Myself + Chef Gracie Odogbili
So over the weekend, I attended this fabulous dining event presented by Chef Grace Odogbili, owner of Dinning With Grace Catering company based in New York City. On Saturday July 19th, she held presented one of the upcoming dinning series titled 'A Pop-up Tasting series of contemporary African cuisines', at a beautiful artsy atmosphere. Attendees reveled in some live music by a sweet violinist and a beautiful guitarist and songstress of Uganda, while we mingled and awaited arrivals of each dish presentation to munch on.
The 'African Table Dinning Series' entails different dinning events where she will present delicious cuisines to guests, for an opportunity to indulge in an amped up version of well known Pan-African dishes. And when I say amped up, I mean like some of the appetizers presented at this past event boasted of rich, flavorful, well decorated, delicious and meticulously seasoned dishes, prepared in a gourmet worthy mannerism.
First I slice off about two or three quarter inch circles off the yam, peel the skin off, rinse it a bit, slice em' into slender slices and fry them. The healthy factor here, I use olive oil and this would count for my daily dose of fats for the day.
Then this provolone cheese on the eggs while it sizzles. (just the random cheese I found in the fridge ...hehee)
<< After the yams finish cooking, the eggs get fried with less than a teaspoon of oil, over -medium har, adding a smidget sprinkle of salt and black pepper.
<< Throw in the spinach for some more vitamins and nutrients to the meal.
This kale juice contains : Kale, cantaloupe melon, kiwi and grapes. Blend it down with a juicer and drink away!
Nutrients (predominant per fruit/veggie):
Cantaloupe> Vitamin A 373%, C 337%, B6-20%, Calcium- 5%
Kale> Vitamin A 133%, C 134%, Calcium 10%, B6-10%
Grapes>Vitamin A 133% C 6%, B6-5%
Kiwi> Vitamin C 106%
I loved drinking bottled organic and non-organic made juices. Then one day over 3 months ago, a doctor's visit for routine check-up revealed lots of sad reports about having a sickly low blood sugar, having anemia and other disappointing news. I decided to mindfully take charge of things by revamping my eating habit. This didn't require much devising because my eating habits already had lots of healthy choices but obviously not enough because lots of nutrients needed to get on the list now. As one who doesn't believe in medication (except for the occasional consumption of acetaminophen during my excruciatingly painful menstruation cycles; which now I also believe a clean healthy juice diet can help lessen that pain). I set out to prove to myself and the doctor(s) that I heal well without the prescribed bottle of iron pills, stool softeners, the bottle of preserved juice the doctor suggested to drink on that day to spike my sugar levels (a temporal and unhealthy fix to the real issue) and all the other chemical medications, including vitamin pills suggested to me by loved ones.
I now consume more nice, deep green broccoli (also containing 220% vitamin c), spinach and romaine lettuces. I blend that good ole kale for awesome boost of vitamin A (134%) and vitamin C (135%) and other deep leafy greens. "Eat foods that are vitamin C sources. Vitamin C helps your body absorb non-heme iron especially when the food that is a source of non-heme iron and the vitamin C-rich food are eaten at the same meal." Info Source. For Iron, I eat more fish (Salmon etc) and oatmeal (great fiber, vit A and vit B-6 source also). I should incorporate eating more Oysters because it has lots of Iron , more the amount in oatmeals.
Breakfast; the best way to begin the day's feasting, get some energy for the beginning of day and accomplish some metabolism boosting at the same damn time. Typically, I eat BF within three hours of waking in order to get things rolling. This represents what a typical quickie breakfast looks like on a busy day so I won't miss anything and still get on the way with a full schedule. Literally with less than 10 minutes cooking time and voila, breakfast served! And with added fruit to the side for some healthy sugar boost.
I dedicate this first food posting to my African heritage.
Ogbono Soup and pounded yam, the delicious subject matter today, has grown on me especially in January. I literally craved the soup every day after cooking it... really. As a self-proclaimed African food junkie, that behavior falls right in line. I almost need an intervention for such a conduct so here goes the first step:
Hi, my name is Ms Rexti and I'm addicted to fufu and soups!
Yeah, nothing's changed. I think I just drooled in fact (0_0). Seeing these photos again while writing this post makes it difficult not to go set a pot on the stove, warm up some of the soup and eat it right now. Be right back! ...
Eating healthy means mindfully putting an effort to caring about what yummies we allow in our body. Hope this sharing encourages some healthier choices.