One of my favorite subjects in secondary school was Physics. I liked Physics because it pretty much explained a lot of what happened around me…like sound for instance. As a foodie I associate some sounds with the kitchen. One of my favorite sound is that of the mortar…when I hear the “kpom, kpom, kpom” from the mortar, I remember Ehuru(calabash nutmeg) or even Ede(cocoyam)…It brings me memories of when my mother made Abacha or Ofe Ede(cocoyam soup). With the sound of the mortar, I knew exactly what was cooking. As crazy as the sounds, the sound of the mortar is comforting for me. And it’s more comforting when I’m doing the pounding. As a foodie, there are sounds I hear from the kitchen that can send depression packing. There are some that keep you permanently swooned and there are some that keep your mouth watery. Another sound that keeps me going in the kitchen is the actual sound of music. There’s nothing as comforting to me as the actual sound of music. There are some days, I could be making Oha soup and sounds of hi-life music would blaring from the radio speakers. A match made in heaven! …I asked a question on my social media page and you’d be quite amused at what some of my friends had to say when I asked them to describe their favorite kitchen sounds and what it does to them…
“The human voice (sound) telling me that food is ready. Come chop or food don ready. No sound beats that :P.” Laura Njoku
“Shrrrrrriiiiiiii-sssssshhhh! When the parboiled tatashe and Cameroon pepper paste hit the hot palm oil!”
“Once I hear the sound of the spoon hitting the pot. It signifies post rigorous stirring, and that means the food is ready AKA oti gi nó.” Kese Antia
“The sound of anything hitting the oil. Sizzles
The sound of the spoon hitting the side of pot means the stew is done.
The hissing sound of the release of the pressure cooker. My cowfoot is ready.
The ping of the timer.” Kemi Adeniyi Kale
“Poto poto poto ….the sound of a boiling hot pot of soup.” Egwuagu Chinenye Christabel
“Scrap scrap of the spoon on the plate. I know the food was enjoyed and someone probably wants more. The sound of my blenders or food processor.” Chioma Ikejiofor
“I love the clack clink clack of cutlery on china plates, and the sound of the boiling/broiling/cooking when I open my pot to check if the food is ready or needs an extra pinch of salt or a cube of Maggi. I love the sound of the blender when I’m making a smoothie. I love the sound of the electrical hand mixer when I’m baking a cake! Zoom zoooom!
However, the sound of pestle pounding against the mortar while pounding ede (cocoyam) gives me a headache.” Niqui Anekwe
“A laddle has its own calming sound when hitting the pot or saucepan. I barely use a spoon to stir anything.” Olaide Anike Ogunkoya
“Kwutukwutukwutukwutu……, the sound that reminds me that my soup is steaming well and the aroma that comes out with that great steaming” Chinomso Sandra
“I don’t know how to spell it….but it’s the sound that you hear when mum is stirring and making the amala blend with the pot on the floor and her legs holding it in place….” Adebayo Emmanuel Adekunle
“The ‘ssssshhhhhhh sizzzzzzz’ sound of dodo or meat or fish trying to perfection.” Chidinma Nene Kayla
“The sound of our rice cooker. It’s a song actually. Nothing better than freshly made rice” Blanka Kobayashi
“Zaaaaaaaaaaaa. The sound of chopped Onions tossed into hot oil. Reminds me of Obè dindin!” Vivienne Obioha
“Sssssshhrrrrr sound of frying chicken in hot oil.” Nancy Ogbegu
“Kpalakatatata The sound the cooking spoon makes when it drops on the floor. That is after you let go because it became so hot.” Ozioma Ukwueze
“Tap sound when you open a cooking pot, shhiiiii.” Vivian Ezebude
“The sizzling sound when an item enters hot oil… Kind of comforting to me as I know the end process is something I will be eating.” Olaoluwa Jeje
“What sound don’t I like in the kitchen…? 🙂 Today I’ll settle for the sound of the shell of a crab; cracking. Nothing bad happens after that!” Eghagha Caroline
“The popping sound from the toaster means my toast is ready for butter or nutella or marmalade and of course my chilled milo to go with it. Toaster means Happiness. Childhood nostalgia.”
“My favourite kitchen sound is Shiiiinnnnnnnnnn. Sound of frying especialy of pepper/tomato/onion contents with the accompanying aroma of stew towards the end of frying.” Olakunle Akinpelu
“Lol… I thought I was the only one who loved those kitchen utensil sound oo.
Interestingly, I love the sound of my pot covers, falling knives and tossing garlic and onion in Olive oil. Those *Chynn Tyann Graynnnnnn and Shiiannnnnnnn* reminds me of Cheese , crunchy Lettuce, pepper, watermelon, and Chicken bone when cracking it…. Chaii, Chidinma u have dug this one out. #kitchensoundandfood.” Kingsley Otu
“When im frying stew (ata din-din) and the oil and onions have cooked a bit and the already steamed pepper/tomato paste(very void of water) hits the hot pan! Shrrrrrrrrrrrrr; then it starts to bubble later ‘cos it’s so thick…poto-poto….lol! u don turn me to poet Nma.” Aderonke Gabriels Omolegbe
“The sound of my dish washing machine, it’s the thing I do when I’ve cleaned up for the night. I equate it with resting time as my work’s done.” Cee leeya Oke
“The sound when you’r searching to pick a particular spoon among spoons shikri shikri shikri…” Anuli Okoye
“Shuuuuuu shuuuuuu shuuuuuu…… When frying something.” Abubakar Bappayo
Let us get to know you. Please share your favorite kitchen sounds in the comments 🙂