Some like it hard, some like it soft, some like it all soaked in oil, some like the oil well drained, some like it crispy but we all like the sweetness of Dodo. I was wondering if Eve was tempted with dodo in the Garden of Eden how would she have reacted. You take a good look at the bowl, check out the different colours, light brown to dark brown, check to see if you will be found out and then make for your first piece which is very hot, and you are basically eating with your mouth open just to reduce the temperature of the hot food. Add the pepper, prawn powder, ginger, seasoning and salt to taste and fry sauce till onion cooks well and sauce tastes great. Then again if you are not a lover of fermented cereal like Ogi, Koko or Eko, you may not be quickly sold. The interesting thing about Kenkey is that because it is fermented, the corn loses some of the starch content and so it’s more interesting for me from a healthy meal point of view. Deseed the Tatashe, wash the tomatoes and pepper, add a little water to the vegetables in a pot and bring to boil whole. Heat up the oil, and fry first the onion till translucent and pour in the cooked vegetables and continue frying.
Lastly add the curry leaves cover and allow to cook for 1 minute and your Kenkey sauce is ready. Weight watchers will usually avoid eating Egusi soup because of the oil content of the Egusi seeds. I also find that when you squeeze out the oil, the Egusi forms lumps easier in the soup, particularly for those that have been wondering how to get the lumpy Yoruba type Egusi soup. When cooking the Egusi Soup with scent leaf I combine the Egusi with squeezed out oil and some of the powder so that I get the desired thickness of the soup. Cut up small pieces of the Egusi dough and add to the pot of soup whilst the soup is boiling.
For the home meals for the week I settled for beans pottage and Abak soup this weekend. I hope to make a nice pot of chicken stews during the week, as stews are always a great accompanying sauce for a variety of carbohydrate foods. As I managed to have a little ‘me’ time on Saturday morning, I stumbled on a Brazilian recipe I think will be easy for everyone to make and may just be one of your Christmas Day offerings. Let me know how you go with this recipe and let’s share your alternative to the wheat flour. Add sweet corn, a pinch of chicken seasoning and cut up the cheese by hand and add and combine well. Using a circular cookie cutter cut the dough into circles, place about half a teaspoon of the filling on the cut out dough. A plate of Nigerian Soup is always a pot pourri of ingredients, flavours and aroma depending on the size of your pocket.
The other thing about Nkpa soup which makes it interesting is the use of Uyayak or adian fruit.
Wash, season the beef, pomo and stockfish with pepper, seasoning cube and salt and allow to marinade for about 15 minutes. Reduce heat of the burner, add a little cold water to the pot to reduce the temperature of the soup water and quickly add the ground ofo and stir fast to dissolve the powder it in the soup.
I could not hide my excitement as I danced round the kitchen when I finished cooking today’s dish, tasted and found out what a bomb I had just produced from my kitchen. If you still think that you are missing out on some other carbohydrate besides dodo and the sweet corn, you will find it interesting to pair this dish with white rice.
Season minced meat with seasoning cube, garlic, ginger, pepper and salt and allow to marinade for about 15 minutes. Heat the oil fry the onion, add the minced meat and stir fry ensuring that you separate the meat chunks whilst frying. Last week was one of a kind as I kicked off the week firing on four cylinders on full gear from first day to last. When yam is stir-cooked with a wooden spoon to crush some of the yam and help to thicken the sauce. Return the shrimp and fish into the pot and add a few leaves of curry leaves and cook for about 2 minutes.
The Ghanian light soup is to Ghanians as Egusi soup is to Nigerians in terms of popularity.
So in this recipe I have borrowed some elements from Ghana light soup, a bit of Nigerian pepper soup and stew. My recent attraction for oats has resulted in a number of interesting recipes using this flavourful cereal. For the Shrimp Filled Oat Dumpling, I had my diabetic friends in mind to help bring them some interesting twist to eating oats. To take this recipe to the next level I decided to serve the dumpling in coconut curry sauce. Heat a frying pan and dry roast the oat flour for about 6 minutes until you start to smell roasted cereal. Fry the onion, garlic and a little pepper tomato puree and salt for about 3 minutes stirring through.
Place the dough in a zip lock bag or and clean cellophane bag and roll out with a rolling pin.
Effinrin is also called Nchawun in Igbo, Ntong in Efik or what we generally call Scent leaf.
Whilst the spaghetti is cooking also fry little chopped onion in oil till translucent, add the prawns a little black pepper and cook till done. Imagine if just drinking a warm glass of spring water was enough for anyone to reach their weight loss goals – or better yet, burn off that excess, unsightly belly fat. Personal trainers around the world would have to turn to other lines of work, like psychology, sketch comedy, or any job that requires standing around and watching people do things.
Let’s see if we can figure out if warm water will really help lose belly fat, using a little bit of knowledge, experience and common sense.
Drinking warm liquids will help your body stay warmer and bring more blood to your extremities – particularly if you live in a colder environment. Just drink a cup of tea when you’re cold and you can feel your hands and feet starting to regain their full range of motion. There’s a camp that will tell you drinking cold water will help eliminate body fat because your body burns calories when it needs to warm the water to body temperature. The other camp, like your acupuncturist, will tell you that warm liquids increase circulation which in turn will allow your body to function more efficiently. Because drinking warm water is the last thing I’d recommend to someone who is trying to lose their belly fat. What I’ve found though is that some of the leanest people I know, do interval training at least a few times a week. People with more belly fat, tend to have lower testosterone and more estrogen (men and women).
The two most prominent body-fat-contributing, hormone producers are the adrenals and the thyroid. It’s funny, when I started out writing the answer to this question, I told myself 500 words would be fine. This just leads to the conclusion that nothing ever seems to be as straightforward as we’d all like it to be.
Anyway, back from that tangent, the good news is that you can increase your success rate of lowering belly fat by focusing on when you eat and what you eat. You may or may not be surprised, but the largest people I’ve worked with habitually skip breakfast. Eating regularly, can increase your chances of losing weight because it balances the release of insulin in the body. My Spanish teacher, Maria Theresa, here in Peru told me the other day that you have to drink warm water with raw foods. My advice, is that if you do have a little digestion issue and you’re eating a lot of raw foods, give it a shot and prove it to yourself. I’ve read that Deepak Chopra always had a thermos bottle with warm water as part of his health regimen. First off Kevin, I think if a person is chronically dehydrated, more water would definitely help with circulation issues by thinning too thick blood. I drink warm water simply because it’s gentler on the system and to me our bodies are under enough stress, physical and emotional that the few extra calories burned from drinking ice water is not worth shocking your insides.
I sometimes have gall bladder issues (my dad had his removed) and my doctor recommended drinking warm water instead of cold. Back in those days, most of the health food stores and restaurants were macrobiotic, or leaned that way.
Ayurveda the ancient science of life, recommends sipping warm water with your meals to aid digestion.
I have noticed that the Chinese drink a glass of warm water upon rising in the morning and continually during the day. High nutrient food is paramount to becoming healthier, which translates into losing weight and gaining health.


Phyliss is correct for a metabolism boost of 20% after 90 minutes from consumption of ice cold water! There are not any definitive studies on drinking hot or cold water, but I am convinced that cold warter will burn more calories than hot water. I turned to Traditional Chinese Medicine and I have to agree that drinking warm water especially in a cold region helps with the chi as noted by Faye.
An Oriental Medicine doctor once told me not to drink anything cold or it would steal my Qi (Chi)!
To borrow from Bob Flaw’s, The Tao of Healthy Eating, our digestive system must transform the food we eat into a 100 degree “soup” before it can be broken down and used. When we douse our 100 degree soup with chilled or iced foods or beverages, we can greatly impair our digestive function and weaken the Spleen Qi.
The TCM diagnosis known as “Cold in the Middle” can create symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating and cramping, watery diarrhea with undigested food in the stool, and vomiting. Instead, it is preferable to drink warm or room-temperature beverages, primarily between meals, and avoid frozen desserts. Most raw foods, including fruits and vegetables, are found in the Cold or Cooling thermal categories. Raw vegetables and fruits are filled with beneficial vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes. Some raw foods, however, are actually Warm category foods, such as garlic, onion, chive, ginger, chestnuts, pine nuts and walnuts. Suggesting to drink warm water was not to lose the belly fat but to aid digestion for her condition. Yes, and my raw food teacher has also told me that drinking cold water is really bad for your… I think she said the liver.
I have studied Chinese Medicine and the likely reason for the suggestion to drink warm water for weight loss is the client’s own internal picture, observed from signs and symptoms. It might be, for example, that she has damp in her system and because of the delicate balance of the signs and symptoms, bringing warmth to her insides may help to reduce bloating and stubborn weight. Drinking ice cold water shuts down the stomach from secreting digestive juices (I think I read it in the Ph Diet book). I prefer to eat a modest breakfast, big lunch and then just hydrate (no dinner) into the evening, stopping well before bed so that I can have uninterrupted sleep. Hydration is super important for several reasons, first your body is composed of about 60% water, fluids exit our bodies every minute, from skin evaporation, breathing and urine, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health. 4.Healthy looking Skin, water helps to eliminate toxins from the blood making your skin glow and look clear and smooth. Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases. Disclaimer: All content on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation.
Health conscious individuals extol the virtues of drinking lemon water in the morning, preferably on an empty stomach. It is a well known fact that drinking a cup of lemon water early in the morning can revitalize your mind and rejuvenate your body.
Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Water To Reduce Weight The fat burning properties of lemon juice is well researched. Drinking warm lemon water in the morning enhances the absorption of calcium, from the food that is consumed.
To Flush Out Toxins Drinking lemon water on an empty stomach can help to filter out harmful toxins from the blood stream. Additionally, regular consumption of lemon water can enhance the production of a powerful antioxidant called glutathione.
Clears The Skin For an unblemished and radiantly beautiful skin drink lemon water first thing in the morning. The high vitamin C content of lemon juice can kill different types of bacteria which are known to cause recurrent acne breakouts. Hydrates The Lymph System It is vital to hydrate the lymph system to flush out body toxins.
Controls High Blood Pressure People who suffer from high blood pressure and its allied complications are advised to drink lemon water early in the morning. Vitamin P present in the lemon juice can also prevent the wear and tear of arteries due to high blood pressure. The guys like it a lot particularly when they can pair it with their drinks. This is also a great starter to a Nigerian 3 course meal. Enjoy as I bring you a sauce very similar to the popular Agoyin sauce that is used for mashed beans. You know how you hear of a meal from a culture that is not yours and you will quickly dismiss it, this has been my reaction to Kenkey until I tasted it this last weekend. Oh just in case you think portion control does not apply in this case, it surely does hahaha!
Typically Kenkey is eaten with fried fish and pepper sauce or shitto which is a dried fried sauce made from dried fish, spices and dry pepper. Rub with salt , ginger powder and a little dried pepper and set aside for about 10 minutes.
I love Egusi soup myself but also try to reduce the frequency of eating for the same reason of avoiding weight gain in today’s recipe I try to reduce the fat by squeezing out some of the oil and it is amazing how much oil you can get out.
I the pound these together and after about 10 minutes the oil in the Egusi starts to appear in the mortar and the powder by now forms a dough. You can also make vegetable side dishes to complement the rice and stew or spaghetti and stew. I had thought to combine the chicken with a little mashed potato until I saw this Brazilian version. In the meantime, enjoy trying one of the recipes you will be having on your Christmas menu. You may need to reshape the croquette to retain the cone like shape after taking out of the bread crumbs.
Nkpa leaves more popularly known as Oha is also eaten by the Efiks in Calabar but it is cooked in a slightly different way. I buy the ofo whole and blend at home just to be sure that I am using the authentic ingredient. The idea for this dish actually came from fried rice, so you will basically find all the vegetables and you will normally find in fried rice but I replaced the rice with beans. Yes whilst cereals are not heavy on the tummy,we still need to manage the portion sizes even with swallow. The dumpling which can be steamed in plain water can be paired with vegetable and still enjoyed. To get your oat flour simply blend breakfast oat in the dry ingredient part of the blender or buy the regular oat meal flour.
You plan to make Nigeria rice and chicken stew and you can come out of the kitchen in 45 minutes if you plan well. Pour into a colander, Rinse spaghetti with cold water, strain and return to the hot cooking you used in boiling it.
Ngwongwo is a richer version of your standard goat meat peppersoup that includes not only the goat meat but tripe, liver, intestines etc and small pieces of unripe plantain . He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. We were taught to drink room-temperature water, and that both cold and hot liquids were shocks to the system (not that that stopped the macro restaurants from serving kukicha; they all did). He or she was giving you suggestions on what you could do for yourself outside of your sessions. From a Chinese Medical perspective, belly fat is a sign of dampness due to a weak spleen system. They also recommend not eating until you are full but leaving your stomach a bit empty at the end of a meal.
As a young person in Canada I grew up drinking cold water and most everything I drank was cold or iced.
And because cold water is more refreshing to drink, one might be inclined to drink more of it.
It will never replace real spring water, but you will have to get over it because spring water, as we knew it, is a thing of the past. I don’t want anything stealing my mojo, so I drink room temperature, warm or hot water and other drinks, never ice cold. The more our food is like a 100 degree soup before we eat it, the less stress it places on the digestion.
Over time, consuming iced or frozen items can contribute to long-term digestive difficulties as well as certain gynecological disorders. Just as iced foods tend to put a chill on our 100 degree soup, so do many Cold category foods.


Essential for weight loss, drinking cold water first thing in the morning can accelerate your metabolism. Use of this website and the information contained herein does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Scientific research carried out by professional nutritionists have reveled the seemingly endless health benefits of lemon water.
Drinking warm lemon water on an empty stomach acts as a superb natural remedy for fast weight loss. This antioxidant can help the liver to metabolize fats and waste products more efficiently.
The high vitamin C content of lemon juice boosts the overall function of the immune system. Regular consumption of lemon water can fade out blemishes and give the skin a youthful glow.
In fact, doctors prescribe lemon water as an alternate treatment option for people diagnosed with mild to moderate high blood pressure.
Maintaining the health of the arteries by consuming vitamin P rich drinks like lemon water can bring down blood pressure readings significantly. Remember your reaction when a bowl of freshly fried hot dodo is sitting on the kitchen work top as you walk past it? Before then I had wondered what the big deal was about a simple fermented cornmeal wrapped in corn leaves. A trial over this weekend certainly convinced me otherwise. The combination of the slightly sour Kenkey and the the slight sweetness of the sauce made from Tatashe, Scotch bonnet pepper and onion with the well-seasoned fried fish will change your thoughts about this meal.
Enjoy my sauce for now whilst I bring you step by step method for making Kenkey at home at a later date.
You may want to make slits on the side of the fish to allow the seasoning to permeate the fish well. When they are cut into smaller pieces the aroma is quite strong so I decide to add large chunks to reduce the strong aroma. I liked the outcome of the Brazilian recipe but will definitely want to replace the wheat flour dough with something less processed like oatmeal flour. My mum would boil this hard seed overnight and then pound to a smooth paste for use in cooking the soup the next day.
If however you trust your retailer in the market then you may wish to buy the already ground version.
Paired with pounded yam or Eba, this is a meal you will want to have quite regularly as a lunch option.
The quantity of water that will give a good consistency to the soup with the quantity of ofo in the recipe is about 5-6 cups of water. The coconut cream in the sauce brings everything together and with the addition of one my favourite foods, dodo, you eat and lick fingers.
There was not much time to cook anything complicated in the evenings, so I settled for ingredients in the fridge. With the sedentary life style that most of us are trapped in, we have to constantly watch what we eat so as not to pile on unnecessary weight. Place some quantity of shrimp sauce on the oat dough, cover with same shape of dough and seal edges by pressing with a fork or your hands. Rice is boiling, meat is frying, tomato mixture is boiling and just as the rice is cooked the stew is ready.
Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness.
Two yrs ago my patient called me up and asked me to come and see the machine that make water microcluster and has antioxydants. So, I tend to put a spritz of hot in with my cold water to bring it to room temp or warmer. After researching and studying a little about Traditional Chinese Medicine, I find they have many reasons that support drinking warm water.
For the first time I can go out the door into the hot and humid climate here and not sweat till I am drenched. Also, if digestion is poor to begin with, warm water can accelerate the fermentation of food in the stomach before it is fully digested. This is why it is so beneficial to thoroughly chew our food, warm it in our mouths, and mix it well with saliva before swallowing.
These glands help you perform your daily functions, balance your body fluids, and fight infection. Always consult with your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others. Starting the day with a cup of warm lemon water is one of the best ways to ensure one’s overall health and well being.
Besides aligning the body’s natural rhythm, there are many other important reasons to drink lemon water in the morning. The high acid content of lemon juice improves overall digestion by interacting with different digestive enzymes.
Purging harmful toxins from the body by drinking lemon water can have a wonderful effect on the skin.
Improving the functioning of the lymph system can also prevent adrenal fatigue or adrenal apathy – which can cause constant exhaustion.
Don’t be in a hurry to add all the powder as a good quality Egusi will thicken as you cook. Some varieties of Ibaba also have a way of darkening the soup when warmed after a few days.
To add some vegetable and bulk to the soup I added a few slices of okro and it was just what I wanted.
Bring the milk to boil for about 3 minutes, add the curry powder, stir and drop the Oat parcels in the coconut milk.
During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. I love water (and certain herb teas, and organic jasmine white tea) at ALL temperatures, and that’s how I consume it. The thought of drinking warm water while sweating in a very hot, humid climate was repulsive to me! It also explains why TCM recommends eating warm soups, broths, and porridges, and sipping warm teas, especially for people with weak Spleen Qi. Some fantastic benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning is explored in this article.
The numerous antioxidants present in lemon juice can reverse the natural ageing process of the skin by combating the negative effects of free radicals. A poorly hydrated lymphatic system can lead to numerous painful auto-immune disorders including rheumatic arthritis. The high levels of vitamin C present in lemon juice can also bring down blood pressure by acting as a natural blood thinner. On my next trip to Accra I will get to the bottom of how this lovely fermented cereal is made. This is why I am replacing the Ibaba with Ofo, the thickening ingredients used mainly in Igbo soups. I simply chopped up some yam into the pot of little stew that was left, added some shrimps and fish and bang a new dish was born.
This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world. Wintertime would have probably been the only time it would have been feasible to warm up water. Furthermore, the highly acidic lemon juice can significantly reduce the absorption of ingested sugars by the body. Another thing about TCM; it works over a period of time and is seldom an instant cure for anything, but is healthier for the body than most of Western type ways of dealing with problems people have. MY main health issue was indiagasion and constipation that water from this machine taking care and bunch of other health issues. You body is 75%water, every day you lose 8cups of water dont you think you need that water back in your cells to be healthy.
I think both are beneficial just because on the skin it helps move the lymphatic system and circulation.



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