Archive for February, 2012

My Media Appearances

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

The Afro News, 15th March 2011 (Press the picture to view in full size)

Daily Mirror- We love telly magazine, 28th June 2011 (Press the picture to view in full size)

The 5 Come Dine with Me Gang!!

Webarticle from Foodepedia, 1st March 2011 (Press the picture to read full article)

Web article- Africa News, 17th February 2011 (Press the picture to read full article)


7th December 2010

Campaign for the Alzheimer’s Research Trust. : Modelling for the Alzheimer’s Trust. It was a campaign aimed at showing that with alzheimer one can lead a normal life in certain circumstances., London, UK


16th October 2009

Media Trust Production – Charity organisation : Filming for low key home safety shoot on Friday 16th Oct. Media Trust which is a charitable organisation that makes films for local authorities, charities and community based groups. I played a 60+ year old pensioner who was robbed in her home., London, UK

My write-up in local magazine Dartford Living

May 2011 – Dartford Living Magazine

A review of my book in the local Dartford and District magazine, together with one of the original recipes from the book. Why yam goulash? Because in fusion, you use lots of influences, so here African cubed yam is cooked in Hungarian paprika, hence calling it “yam goulash”.

Nina Gaskell and her book on pg 12 .. take a look :) xx – July 2011 Issue

Your Essential Guide to Cultural London
Me with chef James Martin
Tuesday 23rd August 2011
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How to nyam African without being scared
Written by Dotun-Adebayo
02/07/2011 06:42 PM

GASKELL: Hoping to win over Brits to African cooking 

AFRICAN FOOD has never taken off in Britain. Let’s face it, it’s too hot and too ‘foreign’ for an English palate. Compared to food from Nigeria, for example, the popular dishes from India and China that Brits love, have virtually no taste at all. And unlike the chilli stew of Lagos and Badagari, yer average Caribbean jerk and ackee and saltfish don’t even burn your tongue!

I should add that the suspicion that Nigerian cuisine includes the parts of an animal (the gizzards and intestines) that civilised people don’t eat, doesn’t help to engender a fondness for it.

Now, though, one enterprising chef has broken down the fear of African cooking that so many of you who hail form the tropics live in fear of. ‘African Fusion’ cooking is the brainchild of Nina Gaskell. It anglicizes some of my favourite Nigerian dishes and turns them into something an afro-saxon like myself can get our teeth into. Like the African Shepherd’s Pie which uses black eyed beans in place of mincemeat and replaces the grilled mash into sweet potato. I can’t wait to taste her Plantain Goulash.

Her book ‘African Fusion’ is the perfect ‘starter’ for anyone who wants to try cooking from the motherland but was too afraid to do it. And not a gizzard in sight!

Get the book on Amazon or directly from her:

F0llow this link to read more about the article in “The Voice” Magazine:

Your Voice


No quite sir…

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Dear Sir,

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article but i must point out the facts were not stated.

There are numerous African restaurants currently being patronized by the British as the food cooked is very delicious and delightful. African food, though spicy can still be enjoyed by our fellow British folks after some education and encouragement.

Levi roots is doing great things for the caribbean side and others like 805 restaurant, mama calabar and djoint foods are also slowly breaking new grounds in taking afro-caribbean cuisine to new grounds.


My Come Dine with Me “Cool Gang” were invited to open the Fete at Rodmersaham Primary School on 3rd July 2011. Rodmersham is a little village in the Parish of Swale Council in Kent. It is near the town of Sittingbourne. My husband was the chauffer for the day, as I am completely hopeless when it comes to finding my way round places. We drove past old farmhouses with thatched roof and lovely green fields with horses and cows grazing side by side. We were very lucky on the day that the sun shone and there was not a cloud in the sky. The road was very busy for many people who were all bound for the fete were driving or walking upon it. When we got to the fete, there were shady areas to shelter from the burning sun!!

Now it was turn for me to do the deed i.e. cutting the ribbon. I was handed the scissors by one of the organisers. And when I was prompted to cut the ribbon to declare the fete open, it was as blunt as “James Blunt” (hahaha). After a couple of tries, I succeeded in cutting the tape to the relief to everyone around and there were cheers of delight. And I then declared the Fete open. We all mingled with the crowd, exchanged pleasantries, drank home made beer, treated ourselves to ice-cream to cool down and finally I patronised a local lady who was selling home-made linen baskets – and I bought one for the grand sum of “£12″!! I love it as it blends with the decor in my house.

So my friends and I departed after spending a couple of hours with everyone and it seems a good time was had by all.


This is me trying to cut the ribbon with a blunt scissors handed over by one of the organisers!! There was hilarity all round.

More fete pictures for you to enjoy!!





PS: here is a picture of me with Bel Mooney at the lunch – don’t I look pretty?
Hello, hello, hello, beautiful people how are you all? I hope my message meets everyone of you in good health. Please do forgive me for being somewhat elusive, but as you know, being a celeb?!!, (please don’t laugh), one takes their time to do things to accommodate others! So I thought am not going to rush, my friends understand, and they can wait. Of course, you don’t mind – do you?

Anyway here I am to tell you of some of the wonderful things that I have been up to:

I attended a literary lunch organised by the Daily Mail on 4th October 2011 at the Royal Lancaster Gate Hotel in the West End which was well attended. We travelled by train to Charing Cross and then by bus through the West End, passing through its theatres and cinemas. I must admit that I had found it difficult to tear myself away from looking at the fashionable shops – all very tempting.

On arrival, there was a champagne reception and then it was time to make your acquaintance with guests who will be at your table before lunch. And to my surprise the guest next to me was the Chair of Champneys Spa clubs.She was there with a friend from the same industry. Guest speakers were Countess of Carnarvon, Robert Hardman (who has just published a book about our present Queen) and Bel Mooney ( writing about her life). The reason for them being there was that they had books to sell and my husband and I (I sound like the Queen!!!) were there in some kind of supporting role (hahaha). Here was I rubbing one’s shoulder with the ‘hoi polloi’ of society. The atmosphere was very convivial and there were hilarity all round when the speeches were made. Food was good, drinks flowed, networked and what more can one ask for.

Thereafter it was book signing session, books sold, comments made, will they read it or won’t they and so on and so forth…………

Then like life, all good things must come to an end. It was time to head home to my palace in Kent, having had such a wonderful time and meeting lovely people from different spheres in the business world.

Do you know what friends, I must go now, it’s past my bed time. I’ll definitely meet up with you next week and this time it’ll be all about foooooooood!!!!!

So long everyone!!

Nina G

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My Media Story…

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

This is the story of my tv life how it all started many moons ago and am still at it at this present time. I hope you all my dear friends, i.e. “my partners in crime” will enjoy the same!!!!

In summary, my first TV exposure was several years ago on Ready Steady Cook on BBC2 with Ainsley Harriott, cooking with Kevin Woodforde, which has been sold worldwide, as my friends in America have seen it there.

I was a contestant on a short-lived prime-time quiz show called “Judgement Day” hosted by Brian Conley, showing on Saturday nights on ITV1 – I was the night’s winner and won a sports car.

“Breaking into Tesco” highlighted my black-eyed beans and sweet potato pie, and I won through several rounds before losing in the semi-finals : the overall winner was soup in a bun – have you seen this around recently?

I also appeared in the “F” Word with Gordon Ramsey – he told me I was too noisy!!!!

In Spring 2011, I was a contestant in “Come Dine with Me” on Channel 4 – I didn’t win but had lots of fun, and am in fact. with the other contestants, opening a fete at Rodmersham Primary School, Rodmersham Green, between Sittingbourne and Faversham, Kent, on 3rd July 2011.

On Sunday 26th June 2011, I was interviewed by Dotun Adebayo on his live talk show on BBC Radio London about my book “African Fusion Cooking” and some of the recipes.

I am about to provide a recipe every month for a feature in “DA1 Living”, our local Dartford and area magazine – these will be from my book.

I’ll fill in some more details and add some pictures soon.


Nina G

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Sorry folks I’ve been away for a while! My website having been tampered with by “hackers” , not only by hackers I was being bombarded by spam mails which had no relevance to my website. I’ve been fortunate enough to seek the help of my nephew-in-law, who has so kindly sorted things out for me of which I am grateful.  I am pleased to say am now back in action!! Just have a little wander by guiding your mouse through every page.

I hope you all enjoyed the snowy weather, even though snow falling like manna from heaven is not my forte. I was watching all the shenanigans from the comfort of my home.

The problem with snow falls irrespective which part of the country it is, there are always casualties. Though we were informed of the impending snow falls, the infrastructure comes to a halt. We never learn!. In the continent, they’ve snow falls, and they cope beautifully. The interesting aspect of the snow fall is that it had affected most parts of the continent. Take Spain for instance, (this is where the “Darbies and the Joanies take their winter break”) has been hit by the coldest weather for decades coupled by gale force winds. I wonder whether they all stayed at home in England or braved it.  If you do know the answer, my comments box awaits.

Several sporting fixtures were played in hazardous conditions as the white markings, had to be painted in darker shades.

This is also the time of year when central heating engineers make up for lost revenues as the call-outs are relentless. I’m sure they are quite happy about it and I doubt they’re complaining, though they wont say so. Good luck to them.

Enough for now and no doubt meet up with you all soon !

Take care dear friends and be safe in whatever you do.

Best wishes

Nina G


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Sunday, February 5th, 2012

I use a lot of green and red peppers in my cooking and have been buying them at my local market for many many years. When I go to the market late on Saturday afternoons, my favourite stallholder often fills my bag up with freebies he does not want to take home with him. The moral is – cultivate a friendly rapport with your local greengrocer! This recipe came about when, on one occasion, he gave me a big bag of red peppers and I was wondering what to do with them. After much thought and a flash of inspiration, this recipe was born! My husband loves this soup and thinks it’s “smashing.” I hope you do too.

Sweet Red Pepper with Coconut milk

Sweet Red Pepper with Coconut milk

(Serves 4)
8 medium sweet red peppers or 6 large ones, deseeded and chopped
into little pieces
2tbsp vegetable or olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 chicken or vegetable stock dissolved in 500ml of warm water
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
125ml coconut milk (reserve some for drizzling over soup)
50g basil chopped
Salt and coarse black pepper
Heat the oil and fry all ingredients, with the exception of milk, stock and basil on medium heat for a couple of minutes. Add the stock, milk and basil, bring to boil and simmer for another 15mins. Check seasoning. Cool and liquidise. Drizzle the remaining coconut milk over the soup in a circular swirl and serve with warm garlic bread.
Absolutely mouth-watering!


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Sunday, February 5th, 2012

The cold spell has now come upon us with vegence, so I thought you’ll  like some delicious, orgasmic soup to warm your cockles!! This soup embodies everything you’ll need to keep you going during the winter months in that it is healthy, flavoursome and full of passion. So, without further ado, here are the ingredients:-


Sweet Potato and blackeyed beans soup

Sweet Potato and blackeyed beans soup


2tsp vegetable oil or olive oil; 1 medium sized onion, peeled and chopped, 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed, 1 thumb-sized peeled ginger, crushed; 2 tomatoes, chopped, 100gr peeled and cubed sweet potato; 100gr cooked blackeyed beans;  (you can buy cooked tinned beans from supermarkets, but you need to rinse them thoroughly to rid them of all the preservatives); 1 vegetable or chicken stock cube (dissolved in 320ml of warm water), 250ml of coconut milk; 50gr fresh curry leaves; Crushed black pepper to garnish.

Method: Heat oil in saucepan, add onions, ginger, garlic and cook on low heat for a couple of minutes. Then add the cubed sweet potato,tomatoes and the fresh curry leaves – cook for a further 5mins, stirring all the time, and then in goes the stock and coconut milk, bring to boil and simmer until the potatoes are soft. Add the cooked beans. Cook for a further 5min. Check seasoning.  Divide soup into 2 parts, liquidising one half and then emptying the other half  into the saucepan. Warm through. Serve in individual warmed soup bowls, accompanied with warm garlic bread, and garnishing with the freshly milled black pepper.

PS: If you find the consistency too thick for your liking, add a little water to achieve the right consistency to your taste before serving.


See ya!

Nina Gaskell






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