Two-tone tales

I was going to write about how my glasses broke over the weekend (currently wearing my medically prescribed sunglasses and have to burn more battery by having the laptop at the brightest screen level) and weave it in with procrastination and fate and just being in the moment and getting things done but it was too hot that night (generator has closed for the day) or something and late. How are you coping with extreme weather wherever you are? The weather is quite nice this evening. It should rain already!

You might have seen the swiss roll inspired two- tone eba on my social media by now, this post is not a tutorial sadly, as I was trying out these ‘designs’ or ‘presentation’ for the first time.

It’s pretty to look at, who has time to start folding eba, it will get cold <— that isn’t me speaking.

So, I was inspired by desserts, a swiss roll and candy cane. I have a sweet tooth which makes me more inclined towards desserts, loooooove them.

Pending when I might upload a tutorial video, these links may guide you Swiss Roll Eba (just skip to the folding part, we are not baking cake, also, the frost will serve as the second color) and Candy cane Eba.

I even used a fancy filter ūüėČ

I always love to think of and execute creative and new ways of expression and the presentation of Nigerian and African food. This is one of them. Using normal plain garri and yellow garri served with efo riro.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Love,

Haneefah.

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Coffee Rings

Hi!

Has any one ever heard a quote about how the greatest things happen by accident? Me neither. But sometimes, it’s true, just google viagra history *inserts pharmacology plug shamelessly*.

Which is what led to this ring art which was just a little fun thing I did a while back.

I can imagine there are a lot of things that coffee stain rings can create, art being one of them but here are happy animals created by ‘accident’.

Watch riveting gif like videos of each of them to see the process. I was going through bored panda when i stumbled upon christmas themed ones.

*inserts terrible bear pun*

A video posted by Haneefah Adam (@muslimahanie) on

Ring Bear

"Just keep swimming"

A video posted by Haneefah Adam (@muslimahanie) on

Ring fish

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Ring Snail

Have happy accidents!

Love,

Haneefah

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Rainbow Stacked Pancake

I hope you are all having a colourful week so far?!

If you’re not, then you can add cheeriness to your table, plate, mouth with this colourful¬†fruits platter going on here. There are different ways of incorporating colours to dishes with colour, such as this perfect breakfast example.

If you have a stomach like mine, Then I recommend the consumption of this edifice by one VERY hungry person or just two normal hungry people because this is a long pancake stack.

I have fruits layered in between pancakes with cream cheese filling.

You need (all colour of rainbow fruits that you can eat with pancakes), I used Strawberries, an orange, banana, it’s yellow, go with it, green apples and blueberries.

Creem cheese was beat together with granulated sugar, I think you can use powdered sugar if you want as well. Put in whipped heavy cream for extra fluffiness and you’re good to go!

You can easily remove the cream cheese filling if you want a healthier version, for the fitfams. It will also blend right in for a rainbow breakfast themed party, you know, for those who like rainbows and mornings.

Can’t wait to try rainbow vegetables next, it just really occurred to me right now, I doubt there will be stacking involved. I mean, what can I stack? Eggs?!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Love,

Haneefah.

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Nu Year Nu Me

Nu, from Nutella, get it? Considering I always pronounce it nuh-tella. Since, I’m in this blog post as a nutella. And the first art work of 2017. I didn’t even do a mistake of writing 2016 and erasing it to 7.

Hiiiiiiiii.

Self Portraiture with Nutella

First post of this year! I do not normally really ‘celebrate’ new year because I don’t like labelling 2017 as a year of something something, I want my whole life that I have to live well to be of something something. I am eternally grateful for each and everyday, Al hamdulilah.

A lot of things happened in 2016 that I didn’t plan for! Hijarbie and then my food art that started gaining more attention. According to this instagram best 9 photos, it pretty much summed up the year and the brands I worked with including, Nestle (maggi), Dominos and Cold Stone (and discovered the toppings I will forever order), my Guardian Life cover, whoop! and The Ogbono art work that won me the Rele and Samsung art competition. It was pretty eventful and at some point, If you noticed, I went on a break. I cannot come and die.

Looking forward to this year and what it has in store and most importantly, the love and mercy of Allah. Honestly, I was forced to just start posting content again due to this announcement I have to make, *drum roll****

I’m giving a TED Talk!¬†In sha Allah.

If you have an idea of what you’d like me to add to this talk, let me know while offer lasts. I’m pretty excited about it and hope Beyonce can use me in her music video, that is not even weird at all.

That’s pretty much it.

See you soon!

Love,

Haneefah.

 

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World Jollof Day

Hi Guys!

This is kind of like a two blog posts in one, you’ll see why soon enough.

So, by now, you’d have seen this tweet

With already 200k impressions, It was a trending topic in Nigeria on twitter.

*inserts children cheers*

I decided to bless blogosphere with the images as well and talk about it in more details as well.

World Jollof Day was celebrated by Maggi on the 21st of August, although some people argue the WJD is on the 22nd. Who cares, we are celebrating a national monument, regardless.

So, these images were created to mark the day and was also on exhibition at A White Space, Lagos, along with other images of Jollof. It was a collaboration between Maggi and Kitchen Butterfly that I was happy to partake in.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJbDs8FATzO/?taken-by=muslimahanie

The Jollof Rice were created, not only to celebrate the day itself, but some Nigerian¬†factors as well. I created Jollof Rice ‘in’ National Theatre, Lagos,¬†it is a national monument and I think I’ve been there once before but won’t remember details. Bringing these two Nigerian ‘monuments’ together inspired the art work behind it.

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Creating this map of the world, I had just one Caption in mind, “Jollof for World Peace”. Apt one, don’t you think? Putting that flowery scotch bonnet where Nigeria is, was to give preference to the kind of Jollof I would want, Nigerian Jollof. I’m kidding. Haha. You know how we Nigerians are always beefing Ghana Jollof for bants. The Jollof rice is predominant in West Africa and it is prepared differently but with the same underlying and unifying recipe, in terms of outlook. During the WJD, the history was discussed and it was nice to know some fun facts about our most popular dish.

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I’ve wanted to try portraits in all the mediums I use and I mostly start with a woman’s, I don’t know, maybe because I am one. “Jollof is bae” and it resonates with all kinds of Nigerians. How many food items can you pinpoint in the art work?

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I have done Nigerian food typography here, and although the Jollof rice featured, but it was in a ‘party mix’. Making this typography is just to spell it out, and there is an appeal to seeing materials in their medium of typography to me, I think typography is what I’ll do for a very long time. They are just awesome.

jollof rice typography

The Jollof art has been featured so far on CNN Africa,

So, that part where I said this post was two in one?

Here is a recap of my weekend! Courtesy Maggi, You’ll get all the details in the video below.

Enjoy the rest of your week,

Love, 

Haneefah.

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Nigerian Food Typography

Hello everyone!

I made these Nigerian food typography, as we have a huge range of delicious looking food and I always think of ways to make it more visually appealing, I hope you like it.

I am only going to be posting these three ‘meals’ originally, and update them as I put them up on my twitter, instagram¬†and Facebook¬†accounts. I don’t want to post them at once on social media so as to give them all space to breathe, this post is to put them all in one place once I finish uploading all the typography I made. All 9 of them. I may still make more, we never know.

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It is mandatory to have this fabulous combo at any owanbe (party) in Nigeria, If you don’t, I don’t know what you are attending to be honest.

Served at parties, It is a combination of Jollof Rice and Fried Rice on the same plate usually served with fried peppered chicken or deep fried beef or fish for the fit fam people. Dodo (fried plantain) for extra awesomeness as well. And any drink of your choice.

You’re welcome.

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Šļłb√† is a¬†Nigerian¬†staple¬†food¬†eaten in West¬†African¬†subregion and beyond. It is made from cassava (manioc) flour, commonly known as gar. Served with Efo riro which is this tasty and glorious nigerian soup with all kinds of meat in it, That is ponmo rolling and just being super chilled.

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Suya, suya, suya. Where do I begin? The other ultimate street food. The king of all hotness, I really like hot food, I’m afraid my tongue is probably dead from all the hot spice overload. No, offence kilishi and asun. Suya is made from flat beef skewers marinated in yaji spice (which gives suya its unique taste) and grilled in open fire to be eaten with any vegetable (onions, cabbages, cucumber, tomato) of your choice.

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Ewa Agoyin is a south-west Nigerian delicacy made with cooked ‘honey’ beans (ewa oloyin) and fried tomato and hot pepper sauce.

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Asaro is yam pottage. It can be eaten with dodo (fried plantain).

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Puff-Puff is a nigerian street food. A proud member of the small chops family. It’s basically flour-based, deep fried spongy delicious snack, soft on the inside, crispy on the outside.

*I would keep updating more typography, that is why I haven’t signed out yet*

Check my other uploaded art work page here and you could check out my instagram page here too.

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Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak!

Taqabbal Allaahu minna wa minkum (May Allaah accept (this worship) from us and from us and you).

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This is coming late because I was very busy all day! From Eid prayers, straight to cooking, (squeezed in work as well :D) receiving guests and going visiting too. All in one day! It was a beautiful happy day Ma Sha Allah.

I hope you all had an amazing day. It’s nice to resume regular blogging now after Ramadan break and post food pictures guilt-free.

I pray Ramadan was beneficial to us and may Allah provide us with the goodness from the month.

Love,

Haneefah.

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Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan Kareem!!!

Ramadan Kareem Art

Salam alaikum guys!

I’m super grateful and thankful for being able to witness this blessed month. May Almighty Allah grant us the full blessings and mercies of Ramadan.

May He spare our lives to witness many more of this blessing and grant us Jannah Firdaus.

Ameen.

What would be up to this Ramadan and what are you hoping to achieve? Share your thoughts with me and I might be able to illustrate it in an art in sha Allah

The above art work done is with black tea leaves and tea stains. You can check out the behind the scenes of making the art work on my snapchat (neef.a)

Stay Blessed.

Love, 

Haneefah. 

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DIY Headboard

I’d like to say a little story before I get to the tutorial part. This post comes more like in three parts, The head board, the bed frame and my own personal space.

When I finished with my masters degree, having to be away from home for about 15 months, I came back and decided to make an empty room in the compound a bedroom. I wanted it to be a giant source of posts because I’d like to make my own cloth and shoe storage, my own bed frame, my own headboard. Almost everything. Basically I want a personal space I can experiment with and it would only be me that would deal with the consequences if any arises.

For a while, I just threw the mattress on the floor like most people do and thought about ways to make a bed frame. I wanted to use Coke crates originally and thought about that for a long time and I was worried it would easily move about on a ceramic tiled floor. Then I shifted focus to car tyres. Obviously I wanted something unique, usually, as it is with most of my creations, I google if someone has done it before, but I didn’t see any tyre bed frame anywhere. There were lots of unconventional materials used in some but no tyres. So I decided to give it a try.

You see, I got all the 12 tyres I used for free. In Nigeria, vulcanisers have tons of tyres they aren’t using. Some might want to collect a token for ‘helping’ you and that’s okay.

I brought them home, washed them (it was during harmattan when water was scarce, started to think if it was worth it 😂). Dried them and sprayed with a gold spray paint. And I ran out of it and couldn’t get another gold spray because shoprite no longer had it in stock. That explains the bottom middle one that is not spray painted. On both sides, lets just say that is a design.

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And that is it! My repurposed bed frame. There are a lot of things I can still do with (to) it.

To the Post now:
If you’d like to make your own headboard your self, here’s what you’ll be needing.

  • Thin foam
  • Thick cotton fabric
  • Strawboard
  • Pin tacks
  • Adhesive Wall tacks

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  • Cut the strawboard 10″ by 10″
  • Cut the thin foam with the above dimensions but leave an allowance of .5″
  • Cut the fabric with the above dimensions but leave an allowance of about 2″
  • Arrange the materials like below.
  • Pin the fabric in place with the pin tacks
  • Put it on the wall using the adhesive wall tacks.

Arrange them in anyway you want. Either with only one pattern or in an alternating manner.
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Reality Check: It won’t hold. The wall tack didn’t hold up for a long time at all. So, what I’ll do (because I’ve not really finished it, I would update this post later) is actually glue it on a plywood that is about 48″ in width (so that the squares can cover it) and the desired length and just put it behind the bed.

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The end.

Let me know what you think about it.

P.S. Nigerians, I did not do this project because I couldn’t afford a bed. As usual, I’m exploring the creative aspect of the project despite its crudeness, I have been putting off this post for such a long time because I do not know how the reception will be.

Love,

Haneefah.

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