Hi there, I’m Elsie; it seems that 70% of my first encounters people call me Elise. I wouldn’t hold it against you, but it’s actually pronounced LC. Born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa and I moved to the US in 2006. By day I’m a pharmacist, chatting up a storm with patients. By night ( and especially weekends ) you’ll find me at my special place-you know the one- the one with the pots and pans. Testing and creating new recipes.My husband’s words when he orders coffee “She’s one of those weirdos that doesn’t drink coffee.” Very true, I’m a tea kinda girl, but all things Spicy & Savory? Count me in. I enjoy eating and cooking. I’m not a fan of winter because I can’t run outdoors, however hot chocolate, a cozy blanket and snow falling outside my window has a special place in my heart.
They say cooking is a cultural expression of one’s self and I couldn’t agree more. This ingrained love for food and passion for West African cuisine comes especially from my lovely mother. As a child I remember the family sitting around the famous “three stone fireplace”, telling stories, sharing laughs, as we awaited mom’s delicious meal. The aroma gathered us before our plates and bowls. Mom served the food, always, and we all ate together as one. Our food came from the bounty of our lands, healthy, unprocessed and flavorful. These are the memories I cherish, that’s how I grew up, and this is what I hope to share with my family. This, my friends, is what I also hope you’d let me share with you.
Together with my in-laws, we were basically throwing out names to determine which one best suits my vision of a food blog name. It was in this monsoon of brainstorming that “Afrovitality” was born, compliments of my husband and Father-in-Law shouting VITALITY and AFRO. Still”Afrovitality” didn’t quite meet my requirements, it was missing something I needed to convey to my audience. Then came Afrovitality “Eats”. Adding eats was a title that says it all for me, because vitality in food is not just about being healthy, it’s about the experience of flavor- and in my case, it’s about West African inspired flavor. This blog WILL feature other recipes that are not entirely West African, but this is ultimately the heart and soul behind my inspiration.
You are welcomed to share my recipes and photos but please link back to the blog. Not only do I enjoy creating my own recipes, testing and reviewing recipes for cookbooks is also right up my alley. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I also offer cooking demonstrations, showcasing how to use local ingredients in West African Cooking. Please reach out here if you’re a local vendor looking to host a West African Themed cooking demonstration.