Bamia Soup – Okra Soup

Bamia Soup – Okra Soup

medium sized green okra no black spots

Grab a bag of fresh okra.  When choosing okra be sure to pick the smaller (not tiniest) medium sized GREEN okra (without any dark spots!) instead of the long large okra because the larger okra are more woody in texture.

woody okra

NOTE: The health benefits of Okra are that:

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/okra.html:

“Okra is:

  • Very low in calories, provides just 30 cal per 100 g and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; but is a rich source of dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins; recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
  • The rich fiber and mucilaginous content in Okra pods helps smooth peristalsis of digested food particles and relieve constipation condition.
  • The pods contain healthy amounts of vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta carotenes, xanthin and lutein. It is one of the green vegetable with highest levels of these anti-oxidants. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Fresh pods are good source of folates; provide about 22% of RDA per 100 g. Consumption of foods rich in folates, especially during pre-conception period helps decrease the incidence of neural tube defects in the offspring.
  • The pods are also an excellent source of anti-oxidant vitamin, vitamin-C; provides about 36% of daily recommended levels. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps body develop immunity against infectious agents, reduce episodes of cold and cough and protects body from harmful free radicals.
  • The veggies are rich in B-complex group of vitamins like niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid. The pods also contain good amounts of vitamin K.  Vitamin K is a co-factor for blood clotting enzymes and is required for strengthening of bones.
  • The pods are also good source of many important minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium.”http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/okra.html

Ingredients:

1 cup sliced fresh okra

1/4  tsp salt

2 Cups water

Recipe:

Rinse the okra  (I let them sit in cool water) and begin shaving the “fuzzy hair” off by rubbing the blade of the knife up and down.

hairy okra

The okra will become smooth, slimy and slippery.

note the “hairs” on the knife

**Don’t scare the slime because the slime is the vitamin in okra…it is good for stiff joints,  gives you shiny hair and is especially great for women’s personal health.

SLIME!

Cut the okra into small slices.

small circular slices

Boil with salt in twice the amount of water than okra.  (ie.1 cup okra and 2 cups water).  Turn down so that it doesn’t boil over and let it low boil for about 20 minutes.

boil down until okra is soft

Or until soupy.  Okra will becomes small bits in the soupy broth.

Give thanks let’s eat!

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Toothpaste – JASON TOOTHPASTE – Another Vegan Product that I Love

JASON TOOTHPASTE

** I am only speaking about the paste not the gel

JASON Toothpaste

Another product that always bothers me is toothpaste.  It contains many ingredients that I really don’t want my kids to put in their mouth like : propylene glycol and sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates and fluoride

Lailati loves to suck on the brush

Because my kids love to swalow the toothpaste, I especially don’t like the fluoride ingredient.  Fluoride has been known to cause fluorosis (staining of the teeth) and infertility.

Bellingham fluorosis 3

Bellingham fluorosis 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Milla had to have minty fresh breath so my search began for a vegan toothpasty tasting toothpaste that cleaned our teeth.  That is when I found Jason brand.

Products in Europe not tested on animals carry...

Products in Europe not tested on animals carry this symbol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The box says “not tested on animals” (you can tell by  the symbol of the rabbit) and “no animal bi-products”.  But just to make sure I phone the 1-800 number this morning.  They said, “it does not contain any animal derived products in it’s ingredients”.  To make doubly sure I emailed as well and their response was: “

Dear Ms. Henderson,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our Jason® Sea Fresh Plus CoQ10 Gel Toothpaste. We strive to maintain the highest quality products and your satisfaction is very important to us.

We never test our products or ingredients on animals. In addition, our products contain no meat or by-products of animal killing. We also exclude all cruelly obtained animal ingredients, even if the animal is not killed. We limit our use of animal products to ingredients that are deposited by and have no future benefit to the animal, such as beeswax.

Sincerely,

Veronica
Consumer Relations Representative

I AM LOVING IT (for 5 years now)!

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Vegan Face Painting – CARAN D’ACHE a Vegan Product that I love

CARAN D’ACHE

My children, along with the rest of the ages 2 – 10 years, love to get their faces painted.

Lailati wanted hearts

I shopped for face paints years ago and found out that the paint is full of nasty garbage like Propylene Glycol which, for starters, is an animal bi-product.

Moses and his “brother” are lovin the Monster Trucks!

I really didn’t want them being face painted after that and I began my Google search for “Vegan Facepaint”.

Princess Milla

I came across a lot of recipes but many warned about staining skin or involved using night cream which I can’t find vegan.

All it takes is just a bit of water and some tiny paint brushes!

Finally I found an internet forum where a woman spoke about Caran D’ache Watersoluble Wax Pastel being used by her mother to paint faces.

He is a fierce lion!

She gave the ingredients:

“I never posted the response I got from this company.
They told me: “NEOCOLOR I or II don’t contain any of the following ingredients :
- Gluten
- animal derived ingredients
- peanuts derived
Most of the products used are synthetic except one wax which is vegetable origin.”

and she was unsure whether they stained or left a rash but didn’t think that was the case…So I thought I would give it a whirl!

Milla is a great artist!

I am glad I did!

Whafun!

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TO GO BABYFOOD!

on the go…mango smoothie

The sunshine of my life beckons…

 “Take us on a bike ride Mama!”

Peace and Love and Harmony!

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Babyfood – Part (2)Mbili

Baby Smoothies

Mmmmmm she loves to eat!

Embe na Parachichi

If it’s green it’s good!

ahhhhhhhh

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Papaya

Papaya

Papaya is such a special fruit!  It is medicine and dinner all in one.

papaya seeds

papaya seeds (Photo credit: noii’s)

I have been assured that papaya seed is a cure for both diarrhea and constipation.

Pawpaw (Carica papaya)

Pawpaw (Carica papaya) (Photo credit: Kew on Flickr)

and have also witnessed the miracle of the green papaya’s milk (used as a topical medicine for relief of the burning feeling due to sea urchin spines in the foot of a friend)

Sea urchin

Sea urchin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Papaya fruit is a rich source of nutrients such as provitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, B vitamins, dietary minerals and dietary fibre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carica_papayaMpaipai

 Papaya’s sweet fruit is such a treat!

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Today’s Lunch – BAMIA UGALI – Okra and Maize Dumpling

Okra and Ugali

This African classic is a simple and fresh lunch that fills you up!

Dip and eat

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Vegan Product that I love

Ecos Vegan Laundry Soap

My sister found this laundry soap for me!  There is no animal product because they use coconut as the base for the soap.

My little helper

It WORKS And it’s GREEN!

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Medical Research – Is it Vegetarian?

Breast cancer awareness

Breast cancer awareness (Photo credit: AslanMedia)

Recently I had a scare.  I found a lump in my breast and immediately buried myself and gave all my children away!  I confided in a friend who reassured me that breast cancer was “treatable” .  I was relieved as I waited for my Ultrasound and Mammogram appointment.

Mammography in process: Shown is a drawing of ...

Mammography in process: Shown is a drawing of a female having a mammogram. A mammogram is a picture of the breast that is made by using low-dose x-rays. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During one of my sleepless nights I thought how I had been a part of the research and discovery.  I had marched.  I had fundraised.

breast cancer walk, take 2!

breast cancer walk, take 2! (Photo credit: skampy)

I had friends involved in breast cancer research.   I remembered the bite marks where the rats, she used for her research, had bitten her.  I had visited her in the lab one day and she showed what she was working on.  She was thinly slicing the rat’s brains to examine.  The same rats that had bitten her were now dead.

Animal,Porkey Pig, Lobund-Wistar

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had forgotten the sacrifice of those rats.  And while I felt relief I could be treated I also felt like those rats were being taken advantage of.  It was obvious, by the bite marks around my friends finger nail beds, that the rat didn’t want to be injected with cancer needles or be cured of it’s deadly disease.  The rat was protesting without any voice.  Who was the voice of the rat?  Could I be the voice of the rat?  Could I say that a rat’s life was as important as mine or my children’s?  Could I refuse treatment?  I had children to live for.  And my parents, they had already lost a child (my oldest sister), how would they feel if I died from a “treatable” disease?

What about their feelings?

What about the rat’s feelings?  How many rats lost their mother or their sister or child?  The rat, like a slave, had been given no choice and like the Jews in Germany were forced into experimentation for the purpose of medical research.  No moral person could accept people being used in labs(even though we have forgotten where some of our modern medical research stems from).  How could I as a moral vegetarian ignore this rat holocaust?  I am sure God’s purpose for a rat was not research and I knew morally  it was wrong to use any of God’s creatures for that purpose.  How many had to die so that I may live a better life?

Unmarked grave in the Ukrainian Cemetery

Unmarked grave (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is there an answer?  When must one become a hypocrite?   In the face of death?  For our children’s sake?  For our parents or husband or family?  For our religion?  What would Daniel or Jesus or His Imperial Majesty Selassie do?  What would I do?  Could I listen to the teachings of the great Rastaman Prof I (a man of love and peace and tranquility within his heart) who after being questioned about being a vegetarian says “I don’t eat fish because I can’t afford to take a life to save a life.  Cuz’ a fish love him life just like how I love mine!”

Orginally found at flikr. Photo taken by user ...

Orginally found at flikr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fortunately I was relieved of my worries about breast cancer but not of my obligation to the rats who sacrificed their lives for medical research.  Is the cost of so many lives and the spilling of so much blood worth it?  Is medical research a vegetarian ideal?

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Vegan Rasta Caps

Vegan Rasta Cap - lion of judah style

I am an at home mom of 4 and I am always searching for ways to make money.  Honestly that is why I started a blog.  However, the blog has become more like a journal than a business.  So I decided to start selling caps instead.  These comfy caps are crocheted heaven.  They are made by my friend Rasta who handmakes these caps on the streets of Stonetown on the Island of Zanzibar.  Rasta is Cush.  He eats no flesh, no salt, no prepared foods or processed foods.  Rasta lives an Ital lifestyle.  Fresh fruit and vegetables.  Coconut juice everyday.  Cashews fresh.  He earns his living by the sweat of his brow.  His talent is God given what we might call his destiny.    He does okay selling to the tourists in Z’bar but he has so many people that depend on him that he needs to do better.  I want to see him succeed.  I also need to succeed.  So we started this business together.

Fixin' Moses a hat

The caps are amazing.  They fit a kid from 2 years old to 15 years old.  The cap even fits my head comfortably.
By vegan I meant polyester so it washes great!  It is breathable and lovely.

My kids are always getting complimented on their caps.  So much so, Moses has started trying to sell them!  He is a great salesman and I think his strategy might work.  I am so proud!

I am using social media to do a poll.

It's a beauty!

How much would YOU pay for a fair trade, handmade vegan (haha) cap?

Peace

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