Friday, 1 February 2019

Simple Sorghum Recipe

Greetings,

Today's recipe comes direct from Afrika, from the Ital Zambians, a group of Rastafari promoting Ital foods and culture in Zambia. Their focus is to build and strengthen the Zambian Ital Community through gardening, farming and preserving the knowledge and use of indigenous foods.
Anna, the communications specialist for Ital Zambians says it best:

"The Ital Zambians initiative was created by the Zambian RasTafarI community in an effort to create stronger links with Italists locally and globally. Our mission is unity.

Locally, I and I strive to take Zambian Italists out of their isolation and alienation by creating supportive networks where ones may easily access good food and good company.

Globally, I and I aim to share the beauty of Africa with world RasTafarI. We hope to shatter prejudices and erase the stigma cast on the motherland so that Africans in the Diaspora may have a clearer picture of the homeland. We also aim to facilitate visits and repatriations for those who are ready to return home.

Our goal is to serve the well-being of all African peoples locally and globally. 

Our deepest intention is to see all Africans prospering and self-actualising."


Ital Zambians is sharing their Simple Sorghum Recipe which is "perfect food for athletic people with active, outdoorsy lifestyles."



Step 1: Soak grains in water overnight



Step 2: Sprout grains in collandar

Step 3: Boil sprouted grains in water for 60-75 minutes, until soft.



Step 4: Serve with vegetables.

If you are able to purchase Sorghum in your area please do and give it a try! Tag us @italpeople and also @italzambians on Instagram and share your experience!

Give thanks to Anna and her community for sharing this with Ital People! I look forward to more recipes and pictures from Zambia. Rastafari around the world should definitely connect and share the works and livity.

Email me at italpeople@gmail.com to share your message and ital recipe!

Blessed love!
Ila Addis

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Kickin Carrot Falafel

Greetings my fellow Italists!

Starting 2019 with a Kickin Carrot Falafel recipe donated by Sistren Mariah Grooms aka @blended_sol on Instagram → Make sure to follow her page for mouthwatering pictures that will inspire you to keep up the Ital Livity!

She has blessed us with this recipe from her E-Book which you can find on her website ILivity
She offers lots more so make sure and check out and support her Ital services on the site.


With the ginger and cayenne combined, trust me your taste buds will be kickin 😁

If you try the recipe out, please be sure to leave a comment and let us know how it went! Also tag @italpeople and @blended_sol in your posts on Instagram so we can repost your Kickin Carrot Falafel as well!

I hope more of you will donate recipes to the Ital People blog so we can really share our Ital creativity for the benefit of the collective!

💚💛💚

Ila Addis

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Walnut Paste or Meat - Tuna Fish Substitute


Greetings!

I saw a few recipes online talking about "Taco Meat" using walnuts and it interested me. This recipe is not like the ones I saw because they included ingredients like sundried tomatoes and whatever else. I decided to just use my usual go to ingredients for practically everything I make and was pleasantly surprised by how DELICIOUS this nut meat (or paste) is!!!!!!!!! I love it combined with the flavours of cucumber, tomato and watercress especially.

Trust me, it's worth a try! It is now my favorite salad dressing or salad companion and tastes great with chickpea crackers (recipe to come for those) or in a sandwich with chickpea patties. Honestly because of the lime and red onion flavour boost, it tastes just like tunafish! I am serious - although it has been so long since I had tunafish that me saying so is pretty laughable. Still it even looks like it. So instead of making tuna sandwiches, whip up a batch of this walnut paste and fulljoy!

Now the key to this recipe is not to over-blend so that it is fine and grainy but not too chunky.  It is best to use a mini chopper, a food processor or the small cup of the Nutribullet. You want to pulse for a bit and not blend it too long.




You will need:

1 cup walnuts (soaked for a few hours)
1/8 cup water
1 small clove garlic
1/4 a small red onion
3 leaves of chive
1 small lime juice extracted or at least 1 tbsp juice I estimate
2 pinches pink salt
2 pinches dried cilantro leaves
2 pinches dried basil leaves
1 splash Braggs soy sauce (optional)
Drizzle of cold pressed coconut oil (or oil of your choice) (say 1 tbs)
1 dash paprika
1 dash of nutritional yeast

To get the full seafood taste add a dash of Braggs kelp seasoning or other seaweed.

Method:

Grate the clove of garlic and chop the onion and chive into smaller bits to help blending.
Drain your soaked Walnuts and combine everything in blender cup.
Pulse ingredients in mini food processor or blender until a coarse yet fine texture arises, do not add more water or allow it to become creamy.
The aim is to blend until everything is broken down into bits.
Using the Nutribullet blend until it stops moving, remove, shake everything to the bottom and blend again two more times and that should be fine.
Store in a glass jar and consume within a week.
The more lime and onion the nicer the flavor.


It's a great addition for those who are seeking to eat more raw meals daily. Try the salad!

2 tomatoes
1 cucumber
2 leaves of greens like kale or pakchoi
1/2 bell pepper
parsley
pumpkin or hemp seeds
2 dollops of walnut paste
olives



If you want to make the cucumber sandwiches as shown below, just slice some cucumbers into long thick slices, slice some tomatoes into circles and add a few sprigs of watercress. Spread the walnut paste onto the cucumber then layer with tomato and watercress.
Yumm! Ital goodness.




For breakfast for my kingman I make a sandwich with the walnut paste, a chickpea patty, tomato or cucumber. He loves it as do I.

Please tag me on Instagram @italpeople so I can share your pictures if you try this versatile delicious, recipe.

Health and Wealth
RasTafari Live
Sis. Ila Addis

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Falafel or Veggie Nuggets Recipe



These “falafel” can probably better pass as vegan “chikn nuggets” or veggie nuggets - I'm not really sure what they should be called :p - But they are delicious none the less! I especially find them more enjoyable on the second day, lightly toasted. I enjoyed them with oven baked vegetables and sauteed sweet potato slices.
The recipe I came up with is very simple and won't take up too much time in the kitchen.

You will need:

2 cups chick peas
2 large leaves shadon beni (optional if you have it)
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
2 pimento pepper or other
6 chive greens
1 bunch parsley
1 cup chickpea flour
Salt, ground turmeric, cumin, paprika etc

Method:

Blend shadon beni, onion, garlic, pepper, chives, parlsey and place in a bowl.

Blend the cooked chick peas with no liquid.

Place in bowl with seasonings, flour, salt, turmeric and cumin etc. Mix well.

Form into small balls and flatten and round edges.

Fry on both sides in oil. I personally don't like fried food besides the occasional plantain, but I knew the effect would be lost if I baked these. However, baking is worth a shot and I will try it next time to compare flavor.

Makes 12!


Tell me what you think if you try it!

Ila Addis

Friday, 12 January 2018

Vegetable Rice Noodles One-Pot






This recipe started out as a soup but once everything cooled – which is a must when eating soup because that’s when the flavors appear – the liquid disappears leaving a sauce. The rice noodles basically soak it all up. But never mind, it’s still pretty delicious and with slices of avocado, it’s pure heaven! The flavours of ginger and rosemary carry it to a whole other level and make it so enjoyable!

Ingredients

Pack of rice noodles – use half.
1 small red onion
1 big pimento or other pepper
3 cloves garlic
2 leaves of shadon beni/culantro
1 thumb ginger
Sprig of fresh rosemary
Sea or pink salt
Powdered cumin, turmeric, Italian seasoning, dried or fresh basil, paprika
Nutritional yeast
Powdered coconut mylk or liquid
Tomato paste
½ cup canned corn
Half 1 big carrot
Half 1 big chocho or christophene
1 cup of shredded cabbage
3 florets of broccoli
1 tomato



Method:

Because this is an Asian-inspired dish make sure to slice everything in long lines.

Cut the onion in half and slice making little half circle strips. Slice the pepper in thin circles. Also slice the shadon beni in lines across. Grate the ginger and garlic using the big holes. Cut the tomato into small cubes.




Put these seasonings in the pot and throw in some oil – sesame or regular cooking coconut oil would be fine.

Prepare the vegetables by peeling and washing them. Slice the chocho, carrot and cabbage in a way to make long lines of the vegetables. Cut the broccoli into small pieces as well.



Heat the seasonings and oil and sautee them for a minute before adding water. Then add the salt, powdered cumin, paprika, turmeric, Italian seasoning and dried basil – or any other seasonings you like. This forms the base.



When boiling add the rice noodles and allow stir in, then drop in the vegetables. Allow to cook for five minutes and add a few dashes of nutritional yeast, powdered coconut mylk (about 1/8th cup if using liquid) and a spoon of tomato paste. Also pick the needles off your fresh rosemary and drop them in.

Allow another few minutes of cooking, cover and allow to cool. I took the cover off of mine to allow it to cool as I usually do with my soups and this is probably why the water dried out, so maybe only put the cover on part ways to preserve your liquid if you wish to have it more as a soup.

I hope you enjoy this as much as we did – one pot meals are a favourite in my kitchen so this was definitely a win!



Tag us in your photos on Instagram if you try this @italpeople
If you wish to share your recipe with the RasTafari community, please write it in a similar format as shown here and email it with your pictures to italpeople@gmail.com. Health is Wealth let I and I share that with one another!

Friday, 5 January 2018

Oven Roasted Vegetables

Oven Roasted Vegetables are the perfect side-dish to complement lentils or chick peas and quinoa. They are quick and easy and full of flavour! They will become an addiction when planning meals!
What's great is that you can try this basic recipe with any medley of vegetables, keeping things festive and exciting. I have given ideas for three types of oven roasted dishes you can make.

Roasted Veggies

You will need any medley of vegetables:

Brussel sprouts
Carrots
Zucchini
Okra
Broccoli
Butternut squash/pumpkin
cauliflower
eggplant

Seasonings:
powdered turmeric, ginger, paprika. cumin, dried basil, oregano, salt

Coconut oil for coating tray
Flat baking tray
Foil (optional)

Method:
Prepare the vegetables:

Slice brussel sprouts carrots and okra in half (or leave them whole), slice zucchini in circles; chop broccoli and cauliflower into florets and cube pumpkin or squash.

Place in a big bowl and sprinkle all the ground or dried seasons all over the pieces. I don’t measure I just dash until there is enough to cover both sides well. Estimate 1-2 tsp or more of each.

Spread the veggies on a well-greased pan or you can use foil as the base, but grease that as well.
For extra seasoning boost: grate 3 cloves garlic and finely chop pimento pepper and sprinkle on top when they are all spread out.

Bake for 20-25 minutes on medium heat, with no cover. Flip halfway if you wish.

Pull out, cool and serve warm


                                   

                                               roasted cauliflower pumpkin zucchini and eggplant



Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes


This recipe is the same except for potatoes.
Use medium sized sweet potatoes or white potatoes (as many as you usually make)
seasonings


Wash your potatoes really well. Slice them at ¼ inch thickness length ways (tip to tip) to make ovals so you get longer fries. You can also cut them in apple-slice chunks and make “wedges,” or cube them for “seasoned potatoes” or slice into think circles for chips.

Place in a big bowl and sprinkle all the ground or dried seasons all over the pieces.
Spread the circles or cubes or wedges to a well-greased pan or you can use foil as the base, but grease that as well.

Bake for 20-30 minutes on medium heat, with no cover. .
Pull out, cool and serve warm. They can be toasted to reheat.
I love them with a simple cashew cheeze sauce or sweet hemp dressing as a dip.






Oven Roasted Eggplant Slices


1 eggplant or as many as you need
seasonings

Method:

Slice the eggplant into fairly thin circles, no more than ¼ inch thickness. Some people like to slice them thick to 1/2 thickness which gives it a more meaty taste in my opinion so it's up to you, I do both. In the picture below I did them a bit thick.




Put half in a big bowl and sprinkle all the seasonings on the pieces. The eggplant should be damp to encourage the seasonings to stick. Repeat til all is finished.

                                                           

Spread the circles to a well-greased pan.

Bake for 15-20 minutes on medium heat, with no cover. Flip halfway to get both sides brown The aim is get them crisp almost like chips.

Pull out, cool and serve warm alongside any dinner or lunch menu!




                                                          In this picture the eggplant is thin

I hope this recipe inspires you to get creative in the kitchen! You can do anything with the basic idea of chop, season and bake!

Happy New Year and all the best for 2018, wishing all RasTafari Good health and lots of wealth!
Ila Addis

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Green Banana Stir Fry Side Dish




Green Banana is a popular food eaten with stews, fish, peas, pickled cucumber, cold slaw, and provision such as sweet potato, breadfruit, yam, eddoe and dasheen.
It is not something I eat often because it makes a mess of your pots, and because it really probably isn't a good idea to eat young/unripe bananas. I figure it is a food that came about during the old times when families probably had to make do with what they could find to eat in the garden.

Usually green bananas are boiled in the skin and then the skin removed. the bananas are then dropped into split pea soup or simply eaten with ground provision foods along with meat or peas. This recipe is my personal stir fried way of eating green bananas.

You will need:

A hand of at least 10-15 green/young bananas
4 leaves of greens (2 pakchoi, 2 chard in this recipe)
1 small onion
2 pimento peppers
2 cloves garlic
¼ bell pepper

Seasonings to taste: salt, ground/powdered: turmeric, cumin, ginger, Italian seasoning, paprika, mustard

A little oil

Deep wide pot
flat frying pan or stir fry pan


Method

Bring water to boil in the big wide pot. Separate the green bananas from the hand.

Cut off the top and bottom of each banana. 


Drop them in the boiling water and allow to cook for ten minutes.

Throw them off into a strainer and run cold water to cool them.

When cool, make a shallow slice along the length of each blackened banana skin and peel off the green-black skin. Take the knife and scrape off the thin green pieces that remain on the banana. All must be removed.

When all bananas had been skinned, chop them into bite size pieces.



In the big wide point place oil and chopped onion, pimento, garlic and allow to sautee for a minute. Then add a touch of water, not even enough to cover the bottom of the pan.

Add dashes of all the ground seasonings: salt, mustard, cumin, turmeric, Italian seasoning.

Stir. Add the chopped greens and mix well with the seasoning for a few seconds.

Add the green banana and mix well with the greens for a minute.


Remove from heat. Cool and serve.


Serve it up with fried plantain, avocado, green peas, fried cabbage and love yourself!!

Ila Addis