Maybe it’s a bit neurotic to drink a cup of The Republic of Tea’s Be Active tea made for each phase of my exercise or daily routine. Since the set of teas is a caffeine-free, herbal blend made with green rooibos–that is full of antioxidants–the benefit exceeds my neurosis. Besides, drinking a few cups is a global benefit (good karma), because the tea is sustainably and economically helping the rainforest and a community in Zeekoevlei Farm in South Africa. It’s why this set of teas are Rainforest Alliance certified. Continue reading
Posted in African Heritage & Health Week, Baking, Breakfast, Fresh Food Fast, Kwanzaa Recipes, Recipes, Yogurt
Tagged baking, Be Active Tea, exercise, Farro Yogurt Muffins, grain, Green Rooibos, herbal blends, herbal tea, tea, the republic of tea, wellness, workout
February is a joyous month honoring leadership, celebrating love and praising our culture. Starting the month of festivities is African Heritage & Health week. A week long celebration encouraging African-Americans to return to their roots and rediscover cooking techniques and ingredients their ancestors ate before the age of processed food.
In 2011, Oldways, an organization dedicated to teaching nutrition and good food via culture and heritage, introduced the African Heritage Diet Pyramid. It was created by experts in African American history, cuisine, nutrition, and public health. The ingredients listed are commonly found in recipes from North America, Africa, the Caribbean and South America. Dishes made with African Diaspora ingredients are generally healthier than some soul food dishes ‘invented’ or ‘revised’ within the last 60 years. Continue reading
Posted in African Heritage & Health Week, Desserts, Drinks, Kwanzaa Recipes, Valentine's Day, Winter
Tagged African Heritage and Health Week, African Heritage Diet Pyramid, black pepper, cardamon seeds, chili, chili pepper, coconut milk, cumin, hot chocolate, Hot Spiced Coconut Chocolate Milk, Oldways, spices, star anise
When pictures of these rich sweet potato biscuits were first posted to my social media sites, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Fans were promised the story and recipe would publish in a few days. I’m now writing this in the last days of December in the super early hours of the morning because of a sleepless night. One wonders just how crazy I was to make a promise during the week of Thanksgiving holiday and during the launch of this year’s KwanzaaCulinarians.com. Continue reading