As I stuck my fingers into my coils I noticed that my hair felt a bit fragile. It was as if the pressured breaking point was on the low end, and it made it difficult for me to feel comfortable with manipulating my hair into any style. That is when I realized that I desperately needed a protein treatment, and had not had one in a very long time. My hair was not at all happy about my laziness,………. shame on me! Not having a protein treatment in a long time is NOT healthy hair compatible.

What is Pre-Poo? It is the process of applying an oil and/or conditioner to your hair prior to the cleansing process. Pre-pooing can be accomplished with the use of an oil, a conditioner, or a combination of both. The purpose of applying these substances to the hair is to protect the hair from being completely stripped of all oils, and to enhance moisture and/or conditioning during the cleansing process.

Yield:  1 Bundt Cake
Peach Cobbler Cake
Peach Cobbler Cake

This is my quick go to cake that I make when a last minute desert is needed. You can try different fruit combinations such as Apple pie filling with a spice or caramel flavored cake, blueberry or blackberry pie filling with lemon cake. The choices are endless! You can make it a large Bundt pan or make mini Bundt to give as gifts.

Enjoy!

Chef T

Yield: 3 layer 9” round cake
Bananas Foster
Bananas Foster Cake

For those of you that aren't familiar with Bananas Foster, it’s an awesome dessert, where sliced bananas are cooked in a bubbling pan of dark brown sugar, butter, rum and cinnamon and served over ice cream. I've tried to capture the creamy goodness in my take on this classic dessert (which also tastes great with ice cream J.)  This recipe makes a 3 layer cake. As you can see from my picture I only made a 2 layer cake. I added dark chocolate chips to the remaining batter and made banana choc chip cupcakes! Just frost with chocolate frosting and you’re good to go !

Enjoy!

      Chef T

The Dashiki

For some people, wearing an African dashiki is a tradition in Black History Month. This probably is the reason why dashiki sales soar so high during February. Dashikis are directly associated with Africa, and instantly recognizable as an African look. In Nigeria and many other African countries, dashikis are worn for comfort in the hot climate. In America, the African dashiki sends its own message.

THE FIRST ANNUAL Taste of Africa Fashion Show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on May 19, 2012 will feature Spring collections from Congolese fashion designers, as well as African art and food. The annual event will empower African girls by sponsoring educational programs that teach sewing skills to girls in Africa. This year, the event will benefit The Georges Malaika Foundation’s School for Girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

MANY people have the impression that the only benefit of weight training is to build muscle mass and get big. The truth is however, that weight training in its various forms is also great for burning fat and toning muscle.

Even if you’ve never been to a gym or are opposed to the idea of lifting heavy weights amongst a crowd of sweaty guys please shelve your skepticism and read on.

BIBI is dead; her body was found in the bushes yesterday.” Emeka, my husband had announced dispassionately after he got off the phone.
“Aha… …! I responded noncommittally without a flinch and cradled my frail little girl tighter to my chest.
You could have imagined by my impassionate response that he could have been announcing the weather or else we were the strangest or coldest couple that you know.

Malaria Day - April 25, 2011

The theme of World Malaria Day 2011, Achieving Progress and Impact, highlights the successes of the past decade, as well as remaining challenges to achieving near zero deaths by 2015.

Five years ago, malaria killed nearly one million people each year—most of them children. In Africa alone, the burden of the disease cost the continent $12 billion a year in lost productivity.