So it’s lunch time at work, and as you might know from previous blogs, I rarely, if ever, do ‘Oyinbo‘ sandwiches for lunch. Personally I just don’t think it’s natural that you work all day in the office only for you to reward yourself with a sandwich!
So, like any sound-minded Nigerian, I had brought in some left overs from the previous night into work. It was rice with fried fish with ‘efo‘ (spinach) laced with ‘eruu‘ and ‘paanla‘. I mean, how can you not like that combination? I bunged it into the microwave and went away to get something. On returning, my colleagues in our dining room section, which also doubles up as a photo-studio, were wondering “what is that obnoxious smell?” “What’s that smell?“, kei?? Before I could open my mouth to explain and educate these culinary neanderthals what that glorious aroma was, one of them had the check to describe the smell as “dog-food!” Yeye boy! This coming from a man that had a repugnant smelling cheese sandwich for lunch! Typical.
As if all that ribbing wasn’t enough from my friends, the ‘stench’ of the fried fish had filtered into other departments and people were complaining. This is a staff email that a ‘shakara’manager sent out:
SUBJECT: Kitchen Etiquette
Can I kindly ask that if you have a strong smelling lunch like fish or such like, can you rinse the plate before putting it in the dish washer. The whole of the lower ground floor staff would greatly appreciate it.
The whole of the breakout area is humming of a very strong fishy smell.
This was my response:
“Ogbeni, that would be my strong smelling fish, but as a rule, I always wash my dishes by hand and take my plate home…”
I have to admit that it was powerful, so I’ve had to watch out what I bring in that might offend people’s nostril sensibilities. 🙂