Hearty Sweet Potato OatmealBy Shavise GlascoeWith chilly mornings among us, the last thing I want to eat after I wake up from a warm bed is a bowl of cold cereal. I desperately needsomething hearty to get me through my morning (along with nearly an entire pot of coffee, but that’s a different story). So, in searching for something a little more filling, I played around in the kitchen with ingredients that I already had on hand and came up with this oatmeal recipe. Not only is it yummy, but it can also be prepared ahead of time which is a win-win in my book. So exactly what is a ‘Harvest Oatmeal’? Well to make it very simple, it's an old-fashioned oatmeal recipe mixed with a mashed sweet potato, an assortment of spices, and topped with rosemary brown sugar walnuts. The combination reminds me so much of autumn and Thanksgiving thanks to the warming spices in this dish, so I decided to call it Harvest Oatmeal. If you are a lover of breakfast, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, fall or good food, this recipe is a must-try!
How to Make Your Own Coconut Oil in 8 Easy StepsBy BLACK FOODIE

Imagery and fables like “Ansani” have travelled seas, languages and cultures and to this day, remains a nostalgic memory. Recipes, just like these imageries and fables, must continue to remind, teach and mystify as we bridge our stories with the next generations’. They are a glimpse into the beautiful and nuanced souls of black folk. These recipes and stories permeate into the future and become the knowledge that we will all evolve from.

The ways of making coconut oil were taught to my mother by my grandmother and were then taught to me by her. As we shared laughter over our busy hands, my mom told me about how my grandmother used to sit on the back step and crack up to 100 coconuts to make oil. It was storytelling in motion. Within this recipe that I am sharing below with you resides generations bonded over a traditional, painstaking, but ultimately satisfying labour of love.

Homemade Coconut Oil in 8 Easy Steps

I have added to a few of the steps a shortcut, often an easier, quicker, and sometimes safer way to the more traditional method. Also, be aware that not all coconuts are created the same! Some naturally yield more oil than others. My mom and I usually use three coconuts, and it yielded roughly a ⅓ cup of coconut oil.

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