Manje Manje

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So I’ve been MIA and very busy.

I have a good excuse…really. See, I was busy building a baby. It has been so long and I know I’ve neglected this blog horribly, but I’m back and so ready to get this going again. So what have I been doing you ask? Well.. I was busy building this sweet little person (aka, I was pregnant and too lazy an sick to do anything)

I’m so excited about the cooking that I plan to do and share with everyone. My plan is to record these “sessions” and post them on youtube. I want to create a channel that focuses on the foods to the black diaspora. I still building up my menu and will start updating soon.

Breakfast Haitian style (bannan a Oeuf)

This morning (well, more like around 12pm) I decided to make this for the first time since moving out of my mother’s house. Eggs and plantain are two of my favorite foods, two things that I could eat daily. I loved it when my mother made eggs for me and I vowed that I would master it one day. So this is how I make Bannan a Oeuf.

3 eggs
2 sweet plantains
Thyme
I maggi cube
Smoked herring
Mortar and Pestel
Distilled vinegar
Onion
Epise (this is a special seasoning that I make)

In a medium pot place enough water to cover the plantains and bring to a boil. Once the water starts to boil add the plantains and allow to cook for 20 minutes. Since these plantains are sweet it’s important not to allow them to overcook, otherwise they will become mushy.
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Once the plantains are cooked the skin will begin to separate from the plantain.
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Now to cook the eggs
1. Since the smoke herring is very salty it will need to be de-salted before using. I usually do this overnight since it takes several hours for the water to absorb all of the salt from the fish.
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Smoked herring de-salted overnight.
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2.In a bowl crack the egg and place aside

In your mortar and Pestel smash up one piece of smoked herring.
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Once this is done add it to the eggs, with the thyme, chopped onions, Half of a Jamaican hot pepper chopped finely, 1/2 of a maggi cube, 1 tsp of Haitian epise (optional), and 1/2 tsp of vinegar, then mix all of the ingredients together.
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In a medium skillet add extra virgin olive oil (or whichever oil you desire) and heat until very hot.
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Once the oil is adequately hot add the egg mixture and allow to cook (I don’t like my eggs too dry so I don’t cook them until they are well done)
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And Voila! It was delicious.
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A Gambian delight.

My husband being the adventurous soul that he is decided that we should try making this dish. He had it at a friend’s house and loved it. His constant pleading finally got to me so I finally agreed to make it for him. Initially HE was suppose to make this but I had to step in eventually.

So here we are, Gambian Plasas.

The items you will need.
1.5 lbs of beef cut into cubes
2 lbs of smoked fish
2 bags of frozen chopped spinash
Peanut butter (we used hand made Haitian peanut butter)
Adobo
1 Maggi cube
1 Onion
1 Sweet pepper
Chile peppers
3/4 cup of red palm oil
West African hot pepper powder

Chop up the onion and sweet pepper and set aside
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Debone the fish. Split it in half and then remove the bones.
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After you’ve finished de-boning, you can either dice the fish with a knife or flake it with a fork. I did both. Once you are done with the fish, set it aside.
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Now for the beef, spice the beef with the adobo and allow to marinate for about 10 minutes
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Now for the cooking….
Pour 3/4 cup of red palm oil into a large skillet. Allow to heat up before adding in the meat. Brown the meat until all of the red is gone.
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Once you are done browning the meat add in the onions, sweet peppers and chilies. Then, crush the maggi cube in your hand and sprinkle on the vegetables and meat. Allow to simmer for about 10 mins.
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Pour in 3 1/2 cups of water. Cover and let cook for 1.5 hours
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Season the spinach with the adobo (to taste). I also monitor the flavor of my food while it’s cooking
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Add in the fish and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes.
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While the spinach and fish are cooking, mix 1/2 cup of peanut butter with warm water until it is creamy
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After the spinach and fish are done cooking, pour in the peanut butter.
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Mix all of the ingredients together.
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Allow to cook for another 15 minutes. We ate it with white rice. Yum!!!
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The day after we also ate this for dinner. We went to an Indian restaurant down the street and bought some paratha and Naan and made a meal out of it.

A little bit of this

I’ve been so busy and a little lazy lately that I’ve sort of been putting updating to the back burner. As far as my hair is concerned I haven’t been doing anything much to it lately. A couple of weeks ago I went to see a dermatologist about my constant scalp itch. Because of my new regimen, I haven’t been washing daily like I used to. I originally planned to wash every two weeks By the end of the first week the itching became unbearable. It got to the point where my scalp would bleed from the constant scratching. My hair dresser hinted that I may have eczema of the so I decided to see a doctor about it. Ultimately, the dermatologist figured out that I’ve been suffering from Cholinergic Uticaria. The scalp symptoms and the hives that I get from exercising led him to that conclusion. He prescribed me a steroid solution to apply to my scalp when the itching gets really bad. So far things have been much better. I plan to continue my straight hair regimen. I will be doing less Dominican blowouts since I think this aggravates the problem. I also purchased some black earth products that I’ve been dying to try. I’ll be sure to write a review on those. Now for the fun stuff! For the labor day weekend my husband and I decided to take an impromptu road trip to North Carolina, more specifically Durham. I’ve always wanted to go back there since the last time I went in 2005. In total it took us about 13 hours to get there. Normally the trip should take about 8 hours but we decided to take the scenic route. It was a wonderful but tiring trip.

A view of the mountains in New Jersey.
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We met the nicest man there who took this picture of us. I wore a wash and go the entire weekend. Dealing with straight hair and the NC heat would have been a disaster.
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No comment lol
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Scenic overlook in VA. They didn’t say it was illegal…
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Us being silly in Richmond.
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Virginia
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This picture right here is the funniest thing that I’ve ever seen. Judge for yourself…
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Flower thieving is VA…
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We went to an international festival in Raleigh, NC. It was alright…
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The First….

I guess this will serve as my welcome post. The main purpose of this blog is to track my hair growth and hair care practices. Periodically, I will include non hair related items (maybe things about my life and such). I also hope that this blog will serve as a diary of sorts for my cooking adventures. Wish me luck!