Soul food is an American cuisine, a traditional cuisine of African-Americans of the Southern black communities. In the mid-1960s, "soul" was a common adjective applied to describe African-American civilization, and thence the name "soul food" was gained. Many ingredients used in preparing soul food recipes originated in Africa, for example, okra, black-eyed peas, watermelon, yams and many leafy green vegetables.
"Soul Food" Usually Refer To An African American Cuisine
One of my favorite soul food is hot-water cornbread.
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon salt, pinch baking powder
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon butter, vegetable oil or bacon fat for frying.
Blend cornmeal, salt, baking powder, sugar and egg in a medium-size bowl. Then add shortening and constantly stir until shortening melts and the batter turns thick enough to drop by spoonfuls. Nest, add butter and stir until incorporated. Pour vegetable oil or bacon fat to a depth of 1/2 inch in a big frying pan and heat to 375 degrees. Place heaping tablespoonfuls of the cornmeal mixture into the hot oil. Fry about 5 minutes until crisp and light golden brown on both sides. Repeat until all cornmeal mixture is cooked. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.
Select Your Onions Carefully
Soul food recipes that contain sweet onions might look comparatively fresh recipes, but most health professionals advocate eating raw onions for greatest benefit. It’s been well documented that onions help prevent thrombosis and reduce hypertension, according to the American Heart Association. The juice of one yellow or white onion a day can raise HDL cholesterol, the good stuff, by 30 percent. Look for sweet onions that are light and golden brown in color. Be sure they’ve a shiny tissue thin skin and firm, tight, dry necks. Avoid onions that have soft spots or surface bruises. Store them in a well sealed plastic zipper lock freezer bag in your freezer.
Soul Food is Evolving
Similar to any precious idea, soul food has been able to reinvent itself and adjust to ever-changing times and circumstances. Today’s soul food keeps going to adapt to healthier cooking methods while maintaining the taste and satisfaction of traditional soul food. For instance, using smoked turkey rather than the traditional fat-back to cook greens, black eyed peas and add flavor to new foods. Additionally, pan frying with lighter oils or baking instead of deep-fat frying and eating smaller portions add to soul foods healthier appeal.
Soul Food is American Treasure
The legacy of soul food plays very important role in history. Nowadays, Afro-Americans celebrate with soul food, particularly during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years holidays. Born out of the throngs of slavery, soul food is now a fashionable food manufacture which has spawned restaurants, books, videos, TV cooking shows, etc. To some extent, soul food is not only an Afro-American treasure, but an American treasure.
1. 2nd Image: Cornbread