So, You’re Thinking About Becoming a Vegan? With Tomi Makanjuola. E23

by | May 16, 2022 | Podcast

So, You're Thinking About Becoming a Vegan?
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Sareta & Cee Catch Up

It’s National Vegetarian Week, what better way to help educate the masses than to devote a whole episode to non-meat food discussions. Sareta and Chioma discuss their eating habits and special diets; could one of them be converted after meeting their special guest?

Author, professional chef, and Vegan Tomi Makanjuolabut joins the ladies this week. They discuss Tomi’s career, background, and realistic ways you can become Vegan. Unlike Tomi, it doesn’t have to be an overnight decision! 


This weeks guest

Tomi Makanjuola

Tomi was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria (West Africa). For as long as she can remember, she has absolutely loved food. From shopping for it to making it to watching other people experiment with it on TV cooking shows. Like writing, she explains, it was somewhat of a creative outlet, a way to express herself and bring exciting food ideas to life. Tomi’s Mother has taught her everything she knows about traditional Nigerian food.

She learned cool cooking hacks and flavours from her Dad that she still uses to this day. In Tomi’s household, life revolved around food, marking every occasion, special or otherwise!

As a child, Tomi recruited her siblings and convinced them to turn our dining room into our own little restaurant for a week. We hand-wrote menus, decided on our’ opening hours’ and everything! Our parents were only too happy (and bemused) to play along.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and Tomi still loves everything to do with food and gets a thrill whenever she gets to share it.

Tomi turned vegan for health and animal welfare reasons back in 2013; “I was studying towards a degree in English and French at Oxford University. A career in food wasn’t even on the cards back then. During my year abroad in France, I started up this blog as a way to showcase all my culinary experiments.”

‘The Vegan Nigerian’ platform, by Tomi Makanjuola, is dedicated to making Nigerian cuisine and the vegan lifestyle accessible to the mainstream – through online resources, workshops and bespoke events.
She’s a private chef, runs fun and inspiring pop-up events and restaurants, and hosts guests from around the world through her Airbnb vegan Nigerian dining experience. Tomi also conducts live cookery workshops and demonstrations and offers Nigerian food at markets and festivals around London & southeast England.

You can book Tomi if you’re thinking about becoming a vegan; she offers personal vegan coaching to aspiring vegans.

Tomi is an author and has a cookbook available to purchase through all reputable sites, called, “Vegan Nigerian Kitchen“.

More From Our Guest

“I can honestly say that taking the leap into a plant-based lifestyle was one of the most important and beneficial decisions I have ever made.” – Tomi Makanjuola 

Vegan Nigerian Kitchen by Tomi Makanjuola

Vegan Nigerian Kitchen: 100 classic recipes with a plant-based twist

From one-pot porridges to spicy soups, stews, savoury snacks, sweet treats and cocktails Vegan Nigerian Kitchen is the essential cookbook for anyone who wants to embark on a unique and delicious culinary journey.

You’ll encounter regional dishes from across Nigeria, with insights into traditional ingredients and cooking methods. Each recipe delivers on taste and enjoyment, even without the use of meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal products!

Tomi Recommends

By Any Greens Necessary by Tracye Lynn McQuirter
“With attitude and inspiration, this lifestyle guide shows Black women how they can be healthy, hippy, and happy by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes as part of an active lifestyle. African American women face a health crisis and explosive rates of death and disability from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and this book provides authoritative research to illustrate how a plant-based diet can reverse this trend. Encouraging readers to think about the foods they choose and what their choices mean to overall health, the manual shows that a diet of meat, fish, fowl, dairy, and refined grains is hazardous not only to human bodies but also to the planet and animals. With its much-needed nutritional analysis, the book also offers practical advice about how to transition to vegan foods; delicious and nutritious recipes; a comprehensive grocery shopping list for restocking the fridge and pantry; recommended resources; and inspirational vegetarian quotes from famous African Americans, including Oprah Winfrey, Alice Walker, Angela Bassett, Erykah Badu, Russell Simmons, and Dick Gregory.”


Where to find Tomi

IG: @VeganNigerian
Web: The Vegan Nigerian

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