Kwanzaa 2009

My son and I spent the last few days and beginning of January 2010 with our dear friends in New York. I recovered enough from the flu to ride the bus on over.

We spent an amazingly restorative and healing few days in the company of some of the most amazing people on the planet—my sister-friend Nazalima and her family and friends my other sister-friend, Bethy and her family and friends. I got to spend time with little cutey, Zachary; a major treat!

Zachy

Zachy

On New Year’s Eve we made our way over to Prospect Park and watched the fireworks from the comfort of Naz’s car with seat warmers :).

Fireworks in Prospect Park

Fireworks in Prospect Park

We then returned to M.K’s house for apple pie and champagne. It was the perfect way to bring in the New Year, with my beautiful, healthy son, one of my best friends in the world and some wonderful, positive people.

The next day Rube and walked over to Bethy’s house for Soup Joumou (pumpkin soup), the traditional Haitian New Year’s dish. Bethy fed me, I took a nap, had some more soup, helped greet visitors as they made their way to her house for New Year’s wishes and delicious soup and laughed a lot.

Me and Bethy

Me and Bethy

In the evening we made our way back over to Naz’s house for the big dinner for Imani, the last day of Kwanzaa. Naz made some amazing raw greens. Here’s the recipe:

  1. Take a bunch of fresh (preferably organic) dark greens such as Kale (we had Jacinta), Collard Greens or Swiss Chard.  After washing them to get all the grit off and out, slice them ribbon thin.
  2. Place them lovingly in a bowl, add Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, pressed garlic and olive oil to taste.
  3. Allow the greens to marinate overnight in the fridge. Yum!!

When I got home I made the greens with Swiss Chard since my market didn’t have Kale. Absolutely lovely and I can feel my cells thanking me with every bite.

Happy New Year!

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