Building a brand of value with TSpices Kitchen, the food blogger simplifying recipes for Nigerians

Tosin Samuel, popularly known as TSpices Kitchen, is a food content creator, recipe developer, author, entrepreneur, and food stylist. I first stumbled on Tosin’s signature recipe thread on Twitter in the first quarter of 2020. It was a pancake recipe, but not the conventional pancake recipe. It was pancake made with overripe plantain.

I’m not entirely sure what exactly held my interest at the time – the recipe itself or the simple innovative way it was shared; as a thread of photo collages with brief captions. I immediately followed her, and like a number of her other 53,000 followers, I have made a good number of meals and pastries with her recipes.

From then up until now, Tosin’s followership and influence have grown significantly. This is evident in the trove of engagements her posts command on social media, and the calibre of brands she has collaborated with such

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Malaysia makes it to Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants’ inaugural ‘Essence of Asia’ collection

Penang’s Siam Road ‘char koay teow’ has been honoured with a listing on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants inaugural ‘Essence of Asia’ collection — Picture by K.E. Ooi

Penang’s Siam Road ‘char koay teow’ has been honoured with a listing on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants inaugural ‘Essence of Asia’ collection — Picture by K.E. Ooi

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — Four Malaysian eateries are featured in the first-ever “Essence of Asia” collection — an unranked listing by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Kuala Lumpur’s Bijan Restaurant, Penang’s Siam Road Char Koay Teow, Kota Kinabalu’s Kedai Kopi Yee Fung and Ipoh’s Artisan Handmade Bread.

Bijan Bar & Restaurant showcases Malay food in a fine dining setting — Picture by Choo Choy May

Bijan Bar & Restaurant showcases Malay food in a fine dining setting — Picture by Choo Choy May

“At a time when restaurants need our support, this collection presents travellers and gourmets with an invaluable guide to some of Asia’s most authentic and diverse dining experiences. Reflecting the breadth of the region’s gastronomic scene, the range of establishments spans street vendors, time-honoured institutions, philanthropic businesses and pioneering newcomers,” said Director of Content for Asia’s 50

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8 best vegan cookbooks to help you go meat and dairy free in 2021

Jaime E. Love
From West Africa to West Bengal, these are the books you need to make the change (iStock/The Independent)
From West Africa to West Bengal, these are the books you need to make the change (iStock/The Independent)

After the excesses of the festive season, many of us look to cut down on meat in January – or Veganuary – but a new and novel way of cooking and eating can prove challenging.

Why not invest in a dedicated cookbook to help whet the appetite?

Even committed vegans who have long eschewed dairy, meat, fish and eggs will find it still pays to inject a bit of kitchen magic into those same old weeknight dinners.

We’ve cast our eye over vegan cookbooks old and new to bring you a selection of tasty tomes that will get you cooking up a plant-based storm in no time at all.

From super-healthy titles bursting with nutritious and delicious recipes, to those packed with practical everyday tips and tricks to make a meat-free month

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18 best Valentine’s Day gifts that your significant other will love

Jaime E. Love
<p>While the shops remain closed, we’ve found all the last-minute shopping inspiration you need</p> (iStock/The Independent)

While the shops remain closed, we’ve found all the last-minute shopping inspiration you need

(iStock/The Independent)

Whether you normally go big with lavish celebrations, or prefer a small gesture, shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts is often difficult, whoever you’re buying for.

And this year is no exception, as restaurants remain closed and many couples won’t be able to celebrate in person while we’re all in lockdown. But, of course, there’s still Zoom.

While you might usually be a last-minute shopper, looking for inspiration in shops’ love-themed displays, that’s just not an option this year. So, we’re here to help.

Read more: 24 best Valentine’s Day gifts that your significant other will love

First off, you have to sift through all the tat, with teddy bears, balloons and cringy cards bombarding you from all angles. Then you have to toe the line between sentimental and practical: you want to treat

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