September 17, 2014 Obara Meji 174Comment

nigerian beef stew

 

Good day to all. Today, upon blogger Cami’s suggestion/request, we will be exploring African foods. Nigerian recipes especially, and mostly that of the Yoruba’s the tribe to which I Obara Meji belong. I must say the first time I went to Africa and ate their food, it reminded me of Jamaican food. My first dish was Fish cooked with onions and pepper (pepe) as they call it and some dry yellow yam, along with something which reminded me of calaloo called Bitter leaf, delicious! Today I will give you some recipes of foods I have grown familiar with and quite fond of. 

Any blogger who wants to know where to but African palm oil or Eba/Garri in Jamaica, please contact me, I know Africans/Nigerians living in Kingston who sell these items.

Ingredient for the Stew

1 -1/2 cup of Palm oil

4-5 Plum tomatoes

1 large Onion (preferably red onion, Yoruba word is Alubosa))

2 cups of water

salt

curry

3 small cubes of maggi (chicken bullion, or cubes)

Dry Thyme

Three scotch bonnet pepper (Ata), de-seeded (If the pepper are rude, use one, if they are not still de-seed)

Grinding

In African cooking (Nigerian) we grind our vegetables, onion, pepper and tomatoes up into a paste. In the markets or in the front of peoples homes, there are people who offer grinding the vegetable as a paid service, using a grinding machine for a small cost. This service is used by those who have no blenders at home. In a Blender you will have already washed and diced the tomatoes, add them to the blender, no water as the tomatoes are already very watery, then the same for the pepper, and diced up onions, please note that in Africa, you use the pepe according to how much heat you like, but the tomato must outnumber the pepe, because the tomato is what will cool the heat of the pepe. Blend these together until smooth. Use your judgement to see if it is too thick, if it is you add just a small amount of water you have from the 2 cups, do not add all, you do not want it to be too thin. There are some red pepper which we use in Nigeria which looks like scotch Bonnet but are not as hot, I use up tp seven or eight of these, but do not play like that with Scotchie, it bad like we Jamaicans, ah just suh we tan

Cooking The Stew 

Cooking stew for meat is very different from cooking stew for rice. this recipe is for cooking stew for meat.

In a pot, not a saucepan, a pot, heat the palm oil, this oil has a low smoking point (and it is very healthy for you) so you should not heat in on high, it should be done on medium heat and you should not step away from the pot. After the palm oil has heated up just a bit, you may see a small amount of smoke or a small color change, (it should not turn black, or you have burnt it and this will not taste good), you will now add your grinded vegetables which look like a thick paste and stir gently. Again you will use your judgement to see if after you have stirred it, if it looks too thick, if it does, then add some more from your remaining 2 cups of water and cover, and let it cook for three minutes, bare in mind that it should never look watery, nor too thick.

After the three minutes has passed, remove the lid and stir, if the thickness of the stew satisfies you in looks, and coats nicely the back of the spoon, then you will add salt to taste, begin with a half of teaspoon or so. Add your three small cube of Maggi, crush the cubes as you add them (if you use maggai, you do not have to use curry, but I still put a pinch of curry however), add a three quarters of a teaspoon of curry powder, and a half of teaspoon of dry thyme, stir and taste, (not from the same stirring spoon, please never do that), adjust to taste and continue to cook for about three additional minutes. After which, you will add your already cooked meat, if you do not eat meat, then add your vegetable, Calaloo, Spinach, cabbage, Bitter Leaf or even Arugula. You could also add meat and vegetable to the stew.

Meat

In Nigerian cooking what ever meat  you will add to the stew would be made first, and set aside.

If you are using chicken, then clean the chicken very well, wash it with vinegar or limes (I like Vinegar, it cleans meat very well and also remove any smell), in Africa, I do not see where they wash the meats like we do in Jamaica, but as a cook, I believe we should wash our meats very well and clean it thoroughly, spend time doing this. In Africa the chicken is Organic, killed and given to you right there in the market, nothing goes on ice, the cows, pigs, goats are killed daily and sold in the markets. There are places which sell frozen chickens and fish however, But the meat are not easy to become tender as what we are use to, you will find them very tough and has to be cooked tender, although Africans like to fight with their meats, dem love tuff meat, its a wrestling match fi si dem nyam, lol. I guess why den teeth trong suh!

We cook our meats by seasoning the water with a onion chopped up, some curry, a cube or two of maggi a little salt, some dried thyme. The meat is cook tender for me, not so for them (dem love tuff meant, me cannot sey it enough) and set aside to be added to the stew when done. After the stew is cooked, then the meat is added, stirred in and after an additional 3-4 minutes the food is ready. The Stew that is. Let us now eat it with Eba or Garri, which is grounded white cassava, I love it the best.

Eba/Garri

Put a pot of water on to boil. After the water comes to a boil, have a container ready and a wooden spoon (wooden is best, I find), and also have ready reynolds plastic wrap. Measure out about three or four cups of the water add to the container, then add the Eba/Garri to the water, you should not be able to see water after you have added the Eba/Graai,begin to stir, combining the very hot water and Eba together forming something of a soft, not watery but thick consistency, try to get rid of any lumps, work you arm well as you do this. Add more water or Eba depending on the consistency of the Eba which should look well put together and pliable, it is to be eaten with your right hand. When you are satisfied with the looks, begin to portion out spoonfuls onto the plastic wraps and fold the ends together and twist, set aside and do the rest, or you could measure it out onto small bowls.

As time goes by I will introduce you to other recipes, which I have grown to love, and I have a very good palate, so if I say its good, it is good, plus I am a hell of a cook, no shame for me to say this as it is the honest to God truth!

Eba is Cassava grounded, it taste like our Jamaican Bammi, this is why I love it., below is Eba with stew cooked with meat and vegetable.

This is the stew and meat

This is stew with multiple meats, any amount of cooked meat and or vegetable can be added to the stew

Eating Eba with hands

Ojú tó máa báni kalẹ́, kò ní ti àárọ̀ ṣe ipin. /
The eyes that will serve one until old age won’t be rheumy in one’s youthful years….Yoruba Proverb! 

[Whatever will stand the test of time will be known soon enough]

 

All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…..Obara Meji!

There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned…..Obara Meji

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Cami
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Obara, say I wanted to use goat meat for my stew. I would season it and brown it…do I get to cook it down till it’s soft and then add it to the stew?

Obara Meji
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Yes Cami

Cami
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MORNING Bloggers, Peepers and All. Morning O, hope you feel much better tonight.

I went in search of my recipes and I saw all kind of flour! I say:

Oat Fufu, Plantine flour, cocoyam flour, rice flour, semolina, farina, pounded yam and the one that we need Cassava…but it’s in a 5 lb bag.

I saw Palm oil, dry thyme (lions brand) then me go fass and saw a rack with all kind of dry things in bags. Dem have:

Egusu (sp?), Dry pumpkin leaves, Giant crayfish (dry), Bitter leaves and all kind of West African stuff…I going to cook, lol…Not today though, lol.

BTW, I saw Stew in a jar! the tomato base ingredients as listed by Teach.

NuNu
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Wow, got through the first 6 mins yuck, the way the chubby guy was leering at Joey….

Obara Meji
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Nunu don’t influence the readers

Cami
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NuNu! yu well ready fi tomorrow e? lol yu tummy strong.

NuNu
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Pardon me

MTH
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Teach, it was in the Star last week that Natty King (Rasta DJ) wife had some pork in the freezer, Natty King realized and beat out har claat. They have the case in court…Mi kinda tink shi shouldnt have no dam pork inna di fridge. She know sey di man against pork. If shi feel fi pork she can guh restaurant…

Teach yu si like how we eat up di cow cod an neva know and once mi know wi caan gi nuh cow nuh blow job, a suh Natty King mussi did feel violated.

MTH
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Nunu a suh mi did start read fi class. Mi know sey nutten can stap yu from drinking yu cow buddy soup…Dem sey it good fi man.. Yu nuh hear wey Cami sey…

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Kenyan food is very similar to Jamaican food meaning curry dishes and flavor.

I will come up with one that is different. We cook with a lot of veggies, compared to West African food. And we also use coconut and do not use palm oil at all. I didn’t even know about palm oil until I meet my West African friends lol. I thought it was disgusting LOL I ate it now and LOVE it.

Cami
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A Kenyan in the house Big up Nyaha1. Send on the meat and vegetable dishes when yu ready.

MTH
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Teach what do you normally have for dinner on a Sunday, since you cant have coconut milk hence no rice and peas…

MTH
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Cami just seeing why you told AMH that she can cut up and freeze plaintains. Maybe becaws I am from the country where we had dem wagga wagga, we never did that.

Cami
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Mi love a States we dey and that is the only way we can preserve certain foods when and if we can get them. You know if she buy them green or ripe she’ll have to use them in time…freezing is the best option.

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Good afternoon good people. This conversation on food has me hungry. Can’t wait to read more recipes

NuNu
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Afternoon Nyaha
M nuh talk bout dat cause mi nuh too long read fi tomorrow class and nuh bodda guh spwile di likkle soup fi mi eewww!

Yw
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Tell yu di truth, I cannot get thru di whole video…blert neat german shepherd and….no mi caan….

Cami
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NuNu, yesterday my brunch turned into dinner because of tomorrow’s topic.

Hi Nyaha1

MTH
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Teach, wey u gone..Mi have a likke time more before mi leff fi di day…

MTH
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Lawd Geez, Teach a little fun mi a mek wid yu…OMG I am sorry if it didnt come acroos as a joke….

Cami
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GRUNG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SECOND TIME FI DE DAY! STOP!!

MTH
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Cami wey yu sey, yu want mi nephew? him look like Chris Brown…Him nice otherwise…Him young doe enno (him ova 18 suh him can gi account fi himself)….

Cami dat bwoy wi kill wid turkey neck…Bwoy love a turkney neck yah…Neva si one smaddy love turkey neck so. No one else iin the family likes it…Nuh wanda him can bamb up di place suh…Tek Cami an move him up from turkey neck to swims and labsta. (Oh gosh a need a depends)…

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lolol, Me we lock him outside mek him go find a bathroom during me cooking hours! lol If is de smoke meat him may need fi chill fi a while. Me parro bout the bathroom and kitchen like O…toothpaste, almost done soap, Hair, wet up sink, shower curtain not drawn correctly and smelly bathrooms DRIVE ME BALLISTIC. Kitchen sink, counters, drain and all…drive me nuts too.

Dem say me a mad woman and I accept it and done, lol

MTH
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Teach memba sey AMH other half is Jamaican enno. So celebrating a new home, calls for big splashment. A wey sey guh hard an dun…

Cami
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Curry is a must for any celebration, AMH. You need a heavy pot.

MTH
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Cami you is a slack girl…LOL mi juss a si yu comment…

Nunu yu nuh cyaa nuh a gwan drink yu cow buddy soup….A you sey cow buddy…Girl, I aint mad at you…The bible says its not what you eat that defiles you is what comes out….(Nunu that is a form of beastiality?) Hehehehehhe, a joke mi fren nuh badda rush mi, memba how far wi a come from.

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Wid yu nephew? dwlnn

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Oh, de cow cod! lolol

MTH
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Teach a doe know if is becaw mi did a wait fi dis blog but last night mi dream sey mi former co-worker and on and off again friend came to my house and we both started seasoning up liver and she would watch what I was doing and did the same thing. Then the last thing I added was green sweet pepper and she did and then started cooking for both of us…I am sure as heaven (lol) that I did not eat any…

MTH
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Teach well both the Africans & the Jamaicans heat hova night food den…

Jamaican eating habits are so funny…What ever we eat for dinner we eat for breakfast. Fish, chicken, liver, salt-fish, mackerel etc. One of my favourite is over night dumpling. I cut it in two and then fry it…

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MTH, the overnight fry dumpling I discover taste good with cheese!

Hi AMH

Yw
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Cami, mi haffi try dat…mus good ole Ja cheese…there’s no odda

Courtney
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Good afternoon everyone
Hope everyone is doing well! Can’t wait to try this recipe but no palm oil in the Bahamas 🙁

Cami
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Afternoon, Courtney. The Africans (maybe the money ones) are there so somebody knows somebody, who knows somebody,who know somebody which will lead you to the palm oil.

MTH
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Teach the blow job decsription….lol, lol…A weak…

AMH cook Oxtail & Butter Beans with gungo & rice, toss salad, toss salad, potato salad, fried plaintain and carrot juice sweetened with milk, guiness, nut meg, suppligen and a dash of rum…Real Jamaican dinner….

If that’s too much, curried goat, fried chicken, rice & peas and veg…

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Dat sound goooodddd!!! If yu see one strange, hungry looking man ah walk pon yuh road when yu cook, jus’ shout “YW” and see if im look…

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Not too much but you are making us so hungry!!
We’ve been drooling over fried plantains for WEEKS!
Now to find it all…

Cami
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Yu in business then…break out de pressure cooker fi de cow foot doe, lol.

Cow foot can be first brown and then boil down or curried and then boil down. That is the one Jamaican dish I don’t cook. I eat it only from my mums and step dad.

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its C’s favorite

Cami
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Weekend ROAD TRIP! I cannot live for certain foods and don’t go find it. AMH, when you have time a road trip and go and stock up on the foods you can’t find where you live. Get a cooler and zip lock bags and go shopping. If you find the plan tines take them home slice them up and freeze them.

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There is an organic farm here that sells goat and oxtail and said if I call ahead I can get cow foot too.

MTH
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Teach said ting reach mi…LOL…

Cami come wid yu 3 course meal…

Teach does the average African brakfast consist of?

AMH
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We are moving soon into a home with a REAL kitchen, what should my first meal be?

Cami
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I will display my cooking by now and next Thursday. I cook when the spirit calls.

NuNu
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I like bammy so the garri must be nice

Cami
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Hey NuNu and everyone- Peepers ALWAYS included.

Obara, do the Africans do curry dishes like us?

NuNu
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Howdy do M agen and Cam

MTH
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Hey Lady Nunu…

MTH
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When I am roasting beef or pork…I just blend up the onion, sweet pepper, pepper, escellion & thyme, pimento seeds and garlic along with a pinch of salt and black pepper…I make some small holes in the meat and pour the seasoning over it and let it soak for a while. When you are finished, the meat nice…

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Same here, except I stab the meat through, For a whole chicken I stuff under the skin.

Obara, big and serious I wouldn’t mind getting the fowl the way you get it. Years ago my mum use to buy that type of chicken at a place on Pitkin Ave, Ny. We long run whey from Brooklyn, lol.

But no doubt when I’m in J.A. I get yard raise fowl…ole fowl (colored hens) taste far better than those white chickens.

MTH
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YW mi parrie, bless up mi fam. Cami sweetie, what’s popping? Nunu, TY, Toy, AMH every baddy, large up…Teach a warra name butterfly chicken?

TY how yufi nuh like parrige as Nunu ask before? Mi love parrige and soup bad bad..Only Cow Cod soup mi caan bring miself fi drink. Once mi know what exactly is cow cod, nope, no sireee mi caan drink it..

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lol, MTH! if yu have man grievance then drinking cow cod should settle it, lolol That’s the closest yu gonna get to doing that body part damage! lolol

Ty, my babes don’t drink porridge…him say if and when him sick then he’ll drink it, other than that no way. I LOVE it anytime of the day, but I rather to make it for myself. I am anal about that what goes into it, consistency and I will not drink it if the cream on top is mixed into it.

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Big ups to you madam M!

NuNu
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Mi drink it mi nuh cyaa, if it’s soup I’ll drink it!

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Hailings Amh. Have to touch di road fambily…ketch unno soon

AMH
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Good afternoon everyone. I am SO HUNGRY!!!

Cami
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A see yu LOVE FOOD!

Good afternoon Obara, THANKS!

Yw
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The eba and the tomato based stewed dem look yumsters. Do they ever use coconut milk?

Yw
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Greetings Teach, the whole board, and all peepers!!! Large up Mth, Nunu, Toy, and Ty.. Teach, why many people stop eat meat as they say they become more spiritual? Sorry if you cover this before but most still eat fish, so I assume is not a taking life thing….

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Good question, Yw.

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Howdy Yw, Ty how yuh fi nuh like porridge, a staple dat ie nuh

Yw
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Nuh bougie di likkle pickney ah gwan bougie

TY
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Afternoon everyone,

The food looks yummy and I will try it…I will have to search for an African store…I got palm oil at a brazilian store and got something that maybe eba…

I wish everyone a wonderful day…

NuNu
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They have the box eba in the African store I believe not sure I’ll have to look next time I go

NuNu
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Lolol unoo funny bad!

MTH
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Teach mi a guh pop out fi a little while…Lata…

MTH
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Teach a suh Prof. Carl Stone did love dirty girls mi hear. Him get a dose a AIDS long before AIDS did become so popular.

MTH
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Another thing I see people do is when food fall they pick it up quickly and ‘apply’ the 3 second rule that is, if the food fell to the ground for less than 3 sec you can still eat it.

MTH
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Teach, since wi on the topic of food preparation, now is a good time fi remind some of the readers dat dem muss prisps one day and watch wey wifey a cook gi dem. Memba how Donnette mada, sheg up yu fada. Dats why some man have belly problem and dont even know sey a dem beloved wife.

MTH
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Teach a from mi yeye dey a mi knee mi know sey yu caan study man…Yu will have a man wey have up him good-up, good-up woman an if yu si who him stray wid…Wife have 1 pickney and know di bed wuk an him tek up woman wid 8 pickney fi 10 man (jacket involved to)…

MTH
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Howdy Toy…Teach you is a smart woman…Yu mek the Splen & Jackie connection quick, quick eeehh.

MTH
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Teach yu extra bra, bout spray off door every day.Hehehehhe That is why certain sickness will not reach you.

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Morning Obara and Mth! Obara you have ocd, lol but I understand. I an going to be a little busy. I will come back and in read in the night. Everyone have a blessed day love and light

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A little off topic (not really)…However, it is MY belief that’s why you have some top man that even though they are flashy and say in the dancehall/fast lane. They will date and have one bag a hot girls, but their main woman, woman that dem put inna dem house look like the girl next door (dem mother)…Some of these men, their woman cant even polish har nails, but the woman dem par wid can have up long nails…

MTH
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Teach yu know sey yu right bout the meat ting. Mi sister nuh ramp fi ram uphim plate a meat (plus him is a good boy)…Lawks….

MTH
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TEACH STOPPPPPP!!!! But mi naah lie, these are things many people might do and are not even aware…Dang, Teach, you be teaching stuff like it is nobody’s business.

MTH
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Teach tell mi if mi a push it now, but should be ensure that when we are cooking, we are not wearing sleeveless tops?

MTH
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Teach stop nuh man, yu a mek mi stomach turn…

Teach, another thought came to me. People that live in studio apartments or people whose toilets are near to the kitchen, when you are cooking and if someone else has to take a #2, ensure that the door is closed…Teach, if my big nephew ever tek a #2 inna yu house, mi can guarantee you all next week yu nuh recover…Luckily him always a play ball when mi sister a cook on a Sunday…Yu can sey sick tumuck

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MTH, him need washout! and fi know sey dinner ago cook at certain time so none a dem things de at dat time…go a him friend yard LOLOLOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

MTH
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Teach, mi naah lie, yu mek mi sey yuck when yu a describe no farting, coughing and water dripping from your hands when you cooking…

Mi naah lie, when I am cooking my little one likes to be there watching asking to help and I talk to her. She likes to help cut up the seasoning….Note to self: Cut out the bag a unnecessary chatting when cooking aldoe a just me and the chilvren mi a cook fah)

MTH
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Oh Teach, I do not know that. In Jamaica when we have a heavy meal or ‘nice’ meal, we insist on having a good juice to go with it…Who ever eats Oxtail & beans and their rice & peas then have water…Oxtail require good juice…A lie mi a tell?

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Yuh know seh ah dis Mth mi miss….Weh yu did deh..nuh bada answer, mi jus glad yu de ya again….

MTH
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Teach in one of your earlier blog, you mentioned that in your household, when the food is cooked, you are the only one allowed to serve from the pot…Every household is different, but I would like to know why do you do this in your household when I sense that the children are ‘big enough’ and wont burn themselves etc…Do you care to share?

MTH
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When my daughter was at St. Peter & Paul Prep, I used to see some African children there. I also know that there are a few African doctors.

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Knew a few from the 80s, they lived on Mountain view, met one young guy at a guard gate the other day.

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Thanks for the info Teach…

Also Teach, give us some more info on traditional African eating eg. What time they normally eat dinner. Do they eat heavy lunch like us in Jamaica? Do they make juices to be consumed with their dinner (like how we have our Carrot Juice, Passion, Sour Sop etc).

MTH
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Teach you can also consider doing a cookbook…

Teach, since you are on the topic of cooking, just a reminder to the readers that when they are cooking, they are to ensure that they do not go to the bathroom. (No bathroom activity while cooking).

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