Hi! My name is Freda, the author of My Burnt Orange. I am a wife, a mother, and a professional electrical engineer who loves to cook dishes from across Africa and beyond. You can probably tell I have a very busy life, but I ALWAYS make time to cook because I absolutely love it and have a healthy appetite for fresh, simple and sizzling food. Born and raised in Botswana to Ghanaian parents, and now married to a Zimbabwean, I have what I like to call a pan African palate. I have lived in the most amazing cities, namely Melbourne, London and now Lagos, Nigeria!!! It is in these cities that I gained my cosmopolitan flair. I have traveled the world in search of culinary inspiration and have found one of the best ways to immerse myself into a culture is through food. I have taken the opportunity to learn about local foods in my travels; having had a wonderful experience learning about Thai Culinary Arts from the head chef at a hotel in Thailand and then Portuguese cuisine at a country cooking school in The Algarve. In Lagos I frequently do short courses at the Culinary Academy and have a certificate to show for it. It is my hope that in sharing my recipes, I will challenge the misconception that African food is unhealthy, and even throw in some great Afro vegetarian ideas.
Since starting this blog in 2011, I have received an overwhelming amount of accolades from publications such as the African Economist, have been consulted by Groupon’s food blog and some of my recipes have been picked up and published in the Guardian for the Guardian Africa Network. I am now the official African Cuisine expert writer at The Spruce Eats and also contribute to the vibrant Nigerian Radiant Health Magazine.
*1 Freedes is my blogging name, but it works because my friends call me Freedes too. Mama calls me Freda.
*2 My Burnt Orange is the home of the Afro Cosmopolitan Diet. I am not a dietitian. Views are my own and based on personal experiences I am happy to share if it helps. If you need access to dietitians, keep posted while I populate a list for you.*