My name is Faith Adogame, I’m 22 and currently live in Princeton, New Jersey.
I’m Nigerian but I grew up in Germany and Scotland for most of my life. I have a B.A. in Business and German from Drew University, Madison NJ. I’m currently pursuing an M.S. in Global Affairs at Rutgers University, Newark. I have a huge family, most of whom are in Nigeria, but my parents and two younger siblings (Midafe and Blessing) live here on the East Coast too.
Share your food story with us!
My love for food started with my family. Since I could remember, we have always hosted people at our house for Christmas, graduations, and any celebration you could think of. From a young age I would help out my mum in the kitchen when we prepared for those celebrations. I started out doing small tasks like cutting vegetables. Now I’ve taken over and do most of the cooking at least of the non- Nigerian food. I also took Home Economics all through high school and realized that I not only was good at it it, but it was so much fun to make all kinds of recipes.
I’m pretty sure the first dish I ever made was some sort of pasta dish. That would definitely explain my love for noodles! It is my ultimate dream to one day go to Culinary School, hone my skills and level up from a home cook to a professionally trained chef. For now, I’ll keep learning at home through cookbooks, Youtube and people I know.
What is Your Favorite Dish to Prepare?
This is such a hard question for me, because the dishes I love to prepare depend on the season, my mood and the new recipes I find. Right now I’m obsessed with making Pad See Ew a.k.a. Drunken Noodles, which is a Thai dish consisting of: flat rice noodles, beef, vegetables, Thai basil and a delicious oyster-soy sauce. I honestly could eat it every week!
How has Culture Shaped your experience with Food?
Having lived in Nigeria, Germany, Scotland and now the US, my experience and food memories from all these places have shaped what I enjoy cooking and eating today. I have also traveled all over, from South Africa to Ireland, which has widened my palette and appreciation for food even more. Culture has truly shaped my experience with food, as it has allowed me to explore recipes from various regions, as well as influence those I create myself.
If You could try something new right now, Anywhere in the World, What would it be, Where would it be and Why?
I would try an unusual or lesser known pasta dish in Italy, because I can never get enough of pasta and it would give me ideas on what to create next; I’m also looking for new ways to cook everyday dishes.
What are you hoping to accomplish in 2019?
In 2019, I aim to successfully finish the first year of my Master’s, travel to more places, cook as many new dishes as possible and master the art of taking the perfect food photos.
What are you grateful for?
I’m grateful for my family, who always eat what I cook – even when it doesn’t taste great! I’m also grateful for the opportunity to explore my interests without any major obstacles, I know not everyone gets that opportunity. Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog!
What is the first word that comes to mind when I say ‘Foodie’?
‘Photos’. Most of the foodies I know have these amazing Instagram pages with food I could only dream about having, because there are just so many.
My favourite is @foodbabyny, you should definitely follow his page if you like food and cute children. Follow my new food page too @treatsbyfaith (name under construction).