The African-American Ritual Cookbook

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The book also offers recipes for those who wish to contribute to the funerary feast. Neatorama presents some excerpts from Death Warmed Over. Actually, most people would include sex in their response, and indeed, food combined with carnal hunger can sometimes provide a double dose of post-funeral vitality, not to mention a jump in the birth rate exactly nine months later.

The simple truth is that food goes a long way in helping survivors cope with their loss. You can ask any caterer: most people eat a lot more food at funerals than at weddings. And that cuts across all cultures. New Orleans Jazz Funerals. Image credit: Derek Bridges. Jazz funerals in New Orleans are legendary events.

Though a funeral is traditionally melancholy and a private family event in nature, jazz funerals in the Big Easy are intended to be public events, at the very least so that onlookers can contemplate their own mortality while enjoying the music and the spectacle. Mourners who participate in the slow, plodding parade from the church to the cemetery will occasionally intersperse their strides with slightly jerky motions, a holdover from their African heritage in which these movements were designed to keep the malevolent spirits at bay.

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The nice thing about this recipe for Jambalaya is that you can start it in the morning before the funeral and it will be ready by the time you return home. Funeral Jambalaya. Image credit: Flickr user Lori L. Mix well. Cover and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours. One hour before serving, turn slow cooker to High. Add the shrimp and stir. Cover and cook until shrimp are pink and tender. Hindus regard death as a twelve-day period during which the family of the recently deceased is considered to be unclean.

This obviously influences the culinary practices of the household. Even though some Hindus are not vegetarians, relatives must follow a strict vegetarian diet during this period, and any meat or eggs must be removed from the house as soon as possible after death. During the first 24 hours after death, cooking is prohibited, and though relatives and friends can bring food to the house, close family members usually fast the first day. Upper-caste Hindus usually hire cooks to prepare meals for the family and guests — which can number into the hundreds — for the entire twelve-day period.

Cremation is the normal mode of disposing of bodies for Hindus, and is customarily done a day or two after death. However, to ensure the secure passage of the soul to the next world, a ceremony known as a Shraddha must be performed. Shraddha is an elaborate feast and gift-giving event; Hindus believe that everything that is given away — food or gifts, often metal vessels and cash — will eventually end up in the hands and stomach of the deceased. Some Shraddhas last one day, while others can go on for weeks. To successfully complete each Shraddha, however, the manes — the spirits of other dead relatives — must be appeased.

Those still alive, however, require something a little bit more substantial, like samosas.

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Image credit: Flickr user ironypoisoning. Add 4 tablespoons of oil and mix into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Slowly add about 4 tablespoons water and gather the dough into a stiff ball. Empty dough out on a floured board. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes or until smooth.

Make a ball.

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Set aside. In a large saucepan, heat 4 tablespoons of oil over a medium flame for a minute.

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Add the onion. Saute until translucent. Add peas, ginger, green chili, cilantro, and 3 tablespoons water. Cover, lower heat and simmer until peas are cooked, about 10 minutes. Add more water if necessary. Uncover and add the potatoes, salt, coriander, garam masala, cumin, cayenne, and lemon juice. Stir to mix. Cook on low heat for minutes, stirring gently.

Remove from heat and let cool.

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Turn the dough out onto the board and divide into eight balls. As you work with each, keep the rest covered. Roll the ball out into a 7-inch round. Cut in half with a sharp knife. Secure the seam with a dab of water. Using the prongs of a fork, seal the top seam. Proceed with the rest of the dough and filling until you have 16 samosas. In a large saucepan or wok, heat 2 inches of oil over a medium-low flame. When the oil is heated, gently place a few samosas into the oil, or as many as the pan will hold in a single layer. Fry the samoas, turning frequently, until they are golden brown and crisp, about minutes.

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Drain on paper towels and serve. Image credit: Jonathunder. Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Didn't your mama ever tell you to eat your Voodoo? This is a ritual food cookbook with deliciously divine recipes for manifesting love, money, healing, protection, luck and more. Create culinary delights from the Afro-disaporan world as you bring about positive change in your life. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , electronic , 30 pages. More Details Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 16, Tehron rated it it was amazing. This book is quintessential to the library of anyone who wishes to connect to the lwa orisha and ancestors. As a cook book it helps recreate recipes that I grew up with, coupled with an insight into the magickal and spiritual knowledge of the ingredients. As a voodoo practitioner it helps to create a bridge to the world of the invisible in a harmonious and respectful way.

Many a times I have used this book akin to a spell book for prosperity and healing. A great meal that puts the magick back in This book is quintessential to the library of anyone who wishes to connect to the lwa orisha and ancestors. A great meal that puts the magick back in the cauldron. Jun 21, Kayla Torres rated it it was amazing.

I really wish it was longer and went into more detail about the ritual food and what each food meant but still amazing! Sep 15, Camilla Lyons rated it really liked it. A beginners guide to ancestral meals What is dislike it wasn't enough recipes. Great tasting meals. Great list of recommended books to refer to for added support in any ATtt.

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