Saturday, January 6, 2018

SHE that HE Made

Ciphering possibilities unknown
Darkness unfolds
The state of the black man’s mind
Beautified by the yin that molds
The worlds of multiverses
Thath thee lights reveals
Starry night exhibit
Multitude of experiments I see ME in

What did he feel then?
Equality of Allah Rules Truthfully Her
It has always been love
Hand held principle allowing the bomb atomically
Propelling the philosophies of hypothesis
What's the next question G?
Void of fear, for there are no wrong foods to eat here
Only the what ifs of the clear mind
Emptying into the essence
The All
The Sperm
From Mars to Venus
The original man’s been here
Do you see It?
The Sun ez
Experiments finally yielding sprouts
That's the SHE that HE made

Friday, January 5, 2018

WrapStyling

Centuries old way
Earth reclaimed
Crevicing the babylonian state
Explore true culture through the art of our armour
Tails diagonally meeting in a butterfly embrace
Macheting upwards to knot at the top
capturing my jibara past
Recycled saris adding volumes of countercultural strikes
Woven women worned
That's the Crown
Art for the head as jewels flow from the mind
Accumulation of the wisdom attained
In daily life displayed

Born Universal Truth...
The grafted slowly watching, note taking folly
Altered lessons is all, no degrees to guide their world
Bitches blueprint biting
Basing behavior codes on black knowledge
brought by this melanated yellow sista
Endlessly sparked for creations to unfold
A true Feminism liberating our souls
Afroindigenando
Dominicanyork-ina
Que lo que yo?

All hail the heathen royalty
Calcification camouflaged with adornments of misperception
Hiding devilishment under ancient scriptures
PAssing LEgacy STolen INto academicIANS
True identity lacking
Tricknowledge is the true art of their work
claiming as their own
Side twisting and plaiting narratives
A Lucky beginning?
White washed weakened wisdom
Strategically sprinkling originals
Caught up in the confusion of it all
To meet their illusionary goals

Technicking through wax designs
Downwards fold
& rectangular scarf horizontally lined
The coños of my woes                                  
Rid back in the mind
Til’ the next crownchitectural endeavour is written in advance
Looping high coils and zig zagging
You know...Just...Wrapstyling!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Caribbean Kombucha: Organic Dominican Guarapo de Piña Recipe

Caribbean Kombucha: Guarapo de Pina
The rise in popularity of veganism in the Western World, a movement characterized by animal rights as its guiding philosophical root along with continuing the unhealthy culinary tradition by which the Western diet has been defined: fast food, has given way to an imagery of health taken from other culinary traditions.  Adapting the inherently unhealthy fast-food based diet of the United States in its vegan versions puts into question the true health qualities of these vegan processed foods and real liberation of body and mind from the idea of fast foods.   Transition is indeed important (by using mock meats made by extracting plant protein or the gluten from grains).  However, the constant processing of whole products to construct vegan versions of the comfort foods westerners grew up eating continues to feed the addictive psychology of the people transitioning.  Only when these foods become about 25% of the meal and is complemented with complete whole foods, can it aid in a full transition.  So, the application in meal planning is key here.

There are certain food products that have become the "face" of health foods, of which are included Kale, Quinoa and Kombucha. The association between these foods, health and veganism is immediate.  Like one hit wonders, pseudo-health geeks are packing their homes with these products to join the fad and/or feel just a tad bit healthier.  So, now you add quinoa to your swine chops or slowly swallow your Synergy kombucha and strategically place your empty glass bottle for all to see your pro-health stance.  However, these foods have origins far removed from the latest trend in the predominantly white (in genes and mind) health movement.  These foods are part of the gastronomical tradition of different Black peoples around the world who have harvested and prepared these foods for thousands of years, becoming the heart of the culinary traditions in those ancestral cultures.  For example, Quinoa is the sacred grain cultivated by the Andean peoples of South America.  Most notably, the Inca civilization of Peru.  In the same fashion, Kombucha is an ancient Chinese fermented elixir whose recipe was taught to Westerners who visited China and took it with them.  It could have also reached the Western world through travels of the original peoples, as well as the adaptation of half originals inhabiting Russia and Eastern European countries.

SCOBY fermenting Tea into Kombucha

Kombucha is fermented black or green teas achieved through the incorporation of a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, called a SCOBY. The population of bacteria and yeast interact with each other, in a give and take relationship, where they feed off another producing a fermentation resulting in enzymes and probiotics.  The SCOBY resembles fungi or a large wet mushroom.  The Chinese refer to it in mandarin as xiaomu and haomo in Cantonese, meaning "fermentation mother." We see here a biological organism being named through its feminine reality (The Black woman), another creation of God (the Black man).  In essence, it is the SCOBY and its process that births Kombucha.

Fermented drinks are not unique only to the Asian Eastern World, other original peoples have traditionally practiced making fermented drinks as well.  In the Spanish and English speaking Caribbean, you find a variety of these drinks, ranging from fruit peels, roots to barks.  In Trinidad, you find ginger beer made by fermenting the extract of the ginger root for about a day.  In Jamaica, you find fermented sorrel (Hibiscus) drink made by boiling rice, allspice, citrus peels, and cloves, the rice is what aids in the fermentation while it sits for a few days. Some folks like to include additional spirits.  In Cuba, you find guarapo de caña.  This drink is made by fermenting the skin of the sugar cane.  Puerto Rico is known for its famous mabi.  In Mexico, they make guarapo de maiz through the fermentation of toasted corn, panela (sugar) and water.  Truly, one can find a version of a guarapo (fermented drink) in most South American countries. It is important to note that an association with a particular country is done by popularity only, as you can find mabi and guarapo de caña all over the Caribbean and parts of South America.

In the Dominican Republic, the fermented juices I grew up drinking were guarapo de piña and mabi also known directly through its Taino origins as bejuco indio.  Bejuco referring to tree bark and indio to its indigenous Black roots.  It's name let's you know it's fermented by dealing with the bark of that particular tree.  In Quisqueya, the names vary depending on the town you are in.  Some refer to guarapo as simply juice without the fermentation.  The origin of the tree of the bark used to make mabi comes from one area of the D.R. called El Seibo.  Very much like how Agave is only grown in Tequila, Mexico.  In earlier times, this delicious juice was sweetened with melao (sugar cane syrup) or honey.  Currently, people use various sweeteners.  The taste is truly unique due to the fermentation.

Guarapo fermentation taking place on its 2nd Day 

Fermentation is simply the metabolic process of living bacteria converting sugars into acids, gases or alcohol.  Fermentation also occurs with the growth of microorganisms in bulk on a medium that promotes this growth to create a specific chemical product.  In drinks like guarapos what is most likely taking place is a fermentation where the bacteria already present in the fruit skin are starting to use the sugar and convert it into cellular energy, in turn, creating organic acids.  These acids become part of the byproduct alongside other compounds like the enzymes produced.  That's why in drinks like guarapo the indication that a biochemical process is taking place is through the white froth that develops on top of the water.  Literally, what is happening is the creation of enzymes and probiotics.

Due to the properties achieved during fermentation, guarapo de piña has many health benefits. It helps in fighting parasites, with fluid retention, constipation and inflammation.  Pineapple skin is high in bromelain, which is an enzyme that aids in digestion.  It extends to the other parts of the digestive process by aiding intestinal functioning, including the protection of microbial flora in the colon and alleviating hemorrhoids. It helps with the healing of injuries, cleanses the blood, fights cellulite and gets rid of excess fluid. It also has anti-carcinogenic properties, keeping your skin smooth and youthful.  Truly a drink of the Gods and Earths!

The beauty of this drink lies in the process of fermentation, which differs greatly to the processing of the European wine, alcohol and beer, known as the spirits.  Literally, the techniques employed in the making of these drinks, while ancient in origin (especially with the methods of making wine-where literally it use to be a fermented grape juice), are creating a product where all the aiding elements are essentially dead, making it toxic and poisonous for the body.  You are literally left with the alcohol component of it, all other properties die in the process.  Fermented drinks in the fashion of guarapo de piña are living, for they retain the enzymes and probiotics that form as a by product of the chemical process.

The rise in popularity of these drinks comes at a cost.  Companies that are mass producing brands for profit are causing environmental hazards that are hurting the plants from where these drinks originate and the wildlife that depends on these plants to live.  Of example, is the cacheo de oveido, a palm tree from which another mabi-like drink is made.  This tree takes about 100 years to mature, yet they are using so much of it that the tree dies and wither.  Our ancestors used the plant in moderation and most likely knew from what parts of the plant to take knowing it would regenerate.

It is in the fashion of this right and exact practice of our ancestors that I base the recipe provided below.  My own practice and consumption of what I call this "Caribbean Kombucha."

More Guarapo sweetened and served chilled