I love rice. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m sure I’m not the only African who does. I would eat rice everyday, if the parboiled variety I usually eat didn’t turn to simple carbohydrates, than to sugar, than to my weight control nightmare. I digress. One of my favorite rice dishes is Jollof Rice. You can’t go wrong with Jollof Rice in my book. At least with the Nigerian version. With the Ghanaian version, I’m not so sure. However, in an effort to eat healthier, I’ve been trying to substitute my rice based meals with black rice (forbidden rice). Black rice has similar nutritional value as brown rice, but the flavor and texture is so much better. I’ve only mastered African Black Fried Rice (my recipe coming soon), thus far, because the nutty taste of the black rice complements the curry flavor of traditional African fried rice so well. On my quest to incorporate black rice into my diet, I’ve been mulling over recipes and these 3 enticed my taste buds. They may not be the most Afrocentric meals, but these recipes use some common ingredients found in African kitchens, so give them a try.
I got the idea for this Butterfly Garden bridal shower theme from my good friend and sis’s, Think Poppy, bridal shower. The decor was so stunning that I decided to re-interpret the look for bridesmaids who are inspired to re-create their own butterfly gardens for their lovely brides. If you’re looking for more bridal shower inspiration check here, here, here and here.
This super sweet bridal shower theme has me searching for almond milk to wash down the sugar. I love elevated child themes. Typically, this theme would be cute for a baby shower or kid’s birthday, but add some macaroons, cotton candy topped champagne and an effortless cake, you have a sophisticated version of your childhood dreams. Who wouldn’t want to get lost in a Sweets Shoppe? For added fun, DIY an ice cream piñata and fill with department store cosmetics samples. Your friends will thank you for it.
There is something so dramatic yet elegant about both Monstera and Palm leaves. They make a statement without having to tell you. A handful is all you need to set the tone for a tropical affair. Like a Palm Springs themed shower that is bright, refreshing and effortless. But coupled with African influences, Palm Springs is elevated with bold ankara patterns, gilded animals and earthy tones creating a beautiful juxtaposition between airy yet rich.