From the Garden: Rosa Bianca & Okra

This morning’s #GardenHaul brings us Rosa Bianca Eggplants and Okras! I had an eggplant plant earlier in the year, so I kept the seeds from the fruit of that plant, and now I have any more eggplants that I am excited to try in some West African recipes. 🤤 As for the okras, they are also LATE LATE to the game. I had to have a chat with the plants because September...

Tuesday Tea: Chaga Mushroom

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Welcome to another round of Tuesday Tea! Each week I try to highlight a new tea, and the benefits it brings. This week’s tea is Chaga Mushroom Tea. The first time I tried it, I remember looking at my cup trying to get a clue. You see, I made the tea just because I wanted to try it out. Little did I know this tastes very similar to coffee. I was looking at my stainless...

From the Garden: Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers are (finally) popping up in the garden! I wish I could express the huge difference there is between peppers picked straight from the plant and those bought in the store. Even the flavor is stronger. I enjoy peppers in salads, as a snack (sometimes I dip them in hummus), as fajitas, and they can make a whole meal if you stuff and roast them. Bell peppers...

Tuesday Tea: Honeybush

This Honeybush tea (Cyclopia spp.) was imported from the Cape of Good Hope. It has a smooth and fruitful body. It tastes like it is a blend, but this particular tea is all natural.  The Honeybush tea that I brew is completely free of flavoring agents and other ingredients. It’s closely related to rooibos, as both plants belong to the Fabaceae family. Honeybush...

How are you all doing?

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Greetings Tefari family! It has truly been a long time since I shared anything to this blog. The last time I really shared anything consistently was back when we first got into the pandemic that we now call Covid. It has been well over a year, and a lot has happened. If you follow me on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), then you are probably up to date on...

Sankofa Bonfire Lecture Series: Week 4

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The concept of stress is not a stranger to anyone. Unfortunately, for many, the idea that they are in an exhaustive stage of stress eludes them. This week we discussed stress and trauma, the effects it has on us physically and emotionally. We also shared some practical steps we can take to help lower our stress levels. Stress is a low level form of fear. Our bodies...

Sankofa Bonfire Lecture Series: Week 3

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Trauma is experiencing a harm or something damaging to one’s well being in the context of one’s cultural well-being or natural phenomenon. This week’s discussion was led by Dr. Ifetayo Flannery, an assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. She serves on the Executive Board for the DISA...

Sankofa Bonfire Lecture Series: Week 2

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Art is lived out; It is experienced intimately, it is executed and demanded. In such cultures… in Africa, art is integral to life and to man’s well being. It is expressive of a people’s world-view, and its absence creates and obvious but uncomfortable vacuum. ~Dele Jegede During this week’s lecture we discussed Afrocentric Aesthetics...

Sankofa Bonfire Lecture Series: Week 1

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It is no exaggeration.. to say that in Traditional Africa, religion is life and life, religion. Africans are engaged in religion in whatever they do – whether it be farming, fishing, hunting; or simply eating, drinking, or traveling. ~Kofi Asare Opoku Today we held the first in a 4-part series on Traditional African Spirituality. Leading the discussion...

Reopening

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In case you weren’t aware, California has allowed massage to reopen in some counties. San Diego specifically has reopened massage, and have recommended that massage therapists follow industry guidance as it relates to personal care services. With the CAMTC clearing massage therapists, the County approving massage therapists resuming work, and...