Saturday, 13 February 2021

Cooking Seafood Boil

Happy Saturday lovelies, I hope y’all are doing good?! And having a splendid valentines weekend by spreading love to people around you and most importantly giving yourself that extra love you deserve!

Yesterday, I started the day with reading some scriptures from the bible, then prayed. Then continued my day with work, and later went to the gym because I had my clients to instruct in CrossFit.
If you don’t know I’m an instructor in CrossFit for level 1 & 2. So my classes are always in the evenings (three times a week; one hour session).
After the workout session I went to buy more stuffs for my seafood boil. I have been craving this for over 6 months, and I had planned to eat it when I visit NYC in March this year, because I was supposed to be there as I got a scholarship from United Nations to attended their annual youth conference. But due to the pandemic thanks to Aunty Rona (Corona)πŸ˜‚, it will be a virtual conference.
However that didn’t stop my cravings, so I had to make a seafood boilπŸ¦žπŸ‘©πŸ½‍🍳 
It took me a good 3 hours to cook, but was worth it! Whilst cooking it reminded me of how my mum cooks with passion. Her cooking is unmatched not even when we had maids or cooks that were good at cooking too.
One could say that I learnt from the very best. πŸ‘©πŸ½‍🍳
The score I got from this seafood boil was 100/100🦞A plate had a total of 450 kcal (35g carbs from the corn & a potato, 100g protein).  It’s a low carb-high protein and is perfect for the diet.
And I promised to cook it for a family. I may create a cookbook.πŸ‘©πŸ½‍🍳

Here’s the list of the main ingredients:

Shrimps 🦐 
Fish 🐟 
Crab πŸ¦€ 
Potatoes πŸ₯” 
Corns 🌽 

Then I spiced them with some of my signature spices/ingredients and I’d have to film that.

Until then lovelies, have a splendid valentines weekend!
Spread Love! ❤️

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Get Ready With Me

Sunday, 3 January 2021

My NYE Celebration

The wine served with the dessert πŸ˜‹

If you listened to my podcast then you understand the picture above: The welcome champagne to the guests vs the champagne intend to open during countdown into the new year, that was mistakenly served as the welcome champagne.

The next day I dulged into this cake again haha!

My Podcast's first episode is now live on all platforms. I shared the link below.

Hi, Lovelies!
Happy New Year! 
I hope you all have been staying safe and healthy regardless of the ongoing pandemic. 

This New Year's Eve (NYE) celebration was one that I had to really rejoice along with, that 2020 aka 'the most catastrophic year' is finally over after being dealt with. However, the most important thing is, that my family is very much healthy and alive, all thanks to God!... Which can never be taken for granted. 

You should listen to my podcast to hear my reflection of the past year and other interesting and funny topics I touched on.

Back to the NYE celebration, the second dining table was decorated by my brother, it was really beautiful. It took two days to fix it and was planned for months as usual.
On everybody's chair, a gift was given. Mine this year was a wooden cosmetic-box, some got digital alarm clocks etc. 

Then the meal, you know that I am a foodie haha!

It was a 3-course meal; 
shrimp appetizer, the main course smashed potatoes and chanterelle mushrooms with a fillet of beef, and then dessert was cheesecake served a 42-year-old wineπŸ˜‹

Later on, the New Year was ushered in with screams, corona free hugs haha and phone calls.

Then played games whilst some were blasting the music, dancing and screaming and also blowing the vuvuzelas haha!

My old soul went to sleep after a couple of hours which was quite difficult with the music blasting in the house but I zoned into my own world of dreams which then blocked the noises haha. πŸ˜‚

The next day was cleaning day and holy moly those glitters were difficult to remove from the floor even the vacuum couldn't remove about 20%, so this year it wouldn't be put in the list again I guess. 

So after cleaning, I indulged into the cheesecake again because damn!.. It was incredibly delicious, the bakers did a great job on that. 

Later, in the evening I recorded the podcast, which I will be linking at the end of the post.
It was really fun to do, even though I always been sceptical about making but I had to do it for my folks who have been pestering me to do it. Even when I announced, I got some peeps asking me if I will make a fitness-related podcast, and I said yes. Haha, I will let you all know when it is ready and available to listen to. 

Thusly,  it will be amazing with the guests I will be hosting on my podcast, so stay tuned. 

Until then Guys, I have to rest my fingers from typing and my back from the monthly menstrual period who visited me today unexpectedly, but I have no choice but to host her for the next couple of days!πŸ˜‚

Here are the links to my podcast:





Have a lovely weekend and an amazing start of the year!



Wednesday, 29 July 2020


On my way to the hospital. I took this picture around 6:00AM.

It got brighter later on, whilst we were on our way.

When I arrived at the operation. 

When I changed into surgery clothe.

When I woke up from anesthesia.

I was being shielded after the operation

Spotted a rainbow when I got home from the hospital, it was a good spiritual sign.
Never as a rainbow appeared at my window, this was so magical.

I tried to make a chicken veggie soup yesterday but it worsened the pain.

More medication, as well as painkillers (ibuprofen, morphine  & morphine), and I had to pick up today after the regional chief-surgeon prescribed them to

Happy Tuesday Lovelies! 

Hope you all are doing great?!

As you can see by the title, you know my state of well-being... I had a second operation. If you all remember in my last post, I talked about the first surgery I had back in March.
So, the approach of the first operation that was done by two surgeons and tons of medications but still it didn't help and the pains worsened. Which led to an emergency operation and was luckily done by the regional chief-surgeon. That's how severe it was, knowing that over 50,000 people in Sweden who had a scheduled operation are now on a postponed waiting-list due to the pandemic because the medics have to prioritize cancer patients and other chronic/severe cases. I got to be part of those who got prioritized, which I'm super grateful to God. 

Like they say, the strong ones are often the ones who have battles they handle in silence, and this has really given another insight with life. That level can never be unmatched. 

Back to this operation day, I had it exactly one week ago (last Tuesday), I had it in another regional hospital due to the capacity of the major regional hospital being filled up with Covid-19 patients, pre- and post-operation patients. I had to wake up by 5:00AM to prepare and trust me, that consisted of mere anxiety. 
It was an hour drive there, spoke with the chief narcotic doctor, and the regional chief-surgeon before the operation. It went good but took longer than expected and woke up happy to be live again.
Then, came the pain when I got back home went from level 100 to 1 million, can't describe it, endless bleeding up to today but hopefully, all will be well.

The nurses have been so good by calling to check up on me, and even today the regional chief-surgeon called to check up on me and got more painkillers to subdue this hell of a pain. 
At this point, I can get up to the bathroom to brush my teeth with the help of the morphine and other painkillers and can't even stand to shower, I have a chair to sit on while showering. Whilst I have to lay in bed for weeks but I'm so grateful for my loved ones. 
With the long hours talking...My dad and mum continuously calling to check up on me, which is funny because my dad speaks on important things regarding politics, society, and sport. Whilst with my mum,  is more of women things, fun-talks, prayer, and reflection on childhood memories. With my friends, you know what it isπŸ˜‚  Just appreciative of your support.
Right now, I'm studying two summer courses on distance: Gothenburg university in Sweden, where once achieved I become a consultant in Sustainability and the other is Harvard University studying the American justice system and the US Public Policy.

This summer is pretty hectic, and painful but I visioned it before it came,  which is quite creepy that I see things before they happen but I've learned to embrace that part since I was a kid. That is why I don't trust some people because I sense their fakeness before they even reveal it. 

Okay, Guys!... I'm done writing, it takes a lot of energy to do so. 


Chioma Banks.

Friday, 26 June 2020


Finally, Summer is here Guys!
But this year's summer hits differently because of the pandemic era of Covid-19; social-distancing, quarantining and extremely self-conscious of our acts.

Luckily for us in Sweden, there isn't a national lockdown whereby we can't go out although we can't travel. I view it as both a blessing and a course because the rate still increases rather than decreasing.πŸ‘€

Regatherless of that I'm grateful to God that I'm alive and have surpassed 6 months out of 12 months in this weird year called 2020. 
 So, I'm gradually going out but still scared. I've been to the beach just once and that is it!... I don't want any Rona vibes because it's jam-packed everywhere, I still work out at the gym but have to extremely clean every damn machine I use. 
I know it is somewhat risky to be at the gym, but to keep my sanity clear & clean in this period, I need it. After my operation in March, I waited for weeks to work out and trust me, that wasn't the fun moment for me whilst working and studying. But I'm happy how this era brings forth deep thinkings and clarification of life through viewing from another perspective.

For me right now, I'm just trying to soak in everything around me by living life according to my own rules, enjoy every moment to the fullest, defining what peace is for me and genuinely giving zero F*s of what other presume life is and how life should be lived. At the end of the day, if we die, we ain't dying of the same cause, and won't die together, so whether your family, friend or partner wants to determine your life, Boo that's up to you to determine.

At this point in my life, fear is out of my dialogue, if your actions aren't good towards Me don't expect the same from me. I respect those who respect themselves and me, I ain't gonna fake it for likes or for some people to approve of me, I'll continue to speak my truth as raw it can be hahaπŸ˜‚  Scorpio vibes! πŸ¦‚♏

Okay back to this day, when we went to the beach, it was funny after putting my dress only for me to find out that I don't have any flat-heeled shoes out of over 100 pairs high-heels and trainers, not one single ballerina or sandals, that I had to wear a beach flipflops with the dress to a shopping mall to buy myself a suitable fancy flipflops (the green satin flipflops in the picture above)πŸ˜‚  
Then onwards, went to get some sushi that was meant to be eaten at the beach, it was really good only sushi lovers y'all can relate to thisπŸ’  Sunbathing whilst having your sushi behind is a groove, the only thing missing was a mobile speaker to play some music. 

The best part of the Swedish summer is when it is hot, it is HOoT!...  I can't complain at all😍

Outfit Details:

  1. Yellow DressC'BANKS COLLECTION  I'm wearing a size = Small (EU36).
  2. SunglassesC'BANKS
  3. Green Flipflops: H&M 
  4. Bikini: I've had for years can't recall where I bought it from 😫

As the weather is becoming hotter and hotter, I might start camping at the beach hahaha! That's a metaphor if know me, you know that an idea I avoidπŸ˜‚
That black part of me won't do that, I'm too black for that! LOLπŸ˜‚

Okay bye for now Darlings! 
I need to go take a cold rain forest shower! It's been 29° degrees and I've been cooking internally.πŸ˜…


Chioma Banks.