FELAbration!

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*In the melody of  Kool and the Gang ‘s “Celebrate“*:  “FELAbrate good times, c’mon! Let’s FELABRATE” :)

That’s exactly what I did for a week straight; celebrate the life and achievements of the legendary Nigerian hero, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

In Episode 6 (part I) of Earthcandy* food.fashion.flyness., join me as I indulge in “all things Fela”, from seeing the Broadway play, hanging out with the dancers/Queens from the FELA! production to partying to the grooves he’s inspired the world over with!

Enjoy…

The Raw Revolution/EARTHCANDY Party

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It’s a celebration….

It’s a revolution….

It’s the RAW REVOLUTION/EARTHCANDY PARTY!

Femi Boma Ibim and yours truly are joining forces in the name of food and fashion….heck, AND flyness!

I’m talking a complete raw AND vegan menu, a fashion show featuring Honey On Wax (Femi’s crochet clothing line) and Khepra Obi with Adn Blazer, a Holiday Gift Market Place and sounds by  DJ Naka the Ear Dr.!

Good people, good food, good vibes; what more can you ask for?

Experience delicious foods, learn the benefits of a healthier diet, meet old friends and new people, and get your last minute holiday ‘shop on’ ALL IN ONE NIGHT! Kick the NEW YEAR off right ! ;)

Admission is $5 all night (menu pricing separate) and it goes down from 8-1am at f22 studio!

See ya there! If you can’t attend, stay tuned for pics :)

NAWAL – “The Voice of Comoros”

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(l to r) Earthcandy's Jamila Crawford, Nawal, her band members: Aurore Voahangy Coriton, Claudine François, Jean Baptiste Gbadoe,

In this episode of Earthcandy* food.fashion.flyness. I go on a unique musical journey of the Francophone diaspora with singer/songwriter NAWAL who hails from Comoros ( an island in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mozambique). Now based in Paris, France, she is recognized as a key figure from her native islands.

Nawal sings and plays gambusi (guitar and the long-necked lute), harmonic flute, mbira (Zimbabwean thumb piano), daf (Iranian frame drum) as well as other instruments. She’s also self-produced her first two albums, “Kweli” and “Aman”.

I caught up with Nawal while she’s celebrating her new release “Embrace the Spirit” with a tour in the USA. The experience was incredible and I felt like I was travelling over the Indian Ocean as I watched her perform and listened to her lyrics.

Enjoy the ride!

Stylin’ & Profilin’

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it's a WRAP! model Dionne & stylist Jamila for Ma-E-Ma swimsuit photo shoot

Let me just say that I LOOOOOVE what I do! I also love the fact that I partake in many “DO’s” (a.k.a.creative outlets). It makes me feel alive to think outside the box when it comes to food, fashion and flyness. It doesn’t hurt that others notice and request my expertise either (hee-hee).

Oooh! Speaking of which, in this episode of Earthcandy* food.fashion.flyness., I take you behind the scenes of the Ma-E-Ma swimsuit photoshoot that I styled. This day-long affair consisted of location, wardrobe, jewelry, and pose changes–and I enjoyed every BIT of it! The crew for the shoot are professionals that I’ve had the honor of working with before, so to gather again was like a mini-reunion!

So gather ’round family! Here’s the next episode of Earthcandy* food.fashion.flyness.!

Thai Red Curry w- Vegetables

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I’m excited to present the next installment of Earthcandy* food. fashion. flyness. Take a tasty journey with me through Southeast Asia. In this episode, I’ll show you how to prepare my recipe for Thai Red Curry w- Vegetables (from my forthcoming cookbook CULTURE CLASH: globally-inspired recipes by EARTHCANDY GOURMET VEGAN CUISINE©).  It’s easy, quick, and delectable. All it takes is a little preparation and a healthy appetite!

Though I’ve given cooking demonstrations and lessons in the past, filming my first cooking segment was quite an experience. The “behind-the-scenes” aspects of a cooking show takes meticulous planning and on-point execution. Having two or three of each item on hand is a must, because you never know when you’re going to either spill, burn, or butcher (literally and figuratively) the ingredients! I have the utmost respect for culinary icons on cooking channels.

It was a great experience and I now know what to do (as well as NOT to do) :-). My favorite part (as well as the crew’s) was eating after we wrapped the taping….hey; I’d gladly bear the “woes” of a cooking segment ANYTIME for that!

Well, here it is. Happy eating!

Thai Red Curry w- Vegetables  (serves 4)

2 tbsp. sesame oil

1 med. yellow onion, peeled and sliced

½ cup each: red bell pepper, zucchini, snap peas (fresh), slivered

½  cup carrot, peeled and matchstick-sized

1 cup bite-sized broccoli florets

2 Tbsp red curry paste

1 can (14 oz.) coconut milk

¼ cup shiitake mushroom, sliced

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 tsp. raw sugar

cilantro and scallion (both chopped) for garnish

Set a wok over medium-high heat and add the sesame oil. When the oil is quite hot, add the onion and saute for about 2 minutes, or until the onion is softened.

Add bell pepper, zucchini and snap peas and stir for 2 minutes. Next, add carrots, broccoli and curry paste and blend into vegetables. Pour coconut milk and soy sauce.

Add mushroom and carrot and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to simmer, about 15 minutes.

Turn heat off and add cilantro and scallion for garnish, mixing well.

Serve directly from the wok over individual bowls mounded with jasmine rice (optional)

ENJOY!!!

Art Beats and Lyrics

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In this week’s episode of Earthcandy* Food.Fashion.Flyness, I go out on the town to experience one of the flyest art events in the nation. The Atlanta born Art, Beats & Lyrics exhibition makes its ATL stop on its national tour. My homie, photographer Jasiatic and I get fly before we get down at one of the dopest hip hop-inspired exhibitions in the world. Enjoy!

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It’s earthcandaaaaaaay!

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It’s earthcandaaaaaaay!

I know, I know; long time no see, right? It’s all for a greater good though!

While I was ‘away’,  I was focused on manifesting a dream. The stars finally aligned and I set in motion the beginnings of something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m elated, anxious, and eagerly anticipating what’s to come from this. I KNOW it will be big. Shoot, I’m like a smoker at a gas station: I’m about to BLOW UP! :-)

Arrogance? Naw. Call it confidence. It’s been a long time coming, yet I’m contained enough to take baby steps. Today  I am pleased to launch the first episode of my web-based show called… you guessed it; “earthcandy* food.fashion.flyness.” It’s a show that features everything I love. From preparing some of my favorite recipes to some of the city’s best cultural events and exclusive interviews to my all time favorite activity: SHOPPING! Think of it as my blog in motion.

I hope you will enjoy  taking this journey with me. Soon we will venture to other cities around the country and around the world, eating, engaging and experiencing new adventures and ideas in true earthcandy style!

Well my friends, without further adieu, I present to you, earthcandy’s FIRST webisode! Enjoy :-)