The Cuisine referred to as "SOUL FOOD" originated in the kitchens of African-American Slaves in the late 1800's. In the 1960‘s, Southern-style cooking by Black Americans was renamed “SOUL FOOD” in honor of Black Cooks who prepared food during the Slavery era, paving the way in the development of African American cuisine - now soul food. Soul food recipes typically called for ingredients that are indigenous to Africa and were often found on American Plantations.
The Secret History of Okra | Interesting fact: Enslaved African Americans grew okra and parched the seeds to make a fake version of “coffee.” During the Civil War, it was common to sell this brew to white soldiers, Confederate and Yankee. For Slave traders understanding the food of the people you were enslaving was critical; a concerted effort was made to bring familiar food crops along that enslaved Africans could plant to remind them of home.
OKRA | has been a staple in African and African Diaspora cuisine for a long time. Okra is mucilaginous (slimy). Okra is an ancient vegetable that originated in southern Ethiopia. One of its African names comes from Angola—quilobo—variant of the KiMbundu word quingombo, or “gumbo. From the Igbo language of Nigeria comes the English name, okwuru, later known as ochra and okra. For Enslaved Cooks, okra was a common thread in their mixed African heritage.
"ASH CAKES AND PONE BREAD." Personal interview by John Buckner. | EDNA SEARCY, 95 year-old, daughter of Sharecroppers and granddaughter of Slaves. Ms. Searcy said that it was not uncommon to make ash cakes, though, “we mostly ate pone bread,” she said. Ashes in a hot fireplace would be brushed out of the way to expose the hot floor on which the bread could be cooked, hence ash cake. When I asked her if the bread was good, she said, “you had to brush it off, but it was sho'-nough' good.”
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HOPPIN' JOHN has been traced to the Senegalese dish, thiebou niebe, in West Africa, one of the rice-and-bean variations descended from the foods that sustained Slaves during the voyage from Africa to the Americas. | Hoppin' John has been a traditional African American dish for News Years Day since Enslavement. According to a South Carolina cultural Web site, the first written appearance of a Hoppin’ John recipe in English was published by a Charleston woman in 1847.
THE HISTORY OF CHICKEN AND WAFFLES
History of Chicken and Waffles | The History Kitchen | PBS Food
FLORIDA OLD SCHOOL STYLE SOUL FOOD | If you like old-school, home-cooked Southern soul food, Green Cove Springs is the place to be for their Annual Green Cove Springs SOUL FOOD FESTIVAL AND PRIDE PARADE. Co-sponsored with the City , the Festival is free and open to the public – as always. Vera Francis Hall Park. Green Cove Springs, Fla. 32043.
According to her granddaughter, Stephanie Tyson, Miss Ora never learned to read or write. Tyson created this recipe in an effort to archive and preserve her grandmother's renowned fried chicken method. Putting fatback in the frying oil adds flavor.
Miss Ora's Fried Chicken - Bon Appétit
Old School Fried Okra
Memphis style BBQ sauce recipe
A perfect Southern meal.
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