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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

During the sixteenth century, Brits from Europe brought the tradition of making pumpkin pies for dessert to West Africa. The tradition was soon brought to America during slavery, where the African slaves transformed the dessert into something sweeter using yams, then sweet potatoes. Coincidentally, yams and black-eyed peas was a common food slaves were fed during the Middle Passage.

The name of the food was inconsistent at first, because the yam and sweet potato come from two different types of plants. The word yam in African dialects was either “Oyame or Yam Yam” or a few other terms with a few other meanings. Yams are monocots from the Dioscorea family. Sweet potatoes are from the Morning Glory plant family.

Sweet potato pie recipes made a cookbook debut in the 18th century. In the late part of the 19th century, Fannie Famer featured a recipe for glazed sweet potatoes in the Boston Cooking School Cookbook. Soon after, inventor George Washington Carver began to find various uses for the sweet potato, including in a candied version. He released over 100 uses for the vegetable.

As the slaves made the pie for large gatherings in celebration and as a part of family meals, the tradition has continued for family gatherings and black family reunions today.

(Photo: Sweet Potato Pie recipe by African slave Abby Fisher in 1881)

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Fried Egg Bologna Sandwich. It’s a typical Southern sandwich. Also called a poor man’s steak sandwich. It’s very easy to make, and delicious.

Green Cabbage

Green Cabbage

Cabbage is a leafy green biennial, grown as an annual vegetable for its densely-leaved heads. Closely related to other cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts. Cabbage heads generally range from 1 to 8 poundsand can be green, purple and white.

It is difficult to trace the exact history of cabbage, but it was most likely domesticated somewhere in Europe before 1000 BC. By the Middle Ages it was a prominent part of European cuisine, although savoys were not developed until the 16th century. Cabbage heads are generally picked during the first year of the plants’ life cycles, but those intended for seed are allowed to grow a second year, and must be kept separated from other cole crops to prevent cross pollination. Cabbage is prone to several nutrient deficiencies, as well as multiple pests, bacteria and fungal diseases.

Cabbages are prepared in many different ways for eating, although pickling, in dishes such as sauerkraut, is the most popular. Cabbage is a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber.

Ingredients

  • 1 green cabbage
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp chicken base
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp celery seeds
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • fat back or bacon

Instructions

  1. If you use salt pork or you may call it fatback. You need to cook it separate in a pot of water, other wise the cabbage will be to salty. If you use regular bacon you can add it to the cabbage.
  2. Cut the green cabbage in 4 quarters and cut the core out.
  3. Cut the quarters in half again. Mince the onion and add the cabbage and onion to the water. Add the chicken base (if you don’t have that use a bouillon cube), celery seeds, and pepper flakes. After you cook the salt pork for about an half hour your cabbage should be tender by now. Take the salt pork out of the water and cut it up, add to the cabbage.

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Green Cabbage
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 green cabbage
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp chicken base
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp celery seeds
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes
  • fat back or bacon
Instructions
  1. If you use salt pork or you may call it fatback. You need to cook it separate in a pot of water, other wise the cabbage will be to salty. If you use regular bacon you can add it to the cabbage.
  2. Cut the green cabbage in 4 quarters and cut the core out.
  3. Cut the quarters in half again. Mince the onion and add the cabbage and onion to the water. Add the chicken base (if you don't have that use a bouillon cube), celery seeds, and pepper flakes. After you cook the salt pork for about an half hour your cabbage should be tender by now. Take the salt pork out of the water and cut it up, add to the cabbage.

Traditional Banana Pudding

Traditional Banana Pudding

This is not the kind of banana pudding out of a box. I got that one to, Not yo Mama’s Banana Pudding 😉 Believe me they are both good. If you feel the need to make it the old fashioned way then here you got one of the originals.

Pork Ribs

Pork Ribs

Pork Ribs the right way.