he didn’t see when I shut my eyes and breathe down to calm my nerves.
“Wait, you’ve been seeing him? Seriously? You are like that? What did he offer you.. Huh? Money?”
I turned and opened my mouth but then I closed it. My dear ladies, I know you understand what I was going thru. Where do I start from? How do I explain that I was married and divorced after a week because I couldn’t cook?. How do I explain that I didn’t know the man I even had sex with? The man I dated for 4years.
“Wilson, you won’t understand, let’s just get out of here”
Tears was welling up in my eyes already. I didn’t want him to notice. So I attempted to walk pass him. But he wouldn’t listen.
He caught my arm and held me back.
My head was bowed. My hair covered the tears streaming down my face.
DANIEL: Nadia was testing my patience, oh she was testing me. Maybe she has been planning with my uncle to kill me. So she has been seeing my uncle? I could tell with just a look that she had something for him.. Yet, she chose to swallow it up, now that I caught her in the act.
She attempted to walk past me but I was quick to hold her back.
“You wanna hear Daniel?”
She finally turned. A dot of the tears that brimmed her eyes splashed on my cheeks. My heart melted.
“You wanna hear huh? Good. Wilson kidnapped me. And that’s not all, we dated for 4years.. I got married to him and it ended within a week, because I could not cook.. There, you have it now”
My initial wrath melted. The guilt that overwhelmed me was enormous. I could not look at her.
How do I even tell her that my uncle has been married with kids for fifteen years. And that his children are all in Germany?
“It’s embarrassing right? To discover that you dont even know the man you gave everything too. And that up till now he still has the power to hurt you. Now you can’t even look at me.”
She bent her head in tears.
No that’s not it oh.. I was just feeling guilty.
“Nadia no I just..”
She didn’t let me land.
“Daniel, please let’s just get out of here, please”
NADIA: I just needed to be alone now. I felt so ashamed of myself. I got divorced because I couldn’t cook. The man I thought I knew, deceived me the whole time. You wouldn’t believe that I financed our wedding. You are surprised right? Yes because he claimed he was Jobless. Now i got to know that he is the manager of kayode’s kitchen..And I was helplessly in love. The flat we settled down I paid for it.
I clothed the bastard and boasted to my friends that he bought all my jewelries
How embarrassing. Now Daniel was even making matters worst.
It was becoming so uncomfortable when Joyce called to even add more tension.
“Nadia where are you? Hurry to the Academy! Brenda signed you up for an in-house competition. She has informed the board that you are reluctant to participate. Nadia if you don’t get down here to participate, it would be confirmed that you disobeyed your supervisor.. And Nadia, you would be expelled!”


September 05, 2018 Add Comment

Episode 18
I had shut my eyes and imagine I was still asleep. Maybe I was in dream world.
“Open your eyes Nadia. It’s me”
He requested as he made an attempt to touch my hands.
I opened my eyes again. God it was Wilson!
“Wilson? Wilson?!”
I realised now that this was indeed a reality.
“Bring your voice down Nadia”
He tried to calm me down but I wasn’t ready to listen
“Wilson? How did you..?
Wait how did I get here? You kidnapped me?”
He attempted to touch me but the flames burning in my whole system wouldn’t let him.
“Don’t you dare!”
I was restraining myself from hitting him so hard. I couldn’t believe myself.. This is the same guy I swore I would die for. Now I felt like slitting his throat.
“Nadia will you calm down for a minute and listen.?”
I was making things difficult for him. So I tried to temporarily pretend to be calm so he can explain how the hell I got there.
DANIEL: My mum had called me up. She didn’t reveal her reasons but it sounded urgent. I received the text to my phone the moment I got back to my room. You won’t believe I had to write a letter of permission. The authorities were delaying my letter. Mum called immediately when I relayed my plight to her, and the head manager had to escort me to the gate, still pleading for mercy. I wondered what my mum told him.
I got to lekki at about 5pm in the evening.
“Good evening sir, good evening sir”
Oh trust me, I have missed all these glory. I smiled as I waved at everyone who bowed to greet their heir to the throne.
I got to her spacious office. She was seated as usual, going thru those massive files. I always wondered what she finds so special in them.
She beamed with smiles as she let down her Googles to take a better look.
“You’ve grown big my boy”
She stood up to hug me. I was way taller so I had to bend to reach her.
She inhaled deep and hugged me tight. It was obvious she had missed me. I missed her too though.
After much gist she digressed to the main reason she called.
“I want you to cook something for me. I want to be certain you are not wasting my money there. If you can’t cook anything. I’ll pull you out immediately”
At first, the word pull you out sounded nice. Its what I have desire from the start.
But then, just as my smiles brimmed to the fullest, I remembered Nadia.
“What? Cook?”
I began to think of the damage now.
“I had to make arrangements with Brenda to bring you here. I have been searching for you”
This was getting deep. How the he get to know Brenda?
“You know Brenda? When? How?”
He didn’t answer my questions.
“That’s not the point, the point is, you are biting more than you can chew. I got the news that you are becoming a great cook. I must confess I underestimated you. But Nadia, getting involved with Serena is the most foolish step you took. She is evil and can’t be trusted”
I watched his mouth as they confessed what I least expected.
“Who are you?”
I had to question. Is this Wilson? How did he know all of that? Has he been spying on me?
“Nadia are you listening to me at all? That’s not an issue anyway. You are going back home”
Ok, I had been so calm to get all his intentions revealed. But his last words brought the tamed fire back.
“I’m what? Are you for real? Like are you OK? I think you are running mad. Like seriously mad! You kidnapped me, which I am supposed to get you arrested for. And now you are ranting here, threatening to send me home? As what? My new God? Who do you think you are?”
He covered the distance between us and grabbed my hand
“Your husband!”
My what?
I pushed him with the last strength I had.
“Ex husband! You bastard”
I said and hurried to the door.
Two hefty men stood outside. Trust me, I hit one of them in between his legs. You know what that means. And scathed away trying to find my way. The place was a city of its own.
It was a food plaza, bigger than anything I have ever seen in my life.
I could hear footsteps and deep baritones calling out my name. They were after me. I ran to a segment with the inscription.
“Kayode’s kitchen”
Wait, could it be that I am in *Kayode’s kitchen?* The biggest food plaza in Africa?. How come? And what is Wilson doing here? With an office of his own.?
I ran into the kitchen. It was like a factory with hundreds of cook who hardly paid attention to me. They were all busy with one food or the other. It was well air conditioned and I was beginning to feel at home when I remembered I was being chased.
I ran forward into a room I found open. It was another kitchen. Smaller than the other one. But all the equipment and facilities was intact. It was clear that no one used the kitchen. It would be a perfect place to hide.
Gladly it was when I heard the security pass by.
I was about to hurry out when the door opened. Someone came in. I was careful when I took a peek to see.
You wouldn’t believe it! It was Daniel!
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September 03, 2018 Add Comment

Episode 17
DANIEL: As soon as Brenda was out of sight. I quickly called Nadia
“Nadia, please meet me up, its important”
I was smart but a part of me still threatened that Brenda noticed all I did.
If she really did, I would have to watch my steps too.
It took Nadia a while before she finally made my heart flutter when she replied
“Ok where?”
My heart beamed with Joy. I have to freshen up for our encounter.
NADIA: At first I wanted to react to the words that made my heart rent in two. But my brain help calculate the loss I would encounter.
Daniel had too call, thank goodness. Because at that time, it helped relieve the tension seated in our midst.
“Ok where?”
I replied his request. Not that I was actually planning to meet up with him.
“Joyce, am sorry”
She sat on her bed and sighed. It seemed that was the words she wanted in the first place.
“It’s ok”
My mind began to push me. Now that she had accepted my apology, tell her about Brenda. It’s now or never!
“Brenda confronted me though”
Her red eyes rekindled
The announcement rang to call off the break time.
“What did she say?”
She asked as she handed me my clothes. I stared at the jean again. All these jeans trousers, the problem is not putting them on, but it’s when I want to pull them off. It takes the strength of God.
I wore it anyway, Joyce is here to help me out.
“Nothing much, she was pushing me to admit that it’s Madam Serena teaching me”
We were out of the room already.
“And what did you tell her?”
She questioned, looking straight Into my eyes, like she was planning to have me on the hook if I dare try to lie.
“I denied it, don’t worry”
She sighed in relief.
“Nadia, you are late”
Brenda shot at me..
Ahn ahn, it was both me and Joyce nah. She ignored Joyce and faced me. The eyes Joyce shot at her made me understand that they both avoided each other’s wrath. I still wondered how they where able to pretend like they weren’t siblings.
Brenda introduced the lesson of the day
Chinese chicken salad
4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil,
divided 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 head napa cabbage, thinly shredded (about 6 cups)
1/4 head red cabbage, shredded (about 2 cups)
1 large carrot, shredded (about 2 cups)
3 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced, greens included
(about 1/2 cup)1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts1 (11-ounce) can Mandarin oranges in water, drained
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce orchili sauce
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and brush onto chicken breasts. Arrange in a baking dish and bake until juices run clear, about 13 to15 minutes. Remove from oven, cool completely, and cut into 1/4-inch slices. In a large bowl, combine Napa cabbage,red cabbage, carrot, scallions, water chestnuts, Mandarin orange and sliced chicken. In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil, brown sugar and chili sauce. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Divide among bowls and top each serving with 2 teaspoons toasted almonds.
Daniel was quick to catch up with me. He held my hands when I wasn’t paying attention to him.
“Listen Nadia, I care about you, that’s why i am here running after you OK? The least you can do is listen to what I have to say”
His words pricked my heart. I felt bad.
“Am sorry”
He smiled. Cute smile.
“It’s ok. Nadia you have to be careful..”
I made him pause when I signaled Joyce to go on without me”
“Brenda is planning something with someone big.. I don’t know what you girls are struggling for but please watch your back. I will be on the look out for you”
Fear came on me but I acted like it was nothing.
“Ok thanks, see you…”
Before I dropped the words he pecked me.
“I just felt you would need that. Catch you later”
I didn’t know if getting angry was what would suit the flutter I felt in my heart.
I was still thinking about it when my sight was taking from me. Before I screamed my mouth was shut as I passed out.
I woke up in a large office, laid on a sofa.
The man who sat to face me made my heart beat like the talking drum. My mouth shivered to my bone when I questioned.
“Wil- wilson?”
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September 02, 2018 Add Comment

Just a taste 
Episode 16
NADIA: Maybe I didn’t know the extent of the damage. But seriously, how did Brenda find out it was Serena teaching me.
“Brenda, are you OK? What’s wrong with you? And who is Serena?”
I feigned the best character to suit my pretense.
She gave me that look. Took her steps backwards, and smiled like she had achieved something.
Of course she didn’t buy my scene.
“Don’t say I didn’t warn you..”
I watched till she was out of sight before I let out a sigh of relief.
I had quickened my steps to my room. It was break time. And I was free to stroll around. But I had to resolve to my shell. When I mean my shell, I mean my room.
DANIEL: Brenda was foaming. I could tell. Yet she didn’t fall for my inquisitive charm to get the info out of her.
“It’s nothing”
Was all she kept telling me.
I could tell that all eyes were on us in the relaxation spot. ‘Wetin concern me’
I just had one problem now. I didn’t know how to get this Brenda to my bed. That my roommate, Akin. His eyes would be on us like torchlight. And there is no way she as a supervisor and a lady can venture into the guys hostel.
“I just wonder if there is a place we could just be alone?”
I suggested.
She forced a smile
“There is a place actually”
My ears stood at attention. But then, just as she opened her mouth, a text obstructed her. And killed my initial hopes. Who texted her at that moment eh? I had to spy to catch a glimpse of the text.
I couldn’t get the full text but I was able to catch “If Nadia knows. Bring her to me”
She quickly cautioned herself and turned to see if I was spying. Trust me nah. As a sharp guy. My eyes were on my own phone already.
My head began to race with thoughts, what was going on?
God. What had Nadia gotten herself into?
I was just by the door when I remembered Joyce. I froze and attempted to tiptoe away but the girl had to open up.
“Get in”
She ordered. And some how I just obeyed and bowed like a scared kid who committed a grievous offense.
“Joyce if I had..”
She didn’t even let me land.
“You know I picked you out of everyone. There are a million who would jump at this offer. But I chose you. Cos I wanted mum to brush you up, and save you from a disgrace”
I attempted to butt in again but she hushed me
“Do you have any idea? I gave a simple instruction, but you chose your ego over my mum’s identity”
Ok she was taking it too far. I didn’t damage anything nah. I just prepared the dish. How does that connect to Serena.
“Joyce, I just prepared the dish, what’s bad in that? She was going to disgrace me?”
Trust me, I left out the part where Brenda had confronted me.
With the present situation, that would spring forth fire.
“Because she wanted you too! How would you understand? When you are concerned about your pride?! I warned you not too. But you wouldn’t listen.. You wanna blow up everything right?! You are so dumb!”
I paused and tried to justify myself again
“Joyce, calm down”
I advised, although I knew I was in need of my own advice. My adrenaline was heating up already.
“Am sure she has spilled this to him now”
She was soliloquizing aloud.
“All because of your daft attitude!”
She barked at me again
Ok, I did something wrong but the insults was becoming unbearable.
“What is it?! If you had texted me in details I wouldn’t prepare it! If you were in my shoes you would do the same! Don’t play righteous here ok. And please don’t ever call me dumb. None of these gives you the right to insult me!”
I barked back. What is it self? Did I commit murder.
She was quiet. Strangely quiet. Staring at me. I was staring back.
“Nadia, your private lesson ends. From this minute. You are on your own!”
She dropped the bombshell and it exploded right in my brain.
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