Category: Recipes

Rose Water

Inspired by Princess Nokia

Why rose water?

Rose water is used as a toner, controlling excess oils and aiding in cleaning out pores with its antibacterial properties. It helps to control fine lines and has a relaxing aroma. It great to wake up and spritz some on your face.

Princess Nokia, a rapper from Harlem, a feminist, and all around beautiful person, includes making rose water into her weekly routine as a spiritual task. She does it because peeling the flower makes her feel like a beautiful woman because the flower carries the essence of life and can help make you feel beautiful in your natural state. The biggest thing is the intention behind the creation of rose water. Yeah, you can buy it in the store, but you can never find rose water with the intention of care and beauty behind it in the store.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 or 2 roses
  • Boiling water
  • Heat proof bowl
  • Two tablespoons of vodka
  • Spray bottle

Instructions:

To make rose water, you peel a flower into a heat proof bowl, tear up the petals, and steep them (covered) in about 1-1.5 cups of hot water for at least 15 minutes. After this, you can add a capful of plain vodka to help it last longer and store it in a spray bottle.

 

Chickpea Cookie Dough

Recipe by Sandra

I have such a sweet tooth and I love eating cookie dough! This recipe is healthier than eating regular cookie dough which contains butter and uncooked eggs. It can also work if you want to bake it, which sometimes I do. The chickpeas add a good source of protein that you cannot even taste. The ingredients are vegan unless you use cow milk like I do. It is very filling and delicious, let me know if you like it.

Ingredients

  • Coconut Oil – ½ cup
  • Brown Sugar – 1 cup
  • Chickpeas – 1 cup (more or less!)
  • Any milk – ¼ cup
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tablespoon
  • All purpose flour – 2 cups
  • Baking soda – 1 teaspoon (only if you bake)
  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon (only if you bake)
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon
  • Chocolate chips – 1 cup (more or less!)

Directions

First, drain and wash the beans from the can until there is no more foam. If you do not get yours from a can make sure you cook them. Then put the chickpeas in a food processor until it reaches a nice consistency.  Mix the wet ingredients together (coconut oil, brown sugar, milk, vanilla extract, chickpeas), then the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda and powder) and finally combine the two together. Do not forget the chocolate chips!

Lomo Saltado Peruano

Recipe by Lucia Solorzano

 

Lomo Saltado is a stir-fry style Peruvian dish. It originated from Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian food) and has made it’s way across households in Peru. This is one of my favorite dishes because it hits the spot of a warm, comfortable, and hearty meal, not to mention it smells amazing when it’s being cooked.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounces) pack of french fries
  • 3-4 large tomatoes, sliced into wedges
  • 1 large onion, sliced into strips
  • 1 pound of beef sirloin (or any kind good for stir fry), sliced to 1/8 -¼ inches thick
  • 1 yellow chili pepper (preferably Peruvian aji amarillo, although I use cayenne pepper and cumin if I have none)
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Dash of soy sauce
  • White rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable or olive oil as needed

Directions

  1. Prepare french fries according to package
  2. Season the sliced meat with salt and pepper while oil heats up in a pan. Fry the meat just until the juices start to be released.
  3. Take the meat out and cook the onions until they are transparent. Then, add in the tomatoes and aji amarillo until the tomatoes are soft.
  4. Add in the vinegar, soy sauce, french fries, and add back the beef. Cover and cook until the beef is done, around 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper as needed, sprinkle parsley over, and serve over white rice.